Here is the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:
Civil rights hero
Boston-based actress Adjovi Koene will perform the role of civil rights hero Elizabeth Jennings in a one-woman show at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18.
Based on the book by Amy Hill Hearth, “Streetcar to Justice” is the story of Elizabeth Jennings, a black schoolteacher and church organist in Manhattan who was barred in 1854 from boarding a horse-drawn streetcar meant for whites only.
With the support of her family, the black community of New York City and leaders such as Frederick Douglass, she took her case to court and was victorious. This ruling marked the first significant step in the fight to desegregate New York City’s public transportation.
Admission is free. For further details, call 617-569-0271.
New artists to exhibit
Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is displaying “An Explosion of Colors,” a new member exhibit, now to March 30.
The monthly “Third Thursday” celebration will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 21. The artists and the Atlantic Works Gallery community will mingle and discuss the art.
“An Explosion of Colors” is an exploration of every hue on the color wheel and what it means to be saturated in one or more of these tints in today’s world – whether it is an object, a person or a special place. Each of the artists expresses what color means to them in their carefully crafted pieces for this particular exhibit.
Gallery hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment.
Visit www.atlanticworks.org for more information.
Protecting foreign allies
The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Carson of Winthrop and Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna of East Boston discussing their new book “Promises Made: The Resettlement of Our Allies” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.
This new book presents the history of protecting foreign allies threatened by extremists because they worked for the U.S. military, the barriers to their integration and economic independence after arriving in the U.S. and the threats to refugee allies by the Trump administration. They will also look at America’s promise to protect those who risked everything and lost much to support U.S. foreign policy goals.
Admission is free.
Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-569-0271 for further details.
The Belle Isle Rotary Club will host a Trivia Night fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 29 at the Salesian’s Boys and Girls Club, 150 Byron St. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Festivities will include an all-you-can-eat nacho bar, pizza, cash bar and entry into the trivia contest.
Admission is $20.
All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Belle Isle Foundation, a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit.
Call 617-909-5384 or visit www.rotary7930.org/stories/march-madness-trivia-night for more information and to purchase tickets.
Comics for youth
A comics class for youth, ages 5 to 10, will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, now through April 12.
The Eliot School comics program teaches students about telling stories and conveying emotions. Students will explore drawing concepts such as one and two point perspective, foreground and background and point of view. Students will create animations or comic books with dynamic characters by looking at comic strips, anime, manga and other visual story telling methods.
Seating is limited; call 617-569-0271 to reserve a spot for this free class.
ABCD: East Boston APC, 21 Meridan St., and the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, 143 Border St., are hosting free tax clinics now through April 13.
Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Call for an appointment: ABCD at 617-567-8857 or NOAH at 617-567-5882.
The free tax preparation is offered in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.
Further information can be found at http://www.bostontaxhelp.org.
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 www.bpl.org 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 March.
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.