East Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
This is a look at the gymnasium and running track at Wood Island Park in East Boston as it was many years ago.

‘The Purpose of Power: We Are All Trayvon’

The Boston Public Library, in partnership with the GBH Forum Network, welcomes author Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, for an online conversation moderated by BPL President David Leonard from 6 to 7:30 on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Years after his tragic death at the age of 17 during the violent confrontation in 2012, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera.

But who was Trayvon Martin before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one Black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade?

Through real life stories and compelling experiences, Sybrina Fulton answers those questions. Fulton’s experiences goes beyond the news cycle and familiar images to give the account that only she can offer: the story of the beautiful and complex child she lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and an inspiring journey from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to purpose.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

Nature Story Time with Boston Nature Center

Nature is everywhere – even in the city. Boston is a happy home to a wide variety of wildlife. Join a teacher naturalist from Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (Mattapan) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 for a nature-themed story time on Zoom.

Through stories and observation activities, children will get to know the natural world in their own backyards and learn how they can be scientists every day. There may even be a surprise visit from an animal friend. This program is best for kids in grades K–2, but kids of all ages are welcome.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Tai Chi for Wellness

Join the Boston Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 for an online introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China, which consists of postures that are gentle and flowing. Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.

Visit bpl.org/events more information and Zoom registration.

Lunar New Year fortune cookies

Kick off the Lunar New Year: Year of the Ox with YA librarian Paul Flagg from 3:15 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 as he makes fortune cookies from scratch on Zoom.

Feel free to send along any messages, affirmations or lucky numbers to be featured in a fortune cookie for this program.

Visit bpl.org/events more information, including the recipe and origins of fortune cookies, and Zoom registration.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Reverie’

The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 to discuss the fantasy novel Reverie by Ryan La Sala.

Teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations whether or not you have read the chosen book. This teen librarian led monthly group is part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the book synopsis and how to join on Twitch.

‘Saturation’ exhibition

No matter how frightful the weather may get outside this winter, at Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St. it will be warm and toasty – with a members’ show dedicated to all the joys of intense and vibrant color.

Saturation curated by Anna Salmeron will be on view through Saturday, Feb. 20.

Reception times and closing TBA.

Masks and social distancing required. Gallery will be monitored to limit visitors at any given time.

Gallery hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. or by appointment. (857-302-8363)

Go to atlanticworks.org for more information.

Ghost Light Series

All previously recorded episodes of the Ghost Light Series, a live half-hour music program filmed to an empty Wang Theatre illuminated only by the Ghost Light, are available to enjoy, including the latest performance (Jan. 22) featuring Jay Psaros, Alice Howe and The Restless Age.

Visit bochcenter.org for more information.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston @ Home

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston will provide all after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms in an interactive setting.

Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

New Parent Group

The Boston Public Library’s New Parent group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on (most) Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.

Each week a guest speaker will talk about a variety of topics, including diapering, napping, feeding, early communication and general wellness for parents and infants. There will also be time before the guest speaker arrives so people can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from the librarians.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and Zoom registration.

LRC: Self-Care Series

Self-care is important to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to take care of your mind, body and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances the ability to live fully, vibrantly and effectively. The practice of self-care also reminds people that their needs are valid and a priority.

Join this facilitated living room conversations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 24.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the weekly topics, and Zoom registration.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – sponsored by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.

People can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information

Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth –

18 years of age and younger. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

BHN scavenger hunts

“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will run through the winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.

Go to edventurebuilder.com/BHN to start the hunt.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.

GoFundMe for José Martinez’ funeral

With deepest sadness, that one more of the EB soup kitchen's guests, José Martinez’s, has passed away due to addiction.

A GoFundMe account has been created by Liesy Bautista, one of his family members, in the hopes that they can raise enough money to send José’s body to his native country, El Salvador, to be buried there by his mother and siblings.

“Please, can you help make their wish come true by making a donation. Any amount makes a huge difference. Thank you so much!” – Soup Kitchen Staff

Go to gofundme.com/f/zkjs8b-jose-martinez-funeral for the link to donate. The request is also written in Spanish.

EB Community Soup Kitchen – now take out only on Tuesdays

The East Boston Community Soup Kitchen, located at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 28 Paris St. is open every Tuesday to provide free meals – Breakfast - 8:15 to 11 a.m.; Lunch - noon to 2 p.m.; Dinner - 5 to 7 p.m. – for all those who enter their doors.

They strive to provide a sense of community to those affected by hunger, homelessness and difficult life circumstances, while offering the humane treatment and compassion that many struggles to receive in their everyday lives.

Visit Ebkitchen.org or follow on Facebook.com for more information.

‘Our Daily Bread’ Food Pantry

“Our Daily Bread” Food Pantry at Crossroads Family Center, 56 Havre St. will be open from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays for all East Boston residents who are urgently in need of food. Food is distributed through the white door on the side of the building.

Crossroads is working closely with the Greater Boston Food Bank, Project Bread and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to ensure that the bags they distribute are stuffed with fresh, nutritious food.

For further information related to the pantry or to make a donation of non-perishable food items, contact the pantry at info@ebcrossroads.org.

Visit ebcrossroads.org/find-help/food-pantry for more information.

Solace: a group show

A group of local artists will showcase their work in an exhibition titled Solace at the ClipArt Gallery, 65 Lewis St. through April 24.

The Gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

Go to clippershipwharf.com/events for more information.

Future Readers Book Club and events

The Boston Public Library will host the Future Readers Club for children, ages five years and younger, and their caregivers, with a goal of reading 1,000 books together before the child begins kindergarten.

Register at bpl.org to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at bostonpl.beanstack.org.

In addition, the BPL offers an assortment of programs as part of the Future Readers Club to engage children in stories, songs, finger play and crafts.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to each event.

Ocean Science After School

Piers Park Sailing Center Ocean Science After School has lots of marine science activities and resources for you to explore home. A downloadable booklet accompanies the activities.

Learn more with Ocean Science After School at piersparksailing.org.

Piers Park Sailing Center

Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) is a charitable nonprofit 501(c)(3) community center dedicated to providing 100 percent accessible recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in Boston Harbor.

They empower participants in their programs to become stewards of a stronger community, advocates for a healthy Boston Harbor and leaders of individual and family wellness. Since 1998 they have been providing space for inclusive empowerment through marine science and community sailing.

Visit piersparksailing.org to learn more about their year-round and seasonal community sailing programs, youth programs, adult programs and adaptive programs.

Zumix: Latin Ensemble

The Zumix Latin Ensemble presents an original song, composed and performed virtually on www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvVa89tNlDI&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Boston+Harbor+Now&utm_campaign=849920b7ec-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_09_0 _29_COPY_01&utm_ medium=email&utm_term=0_c0b0434031-849920b7ec-163342401&mc_ cid=849920b7ec&mc _eid=078b827bd0.

East Boston food and community resources

The Central Assembly of God Church has compiled a comprehensive list of places (Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Community Centers, and other community resources) that serves the marginalized people in the community and these organizations need your help.

Please consider donating food and beverages, hygiene/cleaning products, PPE, gift cards, money, and your time/talents (volunteer services) so they can continue serving those in need.

If you are in need of services, these organizations are here to help you.

Visit cagboston.com/east-boston-food-and-community-resources.html for more information.

Mutual Aid Eastie Network

Mutual Aid Eastie Network is a powerful way to build strong connections – we all have something to offer and something we need.

For information and to get involved in the Mutual Aid Eastie Network, visit whatsupestie.com where you will find links to a variety of resources.

Email mutualaideastie@gmail.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.