Dorchester neighborhood notes

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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.

Optical illusions

Uphams Corner Branch Library at 500 Columbia Rd. will be hosting “Optical Illusions” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. l7.

This is a drop in activity program designed for children and youth to look at some fun and tricky illusions and to make and take home your own illusions.

For more information, visit or phone 617-265-0139.

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

Wellness fair

Bowdoin Street Health Center (230 Bowdoin St.) will be hosting a Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Some of the highlights include health screenings, outdoor workouts, games, music, face painting, photos with former Red Sox Star Sam Horn, raffle prizes and food.

For more information, contact Jen French at 617-754-0100 or


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

Children’s Summer Festival

The Children’s Summer Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Franklin Park.

The Festival will feature performing arts, science-related activities using household ingredients, take-home art projects, face painting, a visit from Zoo New England among other activities.

ParkSCIENCE, presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Holly Bruce and H.P. Hood LLC, provides interactive experiments and demonstrations that are fun and educational.

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

‘Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse’

“Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse” will be shown under the stars at Ronan Park, 92 Mt. Ida Rd. at dusk on Wednesday, Aug. 21 presented by Bank of America with support from Hot 96.9 and the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment.

Breakfast with the animals

The Franklin Park Zoo will be hosting breakfast with the animals from 9:15 to 10 a.m. on select Saturdays.

Registrants to most programs receive early entry to the Zoo, a continental breakfast and time with the Zoo staff to ask questions and learn more about the animals.

On Aug. 24 learn how African lions, Dinar and Kamaia are cared for; On Aug. 18 get an exclusive tour of the exhibit before the Zoo opens when you visit the Wicked Big Bugs, small but mighty creatures; On Sept. 7, 14, and 22, Oct. 20, and Nov. 9 and 17 meet the sloths, the world’s slowest mammal and a two-toed tree-dweller; and On Oct. 12 and Nov. 2 be prepared to get bamboozled as you learn all about the bamboo-munching creatures, the red pandas.

To learn more about these and other events and to purchase tickets to the breakfast and/or Zoo, 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

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. 22 - “Captain Marvel (2 hr. 5 min.);

Aug. 29 - “Dumbo” (2019) (1 hr. 52 min.)

For more information, 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

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 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. Other workshops are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, 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.

Family game night

Family game night will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays through Sept. 20 at the Codman Square Library, 690 Washington St.

A variety of tabletop games will be available and staff will be available to teach, if needed.

For more information, visit or phone 617-436-8214.

‘Tempest Reconfigured’

Fort Point Theatre Channel announces “Tempest Reconfigured,” a collaboration with Boston arts and community organizations and performance venues to explore the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

“Tempest Reconfigured” will culminate in community-based performances in October, followed by citywide performances in November at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester and the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

The project is funded in part by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation, Fort Point Theatre Channel’s second Live Arts Boston award.

FPTC will present the results of its summer efforts in Fort Point at Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St. at 6 p.m. on Aug. 25. “The Tempest Reconfigured” project will then continue into the fall with presentations developed by the community partners.

In October, each of the partners will present their short works in their respective neighborhoods, joining their scenes with those of one or two other partners. FPTC will announce the dates of all neighborhood performances once they are finalized in late summer.

The culmination of all the “Tempest Reconfigured” endeavors will be revealed in November when all the partners come together to present their works in a joint presentation. The first performance of all the groups will take place at the Codman Square Health Center Black Box Theatre on Nov. 7. The second will be held at the Copley Square branch of the Boston Public Library on Nov. 14. All Tempest Reconfigured performances will be free and open to the public, with discussions to follow.

For more information, visit