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Eastie Pride Day

The 32nd annual Eastie Pride Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 and will be highlighting the Eastie community, businesses and organizations, all while adhering to safety guidelines.

Join the celebration by visiting and supporting select Eastie businesses and organizations that have committed to celebrating the 32nd annual Eastie Pride Day.

Visit www.eastieprideday.com for more information.

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 6:30 p.m. on 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.

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.

- Aug. 22: Dopelotus

- Aug. 29: Manolo Mairena Y La Pura Vida

Visit zumix.org for more information.

ICA Watershed Family Day                                               

A special family day will be held outdoors at the ICA Watershed in the East Boston shipyard featuring music, community and art from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 (weather permitting).

The free event will include live musical entertainment, ICA Kids tote bags and art kits designed by local artists, a family audio experience created by The Gottabees, self-guided gallery activities, and giveaways from the East Boston branch library, among other fun.

Add a boat ride with the purchase of an ICA admission ticket for round-trip Water Shuttle service between East Boston and the Seaport. 

Visit www.icaboston.org/events for more information and reservations.

Webinar: LTO Success Stories                                          

What makes for a successful local tenant organization?

Residents of public housing are invited to join the MLK Institute online from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23 to learn from three resident leaders who’ve got the answer.

They’ll talk about how to connect with residents in your development to build a powerful network that can make changes to benefit everyone. Residents are often held back by “The Big 4” – fear, hopelessness, confusion and division. But through building trusted relationships, people can overcome these barriers and improve the quality of life.

Visit www.melkinginstitute.org/event/6439 for more information and registration.

Willie O'Ree Street Hockey Clinic Series                                                  

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will present the Willie O’Ree Street Hockey clinic series for boys and girls, ages 12 and under, at 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at Noyes Park, 86 Boardman St.

All equipment will be provided and there will be giveaways for all attendees.

For more information, email damien.margardo@boston.gov.

Tuning in to Summer Night Sounds - Online                                            

Summer evenings are accompanied by a natural soundscape that changes with the season, peaking in late summer.

This online presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24 will focus on the creatures making all that racket, why and how they are sounding off, and who is listening. It will consider sound production and the specialized anatomy involved in it, along with unique behaviors of sound producing insects.

Learn to differentiate and recognize common night sounds, and the timing when you're most likely to hear them.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79537-tuning-in-to-summer-night-sounds-online for more information and registration (Members: $15 | Nonmembers: $20).

Sabores de Nuestra Cultura: Family Festival

Celebrate food, culture, and family, all with the stunning views of the Boston skyline and harbor as the backdrop. Festival-goers will enjoy free treats, music, games and creative crafts for the whole family from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Piers Park, 95 Marginal St.

This event is hosted by The Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative, which is working to create a series of resilient and welcoming public parks on Boston’s harbor. 

Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/66340 for more information and reservations.

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. 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.

‘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.

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

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

Constitution Beach Yoga - Radiant Summer Classes

Join Radiant Yoga instructor Karin at Constitution Beach for waves, warriors and the wind on your face from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sundays through Sept. 26.

Visit www.radiantyogaboston.com/schedule for more information and required advanced online registration ((Drop-In: $24 | package rates vary).

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.

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.

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.

Admission to the Watershed is free – no timed tickets required to start your visit in East Boston.

Water Shuttle service is included with the price of ICA admission. Seats are first come, first served and may fill up.

Visit www.icaboston.org/ica-watershed 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: 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.

Piers Park Sailing Center programs

Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal St. offers accessible recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities in marine science and community sailing for people of all ages and abilities onsite and online throughout the year.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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, clothes and other necessities

– Sponsor a hot meal for their guests

– 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.

‘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.