Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
Traditional Chinese music
The Berklee College of Music’s Chinese Traditional Music Ensemble will perform in a free concert at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.
The ensemble will perform “Where East Meets West” and answer questions from the audience in this family-friendly concert.
Call 617-536-8241 for further information.
The fourth annual SoWa Winter Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the SoWa Power Station, 540 Harrison Ave.
The weekend festival will feature more than 100 talented local artists showing off their one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods and treats. There will also be musical entertainment, workshops, a photo booth and more.
In addition, in the heated tent on Thayer Street, shoppers can enjoy live holiday music, mulled wine, hot chocolate and raclette cheese specialties. There will also be food trucks, face painting, live ice sculpting from noon to 2:30 p.m., as well as the galleries, artist studios and shops that call SoWa home year round.
Parking and admission is free.
Further details can be found at www.sowaboston.com/sowa-winter-festival.
The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association will host its annual tree lighting celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Festivities will include prizes, a musical performance by the Yvonne Aubert Quartet, and hot chocolate, pizza, sandwiches and other fare donated by local restaurants. The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour the neighborhood at 4:30 p.m. The day will be capped by the lighting of the 20-foot tree.
The tree lighting is WSANA’s only fundraising event of the year, and proceeds will go toward the association’s programs and its selected charity, United South End Settlements.
Visit www.facebook.com/WorcesterSquare for more details.
Tree, wreath sale
The Blackstone/Franklin Neighborhood Association and the Friends of Blackstone/Franklin will be selling trees, wreaths and garlands from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Blackstone Square.
Santa Claus will visit for photos with all the children and there will be refreshments and musical entertainment. Trees should be pre-ordered online through Nov. 26 for the best prices, greatest selection and guaranteed availability.
All proceeds will go toward neighborhood improvement and programming as well as maintenance and historical renovation of the parks.
For more information, visit www.blackstonefranklin.org.
Park lighting celebration
Childe Hassam Park, Chandler Street, will host the annual park lighting celebration at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Admission is free; attendees are asked to consider a donation to help maintain the park and showcase more art in the neighborhood.
Visit www.childehassampark.com or send an email to email@example.com for more information.
Wine tasting, jazz concert
The Ellis South End Neighborhood will host the ninth annual Wine Tasting and Jazz Concert from 6:15 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Berklee College of Music Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.
Attendees will meet in the Davis VIP Room at the Berklee Performance Center before the concert to taste “Jazzy Wines” chosen to match various jazz styles: big band, fusion, straight ahead, bebop and more. They will be paired with a selection of appropriate jazzy cheeses, pates and fruit chosen to complement these wines.
At 8 p.m., the Berklee Global Jazz Institute will perform inspired original jazz composition and arrangements by some of the most creative writers on campus.
Admission is $30 for members and $40 for non-members.
To purchase tickets and for more details, call 617-510-9534 or visit www.ellisneighborhood.org/9th-wine-tasting-and-jazz-concert.
The annual South End Holiday Stroll will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Visitors are invited to stroll the festive South End streets.
More than 40 retailers will stay open late to encourage spending habits. There will be live music, giveaways, refreshments and more; complimentary wine and nibbles and a chance to win a South End-themed gift basket. Participating restaurants will include a free dessert.
Each participating business will have a red balloon hanging at their door. Free parking will be available at 560 Harrison Ave.
The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is hosting a series of classic Christmas movies from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during December.
Featured will be Richard Curtis’s comedy “Love, Actually” starring Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson on Dec. 7; “Little Fockers” with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller on Dec. 14; “A Christmas Story” with Darren McGavin and Peter Billingsley on Dec. 21; and the rom com “When Harry Met Sally” starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan on Dec. 28.
Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for further details
Open art studios
The SoWa Artists Guild, 450 Harrison Ave., and the Boston Center for the Arts, Artist Studio Building, 551 Tremont St., will open their studios to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 for First Friday programs.
At the center of the SoWa Arts District, visitors can meet artists in their studios and experience a wide variety of contemporary art. They can view and purchase their latest works, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture. This is a great opportunity to get unique holiday gifts and avoid Black Friday crowds. More than 80 artists’ studios will be open to the public.
Admission is free and parking is available.
For more information, visit www.sowaartistsguild.com.
The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present a student recital at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8
Friends and neighbors are invited to see students of all ages perform in a free recital concert of seasonal music.
Visit www.cmcb.org or call 617-482-6267 for more information.
The 33rd annual Swedish Yuletide celebrations will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Cyclorama, the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.
This fair celebrates the holiday season with foods, crafts, gifts, musical entertainment and children’s activities. Unique gifts and designs, such as Sami-engraved crafts from Lapland, Scandinavian sweaters, home accessories, jewelry and books, will be on sale.
Children can make holiday decorations and catch treats in the fishing pond. Traditional foods including Swedish meatballs, salmon sandwiches, cakes, waffles, pastries, coffee and glogg, a spicy seasonal hot drink, will be available in the coffee shop. Musical entertainment will feature accordionist Dan Mackowiac, the SWEA Singers and students from the Swedish School of Boston performing familiar tunes.
The St. Lucia processions will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10. Children under age 13 are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarship programs.
For more information, visit www.boston.swea.org or call 877-799-8267.
Caroling in the park
The Friends of Hayes Park will host an afternoon of caroling from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the park at the corner of Warren Avenue and West Canton Street.
The community is invited to join in singing favorite carols of the season. Hot cider, cookies and songbooks will be provided. Donations of canned goods for SNAP, the South End Neighborhood Assistance Program’s emergency food pantry, are requested.
Visit www.hayespark.org or call 617-536-5557 for further information.
The Boston Children’s Theatre will present “The Velveteen Rabbit” at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays now through Dec. 15 at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.
The “Velveteen Rabbit” will return for its 10th anniversary production. Actors and puppets will bring this popular children’s tale by Margery Williams to life, with original music and puppets created by Marjorie Tudor of the Tasha Tudor family. It tells the tale of a strong bond between a young boy and his beloved stuffed rabbit; a story of love, friendship and hope that is perfect for the entire family.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org or by calling 617-424-6634.
Moonbox Productions will present William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” now through Dec. 29 at the Plaza Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.
Shakespeare’s timeless comedy of mistaken identity, runaway imagination and unrequited love comes vividly to life in this new staging, with original music and live special effects performed by the company of Lost At Sea.
For the first performance on Nov. 28 the price of admission will be a non-perishable food shelf donation. Use “BTS Free” price when applying for tickets.
Visit www.bcaonline.org or call 617-426-5000 for a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets.
The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Andy Moerlein and Larry Pollans now through Dec. 9.
Moerlein’s second solo exhibition “Longing for Mountains” focused on the aesthetics of stone art and artifice. Working in wood, ceramic and a spectrum of other media, Moerlein’s sculptures are inspired by the ancient Asian tradition of displaying unique stones in the home and garden. The “handmade stones” on view capture his reverence for nature and passion for lively abstraction.
Pollans’ “Flora and Fauna” represents a significant departure for the artist, whose sculpture until recently focused mainly on the human figure. In this new exhibition, the human figure coexists and comingles with various plant and animal forms, creating complex tableaux and fanciful landscapes.
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.
Also Known As Theatre is presenting “Into the Forest, She Grew Fangs” now through Dec. 2 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.
Stephen Spotswood’s bloody fairy tale is set in the world of a Gillian Flynn thriller, sprinkled with a dash of “Gossip Girl,” that delves into the power young women possess, and how they may use it if pushed too far. It is the second production in Also Known As Theatre’s debut season, which explores the reality that while we are each the hero of our own story, we may very well be the villain of someone else’s.
The play is recommended for those ages 14 and older. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Visit www.bcaonline.org or call 617-426-5000 for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Trustee's of Reservation has a Mobile Farmers Market that will be stationed in the Plaza Betances area every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.
The market will offer a wide variety of local, fresh vegetables, along with fruit, meat, eggs and milk sourced primarily from the Trustees’ Powisset Farm in Dover, as well as other Massachusetts farms.
With all food coming direct from the farm, prices will be as affordable as possible and the market will accept cash, credit, SNAP/EBT, and WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. The Trustees are also participating in the new Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program, which just launched this spring and reimburses SNAP customers for local fruit and vegetable purchases.
Further information can be found at www.thetrustees.org or https://ibaboston.org/events/mobile-farmers-market or by calling 617-399-1962.