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Octoberfest

Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., will host the annual Oktoberfest from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.

This festive celebration with expanded capacity will make visitors feel like they are in Munich with live music from the Double Eagle Oktoberfest Band, traditional food and all things Oktoberfest. To keep things going, there will also be a DJ spinning beats from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. There will be plenty of German food to purchase, both sweet and savory.

Admission is free. Further information can be found at www.dorchesterbrewing.com or by calling 617-514- 0900.

‘Bike and Brew Fest’

The third annual Dorchester Bike and Brew Fest will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 in Peabody Square West Plaza and a small portion of Talbot Avenue between Dorchester and Welles Avenue that will be closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the festival.

This free, family-friendly festival will showcase the growing cycling community in Dorchester. There will be beer sampling with several local brewers, food trucks, live musical entertainment, workshops, bike safety demonstrations, prizes and more.

Visit www.greaterashmont.org or call 617- 825-3846 for more details.

Women’s healthcare

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will host a panel discussion “What’s at Stake for Women’s Health Care” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Leaders and policymakers will discuss the state of reproductive rights and what is at stake for women’s healthcare access in the Commonwealth and across the nation. Hosted in partnership with WBUR, the panel will address the significance of the Massachusetts legislature’s recent repeal of antiquated state abortion laws, the implications of proposed federal changes to Title X funding for health care providers and how policy makers and advocacy organizations are preparing for the changing makeup of the Supreme Court.

Panelists will include Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Monica Valdes Lupi, executive director, Boston Public Health Commission; and Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Carey Goldberg of WBUR will moderate.

Registration is required for this free program, online at www.emkinstitute.org.

Design for new library

Boston Public Library, the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services will host the second 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, Sept. 25 at the library, 690 Adams St.

The $18 million investment in a new Adams Street Branch highlights the Mayor’s commitment to investing in all Boston neighborhoods and delivering exceptional city services.

Architecture firm NADAAA leads the design phase of the project, which will build on the programming study completed with the community in 2017.

Most major renovations or new construction projects undergo a programming, design and construction phase, which always include significant community engagement at each step to gain input, feedback and insight from users.

All are welcome to attend.

Call 617-436- 6900 or visit www.bpl.org for more details.

Uphams Corner tour

Boston by Foot will offer guided walking tour of Uphams Corner from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26. 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.

Back to school tea

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will host a back to school tea from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

There will be fun crafts for the whole family while attendees sip their tea and share information about what is happening at the library in the fall and how it can fit into new school schedules. Admission is free.

Call 617-265-0139 for further information.

Princesses and pirates

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will host Princesses and Pirates Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Kids can meet a few of their favorite princesses and join Jack and the Pirates of the Rogues’ Armada as they invade the zoo. They can meet and pose for photos with the princesses and learn how to become a pirate under the instruction of Captain Jack and his crew. There will also be crafts, special animal encounters with tigers, birds, guinea hogs, and gorillas and an education station.

Call 617-541-5466 or visit www.zoonewengland.org for more information.

Music in the park

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops will host a free, musical afternoon in Franklin Park from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. The meeting place is Playstead Park, 25 Pierpont Road.

A pre-concert arts and community festival will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. with family-friendly activities presented by many of the city’s major institutions and local arts organizations, including an interactive mural, instrument playground, crafts, photo booth, live animal demonstrations and more. Families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before the concert.

Further information can be found online at www.franklinparkcoalition.org or by calling 617-442-4141.

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.