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When open, people can get great views from the top of this observation tower at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.

Parks Fitness: Vinyasa Yoga with Carla                                       

Vinyasa Yoga with Carla will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays from June 7 through Sept. 27 at Lopresti Park (Green Space Near Sumner And New Streets), 33 Sumner St.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

‘Life at Sea: A Voyage in Song’                                          

Revels’ artist-in-residence David Coffin will be performing “Life at Sea: A Voyage in Song” live on Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9.

Great for fans of the American classic novel Moby Dick - or those that love ships, whales and the sea - this interactive program combines performing arts with history and imagines the lives of seamen on a whaling ship.

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

Tai Chi for Wellness                                                                                    

Join the Boston Public Library and Eddie Watkins from 2 to 3 p.m. on June 10 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.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘The Poet X’                     

The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 to discuss the free verse novel The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link to Twitch.

Check the Mic Practice Session/Performers series for teens  

JR Mahung from Grub Street will present a three-part series – the last of the two practice sessions from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 with an open mic on June 17 – for beginners and experienced writers/performers.

Teens, ages 12 to 19, can participate in one, two or all three events. And any teen can perform during the open mic event, whether or not they’ve attended the practice sessions.

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

Pollinator gardening                                                            

Want to support beneficial insects in the garden?

Learn about the best native plants for different urban garden conditions and how to maintain a garden to help flying friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

This online program for Boston Public Library's Adult Summer Reading is part of the “Digging Deeper, Growing Strong: Gardening Workshops” by the Trustees of Reservations.

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

ZUMiX summer program registration

ZUMIX will offer an array of creative programs in three formats: in person, hybrid and remote from Monday, July 5 through Friday, Aug. 13.

Visit http://zumix.org for a description and dates of the programs in English y Español and registration.

A 250-foot-long photo exhibition at Fan Pier

The Boston Camera Club invites the public to view 88 large-scale photographs displayed in a series at the intersection of Northern Avenue and Marina Park Drive at Fan Pier on the Public Green in Boston’s Seaport District. The Focused Eye: Our Unique Views will be on view through November.

One image from each participating member’s submissions was selected and expertly sequenced by curator Emily Belz. Each image speaks to the next by subject, color, composition or use of light to form a bridge, creating a compelling visual experience, honoring each individual’s view as well as that of the collective whole.

Visit the exhibition website – www.BostonCameraClub.photos – to learn about each

photographer and explore content from greater Boston area Community Partners – including: Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Boston Latin Academy Photography Club; Boston Latin Academy 7th Grade English Language Arts class; Mission Hill Women’s Writing Group; Never Too Late to be a Poet; Rehearsal for Life and Zumix.

For more information on club activities and membership, visit www.bostoncameraclub.org or connect with the BCC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Two solo exhibitions at Atlantic Works Gallery

The Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St. will showcase the works of Carmen Sasso: A Study in Contrasts and Dan Hofstadter: Light & Shadow, Drawings 1990-2020 – two solo shows suggesting two different approaches to representational art – through Saturday, June 12.

– Dan Hofstadter offers a sampling of 30 years of freehand drawing. These show a variety of subjects, including portraits of friends and family, figure pieces and a suite of monotypes. The latter, composed from fantasy in a direct technique the artist picked up while teaching primary-school art classes, explore several shadowy themes that have haunted his imagination. Other drawings, executed in willow charcoal, pen-and-ink, and ink wash, create a concrete impression of people known and places lived.

– Sasso’s show offers mixed-media paintings that explore off-beat stylistic combinations. Some of the pieces juxtapose northern Renaissance perspective and abstract expression; others pair conscious rendition with unconscious discoveries or the visual translation of sound. Still, others quote historical masterpieces in a resonant decidedly present-day context.

Gallery hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information, go to https://atlanticworks.org.

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.

Live Music Series Summer 2021                            

Enjoy live music with local musicians for a sunset performance at the Clippership Wharf courtyard, 65 Lewis St. on Friday evenings through July 30, weather permitting.

Learn more at www.clippershipwharf.com/events.

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.

EB Community Soup Kitchen needs help                                     

Help ensure the East Boston Community Soup Kitchen, 28 Paris St. can be a force of hope in the East Boston community for years to come. All donations are tax-deductible and incredibly appreciated. Here are a few simple actions that can make a world of difference for them:

– Donate kitchen supplies

– Sponsor a hot meal for their guests

– Donate clothes and other necessities

Learn more at www.ebkitchen.org.

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.