Dorchester neighborhood notes
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 www.zoonewengland.org or call 617-989-2000 for more details.
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.
St. Patrick’s Day 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.
Salsa dance classes
The Latino Law Enforcement Group of Boston will host salsa dance classes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays from March 18 to May 6 at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club, 15 Talbot Ave.
The lessons are in partnership with Noche Latina Dance Company, the Berkshire Partners Blue Hills Club, the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston. Lessons are $12 per person and per class. Drop-ins are welcome and all are invited – beginners as well as those with some dance experience.
LLEGO Boston is a social group of law enforcement officers and citizens who have come together to promote community policing, engage with the community and encourage young people to consider law enforcement as a career.
For more information, call 857-389-1776 or email email@example.com.
Historic homes tours
The Dorchester Historical Society at the William Clapp House, 195 Boston St., will offer tours of the society’s historic properties from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.
In addition to the 1806 William Clapp House, the houses include the 19th century Lemuel Clap House at 199 Boston St. next door and the 17th century Blake House at 735 Columbia Road. Admission is free.
For more information, call 617-293-3052 or visit www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org.
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 www.ahchambermusic.org or by calling 617-680-7542.
Political veteran Gerard Doherty will be the guest speaker from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 19 at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St.
Doherty will look back on his life in and out of politics. He was a two time state representative and Massachusetts State Democratic Party chairman. He was active in the campaigns of Jack, Bobby and Ted Kennedy and became their friend. He was also involved in the presidential campaigns of Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter.
The Adams Street Branch Library is sponsoring this free program.
Call 617-436-6900 or visit www.bpl.org for further details.
The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will present “Vietnam 1968: The War, the Turmoil and the Presidential Election” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.
Lawrence O’Donnell, author of “Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics,” Fredrik Logevall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam” and Christian Appy, professor of history at UMass-Amherst and the author of “American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity,” will discuss the event of 1968 in Vietnam and in American politics with Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.
Reservations are required for this free program by calling 617-514-1646 or online at www.jfklibrary.org.
Poetry open mic
The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will host a poetry open mic afternoon from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.
Participants can show off their rapid raps, ear-catching imagery and sounds from the soul at the open mic event. All ages are welcome, and poems in all languages are encouraged. Dorchester poet Aaron Devine will emcee the event. All styles of poetry are welcome. Poets must use clean language and each poet can perform one or two poems. Pre-registration is required for this free event.
Sign up at the adult desk or call 617-265-0139 to register.
Colors of India
The Nazar Bollywood Dance Troupe will present “Colors of India” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at the Stephen Smith Center, John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point.
Families will experience the excitement of Bollywood and celebrate Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors that marks the beginning of spring. The dance troupe combines South Asian classical and folk dance with western styles such as jazz, contemporary and ballet.
Reservations are required for this free program and can be made by calling 617-514-1646 or by sending an email to JFKcelebrate@nara.gov. Adults must accompany children.
Further information can be found at www.jfklibrary.org or 617-514-1646.
Fun in the tropics
The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will host the second annual “Roaring Nights: Fun in the Tropics” benefit party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.
Attendees are encouraged to wear their best luau gear. There will be musical entertainment, dancing, games, animal encounters and a tour through the building to learn more about the free-flight birds.
This is a 21-plus event and includes appetizers, two complementary glasses of beer or wine and a cash bar.
Tickets are $40. Proceeds from Roaring Nights will support the operation and continued growth of Zoo New England, its education programs and conservation initiatives.
Visit www.zoonewengland.org or call 617-989-2000 to purchase tickets.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.