Dorchester neighborhood notes

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Designed by William Wetmore Story of Salem in 1866, this statue of Edward Everett was cast in Munich and set up in the Public Garden as a gift to the city from the citizens of Boston on Nov. 18, 1867. The statue was moved from the Public Garden on June 24, 1910, and in 1911, it was taken to Dorchester at the urging of the Dorchester Historical Society. It was later placed in Richardson Park next to Edward Everett Square. To learn more, visit the Dorchester Historical Society at

Veterans free at the Zoos

To honor the service of all veterans, the Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd. and Zoo New England, 149 Pond St. in Stoneham will offer free admission to veterans from Nov. 9 through Nov. 11.

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a memorable day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world and exploring all that the Zoos have to offer.

Free admission applies to tickets purchased at Admissions booths, not online; Guests must show proper military identification; Last admission will be at 3:30 p.m.

For other information, visit

Harvest Festival Luncheon Fundraiser

The Harvest Festival Luncheon Fundraiser will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Village Hall, 650 Dudley St.

The Annual Harvest Celebration is a traditional cultural fundraiser, giving thanks to God for His provision. The Saturday Luncheon will consist of a variety of dishes reflecting the diversity of the congregation and community, generously contributed by church families and area restaurants.

Supporting this fundraiser means helping The Salvation Army globally to combat hunger and restore hope through its World Services Program.

Tickets are $12 for Adults and $8 for Kids.

Visit to learn more.

Intimate Night of Worship

An Intimate Night of Worship with Guest Worship Leader, Michael Payne will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Grace Church of All Nations, 33 Elm Hill Ave.

Come and experience a personal encounter with the Holy Spirit.

This is a not-to-be-missed free event open to everyone.

For other information, visit

Harvest Worship Service

The Harvest Worship Service will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Chapel, 650 Dudley St.

The Service will feature seasonal expressions of gratitude to God in the form of song, sacred dance and a basket march.

Baskets of fruits and vegetables will be available for sale following the worship service during a time of fellowship with cider and light refreshments.

Visit to learn more.

JFK Library Forums

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point will host the following forums:

“Everyday Decisions and Environmental Challenges” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12; “A Conversation with Ash Carter from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18; “Creating a Sweet World of White House Desserts” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20; “Great Lives Worth Reliving with Mo Rocca” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov.25; “A Conversation with Stacey Abrams” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3; and “The Constitution: Changes and Challenges in US History” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

For more information and registration, visit

Pie in the Sky volunteering

Community Servings is looking for volunteers to help make their annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale a success. By signing up for a volunteer shift, you become part of their “secret ingredient” family.

The Pie in the Sky Box Party and Delivery event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 S. Bay Ave. in Dorchester.

With your help, they will make a party out of labeling and packaging thousands of pie boxes for delivery between 10 a.m. and noon and then delivering the pie boxes and tins to participating bakers throughout Greater Boston from noon to 2 p.m.

To sign up, visit, phone 617-522-7777 or email

Storytelling with Milbre

The riveting family-friendly performance of “Sky Stories from Around the World” will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave. and from 1 to 2 p.m. at Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.

Storyteller, Milbre Burch will feature folktales, myths and lore about the Sun, Moon, Stars, Milky Way and the Aurora Borealis gathered from all over the world.

For more information, visit

Ornament-making workshops

Ornament-making workshops will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, Nov. 14, Nov. 20 & Nov. 21 and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

All ages are welcome to join local artist Leslie MacWeeney as she guides the participants in the creation of ornaments to hang from the Fields Corner community tree.

For more information, visit

Peace-ing It Together

The Peace Institute, 15 Christopher St. will offer a three-day workshop for allies who want to deepen their understanding of racism as a root cause of violence and do more to support our peace-building work.

This course confronts the stigma and stereotypes held by white allies about urban communities of color. The workshop will focus on ways allies can engage in meaningful service and challenge racism in their own communities.

Peace-ing It Together, facilitated by Peace Institute and Visions Inc. Staff, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 (with dinner); from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 (with lunch); and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 16 (with light breakfast).

The investment is $400 and includes all meals and materials. Participants must attend all three sessions.

For more information and registration, visit or email or phone 617-825-1917.

‘Housing as History’

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will present the “Housing as History” panel discussions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays in November. A pre-talk reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This four-part series will look at the history of six housing sites across the city and examine the conditions for affordable and public housing today, highlighting the challenges – and opportunities – that lie ahead for Boston as follows:

Nov. 13: “Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens” at Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Dr.; and Nov. 20: “New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past” at MHS, 1154 Boylston St.

For more information and reservations, visit

‘Orchestrating Change’

The documentary “Orchestrating Change” will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave. followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers, Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin; Conductor Braunstein; Orchestra Executive Director Caroline Whiddon; musicians and noted disability scholars.

The 90-minute film follows the Boston- and Burlington, VT-based Me2/Orchestra, the only classical music organization in the world created by, and for, people with mental illness and those who support them.

Alternating between stories of Conductor Ronald Braunstein (whose bipolar illness sidelined a promising professional career) and the musicians for whom orchestra rehearsals and performances provide support and community, the film follows the maestro and his players as they prepare for a high-stakes concert.

For more information, visit

GLT Homecoming

Greater Love Tabernacle Homecoming will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. from Nov. 15 through Nov. 17 at Greater Love Tabernacle, 101 Nightingale St.

GLT will celebrate 30 years of ministry and impact in the community through song, comedy, inspiring words and more. There will be guest speakers, a meet and greet reception, worship and celebrations and worship encounters throughout the weekend. All are welcome to attend.

Visit for the schedule and registration.

‘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.

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 second performance 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

Pierce House tour

The Piece House at 24 Oakton Ave. will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 16. The last tour begins an hour before closing.

The Pierce House (1683) is one of the last surviving examples of seventeenth-century architecture in the city of Boston. Lived in by 10 generations of one family, the house documents the building practices and tastes of the Pierces over three centuries. Family members expanded and adapted their house to meet demands for space, function, comfort and privacy.

The Pierce family’s story highlights key aspects of social, local and New England history.

For more information and tickets ($5 adults; $4 seniors; $2.50 students), visit

Pole Sport Championship Competitions

Pole Sport Organization will host the Northeast Championship Competitions on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbus Rd.

The international pole dancing competition will take place as follows: Section 1 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. and Section 2 from 7:45 to 9:35 p.m. on Saturday and Section 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, including a schedule and tickets, visit

‘A Night at the Disco’

The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester will host “A Night at the Disco” with Booty Vortex on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 Saint James Ave.

The Gala will include dinner, dancing and the Grand Drawing.

Visit for tickets and other information.

‘JFK 100 – Milestones & Mementos’

The “JFK 100 – Milestones & Mementos” exhibition, commemorating President Kennedy’s centenary, will be on view through Nov. 28 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

This exhibition, featuring a compelling selection of items drawn mostly from the Kennedy Library’s collections, chronicles historic milestones in the Presidents career and administration, as well as the events of his personal and family life.

For other information visit

Paint Night

Project R.I.G.H.T. Inc. Paint Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 at the BCYF Grove Hall Community Senior Center, 51 Geneva Ave.

This is a free gathering open to all ages where you can paint along with celebrated community artists as they share their artistic techniques and process and then take home your cherished creations.

To register contact Carolyn Jackson at 617-879-7330 or email

For more information, visit

Kids Cooking with Miss Debbie

Kids Cooking with Miss Debbie will take place from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. on Mondays through Nov. 25 (except on Nov. 11) at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

The group will bake and cook a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts and side dishes from scratch using fresh and often locally-grown and organic ingredients.

Try new foods and learn the importance of a healthy diet while developing skills in math, reading, science, nutrition, cultural awareness and cooperative behavior.

For reservations and other information, visit

Community Game Night

Community Game Night will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St.

There will be a variety of tabletop games for all ages.

For more information, visit

Family Gym

A free play program for families with children ages three through eight years of age will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 23 at BCYF Holland Community Center 85 Olney St.

There will be games, music and giveaways.

For more information, contact Kevin Wong at 617-635-4920 x 2207 or email

Kids cooking/baking

Kids Cooking with Miss Debbie will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Nov. 27 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.

Children (with parental assistance) will learn how to make, bake and cook a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts, and side dishes from scratch using fresh and often locally-grown and organic ingredients while learning math, science, nutrition and cultural awareness.

For information and registration, visit

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester through June 11.

This inclusive program promotes movement exploration in a safe and supported environment, encourages social and emotional growth, and is taught by highly qualified faculty with extensive backgrounds in teaching and dance education for individuals with disabilities, ages 8 through 12 of all abilities.

For more information visit or contact Erin Ferrara, Director of Inclusive Services at or phone 617-288-7120.

Mobile market program

The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 398 Neponset Ave. from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and at 230 Bowdoin St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays; and at 1353 Dorchester Ave. from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 198 Geneva Ave. from 2 to 4 p.m. and at 100 Ames St. from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the year.

For more information, visit

Teen gaming

The Grove Hall Branch Library at 41 Geneva Ave. will host teen gaming on the PS4 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.

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


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.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Mother Goose on the Loose will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through Nov. 27 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.

This program is designed to help children up to 3 years of age (accompanied by their caregivers) develop language and motor skills through rhymes, songs, puppets and stories.

For more information and registration, visit or phone 617-427-3337.

Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K

The annual family-friendly Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

Registration and number pick up will start at 8 a.m. at the golf clubhouse (1 Circuit Dr.).

The race will begin at 9 a.m.

The awards, prizes and result will take place inside the clubhouse at approximately 9:50 a.m.

This signature fund-raising and fitness event brings to life the three pillars of the Franklin Park Coalition: Work, Play and Engage. The runner registration will support the coalition’s programs and events including conservation and stewardship, arts and health, and advocacy that happen year-round.

To register, visit

For other information, contact or call 617-442-4141.

‘Celebrate!’ Series

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point will host the “Celebrate!” family programming series from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on select days through April as follows:

Nov. 29: Wampanoag Nation Singers & Dancers; Dec. 26: National Marionette Theatre – “Peter and the Wolf;” Jan. 20 “Benkadi Drum and Dance;” Jan. 25: “Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy – “The Lion Dance;” Feb. 29: Valerie Tutson – “Tales from African Traditions;” Mar. 14: Celtic Bells – “The Irish in Boston;” Mar. 28: Bright Star Theatre – “We Can Do It! American Woman Through History;” and Apr. 21: Rick Adams – “Red’s Recycle-O-Rama.”

For more information and registration, visit or phone 617-514-1644.

Ladies of Love Women’s Ministry

Ladies of Love Women’s Ministry will be held at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at Greater Love Tabernacle, 101 Nightingale St.

Ladies of Love provides a place where women can safely voice their life experiences, whether they are traumatic disappointments or victories and discover love within themselves, through sisterhood and the love of Christ.

The group is open to women from various churches and denominations throughout Boston in efforts to unite women through the word of God, worship and fellowship.

For more information, visit or phone 617-740-9480.

Friday Afternoon Fun

The Fields Corner Branch Library (1520 Dorchester Ave.) hosts Friday Afternoon Fun from 2 to 5 p.m. on most weeks.

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

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.

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.

SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

Quilting classes

Quilting classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 16 at the Codman Square Branch Library at 690 Washington St.

Bring all the supplies and materials needed and learn how to cut, piece, sew, embellish, bind and finish a quilt. At the end of the year there will be a quilting show to display all the amazing quilts.

For more information, visit

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 workshops are at 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.

Homework help

Free drop-in homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 will be provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Codman Square (690 Washington St.), Fields Corner (1520 Dorchester Ave.), Grove Hall (41 Geneva Ave.), Lower Mills (27 Richmond St.) and Uphams Corner (500 Columbia Rd.) Branch Libraries through May 21.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

No registration is required.

For more information, visit

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. through May 28 on Mondays and Thursdays at Codman Square (690 Washington St.) and Lower Mills (27 Richmond St.), on Tuesdays at Fields Corner (1520 Dorchester Ave.), on Thursdays at the Grove Hall (41 Geneva Ave.) and every day at Uphams Corner (600 Columbia Rd.) Branch libraries.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

BPS SpedPac meetings

The general meetings of the Boston Public School’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (BPS SpedPac) will typically be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from through May 28 at the Richard J. Murphy School, 1 Worrell St.

BPS SpedPac is a citywide multi-lingual, multi-cultural council of parent volunteers that provides a voice and gives support for parents of children with special needs. The group works with the schools to ensure that children get the services and the support they need to develop to their full potential.

All parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, including the monthly meeting topics, visit