East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Parenting workshop

A free parenting workshop “Cool, Calm and Collected Parents” will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

In this workshop led by the Positive Parenting Initiative, attendees will learn parenting tips to stay calm when stressed, set limits effectively and use creative discipline approaches that teach rather than punish.

Call 614-569-0271 or visit www.bpl.org for more information.

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.

Animal world

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host an animal world experience at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.

Children, ages 4 and older, can meet a variety of exotic animals from around the world, and get to experience mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates up close. Adults must accompany children. Admission is free. For more details, call 617-569-0271.

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.

Children’s concert

Musician Peter Sheridan will perform in a free concert at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Sheridan and his friends will sing and play the guitar and harmonica, with lots of sing-a-longs to get kids singing and dancing.

For further information, call 617-569-0271.

Open studios

The 15th annual East Boston Open Studios will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, at Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St.

More than 30 artists and craftsmen invite the community to see their latest creations in their studios, view group exhibitions, attend live music and dance performances and visit the new artist studios across the neighborhood. Original artwork including jewelry, sculpture, figurative and abstract painting, pottery, drawings and photography will be for sale in all price ranges.

During the weekend visitors can also sample artwork, music and performances at other neighborhood locations such as Zumix at 260 Sumner St. and Harbor Arts @ the Shipyard at 256 Marginal St.

Further information can be found at www.eastbostonartists.org.

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.

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.