Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Grammy winner to entertain

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the South Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will welcome Latin Grammy-winning 123 Andrés in a concert for kids and families from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Families will travel with Andrés around the Americas and sing, jump and dance in this high-energy, interactive show.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.

Brunch champion

Local brunch hot spots will duke it out for the title of Brunch Champion at the fourth annual Brunch Battle from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.

Gather, Lulu’s, Brownstone, Southern Proper, Metropolis, Towne Stove and Spirits, The Broadway and Row 34 will be serving up some of their best brunch items and attendees get to eat them and then vote for their favorites. Tickets are $25 and proceeds from this event will benefit Community Servings, a local nonprofit that provides meals to individuals and families who are homebound with an acute life-threatening illness.

This event is 21 plus.

Visit / to purchase tickets and for more information.

New art exhibition

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is displaying “Mantras,” works by Sneha Shrestha now to Oct. 28.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Shrestha is a Nepali artist who paints mindful mantras in her native language and meshes the aesthetics of Sanskrit scriptures with graffiti influences. When not painting these intricate pieces, she paints bold, larger than life murals. She has shown her work in several exhibitions and commissioned works and public walls around the world, including Boston, San Francisco, Bali, Istanbul, Geneva and Copenhagen. Currently she is working as the founder and senior advisor of the Children’s Art Museum of Nepal, where she is passionate about designing creative learning experiences for young people.

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

Further information is available at

Free ferries

Boston Harbor Islands will offer free ferry trips to Georges or Spectacle Island on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Ferries to Georges Island will depart at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and return at 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Ferries to Spectacle Island will depart at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and return at noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

This is the final weekend of the 2018 ferry service to the islands. Visitors can explore historic Fort Warren on Georges Island or walk Spectacle Island’s sandy beaches and winding trails. They can catch the ferry to either island at Boston’s Long Wharf North.

Free tickets for the Boston Harbor Cruises ferry will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at the Ferry Center on Long Wharf North. The ticket window will open at 8 a.m. On nice weather days, all free ferry tickets are distributed before 11 a.m., with all of the departures listed completely booked at that point.

Service between islands is not available on Free Ferry Day.

Further information can be found at

Free day at the museum

In honor of Columbus Day, the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., is offering free admission for all from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.

This is also the last day to experience the Watershed in East Boston before it closes for the season.

Visitors can check out three new exhibitions: Jason Moran’s installations based on storied jazz venues; Wangechi Mutu’s exploration of public space, communication and free speech; and the new exhibit “Entangled in the Everyday.”

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can enjoy hands-on creative fun in the art lab.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-478-3103.

Drone frontier

Swissnex Boston will host a free program “Aerial Futures: The Drone Frontier” as part of the HubWeek programming from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.

Some of the most imaginative drones from Switzerland will take flight. Attendees can expect an eclectic selection of UAVs — bio-inspired, micro and more. They can also experience the Swiss Touch table, an interactive installation that has traveled all over the United States.

All Open Doors sessions require either a free or paid pass to HUBweek 2018.

Visit for more details and to register.

Master of suspense

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host a series of thrillers by Alfred Hitchcock, celebrated filmmaker and the “Master of Suspense,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays during October.

Featured will be “To Catch a Thief” starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly on Oct. 9; Daphne du Maurier’s classic “Rebecca” with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine on Oct. 16; “North By Northwest” starring Grant and Eva Marie Saint on Oct. 23; and “Vertigo” with James Stewart and Kim Novak on Oct. 30.

Call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Hidden treasures

The Labouré Center, 275 West Broadway, will host “Hidden Treasures,” a Skinner appraisal day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Those who have ever wondered about the value of a family heirloom or a yard sale find can now discover just what they have with a professional Skinner appraisal. The public is invited to schedule an appointment to bring one item for a verbal appraisal and evaluation. The cost is $20 per object. Space is limited and appraisal will be by appointment only.

Proceeds will directly support Catholic Charities Labouré Center programs that focus on education and job readiness, family stabilization and youth and senior services.

To schedule an appointment, visit or call 617-268-9670 for more information.

Gala fundraiser

Artists for Humanity will host the 13th annual “Greatest Party on Earth” and the grand opening of the expanded Epicenter, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Epicenter, 100 West Second St.

A pre-party benefactor reception will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, fine wine and signature cocktails and a live auction.

From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., the epicenter will rock with some of Boston’s most talented dancers, musicians and acrobats, including dancing to funk and disco band Booty Vortex, thrilling acts from the high-flying Boston Circus Guild and performances from dance crew CONcept Artists.

Festivities will also include wines and delicious food stations and desserts. Patrons can visit the painting studio to meet the young artists and designers and purchase artwork.

Valet parking will be available. This event is 21 plus. All proceeds will benefit the Youth Arts Enterprise Program.

For more information, visit or call 617-268-7620.

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.