Dorchester neighborhood notes

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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

‘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

Back to school BBQ

A Back to School Barbecue will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26 at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School, 77 Lawrence Ave.

The purpose of this event is to familiarize new and returning families to the King School community, including the teachers, staff, curriculum, initiatives and school partners.

There will be a resource table and registration forms to sign up for programs.

For more information, visit

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the Community Room at Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Beginners are welcome.

For more information, contact Integral Yoga instructor Alicia Zipp at 617-908-8176 or call the library at 617-436-2155.

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. 29 - “Dumbo” (2019) (1 hr. 52 min.)

For more information, visit

Stories, Stories, Stories

Pre-school story-time will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays at Codman Square Branch Library at 690 Washington St.

There will be pictures books, songs and crafts for kids, 2 through 5 years of age.

For more information, phone 617-436-8214.


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

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

Line dancing

Line dancing will be held at 6:30 on Wednesdays through Sept. 25 (no Sept. 2 class) at Franklin Park (1 Circuit Dr.).

For more information, contact Parks or phone 617-635-4505.

Adult Stress Relief Coloring

Adult Stress Relief Coloring will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays at Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Colored pencils and coloring books will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

For more information, call the library at 617-436-2155.

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.