Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Free ferries

Boston Harbor Islands will celebrate their opening day with a free ferry day, a special one-day ferry schedule to two of the most popular Boston Harbor Islands, Georges and Spectacle Islands, on Saturday, May 19.

Visitors can have a picnic, take a tour of historic Fort Warren, hike the trails, explore the beach or just enjoy the views of scenic Boston Harbor.

The ferries depart from Long Wharf North. Tickets are first-come, first-served and are available from 7:30 a.m. on the day at the Boston Harbor Cruises ferry center on Long Wharf North. Boats for Georges Island will leave at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and return at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Boats for Spectacle Island will leave at 10:30 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. and return at 11:30 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. Each adult may pick up a maximum of four tickets.

Visit or call 617-223-8666 for more details.

Ballet about the Internet

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present “A Story Ballet about the Internet” at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

Visual artist Ryan McNamara re-imagined the impulse to click, copy, paste and share in this new work, an immersive, museum-wide performance experience. Working with a cast of 13 dancers, he samples and remixes music and movement, from classical ballet to contemporary dance, in an inventively staged physical realization of the virtual experience.

Once seated, audience members will be wheeled throughout the museum with a specially designed chair mover created specifically for this performance, providing each viewer with a unique and individualized experience.

Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for ICA members and students.

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

Bands and benefit run

Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., will host the annual summer festival from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. The 17th annual five-mile road race will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.

Festivities will include food and choices of beer, held outside and under tents. Participants can take a tour of the brewery, keg bowl for charity, try food from local vendors and enjoy a brew. Popular up-and-coming bands, musicians and DJs will perform on multiple stages.

A cover charge of $25 will include a souvenir pint cup and one drink ticket. Attendees must be 21-plus with an I.D. A shuttle service will run from South Station.

On Sunday at 10 a.m., the five-mile road race will take place along the South Boston waterfront with proceeds benefiting the Angel Fund in its fight against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The run will feature a well-run course, costumes, kegs of beer and the largest Sunday morning dance party in town. Runners of all levels will compete.

For more information, visit or call 888-427-7666.

Book sale

The Friends of the South Boston Branch Library will host the Merry Month of May book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the library, 646 East Broadway.

The sale will feature lots of adult and juvenile books and audiovisual materials for bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit the community programs of the Friends.

Call the library at 617-268-0180 for further information.

Suspense cinema

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host the suspense cinema film series from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 22 and 29

The B film noir films from the 1940s and ’50s will include “Johnny Allegro” starring George Raft on May 22; and “The Night Holds Terror” with Jack Kelly and Vince Edwards the following week.

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

Boston Ballet story time

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children age 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Dorchester Heights tour

The National Parks Service will host a tour of Dorchester Heights at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. Walkers will meet at the Dorchester Heights Monument, 95 G St.

This free tour will be a compilation of the history of Boston, focusing on the neighborhoods of South Boston, Roxbury and Dorchester. The grounds of Dorchester Heights are accessible, however the hill is quite steep.

This tour is part of the Boston Preservation Month programming.

For more information and to register, send an email to or call 617-635-3850.

Chocolate lecture

“Naughty But Not,” a chocolate lecture and sampler, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Andi Wolfgang, founder of NuFudge, will share where chocolate comes from and how it can be included in diets in healthy ways. She will explain how she started her company and bring samples of her organic fudge as well as recipes attendees can try out at home.

Call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Island stewardship

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 on Grape Island. The boat will depart from Courthouse Dock, 2 Northern Ave.

Volunteers will study changes in park biodiversity. They will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology and natural history of the park, working to improve the habitat for the native birds, bugs and flowers of the local national park. There will also be opportunities to search for invasive pest insects and plants and to catalog bird use in the park.

Participants should dress appropriately in layers for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and lunch. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Tools will be provided.

To register, visit or call 978-360-0421.

Family Art 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, May 26.

Families can explore the galleries, sketch the view of Boston Harbor, catch a family pop-up talk and enjoy a puppet show with the Gottabees. Kids are invited to have BYO snacks and enjoy games and other activities on the grandstand.

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.

Run to remember

The Boston Police Department and the Boston Police Runners’ Club will host the 14th annual Run to Remember on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.

There will be a kids’ fun run at 10 a.m. and fitness expo on Saturday and a half marathon and 5-mile road race on Sunday, as well as many other activities during the weekend. Events will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a post race celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center.

This run will honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty by celebrating their lives and giving back to the community. Proceeds will benefit the Kids at Risk Program of the Boston Police Runners’ Club.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

Photography exhibition

Local photographer Gerrie O’Brien is displaying photographs of the Greater Boston area now through May 31 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

O’Brien’s exhibit is a visual representation of taking a stroll through the South Boston neighborhood, with scenes of sunsets, the Boston Harbor shoreline, Castle Island, the ferries, the Fall Street Festival, memorials, and benefit road races and walks.

Visit or call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Castle Island tours

The Castle Island Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering free, guided, 60-minute tours of Fort Independence at Castle Island from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Castle Island is located at the end of Day Boulevard.

Castle Island, the oldest continuously fortified site in North America, is home to Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned fort built between 1834 and 1851. Castle Island’s eighth fort was built with granite from quarries in Rockport.

Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-333-7404.

Art display

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is displaying “Reptile Aliens Made of Light,” works by Rosie Winthrop and Daniel Joseph, now through May 27.

Winthrop and Joseph collaborated to create a space where collage, paintings, ephemera, sculptures and works on paper collide, intersect and interact with each other and the viewer. The subject matter explores interpretation of perspective, color, the natural world vs. synthetic repetition and objectifying emotions.

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

Further information is available at

Art at the courthouse

The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through June 29.

The HarborPark Exhibit features paintings and drawings by Clayton Curtis and “Words of New England: A Calligraphic Exhibition of Poetry and Prose from Boston and New England” is on display in the Atrium Exhibit.

The Front Lobby is hosting “Discovering Justice Presents: The Justice Seekers Biography Project.”

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. A photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.

Visit or call 617-261-2440 for further 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.