Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Blockbuster movie

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will screen the blockbuster hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.

In this PG-13 film, a group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Admission is free. Groups should register in advance.

Call 617-265-0139 for further details.

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 or call 617-541-5466 for further information.

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 Tuesday, May 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 or call 617-436-2155.

Crafts programs

Children, ages 6 to 12, can decorate wooden birdhouses in a free craft program at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road.

At 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, kids can make teapot shaped cards in honor of Mother’s Day.

For more information, visit or call 617-265-0139.

African drums workshop

The Celebrity Series of Boston will host four African drum workshops from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the Lena Park Community Center, 150 American Legion Hwy.

Drummer Ryan Edwards will lead the free workshops.

Call 617-482-2595 or visit for further information.

Introduction to preserving

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will host an introduction to preserving homemade pickles from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 11.

Afton Cyrus, a test cook at America’s Test Kitchen and owner of Jam Sessions, will demonstrate step-by-step how to make both vinegar and fermented pickles, share what ingredients to use and recommend cooking equipment.

A Q&A will follow the program. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-265-0139.

Spring concert

The Boston City Singers will perform in the annual Spring Concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Road

The Boston City Singers and Cambridge Children’s Chorus will perform “Singing All Together.”

Free will donations will be appreciated.

Visit or call 617-265-6700 for more information.

Zootopia gala

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.

Visit or call 617-541-5466 to purchase tickets and more for information.

Walk for Peace

The 21st annual Mothers’ Walk for Peace will be held from 6 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, starting at the Town Field, Fields Corner, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. and the walk starts at 8:30 a.m., finishing at 11 a.m. with a closing ceremony at Boston City Hall. Walkers are invited to walk all or part of the 6.8-mile route. Those wanting to walk a shorter distance can join the walk at Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury Crossing at approximately 9:45 a.m. Registration at the high school will begin at 7 a.m.

Walkers are encouraged to wear purple. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum.

The walk is a fundraiser for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.

For more information, call 617-825-1917 or visit

Mother’s Day at the zoo

Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission to moms from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 14.

Families can discover all the fascinating animals that live in the zoo, and especially the animal mothers like gorilla Kiki and her daughters, Cheyenne, a Grant’s zebra, and her offspring Nemo, and Nigerian dwarf goat Leia and her daughter Chewbacca. Daily zookeeper encounters will be held at 11 a.m. at Birds’ World, 2 p.m. in the Tropical Forest and 3 p.m. at Franklin Farm.

Call 617-989-2000 or visit for more information.

Kennedy’s vision for America

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will present “JFK’s Vision for America” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15.

Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley, co-editors of the new book “JFK’s Vision for America,” will discuss President Kennedy’s legacy with Frederik Logevall of Harvard University.

Reservations are required for this free program by calling 617-514-1646 or online at

Spring celebration

Catholic Charities will host the Spring Celebration 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point.

The evening will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and celebration program. The 2017 Justice and Compassion Award will be presented to William F. Kennedy for his leadership and solidarity with the most at-risk and underserved members of our community.

Business attire should be worn. Proceeds will help provide food, home heating and rental assistance to those in need, as well as supportive services for children and families.

Visit for more information and to RSVP.

Hollywood legend

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 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.

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.