Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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According to the Dorchester Historical Society, “The first high school building in Dorchester was built in the early 1850s at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Gibson Street, where the Dunkin Donuts is located now.” Learn more at

Art and music fundraiser

The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, will host a benefit concert for Inspire Arts and Music Programs from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

The headliners will be TAKE 6, the most awarded a cappella group in history with 10 Grammys, 10 Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards), two NAACP Image Award nominations and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

The group recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a world tour including Asia, South America, Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States.

The concert will start with special performances by the IAM percussion groups - HYPE and Denney Drums and Kotoko Brass.

Tickets are $30 to $45 or $125 for VIP tickets and are available at

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 Adults must accompany children.

Further information can be found at 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 or call 617-989-2000 to purchase tickets.

Looking at the First Amendment

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will present “The First Amendment: What Are its Limits?” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27.

Susan Benesch, director of the Dangerous Speech Project, and Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, will discuss contemporary First Amendment issues.

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

Community breakfast

UMass Boston will honor Jane Money, founding artistic and education director of the Boston City Singers, with the Robert H. Quinn Award for Outstanding Community Leadership at the university’s annual community breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 29 in the Campus Center Ballroom,

Former State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry will also be honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Longstanding Community Commitment and Service, for her public service to the citizens of Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan and South Boston for nearly 20 years.

The breakfast is free and open to the public. Register at

Marathon fundraiser

The 2018 Boston Marathon “Spring Fling” fundraiser benefiting the Boston Medical Center will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 at the Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave.

Festivities will include music, light refreshments, raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle and beer. There will be plenty of free parking and off-street parking available.

For more information, visit or call 617-514-0900.

Easter egg hunt

The annual Dorchester Park Easter egg hunt will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31 at the park, 2174 Dorchester Ave.

Kids should bring their own baskets to collect hidden eggs. RCN staff will take photos with the Easter Bunny when the egg hunt is over. Parents should look for the table near the tennis courts.

For further information, call 857-598-9500 or visit

Doggy egg hunt

Bark Happy Boston will host a doggy Easter egg hunt fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave.

Dog lovers can bring their pups and celebrate spring at the doggy egg hunt benefitting Paws New England. Bunny costumes are welcome (dogs and humans too.) This is a family friendly event; all friendly well-behaved dogs are welcome. Dogs must remain leashed at all times.

Tickets are $15 and include free doggie treats, a photograph, wine tasting coupon and the egg hunt. Tickets are online, advance purchase only. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Paws New England.

Purchase tickets at

Salsa dance classes

The Latino Law Enforcement Group of Boston will host salsa dance classes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays, now tohrough 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

Celebrating Roxbury

The Commonwealth Museum in the Massachusetts Archives building, Columbia Point, is displaying “Celebrating Roxbury, Today and in Historical Memory” now through April 1.

Using original photographs by artist Anthony W. Lanier, this new exhibit celebrates this unique story of Roxbury. Historical institutions are featured including the Twelfth Baptist Church, where then divinity student Martin Luther King Jr. preached and met his future wife Coretta Scott King. Also included are photos of prominent visitors to Roxbury including Congressman John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights movement, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, whose work explored the African-American experience. The exhibit also highlights present-day Roxbury from construction of the Islamic Center of New England, to the annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-727-9268.

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