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Civil rights hero

 

Boston-based actress Adjovi Koene will perform the role of civil rights hero Elizabeth Jennings in a one-woman show at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

 

Based on the book by Amy Hill Hearth, “Streetcar to Justice” is the story of Elizabeth Jennings, a black school teacher and church organist in Manhattan who was barred in 1854 from boarding a horse-drawn streetcar meant for whites only.

 

With the support of her family, the black community of New York City and leaders such as Frederick Douglass, she took her case to court and was victorious. This ruling marked the first significant step in the fight to desegregate New York City’s public transportation.

 

Admission is free. For further details, call 617-569-0271.

 

Avian delights

 

A free nature walk will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Winthrop Beach across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive.

 

Participants will join a Department of Conservation and Recreation park interpreter on a walk on the beach to observe water birds and to learn about their adaptations for survival. Walking is on the uneven terrain of beach sand for a distance of up to a mile.

 

It is suitable for people of all ages and skill levels as a birder. 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.

 

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

 

Small business basics

 

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host “Small Biz Basics: Making Flyers, Menus and More” from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.

 

Canva is a free tool business owners can use to make fancy flyers, menus and more without breaking a sweat. Participants will need basic computer/Internet skills and a list of ideas and the trainer will go over Canva basics and craft one item to print and take.

 

Registration is recommended.

 

Call 617-569-0271 or visit www.bpl.org to register and for further information.

 

Traveling tide pools

 

Educators from the New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Paris St. Community Center, 112 Parish St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

 

Kids can see and touch hermit crabs, snails, clams, oysters, sea stars and more and learn all about these creatures found in local New England waters. Admission is free.

 

For more information, call 617-9783-0281 or visit communityprograms@neaq.org.

 

Wabi-Sabi art tradition

 

Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., is presenting a new exhibition of works, “Wabi- Sabi” now to March 2.

 

Artists Christine Palamidessi and Bo Petran have stirred the quintessential Japanese aesthetic with their own Italian and Czech sensibilities. The results are flowing, visual umami tempered with classical beauty, existential grace and two Zen gardens.

 

Advanced art students of East Boston High School made 108 leaves for the exhibit. The leaves are suspended from bamboo poles, which hang from gallery ceiling.

 

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

 

Visit www.atlanticworks.org for more information.

 

Tax help

 

ABCD: East Boston APC, 21 Meridan St., and the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, 143 Border St., are hosting free tax clinics now through April 13.

 

Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

 

Call for an appointment: ABCD at 617-567- 8857 or NOAH at 617-567-5882.

 

The free tax preparation is offered in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

 

Further information can be found at http://www.bostontaxhelp.org.

 

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.

 

Fun at the library

 

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will offer free, fun programming for children during February and March.

 

The programs will include Story Time for children, ages 1-5, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; baby lap-sit for children, younger than two, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays; and Yu-Gi-Oh Club at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

Caregivers must accompany children to these programs. For more details, call 617-569-0271.

 

Character studies

 

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., is hosting “Dennis Nance: Character Studies” from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now through March 17.

 

Visitors can create artworks of their own on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. They can explore artist Dennis Nance’s costumes inspired by everyday objects, and see why he has been called a “wizard of word, wardrobe and wonder.

 

Admission is free with museum admission and admission is always free for visitors, ages 17 and under.

 

Further information is available at www.icaboston.org or by calling 617-478-3100.