Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

New play

The Charlestown Working Theatre and Theater on Fire will present “The Aliens” by Annie Baker at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays now through Oct. 7 outdoors at the theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.

In this new play, two slackers, Jasper and KJ, spend their afternoons holding court on the patio of a coffee shop. When a young employee tries to evict them, they instead take him under their wing. The play is a subtle, funny and heartbreaking look at friendship, growing up and the moments that define out lives.

The rain days are Sundays at 7 p.m.

Visit or call 617-642-9439 for more information and to purchase tickets.


The 13th annual Boston Harbor Islands Regatta will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 from Spectacle Island.

More than 100 sailboats are expected to race the figure-8 course in this last race of the 2017 Massachusetts Bay Pursuit Series. The racecourse is considered one of the most beautiful and unique as competitors weave their way through the harbor islands.

Spectators can also enjoy free family activities on Spectacle Island, which offers five miles of walking trails and a visitors’ center.

An after-regatta party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave. Partygoers will enjoy tasty crafted cocktails, local brews and gourmet bites as this year’s winners are celebrated. Admission is $40 and comes with one drink ticket, food and musical entertainment.

Proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now, the non-profit partner of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park.

For sailing or spectator event information, call 617-223-8666 or visit

Sea chanteys

The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host the “Chantey Sing!” sing-along of chanteys and sea songs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The Northeast Chantey Sing will host an afternoon of contemporary and historic maritime music that tells of the history of battles, the mystery and science of the weather and the romance of family and patriotism that spurred a sailor out to sea.

Between songs, visitors can check out the 1812 Discovery Center and its exhibits, games and interactive programming.

The program is presented in cooperation with the Boston National Historical Park and Northeast (and MIT) Chantey Sing.

Call 617-426-1812 or visit for more information.

Family fun fundraiser

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard will host the “All Aboard” fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 300 First Ave.

This annual family fun day will feature local food, beer and wine, live music, games, face painting, adaptive sports, a silent auction and guest appearances from local sports teams. This year’s event will feature a life-size version of Monopoly, showcasing the classic Hasbro board game.

Advance tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 and older until Sept. 13 or $40 for adults on the day. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the hospital’s adaptive sports and recreation program.

Visit to purchase tickets online or for more information.

Latin entrepreneurs

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will host “Celebrating Latin Entrepreneurs,” a symposium with Boston area business leaders, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Attendees will learn about the ingenuity, creativity and drive behind several Boston-area Latino businesses from the people who made them a success – the owners.

Visit or call 617-228-2000 for more details.

Carnival masks on display

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “The Many Faces of Carnavale” now through Oct. 15, in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The college is showcasing this vibrant display of carnival masks from the Dominican Republic and other countries by local artist and educator Ana Mejia.

Call 617-228-2093 or visit for more information.

Latina journalist to speak

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will welcome journalist Maria Hinojosa in “Frontlines: Latinos and Immigration” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The foremost Latina broadcast journalist in America, Hinojosa brings more than 25 years of experience reporting on critical issues concerning the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. As a journalist, she has been awarded the highest levels of recognition in the profession, including four Emmy awards and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged. She is currently the anchor and executive producer of NPR’s award-winning weekly program, “Latino USA.”

Reservations are required for this free program, online at or by call 617-228-2000.

Museum Day

The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will participate in the annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The museum will offer free admission for one person plus a guest. Included will be the exhibits All Hands on Deck, Forest to Frigate, Old Ironsides in War and Peace and the War of 1812 Discovery Center.

Go to to download a ticket for free admission to the museum and a 10 percent discount in the museum store.

Book exhibition

An exhibit of books in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month is on display now through Oct. 15 at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., E Building, second floor.

The display will feature works of literature, art, history and Latino culture.

Call 617-228-2093 or visit for more information.

Improving transportation

A forum on improving transportation in the Lower Mystic area hosted by the Lower Mystic Regional Working Group will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25 at the Partners’ Building in Assembly Row.

There will be an open house at 5:45 p.m. followed by the formal presentation and discussion at 6:30 p.m.

The group has been examining infrastructure and policy options to make it easier to move around the Sullivan Square area, including the neighborhood of Charlestown and cities of Somerville and Everett. At the forum, members will share the analysis so far and get residents’ thoughts. Considerations will include what are the most urgent Lower Mystic area transportation needs, what the public thinks could be built and what policies could be put in place. Community feedback will help the group judge the scenarios they have studied and understand what is most important to local communities.

Further information is available at

‘Old Ironsides’ tours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays, now through Sept. 30.

The tours will be narrated by one of the Constitution’s active-duty sailors and consist of four stations through the ship’s top three decks.

One of the programs available is the “Constitution Experience,” where participants can watch the morning colors ceremony from Pier One and then board the vessel for a tour and subsequent visit to the nearby museum.

Reservations are required for this program, which is held at Pier One at 7:40 a.m. Groups are limited to 50.

For more information, visit or call 617-242-7511.

Marine museum

The Boston Marine Society at Building No. 32, Charlestown Navy Yard, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The society hosts a large collection of art and artifacts depicting maritime history and life on the sea, as well as a research library, detailing the history of sailing and marine commerce and the history of one of the oldest and most important ports in the country.

Its website includes selected objects from its collection and the history of the organization. Visit or call 617-242-0522 for more information.

Diorama display

The Bunker Hill Monument Museum, 45 Monument Square, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located on the Freedom Trail, the museum displays the history of the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument as well as a diorama of the historic battle. A cyclorama shows a 360-degree view of the battlefield.

The Charlestown Historical Society keeps its archives in this building, which once served as the neighborhood’s public library.