Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Dyslexia awareness

The Dyslexia Awareness Light it Red Family Fest will be held from 4 to 6:40 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 in the Paul Revere Park, Constitution Rd.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Individuals and families are invited to join Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts families for family activities while they wait for the Zakim Bridge to light Red in honor of people who experience dyslexia.

To register visit or phone 978-266-0145 or email

HarborWalk celebration

Join Boston Harbor Now in a series of four walks celebrating the 35th anniversary of Boston’s HarborWalk. The walks will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays: Oct. 19 - Walk Three: Fort Point Channel – Downtown – North End; and Oct. 26 - Walk Four: Charlestown – East Boston.

The registration includes a guided adventurous walk of the waterfront; pre-walk coffee and post-walk refreshments; fanny pack with snacks; and an opportunity to make new friendships and memories.

There will also be a panel discussion about the future of the waterfront public access on Thursday, Oct. 24 (part of the Boston Harbor Speaker Series).

For more information and tickets, visit For questions, email

Compelling conversations at BHCC

Compelling conversations will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Bunker Hill Community College, A300 Auditorium, 250 New Rutherford Ave.

The guest speaker will be Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator and Director of the Center for Climate Health and the Global Enforcement and Professor at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Online registration at is required.

Reading/Dance performance

A reading and dance performance will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Author David Ira Rottenberg, author of “Gwendolyn’s Nutty Nutcracker” will be narrating his humorous stories accompanied by dancers from City Ballet of Boston.

For more information on this toddler event, visit


Movies on The Harbor will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 25 with “Ghostbusters/Beetlejuice” at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park.

For more information, visit

Halloween in the Garden

Join Gardens for Charlestown as they cast their annual spell from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Halloween in the Gardens has something fun for everyone. Games, arts and crafts, goodie bags, pony rides, photo ops among the pumpkins, logo merchandise, and “the best bake table anywhere” will entertain even the witches and ghosts among us. Families are invited to wear costumes.

Admission is $10 for children (free for well-behaved adults). All proceeds benefit Gardens for Charlestown, a local 501c (3) dedicated to greenspace preservation, community gathering and education.

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Running Club

The Anchor at the Shipyard will continue hosting the Running Club on Saturdays at 10 a.m. through Oct. 26.

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Pumpkin decorating

Preschool children are invited to decorate pumpkins during story-time from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

For more information and registration, visit

Constructing 'Old Ironsides'

Constructing “Old Ironsides” is the featured program at the USS Constitution Museum through Oct. 31. Find out how a unique design, American materials, and hundreds of craftsmen built a national symbol during your visit.

The Museum will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit

Hide & Seek plus Trick or Treat

The USS Constitution Museum will be hosting Hide & Seek Guerriere through Oct. 31 and hosting Trick or Treat on Oct. 31. The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guerriere the Terrier, the Museum’s mascot, loves Halloween. He is trying on all of his favorite costumes and hiding around the Museum. When you find all 12 of his hiding spots, you will get a special temporary tattoo of Guerrierre.

The Museum is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project – all trick or treaters are invited to stop by the lobby on Oct. 31 to get sailor-inspired temporary tattoos and lollipops to help keep Halloween a fun and positive experience for those managing food allergies.

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Mindful Minis

Mindful Minis teacher, Lauren, will offer a 6-week stress-reducing and wellness-promoting program for children, ages K through second grade on Tuesdays from 4 to 4:30 p.m. from Nov. 5 through Dec. 10 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Activities will include breathing exercises, yoga, crafts, emotional awareness and mindfulness games.

For more information and registration, visit

Veteran’s Day Breakfast

On Sunday Nov. 10th, the Charlestown Lion’s Club will host its annual Veteran’s Day Pancake Breakfast. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 545 Medford St.

Admission is $6 and children under 5 years old are free.

Family, friends and neighbors are invited to honor veterans and those who serve the community for pancakes, sausage, pastries, coffee and juice. There will be raffles and prizes.

Performances at The Anchor

The Summer Performance Series will continue every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. through Oct. 30 at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park.

There will also be a performance from noon to 3 p.m. by Natalie Joly on Sunday, Oct. 27.

For more information, visit

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.

Rings at the Anchor

The Anchor at the Shipyard Park will host a Rings class from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 30.

Ring training dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times and can be implemented in a wide variety of training systems to provide increased overall strength, power and stability. Ring training is a unique program open to the community and is part of The Anchor’s Waterfront Wellness Series.

For more information, visit or phone 617-286-2404.

KINnections support group

The Charlestown KINnections support group will meet on the third Wednesdays of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kennedy Center’s Community Resource Center, 55 Bunker Hill.

The KINnections program at MSPCC connects grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives caring for children to resources, information and activities in their community that support and strengthen families.

KINnections provides monthly support group, trainings and worships, information assistance, family focused activities and respite care support.

For more information, contact Crystal Galvin, Director of Community Services at 617-241-8866, ext. 1352 or

Mobile Market Program

The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 150 Medford St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the year.

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays at the Kennedy Family Service Center at 55 Bunker Hill. All ages and levels are well at this free class.

Visit for more information on this and other programs.

Historic neighborhood tour

The Charlestown Preservation Society hosts a self-guided historic neighborhood tour, with information available at

The 1.5-mile route winds through Boston’s oldest neighborhood, through charming neighborhood squares and street and past historic houses and monuments. Read about Charlestown’s history and people and peek inside many buildings through interior photographs.


Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. will offer Yoga from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on most Wednesdays for $5 per session/free to Veterans.

The class is inclusive and open to everyone, but is designed for those who are unable to access a mainstream yoga class.

The class provides a mild to moderate level practice focused on strengthening and lengthening. Poses are offered in sitting, standing with some mat use. Poses can be adapted with assistance from experienced yoga instructors to accommodate all abilities.

Yoga is a great way to deepen body awareness and overall sense of well-being. All equipment is provided and volunteers are present to assist with transfers and in-class poses.

For more information, visit

Chair Yoga

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. will offer Chair Yoga from 11 a.m. to noon on most Thursdays for $5 per session/free to Veterans.

Learn and practice gentle yoga poses and appropriately adapted variations in a safe, supportive environment with experienced yoga instructors while sitting in a chair or wheelchair. Cultivate strength, flexibility, balance and coordination through yoga poses, breathing techniques and mindfulness to enhance physical and mental well-being.

For more information, visit

USS Constitution hours

The USS Constitution is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays with free admission to all until spring. All guests, age 18 and older, will be required to show a valid state or federal I.D. or a passport to board the ship.

While aboard, guests may walk the ship at their own pace and ask questions to the ship’s active-duty Navy Sailors. The sailors will give presentations on the ship’s history every 30 minutes.

The USS Constitution Museum will continue to be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Food pantry requests

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting boxes of cereal, beef stew, soup 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.

BTU Homework Help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through May 28 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, 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.

Behind the Scenes Tour

Get a sneak peek of on-going preservation work for the USS Constitution with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment restoration facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Join Margherita Desy, historian with USS Constitution, for a one-hour tour of the 1847 Alexander Parris-designed carpenters’ and riggers’ shops.

This tour requires participants to be able to climb steep and long flights of stairs in the building and is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Close-toe shoes/sneakers are a must. The tour is limited to 25 people and will leave from the USS Constitution Museum lobby.

For more information, visit

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.

Model room tours

The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.

Yoga for adults

Hands to Heart Center – Yoga for the People present yoga for adults of all ages and level from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Instruction will focus on the healthy balance of mind and body and include breathing exercises along with yoga poses.

Wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats and props provided.

For more information, visit or phone 617-2421248.