East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

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.

Amazon Smile for EBCCS

Make a difference this holiday. Shop for gifts at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for East Boston Central Catholic School and check out their AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate items they need most.

Go to www.ebccs.org to learn more.

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, Dec. 12 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.

Sundown Stand-up: Full Moon / New Moon Comedy in the Wild

Bring a chair. Mind your distance. Laugh. Comedians and comedy fans gather to guffaw in awe: Sundown Stand-Up around every New and Full Moon by Like 2 Laugh Productions will be held at 4:07 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13 at Condor Street Urban Wild, 300 Condor St.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/sundown-stand-up-full-moon-new-moon-comedy-in-the-wild-eastie-tickets-117192705537 for more information and registration.

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. The group will meet on Dec. 15 and Dec. 22.

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.

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

Facebook Live: Story and a Snack

Follow along with the Boston Public Library staff from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Dec. 29 as they share stories and show people how to cook up a delicious snack.

Find them on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Researching your home

Learn about resources at the Boston Public Library and beyond that can assist people in discovering the history of their Boston home. This course will take place on Zoom from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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

Jackbox party gaming for teens on Twitch

A small team of the friendly local Boston Public Library teen librarians will be using their newly-minted Twitch stream to host a series of wacky, irreverent online party games from the Jackbox suite - all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.

Kids in 6th through 12th grade can visit TWITCH.TV/BPLts from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16 and use their phone or internet-enabled device to join the game, joke around in chat and even recommend the next game.

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

Farm fresh stand-up comedy at Eastie Farm

Catch some fresh stand-up comedy with Like 2 Laugh Productions at Eastie Farm, 294 Sumner St. at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Dec. 17.

Some of Boston's best workout 5- to 7-minute sets before the big leagues…

Comedians and audience RSVP as space is limited at eventbrite.com/e/farm-fresh-stand-up-comedy-at-eastie-farm-farmteam-tickets-117202988293.

$10 suggested donation. Contributions go 50/50 to Eastie Farm (https://eastiefarm.com) and the comedians.

LRC: Unity

The power to come together within similar and across diverse communities seems more and more elusive. The alienation from the people around us manifests in ever-growing depression, addiction, physical and psychological abuse, crime, violence and suicide – indicators of spirits in distress and despair. People are caught in giant social and political arguments about the symptoms of dis-unity that ignore the heart-felt desire for harmony and peace with one another and the earth.

In the face of all this, the gift of the power of unity calls everyone to find our way back to a deep knowing of interconnection and community. The challenge is to trust in unity, even if there is a history of experiences that lead people to distrust and feel separate from others.

Join the facilitated living room conversation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, where participants can practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships.

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

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston @ Home

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides 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 through Dec. 29 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.

BHN scavenger hunts

“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will run 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.

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.

Melissa Shook: a commemorative exhibition

A retrospective of work by the late artist, Melissa Shook will be on view at Atlantic Works Studio and Gallery, 80 Border St. through Saturday, Dec. 26.

Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 2 to 6 p.m. or by appointment 817-302-8363.

Go to atlanticworks.org/gallery 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.

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 info@ebcrossroads.org.

Visit ebcrossroads.org/find-help/food-pantry for more information.

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.

Solace: a group show

Solace, featuring art by local artists will be on view 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.

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

Back in the early 20th century, it was possible to ride through the streets of East Boston on a horse-drawn sleigh.