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, Sept. 19 at DCR’s Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St. in East Boston.

The group will be on the lookout for Shorebirds during their peak in migration and passerines that are beginning their southerly migration.

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 for more information, including registration.

Robot building party

You’re invited! Bring a friend, make new ones and build a robot with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Parents and caregivers are also invited to join in.

Visit for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

New parent group (on Zoom)

Looking for a way to meet other parents with infants? Need support from experts while navigating new challenges? Have questions about childhood development, parenting, and early literacy? Join Boston Public Library’s new parent group.

The group will meet on Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.
The group will open with an opportunity to connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from your librarians. Then a guest speaker will present a topic of interest, such as diapering, napping, feeding, early communication, and general wellness for parents and infants.

On Sept. 22, after introductions and conversations, the guest speaker, Sheryl White of Baby Kneads will speak at 1:30 p.m. about early communication and signing with your infant.

Visit for more information and registration for this drop-in program.

Twitch ‘Stage Select’ gaming

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for "Stage Select" gaming on Twitch from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept, 22, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20 in the Virtual Teen Room.

They’ll be discovering a mysterious new game that most of us have never played before. Will they saunter through the quirky, winding halls of The Stanley Parable…? Bend their brains pushing puzzles around in Baba Is You…? Lose their marbles in Marbles...?

You’ll have to stop by to discover each game along with them, lending your mental magnitude to help them make key decisions, develop strategies, and just have fun hanging out, joking around, chatting about life and even recommending the next game.

Visit for more details, including registration.

East Boston by map

In the nineteenth century, who owned the land where the East Boston Branch Library now sits? When were the roads around Orient Heights laid out?

Using Atlascope, the Leventhal Map and Education Center’s user-friendly portal for exploring urban atlases, they’ll dive into the historical geography of East Boston from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Learn about how the community has changed over time and discover how to research the history of your own house and neighborhood.

This event will be broadcast online at the Leventhal Map Center’s YouTube Live and Facebook Live channels.

Visit for more information.

Animal dance party

Bring a friend make new ones and get WILD on the dance floor with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Parents and caregivers are also invited.

Visit for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Build It! (on Zoom)

Children, ages 5-12, and their families are invited to join librarians Patty and Rebecca from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 to tackle a monthly building challenge.

They'll use supplies found in your homes, principles of engineering, and a lot of ingenuity.

Email Librarians Patty and Rebecca ( to register and receive the link to their Zoom room.

HarborFit Yoga at Piers Park

End your day at Piers Park with a flow yoga class overlooking spectacular views of Boston Harbor. Each class is taught by Casey Silva, a local resident and instructor from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 26.

Go to for more information and registration.

Comedy Night at Eastie Farm

Catch some fresh stand-up comedy at Eastie Farm, 294 Sumner St. from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 5 following health and safety guidelines.

Some of Boston's best will work out five-to-seven-minute sets before the big leagues…

Comedians RSVP and Audience grab a ticket (and other relevant information) at

$10 suggested donation. Contributions go 50/50 to Eastie Farm ( and the comedians.

Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)

Parents and caregivers with children, five years old and younger, are invited to join Boston Public Library from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays for an interactive and informal program that includes playtime, songs, conversation, and early literacy information.

Visit for more information, including required registration. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 27 at

Visit 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 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 28 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 for more details, including registration.

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 for more information.

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, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 at www/

Visit for more information.

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 Oct. 30.

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 events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

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 Visit for more information.

Ocean Science After School program

The Ocean Science After School Program at the Piers Park Sailing Center offers lots of activities and resources, including videos and downloadables, for at-home learning.

Visit and their social media platforms to learn more.

Piers Park Sailing Center

Located on the waterfront in East Boston, Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) is a charitable nonprofit 501(c)(3) community center dedicated to providing 100 percent accessible recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in Boston Harbor.

They empower participants in their programs to become stewards of a stronger community, advocates for a healthy Boston Harbor and leaders of individual and family wellness. Since 1998 they have been providing space for inclusive empowerment through marine science and community sailing.

Visit to learn more about their year-round and seasonal community sailing programs, youth programs, adult programs and adaptive programs.

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 for more information, including pass applications.

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 at 200 Border St.

People, ages 60 and older, and high-risk shoppers can shop from 3 to 3: 30 p.m.

On-line ordering and delivery are also available.

Visit or email for more information.

Fresh Truck open air market

The Fresh Truck will be at PJK School, 343 Saratoga St. from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays

providing fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables following health and safety guidelines.

Cash, credit and EBT/HIP accepted.

Visit for the most updated schedule.

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 for more information.

Waterfront-Wide 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 and/or

Select your hunt, participate as much or as little as you’d like and enter to win a prize.

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 and/or for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email 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.

BPL To Go and more

The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program at 22 of the 26 locations.

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 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 for more information.

Mutual Aid Eastie Network

Mutual Aid Eastie Network 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 where you will find links to a variety of resources.

Email 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,, or email for more information.