Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

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

Community concert

The Boston Children’s Chorus will present its season finale All Choir Community Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road.

Featuring all 13 choirs with 450 singers performing a mix of exciting musical selections, this dynamic performance will be fun for the whole family.

Tickets are $15 and should be purchased in advance.

Visit or call 617-635-1403 for more information.

Historical society talk

The Dorchester Historical Society and the Boston Preservation Commission will welcome guest speaker Lissa Schwab in a free talk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at the William Clapp House, 195 Boston St.

Schwab, preservation planner with the commission, will talk about the difference between a National Register District and a Local Historic District. This program is part of Boston Preservation Month programming

For more details, call 617-293-3052 or email

Endangered species

In honor of the 12th annual Endangered Species Day, the Franklin Park Zoo will host a Super Heroes Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

Tigers, western lowland gorillas, red pandas and Siberian cranes are just a few of the endangered species who reside at the zoo and act as ambassadors for their populations around the world. There will be opportunities to meet with the zookeepers and ask questions during scheduled zookeeper encounters. Guests will also have the chance to meet and take photos with Marvel’s own superheroes, Iron Man and Spider-Man. Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes.

Iron Man and Spider-Man will be available for photos in half-hour increments beginning at 10:15 a.m.

Visit or call 617-541-5466 for more details.

The road to Camelot

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will present “The Road to Camelot” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tom Oliphant and former Boston Globe reporter Curtis Wilkie will discuss their new book, “The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign.”

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

African drums workshop

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

The American spirit

Author David McCullough will be the guest speaker from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point.

McCullough, Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will discuss his new collection of speeches, “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For,” as part of the JFK Centennial Celebration.

Reservations are required. Admission is free.

Call 617-514-1643 or visit to register.

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.

Citizenship information

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 27.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will give general information on immigration issues such as naturalization and citizenship, eligibility requirements, permanent residency, filing procedures, avoiding scams and finding low cost and safe advice. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement and Boston Public Library.

Call John McCarthy at 617-565-9430 for more information.

Student art exhibit

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., is hosting a student art exhibit now to May 31. The institute is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

“From Her Beacon” is an exhibition of original artwork by students from Boston International Newcomers Academy. The exhibition features nine original murals dedicated to the State of Liberty; more than 140 young people collaborated to create this tribute. The school is a Boston public school in Dorchester that embraces new immigrant adolescent English language learners and their families.

Visit for further information.