East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
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Navidad Latina

The Veronica Robles Cultural Center, 175 William F. McClellan Hwy., will host Navidad Latina 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Attendees will enjoy delicious food from various regions of Latin America, piñatas, games, Spanish Christmas carols and more in this largest New England Latin Christmas celebration.

Register your child/children, as Santa might stop by and check the chimney.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children aged under 13.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/navidad-latina-2017-vrocc-nativity-celebration-tickets.

Call 617-558-5720 for further information.

Christmas chorals

The festival of the Nine Lessons and Carols will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Grace Federated Church, 759 Saratoga St.

The public is invited to join the chorus for a journey through the Christmas story, complete with beautiful choral and congregational arrangements and the candlelit backdrop of historic Grace Federated Chapel.

Call 617-569-5358 for further information.

Winter clothes drive

The Umana Academy at 312 Border St. is running a winter clothing drive for their students and families. They are accepting winter gear in both children and adult sizes. Donations can be dropped off until Dec. 21.

Call 617-635-8481 for more details.

Two artists to exhibit

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is presenting a new exhibition of works by Marjorie Kaye and Carmen Sasso, “Nexus,” now through Dec. 23.

A Third Thursday event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22.

The exhibition represents a constellation of ideas circulating in the present, originating with the ancients, and manifesting in the sculpture and painting of artists Kaye and Sasso.

Kaye examines the relationship between recent two-dimensional paintings and three-dimensional

sculptures. Together the works address the balance between two disciplines, and the singular worlds that arise from their interaction.

Sasso works with ideas that resonate with solace from the Old Testament through the Psalms of David, praising God and confirming faith through the management of fear

Gallery hours are 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment

Visit www.atlanticworks.org for more information.

Fireworks on the harbor

Boston Harbor Now, in partnership with the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, the Wharf District Council and the City of Boston, announces the return of New Year’s Eve Midnight Harbor Fireworks for 2018 at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31.

There will be a brilliant display from two barges located between Long Wharf and Fan Pier. Ideal viewing locations are from Piers Park in East Boston, Christopher Columbus Park in the North End and Fan Pier in the Seaport District.

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

New Year’s Eve fun

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and the East Boston Savings Bank will present the annual holiday event in Maverick Square from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 in the health center’s lobby, 20 Maverick Square.

The community is invited to enjoy the festive ice sculptures, light refreshments and family activities and games. Admission is free.

Library fun

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will offer free, fun children’s programming during December.

On Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. kids, ages 1 to 5, can enjoy Reading Readiness, with stories, songs, movement and a craft. Wednesdays will feature Baby Lapsit Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Babies under age 2 will enjoy bounces, rhymes, stories and songs.

Children must be accompanied by caregivers. For more details, call 617-536-0271.

Homework help

Free homework help is 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 with trained high-achieving high school students. Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University’s Public School Partnerships Team. The Boston Public Library Foundation funds this Out-of-School Time program.

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