Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Photography exhibition

Local photographer Gerrie O’Brien is displaying photographs of the Greater Boston area now through May 31 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

O’Brien’s exhibit is a visual representation of taking a stroll through the South Boston neighborhood, with scenes of sunsets, the Boston Harbor shoreline, Castle Island, the ferries, the Fall Street Festival, memorials, and benefit road races and walks.

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

Island cleanup

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 on Bumpkin Island. The boat will depart from the Rowes Wharf Ferry Terminal behind the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Volunteers will work with park managers and ecologists to protect the flora, fauna and habitats found on the island by pulling invasive non-native weeds, protecting bird nesting habitats and monitoring seasonal changes in plants in the fresh and salt water marshes, dunes and woodlands. Participants should dress appropriately in layers for the weather with closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and lunch. Tools will be provided.

To register, visit or call 978-360-0421.

South Boston Naval Annex

The 38th annual Marjorie M. Gibbons lecture will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

This lecture will focus on the South Boston Naval Annex in 1943, the year of peak production. Historian Polly Kienle, a park guide from the Boston National Historical Society, will explore the significance of the Annex in 1943, a turning point in the course of World War II. She will explain the role that the Annex took in comparison to the Charlestown Navy Yard, show how workers adapted to the rapidly increasing pace of production and consider the significance of U.S. Navy production during the war on the city of Boston.

For more information, visit or call 617-268-0180.

Suspense cinema

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host the suspense cinema film series from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays during May.

The B film noir films from the 1940s and ’50s will include “Key Witness” with John Beal on May 15; “Johnny Allegro” starring George Raft on May 22; and “The Night Holds Terror” with Jack Kelly and Vince Edwards on May 29.

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

Coffee hour

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 20th annual neighborhood coffee hour and opening celebration from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17 at Flaherty Park, 130 B St.

Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.

There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.

Call 617-635-4505 for more information

Bands and benefit run

Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., will host the annual summer festival from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. The 17th annual five-mile road race will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.

Festivities will include food and choices of beer, held outside and under tents. Participants can take a tour of the brewery, keg bowl for charity, try food from local vendors and enjoy a brew. Popular up-and-coming bands, musicians and DJs will perform on multiple stages.

A cover charge of $25 will include a souvenir pint cup and one drink ticket. Attendees must be 21-plus with an I.D. A shuttle service will run from South Station.

On Sunday at 10 a.m., the five-mile road race will take place along the South Boston waterfront with proceeds benefiting the Angel Fund in its fight against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The run will feature a well-run course, costumes, kegs of beer and the largest Sunday morning dance party in town. Runners of all levels will compete.

For more information, visit or call 888-427-7666.

Book sale

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

The sale will feature lots of adult and juvenile books and audiovisual materials for bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit the community programs of the Friends.

Call the library at 617-268-0180 for further information.

Celebrating St. Jude’s

The sixth annual Toast to St. Jude’s benefit gala will be held from 8:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 19 at the Aloft Boston Seaport, 401-403 D St.

The evening of hors d’oeuvres, open beer and wine bar, dancing, live entertainment and silent and live auctions will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that is leading the way the world treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Tickets are available online and at the door. Attendees must be age 21 or older.

Visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Ballet about the Internet

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present “A Story Ballet About the Internet” at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

Visual artist Ryan McNamara re-imagined the impulse to click, copy, paste and share in this new work, an immersive, museum-wide performance experience. Working with a cast of 13 dancers, he samples and remixes music and movement, from classical ballet to contemporary dance, in an inventively staged physical realization of the virtual experience.

Once seated, audience members will be wheeled throughout the museum with a specially designed chair mover created specifically for this performance, providing each viewer with a unique and individualized experience.

Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for ICA members and students.

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

Castle Island tours

The Castle Island Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering free, guided, 60-minute tours of Fort Independence at Castle Island from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Castle Island is located at the end of Day Boulevard.

Castle Island, the oldest continuously fortified site in North America, is home to Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned fort built between 1834 and 1851. Castle Island’s eighth fort was built with granite from quarries in Rockport.

Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-333-7404.

Art display

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is displaying “Reptile Aliens Made of Light,” works by Rosie Winthrop and Daniel Joseph, now through May 27.

Winthrop and Joseph collaborated to create a space where collage, paintings, ephemera, sculptures and works on paper collide, intersect and interact with each other and the viewer. The subject matter explores interpretation of perspective, color, the natural world vs. synthetic repetition and objectifying emotions.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and by appointment.

Further information is available at

Art at the courthouse

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

The HarborPark Exhibit features paintings and drawings by Clayton Curtis and “Words of New England: A Calligraphic Exhibition of Poetry and Prose from Boston and New England” is on display in the Atrium Exhibit.

The Front Lobby is hosting “Discovering Justice Presents: The Justice Seekers Biography Project.”

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. A photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.

Visit or call 617-261-2440 for further 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.