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

Back to Bach

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will present “Back to Bach: More J.S. Bach and Sonatas” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Janet Fink, recorder, and Alastair Thompson on harpsichord, will perform selections by Bach in a free concert.

For more details, call 617-536-8241.

Swedish Yuletide

The 33rd annual Swedish Yuletide celebrations will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Cyclorama, the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

This fair celebrates the holiday season with foods, crafts, gifts, musical entertainment and children’s activities. Unique gifts and designs, such as Sami-engraved crafts from Lapland, Scandinavian sweaters, home accessories, jewelry and books, will be on sale.

Children can make holiday decorations and catch treats in the fishing pond. Traditional foods including Swedish meatballs, salmon sandwiches, cakes, waffles, pastries, coffee and glogg, a spicy seasonal hot drink, will be available in the coffee shop. Musical entertainment will feature accordionist Dan Mackowiac, the SWEA Singers and students from the Swedish School of Boston performing familiar tunes.

The St. Lucia processions will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10. Children under age 13 are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarship programs.

For more information, visit or call 877-799-8267.

Student recital

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present a student recital at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8

Friends and neighbors are invited to see students of all ages perform in a free recital concert of seasonal music.

Visit or call 617-482-6267 for more information.

Winter festival

The fourth annual SoWa Winter Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the SoWa Power Station, 540 Harrison Ave.

The weekend festival will feature more than 100 talented local artists showing off their one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods and treats. There will also be musical entertainment, workshops, a photo booth and more.

In addition, in the heated tent on Thayer Street, shoppers can enjoy live holiday music, mulled wine, hot chocolate and raclette cheese specialties. There will also be food trucks, face painting, live ice sculpting from noon to 2:30 p.m., as well as the galleries, artist studios and shops that call SoWa home year round.

Parking and admission is free.

Further details can be found at

Holiday party

The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association will host its annual holiday party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Elephant Walk, 1415 Washington St.

Members, friends and guests can celebrate the holidays while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and holiday cocktails, wines and beers. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for an Ellis Memorial child in need this season.

Tickers are $60 for members and $70 for non-members. Space is limited.

For more information, visit

Open art studios

The artists of the SoWa Artists Guild will host a new event, SoWa Second Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.

More than 80 artists will be in their studios at 450 Harrison Ave., in the SoWa Art + Design District. Visitors can meet the artists, see a wide variety of original art and buy directly from the artists. Works will include paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture.

Admission is free and parking is available.

For more information, visit

Caroling in the park

The Friends of Hayes Park will host an afternoon of caroling from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the park at the corner of Warren Avenue and West Canton Street.

The community is invited to join in singing favorite carols of the season. Hot cider, cookies and songbooks will be provided. Donations of canned goods for SNAP, the South End Neighborhood Assistance Program’s emergency food pantry, are requested.

Visit or call 617-536-5557 for further information.

Local author at the library

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome acclaimed foreign-policy journalist Stephen Kinzer in a talk “Iran and Syria: Our Enemies or Potential Partners?” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 as part of the South End Writes series.

Kinzer will present his analysis of what the nation’s future relationship with Iran and Syria could be. He is former New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul, Berlin and Nicaragua and Watson Institute senior fellow in International and Public Affairs.

Introducing Kinzer will be WBUR’s “Open Source” radio host Christopher Lydon.

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of South End Library.

Call 617-536-8241 or visit for more information.

Christmas movies

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is hosting a series of classic Christmas movies from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during December.

Featured will be the comedy “Little Fockers” with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller on Dec. 14; “A Christmas Story” with Darren McGavin and Peter Billingsley on Dec. 21; and the rom com “When Harry Met Sally” starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan on Dec. 28.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for further details

Local focus

The new Local/Focus exhibit for December in the South End Branch Library’s Tremont Street window features work by visual artist Marianne Kinzer.

Kinzer’s art has been shown in galleries in Germany, Turkey and the U.S., including a solo exhibition in Orleans, MA. She has also exhibited at the J jake Art Gallery in the South End, the Truro Center for the Arts, the Watercolor Art Gallery in Pawtucket, RI and the Watson Institute in Providence. She regularly participates in the South End Open Studios.

Call 617-536-8241 for further information.

‘Velveteen Rabbit’

The Boston Children’s Theatre will present “The Velveteen Rabbit” at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays now through Dec. 15 at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

The “Velveteen Rabbit” will return for its 10th anniversary production. Actors and puppets will bring this popular children’s tale by Margery Williams to life, with original music and puppets created by Marjorie Tudor of the Tasha Tudor family. It tells the tale of a strong bond between a young boy and his beloved stuffed rabbit; a story of love, friendship and hope that is perfect for the entire family.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 617-424-6634.

Shakespeare comedy

Moonbox Productions will present William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” now through Dec. 29 at the Plaza Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

Shakespeare’s timeless comedy of mistaken identity, runaway imagination and unrequited love comes vividly to life in this new staging, with original music and live special effects performed by the company of Lost At Sea.

For the first performance on Nov. 28 the price of admission will be a non-perishable food shelf donation. Use “BTS Free” price when applying for tickets.

Visit or call 617-426-5000 for a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets.

Farmers’ market

The Trustee’s of Reservation has a Mobile Farmers Market that will be stationed in the Plaza Betances area every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The market will offer a wide variety of local, fresh vegetables, along with fruit, meat, eggs and milk sourced primarily from the Trustees’ Powisset Farm in Dover, as well as other Massachusetts farms.

With all food coming direct from the farm, prices will be as affordable as possible and the market will accept cash, credit, SNAP/EBT, and WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. The Trustees are also participating in the new Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program, which just launched this spring and reimburses SNAP customers for local fruit and vegetable purchases.

Further information can be found at or or by calling 617-399-1962.