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Dorchester Stringfest

The Dorchester Stringfest will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Chapel, 650 Dudley St.

Cello and vocal trio Voci Angelica will lead the Dorchester Stringfest, adapting Puerto Rican folksong arrangements for the Conservatory Lab Charter School youth ensemble.

Complementary seats are on a first come basis. Visit celebrityseries.org for more information.

Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan

The Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan will be at the Franklin Park Zoo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.

A professional photo team will be on hand to snap and send your Santa photo directly to your inbox for free.

Warm up inside the Tropical Forest building as you watch some of the animals receive festive enrichment, and be sure to stop by their Education Station for some zoorific crafts and activities all free with the general Zoo admission.

Visit zoonewengland.org for tickets and other information.

‘Make it Mondays’

Tweens and teens are invited to “Make it Mondays” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

Dec. 16 - Cooking: Gingerbread Cookie Decorating

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

Gingerbread House Workshops

The Gingerbread House Workshops will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 through Dec. 19 and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

All the supplies, decorating tips and guidance will be provided. All ages are welcome. Plan to attend at least two of the sessions to complete the project.

To learn more, visit bpl.org/events.

‘Healing the Heart’

We are Better Together, a Warren Daniel Hairston Project, will present “Healing the Heart” in honor of Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the Academy Homes Community Room at 2918 Washington St. in Roxbury.

All are welcome at this family-friendly program to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost at the hands of homicide.

Visit ldbpeaceinstitute.org or wab2g.org for more information.

Holiday Drop-in Crafts

Create some crafts celebrating the holidays which matter to you from Wednesday, Dec. 18 through Tuesday, Dec. 24 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

Visit bpl.org/events for times and other information.

Rashad’s Tribute Toy Drive

The Barnes Family will present the 5th annual Rashad’s Tribute Toy Drive from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave.

Turn sorrow and pain into peace and positivity by bringing a new unwrapped gift the day of the toy drive.

For additional information, contact TieAsiaBarnes@gmail.com.

For other information related to Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month, visit Louis D. Brown Peace Institute at ldbpeaceinstitute.org.

José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s

‘The Nutcracker’ The José Mateo Ballet Theatre will present “The Nutcracker” through Dec. 22 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbus Rd.

Take a fantastic journey with Clara and her Nutcracker-turned Prince who battles an army of mice and guides her through the Enchanted Forest of dancing snowflakes to arrive at the fabled Kingdom of the Sweets, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.

For show times and tickets, visit ballettheatre.org.

‘Turkeys and Toys Drive’

The Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month committee is holding a “Turkeys and Toys Drive” to help make Christmas merrier.

They are seeking your financial donations (via check) for toys to be delivered by Dec. 22 and Dec. 23.

You can also help by supporting your local food pantry, shelter, place of worship, and/or sharing a meal or gifts with a needy family now and throughout the coming year.

For more information on these opportunities, visit Louis D. Brown Peace Institute at ldbpeaceinstitute.org.

Community game night

The Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St. hosts a community game night on the first Mondays of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The library will have a variety of tabletop games for all ages.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

Devine ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Devine Memorial Rink at 995 Morrissey Blvd. is open for public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours: Sunday from 4 to 5:50 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 2:20 p.m.; and Saturdays from 7 to 8:50 p.m.

Phone 617-436-4356 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

‘Celebrate!’ Series

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point will host the “Celebrate!” family programming series from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on select days through April as follows:

Dec. 26: National Marionette Theatre – “Peter and the Wolf;” Jan. 20 “Benkadi Drum and Dance;” Jan. 25: “Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy – “The Lion Dance;” Feb. 29: Valerie Tutson – “Tales from African Traditions;” Mar. 14: Celtic Bells – “The Irish in Boston;” Mar. 28: Bright Star Theatre – “We Can Do It! American Woman Through History;” and Apr. 21: Rick Adams – “Red’s Recycle- O-Rama.”

For more information and registration, visit jfklirary.org or phone 617-514-1644.

Healthy cooking with kids

Children, ages 5 through 12, and a caregiver are invited to join Ms. Debbie from Kidz Cooking to learn to bake and cook a variety of dishes from scratch using fresh and often locally-grown and organic ingredients from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 27 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

The group will try new foods and learn the importance of a healthy diet. Kids will develop skills in math, reading, science, nutrition, and cultural awareness, while they work cooperatively with others.

Contact the Fields Corner Branch at 617- 436-2155 to reserve a spot.

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester through June 11.

This inclusive program promotes movement exploration in a safe and supported environment, encourages social and emotional growth, and is taught by highly qualified faculty with extensive backgrounds in teaching and dance education for individuals with disabilities, ages 8 through 12 of all abilities.

For more information visit bgcdorchester.org or contact Erin Ferrara, Director of Inclusive Services at eferrara@bgcdorchester.org or phone 617- 288-7120.

Mobile market program

The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 398 Neponset Ave. from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and at 230 Bowdoin St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays; and at 1353 Dorchester Ave. from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 198 Geneva Ave. from 2 to 4 p.m. and at 100 Ames St. from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the year.

For more information, visit aboutfresh.org.

Teen gaming

The Grove Hall Branch Library at 41 Geneva Ave. will host teen gaming on the PS4 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.

For more information, phone 617-427-3337 or email ccontelmo@bpl.org.