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Mayor John F. Collins is warmly greeted at Logan International Airport on his return on Aug. 15, 1963 from Houston, where he was elected president of American Municipal Assn. The photo by Leo Renahan originally ran in the old Record American. Learn more at www.digitalcommonwealth.org.

Bring Your Own Book Club: National Poetry Month     

Do you have a favorite book or poem that everyone should read? Show and tell with fellow young adults and teen readers from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.

For this month's Bring Your Own Book Club, East Boston YA librarian Paul is reading the book Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth. 

About the book:

The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside."

In Apple, Eric Gansworth tells his story, the story of his family – of Onondaga among Tuscaroras – of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.

Gansworth shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that lives up to the word “heartbreaking.”

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

‘This Land’ BBC concert                                                                            

The Boston Children’s Chorus will present This Land at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 25.

The performance will include the Concert Choir, Premier Choir, Young Men’s Ensemble with special guest artist, Joanne Shenandoah.

About This Land:  When the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth 400 years ago, they did not settle on vacant land - they settled on the land of the various Wampanoag peoples. The New World provided opportunities to many of those who came here, but those opportunities cost the lives of millions of people already inhabiting this land. Centuries later, the Wampanoag peoples are still fighting for the small piece of land they have left.

Time and time again, people have been conquered and land has been taken - in the name of exploration, war and religious conquest.

Today, America is known as a land of opportunity, the land of the free and the home of the brave. As people recognize the country and what it has become, Boston Children’s Chorus examines these claims and explores what it means to say, “this land was made for you and me."

Visit https://bostonchildrenschorus.org for more information and reservations (Donations welcome).

A terrible malady: Disease and epidemics in New England                    

Epidemics of smallpox, measles, yellow fever, diphtheria and other illnesses were common ailments in New England from colonial times up through the 19th century.

Learn more about these diseases, why they were so greatly feared by your ancestors and remedies they may have used from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.

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

Around the World Story Time                               

Parents and caregivers with children, ages 0-5, are invited to join the Boston Public Library from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Friday, April 30 for a story time celebrating Día.

They’ll be singing and rhyming in lots of languages.

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

Registration Open for Boston Parks Summer Sports Centers  

Registration is open for summer Sports Centers at White Stadium in Franklin Park, Almont Park in Mattapan, East Boston Memorial Stadium, Garvey Park in Dorchester and M Street Park in South Boston.

Each location offers instruction in several popular sports. All Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to boys and girls, ages 7 to 14. The summer programs will be held from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, Aug. 20 – register for one or more weeks. Lunch will be provided, transportation will not.

Visit https://www.boston.gov/news/registration-now-open-boston-parks-summer-sports-centers for more information and registration. 

Multilingual Storywalks                                          

A multilingual StoryWalk® series will be held through Monday, May 10. This is a fun way for families to read stories in nine languages while enjoying the outdoors in 10 parks across the city.

Participate in the StoryWalk and enter to win one of five grand prizes of a Kindle with a three-month Kindle Unlimited subscription, courtesy of Xfinity.

Visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/storywalks for more information, including the participating parks.

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.

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.

ZUMiX Celebrates

ZUMiX is celebrating 30 years this year.

ZUMIX is a name created by a youth participant in 1993. It means: music, crafted and shared by everyone; a family. 

A Special 2020 Memory: Jireh's Voice students take Bruno Mars' "Count On Me" and gives it a special quarantine twist… listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfH2Md2xZ4I.

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.

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.

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.

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 info@ebcrossroads.org.

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