Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

Oasis for birds walk

A free nature walk will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Belle Isle Marsh, recommended for adults and children, ages 10 and older, but all ages and experience levels are welcome.

The group will meet near the bulletin board at the main parking lot on Bennington Street.

Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary on this family-friendly one-mile walk on easy terrain. The group will look for Snowy Owls and other raptors, native sparrows, finches and waterfowl. Bring your binoculars and/or spotting scopes if you have them. A spotting scope will also be available for viewing.

Call 978-937-2094, ext. 121 one hour before the start time in case of inclement weather.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

Visit or call 781-656-1485 for more details.

Big Worlds Concerts

Big Worlds - the annual explorative family-friendly concert series - will be held on select Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at Zumix, 260 Sumner St.

Feb. 15 will feature Experimental Jazz with Jaw Gems, Pangea, and Jazz All-Stars; Mar. 21 will accentuate Soul with Tim Hall, Rayel, and the Divercity Band; and Apr. 18 will highlight World Music with Kotoko Brass Dzidzor, African Drumming and Origination.

Tickets: $16 online at; $20 at door; free for youth.

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Open house at VRCC

The Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VRCC), 282 Meridian St. will host an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17.

Everyone is welcome to have fun dancing with their instructors at their new location.

Go to to learn more.

Mike the Bubble Man

Mike the Bubble Man will bring magic and science to the stage with an interactive show about bubbles from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Through music, choreography, and comedy, bubbles – in all different shapes and sizes – come alive, sparking imagination and wonder. You’re never too old for the love of bubbles, especially when there’s a chance to see the world from inside of one. Suitable for children, ages 6 through 12.

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Winter Wildlife Detectives

Can you imagine living outside the entire winter like the coyotes do at Belle Island Marsh?

Adults and children, ages five and older accompanied by an adult, are invited to join a DCR Park Interpreter to explore the trails of the Marsh searching for signs (tracks, scat and chews) left by the wild creatures that are active during the winter from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 22.

Be ready for chilly weather and a breeze.

Visit or call 781-656-1485 for more details.

Cookie decorating

Children of all ages are invited to decorate cookies from 2 to 3 p.m. (while supplies last) on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

They’ll supply the cookies and frosting and you supply the creativity.

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Movie and craft

Kids of all ages are invited to watch Moana and make a craft to take home from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

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Nail Art

Kids, ages 5 years and older, are invited to make your nails a colorful work of art from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

They’ll bring the supplies. You bring the creativity.

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Porrazzo Ice Skating Rink

The Porrazzo Skating Rink at 199 Coleridge St. offers public skating from 1:50 to 3:50 p.m. on Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays.

Public skating rates are $6 general admission; $6 for skate rentals (available on a first come, first served basis). Skaters 62 and older with I.D. can skate for free.

The arena is a full service skating facility offering an extensive variety of skating programs for all ages and abilities. The facility features birthday parties as well as a snack bar.

For more information, visit or phone 617-567-9571 or 1-888-747-5283.

‘Burning Manhood’ exhibition

The Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St. is presenting “Burning Manhood,” a group show featuring artwork exploring the topic of the downgrading of the masculine role in our evolving society through Feb. 22.

Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 2 to 6 p.m. or by appointment.

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SAT Prep Workshop

An SAT Prep Workshop designed for teens, ages 13 through 18, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 27, Mar. 5 and Mar. 12 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

The course will focus on test topics that will impact your score the most. Students will learn test strategies to help tackle different types of test questions and how to put it all in context with you college goals.

To reserve a spot, phone the library at 617-569-0271.


The Boston Parks and Recreation is hosting a family-friendly Yoga class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 6 p.m. on Mondays through April 27 at the BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Park St.

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India that releases stress and increases your energy. Instructors will provide flow movement for all abilities.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.

Community suppers

The Grace Church Federated, 760 Saratoga St. hosts a monthly community supper at 5 p.m. on the last Saturday. It’s free and open to all.

For more information, visit or phone 617-569-5358.


Storytime will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Storytime features books, songs, movement and a craft for children, ages one through five accompanied by an adult.

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Parent-Child Playgroup

The *EBFEN Parent-Child Playgroups (for children up to 6 years of age) will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. on the second and third Saturdays of the month at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

The participants will enjoy learning activities such as play time, story time, circle time, and gross/vinysensory time. This is a great opportunity to meet other families in the community and connect with local resources.

*East Boston Family Engagement Network

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MOAR meeting

The MOAR East Boston meeting is held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the North Suffix Mental Health Association, 14 Porter St.

The mission of MOAR – Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery – is to organize recovering individuals, families and friends into a collective voice to educate the public about the value of recovery from alcohol and other addictions.

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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.

For more information, visit or email

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

$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 or

Water: Medium & Mirror exhibition

Water: Medium & Mirror, curated by Stephanie Arnett, is on view through June 16 at the ClipArt Gallery at the Clippership Wharf, 65 Lewis St.

Water is essential to all known life. It was the medium within which the first simple organisms moved and thrived. It comprises the majority of the cells in our bodies. We build our cities around it and search the outer reaches of our galaxy for signs of its presence.

The artists of the exhibition allude to this relationship in their materials and subject matter, to form a portrait of this simple elemental fluid, from which all life’s complexity has arisen.

Gallery hours: Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

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Kindergarten playgroup

The Countdown to Kindergarten Playgroup will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on (most) Fridays through June 19 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

All pre-school children who live in Boston, accompanied by a care-giver, are invited to this parent-child playgroup.

For more information and registration, contact Lilliana Artgeaga at 617-308-1098 or email

Food pantry

The Grace Church Federated will host a food pantry from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays in the church basement, 760 Saratoga St.

For more information, visit or phone 617-569-5358.

Mobile market program

The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 201 Summer St. from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and at 343 Saratoga St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the year.

For more information, visit

Peace walks

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

Drum Circle

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. Facilitator 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 or visit

Vinyasa flow

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

SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

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

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through May 28 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

STEAM Saturday

The New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month through May 23.

Come explore family-friendly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. Finding out if you are taller than a whale rib, learning about the ocean and the animals that live there, and joining in to protect the blue planet are just a few of the fun and interesting things to check out.

For more information, phone 617-635-5125.