Dorchester neighborhood notes:

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The Magnet Theatre was one of several neighborhood movie theatres scattered throughout Dorchester.

Irish balladeers

The Irish Balladeers will present a special program for St. Patrick’s Day at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the Stephen Smith Center, John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point.

The audience will take a musical trip to the Emerald Isle as the Irish Balladeers perform tradition stories and dances with authentic Irish instruments.

Reservations are required for this free program and can be made by calling 617-514-1646 or by sending an email to Adults must accompany children.

Further information can be found at or 617-514-1646.

Brass concert

Bay Colony Brass will perform in concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 at Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints, 290 Ashmont St.

The ensemble will perform “Fireworks,” a concert of music for brass and organ. All Saints’ music director Andrew Sheranian will join the ensemble and is featured as soloist on organ, while Bay Colony Brass presents classics like “Jupiter” from Holst’s “The Planets,” the “Grand March” from “Aida” and Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks.” Also on the program is Kent Philip Baker’s “The Common Good,” winner of Bay Colony’s inaugural call for scores.

A $15 per person donation is suggested.

Visit for more details.

Chili cook-off

The Ashmont Adams Neighborhood Association will host the 12th annual Dorchester chili cook-off from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 at the IBEW Local 103 Hall, 256 Freeport St.

The community can celebrate Dorchester’s best chili cooks at this fun family-friendly event with fabulous chili, a New Orleans-style second line band, DJ and games for young and old. More than 20 entrants representing restaurants, civic associations, youth groups and community organizations will vie for bragging rights to the best chili in Dorchester.

The panel of judges will pick Best in Show, Best Non-Beef, Most Creative and Team Spirit winners, but attendees will get to pick the People’s Choice. Votes are just $1 a piece, so vote early and often. All proceeds benefit the Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday, June 3.

Admission is $20 per person or $30 for a family of up to four for all you can eat and entertainment.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Music and poetry of Black history

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will present “Let Freedom Ring: Music and Poetry of Black History” at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 12.

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will offer the same program at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13.

Bright Star Theater will take the audience on a journey through African American history and culture, from the journey from Africa through slavery to the Civil Rights Movement to the powerful voices of today’s leaders. Speeches, songs and poetry by such notables as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou and more will be performed.

Admission is free.

For more details, call Lower Mills at 617-298-7841 or Fields Corner at 617-436-2155 or visit

Irish in America

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will present “Nine Irish Lives: The Fighters, Thinkers and Artists Who Helped Build America” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.

Mark Bailey, screenwriter and author, Mark Shriver, president of the Save the Children Action Network, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan will discuss their new book “Nine Irish Lives: The Fighters, Thinkers and Artists Who Helped Build America.” Dr. Robert Mauro, director of the Boston College Irish Institute and Global Leadership Institute, will moderate the program.

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

Trivia night

The Dorchester Historical Society will host the second annual Dorchester Trivia Night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the Dorchester Brewing Co., 1250 Massachusetts Ave.

Participants can test their knowledge of local history while raising funds for the Historical Society.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-293-3052.

St. Pat’s crafts

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will offer a free St. Patrick’s Day craft program from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

Kids of all ages can celebration by making their own Leprechaun pots of gold. Call 617-265-0139 for further information.

St. Patrick’s at the zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will host a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

Watch as animals receive green-themed enrichment treats in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!

Guests can get creative at our arts and crafts station and discover fun animal facts at an education station. Zookeeper chats will be at 11 a.m. – Mystery animal encounter, Hippo Theatre; 11:30 a.m. – Bongo; and 1:30 p.m. – Red panda/muntjac

The program is free with zoo admission.

Visit or call 617-989-2000 for more details.

Citizenship information

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 17.

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.

Virtuoso pianist to perform

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will present Mana Tokuno in concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints, 290 Ashmont St.

Pianist Tokuno has received widespread acclaim for her sensitive and insightful interpretations and her brilliant virtuosity. Known for her ability to bring a vast array of styles to life, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and CAMI Hall in New York as well as at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston

The program will include Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral,” Schumann’s “Waldszenen, Op. 82,” “Tapiola Visions for piano left hand, Op. 92” by Takashi Yoshimatsu and Debussy’s “Clair de lune, L'isle joyeuse.”

Tickets are $25.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-680-7542.

Tax help

The Wellness and Fitness Center, 450 Washington St., is hosting free tax clinics now until April 10.

Taxpayers who earned less than $54,000 in 2017 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free tax preparation is offered by the Codman Square Health Center in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

Farmers’ market

The Dorchester winter farmers’ market will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays through March at the Great Hall, Codman Square, 6 Norfolk St.

The market will feature farm fresh produce, local meat, dairy, cheeses, bakery products and entertainment.

For more information, send an email to the Dorchester Community Food Coop at