Things to Know in the South End, June 4: Childe Hassam Park Groundbreaking

1. Weather: The National Weather Service is predicting a sunny day, with a high near 75 degrees. 

2. Groundbreaking at Childe Hassam Park: Local officials broke ground on more than $ 360,000 in improvements to Childe Hassam Park (325 Columbus Ave.) on Saturday. The project’s $ 370K construction budget is funded by Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Capital Improvement Program, The Friends of Childe Hassam, and a grant through the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund. Childe Hassam Park has been closed to the public in recent years due to deteriorated conditions. The park renovation will include brick paving, granite curbs, seating, landscaping, irrigation, drainage, artwork, and an ornamental fence.

3. South End Garden Tour: The South End Garden Society has announced it will host its annual South End Garden Tour on Saturday, June 15, 2013. This year’s rain-or-shine, self-guided tour will kick off at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library at 685 Tremont Street from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See here for more information

4. Book Launch at BCA: Poet, speaker, and teacher Bill Thibodeau will celebrate the launch of his second book, “The Watchman,” on tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the second floor of the Calderwood Pavillion at the Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont St.) Thibodeau will give a reading and sign copies of his book during a reception. Boston area musicians Steve Rapson, Tom Smith, and Ruthann Baler, and New York musician Fran Reagan will perform during the evening. Admission is free, and the public is invited. See here for more information

5. Swiss Art Show: Northeastern hosts The Swiss Style Reboot exhibition, beginning this week in collaboration with swissnex Boston and the Department of Art+Design at Northeastern University. The show presents the graphic design principles developed by the pioneers of Swiss Style, which is characterized by clear, functional and highly crafted visual communication. It explores their particular relevance for today’s infographics, data visualizations and interactive interfaces. See here for more information

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