East Boston neighborhood notes
Virtual Harpoon Shamrock Splash
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s first ever Virtual Harpoon Shamrock Splash will be held through Friday, March 12.
They’re challenging everyone to come up with creative ways to “splash” from wherever they are. So, grab a bucket of cold water, a cup of ice, fill up your bathtub or find another fun, safe and creative way to polar plunge - all of the money raised goes to the Better Beaches Program.
With registration, people get Harpoon beer, a Splash koozie and entry into a raffle to win round trip flights on JetBlue.
During February, they will be awarding weekly fundraising prizes. Raise more money to win more prizes.
Get cold for a great cause… Visit shamrocksplash.org/default.asp for more information and registration.
‘I Have a Civil War Ancestor... Now What?’
Civil War soldiers often left a rich genealogical paper trail. Many of these records are tucked away at the National Archives in Washington DC. Learn what records are available for your ancestors only at the National Archives, what records are online already and how to access all of them in an online presentation with Brian Rhinehart of Rhinehart Roots Genealogy from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 4.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
National Oreo Day: Oreo chocolate cupcakes
Join the Boston Public Library in celebrating the 109th anniversary of milk’s favorite cookie: the Oreo.
Chances are you’ve sampled an Oreo or two or three in your time, whether the original “Oreo Biscuit” invented in 1912, its more recent vegan-friendly counterpart, or one of the many different flavor variations that have been released over the years – Golden Birthday Cake Oreos, anyone?
Amateur baker and YA librarian Paul Flagg will be making Oreo Chocolate Cupcakes live on Zoom from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. Attendees are welcome to bake along or simply enjoy watching and talking with fellow bakers and Oreo enthusiasts.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information (including the link to the recipe) and Zoom registration.
Bring Your Own Book Club: ‘Perfect Ten’
Do you have a favorite book (or fairy tale) that you just think everyone should read? Now's your chance to bring your own book or story to show-and-tell with fellow young adults and teen readers from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12.
East Boston YA librarian Paul is reading the book Perfect Ten by L. Philips. In this cute, quirky, magical novel, Sam attempts to summon the perfect guy who meets his 10 requirements.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Go anytime, anywhere with your all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth.
Get the full YMCA GO experience for free!
Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.
BPL Reading Challenge
As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”
In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.
The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.
Visit bpl.org for more information.
Ghost Light Series
All previously recorded episodes of the Ghost Light Series, a live half-hour music program filmed to an empty Wang Theatre illuminated only by the Ghost Light, are available to enjoy, including the latest performance (Jan. 22) featuring Jay Psaros, Alice Howe and The Restless Age.
Visit bochcenter.org for more information.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston onsite/online
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides in-person day-time learning support during school hours and in-person and virtual interactive after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms.
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 of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
New Parent Group
The Boston Public Library’s New Parent 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 Zoom registration.
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, including the weekly topics and Zoom 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 younger. 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.
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.
EB Community Soup Kitchen – now take out only on Tuesdays
The East Boston Community Soup Kitchen, located at the Our Savior Lutheran Church, 28 Paris St., is open on Tuesdays for free grab and go meals.
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.
Visit Ebkitchen.org or follow on Facebook.com for more information.
‘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.
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 hosts 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.
Ocean Science After School
Piers Park Sailing Center Ocean Science After School has lots of marine science activities and resources for you to explore home. A downloadable booklet accompanies the activities.
Learn more with Ocean Science After School at piersparksailing.org.
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 the 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 email@example.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.