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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.

Boston architecture

Historic New England invites students to explore the diverse architecture of Boston in a free program from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14 at South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

From a modern glass skyscraper to a 17th century wooden house, staff will explore all the unique shapes, styles and materials that create a city. Using Historic New England properties and city buildings, students will identify geometric shapes, discuss design and building techniques and use a paper shape to make a cityscape to take with them. This program also encourages students to think about what a city needs in relationship to the environment and growing population.

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

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 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.

Scottish fiddle

The Folk Arts Center of New England and the Boston Harbor Fiddle School will host a visitors’ day from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 on Thompson Island. The ferry will depart from the Thompson Island ferry dock near Summer Street and the Design Center, arriving at the island at 3 p.m. and returning at 9 p.m.

Visitors can explore the island and enjoy a jam session, dancing and a world-class concert by the Fiddle School faculty. All are welcome to spend an afternoon and evening on the island.

The fee covers the round-trip ferry service, the session and concert and an outdoor barbecue dinner with a cash bar.

New this year is a chance to stay overnight and participate in the late night sessions, spend the night in a private room, audit classes in the morning, enjoy breakfast and lunch and catch an afternoon boat back on Wednesday. The fee is $100. Participants must be aged 18 and older.

Tickets are $50 or $45 for FACNE members; $30 for children, ages 5 to 12, and free for children, age 4 and younger.

Registration is required as space is limited, by calling 781-438-4387 or online at

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. 15.

Hannah Rose and the Unnatural Disasters will perform. Visit or call 617-261-2440 for more details.

Teen night

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a summer teen night from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The ICA Teen Arts Council invites local teens to a free program presented in conjunction with the ninth annual Convening for Teens in the Arts. The evening will feature teen-led art tours, art-making activities and youth performances in the theater.

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

Beauties and the beach

Boston Centers for Youth and Families will host fun, free events for Boston girls ages 6 and older from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 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

Mile run benefit

The fourth annual Martin Richard Memorial Mile Invitational to benefit Youth Enrichment Services and the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, meeting at Moakley Park, Saunders Stadium, 1005 Columbia Road.

Races will include a 400-meter for ages 8 and under; 400-meter adaptive race for all ages; a one-mile race for youths, ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 18; and a one-mile adult race. There will also be a non-competitive recreational walk or run for all ages. Registration is $10 in advance or $15 at the site.

Send an email to for further information. Register at

HarborWalk sounds

Berklee College of Music and the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present a HarborWalk Sounds concert with vocalist Niu Raza from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 on the museum’s Putnam Investment Plaza.

Raza’s jazzy vocals will include soul, African groove and a touch of pop music.

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

Community day

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will open its doors to the public for a free community day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18.

This program, part of the eighth annual Free Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, will offer free museum admission to all ages.

Visit or call 617-969-8900 for more information.

Book sale

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

The sale will feature lots of adult and juvenile books and audio-visual materials at low prices. Proceeds will benefit the community programming of the library.

Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

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. 19.

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 jazz trumpeter and vocalist Orlando Latorre. Rain may cancel the show.

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

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.