Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Book discussion

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will host a free book discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7.

The group will discuss “The Turner House,” a novel by Angela Flournoy. Copies of the book are available at the branch.

Call 617-242-1248 for more information.

Children’s concert

Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast will perform in a free concert at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Pancoast will help kids celebrate spring with interactive songs and dances about the seaside. A singer, songwriter and recording artist, Pancoast creates clever songs with infectious melodies that delight the young and the young at heart.

Call 617-242-1248 for more details.

Coffee hour

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 20th annual neighborhood coffee hour and opening celebration from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at Winthrop Square, 55 Winthrop St.

Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.

There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.

Call 617-635-4505 for more information

Dry docks tour

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, will welcome historian Margherita Desy from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.

Participants can view the engineering marvel that is the 185-year-old Dry Dock 1 in the Charlestown Navy Yard with Desy on a 45-minute tour. They will learn about the building of the dry dock, its importance to the 19th and 20th U.S. Navy and the dock’s history with “Old Ironsides”, the first warship to enter the dock on June 24, 1833.

This tour requires participants to be able to climb steep and long flights of stairs in and out of the dry dock. It is not recommended for children younger than age 10. Closed-toe shoes are a must.

Reservations are required as space is limited.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-1812.

Musical tribute

The Andy Baer Jazz Quartet will perform a musical tribute for “Friend of the Year” Jane Richardson hosted by the Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at the library, 179 Main St.

The award presentation will be at 7 p.m. followed by the concert.

For many years, Charlestown resident Jane Richardson, a highly accomplished editor and writer in her own right, has been an active participant in coordinating numerous Friends of the Library endeavors, including serving as co-president. Her dedication has been beyond compare, and the Friends wish to thank her publicly for her many years of enthusiastic leadership and cheerful friendship.

In addition to leading his own jazz ensembles, saxophonist Andy Baer pilots the Beantown Saxophone Quartet, Hub Strutters Marching Band and the Boston Jazz Orchestra. Baer’s jazz quartet includes Joe “Sonny” Barbato on piano and accordion, Todd Baker on bass fiddle and Steve Langone on drums.

The evening is free and open to all, including the reception.

For more information, visit, or 617-242-1248.

New art exhibition

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “disPlaced” now through May 11 in the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.

Boston-area artists share work that reflects their personal experiences navigating crises, resilience and reconciliation. Featured artists include Sonia Andujar, Oldren Angel, Janet Cormier, Deta Galloway, David Goldman, Alberto Lozano, Ed Pontes, Hakim Raquib and Roger Sheppard, with guest curator Gloria Carrigg.

Admission is free. Further details can be found at or by calling 617-228-2000.

Celebrating historic Charlestown

The Charlestown Preservation Society will host a celebration of historic Charlestown from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Memorial Hall, 14 Green St.

The family day will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 pm. with CPS Mobile Historic Neighborhood walking tours followed by a $5 barbecue lunch.

A fundraiser to benefit the Memorial Hall Building Renovation Fund will be held in the evening. All funds raised will be matched by a private grant from the George B. Henderson Foundation. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door.

Registration for both events is recommended, at

Auction fundraiser

The Charlestown Nursery School will host its annual auction, “A Wonderful Night,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 in the Seasons Ballroom at the Bostonian Boston Hotel, 26 North St.

The biggest fundraiser of the year, this year’s auction is crucial for funding the core programs of the school that serves Charlestown and the greater Boston community

Visit or call 617-242-5159 for further details and to purchase tickets.

Open house

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host the Boarding Party and Collections Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.

The museum will celebrate the many stories of individuality and expression told by the significant portrait collection. Captured by the artist’s brushstrokes or the photographer’s eye, portraits are snapshots that reveal identity and attitudes, preserving a unique personality for all time. Attendees will meet face-to-face with the men and women whose legacies of service and courage define “Old Ironsides.”

The evening will also include sea-worthy libations from Privateer Rum and delicious appetizers. Attendees can vote for their favorite rum concoction as three local bartenders compete to take home top honors in the Privateer Rum Challenge.

Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 617-426-1812 or visit

Cooks of St. John

The many wonderful cooks of St. John’s Episcopal Church have created a cookbook filled with 85 pages of imaginative and delicious recipes, everything from haute cuisine to play dough. It will make a special present for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, showers, weddings, birthdays and graduations.

“The Cooks of St. John: A Slice of Parish Life” sells for $15. It is available for sale on Sundays between 11 a.m. and noon at the church rectory, 27 Devens St., or it can be ordered from the church by calling 617-242-1272.

Mutinous expedition

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth” now through Aug. 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 or by calling 617-426-1812.

‘Old Ironsides’ summer hours

USS Constitution and its crew are on their summer hours of operation. 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, 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 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.