Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:
Build It! (on Zoom)
Children, ages 5 through 12 and their families, are invited to join Librarians Patty and Rebecca from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 to tackle a monthly building challenge. The participants will use supplies found in their homes, principles of engineering and a lot of ingenuity.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
‘Our Daily Bread’ Food Pantry
“Our Daily Bread” Food Pantry at Crossroads Family Center, 56 Havre St. will be open from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays for all East Boston residents who are urgently in need of food. Food is distributed through the white door on the side of the building.
Crossroads is working closely with the Greater Boston Food Bank, Project Bread and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to ensure that the bags they distribute are stuffed with fresh, nutritious food.
For further information related to the pantry or to make a donation of non-perishable food items, contact the pantry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit ebcrossroads.org/find-help/food-pantry for more information.
Toys for Tots collection
Cubesmart Self Storage, 150 William F McClellan Hwy is collecting new, unwrapped toys to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program through Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Drop off Times: Mondays-Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Donations via check can be sent to: Toys for Tots Coordinator, 21 Drydock Ave., Box 21-810W, Boston, MA 02210. You can also make a donation online.
Go to boston-ma.toysfortots.org for more information, including the link to donate.
Madaro Family Community Fund’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Madaro Family Community Fund’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26. The “to go” food will be prepared by Spinelli’s chefs, which includes salad, a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert.
The community (any elderly, homeless, low-income or residents that just need a little company during the holiday) is invited to drive through the Salesian Boys & Girls parking lot to receive a Thanksgiving “take-away” meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 through Tuesday, Dec. 8.
BHN scavenger hunts
“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will be running through winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.
Go to edventurebuilder.com/BHN to start the hunt.
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/events 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.
Pajama Story Time
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 (email@example.com) with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.
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.
Shut Up & Write!™ BPL Teens NaNoWriMo
It’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers – even if it's only on a video call.
Boston teens and young adults are invited to join East Boston Branch YA librarian Paul for an hour of uninterrupted writing – from the comfort of your own home – in celebration of National Novel Writing Month.
Whether a book, blog, research paper, college admissions essay, resume, melody, poem or just plain homework, you are invited to write it with the group. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Instead of just thinking about writing, get some real writing done with other young adults.
The group will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 28. There will be a quick intro and writers discussion, an hour of writing, and a short wrap up with optional chat.
Go to bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
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. 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.
East Boston Open Market online
East Boston Open Market at The Eddy, 10 New St., typically open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month, is now online offering an assortment of local artisan items available to look at and purchase.
Visit eastbostonopenmarket.com, facebook.com, or email email@example.com for more information.
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 piersparksailing.org/osas.
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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.
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.
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 cagboston.com/east-boston-food-and-community-resources.html 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.