South Boston neighborhood notes
Concert and games
The National Park Service, Dorchester Heights Association and Boston Harbor Now will be hosting a summer concert from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Thomas Park in Dorchester Heights.
The evening will include Knucklebones family games, face-painting and live music from the Sunset Kings, a seven-piece indie-rock band. NPS rangers will provide history interpretation.
Bring a picnic, blankets or lawn chairs.
Paradice art exhibition
The Distillery Gallery at 516 East 2nd St. will be hosting the “TJ Kelley III: Paradice” exhibition from Aug. 17 through Sept. 20.
An opening reception/reading will take place from 7 to10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 and a closing reception will be held from 7 to10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20.
Kelley incorporates painting, drawing, scultpture, bookmaking and installation to examine the way our personal narratives distort the stories we hear and tell.
In “Paradice” Kelley focuses on the themes of balance, challenge and chance in “an existence full of orange detour signs.” His paintings and an ongoing sculptural project will be shown along with a large silkscreen print and a printed book that accompanies the show.
For more information, visit distillerygallery.com.
‘Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Justice’
Boston Harbor Now will present “Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Justice” from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 at Joe Moakley Park, 1005 Columbia Rd.
Through intentional partnerships with Native American members of the Nipmuc, Massachusett and Mashpee Wampanoag communities, multidisciplinary dance theater artist Marsha Parrilla will facilitate the creation of Harbor Islands: Past, Present, Future.
The fun, interactive and educational family activities will include the creation of a model of the Harbor Islands’ transition through time with climate change; a Healing Salve-Making Workshop; and a songwriting workshop dedicated to Mother Earth’s healing- and recognition of her sacredness.
There will also be a panel discussion focusing on Indigenous perspectives on Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice in the Harbor Islands.
This project creates spaces to heal these collective wounds to our land, our minds, and our spirits – and to dream a better future for generations to come.
Follow Boston Harbor Now on eventbrite.
South Boston Neighborhood House Senior Center will be hosting the following trips:
On Monday, Aug. 19 the group will be leaving at 10:30 a.m. for lunch and fun at Castle Island (weather permitting).
On Tuesday, Aug. 20 the group will be going to Boston for a Swan Boat ride.
On Friday, Aug. 30 the group will be taking a round trip boat ride to Encore Casino, leaving at 9:30 a.m.
Reservations and payment (if any) will need to be made in advance. Call 617-268-1619 or visit the center at 136 H St.
Kiteboarding Film Festival
The 5th annual International Kiteboarding Film Festival will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Pleasure Bay/Castle Island.
The best kiteboarding movies of the 2018-2019 season, celebrating amateur stories as well as industry videos, will be shown on the big screen. The audience will be the Academy of Kiteboarding Films, casting their votes to determine this year's best kiteboarding videos in the world.
Bring lawn chairs and blankets to this kid friendly event; food and ice cream trucks will be present.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/InternationalKiteboardingFilmFestival.
‘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 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 neaq.org.
Three free employability workshops will be held at the South Boston Library (646 East Broadway), from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 21 led by an employability coach from the Notre Dame Education Center.
The workshops will address topics such as “Job Leads: How to Look for a Job,” resumes and interviewing skills.
To reserve a seat, phone 617-268-0180, ext. 0.
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 www.mass.gov/dcr 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 https://www.facebook.com/HarryMcDonoughSailingCenter.
The shrINK summer fitness series, featuring CorePower Yoga will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at Underground at Ink Block. Bring a yoga mat and water.
Underground at Ink Block is located beneath highway 93 between South Boston and South End neighborhoods just steps from the Broadway T.
While there, check out the ever-changing amazing art murals.
Castle Island Yoga
Castle Island Yoga will be held from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 31 near the information sign at Fort Independence.
All-levels of vinyasa flow overlooking spectacular views of Boston Harbor is part of the Boston Harbor Now’s Harborfit program.
To guarantee a spot, register at eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-castle-island-yoga-registration-61276655125.
Toddlers with their caregivers can have fun with building blocks on Tuesdays and enjoy story time on Fridays through August. Each program will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.at the South Boston Branch Library at 646 East Broadway.
For more information, phone 617-268-0180.
Artist of the month
The South Boston Branch Library at 646 East Broadway will be hosting an Artist of the Month Exhibition.
The works of Scyrus Cartwright will be on display during regular library hours through August.
For more information, phone 617-268-0180.
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 signatureboston.com 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 www.icaboston.org 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 boston.gov, email email@example.com or phone 617-635-2355.
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 boston.gov 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.
Visit www.berklee.edu 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 http://www.icaboston.org/visit.
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 bostonplans.org.
For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.
For groups larger than 15 people email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour.
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 email@example.com.