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Streetcars emerge from the East Boston Tunnel in this very old postcard.

Winter/Spring East Boston Farmers Market

The Winter/Spring East Boston Farmers Market will be held from Friday, Nov. 5 through Saturday, June 22.

Order local food online from Fridays through 1 p.m. on Wednesday and pick up from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays at 250 Sumner St.

New this year will be Mini-Markets at 250 Sumner St. shop in person from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, March 10, April 14, May 12 and June 9.

Visit www.ebnhc.org/en/food-access/winterspring-online-farmers-market.html for more information.

Midweek Mindfulness

Everyone could use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.

Join Boston Public Library YA librarian Paul to discuss mindfulness, dedicate some time to meditation and practice a few exercises that will help you live more fully in the now.

The program will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17. Suitable for teens and young adults.

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

Joy:us - Annual Celebration of Community

Join the East Boston Social Centers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 for their annual celebration of the community.

This virtual event will honor Robert A. DeLeo, Massachusetts House of Representatives and include special guest, Loretta LaRoche with opportunities for in-person watch parties.

DeLeo will take attendees on a delightful walking tour of his youthful roots in Eastie with WBZ Reporter Cheryl Fiandaca and internationally acclaimed stress expert, humorist, author, speaker and TV personality Loretta LaRoche will talk with teen leader from EBSC’s Joyful Eastie Initiative, Ebeline Oliva.

Investments in this event will ensure that East Boston Social Centers will continue to carry on the work to provide the necessary resources to help this community thrive with joy - always, in all ways.

Visit https://eastiejoy.us for more information including links for sponsorships, tickets and donations.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Furia’                                           

The Boston Public Library Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 to discuss “Furia” by Yamile Saied Méndez.

A Reese Witherspoon YA Book Club pick, this book follows 17-year-old Camila Hassan, a rising soccer star in Rosario, Argentina. Camila dreams of playing professionally, in defiance of her fathers' wishes and at the risk of her budding romance with international soccer phenom and her childhood friend, Diego.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information the link to Twitch.

Oasis for birds walks                                                                                   

Both beginner and advanced birders will enjoy discovering and learning about the fascinating birds of Belle Isle Marsh and vicinity during a free nature walk, co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the DCR.

The walks will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month (except on holidays).

Belle Isle Marsh is a restored wildlife habitat that attracts a yearly count of 265 species of birds. The group will meet at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St. in East Boston.

Visit www.mass.gov/doc/calendar or phone 781-656-1485 for more details.

Free Yoga Classes

Yoga classes will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Mondays at Recovery on the Harbor, 983 Bennington St.

The classes are free and open to all levels.

Visit www.facebook.com/ROHEastBoston for more information.

Beginner ESL Speaking class

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St. will host a Beginner ELS Speaking class from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Dec. 20. 

This class will provide beginner students an opportunity to speak English. Classes will begin by reviewing a basic level grammar point such as question words or present simple, and then students will practice using that language in speaking.

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

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.

Piers Park Sailing Center programs

Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal St. offers accessible recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities in marine science and community sailing for people of all ages and abilities onsite and online throughout the year.

Visit https://piersparksailing.org for more information and registration. 

East Boston Social Centers programs

East Boston Social Centers, Inc., 68 Central Square provides services to support individuals across the age spectrum; from 0-99 years old.

To learn more about the programs, check the links for Early Learning (2 months to 5 years), Out of School Time (ages 5 to 14), Boston Youth Network (ages 14-17), and Active Adults Center (ages 55+), along with other information at www.ebsoc.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.

Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.

Visit www.bgcb.org for more information and registration.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, 

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an 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.

East Boston Museum on Facebook

For a collection of photographs, artifacts and documents along with upcoming discussions at The East Boston Museum – where history connects – go to www.facebook.com/EastBostonMuseum.

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information 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.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

EB Community Soup Kitchen – Take Out Tuesdays + Help needed 

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 people struggle to receive in their everyday lives.   

Help ensure they can be a force of hope in the East Boston community for years to come. Here are a few simple actions that can make a world of difference for them:

– Donate kitchen supplies, clothes and other necessities

– Sponsor a hot meal for their guests

– Volunteers with vans or pickup trucks to do food pickup from various locations from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays

All donations are tax-deductible and incredibly appreciated.

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 info@ebcrossroads.org.

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

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, toiletries, 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 whatsupeastie.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.