Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:
Book discussion: ‘A People’s History of Heaven’
Join the Boston Public Library for a discussion of A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29.
In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings.
When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and required registration.
Basics of Improv for Teens
Need a laugh? Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join professionals from Improv Boston for an interactive class teaching the basics of improve from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30.
This program will run remotely and will focus on teaching students how to get started in improv. Attendees will get a chance to participate in a variety of fun (and funny) improv exercises.
Participants will be emailed the link Zoom the day of the event.
Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information.
Virtual ICA Gala
Join the Institute for Contemporary Art for a virtual evening honoring Virgil Abloh and Sterling Ruby, two of the most influential artists of our time, each breaking boundaries and redefining the worlds of art, fashion and design.
Enjoy special performances from 2020 Grammy nominee Tank and the Bangas and experimental pop and performance artist serpentwithfeet. Hear tributes from renowned artist, director, and cinematographer Arthur Jafa and former New York Times chief fashion critic and editor-at-large for New York Magazine’s The Cut Cathy Horyn as well as appearances from their own ICA teens. Join them for inspiration and conversation with the honorees themselves.
Are you an ICA superfan? Send them a video explaining why in 30 seconds or less to email@example.com. They’ll select a few standouts to be featured on their social platforms and in their Virtual Gala alongside Virgil Abloh and Sterling Ruby at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30.
The event will be streaming on YouTube Live, Instagram Live, Facebook Live, and on their Website. Free and open to the public; all ages welcome. Donations welcome.
Visit www.icaboston.org for more information.
Spectacle Island Virtual 5K
Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want through June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you watch your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.
The registration fee is $20.
All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now. Register and learn more at www.bostonharbornow.org.
MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market 2020
The MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market is a temporary online showcase of student and alumni artwork available through Etsy and other independent e-commerce websites through Tuesday, June 30.
Shop artwork, jewelry, fashion and more from more than 200 student alumni-owned businesses
For Dial-In Information: massart.edu/springmarket2020
For more information, go to https://calendar.massart.edu.
Celebrate 4th of July with USS Constitution & Museum
To safely celebrate Independence Day, the USS Constitution will host a series of presentations on July 4th, using Facebook Live.
The full series of live events will run approximately three hours and will include a 21-gun salute, tours of the ship, climbing demonstrations, boarding pike drills, 19th-century gun drills and a public trivia contest, giving viewers a chance to win one of 21 saluting battery rounds fired from the ship.
The event will be hosted by the ship’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial.
The USS Constitution Museum will offer special digital experiences for July 4, including videos and family-friendly activities where online visitors learn how to fold an American flag, fire a miniature cannon and more. Information will be available on the Museum website at www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
Get more information about the Navy from US Navy facebook (www.facebook.com/USNavy) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/usnavy).
For more news from USS Constitution, visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution.
‘Gold Rush:’ A Virtual Escape Room for Teens
The Boston Public Library is back with an all-new, premium escape room experience for its teen patrons – and this one’s a true Golden opportunity.
BPL’s esteemed partner Escape Game Remote Adventures brings you “Gold Rush:” a virtual escape room with a compelling Live component – your very own prospector navigating a physical escape room in real time from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays through July 7.
In “Gold Rush,” up to eight intrepid participants will work together to direct the live prospector to locate and solve a variety of puzzles in order to discover cleverly hidden gold. A simple online inventory will help keep track of everything that you find, but it will take focus, cunning, and logic to put all the pieces together before the mob arrives. A generous hint system offered by a live room host ensures that even beginner-level gold-diggers will enjoy the hunt.
Each participant must have access to Zoom videoconferencing software and an Internet browser in order to communicate and collaborate with others throughout the experience.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. All registrants will receive essential confirmation emails prior to the live event.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Virtual Story Book & Art Project Series
Charlestown branch of the Public Library is collaborating with Essem Art Studio to bring a fun summer-long Story + Art series.
The first six-week series will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23 through July 28 with Eileen Whittle.
Each week, a story book and art project (geared for ages 2 through 8, but open all all) will be published to Facebook @bplcharlestown and Instagram @essemartstudio.
There will be opportunities for fun community engagement and rewards for participation along the way.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including the book titles.
Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A Live Animal Crossing Twitch Stream
For many across the globe, Nintendo's adorable Animal Crossing island simulation has been a welcome respite from the daily doldrums of lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island - known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. This is free to all.
Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space.
Drop in anytime to chat with them live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game, drop a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they will set you up with a Dodo Code.
EB Sports Center summer registration open
The East Boston Sports Center at 143 Porter St. is taking online registration for the free summer programs providing an array of supervised sports, activities and games for children, 7 through 13 years of age.
The drop-in programs are offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from July 6 through Aug. 21. Participants can register for one or more weeks at apm.activecommunities.com.
Lunch will be provided; transportation is not.
For more information, contact Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-961-3085.
Ocean Science after school program
Find lots of activities and resources for at-home learning from the Ocean Science After School Program at the Piers Park Sailing Center.
Visit piersparksailing.org to learn more, including videos and downloadables.
Zumix: Latin Ensemble
The Zumix Latin Ensemble presents an original song, composed and performed virtually.
Watch at Boston Harbor Now – www.bostonharbornow.org.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” meals for Boston residents (adults and children) in need. No ID required.
Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email email@example.com with questions or concerns or for other information.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
BPL To Go
As of June 22, patrons can pick up physical items at the Boston Public Library with the new “BPL to Go” program.
Using the library website, phone line, or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs.
The pilot program will launch first at the Central Library in Copley Square, the Codman Square Branch, the East Boston Branch, the Jamaica Plain Branch, and the Mattapan Branch and will then gradually be deployed to other branches.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit www.bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
Fresh Truck open air markets
The Fresh Truck weekly markets provide fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables while keeping staff volunteers and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 crises.
Locations now open:
Mondays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BHA & Newtown, 38 O’Reilley Way in Charlestown
Tuesdays: 2 to 4 p.m. at PJK School, 343 Saratoga St., in East Boston
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Broadway BHA, 7 Joyce Hayes Way in South Boston
Thursdays: 10 a.m. to noon at Mary Ellen McCormack BHA, Sterling Square in South Boston
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin Field BHA, 90 Ames St. in Dorchester
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faneuil Gardens BHA, 45 Faneuil St. in Brighton
Cash, credit & EBT/HIP accepted at all locations.
Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.
East Boston Food and Community Resources
The Central Assembly of God Church has compiled a comprehensive list of places (Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Community Centers, and other community resources) that serves the marginalized people in your community and these organizations need your help.
Please consider donating food and beverages, hygiene/cleaning products, PPE, gift cards, money, and your time/talents (volunteer services) so they can continue serving those in need.
If you are in need of services, these organizations are here to help you.
Visit www.cagboston.com for more information.
Mutual Aid Eastie Network
Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation. In these fast moving an uncertain times, it’s important that we show up for each other and remember that we are not alone.
Mutual Aid Eastie is a powerful way to build strong connections – we all have something to offer and something we need.
For information and to get involved in the Mutual Aid Eastie Network, visit whatupestie.com where you will find, among other information, links to:
Resource List – a centralized place for individuals, families, service providers and others to find information
Current Offerings List – a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that people can view and reach out to others directly for support (the list is growing and you can add your information as well).
Current Needs List – if you are in need of something that is not found on the Current Offerings List, you can add your information/needs.
Neighborhood Pods – hyperlocal test message groups or phone trees of you and your neighbors.
Helpful links: whatsupeastie.com/coronavirus – one stop shop for all things Corona and Eastie and managing the fallout of decisions like school closure
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.
East Boston Open Market
East Boston Open Market at The Eddy, 10 New St. is typically open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month with an assortment of local artisan items available.
Visit eastbostonopenmarket.com, facebook.com, or email email@example.com for more information.