Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:
Ballot drop boxes
Ballot drop boxes will be available outside the main entrances of the following Boston Public Library locations - note, not the South End Branch, probably because it's relatively close to the Central Library:
Central (Johnson Building - on the right of the Boylston Street entrance), Brighton, Charlestown, East Boston, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Parker Hill, Roxbury, South Boston and West Roxbury.
The boxes are in place now and available until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 - Election Day. Please visit www.boston.gov/news/mail-voting-information-city-boston for the full list of ballot drop box locations and other information about voting by mail in Boston.
Note that these are drop boxes for mail-in ballots: the deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot is Oct. 28.
Spooky Screen at Suffolk Downs
Welcome to the Spooky Screen at Suffolk Downs (525 William F McClellan Highway), a pop-up drive-in movie theatre experience. Purchase a ticket online ahead of time and experience a nostalgic night at the drive-in with some favorite spooky Halloween flicks. Darkness falls much earlier in spooky season so take your pick of a 6 p.m. or 9 p.m. showtime.
- Friday, Oct. 23: Beetlejuice
- Saturday, Oct. 24: Hocus Pocus
- Sunday, Oct. 25: Scream
Each ticket includes a special trick-or-treat box with fall treats. Visit one of the food trucks for dinner before the show.
Vehicles will be spaced out for social distancing and they ask that you stay in your car unless visiting the food trucks or restrooms. Masks are required any time you are outside of your vehicle.
Visit www.summerscreenatsuffolkdowns.com for more information and online tickets ($30).
‘The art of sound design, podcasting, storytelling and more’
As natural storytellers and documentarians, humans have long understood sound as a medium to capture, interpret and communicate ideas and feelings. Though society has had the tools to transmit voice and audio to mass audiences for more than a century, advents in technology within the past 10 years or so have placed those same tools onto many desktop computers, mobile devices and more. True audio engineering is more than simply hitting “Record,” however; there is an art form that emerges from a strong understanding of this widely available tech – one that has the potential to craft poems, stories and sonic experiences that stir the spirit and influence the mind.
Join audio producer Julianna Bradley, creator and host of the youth-centric Inherited podcast, for an introductory exploration of some of these tools and techniques. In this 90-minute session, teen registrants will use free audio tools Anchor and Audacity as well as sample audio clips – optionally including their own voices – to compose a variety of soundscapes or spoken-word explorations.
“Lost in Sound: The art of sound design, podcasting, storytelling and more” will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 for teens, ages 13-18.
You can also join Bradley in her full-length, four-session audio course slated from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Nov. 18.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join an ooky, spooky two-part mystery featuring Boston Public Library teen services twitch ghosts Laura and Allie as they navigate famed teen detective Nancy Drew through the uninhabited corridors of Thornton Hall.
The two-part "Spook Select" Halloween mystery teen gaming event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the Virtual Teen Room.
Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.
Zumix: Latin Ensemble
The Zumix Latin Ensemble presents an original song, composed and performed virtually on YouTube.
Watch at www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvVa89tNlDI&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Boston+Harbor+Now&utm_campaign=849920b7ec-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_09_04_29_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c0b0434031-849920b7ec-163342401&mc_cid=849920b7ec&mc_eid=078b827bd0
Piers Park Sailing Center: History of the Boston Harbor Islands
Alex DeFronzo, Director of Piers Park Sailing Center, presents activities you can use to explore the Boston Harbor Islands from home. A downloadable booklet accompanies the activities.
Learn more with Ocean Science After School at https://piersparksailing.org/osas.
Online Homework Assistance Program
The Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Open to K-8, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org for more information.
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 www.bpl.org/events 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 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 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 bpl.org/events for more details, including 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 www.eventbrite.com/e/fresh-stand-up-comedy-at-eastie-farm-farm-team-tickets-117202988293.
$10 suggested donation. Contributions go 50/50 to Eastie Farm (https://eastiefarm.com) and the comedians.
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 bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.
Family Book Club
Book lovers entering Grades K through 3 and their families can come together on Zoom to discover new chapter books, chat and tackle book-inspired games and crafts from 4 to 5 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month.
Email librarians Patty and Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register and receive the link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.
YMCA of Greater Boston fall preview
The YMCA of Greater Boston is offering all members and non-members an opportunity to preview their Fall 2020 programs with a free preview week at all 13 YMCA of Greater Boston branches. The fall preview will provide parents and children the opportunity to experience a program with the Y and see how fun and safe it can be.
Fall programing will run through December and will consist of two sessions. Each session will include soccer, basketball, t-ball, sports sampler, swim lessons, semi- private & private swim and physical education. The Jr. Celtics skills and drills program is back and will run for10 weeks through Dec. 20.
All sports clinics and group swim lessons will be included in family memberships through the end of the year (*Due to limited capacity, one clinic and lesson per child, per session). Members of the East Boston YMCA can take advantage of group swim lessons at any other YMCA of Greater Boston locations.
For more information about memberships, visit ymcaboston.org.
Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at https://ymcaboston.org/active-programs. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth - 18 years of age and under - through Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Future Readers Book Club
The Boston Public Library will host the Future Readers Club for children, ages five years and younger, and their caregivers, with a goal of reading 1,000 books together before the child begins kindergarten.
Register at bpl.org to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at bostonpl.beanstack.org.
In addition, the BPL offers an assortment of programs as part of the Future Readers Club to engage children in stories, songs, finger play and crafts.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to each event.
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 piersparksailing.org to learn more about their year-round and seasonal community sailing programs, youth programs, adult programs and adaptive programs.
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 www2.thefreshtruck.org 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 bostonharbornow.org/waterfrontbingo2020 for more information.
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
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 whatsupestie.com where you will find links to a variety of resources.
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.