Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Spring book sale

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host the annual springtime book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.

Organized by the Friends of the South Boston Branch Library, the sale will feature lots of adult and juvenile books, both hardcover and paperbacks, CDs, audio books and other audio-visual materials at low prices.

All proceeds will benefit the programming of the branch library. Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

Movies for jazz lovers

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will screen movies featuring jazz music from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on April 23 and 30.

The library will screen the musical “La La Land” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in her Oscar winning role on April 23; and the movie rated the Best Comedy by the American Film Institute, “Some Like it Hot” starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe on April 30.

Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

Open studios

Artists for Humanity at 100 West Second St. will host an open studio event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24.

Attendees will enjoy networking, live art making and being inspired by the creative studios and wine and cheese.

Artists for Humanity’s mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth a chance for self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design.

Admission is free. Further information is available at or by calling 617-268-7620.

Spring benefit

The Labouré Center’s 37th annual spring reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at The Exchange, 212 Northern Ave.

The Kerr Family will be presented with the 2019 Jack Shaughnessy Service Award.

Hors d’oeuvres and a live and a silent auction will be featured. Among the auction items is a getaway for two to Nantucket and tickets to a New England Patriots game. Other items will be added on Facebook and other social media.

Free parking will be available at the corner of Northern Avenue and Haul Road, courtesy of MassPort.

Tickets are $125 and can be obtained online at No tickets will be sold at the door.

For additional information, call 617-454-8500.

Citizenship class

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will offer a free citizenship class from 5 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

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 or call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Teen night

A spring teen night will be held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Organized by teens for teens, the evening features teen-led art tours, art making activities, and youth performances in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Admission is free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-478-3100.

City nature challenge

The 2019 City Nature Challenge will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 on Thompson Island. The ferry will leave from the EDIC Pier Ferry Terminal.

Participants will help document biodiversity in the park and region. They will explore the local flora and fauna and take countless photos to contribute to the effort of photo-documenting all they find with thousands of others across the country.

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

There are two boat options for leaving the island in the afternoon, 12:30 or 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided after the first boat leaves for those interested in staying for more biodiversity exploration and identification.

For more details and to register, visit or call 617-223-8106.

Family dance day

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a free family day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

This month will feature the Boston Youth Dance Showcase. Families can see the new art exhibits, try gallery games and family pop-up talks, make and frame a sketch of Boston Harbor and be dazzled by performances by Boston-area kids.

Admission is free for two adults per family with children under 12 years old. Registration is not required.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-478-3100.

Solo art exhibition

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., will display “It’s the Thought That Counts,” works by Andy Li, from April 27 through May 10.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Li focuses on the power of now. His work is a reflection of the day to day mundane and the moments of greatness that perceived in an instant. He is a Mass Art graduate with a BFA in Media and Performance Art with a focus in film/video and 3D sculpture with a focus in fibers and soft sculpture.

These two mediums have provided him with an understanding of the value of time and patience. Some days he will be hunched over a single thread for hours on end, and other days will see him running back and forth with three different cameras trying to find the best light.

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

Further information is available at

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.