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Senator John F. Kennedy rides in an open motorcade through East Boston with John Foster Furcolo, who was the Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 1956. Furcolo won the election and served from 1957 to 1961.

Watercolor painting                                   

Practice landscape painting skills at this free and fun watercolor painting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 13, hosted by a local artist. Supplies will be provided by the instructor.

The event will be held at Lopresti Park (Playground Area), 33 Sumner St.

Visit www.boston.gov/calendar/june-2021-watercolor-painting-workshops-lopresti-park for more information and registration. 

Parks Fitness: Vinyasa Yoga with Carla                                       

Vinyasa Yoga with Carla will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays 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.

Living Room Conversations for Young Adults: Mental Health              

Most people want to reduce the stigma around mental health issues so that individuals and families are more inclined to seek help. Many people look to traditional medicine for answers to mental health problems.

There is also a growing interest in exploring other ways to support people facing mental health challenges. The value of meditation, exercise and mindfulness show great promise. What does it mean to recover from a mental health problem and is it even possible?

Join the Boston Public Library’s facilitated living room conversation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 where participants can practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships.

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

HarborFit: Sunset Yoga at Piers Park                                          

End your day at Piers Park with a yoga class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 16 through Sept. 15 overlooking spectacular views of Boston Harbor as the sun sets. Give your body some love with slow-flow sequences designed to stretch your body from head to toe. Each class is taught by certified instructor Casey Silvia. Meet in front of the Piers Park Sailing Center.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-sunset-yoga-at-piers-park-tickets-157112013261 for more information and registration.

Teen Open Mic: ‘This Is Not the End of Us’        

The annual Teen Open Mic will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

In a supportive environment, teens, ages 12 to 19, will gather to celebrate their creativity and speak their words out into the world and cheer each other on. They’ll also celebrate with random giveaways and treats.

Hosted by JR Mahung, beginners and experienced writers/performers are welcome to share their work or have their work presented by a moderator. Other teens are welcome to join in the celebration as well.

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

Juneteenth Celebration                                                         

Juneteenth was long celebrated as a regional holiday, but now is being celebrated across the country and as an official holiday right here in Boston. Not sure what Juneteenth is?

Join Librarian Maija as she shares a brief explanation and a booklist. She will also share a story and a treat to celebrate Juneteenth. 

This program will be livestreamed on the Children's Library Facebook page from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18.

BCYF Community Center offerings                      

The BCYF community centers are offering a limited menu of programs and classes for pre-registered participants. They will continue to expand the menu of offerings in accordance with public health guidelines. 

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.