East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Streetcars emerge from the East Boston Tunnel in this very old postcard.

‘Play Date: Seaside Horizons’

The Institute of Contemporary Art (25 Harbor Shore Dr.) will present “Play Date: Seaside Horizons” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Join a family tour of the exhibitions, create art together or enjoy a selection of short films in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Take in the view and ocean breezes as you relax and sketch from the ICA Grandstand—or from the Water Shuttle on your way to the ICA Watershed.

There’s free admission for up to two adults per family when accompanied by children, ages 12 and under. Youth, ages 17 and under, are always admitted free to the ICA.

ICA Water Shuttle tickets to the Watershed will be available first come, first served during this event, in person only.

Play Dates are sponsored by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation.

To learn more, visit icaboston.org.

‘Purple’

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.

ICA/Watershed free

The Institute of Contemporary Art (25 Harbor Shore Dr.) will be offering free admission for everyone on Monday, Sept. 2, in honor of Labor Day.

This will be the final day to experience the ICA watershed this season and to view the John Akomfrah: Purple exhibit.

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

ZUMiX block party

94.5 FM ZUMiX will be hosting a block party from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 200 Sumner St. to celebrate the birth of the radio station (3 years old) and the talented youth and to send summer out with a huge bang.

Among the fun will be performances, games, face painting, local artisan vendors, raffles, food and beverages.

For more information, 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.

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.