Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Fundraiser concert

Save the Harbor will host the Soundwaves Blues Beach Festival fundraiser concert from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. The boat will leave at noon and tie up to Spectacle Island dock for the day with hiking trails, the beach and Boston’s best funk, reggae and blues musicians.

Acts will include the Alodus Collins Band, Eddie Scheer’s Tuesday Night All Stars and JSN. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be on board.

Band boats for the festival will depart Rowes Wharf at noon and return at 5 p.m. Boat tickets are $20 online or $25 at the dock.

Call 617-451-2860 or visit for more details.

Family day

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a free family day, “Creating Wonderful Worlds,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 29.

Families can enjoy fun, creative, and zany activities for kids and adults to do together. This month, the museum is bringing the fun to East Boston’s Piers Park in celebration of the planned expansion to East Boston next summer

Activities will take place at the ICA from 10 a.m. and in East Boston’s Piers Park from noon to 3 p.m. with free water transportation across the harbor.

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.

Georges Island fun

The Boston Harbor Islands will host free family events on Georges Island from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 30.

Visitors can enjoy an interactive tour of Fort Warren especially for kids from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.; learn about what lies beneath the ocean with staff from the New England Aquarium from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; dress up in Civil War costumes from noon to 2 p.m.; and hear about the legend of the Lady in Black at 2:15 p.m.

From 3 to 5 p.m. Alastair Moock and Friends will host a concert of New Orleans jazz, gypsy swing and big band music by some of Boston’s favorite brass ensembles. Kids can then stop by the crafting station to make their own New Orleans-style masks and noisemakers.

For more details on this free event, visit or call 617-223-8666.

Starring Glenn Ford

A series of films starring ’40s and ’50s leading man Glenn Ford will be screened from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays during August at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Featured will be the WWII action film “Destroyer” with Edward G. Robinson on Aug. 1; the melodrama “A Stolen Life” co-starring Bette Davis on Aug. 8; “The Loves of Carmen” with Rita Hayworth on Aug. 15; the drama “The Blackboard Jungle” with Sidney Poitier on Aug. 22; and the comedy “The Gazebo” co-starring Debbie Reynolds on Aug. 29.

Call 617-268-0180 for further information.

Folk music on the harbor

The John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, will host a free outdoor summer concert in the Harbor Park at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Folk singer Randall Kromm and Family will perform. Kromm is featured regularly at folk venues in the greater Boston area, often performing with his two teenage daughters, Emma and Grace, who have a natural gift for harmony.

Visit or call 617-261-2440 for more details.

Brazilian music on the harbor

Berklee College of Music and the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present a HarborWalk Sounds concert with Mais 55 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3 on the museum’s Putnam Investment Plaza.

The trio comprises students of Berklee College of Music from Brazil, whose mission is to spread love for Brazilian music and culture by performing music of the samba, bossa nova and more.

Admission is free. Call 617-478-3103 or visit for more information.

Dancing on the waterfront

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a special First Friday program “White Hot” from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.

Attendees can don their summer whites, enjoy Island Creek oysters and refreshing cocktails and dance on the waterfront in this annual party.

The $15 ticket includes museum admission and a complimentary drink. Members are admitted free. The evening is for 21 plus. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Visit or call 617-478-3100 for more details and to purchase tickets.

Island stewardship

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 on Thompson Island. The boat will depart from Long Wharf, north dock.

Volunteers will join other park stewards to help maintain and enhance the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. They will work on the edge of the freshwater wetland to control invasive non-native species of plants, enhance natural processes and improve habitat for island wildlife and birds.

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

To register, visit or call 617-223-8106.

Concert at Castle Island

Berklee College of Music, WUMB 91.9 FM, UMass Boston and the Department of Conservation and Recreation have teamed up to bring free live music to Castle Island on Day Boulevard from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Musical genres will blend between folk, bluegrass, and pop. Attendees can swim at Pleasure Bay, enjoy a free tour of Fort Independence between noon and 3:30 p.m. with the Castle Island Association or enjoy a picnic in the shade. The featured artist will be Chilean singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and conductor Nicolas Emden. Rain may cancel the show.

For more information, call 617-698-1802, ext. 217.

Beauties and the beach

The Boston Centers for Youth and Families is hosting fun, free events for Boston girls, ages 6 and older, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 16 at the BCYF Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Road.

Activities include volleyball, dancing, arts and crafts, temporary tattoos, music, refreshments and special guests.

The Boston Police Athletic League is sponsoring the program.

Further information can be found at

Tall ships photography

The South Boston Library, 646 East Broadway, is exhibiting works by local photographer Gerrie O’Brien now through Aug. 31 during library hours.

The display features captivating photographs of the June “Parade of Sail,” as the tall ships sailed past O’Brien’s viewpoint on Castle Island.

For further information, call 617-268-0180.

JFK centennial exhibit

The South Boston Library, 646 East Broadway, is displaying the John F. Kennedy Centennial exhibition now to Aug. 31.

The display celebrates the centennial of the birth of the 35th American president and famous son of Massachusetts with a display of images from his life and presidency.

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

New art exhibitions

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

The HarborPark Exhibit features paintings by Esther Porcenat Helas and Shakya Davis Witkowski, the Atrium exhibit is displaying “In Search of Open Spaces” by Lena McCarthy and “Loomings,” oil paintings by Christopher Volpe, are on display in the Front Lobby exhibit hall.

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. A photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.

Visit or call 617-261-2440 for further information.

Farmers’ market

The South Boston farmers’ market is being held from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays until Oct. 23 at 446 West Broadway, the municipal parking lot.

Local vendors will sell flowers, herbs, locally produced honey, baked goods, fresh fish, crafts, housewares and local farmers’ produce.

Call 617-464-5858 or send an email to 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.