Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
The 44th annual Festival Betances will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 15 and from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 16 at Plaza Betances, 100 West Dedham St.
All weekend there will be music, dance, family and youth activities, face painting, traditional food and locally made crafts that showcase Latin American culture. There will be live performances starring vocalist Vinny Rivera, Alexander Faria y Su Orquesta, musician Jorge Arce with the Humano Multicultural Project, Eric Germán y Su Orquesta, salsa singer and percussionist Zayra Pola, salsa performer Johnny Rivera and Ray De La Paz y Su Orquesta.
There will be also be break-dancing and rap and hip hop performances. Admission is free.
For a schedule of activities and other details of the weekend, visit www.ibaboston.org or call 617-927-1707.
The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free children’s program from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18 in the park, West Newton Street. In bad weather, performances will be held in the basement of Union United Methodist Church.
Award-winning duo Rolie Polie Gaucamole will play original tunes and classic covers in a parent-friendly show.
For more information, visit www.titussparrowpark.org/kids or call 617-262-1120.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 19th annual neighborhood coffee hours from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18 at Monsignor Reynolds Playground, 5 Msgr. Reynolds Way.
Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.
There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.
Call 617-635-4505 for more information.
Jazz and blues
The first of four summer jazz concerts offered by the Friends of the South End Library will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18 at Library Park, 685 Tremont St., next to the library.
The jazz and blues concert will feature Pat Loomis on alto sax; Scott Aruda on trumpet; Antonio Loomis, guitar; Steven Higgs, piano; Dave Zox bass; and Dave Fox on drums.
Attendees are encouraged to bring food to share, and the library will be open so that restrooms will be available. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the library.
Call 617-536-8241 or visit www.friendsofsouthendlibrary.org for more details.
The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host educators from the New England Aquarium at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18.
The tide pools program allows children ages 6 to 12 to handle and observe a wide range of tide pool creatures from local waters and help kids build an understanding of habitats and adaptations.
Admission is free.
Call 617-536-8241 to reserve a spot and for more details.
Funk and soul sounds
The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free musical evening at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 on the main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.
Straight from the era of platform shoes and polyester suits, the 12-piece funk extravaganza Booty Vortex will play the funk, soul and disco hits of the ’60s and ’70s.
The performance will consist of two 40-minute sets of live music with a short break in between. Blankets and low beach chairs are welcome.
Further information can be found at www.titussparrowpark.org or at 617-262-1120. Cancellations due to weather will be posted online.
Children’s author to visit
Author Matt Tavares will be the guest of the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20.
Children’s author and illustrator Tavares, creator of “Growing up Pedro,” “Zachary’s Ball,” “Becoming Babe Ruth” and more, will talk to kids ages 5-17 about his books and writing process.
Registration is required for this free event as seating is limited, by calling 617-536-8241 or at the branch.
The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Fafnir Adamites and John Christian Anderson, now to July 23.
Adamites’ work is “Holding Remnants,” large-scale paper sculptures that act as monuments and reminders of objects, people and actions that came before.
In “My Inheritance,” Anderson uses both scavenged material and handcrafted components to create his work. The resulting sculptures present themselves as facsimiles and evoke an ominous dark element along with a humorous sensibility. The exhibition title references a future in which art will be created in a world of limited and ever-dwindling resources.
Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.
Further information can be found at www.bostonsculptors.com or by calling 617-482-7781.
Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, July 20 and 27 at Peters Park, Thayer Street and Harrison Avenue.
Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.
Educators from the New England Aquarium will be at the park on July 27.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.
Further information can be found at www.cityofboston.gov or 617-635-4505.
The 14th season of the Sowa Open Market is underway at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Oct. 29.
The market hosts a wide variety of vendors, including original art, clothing, jewelry, photographs, house wares, handcrafted accessories, florists, bakers and local farmers’ produce. Shoppers will have an opportunity to meet the artists, vendors and farmers behind the work. Admission and parking are free.
Visit www.sowaboston.com for more information.