Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
On Saturday, June 16, 2007, Mayor Thomas M. Menino dedicated the 11-and-a-half-foot high sculpture by artist Laura Baring Gould of the Clap’s Favorite Pear. In the 19th century, the Clap/Clapp family on nearby Boston Street hybridized the Clap’s Favorite variety among many others. To learn more, visit the Dorchester Historical Society at

Holiday caroling time

Caroling with the Boston City Singers will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

They will offer music for everyone – Christmas carols, Hanukkah favorites, Kwanza’s celebration of unity and ancestry, and popular tunes that showcase the beautiful New England landscape.

For other 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

‘Turkeys and Toys Drive’

The Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month committee is holding a “Turkeys and Toys Drive” to help make Thanksgiving happier and Christmas merrier.

They are seeking your financial donations (via check) and/or Turkeys to be delivered on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 and/or toys to be delivered by Dec. 22 and Dec. 23.

You can also help by supporting your local food pantry, shelter, place of worship, and/or sharing a meal or gifts with a needy family now and throughout the coming year.

For more information on these opportunities, visit Louis D. Brown Peace Institute at

Make it Mondays: Cooking

Tweens and teens will chop and simmer to create a cozy delicious Pumpkin Soup at Make it Mondays: Cooking from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 25 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

For other 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 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

JFK Library Forums

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

“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

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

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

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.

‘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

‘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.

Devine ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Devine Memorial Rink at 995 Morrissey Blvd. will be open for public skating from Nov. 29 through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours: Sunday from 4 to 5:50 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 2:20 p.m.; and Saturdays from 7 to 8:50 p.m.

Phone 617-436-4356 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

STEAM Saturday at Perkins

The New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Perkins Community Center, 115 Talbot Ave. from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Come explore family-friendly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. Find out if you are taller than a whale rib. Learn about the ocean, the animals that live there and join in protecting the blue planet.

For more information, phone 617-635-5146.

Majah Hype Comedy Show

The Majah Hype Comedy Show will begin at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbus Rd. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Majah Hype is an ambassador of Caribbean culture, using his seamless accents, comedic timing, and true-to-life material to connect people from all walks of life and, behind the humor, is a serious commitment to Caribbean unity. He has rightfully earned the title, King of Caribbean Comedy.

For other information including tickets, visit

Holiday jazz concert

Jason Palmer Quintet (jazz) will present a holiday concert in collaboration with the Summer Street Brass Band from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St.

Required complementary tickets are available at while other information is available at

Paint Night

Project R.I.G.H.T. Inc. Paint Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on 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

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.

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 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