Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Pumpkenrichment Days

Everyone is gourdially invited to get into the fall spirit at Zoo New England on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25.

Visit your favorite friends at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo as they receive "pumpkenrichment!" at 10 a.m. Environmental enrichment encourages animals to use their natural abilities and behaviors to interact with their environment, and pumpkins are an excellent (and delicious) enrichment treat this time of year.

Lookin' gourdeous! Guests are welcome to visit the Zoo in their Halloween costumes or the latest fall fashions. Please note - all guests are still required to wear a face covering in accordance with Massachusetts Public Health guidelines. A Halloween mask does not take the place of a face covering.

Visit for more information and registration.

Author Talk for Teens

The Boston Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 as they host author and artist Ngozi Ukazu for a talk and Q&A about her bestselling graphic novel series Check, Please!

Check, Please! follows Bitty throughout his four years at college as he falls in love, comes out and competes for an NCAA ice hockey championship.

Ukazu began the project as a webcomic and it went on to become the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever as well as a New York Times best seller. She was a 2019 YALSA Morris Award finalist for Check, Please!

Visit for more information and registration. A Zoom link will be provided to all registered teens, ages 13 through 18, prior to the event.

Uphams Corner by map

In the nineteenth century, who owned the land where the Uphams Corner Branch Library now sits? What kinds of businesses filled the area? Who lived in the neighborhood? Using Atlascope, the Leventhal Map & Education Center’s user-friendly portal for exploring urban atlases, the group will dive into the historical geography of Uphams Corner.

Learn about how the community has changed over time and discover how to research the history of your own house and neighborhood from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

This event will be broadcast online at the Leventhal Map Center’s YouTube Live and Facebook Live channels.

Visit and/or for more information and registration.

‘Writing scary stories for Halloween – for Teens!’

Halloween will likely be very different in 2020 for many of us, but one thing stays the same: this day is all about scary stories. Join author KL Pereira from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 to get tips and writing prompts on shaping your own creepy tales to make your own thrills and chills.

Presented by the Roxbury, Mattapan and Grove Hall Branches, in partnership with Grub Street Center for Creative Writing, this event will take place on Zoom.

Visit for more information and registration.

‘Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health’

Codman Square Health Center is excited to celebrate the 23rd annual “Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health, 2020 Style” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Since they can’t gather under the gala tent, they hope to see you under their virtual tent.

Guests are welcome to attend in different ways:

General Attendance Ticket – Attend the virtual event for free.

Dinner Ticket – Since food is such a central part of the Men of Boston experience, their longstanding fine food provider, Above and Beyond Catering, will deliver you a special Men of Boston meal (Meal selection on Eventbrite). The deadline for ordering a Dinner Ticket is Oct. 23.

Donation Only – If you want to support Codman through the Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health event, feel free to make a donation of your choice.

The virtual event will feature: Messages from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and many more; Musical performances (Louie Bello, Livingston Taylor, Blue Hotel); Cooking and cocktail demonstrations; Video visits from Celebrity Chefs;

Photos of Codman’s COVID Care in action; Emceed by long-time supporter, Channel 5 meteorologist Mike Wankum. WCVB is their media sponsor again.

Enjoy a 10 percent discount on Oct. 29 at many fine restaurants (see website for listings) with code: MENOFBOSTON

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Kanopy Club: ‘Carnival of Souls’ (1962)

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Carnival of Souls on and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

About Carnival of Souls: In this surrealist cult-classic, Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) mysteriously survives a car wreck. In an effort to put this traumatizing incident behind her, Mary moves to Utah where she takes on a job as a church organist.

However, her fresh new start is interrupted by the haunting, relentless presence of a strange man (Herk Harvey) who seems to follow where ever she goes. As her sightings of the man increase, she finds herself drawn to the dilapidated carnival on the outskirts of town. It isn't long before she discovers the terrifying secrets it holds...

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Ladies Paint Night

Building Our Lives Together As One will host a fun night of socializing and creativity with wine and light dinner while producing a personal work of art to take home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 13. (The location – Harvard Street area of Dorchester – will be provided with payment confirmation.)

Building Our Lives Together As One is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring community members to feel empowered, educated and motivated to actively pursue community betterment. Proceeds will benefit Building Our Lives Together As One programs.

Go to for more information and registration ($15).

Franklin Park Coalition 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5K

The Franklin Park Turkey Trot is a Boston family tradition and the Franklin Park Coalition is happy to see the familiar faces that return year-after-year to support the park. The scenic 3.1-mile (5k) route includes the park’s most beautiful and historic views and includes great prizes for age-group finishers and best costumes.

Whether you’re a veteran runner or signing up for your first 5k, you can be sure you’ll receive a hearty welcome at Franklin Park on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26.

There will be awards for registered runners in the best costumes and unique running path (can your form a turkey shape with your run?). Additionally, all registered runners will be entered in a raffle for more prizes.

To participate and be eligible for this year’s prizes, donate at least $10 and complete your Turkey Trot whenever is most convenient in November.

All entrants will be eligible for raffle prizes and those who share their photos of their costumes or of their interesting routes within the park with them on social media (@FranklinparkBos on IG, FB, and Twitter) or by email ( will be entered for additional prizes.

Go to for more information and registration.

BPL Teens Book Club on Twitch – K-POP the Question

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn't dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn't call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop and to do that, she's about to break all the rules that society, the media and even her own mother have set for girls such as her. She'll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she'll do it better than anyone else.

Join a group of teen librarians as they discuss I'll Be the One, the November Teens Book Club pick and the YA debut of author Lyla Lee on BPL's Teen Services Twitch Channel,, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Whether or not they have read I'll Be the One, teens are encouraged to join the conversation, sharing their favorite content from Adventures in Fandom teen booklist or other great sources.

Visit for more information and the link to join.

BGC of Dorchester: 'The Night of Giving Gala'

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester will host their annual "Night of Giving Gala" featuring special guest comedian Steve Sweeney virtually on Saturday, Nov. 21. This event will support the Club's mission and their members and families, especially during these challenging times.

The Zoom cocktail party will begin at 6:30 p.m. The virtual grand drawing will take place at 7 p.m.

Enjoy your "Party Box" which will include your signature cocktail and other special items sent to your home. Join the pre-event Zoom cocktail party to meet other guests before tuning in to the grand drawing. Make sure to connect to their mobile bidding for the silent auction and raffles to grab some exciting items.

Prizes in the signature grand drawing will be valued at more than $1,500.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Director of Development and Communications Patty Lamb at

Go to for more information and registration.

YMCA of Greater Boston fall preview

The YMCA of Greater Boston is offering all members and non-members an opportunity to preview their Fall 2020 programs with a free preview week at all 13 YMCA of Greater Boston branches. The fall preview will provide parents and children the opportunity to experience a program with the Y and see how fun and safe it can be.

Fall programing will run through December and will consist of two sessions. Each session will include soccer, basketball, t-ball, sports sampler, swim lessons, semi- private & private swim and physical education. The Jr. Celtics skills and drills program is back and will run for10 weeks through Dec. 20.

All sports clinics and group swim lessons will be included in family memberships through the end of the year (*Due to limited capacity, one clinic and lesson per child, per session). Members of the East Boston YMCA can take advantage of group swim lessons at any other YMCA of Greater Boston locations.

For more information about memberships, visit

Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

‘Girls Who Code’

Girls in Grades 3 through 5, come together weekly to learn simple computer programming, make new friends and learn to change the world with computer science.

“Girls Who Code” is a free eight-week afterschool Zoom club, taught by computer whiz Jennifer Greenberg.

Join for all eight classes being held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 7.

Those interested in registering should email Librarian Rebecca at

‘The art of sound design, podcasting, storytelling and more’

As natural storytellers and documentarians, humans have long understood sound as a medium to capture, interpret, and communicate ideas and feelings. Though society has had the tools to transmit voice and audio to mass audiences for more than a century, advents in technology within the past 10 years or so have placed those same tools onto many desktop computers, mobile devices and more. True audio engineering is more than simply hitting “Record,” however; there is an art form that emerges from a strong understanding of this widely available tech – one that has the potential to craft poems, stories and sonic experiences that stir the spirit and influence the mind.

Join audio producer Julianna Bradley, creator and host of the youth-centric Inherited podcast, for an introductory exploration of some of these tools and techniques. In this 90-minute session, teen registrants will use free audio tools Anchor and Audacity as well as sample audio clips – optionally including their own voices – to compose a variety of soundscapes or spoken-word explorations.

“Lost in Sound: The art of sound design, podcasting, storytelling and more” will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 for teens, ages 13-18.

You can also join Bradley in her full-length, four-session audio course slated from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Nov. 18.

Visit for more information and registration.

Online Homework Assistance Program

The Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Open to K-8, no registration required.

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DAP: ‘Power of the People’

Join the Dorchester Art Project (DAP) on IG Live from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sundays for “Power of the People.”

DAPS mission is “to empower the Black community by acknowledging the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses and returning power back to the people.”

Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)

Parents and caregivers with children, five years old and younger, are invited to join Boston Public Library from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays for an interactive and informal program that includes playtime, songs, conversation, and early literacy information.

Visit for more information, including required registration. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 27 at

Visit for more information.

‘SPOOK Select’

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join an ooky, spooky two-part mystery featuring Boston Public Library teen services twitch ghosts Laura and Allie as they navigate famed teen detective Nancy Drew through the uninhabited corridors of Thornton Hall.

The final two-part "Spook Select" Halloween mystery teen gaming event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the Virtual Teen Room.

Visit for more details, including registration.

Jackbox Party Gaming for Teens on Twitch

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Party Gaming on Twitch from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 28 in the Virtual Teen Room.

They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.

Visit for more details, including registration.

Folktale Friday: Spooky Stories

Miss Cindy will tell spooky stories and recommend some good books for October from 10:30 to 11 a.m. through Oct. 31. The videos will premiere on the Fields Corner Branch Facebook page at The videos will remain available after the premiere.

Visit for more information.

Boston Lights: A lantern experience at Franklin Park Zoo – Extended

Experience the wonder of more than 50 magnificent large-scale displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted large-scale lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres. The first of its kind in New England, this lantern experience will dazzle and delight guests of all ages.

Franklin Park Zoo invites people to walk (socially distanced, of course) through a luminous 66-foot-long shark tunnel, dramatic entrance arches, radiant flower gardens and traditional Asian lantern scenes. Glimmering butterflies, whimsical ocean scenes, a 26-foot-tall giant panda and a majestic 197-foot-long dragon will light up the night sky. Little entertainers can even make their own music on a giant step-and-play piano.

All of the lanterns are illuminated with energy saving LED lights.

This show can be enjoyed from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 15.

Visit for more information and tickets.

Chez-Vous fundraiser

The Chez-Vous Rollerskating Rink (11 Rhoades St.) has been a staple in Boston for more than 85 years, providing memories and entertainment for families of all ages.

The rollerskating rink, which has been closed since March, has established a new crowdsourced Gofundme fundraiser to sustain them until they are allowed to re-open, coming together again as one big family. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

For further information, call 617-825-6877.

EMK Institute is open

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on Columbia Point in Dorchester plans to reopen to small group reservations on Wednesdays.

The Institute will follow strict health and safety protocol and use mobile ticketing, contactless entry, touch-free exhibits, one-way walk paths, hand sanitizing stations, and increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas.

The institute will feature new virtual and online public and educational programs dealing with issues of critical importance right now across the United States, including voting and social justice.

Fall programming will be complemented by new virtual field trips, conversations and tours with Institute staff made available to students, teachers and groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Educational experiences at the Institute, such as Today’s Vote and The Citizen’s Senate, along with its exhibits, will use digital devices, immersive role playing and simulation to teach civics and inspire the next generation of leaders.

Visit for more information.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information

Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth - 18 years of age and under - through Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.

Visit or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information.

Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

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


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

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Emotion Revolution exhibition

Emotion Revolution is a virtual multimedia exhibition curated by student curator Mary Morris Evans and co-produced by Dorchester Art Project and Northeastern University’s College of Art, Media, and Design.

To view, go to

Rainbow Peace Flag Project/City Peace Project

The mission of the Rainbow Peace Flag Project is to extend kindness and caring across national borders, with love that includes people of all sexualities, genders, abilities, religions, races and cultures, and to condemn acts of violence and hatred, embracing peaceful dialogue instead.

The City Peace Project (part of the Rainbow Peace Flag Project) – an effort of individuals and local groups in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan to share the message of peace, inclusivity and non-violence – is inviting people to display Peace Flags at homes, spiritual institutions, schools, businesses and throughout their communities.

This is an ambitious effort and they welcome all who would like to volunteer to help package, distribute, promote, display, and share their story of why this symbol is important for them, their family, loved ones or community.

Donations are accepted, but not required to receive a flag or flag display.

Request for flags or offers to volunteer can be sent to Donations can be made at

Suicide survivor support group

DeeDee’s Cry will host an ongoing weekly support group for suicide survivors. If you are a suicide attempt survivor seeking a safe, non-judgmental place to talk about the feelings that led you to attempt and the impact that your attempt had on your life visit to sign up.

DeeDee's Cry provide resources and programs to increase mental health awareness and suicide prevention in communities of color.

DeeDee’s Cry is located in Roxbury and is associated with Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Dorchester.

Big Sister mentoring

Since 1951, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston continues to make and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between thousands of women and girls each year.

The Big Sister professional staff matches a girl between the ages of 7 and 15 with a woman who is at least 20 years old, based on shared preferences and interests and continues to provide award-winning (virtual) support and guidance to each Big Sister, Little Sister, and Little sister’s family.

To learn more about how to become a Big Sister or to enroll a girl to become a Little Sister, visit

Visit Boston National Historical Park sites

Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Many of the historic sites that make up Boston National Historical Park can be found along the Freedom Trail.

In downtown Boston, the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church bring to life the American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government, and self-determination.

In Charlestown, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Nearby is the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the nation's first naval shipyards and home to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

Located in South Boston and separate from the Freedom Trail, Dorchester Heights is significant for its role in the evacuation of the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.

Visit for more information.

Courageous Sailing

Courageous Sailing is a nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor.

The Courageous Sailing Centers are located at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard; UMass Boston Dorchester Campus; and at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain.

To learn more about the Adult Programming; Youth Programming Components (Summer Youth Programs, STEM Resources and After School Sailing); and the Courageous at Home and Courageous Together activities and events, visit and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

Waterfront Bingo 2020

Support small businesses in waterfront neighborhoods across Boston with the new Waterfront Bingo cards.

Each board contains 25 options of local businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood that are offering food pickup, delivery, or gift cards. Cross off a box each time you place an order. A completed board is five squares in a row, column, or diagonal.

Take a picture of your completed board and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #BostonHarborNow to enter to win. One winner will be chosen per week from the submitted entries.

Visit for more information.

ADLS programs

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADLS) provides quality programming for youth, ages 5-18, helping them to build self-esteem, leadership skills and healthy lifestyles through athletic and academic achievement.

ADLS programs are currently open with limited activities following strict health and safety guidelines.

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is open with a limited capacity summer camp (with the majority of programming taking place outside) following health and safety guidelines.

The Club also provides “BGCD At Home” Virtual Programming via Zoom.

For more information or to register your child, please email Carleton Burke at or phone 617-288-7120.

Kroc Community Center opens

Salvation Army-Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley St. is open following health and safety guidelines.

The exercise room, which has all new equipment, and the weight room will be staffed and some fitness classes will be scheduled. The Kroc Playground is open. Book time slots for upcoming fun.

The Salvation Army has distributed more than 7.1 million meals across Massachusetts since March thanks to our generous supporters. Their social services, food pantry and meal distribution efforts are ongoing.

Everyone is welcome to attend their Sunday worship service at 11 a.m.

Visit for more information.

EMK Institute programs and activities

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point features a variety of interests for the family to enjoy.

While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 among other items can be found on You Tube, links to a variety of activities can be found on their website.

Make a Difference activities encourages young people to think about how they can make a difference in their communities and in the world; About the Senate activities are for children and families to learn more about the work Senators do, how they work together, and some traditions they follow; Youth Action Guides include resources for teens on how to get involved with important issues facing the nation and the world; and Issue Investigations explore different perspectives that shape the debate on current policy issues before Congress.

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

JFK Library and Museum digital content and curriculum

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

Visit for more details.

Commonwealth Museum is open

Commonwealth Museum, 220 Morrissey Blvd. will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays following COVID-19 guidelines. Admission is free.

There will be a maximum capacity of four people in the Treasures Gallery and Museum Theater; all other galleries and exhibits currently remain closed.

"The Commonwealth Museum brings the story to life with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. Its dramatic ‘treasures gallery’ holds the great historic documents that protect our liberties. Spend an hour or an afternoon and share our common heritage." – William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth via the Commonwealth Museum.

For more information, visit

Zoos are open

Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are open for a roarin’ good time following COVID guidelines.

At each park, guests will be invited to experience an Outdoor Safari Walk, a one-way trail through many of the zoos exhibits. The playground and play stations are open.

Online reservations and timed tickets that can be scanned are required for your visit.

Summer hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and major holidays

Virtual tours and activities will continue.

Visit to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.

Ashmont Farmers’ Market

The Ashmont Farmers’ Market in Peabody Square will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 30.

The fresh and local food items will be packaged by the vendors for easy and low contact “Grab and Go” pick up.

Visit for more information.

Dudley Farmers’ Market

The Dudley Farmers’ Market will be open from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays following COVID guidelines through Thursday, Oct. 29. The Farmers’ Market is located at Dudley Street and Blue Hill Avenue. If it rains, the Market will be held at the Dudley Greenhouse, 11 Brook Ave.

The senior shopping hours are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

SNAP, Healthy Incentive Program (HIP), WIC, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition coupons, cash and credit accepted.

Email for more information, including pre-orders.

Visit for other information.

Fresh Truck open air market

The Fresh Truck will be at Franklin Field BHA, 90 Ames St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays

providing fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables following health and safety guidelines.

Cash, credit and EBT/HIP accepted.

Visit for the most updated schedule.

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 products to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.

Phone their Administrative Offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.

Visit for a list of places that they service along with more information.


Me2/Orchestra is a welcoming, multi-generational, inclusive classical music organization. The focus is on a supportive music-making environment and stigma-erasing performances for all ability levels. There is no audition and no participation fee to join.

New members are accepted at various points throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, email, call 802-238-8369 or visit

Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations

Although the Franklin Park Zoo is partially open, donations to the “All Our Animals Fund” can still be made to keep the Zoo’s mission alive, to provide vital care to their animals and maintain the Zoo’s infrastructure.

Visit for more information, including ways to donate.

The Neighborhood Aid Network

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.

Visit for more information.