East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Parenting workshop

A free parenting workshop “Parent-Child Communication” will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

In this workshop led by the Positive Parenting Initiative, attendees will learn how to communicate effectively with their children, set clear boundaries, understand children’s behaviors and become creative problem solvers.

Call 617-569-0271 or visit www.bpl.org for more information.

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.

Tech class

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host the “Inspect Your Gadgets” tech class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

Attendees should bring their charged smartphones, tablets and/or MP3 players for some tips on ease of use and how to get apps from the library. 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.

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.

Healthy kids day

The East Boston YMCA, 215 Bremen St., will host a healthy kids day from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29.

Festivities will include family yoga, zumba, Bollywood dancing, water table activities, face painting, relay races, a scavenger hunt and healthy snacks.

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Kool Smiles, the Department of Parks and Recreation, East Boston Farm Stand, and the East Boston YMCA Summer Camp will staff information tables. Admission is free.

Call 617-569-9622 or visit www.ymcaboston.org for more information.

Hero awards

The Bay State Foundation of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge will present hero medals to two Boston police officers who saved the life of a colleague at the 38th annual luncheon at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Spinelli’s, 282 Bennington St.

Sgt. Noberto Perez and SWAT team officer Clifton Singletary will be honored for their extraordinary and life saving act in attending to a wounded colleague during a shooting incident in East Boston. Twelve-year old Mia Martucci will be awarded the George Washington Honor Medal for her five years of fundraising for Boston Children’s Hospital Cancer Research Center.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 617-539-3092 or 617-650-3442 or by email to mdipietro@ebsoc.org.

Pet clinic

The City of Boston and the Animal Rescue League of Boston will host a dog licensing and low cost rabies vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Martin Pino Community Center, 80 Boardman St.

Pets must be held by a person, ages 18 years or older. Cats must be in a vari-kennel or similar pet carrier. Pets will get a three-year rabies vaccine if owners can show written proof that the last vaccine was given 9 to 12 months prior to the clinic date or that the pet has had a three-year rabies vaccine at any point in the past.

The vaccine fee is $5, $2 for senior owners. Dog license fee is $15 for spayed/neutered pets or $30 for intact male/females.

Call 617-635-5348 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/animalcontrol for more details.

Music walk fundraiser

Zumix will host the 14th annual Walk For Music fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, meeting at the Zumix Firehouse, 260 Sumner St. Registration will be from 1 to 2 p.m., and the walk and celebration will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

The walk will begin at 2 p.m. and this year’s new route will take walkers through three of East Boston’s green spaces – the East Boston Greenway, Piers Park and Bremen Street Park. The route will end in Piers Park on the Boston Harbor waterfront with a concert at 3 p.m. featuring Zumix youth participants.

Musicians of all levels are encouraged to play during the walk.

The registration fee is $5 per family. Participants who raise $25 or more will receive a free T-shirt. Participants are encouraged to set a goal of $100 or more (youth) or $200 or more (adults).

All pledges will benefit the award-winning programs of Zumix.

Email jkim@zumix.org or call 617-568-9777, ext. 103 to register or for more information,

Fun at the library

A series of fun, free children’s activities will be held during April and May 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.