Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Bubbles and ballroom

The community is invited to “Bubbles and Ballroom,” a dance party with Supershag, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the studio, 42 Eighth St.

The evening will include a beginner dance lesson and professional shows. A swing and salsa class will be held at 7:30 p.m. with the dance party beginning at 8:15 p.m.

All experience levels are welcome and no partner is required. RSVP to

For more information, visit or call 781-894-7424.

Colonial women merchants

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will present a talk, “She-Merchants of Boston” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11.

A National Park ranger will introduce sisters Elizabeth and Ame Cuming, entrepreneurs of the 1760s who came to Boston from Concord to launch a fashionable shop for women, and what happened when they found themselves in the midst of Boston’s politics of rebellion against British authority.

This free program is part of the National Parks of Boston outreach presentations. To learn more, visit or call 617-242-1248.

A look at body shaming

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will present “A Survivor’s Guide to Body Shaming” with Katie Boyd at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.

Lifestyle entrepreneur, media celebrity and author Boyd will reflect on her personal challenges in the worlds of beauty pageants, reality television and fitness training to eventually find a healthier and non-negotiable sense of purpose, mission and wellbeing. A Q and A will follow the interactive presentation.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-228-2000 for more information.

Ship model builder

The community is invited to meet expert ship modeler Rob Napier from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 at the USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard.

The audience can take closer look at this nautical tradition with professional modeler Napier and learn about the precision that goes into each model. They can also check out the 40th annual Model Ship Show, inspect their intricate details and vote for their favorite.

During his more than 40-year career, Napier has worked to repair and conserve models – including at the USS Constitution Museum, where he is restoring a 140-year-old model of “Old Ironsides.” His maritime experience spans beyond miniature ships to yacht racing, boat building, commercial fishing and the U.S. Navy.

Registration is required by March 11 for this free event, to or by calling 617-426-1812, ext. 167.

‘Winter Warm-up’

The Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard will host the annual general meeting and “Winter Warm-up” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at the DC Beane Building 125 on Pier Three.

The community is invited to celebrate community leaders, meet elected officials and socialize with neighbors.

The festivities will include a welcome by the board and the presentation of the Commandant and Anchor Awards. Honorees are Friends of the Boston Harborwalk, Tiara Murphy of the Charlestown Residents Alliance and Anne Grimes Rand of the USS Constitution Museum.

There will be a cash bar, complimentary appetizers and prizes.

The program is open to the public. Further information can be found at

Songs of Native Americans

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will host “Songs of Eastern Woodland Native American Women – Our Music, Our Culture and Our Heritage” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in Auditorium A300.

The community is invited to experience the power and beauty of music by the Nettukkusqk Singers, an intertribal group of southern New England women performing traditional and contemporary songs accompanied by hand drums, rattles and water drum.

Formed by Wampanoag and Nipmuc women from Rhode Island and Massachusetts in 1994 at the Deer Island Memorial, the singers seek to reclaim women’s drumming and singing traditions from their tribal communities.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-228-2000 for further details.

Power of the teenage girl

Author and professor Lynne Byall Benson will be the guest speaker in “Nancy Drew and the Power of the Teenage Girl” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.

Benson will discuss her recent book, “Moxie and Good Sense of Balance: Nancy Drew and the Power of the Teenage Girl.” She will show how the literary character Nancy Drew has pushed boundaries, solved mysteries and served as role of model for confident, independent young women for more than 80 years.

Admission is free. Call 617-228-2000 or visit for more information.

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the launch of Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from March 10 through 15.

Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

Charlestown restaurants including Legal Oysteria will be participating.

Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, King Boston.

For more information and reservations, visit

Quilt exhibition

In honor Women’s History Month, Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying a new exhibit “Call of the Ancestors,” now through March 31 in the Library and Learning Commons E300.

The exhibit hosts richly textured fiber art quilts by local artist and educator Susan Thompson that celebrate the connections between community, spirituality, history and other shared cultural experience.

This free exhibit is open to the public.

Call 617-228-2000 or visit for further information.

Ship model show

“Masters of Miniatures,” the 40th annual Model Shipwright Guild show, is being held now through Saturday, March 22 at the USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard.

More than 50 different ships created by modelers from across New England will be on display. There will be a variety of reproductions of War of 1812 vessels, modern ships and ships-in-bottles. Modelers have masterfully captured the richness of maritime history in miniature.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view the prize-winning models from the last five years, partake in family activities including a scavenger hunt, learn how to get a ship into a bottle, observe a model ship restoration every Wednesday, and much more.

Volunteers from the USS Constitution Shipwright Guild will be on hand for visitors to watch them in action and ask questions.

Admission to the museum and exhibit is free with donations welcome.

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 June 14 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.

Tax help

Charlestown Works, 76 Monument St., is hosting free tax clinics now until April 13.

Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The free tax preparation is offered in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-635-5221.

Call for artists

The Artists Group of Charlestown is calling for artists for the annual spring art exhibition to be held from April 5 through 7.

The deadline for submissions is March 29.

Send an email to for further information and an application.

Food pantry requests

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting boxes of boxes of cereal, beef stew and soup for a hot meal and cans of coffee. Any donation on non-perishable foods would also be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry at 49 Vine St., The Cooperative Bank at 201 Main St. and at the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop St. Financial donations can be sent to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129.

For more information, call 617-990-7314.

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.

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’ winter hours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. It will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Verbal presentations will be given on the ship and will kick off every 15 minutes. Tours are self-paced and the top three decks are open to the public. USS Constitution crewmembers will be on hand to answer questions and give oral presentations about the ship’s storied past. Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free.

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.