East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
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SAT Prep Workshop

An SAT Prep Workshop designed for teens, ages 13 through 18, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 5 and Mar. 12 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

The course will focus on test topics that will impact your score the most. Students will learn test strategies to help tackle different types of test questions and how to put it all in context with you college goals.

To reserve a spot, phone the library at 617-569-0271.

Oasis for birds walk

A free nature walk will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 7 and Mar. 21 at Belle Isle Marsh, recommended for adults and children, ages 10 and older, but all ages and experience levels are welcome.

The group will meet near the bulletin board at the main parking lot on Bennington Street.

Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary on this family-friendly one-mile walk on easy terrain.

The group will look for Snowy Owls and other raptors, native sparrows, finches, waterfowl and Red-winged blackbirds.

Bring your binoculars and/or spotting scopes if you have them. A spotting scope will also be available for viewing.

Call 978-937-2094, ext. 121 one hour before the start time in case of inclement weather.

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.

Birds of Prey

The Mass Audubon Society Blue Hills Trailside Museum will present Birds of Prey from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 7 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

At each identical presentation you will learn all about the predatory birds that make their home here. Live birds will be present at this family-friendly event.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

Porrazzo Ice Skating Rink

The Porrazzo Skating Rink at 199 Coleridge St. offers public skating from 1:50 to 3:50 p.m. on Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays.

Public skating rates are $6 general admission; $6 for skate rentals (available on a first come, first served basis). Skaters 62 and older with I.D. can skate for free.

The arena is a full service skating facility offering an extensive variety of skating programs for all ages and abilities. The facility features birthday parties as well as a snack bar.

For more information, visit fmcicesports.com or phone 617-567-9571 or 1-888-747-5283.

Shamrock Splash

The 10th annual Shamrock Splash will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 8 at the BCYF Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Rd. at M St. Beach.

Join Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for a quick dip in the cold, clean harbor, a refreshing Harpoon beer, warm food, a great party, raffles, and an even better cause.

Check in will begin at 10 a.m., the Splash will start at 11 a.m. and the Boston Harbor’s best winter beach party will commence as soon as everyone is back on land.

All proceeds raised by the Harpoon Shamrock Splash directly benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and DCR’s better Beaches Program, providing free events and activities on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket, including East Boston, South Boston, and Dorchester.

Visit savetheharbor.org for registration and other information.

Pizza & Comedy Night 2020

Pizza & Comedy Night 2020 will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 15 at Prince Pizzeria/Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway St./Route One South, Saugus. When All Laugh, All Gain.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., pizza at 7 p.m., comedy show at 8 p.m.

Event tickets: $35 – includes unlimited cheese pizza, soda, & a comedy show

Raffles tickets: $20 for a book of 10 chances for great prizes

Donations in any amount are appreciated.

All the proceeds will benefit the East Boston Social Centers’ program.

Visit ebsoc.org/events for reservations by Apr. 8 and other details.

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.

Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.

The trucks will be at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, 120 Liverpool St. from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and at Shore Plaza east, 500 Border St. from 2:30 to 3 on alternate Fridays.

For other information, visit fairfoods.org.

For questions and concerns, phone 617-288-6185.


The Boston Parks and Recreation is hosting a family-friendly Yoga class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 6 p.m. on Mondays through April 27 at the BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Park St.

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India that releases stress and increases your energy. Instructors will provide flow movement for all abilities.

Visit Boston.gov/events or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.

MOAR meetings

The MOAR East Boston meeting is 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.

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.

Donations of food and supplies and volunteers to assist are welcomed as well.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/eastbostonkitchen.

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. on the 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.

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.

Kindergarten playgroup

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 larteaga@bostonpublicschools.org.

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.

Food pantry

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.

Parent-Child Playgroup

Parent-Child Playgroups (for children 6 years of age and younger) will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. on the second and third Saturdays of the month at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

The participants will enjoy learning activities such as play time, story time, circle time, and gross/sensory time. This is a great opportunity to meet other families in the community and connect with local resources.

The group is sponsored by the East Boston Family Engagement Network.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

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 Monthly Unlimited Members and $5 for non-members.

For more information, visit the pointeb.com.

STEAM Saturday

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 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.

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.

The group welcomes 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. Facilitator 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.

Community suppers

The Grace Church Federated, 760 Saratoga St. hosts a monthly community supper at 5 p.m. on the last Saturday. It’s free and open to all.

For more information, visit gracechurcheastie.org or phone 617-569-5358.

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.

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

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.

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.

Water: Medium & Mirror exhibition

The Water: Medium & Mirror exhibition, curated by Stephanie Arnett, will be on view through June 16 at the ClipArt Gallery at the Clippership Wharf, 65 Lewis St.

Water is essential to all known life. It was the medium within which the first simple organisms moved and thrived. It comprises the majority of the cells in our bodies. We build our cities around it and search the outer reaches of our galaxy for signs of its presence.

The artists of the exhibition allude to this relationship in their materials and subject matter, to form a portrait of this simple elemental fluid, from which all life’s complexity has arisen.

Gallery hours: Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Visit clipartboston.com for other information.