Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
Courageous Sailing will host the Flip Flop Regatta and after-party from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Pier 4, 1 First Ave., Charlestown Navy Yard.
The Flip Flop Regatta has been a highlight the Boston sailing calendar, a big boat pursuit race that begins in Broad Sound, heads out and around the Brewsters, then back past Deer Island and finishing in the Inner Harbor just off the airport. Following the race there will be an after-party from 6 to 10 p.m. at Courageous Sailing at Pier 4 in Charlestown.
The entry fee is $150 and includes admission for two to the post-race party. Skippers are encouraged to purchase additional crew bracelets for the post-race party ($40) with their entry fees.
All proceeds will go directly to support Courageous kids, providing more opportunities for kids from low-income families to participate in the summer programs.
Call 617-268-7243 or visit www.courageoussailing.org to purchase tickets or for more information.
Rosie’s at the Navy Yard
A two-day extravaganza celebrating the role of women workers at Charlestown Navy Yard will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12, at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Pier 1.
Thousands of women worked at the yard during WWII as painters, welders, riveters and sheet metal workers. The celebration will include music, swing dancing, special tours and talks, tours of the USS Cassin Young, a display of the different kinds of vehicles that were transported by landing ship tanks and many other family activities.
The Mood Swings Orchestra, Boston Swing Central and The Easy Winners will host swing dancing and a cappella vocal groups Accidental Charm and Soundscape will entertain.
On Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. there will be a talk on the women of Lowell, who produced a variety of wartime goods, from parachutes and flight suits to twill for the U.S. Navy. This talk on “womanpower” will explore what women made, their fight for better work conditions and how local ethnic tensions shaped the wartime work experience.
Ladies are encouraged to dress as Rosie.
For more information and a complete schedule of activities, visit www.go.nps.gov/Rosies or call 617-242-5601.
Alex Mitnick will perform “Alex and the Kaleidoscope” at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Emmy award-winning children's entertainer Mitnick will take the audience on a journey that leads to the treasures of the world. His sensitivity, humor and ability to connect with adults and children alike make these shows a wonderful experience for the entire family.
This uplifting, feel-good concert will leave audiences more connected to themselves, each other and the world around them.
Admission is free. Call 617-242-1248 for further details.
Countdown to kindergarten
A special kindergarten day celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.
Children entering kindergarten in the Boston public schools and their caregivers are invited to attend the celebration and join in the fun. They should wear their yellow “I Am Going to Kindergarten” T-shirts.
Call 617-242-1248 or visit www.bpl.org for more information.
Conditioning boot camp
The Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard and the Charlestown YMCA will bring a free Strength and Conditioning Boot Camp class to Shipyard Park at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
This circuit-based class is for all fitness levels. Participants will meet outside the Y at 150 Third Ave., at 6:15 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. the class will begin and proceed to Shipyard Park for an outdoor mix of cardio and muscle workout. The class will end at 7:30 p.m. Those who want a tour of the workout facilities at the Y are invited to go back at 7:30 p.m.
Further information can be found at www.ymcaboston.org/charlestown or by calling 617-286-1220.
Concert on the lawn
The Boston National Historic Park and Summer on the Waterfront will host “Swinging Summer Nights: Berklee Concerts on the Navy Yard” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Commandant’s House lawn, Charlestown Navy Yard.
The reggae pop duo Maddakaya will perform. The music of the duo of Gabriel Peralta and Lorenzo Cuneo from Peru has a pop-driven, reggae and R&B sound.
Food will be available for purchase. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.berklee.edu.
The Boston National Historical Parks will host a free twilight tour of Bunker Hill from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, meeting in front of the flagpole on Pier 1 Charlestown Navy Yard.
A park ranger will lead a guided walk in the footsteps of British soldiers along the battlefield of the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill. The tour will conclude with a special sunset climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument.
Admission is free. Visit www.go.nps.gov/boston or call 617-242-5642 for further details.
Marines in action
The National Park Service will present “1812 Marines in Action” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 on the great lawn by the flagpole in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Visitors will witness the pageantry of early 19th century militia life with the re-enactment group the 1812 Marine Guard, an all-volunteer division of Historic Marine Education. They will see the cannon and musket firings learn some of the trades and drills practiced by the uniformed Marines.
Visit www.1812marines.org or www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or call 617-426-1812 for more information.
Call for artists
The Artists’ Group of Charlestown is accepting applications now from artists interested in exhibiting in the 16th annual Art in the Park on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Submissions of work must be original, created by the applicant and represent no other artist.
Applications can be found online at www.artistsgroupofcharlestown.com or by calling 617-241-0130.
Public art exhibit
Massachusetts’ sculptor Dale Rogers’ whimsical art exhibit, “The Big Dog Show,” consisting of 20 eight-foot high steel sculptures, is on display now until Sept. 10 in Shipyard Park.
The big dog sculptures are installed throughout the Navy Yard in Shipyard Park, Boston National Historical Park, and along the Harbor Walk. Families can run, bike or boat to the Charlestown Navy Yard for a sculpture stroll along the two-mile route.
The Navy Yard Garden Association, the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston National Historical Park and the National Park Service are sponsoring this exhibit.
For more details, email email@example.com.
Coffee with the rangers
The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host coffee with a National Park Ranger at 9 a.m. every morning throughout August at Decca, Building 19 in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Visitors can meet a ranger over coffee or favorite beverage, ask questions and discuss some of the many exciting offerings and stories connected with the National Parks of Boston.
For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/bost/index.htm or call 617-426-1812.
The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program, “Ready, Aim, Fire!” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily through Aug. 31.
Kids can step into the role of the courageous crew who manned the “Old Ironsides” cannon and learn the science and steps needed to fire a 32-pound carronade.
While at the museum, families should explore the hands-on Forest to Frigate exhibit that explores the creation of the United States Navy and the early history of USS Constitution.
Further information can be found at www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or by calling 617-426-1812.
Yoga on ‘Old Ironsides’
Boston Harbor Now is hosting all-levels Vinyasa yoga from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays during August.
Participants can enjoy a Vinyasa flow while overlooking the spectacular views of the sun setting over the city aboard the USS Constitution.
A yoga instructor from Yoga Around Town will teach the 60-minute class. Participants should bring a mat or towel and meet at Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center on Pier 1. Each class will feature the firing of “Old Ironsides’” cannon and the lowering of her flag signaling the day’s end on a historic National Park while enjoying the beautiful Boston skyline view.
Each yogi will need to pass through security prior to boarding the ship.
All people, ages 18 and older, must present a valid federal or state-issued photo I.D. or passport to board the ship.
Registration is strongly recommended, although walk-ups are available on a limited basis.
For more information and to register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/old-ironsides-yoga-registration.
Bunker Hill history
Boston National Historical Parks is leading free “Decisive Day” guided tours every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during August at Bunker Hill Monument.
Two months after the battles at Lexington and Concord, a battle raged on the Charlestown peninsula. Visitors will discover why this battle, a victory for the British and a loss for the colonists, was an important step in the colonists’ fight to drive the British army out of Boston.
For more information, call the visitors’ center at 617-242-5601 or go online to www.nps.gov/boston.
The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program, “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth,” now through Oct. 31.
Children can relive the story of Jack Tarr, an ordinary seaman aboard USS Constitution, and his struggle to decide whether to join a mutinous crew or stay loyal to Captain Bainbridge. They can explore the galleries to find hidden clues to help inform their decision.
Quest kits are available in the museum lobby.
Further information can be found at www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or by calling 617-426-1812.
‘Old Ironsides’ summer hours
USS Constitution and its crew are on their summer hours of operation. The Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be open to the general public, free of charge on Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ship is also open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Each tour, self-paced, takes visitors through the ship’s top two decks. Every 30 minutes, one of the active duty sailors who are stationed onboard “Old Ironsides,” will give a verbal reenactment of her storied past and answer questions about both the history of the Navy and present day Navy.
To board USS Constitution, all visitors, people ages 18 and older, must show a valid state or federal-issued photo I.D. or passport.
After the tour, visitors are encouraged to explore the USS Constitution Museum, located adjacent to Dry Dock 1, for more opportunities to interact with Constitution sailors, learn more of the ship’s history and experience several new restoration-themed exhibits. Entrance is free; donations are encouraged.
For more news and information, visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution or call 617-242-7511.
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 www.bostonmarinesociety.org or call 617-242-0522 for more information.
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.