Here are the latest neighborhood notes for South Boston:

Book sale

The Friends of the South Boston Branch Library will hold an end-of-winter book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the library, 646 East Broadway.

Adult and juvenile books and audio-visual materials will be available at low prices. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the community programs of the South Boston branch.

Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

5K race/walk

The 77th annual St. Patrick’s Day Road Race and Walk will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 19, starting and finishing at the Edgerley Family Boys & Girls Club, 230 West Sixth St.

The annual road race is held prior to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The route will be West Sixth Street to Dorchester Street, down East Broadway to Farragut Statue, back up East Broadway to West Broadway, down E Street to West Sixth and back to the club.

The first 650 to register will receive an official race shirt, designed by the Dropkick Murphys. A limited number of limited editions shirts will be on sale race weekend for $10.

All proceeds will benefit the South Boston Boys & Girls Club Keystone Teen Leadership Program. Refreshments and prizes will be available.

For more information, visit or call 617-268-4301.

St. Patrick’s parade

The 115th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, starting at Broadway MBTA station on West Broadway and Dorchester Avenue, continue to East Broadway to P Street, turning right onto East Fourth Street, left onto K Street, right on East Fifth, left onto G Street to the southerly side of Thomas Park, left onto Dorchester Street and ending at Dorchester Street (and the Andrew MBTA station).

The parade will feature dozens of bands from Ireland and across the United States, including the Boston Police Gaelic Column; police and army contingents, school marching bands, novelty vehicles, Star Wars characters, clowns, dancers and more.

The Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston is sponsoring the parade.

Further information can be found at

Movie matinees

Movies featuring 1940s Hollywood star Ida Lupino will be screened from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 21 and 28 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

The films will include “Women’s Prison” with Jan Sterling on March 21; and “Junior Bonner” co-starring Steve McQueen, the following week.

Admission is free. Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

Dress donation

A dress donation event will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday March 23 at 3:30 pm at South Boston Boys and Girls Club, 230 W Sixth St.

Underprivileged girls in Boston area will receive brand new, unworn in style designer dresses to wear for upcoming spring dances and proms. Girls will sign up for an event hosted at the Boys and Girls Club where they will be provided with free dresses for up coming dances.

The Believe in Yourself Project is sponsoring this program. Believe in Yourself is currently in talks with various influential women who at one time or currently have struggled with body image, encouraging them to serve as speakers and mentors to the various girls within the program.

For further details, send an email to

Museum after dark

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host “Rosé and Roses,” a special ICA After 5 event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 24.

It is officially springtime and the museum is celebrating with florals and pink drinks. Attendees can get the creative juices flowing with a tasting of rosé wines while mastering the craft of paper flower making. Supplies will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free with museum admission. The evening is for 21-plus. Reservations are recommended.

Visit or call 617-478-3100 for more information.

Family day

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a free family day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25.

Families can explore the contemporary art in the galleries together; sketch the wintry Boston Harbor; don a lab coat and make rubbings to create visual stories inspired by artwork by Jennifer Bornstein; and enjoy a special dance performance by Urbanity Dance.

Admission is free for two adults per family with children under 12 years old. Registration is not required.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-478-3100.

Shakespeare at the library

Local actor Stephen Collins will be the guest of the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 27.

In this exciting one man show, Collins will make Shakespeare’s words come alive, from the evil machinations of Richard III, to the brilliant oratory of Brutus and Antony. Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, histories and sonnets will all be represented in this free performance.

Visit or call 617-268-0180 for more information.

Local photography on display

An exhibit of photographs by local artist Gerrie O’Brien is on display during library hours at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, through March 31.

The theme of O’Brien’s exhibit is “Looking Up and Zooming In,” and include famous landmarks and new construction in the Seaport and South Boston area; the November full moon at Castle Island; the view of the top of the Custom House Tower; the top of the Old State House and Dorchester Heights; the steeple of St George’s Church on East Broadway; and the top of Dorchester Heights.

For further information, call 617-268-0180.

New art exhibit

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is hosting “The Sensation of Moving Slowly Back in Time,” works by Dirk Adams now through Saturday, April 8.

Adams creates work in a variety of media including performance, sound, installation and video. His work is concerned with language, memory and culture, and frequently investigates current events, popular culture and politics.

A closing reception will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and by appointment.

Further information is available at

All about the Bard

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, is displaying “All About the Bard” now through April 30.

The life and works of William Shakespeare are the focus of the branch’s exhibit that is on view at street level. The exhibit is part of the Boston Public Library’s “All The City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare” programs to commemorated the 400th anniversary of his death.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-268-0180 for more information.

Pop-up art talk

A pop up talk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art.

Tickets are free with museum admission.

Visit or call 617-478-3103 for further details.

Fun at the library

A series of fun, free children’s activities will be held during March at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Featured will Mother Goose on the Loose at 11 p.m. on Wednesdays; Pre-school Music at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; Wiggle Giggle Yoga at 4 p.m. on Thursdays; Reading Roundup for preschoolers at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays and Circle Time for babies and toddlers at 11 a.m. on Fridays.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.