South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Children have a fun time playing in the sand at Castle Island.

Fenway Challenge

The Fenway Challenge will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 30 at Lee’s Playground, 775 East First St.

The free series gives children, ages 7 to 14, the opportunity to test their pitching accuracy, swing in a batting cage and practice base stealing.

The Fenway Challenge, featuring the Red Sox Showcase, will have food and entertainment – including virtual reality, a replica Green Monster and Red Sox mascots Wally and Tessie. Participants will also have the opportunity to win Red Sox tickets.

This event is sponsored by the Boston Red Sox, Highland Street Foundation and Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, contact Cheryl Brown at 617-961-3085 or

To register, go to

Doris Day movies

The South Boston Library (646 East Broadway) will be hosting “The Best of Doris Day” movies from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.

“The Man who Knew Too Much” (1956), a classic starring Doris Day and James Stewart, will be shown on July 30.

The library is air conditioned.

For more information, visit or phone 617-268-0180.

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night at Carson Beach will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.

Among the activities featured will be beach games and activities, environmental-science activities, entertainment, informational tables. There will also be food, beverages and ice cream.

This event is sponsored by the South Boston Neighborhood House and Save the Harbor.

Tom Petty Tribute Band

The ParkARTS neighborhood concert, featuring The Rebels - Tom Petty Tribute Band, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 at Medal of Honor Park, 775 East First St. in South Boston.

For more information, or a full schedule of events, phone 617-635-4505, email or visit

Beach bash

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will host a beach bash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16 at Carson Beach.

There will be a variety of beach games and food.

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay along with these and other events, visit

Beach Bash and Splash

The Youth Beach Bash and Splash will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 at Carson Beach.

Among the activities featured will be beach games, environmental-science activities, costumed story tellers plus informational tables.

There will also be a noon splash and a cookout.

This event is sponsored by Save the Harbor.

‘Science under the Sun’

“Science under the Sun,” hosted by the New England Aquarium, will be at Carson Beach from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays in July and August (weather permitting).

Look for their blue tent near the bathhouse and meet Aquarium educators who will lead guided explorations of marine life and provide fun, hands-on science and nature activities.

This free family-friendly program is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute. All are welcome; no reservations are necessary.

To learn more, visit

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. on Saturdays and Sundays. 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 or by calling 617-333-7404.

Sailing at Castle Island

The Harry McDonough Sailing Center at Castle Island is open for the season with brand new docks.

The Harry McDonough Sailing Center is devoted to teaching children the art of sailing, an appreciation for the environment and key life skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication and decision making.

Visit the Sailing Center in person or visit

Youth recreation program

South Boston Summer Sports Center will host a full-day, drop-program for youth, ages 7 through 14, who are residents of Boston. Youth will participate in many traditional and non-traditional recreation activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Aug. 16 (except on July 30) at the Lee Playground (M Street).

Parents may register their children for one day, a week or the entire summer. For more information, contact Woodley Auguste at 617-961-3084 or or visit

Lawn on D

Lawn on D, a playground for families located behind the Convention Center in the South Boston Waterfront, is open most days from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Oct. 31 offering lots of games, the Halo Swing (a 6-person swing outfitted with solar-powered LED lights that change color when in motion), art installations and rotating food trucks.

In addition, Thrilling Thursdays, TGIF, Southie Saturdays and Sunday Fundays will feature special entertainment such as live music/concerts, movies and Cornhole Tournaments.

Visit often for specific details and added events.

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.


Yoga will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 24 at the Medal of Honor Park (M Street), 775 East First St.

For more information or cancellations about this and other programs included in the Summer Fitness Series, visit, email or phone 617-635-2355.

Walking group

A walking group will be held at 10 a.m. every Friday through Sept, 27 at Moakley Park, 1005 Columbia Rd.

For more information of cancellations about this and other programs included in the Summer Fitness Series, visit or call 617-534-2355.

Berklee concert series

The Berklee College of Music’s “Summer in the City” free concert series is now underway.

Music ranges from jazz to classical, Latin to funk and folk to world.

They will perform at the South Boston Waterfront on Atlantic Wharf, at noon on Thursdays through Aug. 31 and at the Institute of Contemporary Art at 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 30 (no performances Aug. 9 or 16).

Visit for more information.

Free Thursdays at ICA

Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., general admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art at 100 Northern Ave. is free.

The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process.

For more information, go to

Model room tours

The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.

ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.

The next workshop is at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29. More workshops are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).

For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.

Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.

Stewardship Saturday

Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island will be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Join other park stewards to enhance native ecosystems and natural processes by studying and influencing changes in park plant biodiversity. People will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as stewards work side-by-side to improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.

For more information about the program (which happens rain or shine), what to wear and bring, directions to the EDIC Ferry Terminal (which is notoriously difficult to find the first time) and confirmation (program destination is subject to change based on field conditions), call 617-913-5349 or call/ text