South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Flying kites at Castle Island is a lot of fun – once they are ready to get into the air.

Boston Jazz Fest

The 9th annual Boston Jazz Fest will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 and Aug.31 at Maritime Park, D St. and Northern Avenue.

Each summer the Boston Jazz Fest pays homage to the genre’s African American roots and also draws together many of the most innovative and exciting contemporary jazz artists from around the globe in a day of musical brotherhood.

Food vendors will be available.

To learn more, visit https://bostonjazzfest.org.

Day tripping

South Boston Neighborhood House Senior Center will be hosting the following trip:

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.

‘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.

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.

shrINK fitness

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.

Toddler fun

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.

Underground Mural Project

The Underground Mural Project will be on view from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sept. 21 at Underground at the Ink Block, 90 Traveler St. located beneath highway 93 between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods just steps from the Broadway T station.

To learn more about the featured mural artists curated by Street Theory, visit undergroundinkblock.com.

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.

Paradice art exhibition

The Distillery Gallery at 516 East 2nd St. will be hosting the “TJ Kelley III: Paradice” exhibition 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.

Yoga

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 parks@boston.gov 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 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 bpda@boston.gov to arrange a tour.

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 rachel_vincent@nps.gov.