Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

Creating the state park system

The Massachusetts Department of Parks and Recreation will host a walking tour, “Charles Eliot: Mastermind and Creator of the Massachusetts Park System,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Revere Beach Reservation, 1 Eliot Circle.

Visitors will walk alongside America’s first public beaches and one of DCR’s healthy heart trails. The walk will include brief stops for entertaining history lessons about Eliot, the landscape designer and founder of the Metropolitan Parks in Massachusetts.

His mission was to preserve opportunities for successive generations to behold natural beauty while meeting the economic needs of nearby communities.

Send an email to or call 781-485-2804, ext. 105 for more information and to register.

Recreational boating

The community is invited to attend a recreational boating on the harbor tour and program from10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the Boston Sailing Center Dock, Lewis Wharf.

Liz Nelson Weaver of Friends of the Boston Harborwalk will lead the program. Participants will be ferried on the Patrick T. Kennedy UB88 from Lewis Wharf to Piers Parks Sailing Center in East Boston, and then on the Charlestown for two more stops. Participants should dress more warmly than they would on land.

A generation ago, Boston Harbor was a dead zone due to years of industrial waste and untreated sewage being dumped in the water. With the Boston Harbor cleanup, recreational boating, fishing and swimming are thriving.

Tickets are $10.

For more details, and to purchase tickets, visit

Oasis for birds

A free nature walk will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 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, hats and gloves. 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 or call 781-485-2804, ext. 105 for more details.

Fundraiser for vets

The Italian American War Veterans will sponsor the eighth annual motorcycle bike ride and block party from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, starting at Boston Harley Davidson, 649 Squire Rd., Revere and finishing at Suffolk Downs, 550 McClellan Hwy., East Boston. Registration will start at 10 a.m. with kickstands up at noon. The rain date will be Sunday, May 27.

The 40-mile motorcycle bike ride will travel from Revere to East Boston, followed by a block party with food and drinks, a stunt show, WWII military vehicles and a concert at Suffolk Downs.

Admission is $20 per bike, $20 for an additional passenger and $20 for non-riders attending the concert and barbecue.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to housing modifications for wounded veterans and veterans with brain injuries.

Call 903-340-9402, visit or send an email to for more information.

New art exhibition

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is displaying a new exhibition “The Revolution Will Not Be….” now through May 26.

Leading Boston artists focused on the political character and power of art. Their honest, intimate and visceral work is both personal and historical, with surprising juxtapositions of images. The collection reveals the mechanisms of power in all its manifestations with the intent to impact the viewer into being an active participant in the information circuit.

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

Fun at the library

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

The programs will include Story Time for ages 1-5 at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; tinkering and inventions for youth at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays; baby lapsit for children aged under 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.

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 through 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.