Here are the latest Dorchester Neighborhood notes:

‘Celebrate!’ Series

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point will host the “Celebrate!” family programming series from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on select days from October through April as follows:

Oct. 26: Triveni Dance Ensemble – “Faces of the Divine;” Nov. 29: Wampanoag Nation Singers & Dancers; Dec. 26: National Marionette Theatre – “Peter and the Wolf;” Jan. 20 “Benkadi Drum and Dance;” Jan. 25: “Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy – “The Lion Dance;” Feb. 29: Valerie Tutson – “Tales from African Traditions;” Mar. 14: Celtic Bells – “The Irish in Boston;” Mar. 28: Bright Star Theatre – “We Can Do It! American Woman Through History;” and Apr. 21: Rick Adams – “Red’s Recycle-O-Rama.”

For more information and registration, visit or phone 617-514-1644.

Dorchester Story Walk

The Dorchester Story Walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 beginning with a “Welcome” at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

The walk will include a stop at the Town Field Park and Chill on Park (with snack time) returning to the library for Rosalita’s Puppet Show along with Arts and Crafts and a Parent Literacy Workshop.

For more information and registration, contact Huong Vu at 617-838-0092 or

Drop-in Halloween crafts

Children and teens are invited to drop in to the Uphams Corner Branch Library at 500 Columbia Rd. from Oct. 26 through Oct. 31 and create some “spooktacular”crafts.

Zoo Howl

Zoo Howl will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 at the Franklin Park Zoo.

Thrills, chills, and animals will lurk around every corner on the Trick-or-Treat Trails. Haunted happenings will include creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests and a haunted maze.

Guests can also learn about the importance of enrichment as they watch animals receive pumpkins.

For more information and tickets, visit (free for members).

Dotoberfest at South Bay

Dotoberfest at South Bay will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27.

The family-friendly events will include live music, lawn games, children’s games and crafts, other entertainment along with various raffles, food trucks, a farm market, a pumpkin patch, artisanal food and artisan vendors, and pet adoptions.

Visit for specific dates and times of the various activities.

The events will be held at the Jan Karski Way parking lot across from 110 Grill.

‘History, Historians and Public Memory’

The Mass Humanities Fall Forum: “History, Historians and Public Memory” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point.

Danielle Allen and Jill Lepore will explore the role of historians in society and the importance of history in a democracy.

To register, visit

‘Dawn of the Light’

Join the Boston Baha’i community at the screening of “Dawn of the Light,” a film about the personal search for truth and meaning undertaken by eight people from different parts of the world, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd. in honor of the Bicentenary of Birth of the Bab.

A reception and informal discussion will follow the film.

For more information, including free parking tips, and required reservations, visit

Make it Monday: Halloween Taco Dip

Tweens and Teens are invited to mix and chop to create a batch of spooky, spidery Halloween Dip from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library at 500 Columbia Rd.

For more information, visit

Monday films

The Monday Film Series will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

The following movies will be shown: on 10/28: “Halloween.”

For more information, visit

JFK Library Forums

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point will host the following forums:

“First: Sandra Day O’Connor” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28; “Bending Toward Justice” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3; “Everyday Decisions and Environmental Challenges” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12; “A Conversation with Ash Carter from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18; “Creating a Sweet World of White House Desserts” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20; “Great Lives Worth Reliving with Mo Rocca” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov.25; “A Conversation with Stacey Abrams” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3; and “The Constitution: Changes and Challenges in US History” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

For more information and registration, visit

Tricks & Treats at the library

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and listen to spooky stories told by Miss Cindy from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

There will also be candy!

Last-Minute DIY Costume Party

Drop-in to the Codman Square Branch Library at 690 Washington St. from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and create your own costume and trick-or-treating gear. Make it as plain or as complicated as you like – it’s all up to you.

Best costume at this family-friendly event will win a pre-Halloween bag of candy.

Halloween Street Party

The first annual Halloween Street Party will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 at Wellesley Park.

Come in costume and capture the whole family in the Boo-tiful Halloween photo booth.

The spooktacular affair filled with creepy fun will include concession fun foods, music and activities along with goodies to fill your treat bags.


Kroc-o-Treat will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St.

Join the community for a safe, creative, fun indoor-Halloween experience.

Visit to learn more.

Bowdoin Geneva farm stand

The Bowdoin Geneva farm stand at 230 Bowdoin St. is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 31.

They accept EBT, WIC and Farmers Market Coupons, HIP, cash and credit cards.

Coat Boston fundraiser

City Mission will host the “Cheers to 10 Years!” Coat Boston anniversary celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 at The Bella Luna & The Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St.

This event will be a kickoff for the 2019 Coat Boston program that will include an afternoon of celebration, live music, and fundraising. Proceeds will provide brand new coats, hats and gloves to Boston children and youth in need.

For more information, contact Ruth Edens, Director of Development and Stewardship, at or 617-742-6830 x207.

Visit for tickets or bring a new coat in lieu of a ticket.

Kids Cooking with Miss Debbie

Kids Cooking with Miss Debbie will take place from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. on Mondays from Nov. 4 through Nov. 25 (except on Nov. 11) at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

The group will bake and cook a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts and side dishes from scratch using fresh and often locally-grown and organic ingredients.

Try new foods and learn the importance of a healthy diet while developing skills in math, reading, science, nutrition, cultural awareness and cooperative behavior.

For reservations and other information, visit

Harvest Festival Luncheon Fundraiser

The Harvest Festival Luncheon Fundraiser will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Village Hall, 650 Dudley St.

The Annual Harvest Celebration is a traditional cultural fundraiser, giving thanks to God for His provision. The Saturday Luncheon will consist of a variety of dishes reflecting the diversity of the congregation and community, generously contributed by church families and area restaurants.

Supporting this fundraiser means helping The Salvation Army globally to combat hunger and restore hope through its World Services Program.

Tickets are $12 for Adults and $8 for Kids.

Visit to learn more.

Kids cooking/baking

Kids Cooking with Miss Debbie will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Nov. 27 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.

Children (with parental assistance) will learn how to make, bake and cook a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts, and side dishes from scratch using fresh and often locally-grown and organic ingredients while learning math, science, nutrition and cultural awareness.

For information and registration, visit

Mobile Market Program

The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 398 Neponset Ave. from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and at 230 Bowdoin St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays; and at 1353 Dorchester Ave. from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 198 Geneva Ave. from 2 to 4 p.m. and at 100 Ames St. from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the year.

For more information, visit

Teen gaming

The Grove Hall Branch Library at 41 Geneva Ave. will host teen gaming on the PS4 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.

For more information, phone 617-427-3337 or email


The LEGO Club will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on most Thursdays at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. for children and tweens (ages 6 through 12 accompanied by an adult).

Come build and break down different LEGO creations.

For more information, phone 617-298-7841.

‘Housing as History’

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will present the “Housing as History” panel discussions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays in October and November. A pre-talk reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This four-part series will look at the history of six housing sites across the city and examine the conditions for affordable and public housing today, highlighting the challenges – and opportunities – that lie ahead for Boston as follows:

Nov. 13: “Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens” at Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Dr.; and Nov. 20: “New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past” at MHS, 1154 Boylston St.

For more information and reservations, visit

Paint Night

Project R.I.G.H.T. Inc. Paint Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 at the BCYF Grove Hall Community Senior Center, 51 Geneva Ave.

This is a free gathering open to all ages where you can paint along with celebrated community artists as they share their artistic techniques and process and then take home your cherished creations.

To register contact Carolyn Jackson at 617-879-7330 or email

For more information, visit

Ladies of Love Women’s Ministry

Ladies of Love Women’s Ministry will be held at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at Greater Love Tabernacle, 101 Nightingale St.

Ladies of Love provides a place where women can safely voice their life experiences, whether they are traumatic disappointments or victories and discover love within themselves, through sisterhood and the love of Christ.

The group is open to women from various churches and denominations throughout Boston in efforts to unite women through the word of God, worship and fellowship.

For more information, visit or phone 617-740-9480.

Friday Afternoon Fun

The Fields Corner Branch Library (1520 Dorchester Ave.) hosts Friday Afternoon Fun from 2 to 5 p.m. on most weeks.

Puzzles, crafts and board games will be available for youth, ages 6 through 12 and their friends and family.

For more information, phone 617-436-2155 or visit

Family yoga

Family yoga will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at the Grove Hall Branch Library (41 Geneva Ave.) provided by the Hands to Heart Center.

Beginners are welcome and mats will be provided.

For more information, email or phone 617-427-3337.

Stories, Stories, Stories

Pre-school story-time will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays at Codman Square Branch Library at 690 Washington St.

There will be pictures books, songs and crafts for kids, 2 through 5 years of age.

For more information, phone 617-436-8214.

Adult Stress Relief Coloring

Adult Stress Relief Coloring will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays at Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Colored pencils and coloring books will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

For more information, call the library at 617-436-2155.

Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K

The annual family-friendly Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

Registration and number pick up will start at 8 a.m. at the golf clubhouse (1 Circuit Dr.).

The race will begin at 9 a.m.

The awards, prizes and result will take place inside the clubhouse at approximately 9:50 a.m.

This signature fund-raising and fitness event brings to life the three pillars of the Franklin Park Coalition: Work, Play and Engage. The runner registration will support the coalition’s programs and events including conservation and stewardship, arts and health, and advocacy that happen year-round.

To register, visit

For other information, contact or call 617-442-4141.

Quilting classes

Quilting classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 16 at the Codman Square Branch Library at 690 Washington St.

Bring all the supplies and materials needed and learn how to cut, piece, sew, embellish, bind and finish a quilt. At the end of the year there will be a quilting show to display all the amazing quilts.

For more information, visit

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 workshops are at 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.

Family Gym

A free play program for families with children ages three through eight years of age will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 23 at BCYF Holland Community Center 85 Olney St.

There will be games, music and giveaways.

For more information, contact Kevin Wong at 617-635-4920 x 2207 or email

Homework Help

Free drop-in homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 will be provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Codman Square (690 Washington St.), Fields Corner (1520 Dorchester Ave.), Grove Hall (41 Geneva Ave.), Lower Mills (27 Richmond St.) and Uphams Corner (500 Columbia Rd.) Branch Libraries through May 21.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

No registration is required.

For more information, visit

‘Tempest Reconfigured’

Fort Point Theatre Channel announces “Tempest Reconfigured,” a collaboration with Boston arts and community organizations and performance venues to explore the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

“Tempest Reconfigured” will culminate in community-based performances in October, followed by citywide performances in November at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester and the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

The project is funded in part by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation, Fort Point Theatre Channel’s second Live Arts Boston award.

“The Tempest Reconfigured” project will then continue into the fall with presentations developed by the community partners.

In October, each of the partners will present their short works in their respective neighborhoods, joining their scenes with those of one or two other partners.

The culmination of all the “Tempest Reconfigured” endeavors will be revealed in November when all the partners come together to present their works in a joint presentation. The first performance of all the groups will take place at the Codman Square Health Center Black Box Theatre on Nov. 7. The second will be held at the Copley Square branch of the Boston Public Library on Nov. 14. All Tempest Reconfigured performances will be free and open to the public, with discussions to follow.

For more information, visit

BTU Homework Help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. through May 28 on Mondays and Thursdays at Codman Square (690 Washington St.) and Lower Mills (27 Richmond St.), on Tuesdays at Fields Corner (1520 Dorchester Ave.), on Thursdays at the Grove Hall (41 Geneva Ave.) and every day at Uphams Corner (600 Columbia Rd.) Branch libraries.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

Mother Goose on the Loose

Mother Goose on the Loose will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through Nov. 27 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.

This program is designed to help children up to 3 years of age (accompanied by their caregivers) develop language and motor skills through rhymes, songs, puppets and stories.

For more information and registration, visit or phone 617-427-3337.

BPS SpedPac meetings

The general meetings of the Boston Public School’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (BPS SpedPac) will typically be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from through May 28 at the Richard J. Murphy School, 1 Worrell St.

BPS SpedPac is a citywide multi-lingual, multi-cultural council of parent volunteers that provides a voice and gives support for parents of children with special needs. The group works with the schools to ensure that children get the services and the support they need to develop to their full potential.

All parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, including the monthly meeting topics, visit