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Yu-Gi-Oh! Club

Calling all teens and young adults Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Club will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, July 2 and Aug. 6 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Meet other duelists and card collectors, duel with friends, improve your gameplay strategy and learn the basics of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game.

Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments will tentatively take place once a quarter.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1.

Here are the virtual classes:

– Virtual Dance Fit: Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.

– Virtual HIIT Training: Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m.

– Pre- and Postnatal Friendly Barre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

– Fit Fusion: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays

– Virtual Chair Yoga: Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.

– Virtual Zumba: Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

– Virtual Yoga: Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

Let's Talk About BREAD

From America to Oceania, bread is part of the culinary tradition of almost every country.

Join the East Boston Branch Library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 for a conversation about the different types of breads found across the world and their many different shapes, textures and tastes.

Come share your memories and experiences involving this so beloved food item, and taste some versions from around the globe.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Parks Summer Fitness: Family Fitness

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1, including Family Fitness from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at LoPresti Park, 33 Sumner St. (Green Space near Sumner St & New St).

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

Coastal Flash Talks: Addressing climate change with The Trustees

The Trustees will talk about their strategic approach at addressing climate change across the state along the coast from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, World’s Ocean Day.

They will give an overview of each region and highlight what they are focusing on to help educate, mitigate, and address the challenges of climate change and the impact it is having in our communities.

Go to https://thetrustees.org/event/76964 for more information and Zoom registration.

Dance Workshop: Latino Genres

Veronica Robles Cultural Center will offer a celebration of Latino cultures through dance and music workshops at the East Boston Branch Library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.

Participants will have a firsthand learning experience of the most popular rhythms of South American and El Caribe. Join the fun and try on some props and instruments. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

East Boston Computer Basics Class

A computer basics class will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays in June at the East Boston Branch Library.

Need to learn (or relearn) the basics of computers? They will cover how to set up an email account, social media, online bill paying, etc. 

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

BCYF Summer Program Registration is Open

A variety of land and pool programs will be offered at the BCYF community centers across the city this summer.

Go to Boston.gov/BCYF-Registration for more details and registration.

Salesian Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp 2022 Registration is Open

The Salesian Boys and Girls Club of East Boston, 150 Byron St. will hold a summer camp program for youth, ages 6 through 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays from June 27 through Aug. 19.

The two four-week sessions are filled with games, sports and learning activities and include breakfast and lunch daily.

Visit www.salesianclub.com/career-development for more information and registration.

Boston Summer Camp Listings

For a comprehensive listing of and links to Boston Summer Camps – Art, Sports, Academic and Specialty – visit https://bostonsummercamps.com.

Registration for Summer Sports is Open    

The sports centers at Whites Stadium in Franklin Park, Almont Park in Mattapan, East Boston Memorial Stadium, Medal of Honor Park in South Boston and the Garvey Playground in Dorchester is taking online registration for their free summer programs.

Each location will offer instruction in a variety of popular sports for children, 7 to 14 years of age, weekdays from Monday, July 5 through Friday, Aug. 19. Parents may register their children for one or more weeks or the entire summer.

Lunch will be provided; transportation will not be provided. Visit boston.gov/sports for more information and online 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, June 9.

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

ICA Watershed is Open for the Season

East Boston’s ICA Watershed at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina on Marginal opened for the season with a new exhibition that features immersive installations by six international artists.

The exhibit, “Revival: Materials and Monumental Forms” will be on view through Sept. 5.

Entry to the Watershed is free. Timed tickets are required for ICA Water Shuttle transportation between the ICA and the Watershed, and can be purchased in advance online at icaboston.org.

Carmen Sasso: ‘Connect the Dots’ and ‘Fifty in Five’ Exhibits

Two exhibits by Carmen Sasso will be on view at the Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St. through Saturday, June 25.

Third Thursdays with Artist Talk will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 16.

– Connect the Dots: Is a literal translation of orbs that co-join each other on a flat surface to create an image. In adult discourse the phrase “connect the dots” can be used as a metaphor to illustrate an ability, or inability to associate one idea with another, to find the big picture or salient feature in a mass of data. Other times an orb is a shark’s eye that connects to a swimming spot that floats on the sea, or artists who inspire each other over the centuries.

– Fifty in Five: Is a portfolio collection of fifty paintings and drawings done with acrylic, pastel, and charcoal completed in five days while residing for one week at a Dune Shack in Truro, MA, off Race Point on Cape Cod.

Visit https://atlanticworks.org 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.

Elementary ESOL

Elementary ESOL groups will be held from 11 a.m.to noon on Mondays through June 6 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Geared for students with some experience learning English at the advanced beginner or elementary level, attendees will practice speaking and learn grammar such as past tense, future tense, modal verbs and more.

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

Tai Chi

Tai Chi with Karen Barbarisi will be held at 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through June 20 at the East Boston Branch Library. The group will also practice gentle qi gong warmup and cooldown movements. 

Tai chi is a gentle, fun form of movement that will challenge your body and mind while improving strength, balance, and coordination. It can reduce stress, harmonize mind and body, and improves alertness, focus, and memory.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Farm Fresh Stand-up Comedy at Eastie Farm

Catch some FRESH stand-up comedy at Eastie Farm at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 27, hosted by Like 2 Laugh Productions + Delicious Chaco (chapati taco) & Chai by Tawakal Halal Café.

Comedians RSVP and Audience grab a ticket as space is limited.

There is a $10-$20 suggested donation. Contributions go to Eastie Farm (https://eastiefarm.com/) and the comedians.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-fresh-stand-up-comedy-at-eastie-farm-east-boston-tickets-117202988293 for more information and tickets.

Introducing Exhibit: PAINTINGS

Atlantic Works Gallery will feature works by Boston-based artist Brian Jude Reardon, curated by Sarah Kopec, through September.

Reardon’s paintings include joyous and fun takes on vintage cars, planes, tractors, as well as lovely landscapes and portraits. Brian is a RISD-educated artist, who works with oils.

Go to www.clippershipwharf.com for more information.

Online ESOL Conversation Groups and Classes

The Boston Public Library offers a variety of elementary, intermediate and advanced ESOL conversation groups and classes on select days and times throughout the week. Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting. The groups are led by a native speaker and will take place online.

Visit 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 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.

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