Valentine boutique
The Artists’ Group of Charlestown will hold its annual jewelry and boutique show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12 at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St.
More than a dozen selected jewelry and craft artisans from the Boston area will exhibit a diverse collection of handmade and uniquely crafted gifts and accessories that are available for sale, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
This year’s event will include: Sheryl Carberry’s hand crafted, one of a kind necklaces; Arbalest Press including Jen Palacio, Alex Green, Ted Ollier and Michael Grossman with an array of stationery, greeting cards and fine art prints; Karol Peralta’s sterling silver and gold jewelry; Helen Ray’s hand made soap, potpourri and bath products; Gary Blau’s art photography, Michael Bacon’s fun contemporary jewelry; Pam Newman’s semi-precious jewelry creations; Martha Zackin’s hand blown glasswork; Sandrine Colson’s mixed media jewelry and Dara Pannebaker’s greeting cards.
The show is free and open to the public. On- and off-street parking will be available. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, visit or call 617-241-0130.

Theater space talk
The Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St., will host a conversation for adults about theater space from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.
In response to the lack of affordable rehearsal and performance space in Boston, CWT is designing an artist-based cooperative model for the 2017-18 season. The public invited to join in a dialogue that focuses on experiences, ideas and perspectives on cooperative and other models. Topics will include: benefits and challenges in sharing responsibilities; what can be learned from the new sharing economy; resources and time-sharing and its impact the artistic process; and competition vs. cooperation.
Donuts and coffee will be provided.
Call 617-242-3285 or visit the Charlestown Working Theater Facebook page for more details.

Child development workshop
The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will host a child development workshop at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
This workshop for young children and their caregivers will include activity stations that will encourage development of language and motor skills, provide a variety of sensory play experiences and support social interactions with peers. The theme will be “How Do You Feel?”
Registration is suggested. Sign up by calling 617-242-1248.

‘Littlest Sailors’
The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host a special program, “Littlest Sailors,” for preschoolers and their families at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Children, ages 3-5 years, and their accompanying adults are invited for songs, stories and playtime. The theme for this program is “Daily Life at Sea,” where children can discover the adventurous life of a sailor in 1812 working with textures, numbers and color and visiting the “All Hands on Deck” exhibit.
Admission is $8 for a child and accompanying adult. E-mail to reserve a spot.
Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-1812.

Spoken word celebration
The community is invited to “The Unified Voice: A Spoken Word Celebration of Black History” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 in the community room at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave.
Published college faculty and staff poets will lend their voices to poems that express the African American experience. Featured will be Jean-Dany Joachim, LaToya Robinson and associate professor Enzo Surin.
For more details, visit or call 617-228-2000.

Paint and pizza
The Artists’ Group of Charlestown at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St. will host a paint and pizza party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.
Volunteers are welcome to help make the gallery look great with a fresh coat of paint. Materials and pizza will be supplied.
Visit for more information.

Vacation activities
The USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host school vacation week activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 to Sunday, Feb. 26.
More than 85,000 people have already signed their names to copper sheets that will be installed on “Old Ironsides” and February school vacation week will be the last time this opportunity will be available to the public until 2037. Visitors can also explore the newest interactive exhibit, “Forest to Frigate,” and learn about the important role that Paul Revere and copper played in keeping the ship’s keel and hull planking in shipshape condition for over 219 years.
All ages are welcome and admission is by donation. Groups larger than 10 should call 617-426-1812, ext. 146, for a reservation.
Visit or call 617-426-1812 for further information.

School vacation fun
The Charlestown Community Center at 255 Medford St. will offer a February school vacation week sports program for youth, ages 6 to 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Feb. 21 through 24.
Activities will include soccer clinics, tennis instruction, basketball skills and drills, swimming, computers, arts and crafts and more.
In addition, there will be free water safety classes for youth ages 5 to 12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call the center for the schedule of classes and to register.
For a schedule of classes and to register, call 617-635-5170 or visit the center office.

Public safety
A Charlestown safety meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Charlestown Police Station District 1-A, 20 Vine St.
The community is invited to meet with the police to discuss public safety issues.
Visit for more information.

Photography exhibition
The Mary L. Fifield Gallery at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “Determined Blackness: Race, Representation and Male Identity” now to Feb. 28.
This exhibit of contemporary photographs by Hakim Raquib, both retrospective and new, explores historically determined images of masculinity and social status.
An artist’s reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. All are welcome and admission is free.
Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Call 617-228-2093 or visit for more details.

African American scientists
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is hosting an exhibit on African American history makers in the sciences now to Feb. 28 in room C202.
The display will feature the works of celebrated scientists and mathematicians from Benjamin Banneker, born in 1731, to Mae Jemison, born in 1956.
This free exhibit is open to the public. It is presented as part of the college’s Black History Month programming.
Call 617-228-2000 or visit for further information.

‘Old Ironsides’ new hours
The oldest commissioned warship afloat, the USS Constitution, has shifted to winter hours of operation.
“Old Ironsides” will be open to the public free of charge on Thursdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Now located in Dry Dock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard for a multi-year planned restoration period, the 217-year-old warship is open to the public.
Visitors will be able to board Constitution and explore the ship’s top (spar) deck only, as its lower decks will be off limits due to the extensive restoration work being conducted.
At the ship, visitors can interact with active duty crewmembers of Constitution and take photos by the ship’s wheel and bell.
To board USS Constitution, all visitors age 18 and older must show a valid state or federal-issued photo I.D. or passport.
After boarding Old Ironsides, visitors are encouraged to explore the USS Constitution Museum, located adjacent to Dry Dock 1. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those interested in following the progress of Constitution’s restoration work are encouraged to visit the museum’s blog at
For more news and 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.