Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

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. 8.

Guitarist and vocalist Harry Wagg will perform. He will play jazz compositions and contemporary tunes as well as original material.

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

Epilepsy awareness

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host an epilepsy awareness program from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

The Epilepsy Foundation New England will present an opportunity for the public to ask questions and gather information about the diagnosis of epilepsy, seizure first aid, resources and support to the epilepsy community and ways to connect through volunteering or participating in EFNE events.

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

Beauties and the beach

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, Aug. 9 and 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

Latin jazz sounds

Berklee College of Music and the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present a HarborWalk Sounds concert with Mixcla from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 on the museum’s Putnam Investment Plaza.

Mixcla combines sounds from Chile, Japan and Cuba to achieve a truly unique Latin jazz experience. The band is led by composer/pianist and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion.

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

Block party

A South Boston summer block party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Condon Community Center, 200 D St.

Festivities will include live musical entertainment, a cookout, snow cones, games and activities and resource tables from every department within the City of Boston Health and Human Services Cabinet, with giveaways and lots of great information to share.

Admission is free. Further information is available by email to or by calling 617-635-4920, ext. 2138.

Kindergarten countdown

A special kindergarten day celebration will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Children entering kindergarten in the Boston public schools and their caregivers are invited to attend the celebration and join in the fun. They should wear their yellow “I Am Going to Kindergarten” T-shirts.

For more information, call 617-227-8135 or visit

Island stewardship

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 on Grape 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. 12.

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 Pamela Robles, an alternative R&B and soul artist from the Dominican Republic. Rain may cancel the show.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.