Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
A landscape watercolor painting workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at John Harvard Mall, 18 Main St.
Artists of all skill levels are invited to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces with instruction and materials provided at this watercolor workshop. Juleen Jones will returns as this summer’s featured instructor. She has a BFA in Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art as well as a custom painting business. Participant should meet at the Rose Garden.
For more details, visit www.cityofboston.gov or call 617-961-3051.
Gardens for Charlestown
The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce will host the Chamber Night Out from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at Gardens for Charlestown, 499 Main St. The rain date is Thursday, June 28.
The community is invited to meet business partners, enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and an evening stroll through the garden.
Further information can be found at www.charlestownmachamber.org.
A Charlestown safety meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at the Charlestown Police Station District 1-A, 20 Vine St.
The community is invited to meet the police to discuss public safety issues.
Visit www.charlestownmothersassociation.org for more information.
The Garden Committee of St. John’s Church will host a Tapas Evening from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 in the Cutler Garden behind the rectory and church at 27 Devens St.
Delicious tapas and other surprises will be served. In the event of inclement weather the program will be moved to the Parish House.
The suggested donation is $25.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.stjohns02129.org or call 617-242-1272.
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, June 28 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.
Rosie’s Navy Yard
The Boston National Historical Park will offer a free walking tour from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Participants will meet in front of the flagpole at Pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard.
A National Park Service ranger will focus on the over 8.000 women who joined the workforce at the Boston Naval Shipyard to help win World War II.
Visit www.nps/gov/bost or call 617-482-1722 for further information.
July Fourth activities
The USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host special Independence Day activities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Thursday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 4.
Hands-on exhibits and programs will introduce explorers of every age to the work required to build and keep “Old Ironsides” sail ready; from the live oak in her hull to the caulking that keeps her afloat. Kids can test their design skills from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. by using household items to build strong and fast ships.
All ages are welcome, and admission is by donation.
Call 617-426-1812 or visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org for more information.
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.
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 June 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 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 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.