South Boston neighborhood notes
Bands and benefit run
Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., will host the annual summer festival from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. The 16th annual five-mile road race will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21.
Festivities will include food and choices of beer, held outside and under tents. Participants can take a tour of the brewery, keg bowl for charity, try food from local vendors and enjoy a brew. Popular up-and-coming bands and DJs will perform on multiple stages.
A cover charge of $25 will include a souvenir pint cup and one drink ticket. Attendees must be 21-plus with an I.D. A shuttle service will run from South Station.
On Sunday at 10 a.m., the five-mile road race will take place along the South Boston waterfront with proceeds benefiting the Angel Fund in its fight against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The run will feature a well-run course, costumes, kegs of beer and the largest Sunday morning dance party in town. Runners of all levels will compete.
For more information, visit www.harpoonbrewery.com or call 888-427-7666.
The Friends of the South Boston Branch Library will host a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the library, 646 East Broadway.
The sale will feature lots of adult and juvenile books and audiovisual materials for bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit the community programs of the Friends.
Call the library at 617-268-0180 for further information.
The Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands will offer a cruise and tour of Rainsford Island from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Participants will meet at 60 Rowes Wharf.
The adventure begins with a 45-minute narrated cruise through the Boston Harbor Islands, learning about the maritime history of the islands with a park ranger. Photo historian Liz Carella will share historical images and stories of the island’s past as a quarantine hospital, reform school and a hotel.
The island is only accessible to private boaters as there is no dock or public ferry service. There will be a beach landing ship for this trip.
Visitors should bring a picnic lunch, as no food is available on the island or the boat.
Tickets are $30 adults, $27 for members, seniors and students, $22 for children under 12.
Further information is available at www.fbhi.org or by calling 781-740-4290.
The Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will host the “Patriot Fest” from 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Lawn on D, 420 D St.
Headlining the music festival will be country music singers and songwriters Tyler Farr and Eric Paslay, with musical support from Dalton and the Sheriffs and Louie Bello.
Attendees must be age 21 plus with a valid I.D. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance.
Visit www.mfhpatriotweek.org to purchase tickets or for more information.
The South Boston Public Library, 646 East Broadway, is screening films starring the inimitable Debbie Reynolds from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 23 and 30.
The movies span Reynolds’ earlier career in the 1950s and ’60s and include the MGM musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” with Harve Presnell on May 23 and “The Singing Nun” with Greer Garson on the following week.
Call 617-268-0180 for more details.
Concert on the lawn
Berklee College of Music will present a free outdoor concert on the Lawn at D at noon on Friday, May 26 at 420 D St.
Atileo Tedoli will perform. He has blended his roots in vocal jazz and musical theater, along with his love for popular music, to create a fresh, new sound.
An art exhibit, games and free Wi-Fi will be available. Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.
Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will re-dedicate the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27 at 85 Northern Ave., Seaport Square Park.
The memorial has the 218 names of Massachusetts servicemen and women killed in action since 9/11. This free event is open to the public.
For more information, visit www.mfhpatriotweek.org or call 617-326-6042.
Family play date
The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a free family day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 27.
Families can explore the galleries, try yoga, create mixed-media artworks, sketch in color and take in a concert and body percussion performance featuring SR9 Trio from France.
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.
Castle Island tours
The Castle Island Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will offer free, guided, 60-minute tours of Fort Independence at Castle Island from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 27 to 30. Castle Island is located at the end of Day Boulevard.
Castle Island, the oldest continuously fortified site in North America, is home to Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned fort built between 1834 and 1851. Castle Island’s eighth fort was built with granite from quarries in Rockport.
Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Further information can be found at www.mass.gov/dcr or by calling 617-333-7404.
Run to remember
The Boston Police Department and the Boston Police Runners’ Club will host the 13th annual Run to Remember on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.
There will be a kids’ fun run at 10 a.m. and fitness expo on Saturday and a half marathon and 5-mile road race on Sunday, as well as many other activities during the weekend. Events will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
There will be a post race celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center.
This run will honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty by celebrating their lives and giving back to the community. Proceeds will benefit the Kids at Risk Program of the Boston Police Runners’ Club.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.bostonsruntoremember.com.
The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 on Peddocks 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 www.bostonharborislands.org or call 978-360-0421.
JFK centennial exhibit
The South Boston Library, 646 East Broadway, is displaying the John F. Kennedy Centennial exhibition now to Aug. 31.
The display celebrates the centennial of the birth of the 35th American president and famous son of Massachusetts with a display of images from his life and presidency.
Admission is free. Call 617-268-0180 for more details.
Artist of the month
The South Boston Library, 646 East Broadway, is exhibiting works by local photographer Gerrie O’Brien now through May 31 during library hours.
O’Brien’s exhibit is a visual representation of taking a stroll through the South Boston neighborhood, with scenes of sunsets, the Boston Harbor shoreline, Castle Island, the ferries, the Fall Street Festival, memorials, and benefit road races and walks.
For further information, call 617-268-0180.
New art exhibitions
The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through 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 www.moakleycourthouse.com or call 617-261-2440 for further 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 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.