Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Music and dance

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center will present the annual spring concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, 650 Dudley St.

This annual concert will feature students from the performing arts program with special guests NIA Dance Troupe, Girlz of Imani, Imani Jr. and Aleye Boyz Troupe.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door.

Visit or call 617-541-1875 for further details and to purchase tickets.

Musical evening

The Convergence Ensemble will present a string quartet of international stars at 7 p.m. on Sun., May 14 in Peabody Hall at All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St.

The musicians from Spain, Taiwan, Korea and the United States will include violinists Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas and Hsin-Lin Tasi; violists Michelle LaCourse and Hye Min Cho and cellist Hyun Ji Kwon.

The program will feature Brahms’ “String Quintet in F Major,” Mozart’s “Duos for Violin and Viola” and a piece by little-known 20th century Spanish composer Joaquín Turina.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $30 per family, $20 for seniors and $10 for students and can be purchased online or at the door.

For more information, visit or call617-288-3697.

Dorchester parishes

The Rev. George P. Evans will be the guest speaker looking at the parishes of Dorchester at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

Evans will discuss “Fourteen Foundations: The Beginnings of Each of the Dorchester Parishes, 1862-1952.” He will explore common features and crucial factors in the founding of separate but related communities of faith.

Evans has taught and researched themes relating to the history of the Archdiocese of Boston.

For more information on this free program, call 617-436-6900.

Crafts at the library

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will offer a free craft program at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15.

Kids and teens can make catapults. Materials will be provided.

Call 617-265-0139 for further information.

Life of Richard Nixon

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will welcome author John A. Farrell from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16.

Farrell, award-winning author and former Boston Globe correspondent, will discuss his new book “Richard Nixon: The Life.”

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

Community meeting

The Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., will host a community meeting regarding the programming study for the renovation of the branch from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16.

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Public Facilities Department and the Boston Public Library invite the public to this community meeting to discuss the renovation of the branch.

Call 617-436-6900 for more information.

Kite and bike festival

The Franklin Park Coalition will host the seventh annual kite and bike festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 in the Playstead ball fields between the zoo and the stadium, 450 Walnut Ave.

Families can bring their own kites or make one at the festival. Free bike rentals will be available for all size cyclists. Experts will be on hand to help get kites airborne or get bikes ready for the road. Boston Bikes will provide free bike tours of the park. Barbecues are welcome.

The festival is co-organized by Discover Roxbury and the Franklin Park Coalition with participation from Boston Bikes, Sparc! the art mobile and Boston Parks and Recreation.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-442-4141 for more information.

Annual garage sale

The Ashmont Hill Association will hold its 38th annual garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

Antiques, furniture, household and baby items, tools, architectural details and miscellany found in carriage houses and on porches and lawns will be featured. Each spot will have a map of the area of the sales, starting at Ocean Street off Welles Avenue. The MBTA Red Line at Ashmont station is close by.

For more information, call 617-288-6626 or visit

Family Fun Day

The All Dorchester Sports League, in association with Propa City Community Outreach, will present the fourth annual Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at Town Field, 1565 Dorchester Ave.

Family Fun Day is designed to promote unity in the community among neighborhood. It will include games, arts and crafts, refreshments, face painting and much more.

Admission is $5 for children and $10 for adults.

For more information, call 617-287-1601 or visit

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 such as 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.

African drums workshop

The Celebrity Series of Boston will host four African drum workshops from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 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.

Hollywood legend

Films starring screen legend Marlene Dietrich will be shown from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays, May 19 and 26 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.

The library will screen “The Scarlet Empress,” the story of Catherine the Great of Russia, on May 19; and the western “Destry Rides Again” with James Stewart the following week.

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.