South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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The artists of SoWa Artists Guild hosts SoWa First Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 2. More than 80 artists' studios at 450 Harrison Ave. in the SoWa Art and Design District in the South End will be open. This work is "Unspecified Places" by SoWa Artists Guild member Susan Blatt. For more info, check and

‘All's Well That Ends Well’

“All's Well That Ends Well” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on July 27 at the Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

Directed by Adam Sanders, featuring Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice program for pre-professional actors, this is a comedy for our times, fraught with plots, riddles, fools, mistaken identities and characters that, for better or worse, could have come straight from today’s headlines.

For complementary tickets, visit or

Jazz and Blues

FOSEL and the South End Branch Library will be hosting the Jazz and Blues concert series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Library Park, 685 Tremont St.

Pat Loomis and Friends perform with special guest NY-based pianist/composer Kevin Harris (July 30); Nephrok and the Motown Masterpiece Orchestra (Aug. 20); and The A-Beez - a Boston-based music collective with roots in soul, funk and R&B (Aug. 27).

The Friends will serve watermelon. Bring chairs.

The concert will be held rain or shine.

For more information, visit or phone 617-536-5241.

OUT'hood kick-off party

The Theater Offensive family will be hosting the OUT'hood Series Kick-off Party from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 at Jacques' Cabaret, 79 Broadway.

A sneak-preview of the 2019-2020 Season will include music and live performances from queer local artists. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

This free event is open to people who are 21 years of age and older.

Visit or for more information and to reserve a spot.

SoWa Artists First Friday

The artists of SoWa Artists Guild invite everyone to visit SoWa First Friday, free and open to the public. More than 80 artists’ studios at 450 Harrison Ave. in the SoWa Art and Design District in the South End will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2.

People will meet artists and experience a wide variety of original contemporary art that is available to browse and buy.

Travel on the MBTA Orange Line to the New England Medical Center station and then take the Silver Line outbound to Union Park Street. Parking is available.

For more info, check and

Fenway Challenge

The Fenway Challenge will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Carter Playground, 709 Columbus Ave.

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 please go to

Social Knit Night

Third Piece Studio at 631 Tremont St. hosts Social Knit Night from 5 to 7 p.m. on select Fridays. They will meet during the summer on Aug. 9 and 23.

Social Knit Nights are a fun, social time for knitters of all levels to hang out with other knitters in the area. They coordinate drinks and snacks from time to time to enjoy while knitting and chatting.

For more information, visit or email or phone 857-250-4908.

Summer Fun Stop

BCYF Blackstone Community Center (50 West Brookline St. South End) is hosting the BCYF Summer Fun Stop program from noon to 5 p.m. through Aug. 16 for youth, ages 8 through 14.

This free drop-in program provides structured games, sport activities and arts projects.

For more information, email or call 617-635-5162.

Hodge-podge of fun

The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston will provide board games, movies, paint nights, basketball, open mic, life skills workshops, arts and crafts, dance and flag football from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 16 at Mandela Resident Cooperative Association at 1855 Washington St.

For more information, visit

Concerts at Titus Sparrow Park

Summer concerts will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 28 at Titus Sparrow Park (200 W. Newton St.) sponsored by the Friends.

The concerts will provide an eclectic mix of music and genres.

For a complete schedule, visit

Salsa in the park

A free and popular outdoor summer series for people of all ages and abilities, Salsa in the Park (SITP) is being held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays throughout the summer at Blackstone Community Center Courtyard, 50 West Brookline St.

The evening includes multi-level lessons (also with ASL), social dancing and performances in a variety of genres (dance, song, theater, poetry, comedy, etc.).

For more information, visit


QiGong will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 28 at the Elliot Norton Park in Bay Village.

Qi (energy) Gong (work) is a traditional Chinese meditative, restorative and self-defense practice that promotes balance, alignment, structural strength, circulation, longevity and mindfulness. It is an essential component of Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu) and Traditional Healing (Zhong Yi) disciplines (which incorporates everything from acupuncture, to herbal medicine, to exercise/nutrition) based on the principles of the twelve meridians, five elements and holistic balance.

To view the schedule, visit

Open market

The 16th season of the Sowa Open Market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 460 Harrison Ave. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 27.

The market will host a wide variety of vendors, including original art, clothing, jewelry, photographs, house wares, handcrafted accessories, florists, bakers and local farmers’ produce. Shoppers will have an opportunity to meet the artists, vendors and farmers behind the work.

This year will feature Boston’s Beer Barn, a beer hall and taproom housed in the SoWa Power Station. Created in partnership with Craft Collective, it will showcase a curated selection of local brews and ciders. There will also be workshops and live entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

Visit for more information.

SoWa Vintage Market

Vintage Market is open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave.

Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints and rugs.

This indoor space is climate controlled with A/C or heat. Friendly dogs are welcome.

The Vintage Market is part of the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit, as well.

For more information, visit or

Make and take crafts

The South End Library (685 Tremont St.) is hosting “Make and Take Friday Crafternoons” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 23.

There will be a stash of supplies for a variety of crafts, sewing, book-making and more for children, tweens, and teens (ages 6 through 18). Participants are welcome to bring personal crafts to share, as well.

For more information, visit or phone 617-536-8241.

Farmers’ market

The Trustee’s of Reservation has a Mobile Farmers Market that will be stationed in the Plaza Betances area every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The market will offer a wide variety of local, fresh vegetables, along with fruit, meat, eggs and milk sourced primarily from the Trustees’ Powisset Farm in Dover, as well as other Massachusetts farms.

With all food coming direct from the farm, prices will be as affordable as possible and the market will accept cash, credit, SNAP/EBT, and WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons.

The Trustees are also participating in the new Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program, which just launched this spring and reimburses SNAP customers for local fruit and vegetable purchases.

Further information can be found at or or by calling 617-399-1962.

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.