Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Here is a home on Alban Street as it was in the 1880s. To learn more about this neighborhood's fascinating history, visit the Dorchester Historical Society at

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

Life of Eunice Kennedy

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will welcome author and Pulitzer Prize winning former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara looking at the life of Eunice Kennedy Shriver from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3.

McNamara will share her new book “Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World” with journalist Larry Tye.

The program is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 617-514-1646 or online at

Tracing family roots

A free program on “Tracing Our Roots” will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Freedom House, 5 Crawford St.

Attendees will receive training in basic genealogy research, spreadsheet use, Internet navigation and other skills needed to re-construct personal family histories. They should be able to attend all four sessions.

This program is presented by the Reidren Business Group with the Fellowes Athenaeum Trust and the Freedom House.

Space is limited and registration is required, online at or by calling 765-734-3736.

Dot Day drawing

The Dorchester Day Parade Committee will hold the annual $10,000 cash drawing at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St.

A limited number of tickets (300) will be sold for $100 each. Proceeds from the event will support the June 3rd Dot Day Parade.

Send an email to or 888-734-2356 for tickets.

Wizards at the zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will host a “Wizarding Day” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 7.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their wizarding best as the zoo celebrates all things magic. Festivities will include Quidditch lessons with the Tufts University Quidditch team, The Tufflepuffs; magic tricks performed by professional magician Darren Young; “Science on the Streets” with the Cambridge Science Festival; a herbology class with members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; the education station, where visitors will learn about the threats animals are facing in the wild and how they can help defend these incredible species; and zookeeper encounters, with staff from the Tropical Forest, Bird’s World, Franklin Farm and more.

Admission is free with zoo admission.

Visit or call 617-989-2000 to purchase tickets.

Literary awards

The 2018 PEN Hemingway Awards will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point.

Sean Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, will present the 2018 PEN Hemingway Award during a ceremony honoring an American author’s first published work of fiction. Scott Simon, author and host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” will deliver the keynote address.

The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway’s personal papers.

The program is free, but reservations are required. Call 617-514-1600 or register online at


St. Mark’s Area Main Street will host the annual “Coattails and Cocktails” fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, at Tavolo Ristorante, 1918 Dorchester Ave.

Friends and neighbors from around the community will come together for a fabulous evening of delicious food and much fun to celebrate 19 years of Main Streets organizing and support along the 1.1 mile stretch of Dorchester Avenue. “Creative black tie” attire is optional.

Tickets are $80 in advance and can be purchased online at

This is St. Mark’s biggest fundraiser. Proceeds will support the efforts to strengthen the business district along Dorchester Avenue.

Call 617-825-3846 for more 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, now through 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” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and 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.