South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Local author to speak

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will welcome author Ana L. Cuevas at noon on Saturday, April 8.

“In the Land I Did Not Choose” is Cuevas’ recent memoir. Partly academic, partly anecdotal and wholly personal, the book explores the experience of 11-year-old Ana, blind since birth, whose parents moved their family from Mexico to the U.S. to give their daughter opportunities not available in her native land. Twenty-five years later, with degrees in political science and sociology and recently transplanted from Texas to Massachusetts, Cuevas hopes to continue pursuit of her dreams in this land her parents chose for her.

Admission is free. Call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Komen Race for the Cure

The 19th annual Komen Race for the Cure will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the DCR Carson Beach, William J. Day Boulevard.

Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. with a survivors’ procession at 8:30 a.m. followed by the race at 9 a.m.

More than 5,500 runners and walkers are expected to participate in the 5K co-ed run/fitness walk. Children are invited to take part in the Kids’ Fun Dash at 10:15 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and local cancer education, screening and treatment programs.

Visit or call 617-737-5121 for more information.

Puppet story time

A free puppet story time for babies to preschool aged children will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway

Kids are invited to enjoy singing, dancing and meeting puppet friends in this interactive program.

For more information, call 617-26-0180.

New music

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present the Talea Ensemble in concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

The New York-based ensemble will perform “Talea” by Gérard Grisey, “L’abîme’ by Joshua Fineberg and “Liber Fulguralis” by Tristan Murail.

The ensemble has performed many important U.S. and world premieres of works by contemporary composers and is an active collaborator of new music. As part of its ongoing role in supporting and collaborating with student composers, Talea has served as ensemble-in-residence at Harvard University, Columbia University, Stanford University, Ithaca College, Cornell University and New York University.

This performance is a co-production of the ICA/Boston and the Boston University Center for New Music.

Tickets are $10 for members and students and $15 for non-members.

Visit or call 617-478-3100 for more details and to purchase tickets.

Island stewardship

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 on Lovells Island. The boat will depart from Long Wharf, north dock.

Volunteers will be working in one of the habitat restoration areas to maintain clusters of native biodiversity, enhance natural processes and improve habitat for wildlife, birds and people across the greater Boston area. Participants should dress appropriately in layers for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and lunch. Tools will be provided.

To register, visit or call 617-283-3111.

Pet clinic

The City of Boston and the Animal Rescue League of Boston will host a dog licensing and low cost rabies vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 at the Condon Community Center, 200 D St.

Pets must be held by a person, ages 18 years or older. Cats must be in a vari-kennel or similar pet carrier. Pets will get a three-year rabies vaccine if owners can show written proof that the last vaccine was given 9 to 12 months prior to the clinic date or that the pet has had a three-year rabies vaccine at any point in the past.

The vaccine fee is $5, $2 for senior owners. Dog license fee is $15 for spayed/neutered pets or $30 for intact male/females.

Call 617-635-5348 or visit for more details.

Movie matinees

The South Branch Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will screen a series of films starring British leading man Ronald Coleman from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays during April.

The library will screen “Lost Horizon,” based on the James Hilton novel and co-starring Jane Wyatt, on April 11; the drama “If I Were King” with Basil Rathbone on April 18 and the comedy “Talk of the Town” co-starring Cary Grant on April 25.

Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

All about the Bard

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, is displaying “All About the Bard” now through April 30.

The life and works of William Shakespeare are the focus of the branch’s exhibit that is on view at street level. The exhibit is part of the Boston Public Library’s “All The City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare” programs to commemorated the 400th anniversary of his death.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-268-0180 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.

Fun at the library

A series of fun, free children’s activities will be held during April at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Featured will Mother Goose on the Loose at 11 p.m. on Wednesdays; Pre-school Music at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; Wiggle Giggle Yoga at 4 p.m. on Thursdays; Reading Roundup for preschoolers at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays and Circle Time for babies and toddlers at 11 a.m. on Fridays.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.