East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Boston schools

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host a “Town Hall” style meeting for the Boston Public Schools community from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

City Councilor Tito Jackson, chairman of the Boston City Council Committee on Education, will host. The audience will be invited to share their stories about their Boston Public Schools.

For more information, visit www.bpl.org or call 617-536-0271.

Kids’ concert

Children’s entertainer Jeannie Mack will be the special guest performer at a free concert at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Guitarist and vocalist Mack will play all kinds of fun, bounce-around songs, with lots of clapping, singing along and dancing.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 617-569-0271 for further details.

Theater performance

ArtsEmerson and the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity will present “Mr. Joy” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 16 at the Zumix Firehouse, 260 Sumner St.

The play by Daniel Beaty explores what happens in a community when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a pillar in the neighborhood for decades, is the victim of an attack. Told from the point of view of Mr. Joy’s customers, it reveals the impact the shop owner has on each of their lives.

Admission is free. Further information can be found at www.downtownboston.org/events.

Citizenship information

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will give general information on immigration issues such as naturalization and citizenship, eligibility requirements, permanent residency, filing procedures, avoiding scams and finding low cost and safe advice. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement and Boston Public Library.

Call John McCarthy at 617-565-9430 for more information.

Two artists to exhibit

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is displaying new works by Melissa Shook and Walter Kopec now to April 28.

A Third Thursday celebration will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.

Shook’s “Landscape of Memory” chronicles the seasonal changes of flowers grown in a community garden plot, from bare earth to seedlings, first flowering, late summer abundance, frost and snow. This multi-media installation uses large sequential color photographs, small pastel and ink drawings and watercolor and acrylic paintings of flowers along with text and video.

Kopec’s work, “… And Things That Remain,” is a response to the volatile world of contemporary politics and social turmoil, using the simplest of concept-appropriate materials and the strategies of linguistic puzzle making and myth construction in his drawings and sculptures.

Gallery hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment. Visit www.atlanticworks.org for more information.

Homework help

Free homework help will be available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Students in grades K to 8 are invited to drop in for homework help, academic support and mentoring. The Boston Public Library Foundation funds this Out-of-School Time program.

Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-569-0271 for further information.

Fun at the library

A series of fun, free children’s activities will be held during April at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Featured will be sing along at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, family story time at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays, baby lapsit story and games at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Countdown to Kindergarten playgroup at noon on Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. on Fridays.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.