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Oasis for birds

 

A free nature walk will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Belle Isle Marsh. Walkers will meet at the main parking lot on Bennington Street.

 

Walkers can discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. They will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain.

 

The walk is recommended for adults and children, ages 10 and older, but all ages and experience levels are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided, but please bring these items if you have them.

 

Dress for the weather in warm layers of clothing, sturdy hiking boots or shoes. Inclement weather may cancel; call 978-937- 2094, ext. 121 one hour before the start time.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

 

Visit www.mass.gov/dcr/events or call 781- 656-1485 for more details.

 

‘Taste of Eastie’

 

East Boston Main Streets will present the 23rd annual “Taste of Eastie” from 6 to 9 pm. on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel, One Hotel Drive.

 

Thirty local restaurants featuring Mediterranean, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and American cuisine will provide samples of their favorite dishes.

 

The evening will also feature a cash bar, live entertainment and wine pull and raffles.

 

This is the largest East Boston dining charity event and all proceeds will benefit East Boston Main Streets.

 

Tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-eastie-2019-tickets-53630246511.

 

Free validated parking will be available.

 

Further information is also available by calling 617-561-1044 or by email to mgruner@ebmainstreets.com.

 

Rise of department stores

 

Author and historian Anthony Mitchell Sammarco will discuss the history of Boston’s first department stores in a free illustrated lecture from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

 

In the late 19th century the rise of the department store changed the face of downtown Boston.

 

Beginning with Jordan Marsh, these large stores would cater to the rising middle class with every sort of luxury and staple goods, from dry goods, whites, clothing, furs, household goods, paintings and every sundry item that could lure the shopper into the stores.

 

Shoppers would go to town and marvel at the wide array of items offered by Jordan Marsh, Filene’s, Gilchrist’s, Kennedy’s, R.H. White and many others.

 

This illustrated lecture will outline how downtown Boston evolved in the 19th century to become the premier shopping district in New England.

 

For more details, call 617-569-0271or visit www.bpl.org.

 

Open house

 

The East Boston YMCA, 215 Bremen St., will host a summer camp open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

 

New and returning campers are invited to meet camp counselors and staff for some camp fun. Kids will sample activities, meet the counselors and enjoy a special camp treat while parents preview all camp offering and meet camp staff who will answer all questions.

 

Summer learning, including literacy and STEM activities, are part of the Y summer experience, as well as arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, exploring nature and learning about other cultures. Overnight camp opportunities and financial assistance are also available.

 

Visit www.ymcaboston.org/camps or call 617- 569-9622 for more information.

 

Art exhibit

 

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is presenting a new exhibition of works, “UFO: UnFinished Objects,” now through Saturday, Jan. 26.

 

Atlantic Works artists will share works-in-progress.

 

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

 

Visit www.atlanticworks.org for more information.

 

Homework help

 

Free homework help is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

 

Students in grades K to 8 are invited to drop in for homework help, academic support and mentoring with trained high-achieving high school students.

 

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University’s Public School Partnerships Team.

 

The Boston Public Library Foundation funds this Out-of- School Time program.

 

Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-569-0271 for further information.