East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Nature walk

A free nature walk will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at Belle Isle Marsh. Walkers will meet at the main parking lot on Bennington Street.

Sean Riley of the Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead the walk.

This free program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

Visit www.mass.gov/dcr/events or call for more details.

Technology workshop

Free technology workshops will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, March 19 and 26 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Residents with questions about a laptop, Chromebook, Android or iPad tablet, Kindles and eBook readers, iPods or about smartphones of all sorts, can drop by with their fully-charged device. Staff will help them learn a new technique or trick to get their tech devices working best for them.

Call 617-569-0271 for further information.

Citizenship information

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

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 “Thin Places,” artwork by Bo Petran, Stephanie Arnett and invited guests now to March 30.

In this exhibition the audience is divested of the illusion that the mundane world is wholly separate from the world of the invisible. The phrase “Thin Places” is Celtic in origin and refers to a physical location where people can peek through to a greater beyond. In their two-person exhibition with invited guests, Petran and Arnett present a look behind the veil.

For Petran, his journey as a painter and sculptor began with his choice to cross between two worlds: from the Czechoslovakian border to West Germany. His “Thin Place” will represent a physical space cultivated for creative flow.

Arnett is a lapsed painter and a photographer by trade. She will show her recent experiments with flow painting in a continuation of the narrative of space exploration.

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

Visit www.atlanticworks.org for more information.

Artwork request

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards is calling for local artwork submissions from the community as part of a contest to find defining District 1 displays for her office at Boston City Hall.

She is looking for creative pieces of art to highlight what makes Charlestown, East Boston and the North End special places to live.

Edwards is accepting artwork submissions now to April 1st that encapsulate the unique character and landscape of the district. The top three submissions will be selected and announced after the April deadline with a ceremony and dinner to follow.

There is no age limit for the contest and all modes or vehicles of expression are welcomed.

Submissions may be sent via e-mail in color PDF form to gabriela.coletta@boston.gov with the subject line “District One Artwork Submission.” Physical submissions can be hand delivered or mailed to One City Hall Square, Suite 550, Boston, MA 02201.

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.

Library fun

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

On Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. kids, ages 1-5 years old, 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. On Fridays at 10 a.m. the library will host a Parent-Child Playgroup/Grupos de Guego. Children, ages 1-5 years, will start to build on their school readiness skills.

Moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers are welcome.

For more details, call 617-536-0271.