South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
This is the old Broadway station in South Boston many years ago.

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, March 31.

Families can explore the galleries and discover ways artists use technology; use digital media with visiting artists; see a portrait-making demonstration; and create portraits with Boston-area artist Kate True. They can also watch Urbanity Dance and other community partners performing hip-hop and other contemporary dances.

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.

Reception, fundraiser

The Paraclete Foundation will host a reception honoring the Honorable Stephen Lynch and Mrs. Margaret Lynch from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd.

The event will include a cocktail reception and a very brief speaking program, including the presentation of the Paraclete Founders’ Award. The Lynches will be receiving the award for their unwavering support for education and youth in the community.

The Paraclete Foundation provides an educational enrichment program in the South Boston community that provides otherwise at-risk children with targeted and effective academic experiences.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.paraclete.org or call 617-268-5552.

Thompson Island gala

The 16th annual Evening Expedition Gala to celebrate Thompson Island’s Outward Bound Education Center will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 at the Seaport Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane.

The gala will include cocktails, a seated dinner and a silent and live auction. The public is invited to attend and learn about the services provided to city youths through challenging outdoor environmental programs.

For more information, visit www.thompsonisland.org or call 617-426-5637.

Music and art

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a special First Friday program “Virtual Reality” from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 6.

Attendees will explore the exhibit “Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today,” enjoy virtual reality art pop-up, dance to synth pop Boston band Bearstronaut, plus drinks, DJ Knife and more.

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.

Benefit and auction

The South Boston Neighborhood House’s 31st annual benefit and auction, “The House is Where the Heart Is,” will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at the Harborview Ballroom, Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.

Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The evening also will feature dancing and a live and silent auction, with fantastic items to bid on.

Two community awards will be presented – the Amy K. Murray Angel Award will be given to Kathleen Regan of Merrill Lynch and the Joe “Dodo” Nee Champion Award will be awarded to Mayor Marty Walsh.

Previews of the auction items can be found at www.facebook.com/southbostonneighborhoodhouse.

Call 617-268-1619, ext. 203, or visit www.sbnh.org for further information and to purchase tickets.

Taste of South Boston

The South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation will hold its 16th annual Taste of South Boston from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at the Seaport Hotel ballroom, 1 Seaport Lane.

To date, 30 local restaurants in South Boston, Fort Point and the Innovation District have agreed to provide tastings. Restaurants include Blue Dragon, Lincoln Tavern, Local 149, Temazcal Cantina, Cranberry Café, Fat Baby, La Casa de Pedro, Lola 42, The Punk & Poet and more. The evening also will feature live entertainment, a silent auction, prizes and a wine and beer tasting. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online at www.tasteofsouthboston.com or at the South Boston NDC office at 365 West Broadway.

South Boston NDC is a 501c(3) whose mission is to provide affordable housing for working people, families, the elderly and veterans in the community.

For more information and tickets, visit www.tasteofsouthboston.com or call 617-268-9610.

Budget volunteer information

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host a Budget Buddies volunteer information meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9.

Budget Buddies’ mission is financial coaching for low-income women. Volunteers are needed to devote one hour a week to start a woman in the community on the road to financial independence. They do not have to be financial wizards to be a coach, just have the desire to help someone make the most of the money she has. Spanish-speaking coaches are also needed. This information meeting will give all the information needed to learn how to volunteer and make a difference in the community.

Register for this free information session by email to Boston@budgetbuddies.org or by calling 978-703-0820. Further information about this volunteer program can be found at www.budgetbuddies.org.

New art exhibit

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is hosting “Full Collabs,” works by Juan Obando running now through Thursday, April 12.

Obando’s work focuses on the intervention of social circuits through the orchestration of temporary situations and the manipulation of vestiges found in contemporary digital culture. These experiments are often directed towards the production of video-performances, installations and experimental publications, using social phenomena as raw material and humor as a catalyst in highlighting ironies and contradictions.

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.

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.