Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Martin’s Park grand opening

A festival of celebration of the grand opening of Martin’s Park at the Smith Family Waterfront (64 Sleeper St., Seaport) will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

The park honors the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, Martin W. Richard of Dorchester.

Martin’s Park, adjacent to the Boston’s Children’s Museum, is an inclusive, accessible park and play space for all children, families and individuals.

Martin’s Park is a symbol of Martin’s welcoming, inclusive nature as well as his idea of an ideal park. This unique, public outdoor space will ensure that Martin’s legacy remains a vibrant and positive influence for future generations.

The Martin Richard Foundation at 1452 Dorchester Ave. (4th floor) helps young people to learn, grow and lead through volunteerism and community engagement. The Foundation works to advance sportsmanship, inclusion, kindness and peace.

For more information, visit

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

There will be a free trial class from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 15 at Empower Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 374 Washington St., Unit 1.

Instructors will teach class participants the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is a mixture of wrestling, Judo and ground fighting.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can help improve stamina, flexibility, strength and overall health.

For more information, visit

Opioid Boot Camp

An Opioid Boot camp will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave. in Richards Hall, Room 236, presented by Students for Health Justice at NEU and the SCA.

The Opioid Boot camp is an inter-disciplinary event that will engage students in healthcare, social work, law and public policy in the intricacies of policy and practice surrounding the opioid epidemic.

The program will utilize case and problem-based scenarios, simulation and other teaching methods for an interactive day of learning and cooperativity.

JFK Space Summit

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and President Kennedy’s vision that launched the effort to get there, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, will host a day-long symposium from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19.

This special symposium will highlight the history that led to the first Moon landing, current scientific and technological space initiatives and the future of space exploration.

The program will challenge Americans to learn from the past, draw inspiration from President Kennedy’s vision, and renew our civic commitment to solving the great challenges of our own time.

For more information, visit

‘Boys Can’t Be Princesses’

In honor of Pride Month, The Pineapple Project will present “Boys can’t be princesses!” at the Grove Hall Branch Library at 41 Geneva Ave. from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 19.

Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt created this play for children to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child’s identity. This event is recommended for children, ages 1 through 12.

For more information, stop by or call the library at 617-438-8214 or visit


GlovePilot and the Dorchester Art Project will host an evening of music on Thursday, June 20 at the Dorchester Art Project at 1486 Dorchester Ave. The doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show will start at 8:30 p.m.

The musicians will include Kathryn Daughtery and Anthea Kechley; Javier Rosario and Zak King: Duo Shredding and GlovePilot. Ultimate Status, led by Eric Stilwell, will explore the many forms and facets of free jazz. The compositions rely heavily on improvisation and spontaneous communication between performers.

All ages are welcome; the suggested donations of $5 to $10 will be appreciated.

For more information, visit the Dorchester Art Project’s facebook page.

CSNDC celebrates

The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. (CSNDC) will be celebrating 38 years of service to the community from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at Codman Commons Park at the corner of Washington Street and Talbot Avenue (adjacent to 587 Washington St. ).

There will be food, entertainment and an information table.

For more information, contact , visit or call 617-825-4224.

Baby and toddler sing

The Adams Street Branch Library at 690 Adams St. in Dorchester will host “Baby and Toddler Sing,” recommended for children, ages 3 and under, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on June 20 and 27.

There will be songs, rhymes, bounces and books.

For more information, call 617-439-6900.

Lady Wisdom speaks

Discover ways to relax, awakens your senses and meditate wisdom at the “Garden Party” (Meditating in the Garden) book talk and discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.

“Lady Wisdom Gives a Party” by Dr. Catherine Constant is a 101-day devotional, focusing on the messages of the book of Proverbs and is primarily intended for women but can be read by all. It offers a guide for day-to-day thoughtful living, providing wisdom and daily prayers as well as the inspirational and uplifting daily messages.

BAMS festival

The second annual Boston Art and Music Soul Festival will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Franklin Park Playstead Field, 1 Peirpont Rd.

This year’s theme is “Representation Matters.”

The day will be filled with national and local musicians, traditional and contemporary African and Afro-centric dance (with lessons) and an interactive social justice art themed exhibition.

Local vendors will include artists, craft makers, creative entrepreneurs and minority-owned small businesses from across New England.

Food trucks will offer ethnic cuisines representative of the people, neighborhoods and culture that define the Boston.

Make it a day and bring your own board and card games.

This family-friendly event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.

For more information, visit

Watercolor Painting

The ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshop for children, ages nine and older, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon (weather permitting) on Saturday, June 22 at Savin Hill Park, A1 Alpine Place.

The workshops welcome artists of all skill levels to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces, with instruction and materials provided.

For more information on this workshop and other ParkARTS programs, visit, call 617-635-4505 or email

Music and games

The National Park Service, the Dorchester Heights Associations and Boston Harbor Now will host a free summer evening of family fun from 6 to 8 on Saturday, June 22 at Thomas Park, Dorchester Heights in South Boston.

The event will feature live music from Mestiza, a Latin band from Berklee College of Music, and fun with Knucklebones, including lawn games and face painting. National Park Rangers will also be providing history interpretation. Bring a picnic dinner and blankets or lawn chairs.

Mestiza is a female group specializing in a fusion of flamenco, Latin, and jazz genres, with an extended repertoire of covers and originals.

With vibrant vocals and outstanding musicianship, the band’s girl power stands out in a male-dominated environment as one of the most original bands at Berklee College of Music.

LEGO Builders Club

A LEGO challenge will be held at the Adams Street Branch Library at 690 Adams St. in Dorchester from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday in June.

Children, ages 6 through 12, will build schools, bridges and playgrounds – all with LEGOs. Duplo also will be available for younger builders.

The LEGO Builders Club is recommended for children, ages 4 and up.

For more information, call 617-439-6900.

Kids' Art Club

The Adams Street Branch Library at 690 Adams St. in Dorchester invites children, ages 6 through 12, to explore drawing, painting, collage and sculptural processes while creating a weekly art project from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons in June.

The Kids' ART Club is recommended for children, ages 7 and up. ART Club members' projects will be showcased in rotating displays in the Library Children's Room.

For more information, call 617-439-6900.

Fenway Challenge

The Fenway Challenge will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 16 at Doherty Playground (Town Field), 1545 Dorchester Ave.

The free series gives children, ages 7 to 14, the opportunity to test their pitching accuracy, swing in a batting cage and practice base stealing.

The Fenway Challenge, featuring the Red Sox Showcase, will have food and entertainment – including virtual reality, a replica Green Monster and Red Sox mascots Wally and Tessie. Participants will also have the opportunity to win Red Sox tickets.

This event is sponsored by the Boston Red Sox, Highland Street Foundation and Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, contact Cheryl Brown at 617-961-3085 or

To register, go to

ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.

The next workshop is at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29. Other workshops are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).

For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.

Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.