Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:
The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host “Ireland’s Gaeltacht Experience” from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.
The afternoon will include “Learn Irish for St. Patrick’s Day,” a few quick lessons in Gaeilge; the “Magic of Seán- Nos,” Máirín Uí Chéide will present a workshop on the seán-nos style of singing and well as perform songs herself; “The Lonesome Boatmen,” footage of Galway Hooker sailing boats and a chance to meet their crews; and “The Man Who Was Never Knocked Down,” Seán Mannion and his biographer, Rónán Mac Con Iomaire, will talk about his unique story.
This free event is sponsored by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library.
Call the library at 617-268-0180 for more details.
The 79th annual St. Patrick’s Day Road Race and Walk will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, starting and finishing at the Edgerley Family Boys & Girls Club, 230 West Sixth St.
The annual road race is held prior to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The route will be West Sixth Street to Dorchester Street, down East Broadway to Farragut Statue, back up East Broadway to West Broadway, down E Street to West Sixth and back to the club.
All proceeds will benefit the South Boston Boys & Girls Club Keystone Teen Leadership Program. Refreshments and prizes will be available.
For more information, visit www.bgcb.org or call 617-268-4301.
St. Patrick’s Day parade
The 117th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, starting at Broadway MBTA station on West Broadway and Dorchester Avenue, continue to East Broadway to P Street, turning right onto East Fourth Street, left onto K Street, right on East Fifth, left onto G Street to the southerly side of Thomas Park, left onto Telegraph Street and ending at Dorchester Avenue (and the Andrew MBTA station).
The parade will feature dozens of bands from Ireland and across the United States, including the Boston Police Gaelic Column; police and army contingents, school marching bands, novelty vehicles, Star Wars characters, clowns, dancers and more.
The Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston is sponsoring the parade.
Further information can be found at www.southbostonparade.org.
Dorchester Heights tour
Robert J. Allison will host a free coffee hour at 9 a.m., followed by a walking tour of the Dorchester Heights National Monument, on Sunday, March 17, at 17 Old Harbor St.
Evacuation Day marks the day in 1776 when the British evacuated Boston, the first American victory in the War for Independence. Cannon that Col. Henry Knox had brought from Fort Ticonderoga, placed on Dorchester Heights, forced the British army and navy to leave.
Coffee hour will begin at 9 a.m. and the tour steps off at 10 a.m. Allison will lead the group to the park to enjoy sweeping views of the city and the history of Henry Knox and the cannon.
Allison is a history professor at Suffolk University. He is the author of several books, including “The American Revolution: A Concise History” and “Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero.”
Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-dorchester-heights-in-south-boston-on-evacuation-day-tickets.
The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, is screening films celebrating Ireland from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 19 and 26.
The library will screen the drama “Brooklyn” starring Saoirse Ronan and Julie Waters on March 19 and the comedy “Waking Ned Devine” starring Ian Bannen and Fionnula Flanagan the following week.
Admission is free.
Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-268-0180 for further details.
Moakley Park public meeting
Boston Harbor Now will host a public meeting about Moakley Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Iron Workers Local 7 Union, 195 Old Colony Ave.
Boston Parks and Recreation is hosting a Moakley Park Vision Plan Open House to introduce the plan. This will be the fourth public engagement event to share thoughts on the new Moakley Park Vision Plan.
For more information, send an email to email@example.com.
The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will offer a free citizenship class from 5 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.
Project Citizenship will provide applicants free technical and legal help in completing their applications for citizenship. The class prepares students for all parts of their citizenship test and will cover the literacy test, 100 questions about U.S. history and government and help students improve their speaking and listening abilities in English.
Requirements are basic level English and legal permanent resident card for five years or three years if married to an American citizen. This program is in partnership with the St Mark Community Education Program.
Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-268-0180 for further details.
Boston Harbor Islands will offer a cruise of Boston Harbor from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, meeting at Boston Long Wharf.
This new cruise “Revelry and Revolution” will highlight the real history of Boston’s Evacuation Day that celebrates the departure of British troops following the Siege of Boston in March 1776. The cruise will follow the same route as British forces did: from Long Wharf, past Fort Independence and out and around Boston Light. There will be narration by local historians, Boston Harbor Islands’ staff and lighthouse keeper Sally Snowman, as well as period music.
Lunch, full bar and other refreshments will be available for purchase onboard.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for kids and seniors and free for children aged under 3 years.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.bostonharborislands.org.
Benefit and auction
The South Boston Neighborhood House’s 32nd annual benefit and auction, “The House is Where the Heart Is,” will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 29 at the Harborview Ballroom, Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.
Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The evening also will feature dancing and a live and silent auction, with fantastic items to bid on.
Two community awards will be presented – the Amy K. Murray Angel Award will be given to Mary Sheehan of NAGE and the Joe “Dodo” Nee Champion Award will be awarded to Michael Kineavy of The Cronin Group.
Previews of the auction items can be found at www.facebook.com/southbostonneighborhoodhouse.
Call 617-268-1619, ext. 203, or visit www.sbnh.org for further information and to purchase tickets.
New art exhibition
The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is hosting “The City Inside Us,” artwork by Jose Ferreira and Asma Kazmi, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.
“The City Inside Us” is an exhibition of heterogeneous objects and gestures that encompass themes of consciousness, ritual, habit and habitation. Oscillating between the material and the virtual, the exhibition unsettles viewers to reveal ways in which history is inscribed onto bodies, and onto the environment.
The exhibition unfolds along by connecting two projects: Ferreira’s work seeks to locate trajectories of familial histories and memories that are fraught with omissions and narratives of denial. Kazmi’s project aims to map the architectural, material and cultural history of radically changing sites and topographies of major cities.
Further information can be found online at www.distillerygallery.com.
ABCD: South Boston Action Center, 424 West Broadway, is hosting free tax clinics now until April 13.
Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Call for an appointment at 617-269-5160, ext. 0.
New art exhibitions
The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through March 29.
Photography by Katherine Kominis and Jonathan Fine will be on display in the front lobby exhibit space and “Scratching the Surface,” paintings by Lorrie Berry and Jennifer Jean Costello will be exhibited in the Atrium.
The HarborPark Exhibit features an exhibit from Boston Harbor Now.
Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. A photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.
Visit www.moakleycourthouse.com or call 617-261-2440 for further 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 www.icaboston.org or call 617-478-3103 for further details.