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Belle Marsh is the last salt water marsh in Boston. It’s home to many species of birds and animals.

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.

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 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.

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts museum, cultural and recreational institutions to provide one free activity during each of the 31 days in August.

Boston Neighborhood venues include: Aug 1: The Sports Museum | Aug. 7: Out of the Park | Aug. 13: World Ocean School: Sail on the Roseway | Aug. 15: Nichols House Museum | Aug. 22: Swan Boats | Aug. 25: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Go to www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a complete list of venues, a printable calendar and links to RSVP.

Soccer Nights, East Boston - 2022

A free soccer camp for kids, ages 4 to 12, will be held at the East Boston Memorial Park, 143 Porter St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Aug. 5, sponsored by the Church at The Well, East Boston. Soccer skills and games for all levels will be followed by snacks.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/soccer-nights-east-boston-2022-tickets-375442497617 for more information and registration.

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, 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.                

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Tuesdays through Sundays 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.

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.

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 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.