Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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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 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 or call 617-866-1483.


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 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 for further information.

Birds of prey

Children can discover the different birds of prey that call Massachusetts home at a free program with Mass Audubon at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 5 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road.

Children, ages 6 and older, will begin the presentation by handling touchable artifacts to discover the adaptations that define these birds as such fierce hunters. The program will conclude with a live animal encounter featuring two birds of prey.

Large groups must register at 617-265-0139.

Coffee hour

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 19th annual neighborhood coffee hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6 at McConnell Park, 30 Denny St.

Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.

There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.

Call 617-635-4505 for more information.

Boston Ballet story time

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will offer story time with Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6.

Children and families are welcomed to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-298-7841 for further details.

Children’s theater

The Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., will present “The Pineapple Project” at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9.

Actor Mal Malme and colleagues Becca Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt have created a theater piece for children, ages 3 to 8, that looks at gender, creativity and each child’s freedom to be who they are.

Admission is free.

For more details, visit or call 617-436-6900.

Dorchester house tour

The Dorchester Historical Society will offer a Dorchester house tour from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. This year will feature the Ashmont/Carruth neighborhood. The self-guided tour will begin at the Parish of All Saints, 209 Ashmont St. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for tickets sales and check-in.

Attendees will visit 10 homes and carriage houses in the Ashmont/Carruth neighborhood, talk with their owners about the ways they have preserved and restored their homes and see how they were able to transform their 19th century houses for 21st century living without losing the historic character.

The tour will also include the award-winning restoration of the 1892 Parish of All Saints, Ashmont.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day. Proceeds will benefit the DHS Building Restoration Fund.

Visit or call 617-293-3052 to purchase tickets and for further information.

Innovation night

Greater Grove Hall Main Streets will host the first Mass Innovation Night in Grove Hall from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14 at ABCD’s Thelma Burns Building, 575 Warren St.

Fostering technology start-ups has been a strategy used to revitalize urban areas and is of interest in plans for Greater Grove Hall. The event will showcase 14 new technology products that attendees can vote on. It will also be the first to feature all African or African American founders of tech businesses.

Information on Greater Grove Hall Main Streets can be found at and information on Mass Innovation Nights can be found at