East Boston neighborhood notes
‘Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York’
Join the Boston Public Library for an online conversation with Elon Green, author of Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 10.
Told for the first time, the captivating true crime narrative of the "Last Call Killer" who preyed upon the gay community of New York City at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Visit bpl.org for more information and registration.
Chameleon Arts Ensemble virtual series 3: ‘through the looking glass’
The Chameleon Arts Ensemble will present through the looking glass at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. The concert will be streamed on-demand through Saturday, April 17.
Upside down and inside out… Satie parodies a Baroque suite while Beethoven shares a friendly duo with a comic wink.
Janáček presents a dramatic interpretation of Tolstoy’s novella and Schumann, with his ever-fertile imagination, reveals a world of passion and poetry. Join them as they climb through the mirror into fantastical realms of shifting perspective and whimsical storytelling.
Ticket holders will additionally be able to watch exclusive artist interviews, download PDF program books and enjoy much-loved essays on the music.
Go to https://chameleonarts.org/virtual-concerts/through-the-looking-glass for more information and tickets ($15).
National Pecan Day: Let's Make Pecan Pie!
April is National Pecan Month . . . and April 14 is National Pecan Day.
Join YA librarian and amateur baker Paul Flagg from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14
on Zoom as he bakes pecan pie from scratch using his grandma’s recipe.
Visit https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/60481c086fb99b2e00957522 for the recipe and Zoom registration.
Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘The Fire Never Goes Out’
The Boston Public Library Teen Book Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 to discuss the graphic memoir The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson.
In this collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Stevenson charts the highs and lows of being a creative human in the world, including the success of her hit comic Nimona.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link to Twitch.
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.
VRCC painting space for youth
Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VRCC) at 282 Meridian St. offers an open studio space from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays for youth to paint and relax.
Visit veronicaroblesculturalcenter.org for more information and registration (Members - $5 per session includes materials | Nonmember - $25 per session | Annual memberships available).
Comedy Night at Eastie Farm
Catch some fresh stand-up comedy at Eastie Farm, 294 Sumner St. from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 4 following health and safety guidelines.
Some of Boston's best will work out five-to-seven-minute sets before the big leagues…
Comedians RSVP and Audience grab a ticket (and other relevant information) at www.eventbrite.com/e/fresh-stand-up-comedy-at-eastie-farm-farm-team-tickets-117202988293.
$10 suggested donation.
Contributions go 50/50 to Eastie Farm (https://eastiefarm.com) and the comedians.
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.
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.
Piers Park Sailing Center Spring/Summer enrollment open
Piers Park Sailing Center Spring and Summer program enrollment is now open for East Boston families.
PPSC offers a variety of inclusive and comprehensive marine science, sailing and leadership programs for individuals, ages 6 to 26.
Go to https://piersparksailing.org/youth-sailing/youth-programs for more information and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Visit ebcrossroads.org/find-help/food-pantry for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.