Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Boston Light tours

Boston Harbor Islands will offer two tours of Boston Light at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on July 14, 21 and 28. Tours will depart from the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

This special narrated cruise will voyage through maritime history and pass renowned Boston Harbor landmarks on these three-lighthouse tours. The two-hour cruise will sail past Long Island Light, Graves Light and Boston Light, America'’s oldest light station.

Staff and volunteers from the National Park Service and U.S. Coast Guard will provide the narrations and programs on-board. There is no food or water available on the boat so passengers should feel free to bring their own snacks and meals.

Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for seniors/students/military, $25 for children and free for kids, ages 3 and under.

To purchase tickets and for more details, visit

Music festival

Save the Harbor will host Aquapalooza, Boston Harbor’s floating music festival, from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 in Perry Cove off Peddocks Island.

The lineup will include the Fat City Band, Sound Box and the Rampage Trio.

The band boat will depart Rowes Wharf at noon and return at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day. A cash bar will be available. Attendees can bring picnic lunches.

Call 617-451-2860, ext. 1001 or visit for more details and to purchase tickets.

Boston gangsters

Author and journalist Emily Sweeney will be the guest speaker at a free program at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 16 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Sweeney is the author of “Gangland Boston: A Tour through the Deadly Streets of Organized Crime,” the true stories of the gangsters who have played a shady role in shaping Greater Boston’s history. Drawing upon years of research and an extensive collection of rare photographs, Sweeney sheds light on how gang violence unfolded during Prohibition, how the Italian mafia rose to power and how the Gustin Gang came to be.

She also uncovers little-known facts about well-known crime figures, such David “Beano” Breen, Charles “King” Solomon, Harry “Doc” Sagansky, Raymond L.S. Patriarca and other legendary gangsters.

Call 617-268-0180 for more information.

Midday concert

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, July 17.

Randall Kromm and Family will perform folk, gospel, bluegrass and country music.

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

Back to the eighties

A series of classic eighties films will be screened from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays during July at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Featured will be the Oscar-winning “Ordinary People” starring Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland on July 17, the comedy “Tootsie” with Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange on July 24 and “The Big Chill” starring Glenn Close and Kevin Kline on July 31.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 18 and 25 at Sweeney Playground, 180 West Fifth St.

Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.

Rosalita’s Puppets will perform at the park at 11 a.m.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.

Further information can be found at or 617-635-4505.

Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K

The 31st annual Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 starting at Carson Place/Boston Teachers’ Union, 125 Day Blvd.

Sponsored by the L Street Running Club, the race is a flat course along the water. There will be an after-party with a delicious barbecue, music and exhibits. A runners’ expo will begin at 5 p.m.

The registration fee is $25 if postmarked before July 16 and $30 after that date. Fees for entrants age 65 plus and children ages 10 and under are $10.

Proceeds will be donated to local charities, including the Curley Recreational Center and the South Boston Collaborative.

For more information or to register online, visit

Music on the harbor

Berklee College of Music and the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present a HarborWalk Sounds concert from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 on the museum’s Putnam Investment Plaza.

7th Degree will perform. The nine-piece funk/fusion band is composed of Marc-Anthony Thomson, alto/soprano saxophone; Jamil Soto, bass; Melvin Byrd, keyboards; James Vincent, tenor saxophone; Danylo Dmyterko, drums; Ben Suarez, guitar; Thomas Debelian, percussion; Eric Fells, auxiliary keyboards; and Marcus Prince, steel pan.

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

Bluegrass in the park

The Fort Point Ramblers will give a free concert in the park from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Thomas Park, Dorchester Heights.

The trio of Chad Kirchner, mandolin, Emily Rideout, fiddle, and Peter Lindholm, guitar will play their unique bluegrass music.

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

Jazz on Spectacle

The Boston Harbor Islands Alliance will present Jazz on the Porch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 on Spectacle Island. Park ferries will depart from Long Wharf.

Highlighting the afternoon will be Maria Vertiz, a composer, producer, songwriter and arranger who creates music filled with ethnic sounds, atmospheric ideas and structural concepts from different eras. She believes in creating parallel universes through music, using a combination of world music and ethereal sounds.

Visit or call 617-223-8108 for more information.

Art at the courthouse

The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through Sept. 30.

The HarborPark Exhibit features photographs of “Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces.” Sociologist Wendy Cadge and photographer Randall Armor have documented more than 60 sacred spaces in and around greater Boston. This remarkable project provides a glimpse into the life and history of the city from a sacred edge and an appreciation for what these spaces offer, both literally and symbolically, to residents and visitors alike.

Polymer clay mosaics by Audrey Markoff and Greg Dunn are on display in the Atrium Exhibit.

The Front Lobby is hosting “A Tribute to John Joseph Moakley.” This exhibition is open until Aug. 31.

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.

Boston landscapes

The South Boston Library, 646 East Broadway, is exhibiting works by local artist Scyrus Cartwright now through July 31 during library hours.

For further information, call 617-268-0180.

Antique assemblages

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is hosting “I’ll Tell You When You’re Older” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

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.

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 through 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.

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.