Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Erected in 1867 by the Pickwick Club, the Soldiers' Monument lists the names of those Dorchester residents who fell in the service of their country during the Civil War. To learn more, visit the Dorchester Historical Society at

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 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

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Can you solve this ZOOdunnit and find out who’s been causing such mischief?

Brush off your detective hat and magnifying glass and head over to the Franklin Park Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during School Vacation Week through Feb. 23.

Visit Detective Headquarters in the Tropical Forest, where you’ll make your trusty clue notebook, receive your mission for the day, and learn about the suspected animal culprits. Along to help you crack the puzzle is Mazine, the two-toed sleuth. Don’t be deceived by the slow reputation – Maxine is quite the quick-witted sloth, and ready to get to the bottom of this case as swiftly as possible.

On Feb. 17, celebrate Little Joe, the gorilla’s 27th birthday. Festivities include cake for the guests, enrichment treats for the gorillas, crafts and more.

Visit for tickets and other details.

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. 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.

Make it Mondays: Cheese Quesadillas

Make it Mondays will focus on cooking from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

With a bit of chopping and grating, tweens and teens will make some delicious vegetarian quesadillas.

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.

The Getting to the Point: Richard Blanco

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point (210 Morrissey Blvd) will host Richard Blanco for a Getting to the Point discussion from 6 to 7:30 pm. on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Blanco will explore themes of how Americans can find common ground through shared experiences and ideals as he performs a poetry reading from his recent poetry collection “How to Love a Country.”

He will also engage in a book signing.

Free with advanced reservations at

Advocacy, Bullying Prevention & Open Discussion

Advocacy, Bullying Prevention & Open Discussion will be the topic of the monthly SPEDPAC meeting slated for 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Richard J. Murphy School, 1 Worrell St.

All parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. Childcare is available and dinner will be served.

Visit for more information.

STEAM Saturday

The New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Leahy-Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell St. from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 29.

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 and the animals that live there, and join them in protecting the blue planet.

Phone 617-635-5150 for more information.


PHUNK World will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbus Rd.

Comprised of spoken word/poetry along with hip-hop dancing, Phunk World was written to creatively showcase, through hip-hop, a positive outlook on today’s world. Taking place in the present time, the story focuses on a group of children strongly affected by negativity and the current environment. Desperately looking for an escape and a better place (and way) to live, they are magically ushered through a computer screen to an old school TV by a crew of hip-hop fairies who take them into a New World – Phunk World – where the children through a hip-hop twist of classic TV will learn that all races can celebrate their differences and live together in peace.

Promoting positivity and harmony while both encouraging young people and introducing the art of hip-hop dance and culture are ultimately the goals of Phunk World.

Visit for tickets ($15-$20) and other information.

Jammin’ for Jimmy 2020

An evening of fun and music to benefit the James P. “Jimmy” Cawley Scholarship at UMass Boston will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St.

The Boston ILL Harmonic (chamber rock ensemble) will perform music by the Beatles followed by live band Beatles karaoke.

The Jimmy Cawley Scholarship was created in memory of Dorchester’s native son Jimmy Cawley, who lost his battle with cancer in 2015. An active political volunteer and advocate for people with disabilities in his job at WORK Inc., Jimmy’s scholarship is set up to benefit a student from Dorchester who is majoring in political science.

General admission is $10 at the door. Raffle prizes, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, and a cash drawing will be held.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the cash drawings, contact Elisa Birdseye at

‘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.

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.

Adaptive Dance - Arts - Music

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester present inclusive, educational and healthy activities for children, ages 5 through 17, that promotes movement, coordination, and confidence in members while engaging with their peers.

Visit or contact Erin Ferrara, Director of Inclusive Services at or phone 617-288-7120 to learn more.

Fun in the Tropics at Franklin Park Zoo

Longing for an island getaway? Escape to the Tropics with the Zoo’s emerging leaders group, The Wild Things from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 21 at the Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd.

Wear your best luau gear to dance and limbo your way through the Tropical Forest with friends. Watch the ring-tail lemurs as they discover tropical themed enrichment in their decorated exhibit, and catch the special opportunities to meet some of the Zoos animal ambassadors.

Join Zoo staff to learn more about the free-flight birds, including scarlet ibis, yellow-billed storks, hadada ibis and others.

This 21+ event includes one drink ticket, appetizers and a cash beer and wine bar.

Early Bird Admission through Mar. 7: $30; Regular and Day of Admission: $40.

Visit for tickets 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 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.

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

Friday afternoon fun

Help work a puzzle, make a craft, or try one of the board games with your family and/or friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on most Fridays through Apr. 24 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

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ADLS Programs

The All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADLS) Programs are looking for participants and volunteers to make this year a huge success.

ADLS offers a variety of sports, nutrition and enrichment programs including Baseball/Softball/T-Ball, Basketball, and Rugby; Fitness Programs; Fit Kitchen; and Summer Programs.

Register to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach at or phone 617-287-1601.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 through Apr. 11 at the Holland Community Center, 85 Olney St.

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

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.

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.

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

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; at 5 Kimball St. from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at 198 Geneva Ave. from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and at 100Ames St. from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; and at 5 Kimball St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the year.

For more information, visit

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.

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