Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:


The Institute of Contemporary Art’s Watershed, a new seasonal space in East Boston, will host a free storytelling program from 11 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Mariana.

Families can look, listen and participate while making connections to artworks through movement, music, poetry and readings and share their art-inspired stories with others. Activities are recommended for children, ages 3–8.

The Watershed is always free and ferry service is included with ICA admission.

For more information, visit or call 617-478-3100.

Group art exhibit

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., will present “15 Years on the Edge,” featuring members of the gallery celebrating their 15th anniversary, from July 19 to Aug. 18.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 and a closing reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16.

The Atlantic Works Building is recorded on maps as early as 1892. By 2001, the building consisted primarily of artists and studios. When a large room on the top floor became available in 2002, a number of artists decided to pool their resources and rent it as a group, using the space both for exhibits and whatever creative endeavors seemed appropriate. This was the birth of Atlantic Works – A Collaborative Space for Art and Ideas. The inaugural exhibit was held in February of 2003.

Several of the original 22 people who were in the inaugural show are still active members today. The community is invited to this show celebrating 15 years as co-op gallery and space for nurturing and encouraging artists.

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

Visit for more information.

Coastal bird walk

Mass Audubon and the Department of Conservation and Recreation will offer a guided coastal walking tour at Belle Isle Marsh from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. Walkers should meet at the parking lot of the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St.

Mass Audubon’s coastal waterbird education specialist and the Belle Isle Marsh supervisor will look at Boston’s coastal birds. Belle Isle Marsh offers a unique birding experience as it is close to urban life, but also has a highly productive coastal ecosystem.

Registration is required for this free program, online at or by calling 617-983-8500.

Fun at the library

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

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 lap-sit 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.