Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Street festival

The South Boston Chamber of Commerce will host the 19th annual street festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 along East Broadway, between I and L Streets.

More than 100 local businesses, restaurants, vendors, artists and community organizations will be on hand for a day of free family entertainment and great food. Live musical acts and performances will take place on two stages.

Acts will include Southie band Thomas Park, country band The Royal Furs, the Peggy Woods School of Irish Step Dance, martial arts demonstrations and more. Children’s activities will include caricatures, face painting and airbrush tattoos and a magic show.

The South Boston Arts Association will feature art exhibits. A free shuttle bus will be available. The festival is pooch-friendly.

For more information, call 617-464-4026 or visit

Boston Light tours

Boston Harbor Islands will offer tours of Boston Light at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 15. 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

Watercolor workshop

A landscape watercolor painting workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Medal of Honor Park, 775 East First St.

Artists of all skill levels are invited to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces with instruction and materials provided at this watercolor workshop. Juleen Jones will return as the featured instructor. She has a BFA in Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art as well as a custom painting business. Participant should meet at the Rose Garden.

For more details, visit or call 617-961-3051.

Jazz on Spectacle

The Boston Harbor Islands Alliance will present Jazz on the Porch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 on Spectacle Island. Park ferries will depart from Long Wharf.

Headlining the afternoon will be Delfina Cheb from Argentina. She mixes South American roots with jazz and pop, delivering a nostalgic feeling of being away from home.

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

New filmmakers

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present “Black Radical Imagination” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.

This international touring program of moving image shorts highlights new stories by filmmakers and visual artists from within the African diaspora. This year’s program, “Fugitive Trajectories,” meditates on the various ways Black people are tending to their lives despite traumatic histories, both personal and collective, and a troubling present. Participating artists include Ephraim Asili, Cecile Emeke, Jenn Nkiru, Amelia Umuhire, Kamau Wainaina and Dana Washington.

Tickets are $5 for students and members and $10 for non-members.

Call 617-478-3103 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Healthy living for the brain

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips From the Latest Research” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

It has been known for centuries that the health of the brain and the body are connected, but now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help people keep the brain and body healthy as they age.

A speaker from the Alzheimer’s Association will explore research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help the audience incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Admission is free.

Further information is available by calling 617-268-0180 or online at

Starring Ginger Rogers

Films starring MGM movie star Ginger Rogers will be screened from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 18 and 25 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

The films are “Dreamboat” with Clifton Webb on Sept. 18 and the musical “Top Hat” co-starring Fred Astaire the following week. Admission is free.

Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

Dance performance

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present Trajal Harrell in “Caen Amour” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.

In this new production, Harrell and his dancers resurrect the hoochie-coochie show, an exotic and erotic spectacle that debuted at World’s Fairs in Europe and America in the 19th century, as precursors to vaudeville and striptease. For Harrell, the hoochie-coochie was a pioneering moment when female artists presented performances on the boundary between entertainment, erotic dancing and early experiments in modern dance.

Part fashion show, part striptease, the performance weaves a spellbinding tableau of history, spectacle and imagination.

Call 617-478-3103 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

5K run

The fifth annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Island Run will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 on Spectacle Island. The ferry will depart from Fan Pier at 9 a.m. and return to Boston at 12:30 p.m.

Runners can chose between a 5K or a 5-mile run on the island and then enjoy a post-race party and award ceremony. Registration is $50 and includes lunch, two post-celebration beverages and the boat ride on the Provincetown II. Spectators can cheer on their friends by purchasing a spectator ticket that includes ferry transportation to and from the island, as well as drinks and refreshments at the party on the pier.

Registration is required. This event is 21 plus.

For more information and to register, call 617-223-8666 or visit

Island stewardship

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 on Grape Island. The boat will depart from Courthouse Dock, 2 Northern Ave.

Volunteers will study changes in park biodiversity. They will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology and natural history of the park, working to improve the habitat for the native birds, bugs and flowers of the local national park. There will also be opportunities to search for invasive pest insects and plants and to catalog bird use in the park.

Participants should dress appropriately in layers for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and lunch. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Tools will be provided.

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

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 “Discovering Justice” until Dec. 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.

Retrospective at the gallery

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is displaying a retrospective of the work of sculptor and longtime Distillery resident Joyce McDaniel now through Sept. 29.

The exhibition includes pieces from throughout McDaniel’s career, including her early welded steel work inspired by her upbringing in Oklahoma, to her later constructions that combined expanded steel mesh, overlaid with delicate hand-made and dressmaker pattern paper.

McDaniel’s numerous accomplishments include co-founding the Boston Sculptors Gallery in 1992 and teaching at the School of Museum of Fine Arts for over thirty years, where she was awarded rare emerita status upon her retirement in 2014.

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

Further information is available at

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

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.