Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, contact organizers (phone, web or social media) to check the status of events you are interested in and as always, keep yourself and your family safe.

‘Dawnland’ & ‘Dear Georgina’ Live Online Screening

Join the filmmakers for a special digital documentary screening of the Emmy Award winning film “Dawnland” and the online world premiere of “Dear Georgina,” followed by Q&A from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. All you need is a device and good internet.

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. “Dawnland” goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

In “Dear Georgina,” a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.

Learn more about the films and watch the trailer at

Go to for registration and other relevant information.

Lunch Break Yoga

Lunch Break Yoga – brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 28.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People or get the link at events. The recorded session will remain online.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

“Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga” is brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through May 1.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand To Heart Center – Yoga for the People or get the link at events. The recorded session will remain online.

Zootopia Gala Goes Virtual Celebration

Zootopia, Zoo New England's annual fundraising gala, brings the Zoo to you for an evening with special animal ambassadors, auctions and awards on Saturday, May 9.

They are pleased to present the E. O. Wilson Living the Mission Award to Dr. Charudutt Mishra, the Snow Leopard Trust Executive Director.

All proceeds from Zootopia will directly benefit Zoo New England’s mission to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders and support their expert animal care.

For more information contact Nicole Sheehan at or phone 617-379-5190.

Visit for other information, including the link to donate.


Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. each day for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more.

Visit for other information.

JFK Library and Museum digital content and curriculum

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is adding a weekly digest of digital content including curriculum and content that parents and educators can easily incorporate into their daily lessons for K-12 students.

Some digital highlights – March 1962: Mrs. Kennedy Tours India and Pakistan photos; Ryan Tubridy says Ireland welcomed JFK like “Oz” clips; Staying Health at Home (US Official Physical Fitness Program) pamphlet; Picture Book Biographies from the JFK Library, activity for Elementary Schools Students; “Leaders in the Struggle for Civil Rights, material for Middle and High School Students.

Visit for more details.

Mother's Day Virtual Walk-A-Thon for Peace

The 24th annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace has been re-created into a virtual walkathon culminating in an online “This Way Toward Healing” event on Sunday, May 10.

The pledge walk is a fundraiser for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Dorchester-based organization that serves as a center of healing, teaching and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, grief, trauma and loss.

Your help ensures that the Peace Institute’s critical services, advocacy and training continue to meet the immediate and evolving needs of the survivors.

Visit for other information, including links for online donations.

AFH Social Distance Gallery

Artists for Humanity (100 W 2nd St.) has launched their new “Social Distance Gallery.” ⁣

In times like these we’re all artists – experimenting with new ways of being, seeing, sharing, and helping; each of us with an important paint box of ideas and resources, and collaborative spirit to match. In that sense, we’re all Artists for Humanity.

Stay tuned for your daily dose of art at Artists for Humanity Instagram.

EMK Institute on You Tube

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point, while temporarily closed, is now on You Tube.

You can view video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 among other items.

Visit for more information, including quick links to You Tube.

ADLS programs

The All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADLS) Programs are looking for participants and volunteers to make this year a huge success.

ADLS offers a variety of sports, nutrition and enrichment programs including Baseball/Softball/T-Ball, Basketball and Rugby; Fitness Programs; Fit Kitchen; and Summer Programs.

Register to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach at or phone 617-287-1601.

BPL updates

The Boston Public Library remains on line for cardholders to enjoy remotely. The library has added a new online calendar of virtual events to go with its other online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources.

For other information regarding their policies and procedures as it pertains to the closure due to COVID-19, visit

Other details and links to remote library services can be found at

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email

The Neighborhood Aid Network

Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation.

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

State Rep. Liz Miranda Community Care Response Team is working hard to partner people in the 5th Suffolk District of Roxbury and Dorchester with the services we all need to deal with the effects of COVID-19.

Visit for more information.

Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations

While the Franklin Park Zoo is temporarily closed, critical operations staff, including animal care teams and other selected employees, continue to be fiscally responsible while working at the zoo to provide vital care to their animals and infrastructure.

The Zoo has set up the “All Our Animals Fund” and is asking for donations to continue its mission.

Visit for more information, including ways to donate.

Free breakfast & lunch for all Boston students

BPS will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students until further notice. A variety of packaged meal options will be available for pick up. Locations is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the schools. Visit for more information.

Free meals for all students

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.

Visit for a list of meal sites or phone 617-635-3717 or email for other information. See all locations at

If you need additional food resources, you can contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.

Please consider donating food, gift cards or hygiene items to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.

Donations can be made at Catholic Charities, Yawkey Center, 185 Columbia Rd., Dorchester.

Visit or phone 617-506-6600 for more information.

Pantry Pizza offers free slices for kids

In light of the abrupt closing of local schools, Pantry Pizza, 931 Dorchester Ave. in Dorchester, is giving away free pizza as long as the schools are closed. This is order by takeout or delivery.

Learn more at

The Stitch House – Update

The Stitch House’s scheduled classes and social events have been canceled.

The staff reminds you to “wash your hand, sing Happy Birthday and be well.”

Visit for other information.

BPS SpedPac meetings – Update

The general meetings of the Boston Public School’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (BPS SpedPac) are typically 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.

Until they meet again, visit their YouTube to watch past meetings and workshops.

‘What can we do for our country?’

“In a time when the nation must come together to protect the most vulnerable among us, President Kennedy’s call to ask ‘what can we do for our country’ couldn’t be more relevant. He believed deeply that each of us can make a difference and everyone should try. Never has that been more true than right now. Thanks to everyone for helping your family, community, the country, and the world.” - Message from the JFK Library and Museum

Three extraordinary spaces to take a walk

Although the Arnold Arboretum Hunnewell Building and Visitor Center are closed and all the programs and events have been canceled or postponed until further notice, the Arboretum landscape remains open to the public to enjoy. This 281-acre jewel in Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace of parklands comes with an interactive map as well.

Forest Hills Cemetery has more than 275 rolling acres bursting with carefully cultivated bushes, tress and plantings and several walking paths – the perfect setting for art, sculpture, memorials and architecture.

Franklin Park, the largest park and crowing jewel of the Olmsted’s achievements in Boston encompasses 527 acres filled with trees and birds and small bodies of water, like Scarborough Pond and Lake Hibiscus to discover.

Please remember social distancing – stay six feet away from others and no handshaking or hugging. Fist bumping and elbow rubbing aren’t great ideas either since the back of your hands and your elbows (stores sneezes) collect germs as well.

This is a great time to take a walk by yourself or with your family – it is not an opportunity to gather together with a large group of friends.

And, if you are not feeling well – please stay home and give yourself a chance to heal!

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; at 5 Kimball St. from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at 198 Geneva Ave. from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and at 100Ames St. from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; and at 5 Kimball St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the year.

Visit for more information, including delivery status.

Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack, and clean up. The trucks will be at the following Sites:

Dorchester area

Franklin Field Senior Center, 100 Ames St. (off Westview Street) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays; Peabody Englewood Apt., 1875 Dorchester Ave. from 3 to 5 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays; New Franklin Park Apt., 282 Talbot Ave. at Aspinwall St. inside the community center from noon to 1:30 p.m. on alternate Fridays; Upham's Corner Health Center, 415 Columbia Rd. from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays; and the Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St. from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Grove Hall area

First Parish Church, 10 Parish St. Meetinghouse Hill (next to Mather School) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Fridays; Lena Park Community Center, 150 American Legion Hwy from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays; and Bethel Hispanic Seventh Day Church, One Dix St. (corner of Dorchester Ave) from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays.

Field’s Corner area

Mohammed's Mosque No. 11, at 10 Washington St. (Unity Plaza) from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Grove Hall Senior Bldg., 51 Geneva Ave. from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on alternate Fridays.

Visit or phone 617-288-6185 for other information, including delivery status.