Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Concert in the park

Irais Brito Hierrezuelo will give a free concert in the park from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at Thomas Park, Dorchester Heights.

Born and raised in Havana, Hierrezuelo is a bass player and music educator pursuing his interest in contemporary music at Berklee College of Music. He enjoys experimenting with diverse genres, including Afro-Cuban, R&B, hip-hop, pop, rock and blues.

The evening will also include family lawn games, make-and-take art projects and face painting.

Boston Harbor Now, the National Park Service and the Dorchester Heights Association are sponsoring this concert.

For more details, call 617-242-5601 or visit

Beach combing

Mass Audubon invites the community to go beach combing on Carson Beach from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, meeting at the gazebo.

Carson Beach and its neighbors stretch for more than three miles and offer great beach combing opportunities. Registration is recommended. Admission is free for adults and $5 for child (members) and $7 (non-members.)

Call 617-983-8500 or visit to register and for further details.

Outdoor photography

A smartphone photography for the outdoors workshop will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 on Spectacle Island. The boat will depart from Long Wharf.

Staff from L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School will share tips and techniques to take outdoor photos from run-of-the-mill to extraordinary.

Register for this free program by calling 617-223-8108 or online at

Open studios

Artists for Humanity at 100 West Second St. will host an open studio event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27.

The evening will include a tour of the student artwork and facilities, wine and cheese.

Artists for Humanity’s mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth a chance for self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design.

Admission is free.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-268-7620.

Stars and planets

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host “Night Sky” at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 29.

An educator from the Museum of Science will help children explore the night sky, including stars, planets and other celestial objects.

The program is best for children ages 6 and older.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 617-268-0180 to register and for more details.

Island cleanup

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 on Lovells Island.

Volunteers will join park stewards to work with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to clean up the island and get it ready for a season of camping, hiking, kayaking and habitat restoration.

The work will involve trail maintenance and debris management. Participants should wear layers for the weather and closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and lunch. Tools will be provided.

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

Family playdate

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a free family day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

Families can explore the galleries, create artworks and catch local musician Alastair Moock in the theater at 2 p.m.

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.

Night sky

The Boston Harbor Islands will host “Night Sky” from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 on Peddocks Island.

Join park staff and learn to use a telescope to identify constellations, planets, and other celestial features.

Advance registration is required for space in the group campsite. Attendees should bring their own camping gear and supplies. Ferry transport and campsite are included in the Eventbrite registration.

To register and for more information, visit

Antique assemblages

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is hosting “I’ll Tell You When You’re Older” now through July 22.

The gallery is displaying a series of antique assemblages, gothic horror-inspired vignettes, and pseudo-religious pseudo artifacts by Tatiana Klusak, in collaboration with High Five Arts of Lowell.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and by appointment.

Further information is available at

Family art days

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., is hosting free family days from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now through Sept. 2.

Saya Woolfalk is a New York–based artist who uses science fiction, technology and fantasy to re-imagine the world and think about how combining cultures can create more utopian societies.

In “Hybrid-Digital Home,” she has collaborated with her six-year-old daughter, Aya Woolfalk Mitchell, to reinvent the ICA’s Art Lab as a warm domestic environment made up of a lively combination of patterns.

The installation combines textile patterns from around the world with computer-generated patterns based on visitor drawings created in Scratch. Developed at MIT, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where children can program and share interactive media.

Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute drawings to be digitally patterned and added to the wall, creating a collaboratively generated portrait of home.

Registration is not required. Families can learn to use Scratch at an ICA family workshop on Aug. 4.

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

Farmers’ market

The South Boston farmers’ market is being held from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays until Oct. 22 at 446 West Broadway in 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

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 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.