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This is the Boston Harbor view looking towards East Boston as it was circa 1880.

Eastie Eco-Fest                                                                     

Join the Trustees for a fun, family-friendly event uplifting the work of Eastie environmental justice organizations from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 11 at Joe Ciampa Community Garden, 124 Marginal St.

Enjoy music, food, and guest speakers and learn how to get involved in local efforts around sustainable food, green energy, transportation equity, and more.

Masks & social distancing required. Free and open to all.

Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/64915 for more information and reservations.

ZUMIX Walk for Music

The annual ZUMIX Walk for Music will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 11.

Join neighbors and friends, as ZUMIX celebrates 30 years of youth development through music.

The group will gather at ZUMIX, 260 Sumner St. and walk the East Boston Greenway, ending at Piers Park for the first ZUMIX Summer Concert of 2021, featuring the Don't Be Denied band.

To register and help ZUMIX reach their $60,000 fundraising goal, visit https://secure.frontstream.com/walk-for-music-2021.

ZUMIX was founded in 1991 and currently serves more than 500 youth per year through after-school and summer programming, and 500 through in-school partnerships.

To learn more, visit www.zumix.org.

Wonders of Wildlife             

Join the Boston Public Library for a virtual visit with the New England Wildlife Center from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13.

Perfect for animal lovers of all ages, this program will provide attendees with an overview of New England Wildlife Center's hospitals and the basics of how a wildlife center operates. The group will take a virtual tour of the Weymouth hospital, see some of the animal patients currently being treated, and meet some of the education animals who live at the center.

The more people have the opportunity to experience a connection with animals and the natural world, the more they understand their individual potential to positively impact themselves, our environment, and all living things.

New England Wildlife Center programs and services provide the critical link between animals and people in order to inspire environmental awareness and to provide the skills necessary to make a significant contribution to preserving nature for future generations.

Visit bpl.org/events for Zoom registration.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’               

The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 to discuss Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

In this memoir, Woodson tells the moving story of her childhood in verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. She shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

This teen librarian led monthly group is part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge. Teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations whether or not you have read the chosen book.

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

‘Friend Zoned’ exhibition

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St. will present a group show of work by gallery members and their friends, featuring The Dead Mask Project, an international collection of photographs curated by member X Bonnie Woods through Saturday, Aug. 21.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 15.

A closing reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19.

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

Visit https://atlanticworks.org for more information.

25th Anniversary Taste of Eastie 2021

East Boston Main Streets (EBMS) will host the 25th annual “Taste of Eastie” event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Hotel,101 Harborside Dr.

The event will be a festive way to highlight the many wonderful things about East Boston and will feature food from more than thirty local food merchants who will showcase their delicious cuisine, including tastes from South and Central America, the Mediterranean, China, the Middle East, and Italy. Enjoy live music and dance performances, and a raffle.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/25th-anniversary-taste-of-eastie-2021-tickets-157866554113 for more information and reservation ($35-$40).

East Boston Beach Bash

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is inviting youth groups and families to their Eastie Beach Bash at Constitution Beach, 799 Bennington St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 16.

There will be circus performances, sea-shanty sing-a-longs, music and dancing, face painting, swimming and kayaking, touch tanks, crabbing, fishing, sports, beach games, food, and other fun.

Visit www.savetheharbor.org for more information and registration.

Eastie Week: Latin Dance Workshop with Veronica Robles Cultural Center

Celebrate Eastie Week with a free Latin dance class at Pier Park, 95 Marginal St. from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, hosted by Boston Harbor Now.

Veronica Robles’ class is inspired by the dances of Colombia, México, Perú, Chile, Brasil, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bolivia, El Salvador, Dominican Republic.

This two-hour class is a great workout, and a perfect opportunity to learn social Latin dancing techniques, meet Eastie neighbors, get moving and just a great way to relax, and have fun - all while enjoying the views of Boston Harbor from Piers Park.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/eastie-week-latin-dance-workshop-with-veronica-robles-cultural-center-tickets-161040355037 for more information and registration.

STEAM Team                                                                                  

Boston Public Library invites kids to join the team: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

The group will tackle a different STEAM principle with a hands-on activity that they’ll do together over Zoom from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 27.

STEAM Team is intended for kids, ages five and up, and their caregivers. Sign up for a specific day or for the whole month.

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

East Boston Farmers Market

The East Boston Farmers Market will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 13 at the Central Square Park (across from Liberty Shopping Center, 200 Border St.).

In addition to healthy and local food, there will be art and music, fun and wellness activities for the whole family and community information and resources. Summer Eats: Free meals for kids.

SNAP/EBT/HIP/WIC/Senior Farmers Market coupons accepted.

Find more information at www.ebnhc.org/en/food-access/farmers-market.html.

Summer Sports Storytime                                                              

It’s summer in 2021 and it’s the 2020 Summer Olympics?! Join Boston Public Library Librarian Maija from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursdays through July 29 for sports and Olympic-themed stories and facts about the Olympics.

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

Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-wide Scavenger Hunt       

Boston Harbor Now and partners will host “Explore Boston Harbor” scavenger hunts in six locations around the waterfront: Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston through Friday, Oct. 1.

Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. Participants can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.

To play, visit https://edventurebuilder.com/BHN, select your hunt. Participate as much or as little as desired.

Out of School Time Program

Registration is open for the Out of School-Time (OST) Program which provides high-quality and affordable after school care to a group of approximately 150 children, ages 5 to 14, in East Boston’s Central Square.

Visit www.ebsoc.org/programs/ostprogram for more information.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston summer camps

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston runs full-day fun-filled camps for children, ages 6-12. Campers participate in a diverse roster of activities, including arts and crafts, science and technology projects, sports, field trips and lots of swimming.

Visit www.bgcb.org/what-we-do/summer-programs for more information and registration.

BCYF summer programs and classes                                            

Arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips and workshops will be among the many options that will be offered both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across Boston.

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

Paris Street Community Center Pool                                

The indoor pool at the Paris Street Community Center is open year-round with a variety of programming, such as lap swim, family swim, water fitness, swim lessons, a swim team and recreational swim.

Summer hours: Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The pool is run by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families. Free for Boston resident youth and teens.

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.

BPL’s New Parent Group               

The Boston Public Library’s New Parent group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 27 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.

HarborFit: Sunset Yoga at Piers Park                                                      

End the day at Piers Park with a yoga class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays 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 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.

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.

ZUMiX summer program registration

ZUMIX will offer an array of creative programs in three formats: in person, hybrid and remote on weekdays 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 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. 

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.

ICA Watershed opening debut                                                       

The ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal St. will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays through Monday, Sept. 6.

View the monumental commission by acclaimed artist Firelei Báez. In her largest installation to date, Báez reimagines the Watershed’s gallery space as the site of an ancient ruin, as though the sea had receded from the floor to reveal the archeology of human history in the Caribbean. An art project by artist Stephen Hamilton exploring traditional uses of indigo will occupy the Harbor Room. 

Visit www.icaboston.org/ica-watershed for more information.

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.

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 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.

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 meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

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.