Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:
ICA Watershed Family Day
ICA Watershed Family Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.
There will be art-making activities, pop-up dance performances, tours in English and Spanish, food, music and other fun.
Free trolley service will be available at specific East Boston locations in addition to the regular water shuttles from the Downtown/Seaport location with the ICA admission ticket.
For more information about transportation and ICA events and programs, visit icavoston.org.
Summer Fun Stop
BCYF Paris Street Community Center will be hosting the Summer Fun Stop program at the BCYF Paris Street Pool at 113 Paris St. from noon to 5 p.m. through Aug. 16 for youth, ages 8 through 14.
This free drop-in program provides structured games, sport activities and arts projects.
For more information, call 617-635-1409 or 617-635-5125.
Set sail for Spectacle Island
The Boston Harbor Now and Piers Park Sailing Center (95 Marginal St.) is hosting an afternoon of fun from noon to 3:30 p.m. on July 13 and 27 as well as Aug. 3, 10 and 17.
Get ready to learn how to set sail on Boston Harbor.
Enjoy a four-hour-long introduction to keelboat sailing. A Piers Park Sailing Center instructor will lead you on an outing around the Boston Harbor to Spectacle Island (where you will have an hour of explore the island) as well as provide the basics of navigating the boat and trimming your sails. Take the helm and get a feel for the boat or just sit back and relax – it’s up to you.
No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome.
This event is great for families, couples, friends, or someone just looking to give sailing a try.
The boats hold up to six adults plus two kids, ages 8 and older.
Students will learn on the Piers Park Sailing Center fleet of 23-foot Sonar class sailboats.
Ticket prices range from $40 to $60 (or $350 for a private boat experience). 100% of the proceeds go to Boston Harbor Now to support free access to Boston Harbor in the East Boston Community.
To learn more about the hosts, visit piersparksailing.org and/or bostonharbornow.org.
New England Aquarium educators and teen interns will be at the East Boston Library (365 Bremen St.) from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15.
This interactive program will have live tidepool animals, crafts and activities for youth, ages 6 through 12.
To learn more, visit bpl.org or call 617-659-0271.
Maverick community celebration
Maverick Landing Community Services (MLCS) will be hosting Maverick Community Connector from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19 at LoPresti Park, 33 Sumner St. to celebrate the diversity and evolution of the city with live music, art, food and festivities.
All businesses, organizations, families and friends–everyone of all ages–are invited to this neighborhood gathering to connect, hang out, and create memorable experiences while learning about community resources.
ZUMIX will be supplying sound and live performances and Veronica Robles will facilitate Latin dancing with youth. There will be live art by local artists and free food from local vendors. Among the raffles prizes will be Celtics memorabilia. Interactive tables will be hosted by the ICA and YMCA of East Boston.
For more information, visit mlcsboston.org.
ZUMiX summer concerts
The ZUMiX summer concert series with live music and summer fun is now underway, running from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays at Piers Park, 95 Marginal St.
The concerts will continue through Aug. 25 with the exception of Aug. 18 when they will take a break for Eastie Pride.
All concerts will feature local artists and opening acts from ZUMiX youth.
The culmination of summer fun will end with the annual ZUMiX Radio Block Party on Sept. 7.
To learn more about ZUMiX, great music, great classes, great cause, visit zumix.org.
Youth recreation program
East Boston Sports Center will host a boys and girls summer recreation program for youth, ages 8 through 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday through Aug. 16 at the East Boston Stadium, 150 Porter St. There will be many supervised activities, including sports and games plus arts and crafts.
Pre-registration is recommended and space is limited. For more information, contact Cheryl Brown at 617-961-3085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ParkARTS for kids
The ParkARTS Children's Artists in Residence Workshop Summer Series will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on July 19 and 26 at East Boston Memorial Park, 143 Porter St. (Stadium).
The arts workshops give kids the chance to express their creativity while working on fun projects with local artists. Among the artists’ selections for children, ages three through10 (accompanied by an adult) are painting, mask and jewelry making plus treasure creations.
For more information, or a full schedule of events, call 617-635-4505, visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/parkarts or email email@example.com.
Aquí y allá: juntos a la mesa
The ICA Watershed will feature Aquí y allá: juntos a la mesa (Here and There: Together at the Table), a project by artist Evelyn Rydz in collaboration with Kannan Thiruvengadam of Eastie Farm, as well as A Community in Focus: East Boston, an exhibition of photography by ICA teens. Programs will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on select Saturdays.
July 20 – Aquí y allá: Recestas de Casa – Artist Evenlyn Rydz will invite visitors to share recipes and exchange stories about food and people in their lives who inspire a sense of home.
July 27 – Aquí y allá: Camino Verde/ Green Walk – hosts from Eastie Farm will take visitors on a walking tour of community gardens
Aug. 3 – Aquí y allá: Cosecha Comida/Harvest Food – hosts from Eastie Farm will invite participants to tell tales of family and friends who celebrate the bounty of food at harvest festivals and home gatherings.
Aug. 17 – Aquí y allá: Eco-walk – hosts from Eastie Farm will lead a tour of Piers Park and the East Boston Greenway while engaging conversation about climate and community.
Aug. 24 – Aquí y allá: Garden Taste – local chefs will discuss their use of local food sources while participants garnish the dishes with fresh grown herbs and share stories about ancestral food and narrative cuisine.
For more information about these and other programs and events, visit icaboston.org/watershed.
Marine and maritime festival
The second Marine and Maritime Festival hosted by The Harborkeepers will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 at Constitution Beach.
There will be a wide range of hands-on coastal-activities that highlight the participating organizations’ unique mission and the waterfront space along with Coast Guard patrol boats, National Park rangers, maritime storytelling, local cultural music and food.
For more information and registration, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-marine-and-maritime-festival-tickets-59622368108.
East Boston open market
East Boston Open Market at The Eddy, 10 New St. is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month.
There will be an assortment of local artisan items available as well as free iced tea and lemonade.
For more information, visit eastbostonopenmarket.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fresh truck food market
Stop by Maverick Square on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables from the Fresh Truck mobile market.
Cash, credit, EBT and HIP are all accepted.
For more information, visit http://www.eastienow.com/event/fresh-truck-food-market.html.
$2 fresh food
The Fair Foods Organization has sites across the city called "two-dollar bag sites." At these sites, bags of fresh fruits and vegetables are sold for just $2 each (usually more than a $12 value) and loaves of fresh bread for $1 each. Fair Foods is open to all and is aimed at increasing access to fresh, affordable, healthy food in Boston communities.
These $2 bags will be available at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, at the Let's Get Movin' office, 120 Liverpool St., from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Friday of the month.
The Fair Foods event at EBNHC is a first-come, first-served, cash only opportunity. The variety of food changes weekly. Bring bags, as they are always needed.
Volunteers are always needed and appreciated as well.
For more information, phone 617-288- 6185 or visit ebnhc.org or www.fairfoods.org.
Peace walks will be held at 6 p.m. on the third Thursdays of the month starting at A-7 Police Station, 69 Paris St.
Walkers can dedicate a song, art, recite a poem, sing a song, or simply walk and pray.
Little free library
The Little Free Library by the corner of Princeton Street and Eagle Square is open every Sunday. All people of all ages are welcome to browse, take a book and leave a book.
Free hot meals
The East Boston Community Soup Kitchen serves free hot meals at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 28 Paris St.
Lunch is served from noon to 2 p.m. and supper is served from 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday.
These meals are available for anyone in the community who are housing and/or food insecure.
This group believes in community, service and kindness. All are welcome at the table.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/eastbostonkitchen/?fref=ts.
Senior Social Club
The new Senior Social Club will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second Monday and fourth Thursday of the month at the East Boston Branch Library at 365 Bremen St. 617-569-0271.
Make new friends and meet old ones over a cup of coffee, snacks and fun activities. Some of the activities that will be offered include film screenings, games, dancing and book discussions.
For more information call 617-569-0271.
Yacht club accepting members
The East Boston Yacht Club is currently accepting new members. The East Boston Yacht Club is a not-for-profit family-oriented social and boating club supported and run by members in the organization, located in the well-protected channel in Boston Harbor just minutes from the Islands at 0 Rice St.
For more information, visit eastbostonyachtclub.com or phone 617-567-9698.
Oasis for birds
A free nature walk will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Aug. 3 at Belle Isle Marsh. Walkers will meet at the main parking lot on Bennington Street.
Walkers can discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. They will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. The walk is recommended for adults and children, ages 10 and older, but all ages and experience levels are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided, but please bring these items if you have them. Dress for the weather in layers of clothing, sturdy hiking boots or shoes. Inclement weather may cancel; call 978-937-2094, ext. 121 one hour before the start time.
This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.
Visit www.mass.gov/dcr/events or call 781-656-1485 for more details.
The ICA Watershed will present the U.S. premiere of the immersive video installation Purple by acclaimed artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah through Sept. 2.
Combining hundreds of hours of archival footage with newly shot film and a hypnotic sound score, Purple addresses themes related to the implications of climate change across the planet and its effects on human communities, biodiversity and the wilderness. Symphonic in scale, Purple resonates deeply with the Watershed’s industrial building, its location within the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, and its proximity to the current and historical maritime industries of East Boston.
The ICA Watershed is located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston and is open through Sept. 2. Admission to the Watershed is always free, and Water Shuttle transportation between the Watershed and the ICA is included in ICA admission.
For more information including hours of operation, visit icaboston.org/watershed.
The Magical Realism Writing Workshop Series is held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays at the East Boston Library, 365 Bremen St.
In this course, presented by GrubStreet, people will explore the relationship between the real and unreal by workshopping a short story or a novel chapter. Each week participants read their classmates' work and receive feedback on their own with a particular focus on symbolism, character arcs and real-world connections.
This class is a natural extension of “Magical Realism to Process Real Life,” but new students are more than welcome. Ideally, people will come to class with two-to-five pages ready for the workshop.
For more information and to register, visit bpl.com or phone 617-569-0271.
The East Boston Drum Circle will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month at the East Boston Meditation Center, 113 Cottage St. for teen and adult drummers of all ability levels.
Bring frame drums, Native American (style) flutes, tongue drums, sabars and other similar instruments along with the usual djembe, ashiko, dunduns and doumbeks. Facilatator Cathy Stacy will provide shakers, bells, clave and other instruments.
There is a minimum $5 donation per person.
There is plenty of street parking on Cottage and Maverick streets as well as the school parking lot across the street.
For more information or to request a drum rental ($5), email email@example.com or visit http://eastienow.com/event/east-boston-drum-circle.html.
A 60-minute Vinyasa flow class will be held every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at The Point EB, 20 Orleans St.
The classes are free to members and $5 for non-members.
For more information, visit the pointeb.com.
Baby shower invitation
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) at 10 Maverick Square (4th floor) invites all expectant or new mothers for a baby shower held from noon to 1 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month.
There will be OB/GYN and Pediatrics health and other resource information, healthy lunches, baby gifts and an opportunity to meet other moms and moms-to-be.
To register, phone 617-568-6444.
For learn more about the health center, visit ebnhc.org.
Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.
The next workshop is at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29. Other workshops are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.
The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).
For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.
Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.
Visit the Harbor Islands
Hop on a ferry at Boston's Long Wharf from late June through Labor Day for a 15-minute cruise to the Boston Harbor islands – Georges Island, Spectacle Island and Peddocks Island.
Enjoy free concerts, ranger tours, kayaking trials, clambakes, a Spectacle Island beer garden, Boston Light tours and Zumba.
Enjoy a day of exploring historic sites, photographing birds, enjoying a picnic, hiking, swimming, wading in tidal pools or simply appreciating the scenery.
The round trip ferry cost to the Islands: $17 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3 through 11), $12 for seniors (ages 65 and older), children under 3 are free, $43 family (2 adults, 2 children). Tickets can be purchased at Long Wharf ticket booth.
For more information about the islands and schedules, visit www.BostonHarborIslands.org or call the Park Rangers at 617-223-8666.
Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island will be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Join other park stewards to enhance native ecosystems and natural processes by studying and influencing changes in park plant biodiversity. People will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as stewards work side-by-side to improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.
For more information about the program (which happens rain or shine), what to wear and bring, directions to the EDIC Ferry Terminal (which is notoriously difficult to find the first time) and confirmation (program destination is subject to change based on field conditions), call 617-913-5349 or call/ text firstname.lastname@example.org.