East Boston neighborhood notes
Mary Ellen Welch Greenway Stroll: Winter Fitness Series
Bundle up and get moving with the Trustees Boston Waterfront team from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in January while strolling down the Greenway to get some fresh air.
This family-friendly light walk is open to all ages; all fitness levels are welcomed.
Visit https://thetrustees.org/events for more information and reservations.
Choreographed Dance Series with Jamie Rossi
Join Jamie at The Point, 20 Orleans St. for a four-week dance workshop series from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays from Jan. 16 through Feb. 6.
Each week, participants will learn a new cardio dance choreography in this fun, upbeat, moving-and-grooving series.
Go to www.thepointeb.com/events-workshops for more information and registration (Member rate: $90 | Non-member rate: $120).
CraftBoston Holiday Online
Join Society of Arts + Crafts to shop the artists’ handmade wares and participate in virtual events and artist-led workshops streamed from their studios through Sunday, Jan. 30 at https://societyofcrafts.org/craftboston-holiday-online-2021.
Artists will showcase one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces perfect for gift-gifting, including ceramics, decorative fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, toys, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.
The Boston Public Library wants kids to join the team – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math – the group will tackle a different STEAM principle with a hands-on activity that they'll all do together over Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in January. STEAM Team is intended for kids, ages 5-9, and their caregivers.
Sign up for a specific day or for the whole month at bpl.org/events – they’ll email a brief description of what they'll be doing as well as a link to the Zoom room.
‘¡Con Salsa!’ - The History of Afro-Latin Music in the USA
Join José C. Massó to explore the true power of identity through a 10-part music lecture series that covers the history of Afro-Latin Music in the United States. The nexus between music, politics and national, cultural, and racial identity will be explored through recorded music and discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on select days through March 24.
Each lecture will be hosted by a selected branch of the Boston Public Library and can be enjoyed on site or on Zoom. The series will also be recorded and can be viewed upon request.
Visit bpl.org/events for a more information and registration.
Winter/Spring East Boston Farmers Market
The Winter/Spring East Boston Farmers Market will be held 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, March 10, April 14, May 12 and June 9.
Visit www.ebnhc.org/en/food-access/winterspring-online-farmers-market.html for more information.
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/dcr or phone 781-656-1485 for more details.
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.
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.
Food access and resources information
The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food that reflects the diversity of the residents of Boston.
– Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.
– Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
– Visit www.projectbread.org/get-help or 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 at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, for free grab and go meals until all have been distributed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit https://stmaryscenterma.org/about/home/crossroads 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/What’s up Eastie Resources
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 https://mutualaideastie.org; https://whatsupeastie.com/coronavirus/#F1 also has links to a variety of resources.
Email email@example.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.