South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Kentucky Derby benefit

Barlow’s at 241 A St. is hosting a fun-filled event to benefit the South Boston Collaborative Center from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their best Derby-inspired outfit and hat. There will be food, fun and raffle prizes. Tickets are $20.

Send an email to or call 617-534-9500 for more information.

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 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 online at to purchase tickets and for more information.

Dance performance

2015 Guggenheim Fellow Beth Gill will make her Boston debut at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13.

In her newest work, “Brand New Sidewalk,” Gill has teamed up with composer Jon Moniaci and lighting designer Thomas Dunn to create a sparse and elegant work that questions the value of formalism in dance. This new piece for four dancers explores themes of alienation, erasure, fantasy and power through the lens of abstraction.

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

Free ferries

As part of National Park Service Centennial Summer, Boston Harbor Islands will celebrate the National Parks Service’s 100th birthday with a free ferry day, a special one-day ferry schedule to two of the most popular Boston Harbor Islands, Georges and Spectacle Islands, on Saturday, May 13.

Visitors can have a picnic, take a tour of historic Fort Warren, hike the trails, explore the beach or just enjoy the views of scenic Boston Harbor.

The ferries depart from Long Wharf North. Tickets are first-come, first-served and are available from 8:30 a.m. on the day at the Boston Harbor Cruises ferry center on Long Wharf North. Boats for Georges Island will leave at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and return at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Boats for Spectacle Island will leave at 10:30 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. and return at 11:30 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. Each adult may pick up a maximum of four tickets.

Visit or call 617-223-8666 for more details.

Island cleanup

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13 on Grape Island.

Volunteers will join park stewards to work with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to clean up the island from winter damage and get it ready for a season of camping, hiking, kayaking and habitat restoration.

The work will involve trail maintenance and debris management. Participants should wear layers for the weather and closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and lunch. Tools will be provided.

To register, visit or call 978-360-0421.

South Boston maps

Ed McCarthy will give the 37th annual Marjorie M. Gibbons Lecture at the South Boston Library, 646 East Broadway, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15.

Amateur historian McCarthy will speak on “South Boston: A History in Maps.” Originally used as a pasture for Dorchester residents, annexed to Boston and used as a place to contain less desirable city institutions, South Boston developed an insular attitude towards the rest of the city. McCarthy, using a series of maps he has created, will tell the fascinating story of South Boston and explain the factors that led to its evolution into the vibrant community it is today.

Refreshments will be served.

The Friends of the South Boston Branch Library are cosponsoring this free program. Call 617-268-0180 or visit for more details.

New art exhibitions

The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now to Friday, June 30.

The front lobby will feature paintings by Deanna Kurlowecz, the Atrium exhibit will display “Periplus” by Stacey Piwinski and Nina Earley and paintings by artist Maddy Johnson will be on display in the HarborPark exhibition.

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 or call 617-261-2440 for further information.

Movie matinees

The South Boston Public Library, 646 East Broadway, is hosting 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 MGM musical “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.

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 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.