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Museum tour

The Institute of Contemporary Art’s Watershed, a new seasonal space in East Boston, will host a free, guided tour from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 1 in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Mariana.

Visitors will join a bilingual ICA educator for a free tour in Spanish at the ICA Watershed. This conversational tour will include an introduction to the history of the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina and close looking at the artwork on view by contemporary artist Diana Thater.

Pre-registration is not required, and all ages are welcome. The Watershed is always free and ferry service is included with ICA admission.

For more information, visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-478-3100.

Oasis for birds

A free nature walk will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Belle Isle Marsh. Walkers will meet at the main parking lot on Bennington Street.

Walkers of all ages can discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. They will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain.

Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Dress for the weather in warm layers of clothing, sturdy hiking boots or shoes. Inclement weather may cancel; call 978-937-2094, ext. 121 one hour before the start time.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

Visit www.mass.gov/dcr/events or call 781- 485-2804, ext. 105 for more details.

Free day at the museum

In honor of Labor Day, the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., is offering free admission for all on Monday, Sept. 3.

Visitors can take a ride to the Watershed, the converted warehouse in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, with a free ferry ride from the Seaport to East Boston.

Further information is available at www.icaboston.org or by calling 617-478- 3103.

Bees and honey

Local beekeeper Dave Strickler will be the guest speaker at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Strickler will give a talk on honeybees in the urban environment, what it is like to raise bees in a city backyard and the small things that can be done to help honeybees flourish. He will also bring samples of honey for tasting that will change the way folks think about honey.

Admission is free. For more information, call 617-569-0271 or visit www.bpl.org.

Community party

Zumix, 260 Summer St., will host the Radio Block Party from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Festivities will include live musical performances, food, beer and wine, lawn games, prizes, craft vendors and more. Admission is free.

For further information visit www.facebook.com/pg/ZumixInc/events or call 617- 568-9777 .

Storytelling

The Institute of Contemporary Art’s Watershed, a new seasonal space in East Boston, will host a free storytelling program from 11 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Mariana.

Families can look, listen and participate while making connections to artworks through movement, music, poetry and readings and share their art-inspired stories with others. Activities are recommended for children, ages 3–8.

The Watershed is always free and ferry service is included with ICA admission.

For more information, visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-478-3100.

Farmers’ market

A farmers’ market sponsored by the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center is being held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 31 at Central Square Park.

The produce, herbs, vegetables and fruit are all Massachusetts-grown. Fresh baked goods and fresh fish will also be available. The market will also feature performances by local musicians, information on healthy eating and activities for children.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/EastBostonFarmersMarket. Fun at the library

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will offer free, fun programming for children during July.

The programs will include Story Time for children, ages 1-5, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; tinkering and inventions for youth at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays; baby lap-sit for children, younger than 2, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays; and Yu- Gi-Oh Club at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Caregivers must accompany children to these programs.

For more details, call 617-569-0271.

Library tours

Boston Public Library volunteers will give art and architecture tours of the McKim Building, a National Historic Landmark, in its main building, constructed in 1895, throughout the week.

Highlights include the murals of John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey and the work of architect Charles Follen McKim. Self-guided tours are available as well, and literature describing the architectural highlights is available on the web at www.bpl.org/central/tours.htm.

For tours by appointment, call 617-536- 5400.