East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Here is the view looking towards East Boston from the cold storage building at the T-wharf in 1923. Learn more from Digital Commonwealth at www.digitalcommonwealth.org.

Set sail for Spectacle Island

The Boston Harbor Now and Piers Park Sailing Center (95 Marginal St.) is hosting an afternoon of fun from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Get ready to learn how to set sail on Boston Harbor.

Enjoy a four-hour-long introduction to keelboat sailing. A Piers Park Sailing Center instructor will lead you on an outing around the Boston Harbor to Spectacle Island (where you will have an hour of explore the island) as well as provide the basics of navigating the boat and trimming your sails. Take the helm and get a feel for the boat or just sit back and relax – it’s up to you.

No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome.

This event is great for families, couples, friends, or someone just looking to give sailing a try.

The boats hold up to six adults plus two kids, ages 8 and older.

Students will learn on the Piers Park Sailing Center fleet of 23-foot Sonar class sailboats.

Ticket prices range from $40 to $60 (or $350 for a private boat experience). 100% of the proceeds go to Boston Harbor Now to support free access to Boston Harbor in the East Boston Community.

To learn more about the hosts, visit piersparksailing.org and/or bostonharbornow.org.

Oasis for birds walk

A free nature walk will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Belle Isle Marsh. Walkers will meet at the main parking lot on Bennington Street.

Walkers can discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. They will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. The walk is recommended for adults and children, ages 10 and older, but all ages and experience levels are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided, but bring these items if you have them. Dress for the weather in layers of clothing, sturdy hiking boots or shoes. Inclement weather may cancel; call 978-937-2094, ext. 121 one hour before the start time.

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

Visit www.mass.gov/dcr/events or call 781-656-1485 for more details.

Indoor flea market

An Indoor Flea Market hosted by Senior Place will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 in the gym of the East Boston Social Centers, 68 Central Square.

For more information, contact Marisa at 617-659-3221, ext. 107 or Jeannie 617-569-3221, ext. 114 or visit ebsoc.org.

Aquí y allá: juntos a la mesa

The ICA Watershed will feature Aquí y allá: juntos a la mesa (Here and There: Together at the Table), a project by artist Evelyn Rydz in collaboration with Kannan Thiruvengadam of Eastie Farm, as well as A Community in Focus: East Boston, an exhibition of photography by ICA teens. Programs will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on select Saturdays.

Aug. 17 – Aquí y allá: Eco-walk – hosts from Eastie Farm will lead a tour of Piers Park and the East Boston Greenway while engaging conversation about climate and community.

Aug. 24 – Aquí y allá: Garden Taste – local chefs will discuss their use of local food sources while participants garnish the dishes with fresh grown herbs and share stories about ancestral food and narrative cuisine.

For more information about these and other programs and events, visit icaboston.org/watershed.


Free kayaking will be offered at Constitution Beach (behind the tennis courts and skating rink) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday through Aug. 18.

The last boat leaves at 4:30 p.m.

Free lessons will be provided if needed.

This program is sponsored by the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, The Metropolitan Beaches Commission, The American Canoe Association and DCR.

HubWeek Open Doors

Open Doors, presented by BNY Mellon, will be at the East Boston Shipyard on 256 Marginal St. from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19.

On the agenda:

Fermentation Flavors 101 at #32 – 4 30-minute sessions to tour the Cider house and learn about and taste Downeast Cider from 4 to 6 p.m.

Windy Content Studio at #16C – 4 30-minute sessions to draw, paint, take photos and produce and curate content.

Lightship Tour – a one-hour tour of the Lightship Nantucket (a hub for innovative technologies used to collect observations for scientific research, communicate with sea-fairing vessels and welcome travelers safely to the shores) from 5 to 6 p.m.

Neon Build-Out Demonstration at Warehouse 17 – Learn about neon and check out Paul Revere on his wild ride from 4 to 6 p.m.

Building a Creative Ecosystem Panel Discussion at ICAWatershed – learn about East Boston’s history of arts and creativity and where the future of the arts ecosystem lies in this neighborhood from 4 to 5 p.m. (Seating available on first come, first serve basis and standing room only)

Explore ICA Watershed Galleries – open to HubWeek attendees only from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Eat, Drink and Get Connected at Windy Films Studio #16C – celebrate East Boston and its creative ecosystem with others from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Food and drink will be provided.

To register for these sessions, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hubweek-open-doors-east-boston-tickets-66217358903.

Story time

The East Boston Branch Library (365 Bremen St.) will be hosting story time featuring books, songs, movement and a craft for children, ages 1 through 5 (accompanied by an adult) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 20 and Aug. 27.

For more information, phone 617-569-0271.

ZuMix community dinners

ZuMix will be hosting potluck community dinners from 6 to 8 p.m. on select evenings at the Zumix Firehouse, 260 Summer St.

Bring some food related to the theme to share with the group, enjoy the show put on by the youth and learn more about what ZuMix is all about.

Backyard BBQ (Aug. 21): bring the burgers, hot dogs and anything else you’d like; featuring sprouts musical theatre

For more information, call 617-568-9777 or go to zumix.org.

Baby lapsit

The East Boston Branch Library (365 Bremen St.) will be hosting Baby Lapsit for children under two (accompanied by an adult) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 and Aug. 28.

There will be rhymes, stories, songs and activities along with lots of bounces.

For more information, phone 617-569-0271.

Volunteer opportunity

Operation Thank a Vet will be delivering service packages to local veterans and their families on Aug. 24 and needs your help to make it happen.

Volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Paris Street BCYF Community Center at 112 Paris St. and then go the former service members’ homes to hand deliver thank you packages that contain information about benefits, services and resources available to them.

For more information, visit boston.gov. Phone 617-241-8387 or email veterans@boston.gov to let them know you would like to volunteer.

Free lunch for kids

The East Boston Branch Library will be hosting the Summer Eats: Free Lunch for Children and Teens program from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 30.

Board games, crafts and other fun programs along with reading are also available.

A snack will be offered at 3:30 p.m. as well.

For more information, visit bpl.com.

‘Science under the Sun’

“Science under the Sun,” hosted by the New England Aquarium, will be held at Constitution Beach from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays in August (weather permitting).

Look for their blue tent near the pavilion and meet Aquarium educators who will have marine life to learn about and provide fun, hands-on science and nature activities.

This free family-friendly program is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute. All are welcome; no reservations are necessary.

To learn more, visit neaq.org.

ICA Free Fun Friday

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at 25 Harbor Shore Dr. will be hosting Free Fun Friday from 10 am.to 9 p.m. on Aug. 23.

Activities for the whole family will take place throughout the day.

The ICA Water Shuttle service will also be available on a first come, first serve basis to the Watershed.

To learn more, visit icaboston.org or phone 617-478-3100.

Free Fun Fridays is supported through the Highland Street Foundation.

ZUMiX summer concerts

The ZUMiX summer concert series with live music and summer fun is now underway, running from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays at Piers Park, 95 Marginal St.

The concerts will continue through Aug. 25 with the exception of Aug. 18 when they will take a break for Eastie Pride.

All concerts will feature local artists and opening acts from ZUMiX youth.

The culmination of summer fun will end with the annual ZUMiX Radio Block Party on Sept. 7.

To learn more about ZUMiX, great music, great classes, great cause, visit zumix.org.

Farmers market

East Boston Farmers Market at Central Square Park (across from Liberty Shopping Center, 200 Border St.) will be open every Wednesday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. through Oct. 16.

In addition to the fresh, local fruits and veggies and local musicians providing a live soundtrack there are also family-oriented events.

Backpack giveaway for school-aged kids, free apple coupons for kids, special guests and other surprises will take place on Back to School Day (Aug. 28).

Community Programs Day (Sept. 11) will feature information about local youth, sports and fitness fall programs.

HIP/SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market coupons will be accepted.

For more information, visit ebnhc.org.

East Boston open market

East Boston Open Market at The Eddy, 10 New St. is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month.

There will be an assortment of local artisan items available as well as free iced tea and lemonade.

For more information, visit eastbostonopenmarket.com or email info@eastbostonopenmarket.com.

Fresh truck food market

Stop by Maverick Square on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables from the Fresh Truck mobile market.

Cash, credit, EBT and HIP are all accepted.

For more information, visit http://www.eastienow.com/event/fresh-truck-food-market.html.

$2 fresh food

The Fair Foods Organization has sites across the city called "two-dollar bag sites." At these sites, bags of fresh fruits and vegetables are sold for just $2 each (usually more than a $12 value) and loaves of fresh bread for $1 each. Fair Foods is open to all and is aimed at increasing access to fresh, affordable, healthy food in Boston communities.

These $2 bags will be available at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, at the Let's Get Movin' office, 120 Liverpool St., from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Friday of the month.

The Fair Foods event at EBNHC is a first-come, first-served, cash only opportunity. The variety of food changes weekly. Bring bags, as they are always needed.

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated as well.

For more information, phone 617-288- 6185 or visit ebnhc.org or www.fairfoods.org.

Peace walks

Peace walks will be held at 6 p.m. on the third Thursdays of the month starting at A-7 Police Station, 69 Paris St.

Walkers can dedicate a song, art, recite a poem, sing a song, or simply walk and pray.

Little free library

The Little Free Library by the corner of Princeton Street and Eagle Square is open every Sunday. All people of all ages are welcome to browse, take a book and leave a book.

Free hot meals

The East Boston Community Soup Kitchen serves free hot meals at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 28 Paris St.

Lunch is served from noon to 2 p.m. and supper is served from 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

These meals are available for anyone in the community who are housing and/or food insecure.

This group believes in community, service and kindness. All are welcome at the table.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/eastbostonkitchen/?fref=ts.

Senior Social Club

The new Senior Social Club will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second Monday and fourth Thursday of the month at the East Boston Branch Library at 365 Bremen St. 617-569-0271.

Make new friends and meet old ones over a cup of coffee, snacks and fun activities. Some of the activities that will be offered include film screenings, games, dancing and book discussions.

For more information call 617-569-0271.

Yacht club accepting members

The East Boston Yacht Club is currently accepting new members. The East Boston Yacht Club is a not-for-profit family-oriented social and boating club supported and run by members in the organization, located in the well-protected channel in Boston Harbor just minutes from the Islands at 0 Rice St.

For more information, visit eastbostonyachtclub.com or phone 617-567-9698.


The ICA Watershed will present the U.S. premiere of the immersive video installation Purple by acclaimed artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah through Sept. 2.

Combining hundreds of hours of archival footage with newly shot film and a hypnotic sound score, Purple addresses themes related to the implications of climate change across the planet and its effects on human communities, biodiversity and the wilderness. Symphonic in scale, Purple resonates deeply with the Watershed’s industrial building, its location within the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, and its proximity to the current and historical maritime industries of East Boston.

The ICA Watershed is located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston and is open through Sept. 2. Admission to the Watershed is always free, and Water Shuttle transportation between the Watershed and the ICA is included in ICA admission.

For more information including hours of operation, visit icaboston.org/watershed.

Writing workshop

The Magical Realism Writing Workshop Series is held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays at the East Boston Library, 365 Bremen St.

In this course, presented by GrubStreet, people will explore the relationship between the real and unreal by workshopping a short story or a novel chapter. Each week participants read their classmates' work and receive feedback on their own with a particular focus on symbolism, character arcs and real-world connections.

This class is a natural extension of “Magical Realism to Process Real Life,” but new students are more than welcome. Ideally, people will come to class with two-to-five pages ready for the workshop.

For more information and to register, visit bpl.com or phone 617-569-0271.

Drum Circle

The East Boston Drum Circle will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month at the East Boston Meditation Center, 113 Cottage St. for teen and adult drummers of all ability levels.

Bring frame drums, Native American (style) flutes, tongue drums, sabars and other similar instruments along with the usual djembe, ashiko, dunduns and doumbeks. Facilatator Cathy Stacy will provide shakers, bells, clave and other instruments.

There is a minimum $5 donation per person.

There is plenty of street parking on Cottage and Maverick streets as well as the school parking lot across the street.

For more information or to request a drum rental ($5), email stache3@yahoo.com or visit http://eastienow.com/event/east-boston-drum-circle.html.

Vinyasa flow

A 60-minute Vinyasa flow class will be held every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at The Point EB, 20 Orleans St.

The classes are free to members and $5 for non-members.

For more information, visit the pointeb.com.

Baby shower invitation

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) at 10 Maverick Square (4th floor) invites all expectant or new mothers for a baby shower held from noon to 1 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month.

There will be OB/GYN and Pediatrics health and other resource information, healthy lunches, baby gifts and an opportunity to meet other moms and moms-to-be.

To register, phone 617-568-6444.

For learn more about the health center, visit ebnhc.org.

Visit the Harbor Islands

Hop on a ferry at Boston's Long Wharf through Labor Day for a 15-minute cruise to the Boston Harbor islands – Georges Island, Spectacle Island and Peddocks Island.

Enjoy free concerts, ranger tours, kayaking trials, clambakes, a Spectacle Island beer garden, Boston Light tours and Zumba.

Enjoy a day of exploring historic sites, photographing birds, enjoying a picnic, hiking, swimming, wading in tidal pools or simply appreciating the scenery.

The round trip ferry cost to the Islands: $17 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3 through 11), $12 for seniors (ages 65 and older), children under 3 are free, $43 family (2 adults, 2 children). Tickets can be purchased at Long Wharf ticket booth.

For more information about the islands and schedules, visit www.BostonHarborIslands.org or call the Park Rangers at 617-223-8666.

Stewardship Saturday

Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island will be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Join other park stewards to enhance native ecosystems and natural processes by studying and influencing changes in park plant biodiversity. People will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as stewards work side-by-side to improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.

For more information about the program (which happens rain or shine), what to wear and bring, directions to the EDIC Ferry Terminal (which is notoriously difficult to find the first time) and confirmation (program destination is subject to change based on field conditions), call 617-913-5349 or call/ text rachel_vincent@nps.gov.