Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
Vacation with ‘Old Ironsides’
The USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host school vacation week activities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 21.
The museum will host three different scavenger hunts, Trouble Afloat, Mutinous Expedition and Hide & Seek Guerriere. Each hunt is family-friendly and will get crews exploring “Old Ironsides” and the museum in new and exciting ways. Each scavenger hunt will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
In recognition of One Boston Day and the return of the Boston Marathon Military Relay, a thank you writing station to Vietnam War veterans will be available. Notes written throughout the week will be given to veterans and their families at a special ceremony on May 17 aboard “Old Ironsides.”
People of all ages are welcome and admission is by donation. Groups larger than 10 people should call 617-426-1812, ext. 146 for a reservation.
Visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org for more details.
Paul Revere reenactment
The Charlestown Navy Yard will present the Paul Revere row reenactment from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, hosted by the Boston National Historical Park at the USS Constitution Museum.
For the 20th consecutive year, Revere’s row across the upper end of Boston Harbor will be recreated and will coincide with the annual Old North Church lantern ceremony. Visitors are invited to come out to welcome Revere “on the opposite shore” and enjoy family-friendly activities such as a reading of Longfellow’s “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” puppet- and lantern-making, children’s stories and colonial games.
Visitors can watch as the Old North Church signals with lanterns in the belfry and Revere rows across the harbor to set off for his famous ride. As he makes his way to Pier One, the “Charlestown Patriots” will lead the group in a lantern procession to light his way.
Admission is free. Call 617-523-2338 for more information.
Preschool dental program
The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will host a free preschool dental program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.
Families can meet the Tooth Fairy from New Health Charlestown to discuss their preschool child’s teeth.
For more information, visit www.bpl.org or 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, April 17.
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, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision. Admission is free.
Call 617-242-1248 for further details.
Read across the USA
Children’s entertainer Judy Pancoast will be the guest performer from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 19 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.
Kids can make their way out from Maine across the U.S. on a road trip that includes upbeat songs, interaction, dancing and a great geography lesson. Pancoast will engage children in a musical literary adventure taking them from “Make Way for Ducklings” in Boston, to “Balto” in Alaska and everywhere in between.
Groups must e-mail email@example.com to register. Families will be admitted on a first come, first served basis the day of the program.
Call 617-242-1248 for more details.
Easter egg hunt
The First Church in Charlestown will host an Easter Egg Hunt from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the Charlestown Training Field.
Children are invited to bring their baskets for a fun hunt and refreshments.
Call 617-242-3693 or visit www.fccharlestown.com.
The crew of USS Constitution will host the annual Easter sunrise service aboard the USS Constitution in Dry Dock 1, in the Charlestown Navy Yard from 6:45 to 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 21.
This non-denominational service will be open to the general public, free of charge. Guests will be allowed to board Constitution at 6:45 a.m., with seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All guests, ages 18 and older, are required to show a valid state or federal-issued photo I.D. or passport to board the ship.
The service will conclude with the Constitution crew’s observance of morning colors at 8 a.m. aboard “Old Ironsides.”
Following the service, Constitution will reopen for the general public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For further information, visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or call 617-426-1812.
Independence Day lottery
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.
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will offer free indoor golf clinics for both beginners and experienced players from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays until April 30 at the Charlestown Boston Center for Youth and Families, 225 Medford St.
The clinic series is six weeks long with registration on a first-come, first-served basis. The first hour of each clinic is the junior session (ages 7 to 17), the second hour is the adult session (18 and up). There is a maximum of 25 people per session; all others will be placed on a waiting list. Equipment is provided, but attendees may bring their own clubs. Clinicians are highly qualified golf instructors.
To register, call 617-635-5169.
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.edu for more information.
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.
The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.
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.navy.mil/local/constitution/visitor information.
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.