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ICA Watershed Family Day                                               

Join Institute of Contemporary Art Boston in the East Boston shipyard for special family days at the ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal St. featuring music, art, and community. 

Enjoy art kit giveaways, musical performance, and experience Firelei Báez’s newly commissioned exhibition from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. 

Visit www.icaboston.org/calendar for more information.

Kayaking Clinics with Piers Park Sailing Center

Join Piers Park Sailing for kayaking clinics at Clippership Wharf on Saturday, July 17. Kayaking is walk-up and available to the public from 2 to 6 p.m.

Rentals are $15 a person and include an hour of kayaking on the harbor. The kayaks are sit-on-top style – people will get wet! For ages 5 and up.

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

‘Taste of Eastie’

The 25th annual “Taste of Eastie” event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Hotel at 101 Harborside Dr.

This festive event will feature food from more than 30 local Eastie restaurants, live music and dance performances, as well as a raffle.

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

Tickets can also be purchased in-person at 154 Maverick St., Suite 210.

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.

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

Celebrate Colombia Block Party

Celebrate Colombian Independence Day with a neighborhood block party at 46 Bennington St. (Salvadoran consulate parking lot) from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 18.

Enjoy live musical performances, dancing, a car show, face painting and other free family activities. Delicious Latin American cuisine will also be available from on-site food vendors and local restaurants. 

HarborFit: Capoeira at Piers Park

Learn capoeira, an Afro-Brazillian discipline that combines martial art, dance, acrobatics and music at Piers Park, 95 Marginal St.

The classes will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, Tuesday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 10.

This series is part of the Boston Harbor Now's HarborFit program.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-capoeira-at-piers-park-tickets-161035526595 for more information and registration.

ZUMIX Summer Concert Series

ZUMIX's Summer Concert Series will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays at Piers Park, 95 Marginal St. through August.

The family-friendly concerts will open with talented young musicians from ZUMIX’s youth programs and feature other locals such as Kotoko Brass, Ava Sophia, Rayel & The Woo Factor, and Dzidzor. 

-          July 18: Boston-based singer/songwriter Ava Sophia.

Visit zumix.org for more information.

Boat + Bike Winthrop and East Boston

Join Alice Brown, Boston Harbor Now’s “Ferry Faerie” (and chief of planning and policy), for a boat ride from downtown Boston to Winthrop with a bike tour around Deer Island, Winthrop, and East Boston followed by ice cream. Enjoy beautiful views of the harbor and a chance to explore new places.

The group will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, July 19 at Central Wharf in front of the Aquarium’s IMAX (boat departs at 5:35) and will return to Long Wharf/Aquarium T station by 9 p.m. (earlier trains are available).

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/boat-bike-winthrop-and-east-boston-tickets-161965397865?aff=ebdsoporgprofile for more information and registration ($20 – Includes Ferry ride to Winthrop; Guided tour around the north side of Boston Harbor; Ice cream at Helados Juli's Frozen Dessert; Train ride back to downtown Boston).

Parks and Recs Arts and Crafts Workshops                    

A variety of arts and crafts workshops, hosted by a local artist in various parks throughout the City of Boston, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday through Friday through Aug. 13.

On Wednesday, July 21 and July 28, the workshops will be held at American Legion Park (playground area), 25 Glendon St.

These workshops encourage kids to explore their creativity through projects like mask making, crayon art, watercolor and much more. 

Supplies are provided, but you'll need to bring your creativity!

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/arts-crafts-workshops for other information, including a complete list of workshops and reservations.

Sound Around Town: VROCC Musical Float

East Boston cultural icon Veronica Robles, Boston’s first female mariachi band, and special guests will be performing traditional Latin musical favorites from a moving float across East Boston from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21.

Be on the lookout for Robles and her band, as the mobile performance serenades the streets of East Boston. 

Float route: Starting Point at Central Square Park vía Saratoga to Stop 1 Day Square vía Bennington St. to Stop 2 Salesians Boys and Girls Stop 3 Constitution Beach Stop 4 Belle Island Reservations Stop 5 Mi pueblito Restaurant ending at VROCC Meridian St. and Lexington Ave.

Climate Café conversation

From East Boston to Dorchester, everyone is experiencing the effects of climate change, effects that can feel incredibly overwhelming and make it difficult to take steps to respond and adapt.

Join Boston Harbor Now and the Stone Living Lab from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 22 at East Boston Piers Park, 95 Marginal St, for the first of three Climate Cafés guided conversations about how climate change affects each and everyone.

The group will talk about what they love most about their neighborhoods along with hopes, fears and inspiration to become climate resilient. People from all walks of life are welcome to attend this guided discussion.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/o/boston-harbor-now-and-stone-living-lab-33771024897 for more information and registration.

JPNA Movie Night

Join Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association (JPNA) for a screening of “Song of the Sea” in Brophy Park on Friday, July 23.

Activities, treats and socializing will start at 7 p.m. The movie will begin at 8 p.m. (Subject to weather, no rain date). This event is free and open to all. PJ-wearers welcome.      

Full & New Moon Comedy in the Wild, Eastie                             

Bring a chair. Mind your distance. Laugh.

Comedians and comedy fans will gather to guffaw in awe: Sundown Stand-Up around every New and Full Moon at Condor Street Urban Wild, 300 Condor St. at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 23, Saturday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 21 by Like 2 Laugh Productions.

RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/sundown-stand-up-full-new-moon-comedy-in-the-wild-eastie-tickets-117192705537.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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: George’s 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.

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. 

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.

Piers Park Sailing Center Summer enrollment open

Piers Park Sailing Center Summer program enrollment is 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.

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.

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.

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.