Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Breakfast with Santa

Santa Claus will return to The First Church, 10 Green St. Enjoy a free pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 1.

There will be a chance to take free photos with Santa, shop with some gift vendors and at the craft fair and enjoy an “Inflatable Extravaganza.” Admission is free.

For more information call the First Church at 617-242-3693 or visit

Open studios

The Artists Group of Charlestown will host the annual Open Studios event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St.

More than 25 artists will welcome visitors into their studios and exhibit spaces to talk about the creative processes and show their work, which will include photography, painting, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and stained glass in three floors of open studio Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-241-0130 or visit

Art exhibition

The StoveFactory Studios, 523 Medford St., will present the 21st anniversary exhibition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9.

A closing reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 9.

The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. The building is handicapped accessible.

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

Enchanted trolley

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour the Charlestown neighborhood at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, starting at Thompson Square.

A visitor from the North Pole and his reindeer, snowmen and gingerbread people will bring holiday cheer and light the Christmas tree at the square. Festivities will include carolers, refreshments, prizes and games for the children.

Call 617-635-3549 for more information.

Pearl Harbor service

Boston’s annual Pearl Harbor Day memorial service will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Pearl Harbor survivors and friends will host this service adjacent to the World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young, commemorating the 1941 surprise attack by the Japanese on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. U.S. Navy Commander Young was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack.

The National Parks of Boston, USS Constitution, Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston and the USS Constitution Museum will honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the United States and those who continue to do so today. A wreath will be laid from the stern of USS Cassin Young.

A luncheon will follow in the USS Constitution Museum, courtesy of the City of Boston’s Veterans Services Department.

The National Park Service and volunteers maintain the USS Cassin Young as a living memorial to the men and women who built, repaired and served on Navy ships throughout the nation’s history.

For more information, call 617-242-5601 or send an email to

Charlestown stroll

The annual Charlestown holiday stroll and festival of trees will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Training Field.

Kids will have fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Winter Wonderland with Santa’s Village and a visit from St. Nick himself.

Local vendors and nonprofit organizations will sell unique gifts for all the holiday shipping. There will be an art show at StoveFactory Gallery on Medford Street, food specials, face painting, children’s art activities, carolers, a kids’ holiday train ride and prizes. DJ Karson Tager of Mix 104.1 will provide holiday music.

At 4:30 p.m. there will be a screening of the 1969 classic “Frosty the Snowman.” Attendees can bring blankets and snacks for an evening under the stars watching a childhood favorite.

All around Charlestown, businesses and restaurants will offer special deals and discounts, treats, giveaways and prizes.

Visit for more details.

Holiday concert

The St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish will host a free holiday concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St.

The Copley Singers and director Brian Jones will return this year with another popular and wide ranging program of familiar carols and anthems in both traditional and new interesting arrangements, both sacred and secular. There will be audience participation in hymns and the singers will mingle with the audience at several times.

The concert is free with a suggestion of donations to Harvest on Vine Food Pantry.

For more information about the church, visit

Disaster relief donations

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to go to disaster relief. The donations will be used to benefit those affected by the local gas explosions and recent hurricanes in the South.

All proceeds will be donated – there are no administrative costs. Checks may be made out to Charlestown Lions Club – LCIF and sent to: P.O. Box 290474, Charlestown, MA 02129.

Send an email to for more information.

Photography series

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

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.

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.

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.