East Boston neighborhood notes
Greenway to Seaside: Educational Bike Tour
How does climate change affect local neighborhoods in Boston and what does building a resilient future look like?
Ride along the Greenway with The Friends of Mary Ellen Welch Greenway and The Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 to learn about the history of East Boston and about the future Piers Park III.
Free bike rentals for solo riders or families will be available.
Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/66352 for more information and required registration.
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.
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:
Free Yoga Classes
Yoga classes will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Mondays at Recovery on the Harbor, 983 Bennington St.
The classes are free and open to all levels.
Visit www.facebook.com/ROHEastBoston for more information.
Teens Talk & Walk
Let’s talk about our favorite trends in teen books, gaming or social media while taking a stroll through East Boston’s beautiful Bremen Street Park.
Join Boston Public Library YA librarian Paul for some good conversation and light exercise from 4 to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 30.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
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. 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. 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.
Preserving Culinary Herbs Online/Onsite
Learn the best techniques to keep the flavor and nutrition of garden herbs going all year long. This free workshop will cover freezing and drying along with making herbal vinegar, oil, tea, pesto and syrup.
To enjoy a cooking demonstration and leave with the recipes and knowledge needed for your own kitchen experiments, visit https://thetrustees.org/event/64916 to register for the Zoom presentation from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
To enjoy more samples, recipes and knowledge, visit https://thetrustees.org/event/64925 to register for the onsite event being held at Joe Ciampa Community Garden, 124 Marginal St. from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14.
Donations welcome to help support the Trustees’ programs.
Nighthawks – Online
A favorite late summer ritual for many nature-lovers is watching for nighthawks in the late afternoon and evening skies. One of the first birds to migrate, this not-so-common relative of the whippoorwill is recognized by its pointed wings and erratic flight as it catches insects on the fly. This online presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10 will introduce common nighthawk life history, behavior and ecological niche.
Attendees will also learn about population trends, why nighthawks and other aerial insectivores seem to be declining, and the best times and places to see this bird in the coming weeks.
Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79251-nighthawks-online for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24).
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.
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
– Volunteers with vans or pickup trucks to do food pickup from various locations from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays
All donations are tax-deductible and incredibly appreciated.
Visit Ebkitchen.org or follow on Facebook.com 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.
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.
‘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.
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, October 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.
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.
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.
‘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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.