Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
This is the St. Teresa of Calcutta Church on Columbia Rd. in Dorchester. To learn more about this church, visit

Mosaic Workshop

Do you want to learn the ancient art of mosaics?

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. will host a three-part Mosaic Workshop for adults from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Feb. 8.

Participants will design and create a 6”x6” glass mosaic art panel to take home. Bring your ideas about a design you would like to create and the library will provide the rest.

Visit for required registration and other information.

Bilingual Vietnamese Storytime

The Hanh My Cultural Foundation will host a monthly Vietnamese Bilingual Storytime for children, ages 12 and younger, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave. Each month there will be a different theme and a corresponding art project.

The next storytime will be on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Visit for other information.

Building Bridges Unity Fundraiser

Come and celebrate the We Are Better Together Warren Daniel Hariston Project’s first annual Building Bridges Fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the John McKeon Post No. 146 Amvets, 4 Hill Top St.

Join a diverse gathering of civic and community members in honoring two community members that support the organization and mission.

The event will feature food, live music, and a silent auction.

All proceeds will support the unique WAB2G six-part healing program, the annual Retreat for mothers impacted by gun violence, and the Community Network and Resources program.

Visit to learn more about the organization and to purchase tickets ($50).

‘Sankofa: Past, Present, Future’

The Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts will present “Sankofa: Past, Present, Future” at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbus Rd.

Through dance and song, “Sankofa” chronicles the powerful stories of struggle, resilience and triumph of Black people.

Visit for tickets: $30; $20 Seniors/Students.

The Vermonter with Robyn

A meet-up and evening of wine and cheese for everyone who has knit, is knitting or is curious about following the patterns of “The Vermonter” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave.

During the gathering, you can admire each other’s colors choices, inspire those of you who are still in the process and praise each other’s creativity.

Reserve your free spot using coupon code “The Vermonter” at

Drop-In Valentine’s Day Crafts

Children and teens are invited to drop-in anytime from Saturday, Feb. 8 through Friday, Feb. 14 to make Valentine’s Day crafts using paper, hearts, and lots of glitter at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

Visit for other information, including the library hours.

Devine ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Devine Memorial Rink at 995 Morrissey Blvd. is open for public skating 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.

Winter Family Gym

A free drop-in play program for families with children, ages three through eight, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays from Feb. 8 through Apr. 11 at the Holland Community Center, 85 Olney St.

Visit, phone 617-635-5256 or email for other information.

Souper Bowl Fundraiser

The 12th annual Boston Souper Bowl fundraiser will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade St. in Roxbury. There will be four entrance times on the hour from 2 to 5 p.m.

More than a dozen phenomenal chefs will serve soups made from locally sourced ingredients to benefit Haley House’s programs which include a soup kitchen, housing, education and training, and social enterprise.

Upon entering, attendees will select a handcrafted ceramic bowl, courtesy of MassArt’s Center for Community Partnership and Clay for Change. Moving from station to station, guests will be treated to delicious soups. At the end of the event, attendees are invited to take their handmade bowls home.

Visit for tickets and other information.

All About Anansi

Join storyteller, Valerie Stephens, as you learn all about Anansi the spider, who was born amongst the Ashanti oral culture of the people of Ghana and became one of the more famous characters in folklore.

The group will celebrate the much-beloved trickster spider who has brought joy to many generations through interactive stories, games and songs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 10 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.; from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.; from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.; and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Visit for other information.

Union Capital Network Night

Union Capital Boston and Codman Square Health Center invite Dorchester residents for a night of connecting with community members and engaging in meaningful discussion about issues, action, and resources to help each other from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 at The Great Hall, 6 Norfolk St.

Exchange favors and resources, join the UCB Rewards program, and enter the raffle.

Stop by the Codman Square Health Center table to learn about programs and resources that they offer.

Dinner and child care will be provided.

Visit or for other information.

Caregivers support group

A Caregivers Support Group will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays on the month at Carney Hospital, 2100 Dorchester Ave.

This free program, facilitated by Beverly Moore, APRN, is open to all those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Moore can be reached at 617-233-1145 with any questions.

‘Lifting up Democracy from Grassroots to Grass Tops’

The University of Massachusetts Boston (Campus Center 2nd Floor Alumni Lounge, 100 William T Morrissey Blvd.) will host “Our Shared Work: Lifting up Democracy from Grassroots to Grass Tops” from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 13.

During challenging times in the socio-economic and political landscape, how does and can the university work with communities to engage individuals in efforts to lift-up democracy through grassroots organizing, public policy and institutional reforms, and civic engagement?

How do they work together to ignite activism and support activists looking to build a stronger, more just and equitable democracy that also addresses the needs of our most vulnerable communities?

The fireside chat will be an opportunity to deepen the dialogue about community based partnerships, the role of the university in the greater community, and ways they can engage in lifting up our democracy with integral partners.

Visit for reservations and other information.

TILL Autism Workshop

The TILL Autism Workshop: Dorchester Neighborhood and Social Skills Playtime will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14, and June 11 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.

This workshop offers parents and care providers of people with autism a chance to build and create an inclusive and supportive environment and network for people with autism and their families.

Visit for other information.

Dot Jazz Series

Enjoy a night of experimental jazz music from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays in the Parish Hall at All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St. as follows:

The Dot Jazz Series will include Eric Hofbauer’s Book of Fire (Feb. 13); Myrtle (Mar. 12); the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (Apr. 16); and the Gregory Groover Quartet (May 24).

The concerts are intended for youth under age 18 years of age – admission is free; adults $15.

Visit or for other information, including the evening lineup.

TAPS Togethers

TAPS Togethers will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Starbucks, 36 District Ave.

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) is a US non-profit organization that provides care and support to families and friends grieving the loss of a member of the Armed Forces. TAPS Togethers focus on setting an environment for impactful experiences and organic conversations to occur to encourage hope and healing when TAPS families are together.

Visit or to learn more.

‘Our Story!’

The OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center will present “Our Story! Celebrating the African American Experience” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd.

“Our Story” is a compilation of poetry, dance, music and scenes from historical and current events significant to African and African-American history.

These performances will feature amazing acting, dancing, and singing by talented students from local colleges, high schools, and middle schools, adult professionals and OriginiNation’s professional youth dance companies.

Tickets are $20 in advance at or $25 at the door.

Chill on Park book group

Join Chill on Park and the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave. to discuss The Guest Book by Sarah Blake from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

All are welcome.

Visit for other information.

Relax and Release Yoga

Join Yogi, Melody Sylvain for a relaxing all ages yoga class from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

Visit for other information.

Play Reading for Teens

Do you enjoy reading aloud, being dramatic and having fun?

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd. will host a Play Reading program for teens from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. on Feb. 20 and Feb. 24.

Each week the group will pick parts, read a script and act out some simple improve games. Even if you have never read a play before you are welcome to join the fun.

Registration is required; phone 617-265-0139 to register.

Visit for other information.

Between the Covers Book Club

The Between the Covers (contemporary romance for young adults) Book Club will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.

The group will discuss I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella. Copies of the books are available at the library.

Visit for other information.

Tracing Our Roots Workshops

Want to learn more about your ancestors, but not sure how to start? A four-class Tracing Our Roots workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Feb. 25 at the Freedom House, 6 Crawford St.

To register, visit or phone 765-734-3736.

‘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. as follows:

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.

Chess Club

The Chess Club is held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave. for teens, ages 13 through 18.

Challenge a friend or meet someone new. All levels welcome.

Visit for other information.

Parkinson’s Symposium

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center’s Department of Neurology and 110 Fitness will host the second annual Parkinson’s Symposium for Veterans, First Responders and Caregivers from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Mar. 20 at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St. in Dorchester.

Registration is required at

Anime Club

The Anime Club for youth (ages 10-17) meets from 3 to 5 p.m. every other Wednesday at Grove Hall, 41 Geneva Ave. to talk, watch shows and movies and chat about manga.

For more information, visit

Parent Café at Epiphany ELC

A weekly support group for parents of children, ages five and younger, is held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays at Epiphany Early Learning Center, 230 Centre St. (2nd floor classroom).

Parent Cafes are physically and emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers talk about he challenges and victories of raising a family.

After a parent check-in, there will be a presentation with a community expert including relevant topics such as financial planning, housing, relationships and social contributions, sibling rivalry, sleep, support in time of need, and starting a book club.

Light refreshments will be served.

Visit to learn more.

Brown Bag Book Club

Join a book discussion from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month at the Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave.

Bring your lunch and your knitting, of course.

Visit for other information.

Hatha Yoga

Join Integral Yoga Instructor Alicia Zipp from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for Hatha Yoga at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Beginners are welcome.

Visit for other information.

Winter Farmers Market

The Winter Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Mar. 28 in The Great Hall of the Codman Square Health Center, 6 Norfolk St.

Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables and listen to a live performance and/or enjoy crafts when available.

SNAP match and SNAP/HIP/EBT accepted.

If you would like to volunteer, email Whitney at

Dorchester Running Club

The Dorchester Running Club believes that exercise should be fun and social so bring a friend and join them at 7 a.m. on Saturdays for a Group Run/Walk at the Garvey Park, Neponset Ave.

Everyone is welcome – all paces, abilities and fitness levels included.

Follow them on Facebook or Twitter: @dotrunners.

Latino Dance Lessons

Latino Dance Lessons will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Beginners) and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Advanced) on Sundays through Apr. 26 at the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club, 15 Talbot Ave.

Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa – polish your skills or learn new dance moves for their annual gala in May. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Each class is $12 with discounts available.

This event is presented by Latino Law Enforcement Group of Boston (LLEGO) in partnership with Noche Latina Dance Company.

For more information, contact Jeanette Origel at

Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack, and clean up. The trucks will be at the following Sites:

Dorchester area

Franklin Field Senior Center, 100 Ames St. (off Westview Street) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays; Peabody Englewood Apt., 1875 Dorchester Ave. from 3 to 5 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays; New Franklin Park Apt., 282 Talbot Ave. at Aspinwall St. inside the community center from noon to 1:30 p.m. on alternate Fridays; Upham's Corner Health Center, 415 Columbia Rd. from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays; and the Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St. from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Grove Hall area

First Parish Church, 10 Parish St. Meetinghouse Hill (next to Mather School) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Fridays; Lena Park Community Center, 150 American Legion Hwy from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays; and Bethel Hispanic Seventh Day Church, One Dix St. (corner of Dorchester Ave) from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays.

Field’s Corner area

Mohammed's Mosque No. 11, 10 Washington St. (Unity Plaza) from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Grove Hall Senior Bldg., 51 Geneva Ave. from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on alternate Fridays.

Visit for other information. For questions and concerns, phone 617-288-6185.

Walking Group/Snow Shoeing

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a family-friendly Walking Group/Snowshoeing group as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 9 a.m. on Sundays through April 26 at Franklin Park.

Experience the strength-training and cardio benefits of walking or snowshoeing through Franklin Park. Meet at the William J. Devine Clubhouse, One Circuit Dr., Jamaica Plain, for a group walk that is sure to work your core, quads, and lung capacity. All fitness levels are welcome. Distances may vary. Dress for the weather.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.


The Boston Parks and Recreation is hosting a family-friendly Bootcamp class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 29 at the ADSL Building at Town Field, 1545 Dorchester Ave.

Bootcamp is designed to target your cardiovascular system and muscles utilizing exercises such as jumping jacks, push-ups, and lunges. All fitness levels are welcome.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.

Thursday Social Crafting

The Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave. welcomes all knitters and crocheters to join the yarn fun around the table from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

This is a social gathering for good company and good conversation – no instructions will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share.

Visit for other information.

Community game night

The Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St. hosts a community game night on the first Mondays of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The library will have a variety of tabletop games for all ages.

Visit for other information.

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 is 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. hosts 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

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.

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

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