Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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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

‘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

Monday movies

The Fields Corner Library (1520 Dorchester Ave.) will be showing one of this year’s most popular films from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays. September movies will include: “Vice” (9/2); “If Beale Street Could Talk” (9/9); “The Wife” (9/16); “Bohemian Rhapsody” (9/23); and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (9/30).

To learn more, visit or phone 617-436-2155.

‘Educators of Colour’

TRIBAL will present “Found: Educators of Colour in Boston” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at the Second Church, 600 Washington St.

TRIBAL represents a coalition of millennial educators who seek to advocate for recruitment, retention and agency of educators of color.

This F.U.N. Festival event will bring educators and education stakeholders together for a night of networking, collaboration and fun.

For more information, visit

LEGO builders

Children, ages 12 and under, can create buildings, landscapes and vehicles with a large collection of LEGOS from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

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

Teen Gaming

The Grove Hall Branch Library (41 Geneva Ave.) will host Teen Gaming on PS4 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on most Fridays.

For more information, phone 617-427-3337 or email

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 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

Back-to-school stories and crafts

Children, ages 12 and younger, are invited to the Uphams Corner Branch Library (500 Columbia Rd.) from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 7 to listen to fun school-themed stories and to make a paper bag backpack to help carry supplies.

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


The LEGO Club will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on most Thursdays at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. for children and tweens (ages 6 through 12 accompanied by an adult).

Come build and break down different LEGO creations.

For more information, phone 617-298-7841.

Friday Afternoon Fun

The Fields Corner Branch Library (1520 Dorchester Ave.) will be hosting Friday Afternoon Fun from 2 to 5 p.m. on most Fridays.

Puzzles, crafts and board games will be available for youth, ages 6 through 12 and their friends and family.

For more information, phone 617-436-2155 or 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.

“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

Family yoga

Family yoga will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at the Grove Hall Branch Library (41 Geneva Ave.) provided by the Hands to Heart Center.

Beginners are welcome and mats will be provided.

For more information, email or phone 617-427-3337.

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.

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.