Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

Library birthday celebrations

The community is invited to help celebrate the East Boston Branch Library’s fifth birthday with a special performance from Jungle Jim at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the library, 365 Bremen St.

Jungle Jim participated in the opening festivities in November 2013 and now he is back to continue the fun. In his Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy Training Professor Jungle-Flick will prepare participants to become wizards themselves as he teaches children how perform their own magic, play some Quidditch and even learn Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-569-0271.

Dog rescue fundraiser

Harley Davidson and Greater Dog Rescue of New England will host a Pumpkin Fest Meet and Greet from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Boston Harley Davidson, 649 Squire Road, Revere.

Festivities will include free burgers and hot dogs and $1 beer as well as prizes.

Proceeds will benefit the Greater Dog Rescue of New England, a 501(C)(3) non-profit, shelter-less, all-breed rescue group headquartered in Massachusetts.

For more information, visit or email

Disco dancing

The East Boston Social Centers will host “Crusin’ Through the Decades,” the 100th anniversary gala fundraiser, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Suffolk Downs, 525 McClellan Hgwy.

This is the 100th anniversary of EBSC, and the event will celebrate the past and look forward to the future.

The fun-filled evening will include dinner, dancing to favorite “Oldies” with music from a DJ, prizes and more. Robert Lewis, Jr., founder and president of The Base, will be the evening’s honoree. WBZ chief investigative reporter Cheryl Fiandaca will be the emcee.

Tickets are $150.

All proceeds will benefit the East Boston Social Centers’ community programs.

To order tickets and for more information, call 617-650-3442 or visit

Rise of department stores

Historian and author Anthony Sammarco will be the guest speaker in a free program “Going Shopping” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

In the late 19th century, the rise of the department store changed the face of downtown Boston. Beginning with Jordan Marsh in 1851, these stores catered to the rising middle class with every sort of luxury and staple goods, from dry goods, whites, clothing, furs, household goods, paintings and every sundry item that could lure the shopper into the stores.

For the price of a streetcar or train fare, shoppers could go to town and marvel at the wide array of items offered by Jordan Marsh, Filene’s, Abraham Shuman’s, Gilchrist’s, R.H. White, R.H. Stearns and many others.

Sammarco’s illustrated lecture will outline how downtown Boston evolved in the 19th century to become the premier shopping district in New England.

Call 617-569-0271 for more details.

‘Meet Julia’

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will present “Meet Julia” with Lynne Moulton at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5.

This live performance features Moulton as Julia Child doing what she did best. The audience will learn more about her life – from her privileged childhood in California when she had no interest in food, to becoming one of the culinary legends of all time.

They will have the opportunity to view Julia on the set of “The French Chef” television show, an amusing and fun experience. After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion regarding the life of Julia Child.

Admission is free. Further information is available at or by calling 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 to 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.

Fun at the library

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

The programs will include Story Time for children, ages 1-5, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; baby lap-sit for children, younger than two, 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.