East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Hawks are among the many different type of birds that people can observe at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.

East Boston Resiliency Assembly

The East Boston Resiliency Assembly will host a virtual meeting 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 via Zoom that will bring together City health and emergency management leaders, first responders, non-profits, civic associations, LatinX groups and residents to think about “Blue Sky” action that can be taken to prepare for emergencies and disasters before they occur and “Dark Sky” actions that can take once disasters strike.

Preparedness for these major emergencies that range from natural hazards and extreme weather events to pandemics requires effort at the individual and household level as well as at the community and political level.

Scheduled speakers at the Assembly include former FEMA Deputy Director Rich Serino, who began his emergency services career in East Boston, as well as top officials from Boston’s Office of Emergency Management and the Boston Public Health Commission, among others.

Please reach Phil Giffee at NOAH (pgiffee@noahcdc. org) for questions or more information about the Assembly and how you can participate.

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.

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 people can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from the librarians.

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, they’ll be diving deep into early literacy skills with Librarian Elise during a special Mother Goose on the Loose program full of information and extra explanations.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.

Mapping with Henry! (on Zoom)

Kids in Grades K-3 are invited to join the Children’s Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center for a read-aloud and map-making activity from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

If you have something to draw on and something to draw with, that’s all kids need to participate. They’ll teach a few map concepts and students will create a map that starts them thinking about how to see things geographically. If you send the Map Center pictures of finished maps, they’ll share them online.

Email Librarian Rebecca (rfox@bpl.org) by Nov. 16 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.

LRC: Relationships over politics

Is it possible to use Living Room Conversations with families and close friends? It is ultimately challenging because family are more likely to break “host and guest” social norms.

All sorts of people say they want to use the skills they practice in Living Room Conversations to help restore connection with friends and family. So, let’s use a Living Room Conversation to talk about just that.

This Living Room Conversation, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, will help people listen and learn about where they have different opinions, along with shared ideas about how to best navigate time with family and friends (who may not share our view of the world).

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

Worldbuilding: Imagining the Where (on Zoom)

Students in Grades 4-6 are invited to join the Children’s Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center to learn how maps can help shape imaginary worlds from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Explore examples from a few fantasy and science fiction books -- especially from this month's Book Tasters read, The Last by Katherine Applegate – before creating your own worldbuilding map. You’ll need something to draw with and something to draw on and any other materials you have laying around to add or build with. Be ready to learn some map lingo and exercise your creative muscles.

If you send the Map Center pictures of finished maps, they share them online.

Email Librarian Rebecca (rfox@bpl.org) by Nov. 17 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to our Zoom room.

Gentle movement and meditation

Join the Hands to Heart Center and Jessi Rosinski for an online hour of gentle movement, soothing breathwork and awareness meditation from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Learn practices to ground and center yourself in daily life and cultivate an attitude of mindfulness. No prior experience with mindfulness required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

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.

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 from Saturday, Nov. 14 through Tuesday, Dec. 8.

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 (rfox@bpl.org) 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 (rfox@bpl.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 info@eastbostonopenmarket.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

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 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 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 mutualaideastie@gmail.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.