Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:
Oasis for Birds
Join the Mass. DCR Naturalists on a bird walk through a restored wildlife sanctuary from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15 at DCR’s Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St. in East Boston. The group will be on the lookout for large groups of herons and egrets, shorebirds and shorebird rarities.
Bring binoculars if you have them. Suitable for adults and children ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult.
This group meets the first and third Saturday of the month, except on national holidays, rain or snow.
Visit eventbrite.com for more information, including registration.
Virtual Tour: East Boston Evolutions
Join Boston Harbor Now and the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk’s Steve Landrigan for a webinar on East Boston Evolutions from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
The webinar will focus on the ongoing transformation of a small stretch of the East Boston waterfront that was among the earliest to be industrialized. The tour will use vintage visuals to provide a sense of what was once in the neighborhood and to raise the question whether in future decades the only constant is likely to be change.
Visit eventbrite.com for more information and Zoom registration.
Waterfront Bingo 2020
Support small businesses in waterfront neighborhoods across Boston with the new Waterfront Bingo cards.
Each board contains 25 options of local businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood that are offering food pickup, delivery, or gift cards. Cross off a box each time you place an order. A completed board is five squares in a row, column, or diagonal.
Take a picture of your completed board and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #BostonHarborNow to enter to win. One winner will be chosen per week from the submitted entries.
Visit bostonharbornow.org for more information.
DCR Summer Nights program
Teach 1 Basketball will host basketball drills and exercises from 4 to 8 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 21 at LoPresti Park, 33 Sumner St.
Participants must register at www.teach1basketball.org. Program Capacity is limited.
Waterfront-Wide Waterfront Scavenger Hunt
Boston Harbor Now and their partners present “Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt” running through Oct. 12 in Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston, South Boston and Spectacle Island.
Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. People can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way
To play, visit https://edventurebuilder.com/BHN and/or bostonharbornow.org/Scavenger2020.
Select your hunt, participate as much or as little as you’d like and enter to win a prize.
Boston Cyclists Bike to Market
The Boston Cyclists Union will be providing free bike repair at East Boston’s Central Square farmers market (Intersection of Bennington, Meridian and Border streets) from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 26.
For more information on the Bike to Market program, visit bostoncyclistsunion.org.
Eastie Farm Wilderness Wednesdays
Get your weekly dose of mindfulness all summer long with this socially-distant community meditation class among the flowers and vegetables of the Eastie Farm garden, 293 Border St.
The classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 23 (with adjustments in upcoming seasons).
This is a casual, non-conformist, inclusive meditation, hosted by A Ray of Hope. Expect elements of breath work, silent reflection, gardening, body movement and stretching.
Visit facebook.com for more information.
BCYF summer programs and events
Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) is offering a variety of summer classes and programs, including arts and computer activities; recreational, sports and fitness programs; virtual field trips; workshops and more for pre-registered youth and teens following COVID guidelines. There will be no drop-in programs this summer.
These free programs will be offered remotely and in person on select weekdays and at various times through Aug. 21.
All participants must bring their own sports equipment and other supplies, where applicable.
Visit boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families/summer-programs-and-events-bcyf for more information, including a schedule and link to register.
EB Sports Center summer programs extended
The East Boston Sports Center at 150 Porter St. hosts free summer programs providing an array of supervised activities, including sports, games and arts and crafts for youth, ages 7 through 14 who reside in Boston.
The drop-in programs are offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 28.
Pre-registration for one or more weeks at apm.activecommunities.com is recommended.
For more information, contact Damien Margardo at Damien.Margardo@boston.gov or phone 617-961-3083.
Ocean Science After School program
The Ocean Science After School Program at the Piers Park Sailing Center has moved the classroom to online and offers lots of activities and resources, including videos and downloadables, for at-home learning.
Visit piersparksailing.org to learn more.
Discover Girl Scouts
All girls entering Kindergarten through third grade in the fall and their caregivers are invited to learn about the Girl Scouts. Join a group from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on any Saturday through Aug. 29 to experience the fun first-hand and get some information on Girl Scouts, including about volunteer opportunities. Girls will be able to take part in a Girl Scout activity.
Register at https://form.jotform.com/201546527923154 to save a spot. A Zoom link plus any supplies needed will be sent via email.
Through Girl Scouts, girls can be the new leaders of tomorrow. They can try new things, learn about the outdoors, change the world, experiment with STEM and find out how be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader).
For more info on Girl Scouts visit:
Parks Fitness: Family Fitness with Anthony
Family Fitness with Anthony will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 3 at Lopresti Park, 33 Sumner St.
Registration is required at apm.activecomunities.com. Visit boston.gov/events for more information.
Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)
Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Aug. 31 on Zoom.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.
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 Aug. 25 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Jackbox Party Gaming for Teens on Twitch
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Party Gaming on Twitch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 2 in the Virtual Teen Room.
They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.
Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.
Facebook Live: Story and a craft
What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Breakdancing workshop for youth
Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to join the Boston Public Library from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28 for breakdancing led by Oliver Arias a member of the Floorlord, the longest-running hip hop dance troupe in the US.
Each week you will learn new dance moves which will get difficult as the weeks move on. No previous dancing experience required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A link to the Zoom meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.
Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga
Unwind with Gentle Yoga – sponsored by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28.
The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.
The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.
You can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.
Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers
To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.
Free summer ‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns or for more information.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
East Boston Farmers Market
The East Boston Farmers Market will be open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 15 at Central Square Park (across from Liberty Shopping Center, 200 Border St.
Visit ebnhc.org for more information.
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.
BPL To Go expands again
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.
BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.
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 and pick them up at the library. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.