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Remembering Black April

The Vietnamese American Community Center, 42 Charles St., will present “Remembering Black April,” the next in the Speaker’s Series, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

For many in the Vietnamese American community, “Black April,” or the Fall of Saigon, holds a significant reminder of the trauma and sacrifices that many endured. Leading the discussion will be former Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen, who was born in a refugee camp. He went on to become the city’s first Vietnamese American mayor. The community is invited for an evening with hopeful discussion about what Black April signifies 40-plus years later and how young leaders in the diaspora are paving the way forward.

A donation of $10 is suggested. To register and for more information, visit www.vietaid.org.

John Lithgow conversation

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will present “A Conversation with John Lithgow” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29.

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor, author and musician Lithgow will reflect on his distinguished career and the importance of the arts. This program is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Reservations are required for this free program by calling 617-514-1646 or online at www.jfklibrary.org.

Classical guitar concert

The Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., will welcome guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan in concert at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30.

Larget-Caplan will present a program of guitar music from around the world. Admission is free.

Call 617-436-6900 for further details.

Truth in news

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will welcome Bob Schieffer  in conversation with Jill Lepore from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

Longtime CBS journalist and former host of “Face the Nation” Schieffer will discuss his new book “Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News” with Jill Lepore, Harvard University professor of history and author of “These Truths: A History of the United States.”

Reservations are required for this free program by calling 617-514-1646 or online at www.jfklibrary.org.

New library discussion

Boston Public Library, the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services will host the first community advisory committee meeting regarding the design of the new Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 at the library, 690 Adams St.

Architecture firm NADAAA has been selected to lead the design phase of the project, which will build on the programming study completed by NADAAA with the community in 2017. The new Adams Street Branch will also include a public art project.

All are welcome to attend. Call 617-436- 6900 for more information.

A night of jazz

Jazz Night Spring 2018 will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 at UMass Boston Performing Arts, Recital Hall, 100 Morrissey Blvd.

The UMass Boston Jazz Ensembles’ program is fueled by an improvisational spirit that evolves until the moment the show starts, and no two shows are ever exactly alike. Students bring all their musicianship and personality to interpret classic jazz works in their own ways, as individuals and groups.

All are welcome, with free parking on campus. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and alumni.

For more information, visit www.umb.edu/news.

Starring Myrna Loy

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will screen movies starring 1940s movie queen Myrna Loy from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during May.

The library will show the screwball comedy “The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer” co-starring Cary Grant on May 4; “Love Me Tonight” on May 11; the comedy “Wife vs. Secretary” with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow on May 18; and “Libeled Lady” co-starring Spencer Tracy on May 25.

Admission is free.

Call 617-298-7841 for more information.

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, May 5.

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 John McCarthy at 617-565-9430 for more information.

Invasive plants walk

The Boston Nature Center and the Franklin Park Coalition will host a guided invasive plant walk at Franklin Park from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 5.

While enjoying the scenery at beautiful and historic Franklin Park, participants will learn about some invasive plants in the area, how they spread and how they can be stopped, as well as learn about plant identification and practice in the field.

Registration is required for this free program, online at www.massaudubon.org or by calling 617-983-8500.

ArtWeek at the zoo

The community is invite to celebrate ArtWeek Boston in a wild way at Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Families will enjoy a fun-filled day discovering how animals and the many mediums of art have influenced each other.

Activities will include zookeeper chats; watch the artists from the New England Watercolor Society as they draw inspiration from the animals and paint their likenesses en plein air; create ocean-themed art with Bow Seat Ocean Awareness programs and view their pop-up art exhibit featuring pieces created by students; enjoy the music of local a cappella group Random Chants; and get creative with the Zoo’s Green Team, who will be making crafts out of recycled materials.

Admission is free with zoo admission.

Visit www.zoonewengland.org or call 617- 541-5466 for further information.

Salsa dance classes

The Latino Law Enforcement Group of Boston will host salsa dance classes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays now through May 6 at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club, 15 Talbot Ave.

The lessons are in partnership with Noche Latina Dance Company, the Berkshire Partners Blue Hills Club, the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston. Lessons are $12 per person and per class. Drop-ins are welcome and all are invited – beginners as well as those with some dance experience.

LLEGO Boston is a social group of law enforcement officers and citizens who have come together to promote community policing, engage with the community and encourage young people to consider law enforcement as a career.

For more information, call 857-389-1776 or email jeanetteorigel@gmail.com.

Carousel is open

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the summer season.

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.