South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

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 22.

Organized by the Friends of the South Boston Branch Library, the sale will feature lots of adult and juvenile books, 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.

Gala fundraiser

Artists for Humanity will host the 12th annual “Greatest Party on Earth” from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 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. 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 afhboston.com or call 617-268-7620.

Modern dance

World Music/CRASHarts will present Maureen Fleming in a new multimedia creation at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.

Fleming invents surreal movement poetry, curving her body into shapes of beauty. Her new multimedia creation, “B. Madonna,” features text by David Henry Hwang and music by Philip Glass performed live by pianist Bruce Brubaker, original accordion music by Guy Klucevsek and taiko drumming by Kaoru Watanabe. This meditation on miracles juxtaposes Fleming’s new and repertory work with 3D video projections designed by Christopher Odo.

Boston Dance Alliance director Debra Cash will give a talk at 7:30 p.m. before the performance.

Tickets are $36 for members and $40 for non-members.

Call 617-478-3100 or visit www.icaboston.org to purchase tickets or for more details.

Island stewardship

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 on Thompson Island. The boat will depart from Long Wharf, north dock.

Volunteers will join other park stewards to help maintain and enhance the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. They will work on the edge of the freshwater wetland to control invasive non-native species of plants, enhance natural processes and improve habitat for island wildlife and birds.

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 www.bostonharborislands.org or call 617-223-8106.

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 26.

The evening will include a tour of the student artwork and facilities, 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 http://afhboston.org/openstudios.html or by calling 617-268-7620.

Spring benefit

The Labouré Center’s 35th annual spring reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at John Hancock Financial, 601 Congress St. in the Innovation District.

Richard Galvin and CV Properties LLC will be presented with the 2017 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 $100 and can be obtained online at www.ccab.org. For additional information, call 617-268-9670.

Fundraiser

A fundraiser for the Perry K – 8 School will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, April 28 at the Seapoint Restaurant, 367 East Eighth St.

Festivities will include musical entertainment by Southie’s Thomas Park band, dancing, hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Admission is $20. Proceeds will go to school activities, art supplies, field trips and more.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Perrysharks or call 617-635-8840.

Poetry reading

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the South Boston Arts Association will host neighborhood poetry reading from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Adults and teens are invited to read their own poetry or a favorite poem. All are invited, whether to find a forum for original work or just to enjoy the works of local poets at a pleasant literary afternoon. Refreshments will be served. Call 617-268-0180 for more information.

Junior rangers

Boston Harbor Islands and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will host Junior Ranger Day on Spectacle Island from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. The boat will depart from Long Wharf.

Children, ages 7 to 12, can earn their Junior Ranger badge as they learn how to protect local parks, be a history detective, identify bugs, use a compass and move outside. They can meet the park rangers and hike scenic trails, make beach art and learn about camping.

Families should remember to pack water and lunches and bring layers of clothes for the island climate.

Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Reservations are required by visiting www.bostonharborislands.org or by calling 617-223-8637.

Family art 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 29.

Families can explore the contemporary art in the galleries together; visit the new exhibition “Sun Splashed” by Nari Ward; enjoy a concert with the Boston Children’s Chorus, including the Dorchester Advanced Training Choir, at 1:30 p.m.; take part in art-making activities in the art lab; and listen to stories.

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

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

World War I commemoration

The community is invited to gather with friends and neighbors for the South Boston WWI Heroes 100th Anniversary Commemorations at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Excel High School, 95 G St.

The ceremony will honor Boston’s sacrifices during the Great War 1914-1918.

Call 617-635-9870 for more details.

Performance art

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is hosting “In Presence,” a month-long exhibition of performance art, now through May 6.

This exhibition challenges the artist and viewer in the ways in which they can witness and experience performance art. The exhibition features 20 performance artists from around the world, including Creighton Baxter, Emmanuelle Duret, Michelle Lacombe, Martine Viale, Jessica Borusky, Elaine Thap, Eduardo Restrepo, Sarah Hill, Nash Glynn, Sandrine Schaefer, Hayley Morgenstern, B Ajay Sharma, Harpreet Singh and more.

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

Further information is available at www.distillerygallery.com.

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 www.bpl.org 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 www.icaboston.org 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 and May at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Featured will Puppet Story Time at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays; Playgroup for babies, toddlers and preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Circle Time for babies and toddlers at 11 a.m. on Fridays. There is also an infant massage class at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.