Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Boston Light tours

Boston Harbor Islands will offer tours of Boston Light at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 and 1 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, departing 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

Civil War on the islands

Boston Harbor Islands will host activities commemorating the Civil War at Fort Warren on Georges Island from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. Park ferries will depart from Long Wharf.

Visitors will step back in time and meet the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first African American regiment of the Civil War. An original play on the “Lady in Black” will be held on Fort Warren’s outdoor stage.

They can also hear about the Civil War and the games kids and adults used to play to entertain themselves at the fort and make 19th century crafts.

Admission is free. Call 617-223-8666 or visit for more information.

Music on the harbor

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, Aug.14.

Guitarist and vocalist Harry Wagg will perform. He will play jazz compositions and contemporary tunes as well as original material.

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

Scottish fiddle

The Folk Arts Center of New England and the Boston Harbor Fiddle School will host a visitors’ day from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 on Thompson Island. The ferry will depart from the Thompson Island ferry dock near Summer Street and the Design Center, arriving at the island at 3 p.m. and returning at 9 p.m.

Visitors can explore the island and enjoy a jam session, dancing and a world-class concert by the Fiddle School faculty. All are welcome to spend an afternoon and evening on the island.

The fee covers the round-trip ferry service, the session and concert and an outdoor barbecue dinner with a cash bar.

New this year is a chance to stay overnight and participate in the late night sessions, spend the night in a private room, audit classes in the morning, enjoy breakfast and lunch and catch an afternoon boat back on Wednesday. The fee is $105. Participants must be ages 18 and older.

Tickets are $55 or $50 for FACNE members; $35 for children, ages 5 to 12; and free for children, age 4 and younger.

Registration is required as space is limited, by calling 781-438-4387 or online at

Starring Lucille Ball

A series of vintage films in celebration of the birthday of comedy legend Lucille Ball will be screened from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays during August at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

The films all starring Ball will include “Fancy Pants” co-starring Bob Hope on Aug. 14; “The Fuller Brush Girl” with Eddie Albert on Aug. 21; and “Forever, Darling” with James Mason and Desi Arnaz on Aug. 28.

Call 617-268-0180 for further information.

Mile run benefit

The fifth annual Martin Richard Memorial Mile Invitational to benefit Youth Enrichment Services and the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation will be held from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, meeting at Moakley Park, Saunders Stadium, 1005 Columbia Road.

Races will include a 400-meter for kids, ages 8 and under; 400-meter adaptive race for all ages; a one-mile race for youths, ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 18; and a one-mile adult race. There will also be a non-competitive recreational walk or run for all ages.

All 400-meter finishers will receive a commemorative Martin Richard One Mile Memorial Ribbon. The top three finishers in the Youth, Scholastic, Wheelchair, Masters and Open One Mile races will receive awards.

Registration is $10 in advance or $15 at the site.

Send an email to for further information. Register at

Movie night

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights will continue at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 with a screening of the animated feature “Peter Rabbit” at Medal of Honor Park, 775 East First St.

Participants can bring low beach chairs or blankets and a picnic supper. Free popcorn will be provided. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-635-4505 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, Aug. 16 on the museum’s Putnam Investment Plaza.

The headliner will be the band Common Cents performing their blend of funk, rock, R&B, urban jazz and indie music.

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

Book sale

The Friends of the South Boston Branch Library will host a summer book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the library, 646 East Broadway.

The sale will feature lots of adult and juvenile books and audio-visual materials at low prices. Proceeds will benefit the community programming of the library.

Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

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.

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 and at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. 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.