Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
The JFK Library is among the top attractions for people visiting Dorchester. This is the view of the library from Pleasant Bay.

World Lion Day

Franklin Park Zoo will be celebrating World Lion Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

There will be a lion’s share of fun throughout the park such as lion-themed crafts and activities and scheduled chats with the zoo’s educators and zookeepers.

Ten-year old lion brothers, Dinari and Kamaia, will be at the lion exhibit located within Kalahari Kingdom.

Visitors are invited to come dressed for the occasion wearing a lion’s mask (see examples on the zoo’s web site).

To learn more about this event, African lions, Zoodopting a lion from extinction, plus printable kids’ activities, visit

Igbo Day Cultural Festival

The annual Igbo Day Cultural Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Franklin Park, 1 Franklin Park Rd., hosted by the Igbo Organization of New England (IONE).

The festival will include traditional masquerades, art, Igbo music, cultural performances and authentic Igbo cuisine from all communities across Southeastern Nigeria. Every state and town from Nigeria will be represented in these family-friendly festivities.

This event will happen rain or shine.

Additional information about the event can be found on their website at or

ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.

The next workshop is at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12. Other workshops are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).

For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.

Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.


Growth Spurt will present "Sectional" through Aug. 30 in Gallery 2 at the Dorchester Art Project, 1486 Dorchester Ave. The galleries are open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment.

Sectional is a collaborative installation toying with the mistrust of reality. Boston & Providence artists exploit the gray area between privacy and safety through an immersive living room experience.

The artists seek to push viewers in and out of comfort and confusion through interactive new media, art objects, furniture, clothing and video.

To learn more about Growth Spurt and Sectional, visit

‘Face Value: Makeup, Art, and Identity’

"Face Value: Makeup, Art, and Identity" will be on view in Gallery 1 at Dorchester Art Project (1486 Dorchester Ave.) through Aug. 31. The galleries are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6 p.m. or by appointment.

“Face Value” features 16 local and international artists who explore their relationship to makeup through the lens of gender, sexual, political, or cultural identities.

A closing reception will be held Saturday, Aug. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring a pre-loved clothing pop-up by Qwear, an online community forum that is raising LGBTQ+ voices in fashion. All proceeds go to Qwear to help document LGBTQIA+ style and elevate the voices of those who've been silenced.

To learn more about the artists and the Dorchester Art Project, visit

Children’s music at Franklin Park

The Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park children’s shows featuring OrigiNation Dance Troupe and Monet, Children’s Music, will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 13 at Franklin Park.

On Sunday, Aug. 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. there will be a Children’s Music Concert, featuring Karen K and the Jitterbugs, produced in partnership with Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

There will be lots of opportunities for kids to dance to original and classic tunes and watch young people perform.

To learn more about the Playhouse, directions to the event, weather updates and the performers, visit

ParkARTS for kids

The ParkARTS children's artists in residence workshop summer series will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 13 at the Towne Field at Dorchester Avenue and Park Street.

The arts workshops give kids the chance to express their creativity while working on fun projects with local artists. Among the artists’ selections for children, ages three through10 (accompanied by an adult) are painting, mask and jewelry making plus treasure creations.

For more information, or a full schedule of events, call 617-635-4505, visit online at or email

It’s movie time!

Pack up a blanket, lawn chairs, family and friends and head to the Pope John Paul II Park, Gallivan Boulevard, on Thursdays for free movies under the stars. All movies are shown at dusk.

Here’s the movie line up:

Aug. 15 - “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (1hr 45min);

Aug. 22 - “Captain Marvel (2hr 5min);

Aug. 29 - “Dumbo” (2019) (1hr 52min)

For more information, visit

JFK Library-Museum Free Fun Friday

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 16 for Free Fun Friday.

Begin the visit with a 25-minute introductory film and then view the 25 exhibits that preserve the legacy of the 35th President of the United States.

The museum utilizes high definition, large-screen projections, interactive displays, re-mastered films and original artifacts from the life and times of JFK to bring to life President Kennedy’s 1000 days in office.

Embark on a journey through the early 1960s to experience anew the words, ideas and actions of President John F. Kennedy which inspired Americans to ask what they could do for their country.

The Museum store will also be open.

For more information, visit or phone 617-514-1550.

Free Fun Friday is supported through the Highland Street Foundation.

Summer Fun Stop

BCYF Leahy-Holloran Community Center is hosting the BCYF Summer Fun Stop program at McMorrow Field on Victory Rd. from 2 to 7 p.m. through Aug. 16 for youth, ages 8 through 14.

This free drop-in program provides structured games, sport activities and arts projects.

For more information, call 617-635-5150.

An assortment of fun

Lena Park Community Center, 150 American Legion Hwy will be hosting a variety of activities from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays through Aug. 16.

Among the activities are field trips, paint night, movie night, arts and crafts, kickball, capture the flag and board games.

Phone 617-533-8133 for more information.

Potpourri of fun

Score4More will be providing basketball, arts and crafts, games and prizes, music and dancing, double dutch and video gaming from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Aug. 16 at Mary Hannon Park, Dudley St.

For more information, visit


The PIM Project will be hosting organized sports and games including basketball, cornhole tournaments and flag-football from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 16 at Roberts Field, 63 Wentworth St.

For more information, visit or phone 617-372-5669.

Hodge-podge of fun

The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston will provide board games, movies, paint nights, basketball, open mic, life skills workshops, arts and crafts, dance and flag football from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Kroc Community Center, 650 Dudley St. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays at the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, 950 Blue Hill Ave.

These programs will run through Aug. 16.

For more information, visit

Barbados Festival Day

Barbados Festival Day will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Franklin Park Playstead, 25 Peirpont Rd.

There will be food, arts and crafts, poetry, games and lucky dips.

Music will be provided by DJ Ohh.

This event is sponsored by UBIM and Franklin Park Coalition.

For more information, phone Sandra at 617-256-0116, Maureen at 508-631-2681, Atley at 617-620-2497 or Sonya at 617-981-0677.

Boston Raiders Family Fun Day

The Boston Raiders will be hosting Family Fun Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Harambee Park Football Field (Boston Raiders YFC Home Field), 121 Westview St.

This annual community event will feature free food and activities. There will also information tables by a variety of organizations promoting their products and services.

To register, visit

Franklin Park summer concerts

The Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park concert series will be at Franklin Park through Aug. 20 with live music every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

M, Amanda Lady Emcee Merricks and Radio station 98.1 FM, Boston Rhythm Riders will be leading line dancing at intermission.

Food trucks will be available or bring a picnic to enjoy.

To learn more about the Playhouse, directions to the event, weather updates and a complete line up of an eclectic array of music offerings, visit

Youth photo exhibition

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 30 South St. is hosting “Summertime: A Youth Photo Exhibition” through Aug. 31.

This show features the work of 19 youth photographers in the Big Picture Art House program.

The young artists range in age from 11 to 15 years old, hailing from Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Roslindale and other Boston-area towns.

The gallery on the Lower Level is supported by the Friends of the Library in partnership with Uforge.

The exhibition is sponsored by Optical Designs, Inc.

For more information, visit,, and