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Future senators

 

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will host “Future Senators” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24.

 

The live “Future Senator with Ruff Ruffman!” program will introduce the Kennedy Institute’s 5 through 11 year-old visitors to the legislative process.

 

Inside the full-scale Senate Chamber, young “Future Senators” will be introduced to an issue relevant to kids: whether the U.S. government should require a longer school day.

 

Featuring a segment from PBS’s “Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman,” the program includes “experts” on the issue for kids to interview and time for a spirited debate about what the “Future Senators” have learned. The program concludes with a culminating voice vote in the Senate Chamber, like real Senators.

 

Further information can be found at www.emkinstitute.org or by calling 617-740- 7000.

 

Winter crafts

 

The Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., will offer a free winter “crafternoon” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

 

Children ages 6 and older and their caregivers can join in a cozy afternoon of winter paper crafts and hot cocoa.

 

Call 617-436-6900 for further details.

 

Salary negotiation workshop

 

A free salary negotiation workshop for women will be held from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

 

Attendees will learn how to confidently and successfully negotiate salary and benefits packages. They will gain confidence in negotiation styles through facilitated discussion and role-playing and learn: how to identify and articulate personal value; how to develop persuasive responses and other strategies to use when negotiating; how to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits; and about the wage gap, including its long-term consequences.

 

AAUW Work Smart in Boston is an initiative of AAUW and the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement to train half the working women of Boston to negotiate their salary and benefits packages over five years.

 

For more information, visit www.bpl.org or call 617-436-2155.

 

Glover’s Corner initiative

 

The Boston Planning and Development Agency will host a workshop to discuss the PLAN: Glover’s Corner initiative from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 27 at Cristo Rey Boston High School, 100 Savin Hill Ave.

 

The meeting will build on a November workshop that evaluated the relation between public goods (affordable housing, infrastructure and open space) and building dimension.

 

These topics, along with urban design guidelines, have been refined based on input received in November.

 

Call 617-918-4352 or email marie.mercurio@boston.gov for more information.

 

Pajama story time

 

The Uphams Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will host Pajama Story Time at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28.

 

Kids are welcome to wear their pjs, bring a stuffed animal and listen to bedtime stories.

 

Call 617-265-0139 for further information.

 

Read across America

 

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will host a celebration in conjunction with “Read Across America” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

 

Families can join in story time at 11 a.m. with Big Joe the Storyteller in the Hippo Theatre. There will also be a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog, special zookeeper chats, an arts and crafts table and more.

 

Clifford the Big Red Dog will be in the Tropical Forest from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at half hour intervals. Be sure to bring your camera, as visitors of all ages will have an opportunity for a meet and greet with everyone’s favorite canine.

 

Admission is free with zoo admission. For more information, visit www.zoonewengland.org or call 617-989-2000.

 

Pet clinic

 

The City of Boston and the Animal Rescue League of Boston will host a dog licensing and low cost rabies vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave.

 

Pets must be held by a person, ages 18 years or older. Cats must be in a vari-kennel or similar pet carrier. Pets will get a three-year rabies vaccine if owners can show written proof that the last vaccine was given 9 to 12 months prior to the clinic date or that the pet has had a three-year rabies vaccine at any point in the past.

 

The vaccine fee is $5, $2 for senior owners and $10 for non-Boston residents. Dog license fee is $15 for spayed/neutered pets or $30 for intact male/females. There is no charge to license dogs for owners, ages 70 or older.

 

Call 617-635-5348 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/animals for more details.

 

Banquet fundraiser

 

The annual Evacuation Day banquet to honor John Beatty, 118th Chief Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Boston Teachers’ Union Hall, Carson Place, 180 Mount Vernon St.

 

An authentic corned beef and cabbage sit-down dinner will be served. Nationally known Irish band, Boston’s Erin Og will provide the entertainment, and the James M. Kelly Shamrock Awards for community service will be presented.

 

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council is sponsoring this fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the parade.

 

Tickets are $40 per person. For information or tickets, call 844-478-7287 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-boston-allied-war-veterans-council-chief-marshals-banquet-tickets

 

Tax help

 

The Wellness and Fitness Center, 450 Washington St., is hosting free tax clinics now until April 13.

 

Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

 

Hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free tax preparation is offered by the Codman Square Health Center in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

 

Further information can be found at http://www.bostontaxhelp.org.

 

Farmers’ market

 

The Dorchester winter farmers’ market is being held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays now through 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 www.facebook.com/DorchesterWinterFarmersMarket or call 617-265-4189.

 

Pop-up art talk

 

A pop-up talk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art.

 

Tickets are free with museum admission.

 

Visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-478- 3103 for further details.