Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

Celebrating Mexico

The community is invited to celebrate the independence of Mexico from 5 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Veronica Robles Cultural Center, 175 McClellan Hgwy.

The evening will include great food, folkloric dance performances, a piñata and a performance by Vero and his Mariachi.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

To purchase tickets, visit

Birds of prey

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host a free program on birds of prey from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Educators from the Mass Audubon Society will share information on birds of prey. Live birds will be at the library.

For more details, call 617-569-0271.

SharkFest swim

The sixth annual SharkFest Swim will be held at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, starting at Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal St.

The swim crosses Boston Harbor from Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston to the finish at the Moakley Courthouse in South Boston. The 1,500-meter competitive swim has Downtown Boston as a backdrop, as swimmers navigate across the channel to finish at Fan Pier.

The Coast Guard will stop all traffic in the channel, and water taxis will transport swimmers from the finish line to the start of the swim prior to the race only. The event is for experienced open-water swimmers only.

For more information, visit or call 855-969-5515.

East Boston walking tour

Boston By Foot will offer a guided tour of “East Boston: Maverick Square and Beyond” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, meeting outside the Lewis Mall exit at the Maverick MBTA station.

Walkers will discover East Boston’s history and dynamic present by exploring the neighborhood of Maverick Square, East Boston’s oldest commercial center. They will trace its roots back to Noddle’s Island and learn how the East Boston Company created a planned community that became today’s diverse East Boston.

The tour also will look at the crucial role of the waterfront, from its shipbuilding industry and port facilities, to its contribution to East Boston’s proud immigrant heritage.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased with cash from the guide or online in advance.

To purchase tickets or for more details, visit or call 617-367-2345.

Kiwanis Club celebration

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will honor long-time East Boston businessman Clark J. Moulaison, Jr. as the 2017 “Kiwanian of the Year” with a celebration at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 at Spinelli’s Function Room, Day Square.

Moulaison is a member of the Kiwanis Club board of directors and a member of numerous community service project committees, such as the bike safety rodeo, Belle Isle Marsh cleanup, the EBARC holiday celebration and the K-Trust Scholarship Committee.

Tickets to the celebration are $60 and include a sit down, plated dinner and can be purchased by calling 617-697-6179 or 617-901-9185 or by email to or

Block party

Zumix, in partnership with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, will host the second annual community block party from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, occupying Orleans Street in Jeffries Point, from Sumner Street to Everett Street.

This free, outdoor, family-friendly afternoon will feature music, local artwork and food, with live music on two stages, multi-media art installations, a beer tent and small business vendors. Musical guests will include Zumix youth ensembles and Boston area bands.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-568-9777.

Two artists show work

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is presenting an exhibition “Narrow,” new work by Perla Castaneda and Kristen Freitas, now through Sept. 30.

The community is invited to a Third Thursday program and artists’ talk from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21.

Castaneda will showcase her recent trip to Guatemala through photographs, video and installation. Her work will focus on the ideals of the quality of life, culture and its expectations.

Frietas’ work digs into the emotional and physical ideals of society. “Narrow” will focus on an imposed and socially acceptable reality and how it can affect surroundings.

Gallery hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment.

Visit for more information.

Salsa dance lessons

The community is invited to learn to dance salsa with Johnny and Felicita from Salsa y Control from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 20 and 27 at Zumix, 260 Sumner St.

Prices are $15 for a drop-in class. To register, visit

Homework help

Free homework help will be available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays starting on Monday, Sept. 18 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Students in grades K to 8 are invited to drop in for homework help, academic support and mentoring with trained high-achieving high school students. Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team. The Boston Public Library Foundation funds this Out-of-School Time program.

Visit or call 617-569-0271 for further information.

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. 25 at Lewis Mall, behind the Maverick MBTA station on Sumner Street.

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