Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

A sailor’s life

The USS Constitution Museum, 88 Constitution Road, will host a special Veterans Day weekend family program from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11.

Families can experience life at sea and crew members’ daily struggles on board “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812 with hands-on activities, demonstrations, artifacts and exhibits for children and adults alike. They will learn about the sailors’ stories that continue to inspire people today.

Admission is free for all military members and their families.

For more information, visit or call 617-426-1812.

Harvest fair

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlestown will host its annual harvest fair and turkey dinner from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 upstairs in the parish house at 27 Devens St. The fair is free, and all are invited to attend.

Books, collectables, treasures, toys, games, jewelry, plants, baked goods, foods and crafts will be offered for sale. There will also be a silent auction featuring items and gift certificates from Charlestown businesses and residents, including tickets to a Boston Bruin’s game. There will also be face painting and activities for children.

Between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, a turkey dinner will be served in the rooms on the first floor of the parish house. Reservations are not necessary. The cost for the dinner is $12 and pie and ice cream will be $3.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-242-3716.

Solo art exhibition

The Artists’ Group of Charlestown will display “Discover and Discernment,” works by Sandrine Colson, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11 at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St.

An art appreciation party will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.

In her artwork, Colson explores her rich ancestry and heritage and the connections that the past and the present create within people. Her work reflects the confluence of the visible and invisible forces, the communal nature that all share with the past and with one another; and the seen and unseen history that influences personal experience.

Call 617-241-0130 or visit for more information.

Concert for young people

Members of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert for young people from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Students from BYSO’s Chamber Music will bring an educational and interactive music performance to the Charlestown neighborhood. Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program celebrates 20 years of commitment to diversifying the future of classical music. Admission is free.

Call 617-242-1248 for more details.

Pancake breakfast

The Charlestown Lions Club will host its annual Veterans’ Day pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 545 Medford Street. The cost is $5 per person and children under age 5 are admitted for free.

The community is invited to honor all veterans and those who serve in the community. Pancakes, sausages, pastries, juice and coffee will be served. There will be raffles at the event, including a 50-50 raffle. Tickets will be sold at the door. Parking is available in the Knights of Columbus lot and on the surrounding streets.

Email or call 781-485-6135 for further information.

Chamber Night Out

The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce will host their Chamber Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Hood Park, 500 Rutherford Ave.

The community is invited to meet business partners, enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and discuss how to make Charlestown stronger for business.

Further information can be found at

Poverty and profit in America

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning sociologist and author Matthew Desmond in a “Compelling Conversation” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the A300 auditorium.

Desmond is the author of the bestseller “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. This landmark work tells the stories of eight families living on the edge and the landlords who control their fate. Desmond will transform our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation (unfair or inadequate pay for work) while providing fresh ideas for solving one of the most urgent issues facing America today – housing insecurity.

Reservations are required for this free program, online at or by call 617-228-2000.

Community concert

St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena will host a community concert from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St.

This free Thanksgiving concert will feature the Charlestown Community Choir.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-580-8305.

Photography series on display

Internationally renowned artist Judy Gelles has documented the stories of more than 300 fourth grade students from around the world in her photography series, “The Fourth Grade Project,” now on display through Jan. 3 at the RSM Art Gallery, 80 City Square.

The exhibition is a diverse selection of 20 images captured from schools in South Africa, China, England and Italy and is paired with wire and clay sculptures created by Charlestown fourth grade students from the Harvard-Kent and Warren-Prescott Schools. The project reveals common human experiences such as family dynamics, career dreams, medical care, violence, immigration and hunger.

The work can be seen from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Proceeds from the exhibition fund the RSM Boston Foundation that provides education, healthcare, housing and food assistance for youth.

Further information can be found at

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 trans-cultural 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.

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.