South Boston neighborhood notes
Castle Island tour
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. on Saturday, June 3. 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.
Family Fun Day
The MOMS Club of South Boston will host the eighth annual Southie Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at Marine Park, Farragut Road.
The Woods School of Irish Dance, Toe Jam Puppet Band, Miss Linda’s School of Dance, Music Ball Singers and more will provide the entertainment. Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department will give a K-9 demonstration. There will also be superheroes, princesses, fire trucks, martial arts demonstrations, dancing, ice cream and lots of other refreshments.
Visit www.southiefamilyfunday.org for more information.
The second annual Beer Advocate Microbrew Invitational, a celebration of old school, small batch brewing, will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.
Featured will be a lineup of beer and other fermented beverages from the world’s finest microbreweries. There will also be guest speakers and opportunities to meet with brewers. Each invited microbrewery will brew a unique beer to premiere at the fest.
Participants must be 21- plus with valid I.D.
Visit www.beeradvocate.com for more details.
The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 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.
Taste of the nation
Boston’s Taste of the Nation will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6 at Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Ave.
The evening will feature the largest gathering of award-winning chefs from the region, including Jody Adams, Joanne Chang, Gordon Hamersley, Andy Husbands and more. More than 60 of Boston’s top chefs will present delicious tastings paired with the best beer, wine and spirits. Dress is cocktail attire.
All proceeds will benefit the non-profit No Kid Hungry’s efforts to end childhood hunger. For more information, www.ce.strength.org/events or call 800-969-4767.
The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will screen a series of movies starring Warren William from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays during June.
The films will include “”The Dark Horse” co-starring Bette Davis on June 6; “Cleopatra” with Claudette Colbert on June 13; “Arsene Lupin Returns” with Melvin Douglas on June 20; and the thriller “Counter-Espionage” on June 27.
Call 617-268-0180 for further details.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will offer an architecture tour at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 8.
Participants will enjoy a look at some of the unique features of the ICA’s one-of-a-kind, stunning architecture. Guides will also highlight works currently on view. Admission is free with museum admission.
Visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-478-3100 for further details.
Concert on the lawn
Berklee College of Music will present a free outdoor concert on the Lawn at D at noon on Friday, June 9 at 420 D St.
Featured will be emerging singer-songwriter Noa Vlessing, who creates heartfelt music reflecting a soulful mix of pop melodies, catchy hooks and inspiring lyrics.
An art exhibit, games and free Wi-Fi will be available. Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.
5K, fun run
The seventh annual Spectacle Island Flag Day 5K and kids’ fun run will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10 on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor. The boat will depart from Long Wharf at 8:30 a.m.
Participants will enjoy panoramic views of Boston Harbor and the city from the historic island. Race day festivities will include a 5K race; a half-mile kids’ fun run; field day competitions; post-race picnic lunch for all participants; musical entertainment; kids’ activities, yoga, the New England Aquarium touch tank and more.
Admission is $40 for the 5K and $20 for the kids’ fun run (ages 11 and under) and includes a ferry ticket, a T-shirt and lunch. Tickets for spectators are $27 for adults and $10 for children.
Pre-registration is required, by calling 617-223-8108 or online at www.bostonharbornow.org/5k.
The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 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 www.bostonharborislands.org or call 978-360-0421.
Art and poetry
The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present a gallery talk “Poetic Responses to Nari Ward” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11.
Boston-area poets Nicole Terez Dutton, Krysten Hill and Amanda Torres will read and perform their own writings that reflect on Nari Ward’s “We the People,” currently on view at the institute until Sept. 4.
Admission is free with museum admission. Registration is not required.
Further information can be found at www.icaboston.org or by calling 617-478-3100.
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.
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 June 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.