Community News Briefs

FROG POND SPRAY POOL REOPENS JUNE 29

Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook and The Skating Club of Boston president Joe Blount are pleased to welcome children and guests to kick off the 2018 summer season as the Boston Common Frog Pond spray pool reopens on Friday, June 29.  The day will include a fun and exciting celebration at 11 a.m. followed by the opening of the spray pool.

“The Frog Pond spray pool is where Boston’s youth come to cool off in hot weather,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  “Families are invited to Boston Common and the Public Garden for a great summer day in the city with the Tadpole Playground, carousel, food concessions, historic monuments, ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ statues, and world-famous Swan Boats all within a short walk.”

In addition to activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., information regarding upcoming summer programs offered by the City of Boston will be available to families and residents and tasty treats will be provided by in-kind sponsors HP Hood LLC, Power Crunch protein bars, Perfectly Free Fruit Bites, and Polar Beverages.

The celebration will feature a special visit from official mascot Frog Pond Freddie, entertainment, face painting, and activities and giveaways from L.L. Bean, Cambridge Science on the Streets, media sponsor Magic 106.7, PJ Library in Greater Boston, and the “Uncle Drew” movie starring the Boston Celtics’ own Kyrie Irving and opening in theaters June 29.  In addition, children of all ages are eligible to enter a summer raffle.

Families will also be able to enjoy a ride on the Boston Common Carousel.  The Carousel is handicapped accessible and has height requirements: anyone 42” or taller can ride alone; anyone under 42” requires the presence of an adult.  Admission for the ride is $3 with 10 ride cards available for $25.  Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A year-round recreational facility, the Frog Pond offers ice skating in the winter, a spray pool and supervised wading for youth in the summer, and the Carousel from spring through fall.  Information on additional activities offered at the Frog Pond can be found by visiting www.bostonfrogpond.com.

The Frog Pond spray pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Labor Day.  The facility is managed by The Skating Club of Boston and staffed by youth workers from the Boston Youth Fund.  For further information, please call the Frog Pond at (617) 635-2120.

 

Social Centers Senior Lunch

If you are age 65+, 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 Kit Clark Senior Services provides a hot, nutritious lunch along with wonderful socialization Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  A suggested donation of $2 is asked.

 

PARKARTS WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS RETURN IN JUNE

Budding artists ages nine and up are invited to join the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for its popular summer series of ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops during the month of June at six Boston locations.  The series of free workshops is just one of the many offerings of the annual ParkARTS program sponsored by Holly and David Bruce.

The workshops welcome artists of all skill levels to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces with instruction and materials provided. Juleen Jones returns as this summer’s featured instructor. Ms. Jones has a BFA in Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art as well as a custom painting business called The Artist Touch where she transforms rooms with faux and specialty painting, murals, hand painted furniture, refinishing, and more.

All classes are held from noon to 2 p.m. weather permitting. Dates and locations for the workshops are as follows:

Sunday, June 17

LoPresti Park, 33 Sumner Street, East Boston

For further information on the workshops and other ParkARTS programs, please call (617) 635-4505 or visit the Parks Department online at www.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment or www.boston.gov/parks.

 

St Lazarus Bowling League Foxwoods trip

The Joe Guarino/ St Lazarus Bowling League is having a day trip to Foxwoods on Sunday, June 24.

The buses leave at 7:45 a.m. from St. Lazarus Church on Ashley Street East Boston.

The cost is $28 per person which includes a $10 food coupon and $10 in slot play.

​Muffins, turnovers and juices are served on the bus.

For tickets call: Nunny Celona at 781-245-6622 or JG at 617-571-6027

 

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.

 

Boston Public Library’s free homework help underway

Boston Public Library’s free Homework Help program began and runs through May 24, 2018, offering free afterschool help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students at most BPL locations across the city. The program, offered Monday through Thursday from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. is open to students in grades K-8; no registration required. Boston Teacher’s Union (BTU) tutors are also available during select weekdays from 4-6 p.m. for students in Grades K-12. Visit www.bpl.org/homework for complete information. Most homework help mentors and program participants are Boston Public Schools students, though it is open to all, and BTU tutors are either current or retired Boston Public Schools teachers.

 

Tech goes home

Tech Goes Home is a computer based program with the goal of ensure that all low-come residents of Greater Boston are equipped with the tools, training, and access to support 21st-century skills development. The TGH program offers resident the ability to improve their quality of life as new member of the online community.

What’s included for Boston residents?

  • 15 Hours of Computer training
  • A web based curriculum designed to help you access resources throughout the Internet.
  • The option to purchase a brand new computer for just $50
  • Help accessing significantly discounted high-speed Internet for qualified participants

If you interested in participating or have any questions,Speak to a staff at ABCD East Boston APAC or Call 617-567-8857.

 

LEARN ITALIAN FREE

The class will be held at Robert DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard St., 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 information call 617-846-8538.

 

PARKS DEPARTMENT OFFERS FREE SUMMER SPORTS CENTERS FOR    AGES 7 TO 14

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department announces the return of free youth Sports Centers at White Stadium in Franklin Park, M Street Park in South Boston, and East Boston Stadium featuring professional instruction in a number of popular sports from July 9 to August 17.

The Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14.  The program offers progressive skill development to city youth in July and August.

The East Boston Summer Recreation and Sports Center at East Boston Memorial Park is a full day drop-in program for Boston residents ages 7 to14.  Children may participate in a number of supervised activities including sports, games, and arts and crafts.  The program runs Monday through Friday from July 9 to August 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Pre-registration is recommended and space is limited.  For more information, please call (617) 961-3085 or email [email protected]

The South Boston Summer Sports Center at M Street Park is a full day drop-in program for Boston residents ages 7 to 14.  The program runs Monday through Friday from July 9 to August 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Children can participate in many traditional and non-traditional recreation activities.  Parents may register their children for one day, a week, or the entire summer. For more information, please call (617) 961-3084 or email [email protected]

The White Stadium Sports Center in Franklin Park will feature several sports Tuesday through Friday from July 10 to August 17, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with participants choosing a favorite to take part in each week.  The sports offered throughout the program include volleyball, lacrosse, tennis, basketball, Double Dutch, track and field, football, soccer, and baseball/softball.

The White Stadium Sports Center also hosts Monday workshops from July 16 to August 13 offering boys and girls the opportunity to participate in a five-week reading, writing, and math enrichment program.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  For more information on all White Stadium Sports Center programs, please call (617) 961-3092 or email [email protected]

Highly skilled clinicians will teach all Sports Center sessions.  Please note that lunch is provided at all locations but participants must provide their own transportation and pre-registration is required for both groups and individuals.  For more information or to register, please go to apm.activecommunities.com/cobparksandrecdepart/Home.

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