Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Mother’s Day crafts

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will offer a free Mother’s Day craft program from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Kids can make a heart magnet to give to someone special. Materials will be provided.

Call 617-265-0139 for more details.

Citizenship information

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will give general information on immigration issues such as naturalization and citizenship, eligibility requirements, permanent residency, filing procedures, avoiding scams and finding low cost and safe advice. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement and Boston Public Library.

Call 617-565-9430 for more information.

Zootopia gala

Zoo New England will host the annual fundraising gala “Zootopia 2019” from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel, 40 Edwin Land Blvd. in Cambridge.

The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and more. As part of the celebrations, Zoo New England will present the Zoo Hero Youth Award to a conservation-minded youth who loves the Franklin Park Zoo and/or the Stone Zoo. The award that includes a $1,000 scholarship will be presented during the evening to further the recipient’s project, conservation work and education.

The “Living the Mission” award will be presented to Edward O. Wilson.

NBC10 Boston news anchor Latoyia Edwards and chief meteorologist Matt Noyes will emcee the evening.

Visit or call 617-541-5466 to purchase tickets and more for information.

Walk for Peace

The 23rd annual Mothers’ Walk for Peace will be held from 6 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, starting at the Town Field, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Registration will begins at 6 a.m. and the walk will start at 8:30 a.m., finishing at 11 a.m. with a closing ceremony at Boston City Hall. Walkers are invited to walk all or part of the 6.8-mile route. Those wanting to walk a shorter distance can join the walk at Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury Crossing at approximately 9:45 a.m. Registration at the high school will begin at 7 a.m.

Walkers are encouraged to wear purple. There is a registration fee of $10 and walkers are encouraged to commit to raising $100 for the walk.

The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event.

For more information, call 617-825-1917 or visit

Music of Bach

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will present the Bach Project II at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 12 at Peabody Hall, All Saints Church, 200 Ashmont St.

The second Bach Project event of the season, this concert features some of the nation’s finest period musicians performing solo works by the composer.

Musicians will include Shirley Hunt, baroque cello; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord; and Andrew Sheranian, organ; performing “Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major;” “Suite for harpsichord in E minor;” and “Passacaglia and Fugue for organ in C minor.”

Tickets are $25 general admission, $18 for students, $3 EBT card holders and free for children under age 13.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-827-7857.

Mother’s Day at the zoo

Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission to moms from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.

Families can discover all the fascinating animals that live in the zoo and especially the animal mothers such as gorilla Kiki and her daughters; Baird’s tapir Abby and her offspring Ixchel and Nigerian dwarf goat Leia and her daughter. Daily zookeeper encounters will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Call 617-989-2000 or visit for more information.

Music of Cape Verde

Bino Barros and His Band will perform in concert from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road.

Barros will entertain with his original take on the Funana and Batuko music styles of Cape Verde. He has won the Revelation Artist Award at the Cabo Verde Music Awards and in 2011 and 2012 was chosen as the representative of African music in Catalonia, Spain.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-265-0139 for further details.

Fairy houses

Children, ages 4 and older, are invited to make spring fairy houses in a free program from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

Children can make fairy houses in the library reading garden as well as clothespin fairies to take home. Materials will be provided.

Call 617-436-6900 for more details.

Kite and bike festival

The Franklin Park Coalition will host its ninth annual kite and bike festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 in the Playstead ball fields between the zoo and the stadium, 450 Walnut Ave.

Families can bring their own kites or make one at the festival. Free bike rentals will be available for all size cyclists. Experts will be on hand to help get kites airborne or get bikes ready for the road. Boston Bikes will provide free bike tours of the park.

The festival is co-organized by Discover Roxbury and the Franklin Park Coalition with participation from Boston Bikes, Sparc! the art mobile and Boston Parks and Recreation.

The rain date will be Sunday, May 19.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-442-4141 for more information.

Spring concert

OrigiNation will host the annual spring concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Road.

The concert will feature students from the Performing Arts Program. Ranging in age from 8 to adults, the audience will get to see a wide range of styles including Tae Kwon Do, hip hop, ballet, jazz and tap. There will be special appearances by IMANI, Jr., Aleye Boyz Troupe, Girlz of IMANI and NIA Dance Troupe.

Tickets are $20.

Visit or call 617-541-1875 for further details and to purchase tickets.

Garden gala

Greater Ashmont Main Street will host a Garden Gala at All Saints to celebrate 20 years of Boston Main Streets from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the historic Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St.

The evening will feature cocktail jazz and entertainment will guitarist Steve Fell and bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa; food from restaurants throughout the district; signature beverages; a garden themed photo booth and the traditional silent auction fundraiser, featuring fantastic prizes from Dorchester small businesses There will also be a specially produced Dorchester comedy set, featuring Sarah Francis and Bethany Van Delft and music and dancing to close the night’s celebration.

Creative black-tie is optional.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-825-3846.