East Boston neighborhood notes

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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 Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Jan. 5 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Homemade for the Holidays: Let's Make Gingerbread!

Tis the season . . . for delicious holiday food!

Join YA librarian and amateur baker Paul Flagg in the kitchen from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23 as he prepares homemade old-fashioned gingerbread topped with brown sugar and ginger whipped cream. Whether you want to bake along or simply watch and conversate, this is sure to be an enjoyable and interactive Boston Public Library baking event.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information (including recipe link) and Zoom registration.

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, Dec. 29, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

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. 29 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.

Ice sculpture stroll

Boston Harbor Now is organizing free, fun, safe activities, including an ice sculpture stroll from 1 p.m. to dusk on New Year’s Eve (Thursday, Dec. 31).

Follow the ice sculpture stroll (maps available) to more than a dozen sites and activities and enjoy waterfront activations such as:

Holiday Lights at the Boston Public Market; Winter on the Waterfront Bingo; Virtual Scavenger Hunts in Charlestown, East Boston and Downtown; and Snowport - Seaport’s new Winter Village. People can also enter the Staycation Giveaway Contest.

Visit BostonHarborNow.org for more details.

Last call for Toys for Tots

New, unwrapped toys to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program can be dropped off at any State Police barracks, fire stations or police departments through Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Donations via check can be mailed 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.

2020 Christmas Shop

Christmas Shop needs support to help bring hope and joy to those most in need during the holiday season. Ways to help:

– Provide new gifts and clothing (no food items) to individuals and families in need in Boston - View Wish List online

– Volunteer to help with sorting items and packing them for recipients (adults only).

Go to citymissionboston.org/christmas-shop for more information.

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.

Career skills

Gary Gekow, a seasoned Senior Employment Specialist/Career Coach, will present a Career Skills group – focusing on a different topic each week – from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, hosted by the Boston Public Library.

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

Coat Boston

City Mission is collecting new, unused coats in all children’s sizes and all teen sizes (including adult men’s and women’s) that will be given directly to Boston schools and organizations that serve low-income families.

Coats can be purchased and delivered to and/or ordered online and send directly to the

Coat Collection Center, First Parish Westwood, Attn: City Mission, 252 Nahatan St., Westwood, MA 02090.

Go to citymissionboston.org/coat-boston for more information.

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 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. The group will meet on 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.

Jackbox party gaming for teens on Twitch

A small team of the friendly 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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays through December 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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