Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Children’s craft

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will offer a free children’s craft program at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Young children will make a lighthouse out of ice cream cones, frosting, candy and icing. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Call 617-242-1248 for further details.

The borderland of language

Renowned poet and translator Rhina Espaillat will be the guest speaker at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Espaillat will examine the ways in which spoken and written language is organic, capable of change and deeply reflective of its speakers, from slang to technical vocabularies, dialect and folk etymology, to poetry.

Professor Carla Santamaria will make the opening remarks.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-228-2093

Fall art exhibit

The Artists’ Group of Charlestown will host the annual fall art exhibition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14 at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St.

A free opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

The fall art exhibition is open to all artists submitting recent work in two and three dimensions. Work will be available for purchase.

Call 617-241-0130 or visit for more information

Marines in action

The National Park Service will present “1812 Marines in Action” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 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.

This is the final presentation of the 2018 season.

Visit or or call 617-426-1812 for more information.

Photographs of Puerto Rico

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “Vive! Enduring Tradition, Photographs of Puerto Rico” by Marilyn Rodriquez now until Oct. 15 in the Culinary Arts Dining Room, 4th Floor E Building.

Visitors are invited to explore this display of contemporary images of the island that capture its rich architecture, street culture and monuments.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-228-2093.

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.

The painted world

“Expresiones! The Painted World,” art by Zach Castro, is on display at the Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Library and Learning Commons, E Building, third floor.

The exhibit invites viewers to navigate through these vibrant, ecological and dream-like landscapes of the natural world to discover the artist’s vision of the power and beauty of the planet, both real and imagined.

Visit or call 617-228-2093 for more details.

Bunker Hill history

The community is invited to free talks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Bunker Hill Monument, 43 Monument Square.

Participants will learn about the experiences of soldiers on both sides of the first real battle of the War for Independence. Although the battle was a loss for the colonists, the high number of casualties on the British side, including a significant portion of the officer corps, demonstrated that inexperienced militia could stand up to the regular army, which eventually led to the withdrawal of the British from Boston.

Visit or call 617-242-5601 for more details.

Revolutionary moments

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “Revolutionary Moments: Art, the Word and Social Action,” works by Robin M. Chandler, now to Jan. 10 at the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.

For the last decade Dr. Chandler has experimented with multimedia applications and digital technology to explore studio production and 2 and 3-D projects.

As a collage artist, she uses sketches, hand cut ‘drawings’, photographs, digitized images and handmade papers to construct traditional and digital collage works, some large scale. She has produced several “series” with seven or nine works in each series such as “The Seven Valleys,” a meditation on spiritual journeying produced in France in 2009, the “Peace Series,” a set of nine collages that demonstrated humanity’s evolution in the stages of peace and war, and the “Stone Tablets” series.

Her themes cover broad global issues of peace making, the meaning of freedom and transcultural heritage and identity.

The exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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

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 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 or by calling 617-426-1812.

Ironsides’ fall hours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays.

The 30-minute 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 1 at 7:40 a.m. To reserve a spot, send an email to For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit

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.