Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Dorchester history

The Dorchester History Initiative will host “Building A People’s History of Dorchester” at the Dorchester Historical Society, 195 Boston St., from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 22.

The community is invited to share their aspirations for Dorchester’s history, looking at what history is missing and why it matters. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-293-3052 or send an email to or at

Earth Day celebration

The Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road, will present “Party for the Planet,” an Earth Day celebration, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

Festivities will include crafts, games and activities, scavenger hunts, animal encounters, zookeeper talks and environmentally friendly exhibitors. Special activities will be held at Birds’ World, the tiger and lion exhibits, Tropical Forest, Franklin Farm and more.

For more information and a schedule of activities, visit or call 617-541-5466.

Theater performance

ArtsEmerson and the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity will present “Mr. Joy” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at the Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Road.

The play by Daniel Beaty explores what happens in a community when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a pillar in the neighborhood for decades, is the victim of an attack. Told from the point of view of Mr. Joy’s customers, it reveals the impact the shop owner has on each of their lives.

Admission is free. Further information can be found at

Violin concert

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will welcome Daniel Bernard Roumain in concert at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at Peabody Hall, All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St.

Rising star Haitian-American violinist, composer and performer DBR will perform “Redemption Song & Sonatas” that he describes as "a musician's view on civil rights around the world". A performance by Project STEP students of his “Rosa Parks Quartet” will also be featured.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-827-7857.

Witchcraft in Dorchester

The Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., will present a special program on “Witchcraft in Dorchester” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24.

This free program will explore the relationship between sexuality and witchcraft, the components of sorcery in Puritan ideology, sexuality in New England society and why Alice Lake, the only “witch” of Dorchester may have solidified her identity as a “Handmaiden of the Devil.”

For more information, please call 617-436-6900.

Shopping rights

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will present a free talk on shopping rights from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26.

The Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs will present a program to consumers about basic shopping rights, including warranties, truth in advertising and sales, pricing and more.

For more details, call 617-265-0139.

Taste of Dorchester

The Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance will host the ninth annual Taste of Dorchester from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at the IBEW Hall Local 103, 256 Freeport St.

More than 25 local restaurants will offer a variety of Jamaican, Mexican, Cape Verdean, Irish, Italian, Indian, soul food and American dishes. Local ice cream and fair-trade coffee will be served.

The jazz ensemble Sleeping Bee will provide live musical entertainment and there will be a silent auction, photo booth, cash bar, prizes and free parking

Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Children under 6 are free.

Proceeds will benefit MAHA’s homeownership education programs, the IBEW Local 103 scholarship and the MAHA Florence Hagins college scholarship.

Call 617-822-9100 or visit for more information.

Independent film festival

As part of a collaboration with the Independent Film Festival Boston, the UMass Boston Film Series will showcase works-in-progress from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at the University Hall, Room 2310, 100 Morrissey Blvd.

The college will screen works-in-progress and other thought provoking films. The feature film will be “Finding Kukan” by director Robin Lung. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the director, moderated by Monika Navarro.

A beer and wine reception will be held at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Visit for further details.

Healthy kids day

The Dorchester YMCA at 776 Washington St. will host a healthy kids day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

Festivities will include a bounce house, karate demonstration, swim safety drills, fitness assessments and a DIY healthy snack station with a nutritionist.

Admission is free.

Call 617- 436-7750 or visit for more information.

Author talk

Author Nikey Pasco-Dunston will be the guest of the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

Pasco-Dunston will read from her two latest books, “Luxury Box” and “Book 64 part 2.” She is also the author of “The Good Wife,” “Writings on My Wall” and several others.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-265-0139 for further information.

International Jazz Day

The UJazz Boston Trio will perform live in celebration of International Jazz Day at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at UMass Boston Performing Arts, Recital Hall, 100 Morrissey Blvd.

Pianist Tony Martin, bassist Domenic Davis, and drummer Brian Hull, all music majors at UMass Boston, will share an evening of music celebrating jazz composers from the last 50 years. The trio is developing compilations and improvisational jazz interpretations of standards and contemporary composers, from Ellington to Prince, from Coltrane to Erikah Baduh, from Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea to Kanye West. All are welcome, with free parking on campus.

For more information, visit

Maritime history exhibit

The Commonwealth Museum in the Massachusetts Archives building, Columbia Point, is displaying “From Slavery to Freedom: African Americans and Maritime History” now through May 26.

The sea played a significant role in the history of African-Americans. It was a source of misery on the dangerous passage from Africa to the new world, but by the 19th century Massachusetts had become an important center of the abolitionist movement. Seaport communities became avenues of escape for fugitive slaves and a source of employment, especially in the whaling port of New Bedford.

This exhibit traces important themes in maritime history that have often been hidden

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-727-9268.