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Prehistoric dinosaurs

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will celebrate Prehistoric Dino Day with fun programs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The zoo’s program Destination Dinosaur will close on Sept. 3 so the zoo will celebrate all things prehistoric with chats with zookeepers as they highlight a few of the zoo’s animals that may even be related to our dino friends.

At Destination Dino, visitors will come face-to-face with colossal creatures from the past, from the towering Tyrannosaurus Rex to the emu-like Citipati.

Nestled within a winding, wooded pathway, these roaring, life-like animatronic dinosaurs will thrill visitors of all ages. They can also visit the Dino Dig, where budding paleontologists can flex their fossil-finding muscles.

For more information, call 617-541-5466 or visit www.zoonewengland.org.

Citizenship information

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host a free drop-in USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 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.

Family identity explored

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will present “The Sound: if trees were water” with Beau Kenyon all day on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road.

The first of three-movements, “The Sound” explores family identity as the root to generating one’s own hopes and success. It gathers voice recordings from immigrant students of the Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINCA) and connects them throughout the city in a three-movement performance and sound installation. The concept and sound art is by Beau Kenyon with sculpture by Natalia Zubko.

Visit beaukenyon.com/thesound for more information about this and the remaining two movements that will be placed throughout the city.

Uphams Corner tour

Boston by Foot will offer guided walking tour of Uphams Corner from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Participants will meet at the Dorchester North Burying Ground gates, Columbia Road and Stoughton Street.

Walkers will explore one of the oldest crossroads in Boston. The tour will include the North Burying Ground, part of the Emerald Necklace that did not get built (and find out why), commercial buildings and much more.

Tickets are $12 general admission or free for Boston by Foot members and Uphams Corner residents and can be purchased from the guide or online in advance.

For further information, call 617-367-2345 or visit www.bostonbyfoot.org.

Antique cars and picnic

The sixth annual antique and exotic car show and family picnic will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Dorchester Park, 2174 Dorchester Ave.

The car show will be held on the lower field on Adams Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when awards will be given for the best in various categories. Games and activities for all the families start at noon on the upper field and continue to 4 p.m.

The sound of classic hit tunes will add atmosphere to the display of beautifully restored vehicles and a food truck will provide refreshments. Visitors can also tour the park in a horse and wagon and students from the Boston School of Music will perform contemporary and classical music. Lots of games and activities will be available for families and giant bubbles will float in the air to delight children.

Refreshments will be available for purchase and families are welcome to bring their own picnics.

Admission is free.

Visit www.dotpark.org or call 617-371-6085 for more information.

Performance in the park

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is presenting “Lavender Ruins” with Neil Leonard at 7 and 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28 at Franklin Park’s Overlook Shelter Ruins.

This evening concert sound installation by Leonard was made in response to “Fog x Ruins,” Fujiko Nakaya’s site-specific fog sculpture for Franklin Park’s Overlook Shelter Ruins. The composition fills the site of the dancing fog with sound that also pays tribute to the visionary concepts of Nakaya and the sonic imagination of Duke Ellington. The work revisits selected themes by Ellington including “Lady of the Lavender Mist,” “The Kissing Mist,” “Atmosphere (Moon Mist),” “A Blue Fog That You Can Almost See Through” and “The Fog That Clouds It.”

More details are available at www.emeraldnecklace.org or by calling 617-522-2700.

Turtle conservation

Zoo New England will host the first talk in the New England’s Conservation Lecture Series from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Turtle Swamp Brewery, 3377 Washington St.

Attendees can grab a fermented ale of choice, take part in a meet and greet with the animal ambassadors and then transition to a short lecture on a topic that highlights important work to save species both regionally and globally.

This month’s lecture is on the turtles of Massachusetts, a diverse group of fascinating animals with some amazing adaptations that have lived in this locale for more than 200 million years. Dr. Bryan Windmiller, director of conservation at Zoo New England, will discuss the habits and peculiarities of the armored Bay State residents and the programs that ZNE and others are doing to ensure their survival well into the future.

For more information, call 617-541-5466 or visit www.zoonewengland.org.

Industrial School exhibit

The Commonwealth Museum in the Massachusetts Archives building at Columbia Point is displaying “An Extraordinary Look into Ordinary Lives: Uncovering Dorchester’s Industrial School for Girls, 1859-1880” now through October.

History and archaeology combine to tell the story of Dorchester’s Industrial School for Girls, a 19th century “child-saving” institution, and those who walked its halls. The middle and upper class managers of the school trained these young girls in the domestic arts and proper female virtue in hopes that they would become productive members of the working class.

Using school records and artifacts uncovered during a 2015 archaeological dig, the Commonwealth Museum’s new lobby exhibit brings this never-before-told story of Victorian moral reform to life. The girls’ individual experiences at and after the school take center stage, but the exhibit also explores class dynamics, gender roles, race relations, sickness and disease and leisure in 19th century Boston.

Further information can be found at www.sec.state.ma.us/events or by calling 617- 727-9268.

Farmers’ market

The Dorchester summer farmers’ market is being held at Codman Commons on the corner of Washington and Talbot streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays now through Oct. 20.

Local vendors will sell meat, cheeses, baked goods, herbs, prepared goods, crafts, house wares and local farmers’ fruits and vegetables. Musical entertainment will be provided.

For more information, send an email to codmansquaremarket@gmail.com.