Open houses and gearing up to celebrate Tét

Well folks, the weather on Dorchester Bay is dreary, but we’ve got an eye towards sunnier days. The past few weeks we’ve posted about the Dot Day Fundraising events like the Character Breakfast (March 3 at 9:30 a.m. at First Parish Church) and the Dot Chili Cook Off (March 11 from 4-7 p.m. at the IBEW Hall)- two absolutely can’t miss events.

Here’s some other events to round out your family’s social calendar.

Thurs., Feb. 1, 9 a.m. — Open House for Saint John Paul Academy’s Lower Mills Campus, every Monday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Additional campus open houses: Columbia, every Tues & Fri, 9 a.m.; Mattapan Campus, every Wed at 8:30 a.m. Check out for details.

Sat., Feb 3, 10 a.m. —Dorchester Winter Farmers Market. Enjoy the fruits of the season in the Great Hall for a taste of New England’s best! Each Saturday, we bring together local farmers, food producers, artists, and more. Our market accepts cash, credit/debit, and SNAP/HIP.

Sat., Feb 10 at 10 a.m. —Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, 42 Charles St. Join VietAID for our annual Tét celebration to welcome in the Year of the Dog! There will be food, drink, music, and kids’ activities. Admission is free. Bring your family and friends--the more the merrier!

Sat., Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. —Darwin Day at the Franklin Park Zoo, presented by MIT, BPL and the National Science Foundation. Interactive activities and demonstrations throughout the Tropical Forest that guests can partake in. This event is open to guests of all ages and is free with general admission to the Zoo.

Sat., Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m.— Wellness with Animal Tracking and Winter Play at Franklin Park with Outdoor RX. Contact for more info.

Wed., Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. —Uphams Corner BPL hosts Doll E Daze: African Doll Workshop. A popular workshops designed to “promote self-esteem, cultural diversity and preserve the history of black dolls through collection and education”.

Sat., Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m.— Little Voices Big Change- Black Lives Matter. At the Lower Mills BPL. Join We The People for a workshop of kid-powered resistance with our social justice storytime event “Black Lives Matter.” Through stories and activities, kids will explore themes of protest and racial justice, taking lessons from the past to understand today’s Movement for Black Lives. Best for kids 5 and up.