Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Bilingual Vietnamese Storytime

The Hanh My Cultural Foundation will host a monthly Vietnamese Bilingual Storytime for children, ages twelve 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, March 7.

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Irish history and more at EMK Institute

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point (210 Morrissey Blvd) offers a drop-in tour from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

The March 7th tour will feature Irish history in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Join the Institute staff as they discuss Irish descended senators and explore Senator Kennedy’s special relationship with Ireland and his family heritage. Then join a special variation of the Today’s Vote program focusing on the Senate’s role in Impeachment.

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What’s Cooking

Children’s cooking classes (for ages 7 to 10) will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St.

On the menu: veggie tacos, mini frittatas, and a dessert.

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Shamrock Splash

The 10th annual Shamrock Splash will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 at the BCYF Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Rd. at M St. Beach.

Join Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for a quick dip in the cold, clean harbor, a refreshing Harpoon beer, warm food, a great party, raffles, and an even better cause.

Check in will begin at 10 a.m., the Splash will start at 11 a.m. and the Boston Harbor’s best winter beach party will commence as soon as everyone is back on land.

All proceeds raised by the Harpoon Shamrock Splash directly benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and DCR’s better Beaches Program, providing free events and activities on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket, including East Boston, South Boston, and Dorchester.

Visit for registration and other information.

Community Seder

ADL New England will host the annual “A Nation of Immigrants” Community Seder from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 at the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom, 100 Morrissey Blvd.

They will model the traditional celebration of the Passover Seder and share readings, songs and stories from the diverse backgrounds that make up our great nation.

All are welcome to come together to honor this tradition and to celebrate all of our unique journeys. A light meal will be served.

Visit for required reservations.

Make it Mondays: Painter’s Cap Decorating

Make it Mondays will focus on crafts from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Monday, March 9 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

With creativity and fabric paint tweens and teens can style your own painter’s cap.

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‘The Future of Irish Cuisine’

The Kennedy Library Forum will present “The Future of Irish Cuisine” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point.

Jp McMahon, Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur, author, and food educator, will discuss his distinguished career and new book, The Irish Cookbook, which draws on current research to inform this collection of authentic traditional recipes and new interpretations of classic dishes and indigenous Irish ingredients.

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Traveling with the Green Book in Boston

Join City Mission for the first annual tour of The Green Book Tour of Boston from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

The Green Book was considered to be the AAA guide for black motorist who took to American roads. First published in 1936, during the period of Jim Crow segregation, it identified establishments, such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, barber shops, and drug stores that would accept the business of African Americans. To stay safe black people never left home without a plan and a copy of the Green Book.

The group will meet at the South End House, 48 Rutland St. The Tour will include presentations; “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” documentary; a Walking Tour to several Green Book sites in the South End; and lunch at the historic Slade’s Restaurant, a Green Book site.

Cost $40 (includes tour and lunch). Deadline to register: March 11

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Gaston Institute 30 Years Anniversary Breakfast

The Gaston Institute 30 Years Anniversary Breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom.

For three decades they have been working to promote the development of Latino leaders, advance Latino student success, and perform research on issues that impact the Latino community in Massachusetts.

Visit for tickets ($75) and other information, including a list of speakers.

The Hitchhiker with Valerie

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 Hitchhiker” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13 at the Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave.

During the gathering, you can admire each other’s color 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 Hitchhiker” at

‘Climate Change, Survival and Deepening Our Humanity’

The Kennedy Library Forum will present “Climate Change, Survival and Deepening Our Humanity” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point.

Award-winning musician and Emerson College artist-in-residence Toshi Reagon appears in conversation with the Rev. Mariama White-Hammon, founding pastor of the New Roots AME Church. Join the discussion on how the belief systems that define and maintain our societies impact the planet and influence our survival.

Co-presented with the citywide read of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower and in association with ArtsEmerson, New Roots Church and the Boston Public Library.

Visit and/or artsemerson/org for other information.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Zoo

Go green from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd.

Watch animals receive green-theme enrichment treats in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Get creative at the arts and crafts table and visit the education station to test your animal knowledge.

Visit for tickets and other information including Zookeepers chats.

'The Stone Age: A Forgotten Era'

The National Parks Department will present "The Stone Age: A Forgotten Era" from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St.

This program explores the life long fight of Massachusetts’ own Lucy Stone to win equal voting rights for women and African Americans. Despite leading both the women’s rights and abolitionists movements, Stone’s name is often absent from the history, yet is so integral to the nations evolution.

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Community Breakfast 2020

The Community Breakfast 2020 will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 26 in the Ballroom at the University of Massachusetts Boston Campus, 100 William T Morrissey Blvd.

The Robert H. Quinn Award for Outstanding Community Leadership will be presented to Fr. Richard “Doc” Conway for his remarkable 60-year ministry and his tireless advocacy on behalf of Marginalized youth in Dorchester.

The Chancellor’s Award for Longstanding Community Commitment and Service will be presented to Sandra Cotterell for providing accessible preventive and primary medical services to the community as CEO of the Codman Square Health Center.

Register at by March 12.

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, March 12, April 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.

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‘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:

March 14: Celtic Bells – “The Irish in Boston;” March 28: Bright Star Theatre – “We Can Do It! American Woman Through History;” and April 21: Rick Adams – “Red’s Recycle-O-Rama.”

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

Mother's Day Walk for Peace 2020

The 24th annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace will be held on Sunday, May 10. The pledge walk is a fundraiser for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute's work to support families affected by homicide and its efforts to create a more peaceful society.

Walkers will gather at Town Field Park (1520 Dorchester Ave. in Fields Corner), for on-site registration beginning at 6 a.m., a program at 8 a.m., and the step-off at 8:30 a.m. Walkers can also join at a second entry point at approximately 9:45 a.m. at Madison Park High School (75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury Crossing). The walk will loop back to Town Field Park for a closing ceremony at 11:15 a.m.

For more information and registration, visit

Register by March 14 and receive a free t-shirt.

To support the B-PEACE for Jorge team, go to

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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 (March 12); the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (April 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.

Devine ice skating rink schedule

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

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, March 20 at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St. in Dorchester.

Registration is required at

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, March 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.

Regular and Day of Admission: $40.

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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, Mar. 23 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.

The group will discuss Fix Her Up by Tessa Baily.

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Chill on Park book group

Join Chill on Park and the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave. to discuss The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

All are welcome.

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Hatha Yoga

Join Integral Yoga Instructor Alicia Zipp from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays for Hatha Yoga at Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Beginners are welcome.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 April 24 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

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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 March 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 April 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 April 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, at 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