Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:

Solar eclipse

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host a solar eclipse party from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21.

Families can enjoy sun tea and sundaes while awaiting the partial solar eclipse that will be at its maximum viewing at 2:46 p.m. in Boston. The library will provide protective viewing glass. Children can make a fun sun craft to take home.

Call 617-536-8241 for further details.

Traditional Chinese culture

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host a program “Reviving the Essence of Traditional Chinese Culture Through Shen Yun” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The audience will discover what this 5,000 year-old culture has to offer the global society in a free program.

Call 617-536-8241 for further information.

Salsa evening

The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association will present “Music on the Square: Salsa!” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24.

The community is invited to enjoy Latin music on a summer evening in the park on Worcester Square. They can bring a picnic snack, meet their neighbors and enjoy the breeze under the trees.

Further information can be found at

Countdown to kindergarten

A special kindergarten day celebration will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

Boston Public Schools' first-time kindergarteners are invited to attend a Kindergarten Day Party with their parents or caregivers. Kindergarteners should wear their yellow "I am going to Kindergarten" T-shirt.

Call 617-536-8241 or visit for more details.

Movie matinee

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen the romantic comedy “Dancing Lady” starring film legends Clark Gable and Joan Crawford from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for more details.

Music of Telemann

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host a concert “Telemann Kammermusik for Recorders” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Harpsichordist Alastair Thompson and Janet Fink, recorders, will play music by Georg Philipp Telemann.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for further information.

Historic South End tour

The South End Historical Society will sponsor a walking tour with Ken Kruckemeyer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Participants will meet at the society offices, 380 Massachusetts Ave.

Kruckemeyer will lead a neighborhood walk in the Southwest Corridor Park and reflect on its history.

Admission is free.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-536-4445.

Sculpture show

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., will display works by Kalimah Muhammed and Murray Dewart from Aug. 30 to Oct. 1.

An artist’s reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31 and a First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-482-7781.

Art exhibition

The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St., is displaying “Real/Ideal: Turning Utopia into Reality” now to Sept. 17.

Curator David Guerra presents works by artists from the Artist Studios Building along with 10 guest artists in a show that articulates utopian dreams and illuminates what might be possible in a perfect world. Visitors can re-imagine the gallery and explore their own conceptions of reality and idealism using a uniquely crafted scale model of the gallery and versatile hanging system.

Admission is free.

For more details, visit or call 617-426-5000.

Open market

The 14th season of the Sowa Open Market is underway at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Oct. 29.

The market hosts a wide variety of vendors, including original art, clothing, jewelry, photographs, house wares, handcrafted accessories, florists, bakers and local farmers’ produce. Shoppers will have an opportunity to meet the artists, vendors and farmers behind the work. Admission and parking are free.

Visit for more information.