Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

Bike rodeo

The East Boston Kiwanis Club and Boston Police Department Station 7 invite East Boston youth and families to the annual Bicycle Safety Day Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 18 at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club parking lot, corner of Bennington and Byron streets.

The rodeo will feature free bike helmets for children, a chance to win a new bike, a bike safety check, refreshments and music, a Boston Police K-9 demonstration and other activities for kids.

For more information, call 617-343-4752.

Family concert

The Veronica Robles Cultural Center, 175 McClellan Hwy., will host a family concert at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

Renowned singer-songwriter Saúl García will headline the concert. Concert-goers are invited to join in singing the beautiful song “La Mama.” Special guests will Carlos Carpacho and Patricia Blyde from Venezuela and there will also be a painting exhibition by the artist Abellardo Taborda.

A donation of $25 would be welcome. The funds raised will go to the artists and benefit the cultural programs that the VROCC offers free or low cost to the community.

Visit or call 857-928-0199 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Fundraiser for vets

The Italian American War Veterans will sponsor the ninth annual motorcycle bike ride and block party from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, starting at Boston Harley Davidson, 649 Squire Rd., Revere. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. with kickstands up at 12:30 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, May 26.

The 40-mile motorcycle bike ride will travel from Revere to East Boston, followed by a block party with food and drinks, a stunt show, WWII military vehicles and a concert at 2 p.m. at Anthony’s of Malden, 105 Canal St.

Admission is $20 per bike, $20 for an additional passenger and $20 for non-riders attending the concert and barbecue.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to housing modifications for wounded veterans and veterans with brain injuries.

Call 903-340-9402, visit or send an email to for more information.

Senior social club

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host a senior social club from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 20.

Patrons can make new friends and meet old ones over a cup of coffee, snacks and fun activities, such as film screenings, games, dancing or a book discussion. Admission is free.

Call 617-569-0271 for further details.

Benefit breakfast

The Salesian Boys and Girls Club will host the 11th annual Scholarship Breakfast from 6:45 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23 at the club located at 150 Byron St. The program will start at 7:30 a.m.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh will be the guest speaker. Honorees are: posthumous Don Bosco Award to Thomas Loftus and Community Award to Anthony Guerriero, assistant director, community relations and federal affairs for Massport. Joseph Ruggiero will be the emcee and Richard Gavegnano, president and CEO of East Boston Savings Bank, will be the auctioneer.

Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call 617-567-0863 or send a check to Salesian Boys and Girls Club of East Boston, 150 Byron St., East Boston, MA 02128.

Further information is available by calling 617-567-0863 or online at

Two artists to display

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is displaying “You Know It’s Coming” and “New Paintings,” works by Carmen Sasso and Dan Hofstadter through May 25.

For this exhibit, Sasso’s motifs are fundamental. Basic perspective, geometry and the study of a 19th century master painter are rendered in black, white and grey, using graphite, chalk or paint. Human travails such as navigating a tumultuous sea or coping with a turbulent mind are dominant themes.

Hofstadter enlists a full palette of color in this show. Years ago when giving art classes to school children, he noticed their eager response to the act of direct painting combined with simple techniques like collage, monotype and stenciling.

Similarly, in his own work, he seeks to sense the direction of a painting and ride its currents of half-conscious feeling. Though not literally collages, his paintings draw heavily on the aesthetic of collage, which has been greatly developed in Japanese design.

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

Visit for more information.

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 May.

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.