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‘The American Songbook’

Everyone is invited to “The American Songbook” from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the South Boston Branch Library at 646 East Broadway. This concert celebrates the wonders of American music and song. The concert will feature Peter Golemme on piano, Lorie Walsh and Dan McCole on vocals and Rev Burns and his daughter on piano and trumpet. This concert is sponsored by the South Boston Arts Association. For further information, phone the library at 617-268-0180.

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

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 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. Others will follow: 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29 and 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.

‘A Night with Friends’

“A Night with Friends” is a fundraiser to support the Boys and Girls Club of Boston’s summer camp programs. The Friends Council’s 10th annual summer benefit party will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at the Hyatt Regency at 1 Ave de Lafayette. Join youth supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston for a celebratory evening with a silent auction, fun games, DJ dancing and a special performance by the Boys and Girls Club members. Proceeds will support affordable summer camp for 2,300 Boston and Chelsea youth. The Friends Council is a young philanthropy group that supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. For sponsorship opportunities and additional information, contact Gena Ricciardi at gricciardi@bgcb.org. For more information, including ticket prices, check on line at bgcb.org.

Underground Mural

The Street Theory Underground Mural Project Launch will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at 25 Evans Way. Street Theory is a creative agency transforming more than 100,000 square feet of Boston s underutilized walls into a unique urban park and visual playground between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods. Street Theory will present a panel talk-back, DJ and multi-media installation in Calderwood Hall. Join the discussion with locally and internationally renowned street-artists, Massachusetts-based mural festival organizers and city stakeholders on the impact of street art on the urban landscape, communities and the people who live in them. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit gardnermuseum.org to register. For more information, visit www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/amplifier-project-20190615.

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.