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Located on the waterfront in East Boston, Massachusetts, the Piers Park Sailing Center is a 501(c)(3) community sailing center dedicated to providing accessible educational, recreational, and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities through sailing and marine science on Boston Harbor. To learn more, visit piersparksailing.org.

East Boston Evolutions: A Walking Tour of the Harborwalk

East Boston Evolutions will focus on the ongoing transformation of a small stretch of the East Boston waterfront from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23.

The group will meet at the Maverick MBTA subway station (south side, next to Café Iterum).

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/east-boston-evolutions-a-walking-tour-of-the-harborwalk-tickets-375521423687 for more information and registration.

Waterfront on Wheels: Educational Site Tour

How does climate change affect local neighborhoods in Boston and what does building a resilient future look like?

Ride along the Greenway with The Friends of Mary Ellen Welch Greenway and The Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative to learn about the history of East Boston and about the future Piers Park III from 10:30 to noon on Saturday, July 23, Aug. 6 and Sept. 10.

This inclusive and fun event is open to everyone. Join them in whatever form of wheels you wish to bring, including but limited to a wheel chair, scooter, skateboard, etc. Free bike rentals for solo riders or families will be available.

Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/73328 for more information and registration.

Sabores de Nuestra Cultura: Family Festival

Join The Trustees of the Waterfront as they celebrate food, culture and family at Piers Park, 95 Marginal St. from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, Aug. 13, and Sept. 3.

There will be free treats, music, games and creative crafts for families to enjoy. There will also be free tickets to sail on the harbor through the Piers Park Sailing Center.

Go to https://thetrustees.org/event/73333 for more information and registration.

HIP Concert Series 2022

What do Salvadoran Sounds | National Vanilla Ice Cream Day | National Culinary Arts Month all have in common? It’s the theme for the HIP Concert slated from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at Central Square Park.

The event will feature Carlos y su Latin Band and The Zumix Latin Ensemble, healthy food demos conducted by gogobytes with Gloria Fernandez, climate info with CREW plus a few surprises. This event is sure to be HIP, 2 SNAPS and WICked Fun.

Visit https://noahcdc.org/hip-concert-series-2022 for more information.

HarborFit: Latin Cultural Dance at Piers Park

Join a Latin dance & fitness class that includes traditional dance, acrobatics and physical expression from 2:30 to 3 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 28 on the grassy area behind Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal St.

From Colombia's national dance cumbia, to Brazil's capoeira, which combines martial art, dance, acrobatics, and music, participants will dance the afternoon away with breathtaking views of Boston from Piers Park. Each class from is led by a Veronica Robles Cultural Center instructor.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-latin-cultural-dance-at-piers-park-tickets-361527798377 for more information and registration.

Eastie Eco-Fest

Celebrate Eastie Week with gardening and nature activities for people of all ages, along with tasty snacks from a local restaurant from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 24 at the Joe Ciampa Community Garden, 140 Marginal St.

Meet composting worms, make a native wildflower seed ball and take an educational tour of the community garden. Plus enjoy nature play and crafts from the Trustees Mobile Adventure van.

Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/76785 for more information and (optional) registration (Donations appreciated).

ZUMiX Summer Concert Series

The ZUMiX Sunday Summer Concert Series will be held at Piers Park, 95 Marginal St. from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 28. The concerts will open with ZUMiX youth followed by local artists as follows:

July 24: Singer-songwriter and ZUMiX teaching artist Ava Sophia

July 31: Musicians from the Samba Jazz Project

Aug. 7: Funk band The Dope Lotus

Aug. 14: Reggae musicians Jahriffe & JAH-N-I Roots Movement

Aug. 21: Ensemble Kotoko Brass

Aug. 28: Salsa ensemble La Pura Vida

Visit https://zumix.org/events for more information.

USS Constitution Story Time and Take-Home Craft

The Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard will offer a Sailor Story Time followed by a free take-home craft at 2 p.m. on Tuesday July 26.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including information about the free admission vouchers and reading program at the Museum good through April 30, 2023.   

Boat + Bike: Deer Island, Winthrop and East Boston

Alice Brown, Boston Harbor Now’s “Ferry Faerie” (and chief of planning and policy) will lead a tour that includes a boat ride from downtown Boston to Winthrop, a 12-mile bike ride around Deer Island and the Belle Isle Marsh as well as the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway, ice cream from Helados Juli's, and a train ride back to downtown Boston. Enjoy beautiful views of the harbor and a chance to explore new places.

The group will meet at 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 in front of the New England Aquarium IMAX theater (boat departs from Central Wharf at 5:35 p.m.) and return to downtown Boston via the Blue Line between Maverick and Aquarium around 8:30 p.m.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/boatbike-deer-island-winthrop-and-east-boston-tickets-375515385627 for more information and registration ($20).

26th ‘Taste of Eastie’                                                           

East Boston Main Streets (EBMS) will host the 26th annual “Taste of Eastie” event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 at the Tall Ship, 1 Pier Dr. (RD: Aug. 2)

This festive event will feature food from more than 30 local “Eastie” restaurants, music and entertainment, as well as raffles and prizes.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/326332648737 for more information and tickets ($40 by 7/15; $50 at the door).

Play Date: Watershed Family Day

Join the ICA for a special play date in the East Boston shipyard for a Watershed family day featuring music, community and art making from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

Explore the new exhibition at ICA Watershed, Revival: Materials and Monumental Forms.

Admission to the Watershed is free - no tickets required to start this visit in East Boston.

Water Shuttle transportation to East Boston with admission to the ICA in Seaport can be reserved in advance, free for families with code PLAYDATE.

Visit www.icaboston.org/events for more information and tickets.


“SURGE,” a 45-minute participatory dance performance by Boston Dance Theater (BDT) during which audience members will be encouraged to mingle with performers and a scientist to witness dance and engage in dialogue about the climate crisis, current sea level rise science, and coastal impacts, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 at Piers Park.

This outdoor performance will represent the conclusion of a two-month collaboration in partnership with The Boston Foundation and The Trustees.

Visit https://onewaterfront.thetrustees.org/community-events-list/2022/7/30/surge to learn more about this performance and the Coastal Community Fellows from East Boston taking part.

Explore East Boston Scavenger Hunt

Explore "Boston's Ellis Island" from beautiful Noddle Island to Historic Jeffries Point over a loop of roughly two miles with a scavenger hunt that includes multiple-choice, short-answer and open-ended questions as well as photo submissions. Play by yourself or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.

Visit www.bostonharbornow.org/eastieweek for more information.

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.

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.

Parks Summer Fitness: Family Fitness

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom 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 & New streets).

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

East Boston Farmers' Market

The East Boston Farmers' Market will be held at Central Square Park (across from Liberty Shopping Center, 200 Border St.) from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 12.

Join them this season for: Healthy and local food | Summer Eats: Free meals for kids. | Community information and resources | Art & music | Fun & wellness activities for the whole family.

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

HarborFit: Sunset Yoga at Piers Park

End the day at Piers Park, 95 Marginal St. for a sunset all-levels yoga class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 31.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-sunset-yoga-at-piers-park-tickets-345098738617 for more information and registration.

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. Suggested donation: $10-$20 goes 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.

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. 

ICA Watershed is Open

The ICA Watershed at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina on Marginal Street will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday through Sept. 5.

This seasonal space will feature the 2022 presentation of Revival: Materials and Monumental Forms, an exhibition of large-scale installations by six international artists who reclaim and reuse industrial and everyday materials. 

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

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 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, East Boston Memorial Stadium, M Street Park in South Boston, Garvey Playground in Dorchester, and Almont Park in Mattapan

will offer instruction in a variety of popular sports for children, 7 to 14 years of age, on weekdays through Friday, Aug. 19.

Register by the week or the entire summer. Lunch will be provided; transportation will not.

Visit boston.gov/sports for more information and online registration.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual Classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom 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. 

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.

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/Onsite 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.

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Programs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school and summer 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 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.

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.

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.