BPDA will a virtual public meeting on the proposed “Article 80 Modernization” project, which city officials say will “improve the way the city reviews new development projects.” The meeting will be held on Thurs., Feb. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Zoom link is available on the website bosonplans.org or go to bit.ly/Article80-Modernization.

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will host a “Policy Over Politics” forum conversation with US Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Friday, March 1, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The Institute says Senator Manchin “will discuss his time in the Senate, his commitment to finding common ground in an era of polarization, and the importance of championing the bipartisan spirit in today’s Senate Chamber.” This event will be streamed live on the Kennedy Institute YouTube page. See emkinstitute.org to register for in-person seats.

A $10,000 raffle drawing event to benefit Saint Brendan church will be held on Fri., March 8, 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St., Dorchester. Drawing tickets are $100 each and you do not need to be present to win. To purchase tickets, see ad on Page 8.

The Dorchester Historical Society plans two public programs in March. The first, on Sat., March 9 at 3 p.m. via Zoom, is “On the Trail of Women’s History: From Uphams Corner to Savin Hill,” featuring an illustrated talk by Anita Danker, Ed.D., who will highlight the work of trailblazing women who played a role in Dorchester history. Register for the program at dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org. On Sat., March 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., the DHS joins with the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and the Grove Hall Branch of the BPL to present “Getting It Together in Franklin Park: The Past and Future of a Boston Landmark.” The event is presented in person at the Grove Hall BPL branch, 41 Geneva Ave., Dorchester and also via Zoom. Register at jphs.org/events.

The John F. Kennedy Library hosts a forum entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness” on Wed., March 13, at 6 p.m. featuring Jeffrey Rosen, CEO and President of the National Constitution Center, who will discuss his new book, “The Pursuit of Happiness: How Classical Writers on Virtue Inspired the Lives of the Founders and Defined America.” The book explores what “the pursuit of happiness” meant to our nation’s founders and how that famous phrase defined their lives and became the foundation of our democracy. Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College professor of law, moderates. See jfklibrary.org to register.

View a screening of a new film, “The Inundation District,” during an in-person forum at the Kennedy Library that will convene at 6 p.m. on Thurs., March 21. The film explores the implications of Boston’s decision to build the Seaport District along its coast at sea level, followed by a panel discussion about the threats of climate change with Joe Christo, managing director of the Stone Living Lab, and Sanjay Seth, chief of staff and senior advisor for Climate and Equity in EPA Region 1, moderated by filmmaker and Boston Globe reporter David Abel. The post-film conversation will be available for both in-person and virtual attendees and will begin streaming at approximately 7:20 p.m. See jfklibrary.org.

First Parish Dorchester will host a Community Dance on Sat., March 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. Includes square dances, international dances, couples, individual and line and circle dances. This event is for all ages from children to seniors.  A caller leads dancers through the steps to make it fun for novices and experienced dancers.  Refreshments provided. Suggested donation for adults $10, children free. For more information call 617-981-5201.  

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