Phil Johnston, former state Secretary of Health and Human Services, was honored by Dorchester’s Harvard Street Community Health Center the other night, and his old boss, former Governor Mike Dukakis and wife Kitty, were among the well-wishers. Also honored were City Councillor Ayanna Pressley, Boston Health Commission director Barbara Ferrer and Alberto Vasallo III of El Mundo Newspaper. . . . A proper hoedown benefiting the Lovelane Special Needs Horse Riding Program was held over the weekend at the Dedham farm of Jim and Joanne Halperin, with performances by James Montgomery and the (Derek) Trucks & (Susan) Tedeschi Band. Sampling savory treats fixed by some of the city’s star chefs were Kim and Jim Pallotta, Allyson and Ed DeNoble, Teri Adler and Jeff Lazzarino, David and Francy Wade, Olivia English, Corinne and Wyc Grousbeck, and Barbara and Peter Hadelman. . . . Grammy nominee Gonzalo Grau wowed the crowd at Joslin Diabetes Center’s concert and VIP reception at the New England Conservatory of Music.