Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

Coastal bird walk

Mass Audubon will offer a free, guided coastal bird walk from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 9. Participants will meet at Belle Isle Marsh, 1399 Bennington St, in the parking lot.

Walkers should bring binoculars if they have them, although there will be a few pairs to borrow. They should also dress appropriately for the weather and bring bottled water.

Register online at or by calling 617-983-8500.

First Jewish cemetery

The Vilna Shul and Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts will host a historic walking tour of the first Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts (1844), at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 10 at 147 Wordsworth Ave.

Located in East Boston, this cemetery is also home to the oldest surviving Jewish mortuary chapel in Massachusetts, dedicated in 1903.

Lisa Berenson, JCAM’s director of educational programming, will lead the walk through Boston’s Jewish past sharing the historical significance of Massachusetts’ Jewish cemeteries, customs, traditions and the unusual headstone iconography. The cemetery and chapel are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Part of the tour will cover the current restoration project at the chapel, which will soon be transformed into the East Boston Immigration Center.

This is an outdoor program and walkers should dress for the weather, with no flip-flops or open-toed shoes. Food and drink (other than water) are not permitted inside the cemetery. This tour will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors.

To purchase tickets and for more details, visit or call 617-523-2324.

Spaghetti dinner

The community is invited to a home-cooked spaghetti dinner in honor of the Feast of St. Anthony from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 at Sacred Heart Parish, 303 Paris St.

This signature Sacred Heart Parish event donated by the Pizzicannella and DiFeo families is a major fundraiser for the church and the community’s support is greatly appreciated. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. so folks can drop by anytime during this time frame.

A special Mass in honor of St. Anthony will be said at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 per person, $6 for children. Tables of 10 are also available. Tickets will be sold after the weekend Masses and by calling the rectory at 617-567-5776 or by email to

Music for kids

Little Groove will present a fun, free musical morning for children from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Toddlers and preschoolers can sing, move, play instruments, watch puppets perform and more with staff from Little Groove. Caregivers must accompany children. Groups are welcome.

For more information, call 617-569-0271.

Boston looks seaward

Author and historian William Fowler will be the guest speaker at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.

Fowler, professor emeritus at Northeastern University, is the author of a number of books dealing with American history including “Under Two Flags: The Navy in the Civil War,” “Silas Talbot, Captain of the Old Ironsides” and “America and the Sea.” He will talk about the maritime history of the city, from the fishermen and explorers, to the settlers and immigrants. In the 19th century in his East Boston yards, Donald McKay built clipper ships whose sailing records have yet to be broken. Today Boston continues to look seaward as its citizens embrace their maritime heritage.

Admission is free. Call 617-569-0271 for more details.

Citizenship information

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host a free drop-in USCIS immigration information session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 15.

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.

Staff will not be able to address specific case questions. For help with case-specific information, call the USCIS Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

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.

Two artists to exhibit

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is presenting “Discovery and Discernment…A Journey Back to Now” by Sandrine Colson and Diane Modica, now to June 23.

Modica and Colson each explore their rich ancestry and heritage and the connections that the past and the present create within people, the confluence of the visible and invisible forces, the communal nature that we all share with the past and with one another; the seen and unseen history that influences our personal experience.

Modica’s work reflects her Sicilian heritage, launching her on a journey to her family’s roots in Sicily. Her artwork represents connections and emotions born out of a very complex island that has survived centuries of invaders who shaped the Sicilian psyche.

Colson comes from a family of artists and is originally from Provence, France. Her work reflects her rich family history and their journey throughout Europe and North Africa.

Admission is free. Gallery hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. 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 June.

The programs will include Story Time for children, 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.