Here ate the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

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.

Gigantic yard sale

The Ashmont Hill Association will hold its 39th annual gigantic yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

Antiques, furniture, household and baby items, tools, architectural details and miscellany found in over 40 easily walkable locations, in carriage houses and on porches and lawns, will be featured. Each spot will have a map of the area of the sales, starting at Ocean Street off Welles Avenue. The MBTA Red Line at Ashmont station is close by.

For more information, send an email to, visit or call 617-822-8278.

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.

Invasive plants walk

The Boston Nature Center and the Franklin Park Coalition will host a guided invasive plant walk at Franklin Park from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

While enjoying the scenery at beautiful and historic Franklin Park, participants will learn about some invasive plants in the area, how they spread and how they can be stopped, as well as learn about plant identification and practice in the field.

Registration is required for this free program, online at or by calling 617-983-8500.

Saving endangered species

In honor of the 14th annual Endangered Species Day, the Franklin Park Zoo will host a Super Hero Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

Tigers, western lowland gorillas, red pandas and Siberian cranes are just a few of the endangered species who reside at the zoo and act as ambassadors for their populations around the world.

Throughout the day, visitors can meet with zookeepers and ask questions during scheduled zookeeper talks. NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be on site educating guests on endangered marine species. Visitors of all ages are invited to learn more about endangered species and ways that they can be a “super hero” to protect these animals as well as their habitats.

Kids will have the chance to meet and take photos with Marvel’s own superheroes, Black Panther and Spider-Man. Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes.

Visit or call 617-541-5466 for a schedule of activities.

Former Gov. Weld to speak

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will present a talk in the “Getting to the Point” series with former Governor William Weld at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.

Gov. Weld will discuss his vision for a better America and share his policy platform for his candidacy for President of the United States. His appearance is part of a series of Kennedy Institute programming in conjunction with the 2020 election cycle.

Weld is a former two-term governor of Massachusetts. He served in the Justice Department as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division and as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. He also served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is an associate member of the InterAction Council, an elected group of former heads of state from throughout the world, which convenes to consider and report on global issues.

Registration is required for this free program, online at

Garden at the library

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will offer a free gardening program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22.

Kids ages 6 to 16 are invited to help get the container garden ready for the spring and summer by digging, planting seeds and flowers and watering.

Call 617-265-0139 for more details.

Chasing the moon

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will present “American Experience: Chasing the Moon” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.

The Kennedy Library and WGBH will partner for an exclusive preview and discussion of the new “American Experience” series, “Chasing the Moon.” Senior producer Susan Bellows, director Robert Stone, George Washington University professor emeritus of political science and international affairs John Logsdon, and Fordham professor of history Asif Siddiqi will discuss the series and the Space Race, from the early years to the lunar landing and its legacy. WGBH radio and television host Callie Crossley will moderate.

Reservations are required for this free program by calling 617-514-1646 or online at