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Citizenship information


The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 19.


A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will give general information on immigration issues such as naturalization and citizenship, eligibility requirements, permanent residency, filing procedures, avoiding scams and finding low cost and safe advice.


This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement and Boston Public Library.


Call 617-565-9430 for more information.


Legacy concert


The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy concert and discussion will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St.


This community event will celebrate the life and legacy of King through music, spoken word and discussion.


 Headlining the event will be nationally recognized student musicians from Project STEP, a non-profit classical music program for students of color. Rev. Mark V. Scott will be the guest speaker and Amyr Ahmad will be the student speaker. Vocals will be provided by Pastor Natasha Sewell and spoken word by Mallory St. Brice (Rosebaby) and Dr. Stephen D. Atkins (3rd Knowledge.)


This program is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted.


 Refreshments will be served following the program.


Further information can be found at


Drum and dance


Benkadi Drum and Dance will perform in a special concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Stephen Smith Center, John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point. This multicultural dance and drum group will perform dances showcasing traditional West African rhythms and movements, with vivid costumes, interpretive dance and audience participation that will bring folktales to life. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 617-514-1646 or by sending an email to Adults must accompany children. Further information can be found at or by calling 617-514-1646.


Memorial breakfast St. Katherine Drexel, in collaboration with Black Catholic Ministries, will host the 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Memorial Breakfast from 9 to noon on Monday, Jan. 21 at the St. Katherine Drexel Church Hall, 517 Blue Hill Ave.


The Boston Black Catholic Choir will provide musical entertainment.


Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.


Visit for further details.




Zoo fun


The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will offer free admission to the zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


The day will include zookeeper encounters and chats with the keepers who work with sloths, red pandas, lions, gorillas and flamingos and on Franklin Farm and Birds’ World. Guests are invited to write messages of hope and peace on a mural located within the Tropical Forest Pavilion.


This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world.


Further information is available at or by calling 617- 541-5466.


Musical production


The Boston Arts Academy will present the Tony Award-winning “Memphis, The Musical” by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road.


An opening night preview reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, hosted by Boston Arts Academy’s Advisory Council with guest Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.


Admission is $100 and includes one adult ticket to the performance.


The evening will also feature a post-show talkback hosted by Malik Yoba, three-time NAACP Image Award winner, actor, musician and author.


“Memphis” is set where rock ‘n’ roll was born in the 1950s: the nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically rich Tennessee city. With an original score, it tells the fictional story of white DJ Huey Calhoun and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer. Despite the objections of their loved ones they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love challenge their relationship.


Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.


Further information can be found at or by calling 617-635-6470.


Starring Steve McQueen


The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will show the heist film “The Getaway” starring Ali McGraw and Hollywood icon Steve McQueen from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.


Admission is free.


For more details, call 617-298-7841.


Open house


The Dorchester YMCA, 776 Washington St., will host a summer camp open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.


New and returning campers are invited to meet camp counselors and staff for some camp fun. Kids will sample activities, meet the counselors and enjoy a special camp treat while parents preview all camp offering and meet camp staff who will answer all questions.


Summer learning, including literacy and STEM activities, are part of the Y summer experience, as well as arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, exploring nature and learning about other cultures.


Overnight camp opportunities and financial assistance are also available.


Visit or call 617-436-77500 for more information.


Farmers’ market


The Dorchester winter farmers’ market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays from Jan. 26 to March 30 at the Great Hall, Codman Square, 6 Norfolk St.


The market will feature farm fresh produce, local meat, dairy, cheeses, bakery products and local entertainment.


For more information, visit or call 617-265-4189.


Calling all princesses


The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will host “Winter Princesses” from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.


Families can meet, sing and share story time with their favorite winter princesses and explore the zoo. Inside the balmy Tropical Forest, they can enjoy the kids’ craft table, take part in a gorilla forage feed and enjoy zookeeper chats about chickens, sloths, guinea hogs, the farm animals and birds.


Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite fairytale-inspired outfits.


This program is free with zoo admission.


For more information, visit or call 617-989- 2000.