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:
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.
There will not be one at the South End Branch, probably because it's relatively close to the Central Library.
These drop boxes for mail-in ballots will be available until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 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.
Facebook Live: Story and a Craft
What will we create today? Join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft for children, 4 to 8 years old, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Pajama Story Time is moving to Zoom
Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal and join Librarian Rebecca for end-of-day stories, songs and movement from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. Wind down with a cozy craft inspired by the reading. This story time is ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary kids.
Email Librarian Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.
102 STORIES CAMPAIGN
This year, the East Boston Social Centers (68 Central Square) is celebrating 102 years of catalyzing tight-knit, joyful and thriving communities.
EBSOC needs your support to ensure they can continue to provide crucial, high-quality early education programs; full-day onsite in-person learning for school age children; and material and social support for their community while also employing nearly 100 essential workers: members of their community who work tirelessly to provide programming for all of their neighbors in need.
Go to ebsoc.org to learn more about and make a donation to the 102 STORIES CAMPAIGN, taking place from Saturday, Nov. 14 through Tuesday, Dec. 8.
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
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.
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.
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 Nov. 24 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
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 on Zoom. The group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.
There will be guest speakers visiting each week to speak about a variety of topics, including diapering, napping, feeding, early communication and general wellness for parents and infants. There will also be time before the guest speaker arrives so you can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from your librarians.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.
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 shelters-in-place. Now, thanks to an elite team of the Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff, armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its own Animal Crossing island – known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. And it’s free for everyone.
The group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. every other Tuesday on the Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest and invent as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this family-friendly online space.
(They also spend quite a bit of time having fishing, diving and bug-catching contests.)
Drop by for a chat or play along. People can even visit them when they are off line.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
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 Dec. 18.
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.
People 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 (email@example.com) 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.
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 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.