Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

Bruins alumni hockey benefit

The Porrazzo Ice Rink, 199 Coleridge St., will host a benefit hockey game against the Boston Bruins alumni from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.

Bruins greats such as Ray Bourque, Ken Hodge Jr., Tim Sweeney, Rich Brennan, Bill Bennett and Terry O’Reilly will take the ice against the BPD All-Stars.

Tickets are $10 each and children under 12 are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Craft workshop

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host a free craft workshop for children ages 6 and older from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.

Kids can create small wearable bags of amulets and good luck charms. Materials will be provided, but those who have a special trinket or charm of their own are invited to bring it along and instructors will help incorporate it into a wearable piece.

For more details, call 617-569-0271.

African American heroes

The Bright Star Theater will perform “Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

In this production, audiences will have an opportunity to experience the work of the Buffalo Soldiers, including Col. Charles Young, as they explore and settle the American West; join the Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help win World War II; and learn about the work of spies such as Mary Elizabeth Bowser who worked for the Union during the Civil War. This exciting and interactive production will draw audiences into unique and exciting stories from Black History.

Admission is free.

Call 617-569-0271 or visit for more details.

Two artists to exhibit

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is displaying “Thin Places,” artwork by Bo Petran, Stephanie Arnett and invited guests now to March 30.

A Third Thursday program will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.

In this exhibition the audience is divested of the illusion that the mundane world is wholly separate from the world of the invisible. The phrase “Thin Places” is Celtic in origin and refers to a physical location where people can peek through to a greater beyond. In their two-person exhibition with invited guests, Petran and Arnett present a look behind the veil.

For Petran, his journey as a painter and sculptor began with his choice to cross between two worlds: from the Czechoslovakian border to West Germany. His “Thin Place” will represent a physical space cultivated for creative flow.

Arnett is a lapsed painter and a photographer by trade. She will show her recent experiments with flow painting in a continuation of the narrative of space exploration.

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

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Nature walk

A free nature walk will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at Belle Isle Marsh. Walkers will meet at the main parking lot on Bennington Street.

Sean Riley of the Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead the walk.

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

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Artwork request

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards is calling for local artwork submissions from the community as part of a contest to find defining District 1 displays for her office at Boston City Hall.

She is looking for creative pieces of art to highlight what makes Charlestown, East Boston and the North End special places to live.

Edwards is accepting artwork submissions now to April 1st that encapsulate the unique character and landscape of the district. The top three submissions will be selected and announced after the April deadline with a ceremony and dinner to follow.

There is no age limit for the contest and all modes or vehicles of expression are welcomed.

Submissions may be sent via e-mail in color PDF form to with the subject line “District One Artwork Submission.” Physical submissions can be hand delivered or mailed to One City Hall Square, Suite 550, Boston, MA 02201.

Homework help

Free homework help is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays 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.

Library fun

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will offer free, fun children’s programming during March.

On Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. kids, ages 1-5 years, can enjoy Reading Readiness with stories, songs, movement and a craft. Wednesdays will feature Baby Lapsit Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Babies under age 2 will enjoy bounces, rhymes, stories and songs. On Fridays at 10 a.m. the library will host a Parent-Child Playgroup/Grupos de Guego. Children, ages 1-5 years, will start to build on their school readiness skills.

Moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers are welcome.

For more details, call 617-536-0271.