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Two sailing ships are shown moored at Carlton's Wharf in East Boston in the 1880s. The view is of the bows of the ships at low tide.

Let's Make Noodle Kugel – Jewish American Heritage Month                          

Let's make sweet noodle kugel in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month.

Join amateur baker and YA librarian Paul from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19 as he makes noodle kugel from scratch.

This traditional Jewish dessert is a noodle-and-egg casserole (sort of similar to French toast) and is an easy dish to prepare for any holiday.

Visit bpl.org/events for the recipe and Zoom registration.

Explore East Boston by foot

Discover East Boston's rich history by exploring the neighborhood of Maverick Square, East Boston's oldest commercial center, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, hosted by Brookline Adult & Community Education. The group will meet outside the Lewis Mall exit of the Maverick MBTA Station, Blue Line, East Boston.

Trace its roots back to Noddle's Island and learn how the East Boston Company created a planned community that is today vibrant and diverse.

The group will examine the built environment to get a sense of the people and forces that have shaped East Boston over the years, and discuss the crucial role of the waterfront, from its famed shipbuilding industry and extensive port facilities, to its contribution to East Boston's proud immigrant heritage.

As the group leaves the waterfront, they'll take a look at commercial establishments catering to old and new residents alike, as well as current and former municipal facilities such as the Theodore Lyman school (recently nominated for the National Register of Historic Places) and the Maverick Marketplace, (recent recipient of a Boston Preservation Alliance Award). As they make their way to the tour's end, they will visit the marvelous Bremen Street Park.

Visit https://www.campusce.net/brookline/course/course.aspx?C=3136&pc=58&mc=72&sc=0

for more information and registration ("pay what you will" options - $25-$40).

Field of Vision: Discoveries in Boston's neighborhoods              

Since its founding in 1978, the Boston Preservation Alliance has been a champion in the preservation and protection of Boston’s historic built heritage, and every year since 1988 it has sought out and honored landmarks in Boston and those who’ve protected them with Preservation Achievement Awards.

This year, Boston By Foot marks Preservation Month by visiting five less familiar award winners that are cherished by their neighborhoods, from Mattapan to East Boston from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 22. This tour celebrates these award-winning treasures scattered across Boston that to many have been “hiding in plain sight.”

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/field-of-vision-discoveries-in-bostons-neighborhoods-registration-151257787113 (Tickets: $0-$8).

Build It! (on Zoom)                                                                                      

Children, ages 5 through 12 and their families, are invited to join the children’s librarian from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 to tackle a monthly building challenge. The participants will use supplies found in their homes, principles of engineering and a lot of ingenuity.

This month the challenge will be to see how many books kids can stack up on paper columns.

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. 

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.

Winging for The Fences East Boston YMCA T-Ball League

The East Boston YMCA|YMCA of Greater Boston T-Ball program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 17.

Games and Practice take place at East Boston Memorial Park. They will learn the basic T-Ball fundamentals, including hitting, fielding, sportsmanship and love of the game.

Open to Y Members and Community Members – all children will receive their own T-shirt and Hat.

Visit ymcaboston.org/active-programs for more information and 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.

Game Time!                                                                                      

Children and teens of all ages are invited to play games and make friends in a Zoom room from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 25, hosted by the Boston Public Library. 

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to access the Zoom room.

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.

Homework Assistance Program (HAP) at BPL

The Boston Public Library offers free online homework help, mentorship, and social time provided by trained, high-achieving high school students. The Homework Assistance Program (HAP) is available daily from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. through Thursday, June 3. The program is open on a drop-in basis to students in grades K–8, no registration is required.

Homework Help can be accessed through Zoom links on: www.bpl.org/homework.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

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 –Take Out 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 struggle 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.