Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

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. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at Zumix, 260 Sumner St.

Prices are $15 for a drop-in class or $50 for all four classes. To register, visit

Memory café

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will offer a free memory café from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Older adults looking to connect with neighbors, those with memory loss, their caregivers and more are invited to join library staff for coffee, tea, light refreshments, creative arts, music and conversation with new friends.

The Memory Cafe is a place where individuals and caregivers can get together in a safe, supportive and engaging environment. People can find community, support, share concerns and celebrate with other people experiencing memory challenges and their care partners. A caregiver must accompany participants requiring special assistance.

For more details, call 617-569-0271.

Children’s party

East Boston Main Streets will host the 16th annual Countdown to Kindergarten parade from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 at Central Square Park, 230 Meridian St.

Free school supplies, crayons, balloons, face painting, pizza, story time and much more will be provided. Children will have the chance to meet other school friends and receive free supplies from local retailers. BPS kindergarten children need to wear their yellow “I’m Going to Kindergarten” T-shirts that are available at the library and be accompanied by an adult. Kindergartners in their yellow shirts will receive a free literacy gift.

Sponsors include the Boston public schools, East Boston Social Center, the YMCA, Little Folks and Head Start programs and the Boston Police and the MBTA.

For more information, visit or call 617-561-1044.

Two artists show work

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., will present an exhibition “Narrow,” new work by Perla Castaneda and Kristen Freitas, from Sept. 9 to 30.

The community is invited to an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 and 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. Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment.

Visit for more information.

Citizenship information

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will give general information on immigration issues such as naturalization and citizenship, eligibility requirements, permanent residency, filing procedures, avoiding scams and finding low cost and safe advice. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement and Boston Public Library.

Call John McCarthy at 617-565-9430 for more 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