South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

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.

Fundraiser

The Fourth Presbyterian Church will host its annual Fourth Fest fundraiser from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at the Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd.

The afternoon will feature refreshments, silent and live auctions, live music and special performances.

Proceeds will help support the community outreach programs and building enhancements of the church. All are welcome. Tickets are $50.

Call 617-268-1281 or visit www.fourthpresbyterian.org for tickets and further details.

Movie matinees

The South Boston Public Library, 646 East Broadway, will host a series of free films starring the inimitable Debbie Reynolds from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays during May.

The movies span Reynolds’ earlier career in the 1950s and ’60s and include the classic MGM musical “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly on May 2; “I Love Melvin” co-starring Donald O’Connor on May 9; “Tammy and the Bachelor” with Leslie Nielson on May 16; “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” with Harve Presnell on May 23; and “The Singing Nun” with Greer Garson on May 30.

Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

Benefit evening

A fundraiser for Julie’s Family Learning Program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at Foley and Lardners Law Office, 111 Huntington Ave.

Hosted by board member Matt Karlyn, this annual spring event is the perfect venue to celebrate and support Julie's in a memorable evening with a short presentation about Julie's and a speech from a Julie's alumna.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.juliesfamily.org or call 617-269-6663.

First Friday fun

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a special First Friday program, “Comedy Night,” from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 5.

Attendees will tickle their funny bones with hilarious hi-jinks and three sets from Improv Asylum. They can also view the contemporary art, try the whimsical cocktails and join in the dance party with tunes by DJ Bobby BanGers.

The $15 ticket includes museum admission and a complimentary drink. Members are admitted free. The evening is for 21-plus. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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

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.

Honor run

The 16th annual Boston Marine Corps honor run will be held on Saturday, May 6 at Carson Beach, William J. Day Boulevard.

Registration and number pickup will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. followed by a pre-race warm-up at 8:30 a.m., with the race starting at 9 a.m.

This flat 5K race will follow the scenic views along Carson Beach. Race participants will include active duty officers and veterans of all branches of the military and law enforcement, but all are welcome, from beginner runners and walkers to elite runners.

Local honor guards will be on site as well as Marine Corps cadets to help with the warm-up. Runners and volunteers will receive an official race T-shirt.

Proceeds will go toward the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation that provides scholarships to children of military families, with particular attention to those whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat.

For further information and to register, visit www.mchonorrun.com or call 888-767-7223.

Celebrating St. Jude’s

The fifth annual Toast to St. Jude’s benefit gala will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Aloft Boston Seaport, 401-403 D St.

The evening of cocktails, dancing and fundraising will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that is leading the way the world treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Tickets are available online and at the door. Attendees must be age 21 or older.

Visit www.stjude.org/toaststjude to purchase tickets and for more information.

Island stewardship

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 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.

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 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.