Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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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.

Space Exploration Day

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will present “Space Exploration Discovery Day: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 28.

To commemorate President Kennedy’s challenge to the nation of landing a man on the moon, the library will host an afternoon of activities and guest speakers for kids, families and adults.

Featured presentations by Christopher Cassidy, chief of the NASA Astronaut Office, and NASA spacesuit engineer Su Curley will highlight space exploration and equipment, including what it is like to live and work on the International Space Station.

Hands-on activities will be available before and after the speaking program for visitors of all ages. This program is presented as part of the JFK Centennial Celebration.

Call 617-514-1646 or visit www.jfklibrary.org for further details.

African drums workshop

The Celebrity Series of Boston will host an African drum workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at the Lena Park Community Center, 150 American Legion Hwy.

Drummer Ryan Edwards will lead the free workshop.

Call 617-482-2595 or visit www.celebrityserices.org/communitycalendar for further 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 www.emkinstitute.org for further information.

Fundraiser dinner

The Dorchester Day Chief Marshal’s dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 2 at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St.

Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

The evening will celebrate the 2017 Chief Marshal Charlie Cook and honor the 2017 Mayor of Dorchester.

To purchase tickets, call 857-756-3675. Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information, visit www.dotdayparade.com.

Wine tasting fundraiser

Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will host the fourth annual wine tasting fundraiser “Uncorked” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

Throughout the evening, guests can sample wines and enjoy hors d’oeuvres while strolling among the animals in the Tropical Forest Pavilion, seeing western lowland gorillas, pygmy hippos, ring-tailed lemurs, giant anteaters and more.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 on the day. “Uncorked” is for those 21 and older. It will be held rain or shine.

Proceeds will support the operation and continued growth of the zoo, its education programs and conservation initiatives.

Call 617-989-2015 or visit www.zoonewengland.org to purchase tickets and for more information.

Dorchester Day parade

The 112th Dorchester Day parade will step off at Lower Mills at the corner of Washington Street and Dorchester Avenue at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 and continue along Dorchester Avenue to Savin Hill at Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue for 3.2 miles, ending about 5 p.m.

The community is invited to celebrate the founding of Dorchester in June 1630 with marching bands, dancers, entertainers, floats, color guards, fire trucks and local politicians.

For more information, visit www.dotdayparade.com or call 617-866-1483.

5K-race

Project DEEP (Dorchester Educational Enrichment Program) and the Blarney Stone will hold a 5K road race at noon on Sunday, June 4, starting from the Blarney Stone restaurant, 1505 Dorchester Ave.

The race will travel along Dorchester Avenue toward Lower Mills and turn around, ending at the restaurant.

Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Entry fees are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the race, children under age 12, $15 or $20. There will be an awards ceremony and a cookout immediately following the race.

Proceeds will benefit Project DEEP and other local charitable organizations.

Call 617-635-5027 or visit www.projectdeep.org for more details.

Political forum

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will host a Boston Pride political forum at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 5.

In solidarity with other Pride committees from around the country and in recognition of the new political reality the LGBT community faces in the wake of the 2016 election, Boston Pride is holding a forum that examines political activism within the LGBTQ community. The theme of this year’s Boston Pride Parade and Festival is “Stronger Together,” which was nominated and selected by the community in Boston.

This forum is free and open to the public.

Visit www.emkinstitute.org for further information.