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East Boston Social Center Pizza and Comedy Fundraiser

East Boston Social Centers to Hold Annual Pizza and Comedy Fundraiser April 11.

The East Boston Social Center will hold its Annual Spring Fundraiser, a Pizza and Comedy night at Prince Restaurant in Saugus, on the evening of Thursday April 11, 2019 – doors open at 6:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you and sharing a great night of laughs, pizza and friendship.

The East Boston Social Center is a 501(C) 3 non-profit multi-service agency that has served the children, families, and senior citizens of East Boston since its founding over 100 years ago, in 1918.

Net proceeds from this event will support the Social Centers’ programs, which serve over a thousand members of the East Boston and Greater Boston community each year. The Social Centers provide fully licensed and accredited Early Learning and After School programs for children ages two months through fourteen years, free after-school programming for at-risk teens, a Summer Program, as well as nutritional and social and recreational programming for seniors, and community space for advocacy, self-help and community groups. 

Ticket price of $35 per person includes unlimited cheese pizza and soft drinks and a hilarious comedy show with some of the area’s best comedians.  Other menu items and a cash bar are also available for purchase.

There is also a Raffle for an assortment of gift certificates, sports tickets, baskets and much more.  Chances are $20 for a book of 10 (Need not be present to win).

Thank you for your continued generosity to the East Boston Social Centers and support of the community of East Boston. We look forward to seeing you on April 11th! 

To purchase tickets for the event or for raffle chances, please call Marisa at (617) 569-3221 ext. 107, email at [email protected]  – or contact any of our Board members.

You may also purchase tickets online at:

East Boston Branch Library events

365 Bremen Street

East Boston, MA 02128


ESOL Intermediate English Class

Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

Starting on February 6th

This is an adult ESL Intermediate English class for people with some English experience. You will review grammar basics, learn how to offer and request advice, talk about future hopes and plans, and fix common mistakes in English pronunciation!

Registration is required. To register and for more information, please visit us, call 617.859.2446, or email [email protected]

Classes are free.

Cooking for Babysitters

Thursdays, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, & 3/7, 4 p.m.

Join us at the East Boston Branch Library as Debbie Alsebai (Kidz Cooking with Miss Debbie) teaches us how to cook some healthy and delicious meals perfect to prepare when babysitting!  This is part of a babysitting series. Dates for upcoming Babysitting Class presented by 4H will be announced shortly.

Space is limited to 15 kids, so please call the library at 617.569.0271 or speak to a librarian to sign up. THIS PROGRAM IS FOR KIDS IN GRADES 6-12 ONLY!!!

USCIS Immigration Information Session:

.February 8th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will be at the branch to answer questions on immigration issues including eligibility requirements; filing procedures; finding knowledgeable, low-cost and safe legal advice and how to avoid scams. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, BPL and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement.

Small Biz Basics: Flyers, Menus, and More

February 12th at 10:30 a.m.

Do you have a small business or side hustle that you’d like to promote? Don’t have the time to learn graphic design? Canva is a free tool you can use to make fancy flyers, menus, and more without breaking a sweat.

You’ll need basic computer/internet skills and a list of ideas and we will go over Canva basics and craft one item to print and take.

Registration is recommended. Please RSVP to [email protected]

Caravan Puppets

Friday, February 22nd at 3 p.m.

Caravan Puppets has delighted countless children and families throughout the USA, Canada and Japan.  “The Four Season Bear” is a delightful tale of the year of a young bear with memorable songs, beautiful puppets, storytelling and audience participation.  Funding for this program was made possible by the Highland Street Foundation.



Grace Church Federated is an Episcopal/United Church of Christ church located at 760 Saratoga Street in East Boston.  All are welcome.  Please join us for Sunday morning worship at 9:30 AM, followed by a coffee hour.  We also have a food pantry on Saturdays from 10 AM until noon in the church basement.  There are a number of ways you can help us to serve East Boston.  Volunteer at or contribute to the food pantry.  Sing with the Festival of Lessons and Carols choir.  Bring a dish to the monthly Sunday evening community suppers.  Participate in the Sunday worship service.  Help with SundaySchool.  Visit the Grace Church web site at or call the church at 617-569-5358 for more information.

East Boston Chamber of Commerce candidates for the Board of Directors

The East Boston Chamber of Commerce announces the following candidates for the Board of Directors

Candidates for Officers 2019:

President: Jim Kearney

1st Vice President: Marita Palavicini, Vilma’s Boutique

2nd Vice President: Veronica Robles, VROCC

3rd Vice President: Shirley Fabbo, Massport

Treasurer: Kim Altschul, East Boston Savings Bank

Secretary: Joanna Cataldo, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Candidates for Directors 2019-2021:

Margaret Farmer

Amanda Donis, Logan Beauty

Paul Scott, Going Clear Interactive

Kathy Olando, Sulprizio Real Estate

Aldo Callejas, La Hacienda Restuarant

Vinny Qualtieri, NOAH

The elections will take place at the East Boston Chamber office at 175 McClellan Highway, East Boston, MA, 02128, on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. All East Boston of Chamber Commerce members in good standing are eligible to vote. Proxy voting and absentee voting are not allowed. All voting results will be counted and reported after 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 at the Chamber office; results will then be made available on the Chamber website.

Please come to the Chamber office and Vote Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

East Boston Social Center’s Senior Program now offering Spanish Language Classes

The Senior Program at the East Boston Social Centers is now offering Spanish Language Classes for adults over 60 years old.  Classes are held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Room 209.  All are welcome to attend.  Class is taught by Mr. Montaro.  No need to register, just come by on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for this fun class.  The East Boston Social Centers is located at 68 Central Square.

East Boston Senior Lunch Program

If you are 60+ years of age, the East Boston Social Centers at 68 Central Square in East Boston has a table and a meal waiting for you!

The Senior Lunch Program sponsored by ETHOS Congregate Meal Program provides a hot, nutritious lunch, along with wonderful socialization, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A suggested donation of $2 is asked.

We welcome seniors from our East Boston Community and surrounding areas.


The class will be held at Robert DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street Winthrop  for residents age 55 and above.

Whether you have Italian ancestry, or just want to learn one of the world’s most beautiful languages, join us at  informal  and friendly Italian language and culture classes. Wednesday afternoons from 1:15 to  2:45 p.m.

For info call 617-846-8538.

East Boston Tech Meetup

The purpose of the East Boston Tech Meetup is to build a community of people currently working in tech or those aspiring to move into a tech career who live or work in East Boston. These meetings will be held in the heart of Maverick Landing conveniently located steps from the Maverick T station, in the Maverick Landing Meeting House at 31 Liverpool Street.

Community Calendar

Community Meetings

Harbor View Neighborhood Association

First Monday of every month

6:30 p.m. at the Edward Brooke Charter School, 145 Byron St.

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association

Second Monday of every month.

6:30 p.m. at the Jeffries Point Yacht Club, 565 Sumner St.

Orient Heights Neighborhood Association

Third Monday of every month.

6:30 p.m. at Ashley Street YMCA, 54 Ashley St.

Friend of the East Boston Greenway

Fourth Thursday of every month.

6:30 p.m. at the Anna DeFronzo Center, 395 Maverick St.

Central Square Flats Civic Association

Third Wednesday of every month

7 p.m. at Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris St.

Gove Street Citizens Association

Fourth Monday of every month

6:30 p.m. at the Noddle Island Community Room, Logan Rental Car Center

Eagle Hill Civic Association

Last Wednesday of every month 7 p.m. at East Boston High School Cafeteria, 86 White St.

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