Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

Film showings

Zumix, 260 Summer St., will host “Reel People, Real Films” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.

“Reel People, Real Films” showcases young filmmakers 21 and under sharing their stories and is presented by the Zumix Teen Council, a group of eight teens committed to hosting safe, accessible and exciting events for all. This free event is all ages and open to the public.

Visit the Zumix Facebook page or call 617-568-9777 for further information.


Free kayaking will be offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, now until Aug. 22 at Constitution Beach behind the tennis courts and skating rink.

Kayaks will be available for free rental. Children under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian.

This program is sponsored by the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc., the Massachusetts Department of Recreation and Conservation and Save the Harbor, Save the Bay.

Call 617-567-5882 or visit for more details.

Museum tour

The Institute of Contemporary Art’s Watershed, a new seasonal space in East Boston, will host a free, guided tour from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4 in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Mariana.

Visitors will join a bilingual ICA educator for a free tour in Spanish at the ICA Watershed. This conversational tour will include an introduction to the history of the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina and close looking at the artwork on view by contemporary artist Diana Thater.

Pre-registration is not required, and all ages are welcome. The Watershed is always free and ferry service is included with ICA admission.

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

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, Aug. 4. 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.

Movies in the park

Church at the Well will host free movie nights in Bremen Street Park at 8 p.m. on Aug. 4 and 11.

The screenings will include the animated feature “Ferdinand” on Aug. 4 and Disney’s “Moana” on Aug. 11.

The community is welcome to bring their blankets and chairs and enjoy family friendly entertainment on a 9x16-foot-wide giant screen.

Visit for more information.

Emerging artists to perform

Piers Park on Marginal Street will host a free musical concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5.

The concert will be a night of emerging artists, featuring artists from Zumix, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club.

Blankets, low beach chairs and picnics are welcome.

Visit or call 617-568-9777 for more information.

Soccer nights

Church at the Well will offer soccer nights from 6 to 8 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 6 to Friday, Aug. 10 at the American Legion Playground, 25 Glendon St.

Soccer Nights is a weeklong program for kids that brings communities together around the fun of soccer, promoting athletic skill, leadership development and citywide unity across Greater Boston. Qualified volunteer coaching staff will provide instruction. There will be skill work, team building exercises, scrimmages and games.

For more information, visit

Shorebird surprises

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will host “Shorebird Surprises” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 meeting at the DCR building, 1 Eliot Circle.

Participants will explore beautiful Revere Beach for shorebirds and other local specialties, walking up to three miles on the beach, on mud flats and paths. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but attendees should bring them if possible. This free program is recommended for adults and children ages 10 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For possible changes or cancellations, call 617-635-1485. Rain may cancel the program.

Further information is available at or by calling 781-485-2804, ext. 105.

Documentary screening

Company One Theatre and Zumix will present a one-night-only free community film screening of “Quest: A Portrait of an American Family” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Zumix Firehouse, 260 Summer St.

This critically acclaimed documentary captures eight years in the life of an African-American family living in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife raised a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their basement home music studio. It is a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. The film was directed by Jonathan Olshefski and produced by Sabrina Schmidt-Gordon.

For more information, visit the Zumix Facebook page or call 617-568-977.

Group art exhibit

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is presenting “15 Years on the Edge,” featuring members of the gallery celebrating their 15th anniversary, now to Aug. 18.

A closing reception will be held 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.

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.