South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
South Boston is one of the fastest changing residential area of the city, especially along the three-mile stretch from West Broadway by the expressway, all the way out to Castle Island.

Winter harbor market

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a winter harbor market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The market will feature more than 25 vendors selling everything from candles, jewelry, calendars, clothing, cosmetics and body lotions and much more. There will be free hot chocolate, wintry art-making and pop up caroling with Boston City Singers Children’s Chorus. Santa Claus will visit the Seaport from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-478-3100 for more information.

Pizza with Santa

Friends and neighbors are invited to a Christmas fair at South Boston Catholic Academy, 866 East Broadway, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10.

The fair will feature holiday crafts, cookie and ornament decorating, a festive photo booth, games, pictures with Santa and pizza.

Admission is $5 per person or $25 per family. Registration is required.

Call 617-268-2326 or visit for more information.

Climate Ready Boston

The community is invited to the first open house about the vision for a Climate Ready South Boston from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11 at the Mass Bay Credit Union, 147 West Fourth St.

Climate Ready Boston is the mayor’s ongoing initiative to help the city grow and prosper in the face of climate change, and protecting South Boston from coastal flooding is a high priority. Through the Climate Ready South Boston project, work is being done to better understand current and future flood risks in South Boston and develop strategies to protect the neighborhood.

Greenovate Boston and Boston Harbor Now are sponsoring this free event. Reservations are suggested for this open house, online at

Holiday sing-along

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host a children’s holiday sing-along at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Kids of all ages are invited to join the children’s librarian in a free program of holiday songs.

Call 617-268-0180 for further information.

Mystery movies

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will screen films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Hollywood’s most sophisticated and fun sleuthing couple, Nick and Nora Charles, at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays during December.

The films will include “After the Thin Man” co-starring James Stewart on Dec. 12; “Another Thin Man” with Virginia Grey on Dec. 19; and “The Thin Man Goes Home” with Leon Ames on Dec. 26.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.

Book sale

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host a year’s end book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

The Friends will present their final book sale of the year with lots of gently used books and audio-visual items for sale at low prices. Holiday shoppers can find something for the book lovers on their lists as well as give their wallets a break.

Proceeds will benefit the community programs of the Friends of the South Boston Branch Library.

Call 617-268-0180 for more information.

Island cleanup

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 on Grape Island. Volunteers will meet the NPS staff at the Hingham Shipyard, Hewitts Cove, between the DCR regional headquarters and the new MBTA building.

Volunteers will join park stewards to work with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation 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 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.

Group exhibition

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is hosting “sanQtuary: expressions of queer resistance and finding refuge in community,” a group art show, now through Dec. 28.

Boston LGBTQIAA Artist Alliance (BLAA) and Distillery Gallery are pleased to present “Sanqtuary,” an exhibition organized by Boon and Noah Grigni. The exhibition features work of group of 18 local and national LGBTQIA artists who work in a range of disciplines and techniques, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, collage, photography and performance. The exhibition will serve as a niche space for LGBTQIA artists to take their guard down, celebrate their identities and reconnect with each other.

Further information is available at

New art exhibitions

The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through Dec. 29.

The HarborPark Exhibit features “East-West,” paintings by Dominique Lecomte, the Atrium exhibit is displaying “New Beginnings” by Pearl McCarthy and landscapes by Alexandra Martinez and Raymond Martinez are on display in the Front Lobby exhibit hall.

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.

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.