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

Swan boats

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome author and teacher Frances Driscoll for a free program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16.

Driscoll will read her book “The Swan Boat Ride” and lead the audience in making beautiful swan drawings to take home.

Call 617-536-8241 for further details.

Rockabilly for kids

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free children’s program with Matt Heaton from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17 in the park on West Newton Street. In bad weather, performances will be held in the basement of Union United Methodist Church.

Heaton’s “toddlerbilly” tunes are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish folk music, delivered with a sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun.

For more information, visit or call 617-262-1120.

Music of the islands

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free musical evening with Grupo Fantasia at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 on the main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.

Grupo Fantasia plays traditional island entertainment and much of their music is performed on original, handmade indigenous instruments. The repertoire includes original and cover songs from the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as Cuban, Dominican merengue, Puerto Rican bomba and plena, Colombian cumbia, Mexican mariachi, calypso, reggae and salsa music.

The performance will consist of two 40-minute sets of live music with a short break in between. Blankets and low beach chairs are welcome.

Further information can be found at or at 617-262-1120. Cancellations due to weather will be posted online.

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 19 and 26 at Peters Park, Thayer Street and Harrison Avenue.

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

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.

Latin American beats

Berklee College of Music and ParkARTS will host the 13th annual Tito Puente Music Series at 7 p.m. on July 19 O’Day Playground, West Newton Street.

Headliners will be Eguie Castrillo y Orquesta Mar del Norte. Grammy Award winner and percussionist Castrillo and his salsa orchestra will pay tribute to the salsa music of the 1970s and 1980s. He has played with some of the biggest names in the music world, including Tito Puente, Steve Winwood, Celia Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Donna Summer.

In case of rain the concert will be moved to Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-927-1707 or visit

Starring Humphrey Bogart

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen classic films starring Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 20 and 27.

The featured films will include John Huston’s “The Maltese Falcon” co-starring Mary Astor on July 20 and “Dark Passage” with Lauren Bacall on July 27.

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

Festival Betances

The 45th annual Festival Betances will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 and from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 at Plaza Betances, 100 West Dedham St.

A parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday will kick off the festivities. All weekend there will be live musical performances, dance, family and youth activities, face painting, bouncy houses, traditional food and locally made crafts that showcase Latin American culture. There will be also be break-dancing and rap and hip hop performances. Admission is free.

For a schedule of activities and other details of the weekend, visit or call 617-927-1707.

Music in the park

Childe Hassam Park, Chandler Street, is hosting a children’s music series from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays from now through Aug. 8.

Children can experience the joy of creating and exploring sound through movement, song and play. Admission is free.

For more details, visit

Open market

The 15th season of the Sowa Open Market is open at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 28.

The market will host 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.

This year will feature Boston’s first ever Beer Barn, a beer hall and taproom housed in the SoWa Power Station. Created in partnership with Craft Collective, it will showcase a curated selection of local brews and ciders. There will also be workshops and entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

Visit for more information.

Local focus

The new Local/Focus exhibit in the South End Branch Library’s Tremont Street window features the South End Historical Society and is focused on historic Chester Square between Tremont Street and Shawmut Avenue.

The display features maps of the once-unified square and it surroundings dating from 1912.

A flat screen displays a continuing loop of historic South End images from 1972, when the SEHS received its historic designation from the National Register of Historic Places. That was when every building in the South End existing at that time was photographed. Some of the books on display about South End history will be available for sale inside the library.

Call 617-536-8241 for further information.