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Tour of Belle Isle Marsh

Boston Harbor Now will host a free walking tour of the Boston Harborwalk at Belle Isle Marsh at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6. Walkers will meet at the Belle Isle Marsh parking lot on Bennington Street. Sean Riley of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Gail Miller of the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and Sarah Ritch of Friends of the Harborwalk will lead the tour. The Marsh consists of 241 acres of wetlands off of the Belle Isle Inlet, bordered by East Boston, Revere and Winthrop. The 1.5 miles of Boston Harborwalk weaves through the East Boston portion along a series of grassy clearings, dirt pathways and boardwalks. The area is one of very few remaining salt marshes in Boston Harbor. The marsh acts as a natural filtration system, creates a safe habitat for plant and animal species (some of which are endangered), and provides a layer of defense in protecting inbound areas from flooding. Reservations are required for this tour, online at www.bostonharbornow.org.

Animals at the library

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host “Animal World Experience” from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Families can meet a variety of exotic animals from around the world. Children will get to truly experience mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates in this free program. This event is best for children, ages 4 and older, and they must be accompanied by an adult. Call 617-569-0271 for more details.

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, April 7. 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.

Senior social club

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host a senior social club from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 8. Patrons can make new friends and meet old ones over a cup of coffee, snacks and fun activities, such as film screenings, games, dancing or a book discussion. Call 617-569-0271 for further details.

Pizza and comedy

The East Boston Social Centers will host the annual pizza and comedy night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at Prince Pizzeria, Newbury Street, Route 1 South, Saugus. Festivities will include lots of laughs with three comedians, prizes, games and unlimited pizza and soft drinks. Prizes will include Red Sox tickets, vacation getaways, restaurant gift cards, events and services, gift baskets and more. All proceeds will benefit the programs of the Social Centers, which serve more than 1,000 children, families and senior citizens each year. The Social Centers programs include childcare for children ages two months to 14 years, programming for at-risk youth, summer playschool day camp and senior programming. Tickets are $35 and include all-you-can-eat cheese pizza and soda. Purchase tickets by April 5; they will not be sold at the door. Visit www.ebsoc.org/news-events or call 617-569-3321, ext. 107 to purchase tickets and for more information.

Cornhole tourney

The East Boston Athletic Board’s third annual Cornhole Tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Salesians’ Boys and Girls Club, 150 Byron St. They will host a bracket style tournament with cash prizes for the top four places. Each team is allowed two players, and must register in advance so that the organizers can keep track of attendees and make brackets in advanced. The tournament fee $100 per team. Food will be provided and there will be a cash bar. Registrations can be made at https://goo.gl/forms/zq2t7POimprtZ54v2. Call 617-285-6901 or e-mail ebathletic@gmail.com for further details.

Comics for youth

A comics class for youth, ages 5 to 10, will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, now through April 12. The Eliot School comics program teaches students about telling stories and conveying emotions. Students will explore drawing concepts such as one and two point perspective, foreground and background and point of view. Students will create animations or comic books with dynamic characters by looking at comic strips, anime, manga and other visual story telling methods. Seating is limited; call 617-569-0271 to reserve a spot for this free class.

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.