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Corned beef and cabbage supper at Grace Church
There will be a corned beef and cabbage supper at Grace Church on Saturday, March 14 at 5 p.m. Cost is $10. Grace Church is located at 760 Saratoga S., East Boston. Please call the church if you have any questions at 617-569-5358. Hope to see you there.

OHNC TO MEET ON MONDAY
The next meeting of the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council (OHNC) will be Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA gym at 54 Ashley St.  For your information and so that you can post/share it, here is the agenda:
Monday March 16 Meeting Agenda
Location: YMCA 54 Ashley Street
Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. – Agenda is subject to change.
• Introductions – Welcome and report from the board (President, (VP), Secretary)• Public Safety – Station 7 Community Update: Sgt. Joe Cintolo & Officer Dan Simon
• Community Presentations – Neighborhood news & updates
• City of Boston Office of Emergency Management: Ky’Ron Owens
• City of Boston Office of Public Service & Community Outreach: Marc Antoine
• Development Presentations – new and voting matters
• INFO: 61 Boardman St: (initial presentation) Erect a 7-unit residential dwelling with parking for 7 vehicles.
• INFO: 1188 Bennington St: (second presentation) Erect a 43-unit residential dwelling with parking for 32 vehicles.  Please note that this project is subject to the BPDA’s Article 80 process.
• INFO:  1045 Saratoga St:  (initial presentation) Extend current hours of operation (10:00am – 10:00pm) for Melodias Restaurant to become 8:00am – 12:30am to add breakfast and a later dinner hour. 
• INFO:  917 Bennington St  (initial presentation) Adding two commercial spaces, one on either side of the lobby.  (Site is currently under construction as a residential development with commercial on the first level).  
 (Next meeting: Tuesday, April 21, 2020)

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PARKS DEPARTMENT SUMMER SPORTS CENTERS
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that the 2020 White Stadium, East Boston, and South Boston Sports Centers are now open online for registration. 
The Sports Centers offer free summer camp alternatives to Boston youth who might otherwise have no opportunity to attend such programming.  Each location offers instruction in a number of popular sports from July 6 through August 14.  All Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14.  Parents may register their children for just one week or the entire summer.  
For more information about the White Stadium Sports Center, please call (617) 961-3084 or email [email protected]  
For more information about the East Boston Sports Center, please call (617) 961-3083 or email [email protected] 
For more information about the South Boston Sports Center, please call (617) 961-3039 or email [email protected]
Please note that lunch will be provided but participants must provide their own transportation.  Pre-registration is required for both groups and individuals.  For more information or to register online please go to apm.activecommunities.com/cobparksandrecdepart/home.
The East Boston Social Centers programming for Active Adults 55+
In collaboration with the Age Strong Commission of the City of Boston, the East Boston Social Centers offers seniors 55+ years of age programming Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is located on the 3rd Floor (except for school vacations) at 68 Central Square.
Tuesdays: 9-11 a.m. Social Club, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Chair Exercise
Wednesdays: 9 am – 1 pm Arts & Crafts or Movie
Thursdays: 9-11 a.m. Crocheting Group, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bingo
Other services available specifically for seniors:
Golden Age Bingo Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. in the Gym
Bingo with Laura Mansfield Fridays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lunch by ETHOS daily (Mon-Fri) 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Gym (by donation)
Taxi Coupons through City of Boston once a month
Presentations by local organizations on subjects of interest
Schedule subject to changes, please contact Program Coordinator Dawn Panos 857-869-4561

Friends of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway meeting
AGENDA
Intros (2 minutes)
Police Report (5 minutes)
East Boston Health Center Parking Lots Redevelopment (15 minutes)
Guests: Cargo Ventures (20 minutes)
Events in 2020 (10 minutes)
Greenway Extension Update (3 minutes)
Other Topics (5 minutes)
Post Meeting – Greenway Extensions Meeting (7:30 to 8 p.m.)
• Discussion about the Greenway Extensions with a cocus on upcoming Winthrop Feasibility Study.
• Anyone interested is welcome to join.
2020 Council Meeting Dates *4th Thursday of each month at the Anna Defronzo Senior Center, 395 Maverick St., East Boston.
• Thursday, March 26, 2020 • Thursday, April 23, 2020 • Thursday, May 28, 2020 • Thursday, June 25, 2020 • Thursday, July 23, 2020 • August – TBD • Thursday, September 24, 2020 • Thursday, October 22, 2020 • Thursday, November 19, 2020 • December 2020 – NO MEETING.

Upcoming Events at the East Boston Branch Library
Free U.S. Interview Classes
Thursdays, March 19 to June 4, 5-8 p.m.
Participants will learn the answers to the 100 civic question and learn how to prepare for the reading and writing tests. The class is in partnership with St. Mark Community Education Program. Technical and legal help with N-400 application is provided by Project Citizenship.
For more information contact St. Mark Community Education Program, 617-288-8515 or [email protected]
Register online at: http://bit.ly/StMarksRegistration
USCIS Information Sessions
Monday, March 26, 5-7 p.m.
In this drop-in session, a USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration) officer will answer questions about immigration issues, including: General immigration questions on eligibility requirements and the filing process.How to find SAFE, knowledgeable, low-cost assistance and legal advice and how to check on your application.
•This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, BPL and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement.
Leprechaun Traps
Tuesday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m.
Use recycled materials to build a leprechaun trap. See if you can catch your very own leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Annual Boston Bruins Pajama Drive at the East Boston Branch Library
February 1-March 15
We are teaming up with the Boston Bruins, Cradles to Crayons, and The Wonderfund, a partner of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, to collect pajamas for children in need!You can get involved by bringing new pajamas to the library and donating them to the drive.
Mars Exploration & Settlement
Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m.
Did you enjoy the book and film “The Martian”, by Andy Weir, about an astronaut alone on Mars? Have you wondered how people might live on Mars? That future is not so far away! This talk will cover the natural resources available on Mars, the chemistry to make use of them, and related topics. Questions and discussion are encouraged.
This event is organized by the National Space Society’s Space Ambassadors program, which provides educational presentations about the human endeavor to create a future with people working and living in space. More information is at space.nss.org
Remembering the Women of East Boston
Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for this slide show on important women of East Boston presented by Maria D’Itria of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail. Since 1989, the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail (BWHT) has worked to restore women to their rightful place in the history of Boston and in the school curriculum by uncovering, chronicling, and disseminating information about the women who have made lasting contributions to the City of Boston.The efforts of students and teachers resulted in trails throughout many of our city’s neighborhoods. A group of fifth graders from the Harvard-Kent School and their teachers, Mary Rudder and Maria D’Itria, created an East Boston Trail and named it Remembering the Women of East Boston. Some of the women remembered are Annie Frasier Norton, Harriet and Margaret Curtis, Caroline “Orrie” Orr, and Albenia Martha Boole.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library.
LEARN ITALIAN FREE
The class will be held at Robert DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street Winthrop for residents age 60 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.

GRACE CHURCH NEWS AND EVENTS
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 a.m., followed by a coffee hour. We also have a food pantry on Saturdays from 10 a.m. 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 www.gracechurcheastie.org or call the church at 617-569-5358 for more information.

Adult Italian Classes
 Adult Italian classes will be offered by the Appian Club of Stoneham starting on Tuesday evenings, March 17. A beginners class will start with the basics (pronunciations, phrases, etc.) and give you a firm foundation for the language. A more advanced class will also be available on Tuesday evenings for those with knowledge of Italian. The eight week classes will be held on Tuesday evenings in Stoneham and the cost is $150 plus a $20 text.
 Instructor is Tiffany Bistocchi Murphy, graduate of Dickinson College (2003) with a major in Italian and a Master’s in Italian from Middlebury College (2006). She has traveled extensively throughout Italy and has taken courses there. The class is casual, interesting and the experience will be enjoyable. If you are traveling to Italy or just want to relive your heritage roots, this class is for you.
 Contact coordinator John Nocella for further details at 781-438-5687 or, preferably, by email, at [email protected] Please pass along to other family members, friends and neighbors.
 The class is sponsored by the Appian Club of Stoneham, a non-profit, social charitable 503(c)(7)organization whose mission is to promote Italian culture and heritage.
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.
The East Boston Social Centers welcome seniors from our East Boston Community and surrounding areas.

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