East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Visual arts class

The Elliot School of Fine and Applied Arts will host a youth visual arts class at 4 p.m. Tuesdays, May 30 and June 6, 13 and 20 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Students will learn to embrace unusual materials and unfamiliar tools and transform recycled scraps into beautiful art. Projects will include book making, murals and shadow puppets. The class is best suited for children, ages 5-10.

To reserve a spot, call 617-536-0271.

Coffee hour

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 19th annual neighborhood coffee hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 2 at the Paris Street Playground, 116 Paris St.

Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.

There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.

Call 617-635-4505 for more information.

The art of drag

In celebration of Pride Month, the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will offer a free art of drag workshop from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

Attendees will learn the art of drag makeup from a local drag queen. They will learn tips and techniques and can ask questions about the drag community and culture. This program is intended for teens and is part of the Boston Public Library’s celebration of Pride Month.

Call 617-569-0271 for further details.

‘Steel Magnolias’

The East Boston Playhouse will present a production of the comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 9 and 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at the Zumix Firehouse, 260 Sumner St.

The play explores the bond and friendship a group of women share in a small-town southern community, and how they cope with the death of one of their own.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Visit www.eastbostonplayhouse.com or call 617-880-9739 to purchase tickets and for more information.

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 Friday, June 9.

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.

Fun at the library

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