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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.

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. 29: Manolo Mairena Y La Pura Vida

Visit zumix.org for more information.

LivingRoom Conversations VI: The Search for Purpose

In the current economy, people’s value is often based on earning power or visible signs of success. In interactions with each other, people transact their business, relationships and lives. But what would happen if we set up a different valuation system - one that supported a “happiness quotient” in the measure of success? What would that world and/or economy look like?

Join this Boston Public Library facilitated living room conversation from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 1 where participants can practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships.

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

Illuminate The Harbor Fireworks Celebration                             

The Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Join the celebration before the fireworks 8 p.m. showtime in one of three recommended viewing areas at Fan Pier in the Seaport, Christopher Columbus Park and Piers Park in East Boston for pre-show programs:

– Chalk the Walk event  

Chalk the Walk features mini-sidewalk chalk art murals created by both local artists and you, located close to the transit stations across all major subway lines.

– ZUMIX at Piers Park from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pack a picnic and blanket and join ZUMIX for a final Summer Concert at Piers Park as East Boston celebrates the return of Illuminate the Harbor.

Honk on the Harbor from 7 to 8 p.m. at Long Wharf

School of HONK will descend upon the Boston Harborwalk, filling the Waterfront with music.

Stomp your feet to the infectious beat of New Orleans jazz, swing and big band music brought to you by Boston’s favorite community brass ensemble. Meet the band at the Harborwalk in front of the New England Aquarium as they process down the Harborwalk towards Christopher Columbus Park.  

Harbor Fireworks begin at 8 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public, weather permitting, and will follow CDC guidelines for the health and safety of staff and guests. 

Visit www.bostonharbornow.org/fireworks for more information.

Rebel, Recreate, & Revolutionize with SIM

The Student Immigration Movement (SIM) will present its first Creative Expression Gallery Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4. The event will be held at ZUMiX, 260 Sumner St. in East Boston.

The community is invited to meet SIM’s youth leaders, explore their art pieces – including the piece that each one has created that reflects the theme Rebel, Recreate, and Revolutionize – and celebrate all the hard work that they have and are doing to change the world for the better.

Be a part of an event that showcases what SIM is all about: Empowering people in the community to talk and fight for issues that matter to them.

For more information and reservations, visit https://actionnetwork.org/events/creative-expression-gallery-night-94-sign-up?clear_id=true.

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. 

East Boston Social Centers programs

East Boston Social Centers, Inc., 68 Central Square provides services to support individuals across the age spectrum; from 0-99 years old.

To learn more about the programs, check the links for Early Learning (2 months to 5 years), Out of School Time (ages 5 to 14), Boston Youth Network (ages 14-17), and Active Adults Center (ages 55+), along with other information at www.ebsoc.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.

Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.

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

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

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

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.

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.