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Here is Meridian Street as it was in 1890. Learn more at the Boston City Archives. Learn more at the Boston City Archives (https://cityofboston.access.preservica.com).

Sun Safety Skate and Donate

FMC is partnering with The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber to offer free Public Skating to help fight Skin Cancer at nine arena locations, including Porrazzo Arena in East Boston and Jim Roche Community Center in West Roxbury, through Friday, Aug. 13 with advanced registration.

They encourage you to make a donation to The Jimmy Fund in place of your entrance fee. 

Donations in lieu of entrance fee can be made online at: 

http://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/goto/sunsafetyskate.

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days in August. Here is a list of the Boston venues:

Aug. 1: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Aug. 10: The Greenway Carousel

Aug. 12: Museum of African American History

Aug. 17: Institute of Contemporary Art/ ICA Boston

Aug. 18: Boston Children's Museum

Aug. 28: Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston

Aug. 31: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

For safety reasons, many of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration.

Available spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Visit www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a downloadable August Adventures calendar, links to the venues and more information.

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 5:30 to 7 p.m. on 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.

Beach Nesting Birds - Online                                              

Massachusetts beaches are popular destinations in the summer - for people and for birds. However, several of the birds that nest on this sandy coast, such as Piping Plovers, Least Terns and American Oystercatchers, face many survival challenges.

This online presentation sponsored by Mass Audubon Education from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 will introduce these shorebirds, the challenges they face, their population trends in Massachusetts and what actions and tools we can all use to protect them.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79212-beach-nesting-birds-online for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24).

Eat Local Month - Tour of Eastie Farm                                        

Join the Sustainable Business Network on a tour of Eastie Farms, 294 Sumner St. in East Boston from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 as part of Eat Local Month campaign.

Eastie Farm is dedicated to pursuing climate justice, improving food access, and fostering community resilience through the development of interactive urban agricultural spaces and environmental education programs in which residents of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to learn and take part in the production of healthy, locally-grown and culturally relevant foods.

Ticket proceeds will go towards Eastie Farms and the Sustainable Business Network.

Donations to the Mutual Aid Fund, which helps East Boston individuals and families with financial hardship, are also welcome.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/eat-local-month-tour-of-eastie-farm-tickets-160629799053 for more information and reservations ($5).

Sundown Stand-up: 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 at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 21 as Like 2 Laugh Productions presents Sundown Stand-Up: Full and New Moon Comedy at Condor Street Urban Wild, 300 Condor St.

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

Kayaking clinics with Piers Park Sailing Center

Join Piers Park Sailing for kayaking clinics at Clippership Wharf on Saturdays through Aug. 14. Tandem and solo kayaks will be available to the public from noon to 6 p.m. The kayaks are sit-on-top style – you will get wet! For ages 5 and up.

Rentals are $15 a person and include an hour of kayaking on the harbor.

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

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. 

Visit zumix.org for more information.

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.

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, bike clinics, 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.

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.

‘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.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an 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 Monday, Sept. 6.

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.

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. 27 – 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 open                                                           

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.

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 + Help needed

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 people struggle to receive in their everyday lives.   

Help ensure they can be a force of hope in the East Boston community for years to come. 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

All donations are tax-deductible and incredibly appreciated.

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.