East Boston neighborhood notes

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This is what the First Presbyterian Church in East Boston looked like on March 18, 1909. The church is located at the corner of London and Meridian streets.

Chameleon Rewind                                                              

For sheer musical beauty, enjoy an elegant and expressive performance with the

Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston.

Rewind 2: remembering beauty will stream on-demand through Saturday, March 20 at 11:59 p.m.

The program will include Claude Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune for flute & piano; Elliott Carter, Tempo e Tempi for soprano, oboe, clarinet, violin & cello; and Johannes Brahms, String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111.

Go to https://chameleonarts.org/virtual-concerts/remembering-beauty for more information and registration.

Library Boogie Live Puppet Show                                     

Celebrate reading, the science, the environment and the library with "The Library Boogie," a musical puppet show presented by Tom Knight from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 20.

Join Tom and his cast of hand-made puppets for funny stories, catchy songs and ample audience participation. 

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

The Detective Club Murder, A Murder Mystery Game              

Join East Boston Branch Library staff on Zoom from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 for The Detective Club Murder, a free downloadable murder mystery game from British psychological crime thriller author Ruth Ware.

In this role-playing game, you’ll be transported to Mistletan Manor in the English countryside and the home of celebrated crime writer Sir Aubrey St. Clair.

You and your friends are the hand-picked members of the Detective Club, the crème de la crème of the crime-writing elite, here to toast the club’s fiftieth anniversary. But when Sir Aubrey’s body is discovered, stabbed to the heart in his own study, everyone falls under suspicion – and everyone has secrets to hide. Can you band together with your fellow crime writers to solve The Detective Club Murder before too many painful truths come to light?

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

East Boston Branch Library: 150 Years of Service to the Community

March 22, 2021 marks the 150th birthday of the East Boston Branch, the first municipally funded branch library in the United States.

Branch Librarian, Margaret Kelly will present a slide lecture of the library's history from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 22.

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

East Boston Museum on Facebook

For a collection of photographs, artifacts and documents along with upcoming discussions at The East Boston Museum – where history connects – go to https://www.facebook.com/EastBostonMuseum.

Learn the basics of health insurance  

This MassHealth/MA Health Connector workshop will provide participants with an overview of health insurance options that are available to Massachusetts residents. They will discuss health insurance options for people who are unemployed, people who lost their employer-sponsored health insurance and people who can no longer afford their employer-sponsored insurance because of changes in income.

Participants will learn how to apply for coverage during the extended open enrollment period, how to complete their health insurance application, and how to maintain their health insurance benefits. Benefit eligibility based on immigration status will also be reviewed.

There will also be time to answer participants’ questions.

This workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 23 and available in Spanish at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

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

Fantastical Folklore: Author discussion                                        

Join the Boston Public Library for a virtual author visit with debut YA author Namina Forna from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25.

Forna's epic fantasy novel The Gilded Ones is one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2021 and is inspired by Forna's own West African culture. She will be answering questions from attendees about her book, her inspirations, her writing process, and more.

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

Magic Show with Jedlie                                                       

Jedlie's magic tricks amaze his audience while his zany antics have them howling with laughter. 

Jedlie will present his new magic show, "The Magic Between Us Is Respect and Kindness” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.

This program motivates kids to wake up every morning and choose to be respectful and kind to everyone they meet, every day, everywhere. The show also reminds families to read together every day. 

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

Build It! (on Zoom)                                                              

Children, ages 5 through 12, and their families are invited to join Librarian Patty from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 to tackle a monthly building challenge.

The participants will use supplies found in their homes, principles of engineering and a lot of ingenuity to make balloon powered cars. How long will it drive? Let's find out together.

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

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with your all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.

Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.

BPL Reading Challenge                                                      

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.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 Best of the Ghost Light Series One Hour Special which premiered at 7 p.m. on March 13 on NECN.

Visit bochcenter.org for more information.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston onsite/online

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides in-person day-time learning support during school hours and in-person and virtual interactive after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms.

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.

BPL’s 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.

It’s a great way to meet other new parents and learn from guest speakers.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic 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 provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. 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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information 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.

EB Community Soup Kitchen – now take out only on Tuesdays

The East Boston Community Soup Kitchen, located at the Our Savior Lutheran Church, 28 Paris St., is open on Tuesdays for free grab and go meals.

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 hosts 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, toiletries, 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 whatsupeastie.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.

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.