Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

Oasis for birds

A free nature walk will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 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.

Watercolor workshop

A landscape watercolor painting workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 at LoPresti Park, 33 Sumner St.

Artists of all skill levels are invited to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces with instruction and materials provided at this watercolor workshop. Juleen Jones will return as this summer’s featured instructor. She has a BFA in Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art as well as a custom painting business. Participant should meet at the Rose Garden.

For more details, visit or call 617-961-3051.

Summer sail

The North Suffolk Mental Health Association’s annual fundraiser “Summer Sail” will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 at Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal St.

Festivities will include live music, hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments, sailboat rides in Boston Harbor and a silent auction.

Tickets are $35. Free parking will be available. Proceeds will benefit North Suffolk Mental Health Association’s programs throughout Greater Boston.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-899-4860.

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, younger than 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.