Dorchester neighborhood notes
Ted Kennedy and the arts
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will host the “Sen. Kennedy and the Arts” tour from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 as part of ArtWeek Boston events.
Through this talk and exhibit tour visitors are invited to learn about Sen. Kennedy’s role as a champion for the arts, understand the role of elected officials in supporting the arts and discuss the connection between civic engagement and artistic expression. The program will begin with a talk with Anita Walker, executive director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, discussing the status and current role of state and federal support for arts and cultural institutions. Following the talk, visitors will have an hour to tour select collections featured in the Institute’s replica of Kennedy’s Washington, D.C. Senate office and learn more about his legacy promoting the arts. Guests are also invited to contribute to the participatory mural by Artists for Humanity.
Tickets are $16 and include the talk and exhibit tour, as well as admission to the Institute.
Further information is available at www.emkinstitute.org.
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 www.ymcaboston.org for more information.
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 www.bpl.org 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 www.jazzboston.org.
MusiConnects will present a student solo recital from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 at the Lena Park Community Center, 150 American Legion Pkwy.
Admission is free. Call 617-522-0043 or visit www.musiconnects.org for further details.
Creative arts workshop
Boston Public Library composer-in-residence Beau Kenyon will lead a creative arts workshop at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 2 and 9.
Kenyon will explore identity and storytelling through sound, video and writing. Students in grade 5–12 will capture their stories using GoPro cameras and learn the steps to storytelling through writing, sound and video recording. Each student’s story will be woven together, creating a single collection of narration.
This program will run for two weeks and has limited seating.
To register, visit www.bpl.org or call 617-436-2155.
25th anniversary celebration
The Notre Dame Education Center will host the ninth annual “Hope Alive” gala and celebrate its 25th anniversary from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at the Venezia Restaurant, 20 Ericsson St.
The evening will look back on the current year, celebrate the accomplishments of Notre Dame students and honor the recipient of the Shaughnessy Inspiration Award. There will also be a live and silent auction.
Visit www.ndecboston.org or call 617-268-1912 for more information.
A series of films starring screen legend Marlene Dietrich will be shown from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during May at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.
The library will screen the Billy Wilder comedy “A Foreign Affair” on May 5; the courtroom drama based on Agatha Christie’s novel “Witness for the Prosecution” on May 12; “The Scarlet Empress,” the story of Catherine the Great of Russia, on May 19; and the western “Destry Rides Again” with James Stewart on May 26.
For more details, call 617-298-7841.
Art week at the zoo
The community is invite to celebrate ArtWeek Boston in a wild way at Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.
Families will enjoy a fun-filled day discovering how animals and the many mediums of art have influenced each other. Activities will include making puppet animals; learning about the Ape Drawing Project and drawing the ape family with artist Jen Bradley; learning about birds’ influence on music; meeting the zookeepers and some animals up close during the animal encounters; and taking part in a photography workshop with photographer Steve McGrath from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is required for the photography workshop.
Admission is free with zoo admission.
Visit www.zoonewengland.org or call 617-541-5466 for further information.
Zoo New England will host the fundraising gala “Zootopia 2017” from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel, 40 Edwin Land Blvd., Cambridge.
The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and more. As part of the celebrations, Zoo New England will present the Zoo Hero Youth Award to a conservation-minded youth who loves the Franklin Park Zoo and/or the Stone Zoo. The award that includes a $1,000 scholarship will be presented during the evening to further the recipient’s project, conservation work and education.
To purchase tickets and for further information, visit www.zoonewengland.org or call 617-541-5466.
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 www.sec.state.ma.us/events or by calling 617-727-9268.