East Boston neighborhood notes
Fall Crafts Fair
A Fall Crafts Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris St.
In addition to great local crafts there will be food, raffles, door prizes and other great surprises.
For more information, phone Elaine at 617-635-5125.
Pie in the Sky volunteering
Community Servings is looking for volunteers to help make their annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale a success. By signing up for a volunteer shift, you become part of their “secret ingredient” family.
The Pie in the Sky Box Party and Delivery event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 S. Bay Ave. in Dorchester.
With your help, they will make a party out of labeling and packaging thousands of pie boxes for delivery between 10 a.m. and noon and then delivering the pie boxes and tins to participating bakers throughout Greater Boston from noon to 2 p.m.
To sign up, visit servings.org, phone 617-522-7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
$20K Dinner Raffle
The East Boston Central Catholic School will hold a $20,000 Dinner Raffle on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Spinelli’s, 282 Bennington St.
The cocktail hour will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. The sit down dinner will begin at 7 p.m. along with the First Drawing. The bar will be open all evening.
The raffle ticket costs $200. Call the school at 617-567-7456 to purchase a chance.
Salesian Spaghetti Dinner
Salesian Boys and Girls Club, 150 Byron St. will host “A Night of Friendship, Food and Fun” at their 13th annual Pasta Dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.
There will be delicious food and lots of raffle prizes including a great gift basket.
All proceeds will benefit the kids’ programs.
Tickets are $10; Club Members are free; Sponsorship opportunities available.
For more information, visit salesianclub.com or phone Anita at 617-567-0863.
The New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month from Nov. 23 through May 23.
Come explore family-friendly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. Finding out if you are taller than a whale rib, learning about the ocean and the animals that live there, and joining in to protect the blue planet are just a few of the fun and interesting things to check out.
For more information, phone 617-635-5125.
Pie in the Sky volunteers needed
Community Servings is looking for volunteers to help with various jobs from Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 in preparation of delivering 25,000 pies in the Greater Boston area.
Jobs include setting up and breaking down the work stations; carefully moving pies to and from quality control check; and completing pie orders at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St.
Volunteers are also needed from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 to help staff a pick-up site around Greater Boston, hand out pre-ordered pies to buyers, and sell delicious, heartwarming holiday treats to passersby. One of the sites will be at Bin Ends, 236 Wood Rd in Braintree.
For information and sign up visit servings.org, phone 617-522-7777 or email email@example.com.
Pie in the Sky QA/sorting/packaging volunteering
Get into the holiday spirit by working alongside hundreds of volunteers at Pie Central.
Join the BYHP members and volunteers in supporting Community Servings for their 27th annual Pie in the Sky event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 and other groups from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St.
More than 25,000 pies need to be quality-checked, sorted by flavor and packaged for delivery to pick-up sites.
To learn more about Community Servings and the work they do, visit www.servings.org.
To learn more about Boston Young Healthcare Professionals, visit www.byhp.org.
To sign up visit servings.org, phone 617-522-7777, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register at eventbrite.com.
Pie in the Sky volunteer drivers needed
Community Servings is looking for an army of volunteers to help during the home stretch of the annual pie sale event with the very important task of picking up and delivering pies to select locations around Greater Boston.
Pie Pick-up and Delivery volunteers will be needed for various shifts from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, starting at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St. and from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, beginning at Community Servings, 79 Armory St. in Jamaica Plain.
Come and fill your vans, mini-vans and SUVs, turn your GPS on and away you go…
For information and sign up visit servings.org, phone 617-522-7777 or email email@example.com.
Children, ages 2 through 4 years of age, are invited to join Boston Children’s Museum for activities to build curiosity and practice investigation skills from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and fourth Saturdays through Dec. 28 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.
For more information about “Family STEAM: Explore, Create, Try, Try Again,” visit bpl.org/events.
The MOAR East Boston meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the North Suffix Mental Health Association, 14 Porter St.
The mission of MOAR – Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery – is to organize recovering individuals, families and friends into a collective voice to educate the public about the value of recovery from alcohol and other addictions.
For more information, visit moar-recovery.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
The Countdown to Kindergarten Playgroup will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on (most) Fridays through June 19 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.
All pre-school children who live in Boston, accompanied by a care-giver, are invited to this parent-child playgroup.
For more information and registration, contact Lilliana Artgeaga at 617-308-1098 or email email@example.com.
The Grace Church Federated will host a food pantry from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays in the church basement, 760 Saratoga St.
For more information, visit gracechurcheastie.org or phone 617-569-5358.
Mobile market program
The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 201 Summer St. from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and at 343 Saratoga St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the year.
For more information, visit aboutfresh.org.
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 www.facebook.com/eastbostonkitchen/?fref=ts.
The Senior Program at the East Boston Social Centers (68 Central Square) offers Spanish language classes for adults, 60 years of age and older, at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.
For more information, visit ebsoc.org.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit eastienow.com/event/east-boston-drum-circle.html.
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.
SCSEP information sessions
If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).
This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.
Pre-registration at opeationable.net is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.
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.
BTU homework help
The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through May 28 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.
There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).
For more information, visit bpl.org/events.
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 email@example.com.