Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
The City of Boston and the Animal Rescue League of Boston will host a dog licensing and low cost rabies vaccine clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the BCYF Charlestown Community Center, 255 Medford St.
Pets must be held by a person, ages 18 years or older. Cats must be in a vari-kennel or similar pet carrier. Pets will get a three-year rabies vaccine if owners can show written proof that the last vaccine was given 9 to 12 months prior to the clinic date or that the pet has had a three-year rabies vaccine at any point in the past.
The vaccine fee is $5, $2 for senior owners. Dog license fee is $15 for spayed/neutered pets or $30 for intact male/females. There is no charge to license dogs for owners age 70 or older.
Call 617-635-5348 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/animalcontrol for more details.
Master Gardener Gretel Anspach will be the guest speaker in a look at the pleasures and practicalities of keeping an urban garden from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.
Urban gardening is about growing foods and ornamentals in small spaces. Whether you have a huge yard without the time or desire to tend it all, or an apartment with no outdoor space at all, this talk will give tips and techniques to start and maintain a garden to call your own.
Admission is free. For more information, call 617-242-1248.
Boston Ballet story time
The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20.
Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children age 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.
Call 617-242-1248 for further details.
The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will host two free programs on 3D printing from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.
Toys in Box will host a 3D printing exploration program. A pizza party will follow the program. There will be two sessions, each an hour long with a maximum of 20 for each session. This program is best for children, ages 6 and older.
For more information and to register, call 617-242-1248.
Lottery for Independence Underway
The Commanding Officer and crew of USS Constitution invite the community to enter into the annual Independence Day Underway lottery for a unique opportunity to go aboard America’s Ship of State as she goes out into Boston Harbor on July 4.
Entries must be received by midnight, May 15 and the drawing is scheduled for June 3.
The 150 lottery winners will engage with active-duty sailors throughout the turnaround cruise to gain an understanding of the Navy’s enduring mission, learn of Constitution’s historic legacy and enjoy one of America’s finest cities from the sea. Each winner is allowed up to one additional guest.
All passengers must be at least 8 years of age and be physically able to travel up and down steep ladder wells and stand for prolonged periods of time exposed to the environment, rain or shine. Attendees age 18 and older must possess a state or federally issued ID.
Lottery entries are limited to one per household. Visit www.ussconstitution.org for further details.
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 www.bhcc.mass.edu for further information.
Ship model show
“Masters of Miniatures,” the 40th annual Model Shipwright Guild show, is being held now through Saturday, March 23 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 www.constitution-modelshipwrights.org.
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 www.bhcc.mass.edu for more information.
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 www.bostontaxhelp.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Towniemoe@aol.com 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 www.nps.gov/boston 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 www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution.
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.