East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Here's a view of East Boston as it was in 1925. The photo was taken by Fairchild Aerial Survey, Inc. N.Y.C.

Oasis for Birds

Join the Mass. DCR Naturalists on a bird walk through a restored wildlife sanctuary from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1 at DCR’s Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St. in East Boston. The group will be on the lookout for large groups of herons and egrets, shorebirds and shorebird rarities.

Bring binoculars if you have them. Suitable for adults and children ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult.

This group meets the first and third Saturday of the month, except on national holidays, rain or snow.

Visit eventbrite.com for more information, including registration.

Facebook Live: Ask Your City Councilor, for Kids!

Wondering how change happens in your city? Join Boston City Council President Janey and City Councilors Breadon, Essaibi George, Flaherty, Flynn and Mejia for a live Q&A from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.

The Councilors will talk about ways that kids can make their voices heard; then they will open the floor for questions from kids of all ages.

In advance of this program, the Boston Public Library is collecting brief videos of children asking questions for the City Council. If your child has a question, email a video clip to Librarian Maggie (mlevine@bpl.org).

This program will be live-streamed to the Children's Library's Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

DCR Summer Nights Program

Teach 1 Basketball will host basketball drills and exercises from 4 to 8 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 21 at LoPresti Park, 33 Sumner St.

Participants must register at www.teach1basketball.org. Program capacity is limited.

Eastie Farm Wilderness Wednesdays

Get your weekly dose of mindfulness all summer long with this socially-distant community meditation class among the flowers and vegetables of the Eastie Farm garden, 293 Border St.

The classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 23 (with adjustments in upcoming seasons).

This is a casual, non-conformist, inclusive meditation, hosted by A Ray of Hope. Expect elements of breath work, silent reflection, gardening, body movement and stretching.

Visit facebook.com for more information.

BCYF summer programs and events

Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) is offering a variety of summer classes and programs, including arts and computer activities; recreational, sports and fitness programs; virtual field trips; workshops and more for pre-registered youth and teens following COVID guidelines. There will be no drop-in programs this summer.

These free programs will be offered remotely and in person on select weekdays and at various times through Aug. 21.

All participants must bring their own sports equipment and other supplies, where applicable.

Visit boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families/summer-programs-and-events-bcyf for more information, including a schedule and link to register.

EB Sports Center summer programs

The East Boston Sports Center at 150 Porter St. hosts free summer programs providing an array of supervised activities, including sports, games and arts and crafts for youth, ages 7 through 14 who reside in Boston.

The drop-in programs are offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 14.

Pre-registration for one or more weeks at apm.activecommunities.com is recommended.

For more information, contact Damien Margardo at Damien.Margardo@boston.gov or phone 617-961-3083.

Ocean Science After School program

The Ocean Science After School Program at the Piers Park Sailing Center has moved the classroom to online and offers lots of activities and resources, including videos and downloadables, for at-home learning.

Visit piersparksailing.org to learn more.

Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers

To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.

Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.

Discover Girl Scouts

All girls entering Kindergarten through third grade in the fall and their caregivers are invited to learn about the Girl Scouts. Join a group from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on any Saturday through Aug. 29 to experience the fun first-hand and get some information on Girl Scouts, including about volunteer opportunities. Girls will be able to take part in a Girl Scout activity.

Register at https://form.jotform.com/201546527923154 to save a spot. A Zoom link plus any supplies needed will be sent via email.

Through Girl Scouts, girls can be the new leaders of tomorrow. They can try new things, learn about the outdoors, change the world, experiment with STEM and find out how be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader).

For more info on Girl Scouts visit:

- www.gsema.org/moreinfo

- www.facebook.com/DiscoverGirlScouts

Parks Fitness: Family Fitness with Anthony

Family Fitness with Anthony will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 3 at Lopresti Park, 33 Sumner St.

Registration is required at apm.activecomunities.com. Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)

Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Aug. 31 on Zoom.

Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 25 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Cooking with Miss Debbie

Families are invited to join Miss Debbie on Zoom as she bakes and cooks a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts and sides from scratch using fresh and often locally-grown and organic ingredients from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 4.

Contact the Boston Public Library for more information, including required registration and the recipe.

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 lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of BPL Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island--known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA, and most importantly, free to all.

Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 1 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space. You can drop in anytime to chat with them Live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game yourself, drop them a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they can set you up with a Dodo Code.

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 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 2 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.

Mindful Minis

Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 10) will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6.

The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.

Classes are centered on relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children’s success in school, in relationships and developing a connecting with themselves.

Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing our experiences with emotions and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.

Visit bpl.org/events for Zoom registration and other relevant information.

Bollywood Funk Online

Bollywood Funk will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6 via Zoom.

Bollywood Funk is a high-energy dance with a mix of Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk fused with the hottest Bollywood beats and moves.

Join dance instructor Chavi Bansai and be ready to sweat, smile and have a lot of fun.

Class is fit for all levels and is intended for children and teens; no prior experience required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration to receive the Zoom link.

Facebook Live: Story and a craft

What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Twitch mystery gaming for teens

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6 in the Virtual Teen Room and discover a mysterious new game that most of us have never played before.

Will the group saunter through the quirky, winding halls of The Stanley Parable…? Bend our brains pushing puzzles around in Baba is You…? You’ll have to stop by to discover each game and lend your mental magnitude to help the group make key decisions, develop strategies and just have fun hanging out.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

Breakdancing workshop for youth

Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to join the BPL from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28 for breakdancing led by Oliver Arias a member of the Floorlord, the longest-running hip hop dance troupe in the US.

Each week you will learn new dance moves which will get difficult as the weeks move on. No previous dancing experience required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A link to the Zoom meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.

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 Aug. 28.

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.

Free summer ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” meals for Boston residents (adults and children) in need. No ID required.

Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email food@boston.gov with questions or concerns or for more information.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

East Boston Farmers Market

The East Boston Farmers Market will be open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 15 at Central Square Park (across from Liberty Shopping Center, 200 Border St.

Visit ebnhc.org for more information.

Fresh Truck open air markets

The Fresh Truck weekly markets provide fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables while keeping staff volunteers and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 crises.

Locations now open:

Mondays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BHA & Newtown, 38 O’Reilley Way in Charlestown

Tuesdays: 2 to 4 p.m. at PJK School, 343 Saratoga St., in East Boston

Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Broadway BHA, 7 Joyce Hayes Way in South Boston

Thursdays: 10 a.m. to noon at Mary Ellen McCormack BHA, Sterling Square in South Boston

Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin Field BHA, 90 Ames St. in Dorchester

Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faneuil Gardens BHA, 45 Faneuil St. in Brighton

Cash, credit & EBT/HIP accepted at all locations.

Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.

BPL To Go expands again

The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.

BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.

Using the library website, phone line or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs and pick them up at the library. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.

All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.

Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.

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

Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation. In these fast moving an uncertain times, it’s important that we show up for each other and remember that we are not alone.

Mutual Aid Eastie 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 whatupestie.com where you will find, among other information, links to:

Resource List – a centralized place for individuals, families, service providers and others to find information

Current Offerings List – a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that people can view and reach out to others directly for support (the list is growing and you can add your information as well).

Current Needs List – if you are in need of something that is not found on the Current Offerings List, you can add your information/needs.

Neighborhood Pods – hyperlocal test message groups or phone trees of you and your neighbors.

Helpful links: whatsupeastie.com/coronavirus – one stop shop for all things Corona and Eastie and managing the fallout of decisions like school closure

Email mutualaideastie@gmail.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 info@eastbostonopenmarket.com for more information.