Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:
Ocean therapy winter walks
Get outside and breathe in the fresh winter ocean air on a guided therapeutic experience at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St, sponsored by Boston Harbor Now.
There will be two walks taking place from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.
Forest Bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, is a restorative sensory exploration that supports health and healing for all beings.
Masks are required. Free parking in available in a small lot at Belle Isle Marsh.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/ocean-therapy-winter-walks-tickets-129723026063 for more information and registration ($25).
Literary Bakes: Minny's Chocolate Pie
Celebrate National Pie Day with a literary bake: Minny's Chocolate Pie from The Help.
Join YA librarian (and amateur baker) Paul Flagg live on Zoom from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Whether you decide to bake along or simply watch and conversate, this is sure to be an enjoyable and interactive baking event.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the recipe and registration.
Teen book discussion: ‘March Book One’
Passionate about teen reads? Join a group of teen librarians from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 to discuss the graphic novel March: Book One, written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.
The book is presented in the form of a graphic memoir of John Lewis's life, depicting his early life in a sharecropper family, his dream of becoming a minister and his early involvement with the civil rights movement, all set against his role in 2009 as a Congressman as Barack Obama was about to be sworn in as the United States President.
Teens are encouraged to join the conversation whether or not they’ve read the book.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and link to the Twitch channel to join (no registration required).
Family Book Group: ‘The Book Itch’
Join friends, family and fellow Yearlong Reading Challenge participants at the Boston Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 to discuss the January Community Read for families – The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.
The discussion will be moderated by a librarian and will take place on Zoom. Caregivers are also welcomed to participate.
People do not need to be participating in the Reading Together challenge in order to take part in this book group, but are urged to join. Learn about the different monthly challenges, get recommendations for books to read and find other ways to connect with the reading community on the website.
Go to bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Kanopy Club: Tabu (2012)
Winner of Critic's Prize at the Berlin Film Festival 2012, Tabu is the exquisitely surreal two-part tale of Aurora, who upon her death-bed will make a mysterious request to see a man no one had ever heard of, transporting us to the foothills of 1960s Africa in order to tell a story that occurred 50 years ago - the story of an irrational taboo and its extravagant consequences. Shot in lush black & white 16mm and 35mm.
Watch the film on Kanopy, then join a discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
The Ghost Light Series
The Ghost Light Series, a live half-hour music program filmed to an empty Wang Theatre illuminated only by the Ghost Light, will feature Jay Psaros, Alice Howe and The Restless Age.
Watch the performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 on New England’s Connection Network (NECN).
All previously recorded episodes are available to enjoy as well.
Visit bochcenter.org for more information.
LRC: Self-Care Series
Self-care is important to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to take care of your mind, body and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances the ability to live fully, vibrantly and effectively. The practice of self-care also reminds people that their needs are valid and a priority.
Join this facilitated living room conversations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 24.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston @ Home
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston will provide all after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms in an interactive setting.
Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.
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 on 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 the Boston Public Library’s New Parent group on Zoom. The group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on (most) Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.
Each week a guest speaker will talk 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 people can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from the librarians.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.
Jackbox party gaming for teens on Twitch
A small team of the friendly Boston Public Library teen librarians will host wacky, irreverent
online party games from the Jackbox suite - all of which are designed to be played by large audiences from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays using Twitch stream.
Kids in 6th through 12th grade are invited to join the fun, joke around in chat and even recommend the next game.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
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.
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.
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. 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.
BHN scavenger hunts
“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will run through the winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.
Go to edventurebuilder.com/BHN to start the hunt.
BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)
The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).
Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.
Facebook Live: Story and a Snack
Follow along with the Boston Public Library librarians as they share stories and show you how to cook up a delicious snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Community Read Book Group
Join friends, family and fellow Yearlong Reading Challenge participants at the Boston Public Library 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 to discuss the January community read for adults – An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The discussion will be moderated by a librarian and will take place on Zoom.
People do not need to be participating in the Reading Together challenge in order to take part in this book group, but are urged to join. Learn about the different monthly challenges, get recommendations for books to read and find other ways to connect with the reading community online.
Go to bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
EB Community Soup Kitchen
The East Boston Community Soup Kitchen, located at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 28 Paris St. is open every Tuesday to provide free meals – Breakfast - 8:15 to 11 a.m.; Lunch - noon to 2 p.m.; Dinner - 5 to 7 p.m. – for all those who enter their doors.
They strive to provide a sense of community to those affected by hunger, homelessness and difficult life circumstances, while offering the humane treatment and compassion that many struggles to receive in their everyday lives.
‘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.
GoFundMe for José Martinez’ funeral
With deepest sadness, that one more of the EB soup kitchen's guests, José Martinez’s, has passed away due to addiction.
A GoFundMe account has been created by Liesy Bautista, one of his family members, in the hopes that they can raise enough money to send José’s body to his native country, El Salvador, to be buried there by his mother and siblings.
“Please, can you help make their wish come true by making a donation. Any amount makes a huge difference. Thank you so much!” – Soup Kitchen Staff
Go to gofundme.com/f/zkjs8b-jose-martinez-funeral for the link to donate. The request is also written in Spanish.
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.
Solace: a group show
A group of local artists will showcase their work in an exhibition titled Solace at the ClipArt Gallery, 65 Lewis St. through April 24.
The Gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.
Go to clippershipwharf.com/events for more information.
Future Readers Book Club and events
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: History of the Boston Harbor Islands
Alex DeFronzo, Director of Piers Park Sailing Center, will present 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.
Piers Park Sailing Center
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.
Zumix: Latin Ensemble
The Zumix Latin Ensemble presents an original song, composed and performed virtually on www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvVa89tNlDI&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Boston+Harbor+Now&utm_campaign=849920b7ec-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_09_0 _29_COPY_01&utm_ medium=email&utm_term=0_c0b0434031-849920b7ec-163342401&mc_ cid=849920b7ec&mc _eid=078b827bd0.
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.