Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit
“WOW: Wind on Water,” a yearlong outdoor public art exhibit of Wind Sculptures™ by internationally renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, opens this month in the Charlestown Navy Yard along the Boston Harbor.
Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy viewing the sculptures’ majestic and magical movements. In the time of Covid19 restrictions, this free exhibit offers a welcome outdoor activity that provides ample opportunity for safe social distancing while walking, biking and breathing fresh harbor breezes.
The collection of Whitaker’s diverse kinetic sculptures are comprised of intricate and gracefully moving metals that will be continually propelled by the Boston Harbor’s windy micro-climate, spinning and twirling in imaginative syncopation.
Whitaker’s studio is near Zion National Park in Utah. His sculptures are represented in private and public collections from California to Kuwait. The custom exhibit pieces range from approximately 6 to 18 feet in height. They are created from a variety of metals - including copper, steel and stainless steel that spin on sealed ball bearings.
WOW: Wind on Water consists of 31 elegant sculptures grouped in eight locations extending from Shipyard Park at the northern end of the Freedom Trail just outside the Boston National Historical Park to various sites along the Boston Harborwalk.
Hosted by the Navy Yard Garden Association Inc. in partnership with the Boston Planning & Development Agency, this exhibit is made possible by a grant from the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. In addition, the Navy Yard Garden Association Inc. appreciates the generous support of all its sponsors including Boston Harbor Cruises, Charlestown Marina, Cut-Splice, Diversified Automotive, Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard, Harborview at the Navy Yard/John Hancock, Legal Sea Foods, Lundgren Management, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Parris Landing, Residence Inn at the Boston Harbor. Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, and Thayer & Associates, Inc.
More information about Lyman Whitaker and his work is available at www.leopoldgallery.com.
WOW: Wind on Water is handicapped accessible and easily reached by public transportation using Bus #93 or Charlestown Ferry from Long Wharf. It is within walking distance from North Station on the Green Line, Orange Line and Commuter Rail. Flagship Wharf Garage, 197 8th St, offers parking and Blue Bikes has three stations in the Navy Yard.
Online Pride Story Time with drag performers
Celebrate Pride Month with a virtual story time with local drag performers Just JP and Nüqueer Power from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.
This story time will feature picture books affirming diverse families and queer identities. The stories will be best enjoyed by kids, ages 3 through 5, but all families are welcome to attend.
Register at bpl.org/events to participate in the live Zoom story time. Participants can choose if they would like to participate with or without video.
‘The Pineapple Project’
In honor of Pride Month, the Boston Public Library will host “The Pineapple Project,” an original play about gender, creativity, and each child’s freedom to be who they are from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 22 and Thursday, June 25.
“Boys can’t be princesses!” As a non-binary person and theatre artist, Mal couldn’t ignore this statement made by their niece. Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt created this play for children, ages 3 to 8, to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child’s identity.
This class will be held virtually via Zoom video conferencing. All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.
Visit bpl.org/events for information, including registration. People will receive instructions via email on how to logon to the Zoom conference 24 hours prior to the start of the program.
Author event with Brandy Colbert
Teens are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a conversation with author of books for teens, Brandy Colbert from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 22 via Zoom.
She will discuss themes of her books as well as her path to becoming an author.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom access information.
School busing: Past and future impact
The Boston Public Library will present “School Desegregation in Boston and the United States: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Heading” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.
Farah Stockman is an American journalist who has worked for The Boston Globe and currently reports for The New York Times. In 2016, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in recognition of a series of articles examining the effects of busing on Boston schools. During this talk, Stockman will discuss her experiences reporting on busing in Boston as well as the past and future impact of this monumental moment in Boston and Unites States history.
Join Stockman and Boston Public Library President David Leonard for this virtual conversation about this significant time in Boston history.
This conversation is part of the Lowell Lecture Series. The event is free to the public.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information, including registration.
Online Book Discussion Club
The Online Book Discussion Club at the Boston Public Library will meet on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 to discuss In the Distance by Hernan Diaz (2017).
A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, from whom he was separated in the crowds and chaos during their journey across the sea. Moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West, he is driven back again and again, meeting naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen-and his exploits turn him into a legend.
In the Distance is available in eBook form on Hoopla: www.hoopladigital.com/title/13312155.
Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information; The Zoom invite will be emailed prior to the meeting.
Tai Chi for Wellness
Tai Chi for Wellness will be held online from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 25.
This program is an introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China, which consists of postures that are gentle and flowing. Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.
Eddie is a Tai Chi (Taijichuan) instructor who has studied martial arts for the past 25 years. His training includes studying White Crane Kungfu and Qigong under Grandmaster Woo Ching, as well as Yang Style Taijichuan and Taiji Ball under Grandmaster Yang Jwing Ming.
Visit bpl.org/events for information, including registration.
Pride Month documentary discussions
In honor of Pride month, join the Boston Public Library for a discussion of the documentaries, “Paris Is Burning” and “The Cockettes” with Fayette Hauser, co-founder of The Cockettes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. These films explore the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality in different eras.
Fayette Hauser is an artist, actress, costume designer, author and co-founder of the Cockettes. The Cockettes were a psychedelic drama troupe comprised of male, female, Black, white, American Indian, straight, queer, cis and trans members who pushed the norms and limits of gender and sexuality.
The documentary is available to watch with a BPL card via Kanopy.
“Paris is Burning” chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latinx, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. The documentary is available on YouTube.
Registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Book discussion: ‘A People’s History of Heaven’
Join the BPL for a discussion of A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29.
In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings.
When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and required registration.
LEGO Ship Shape Competition
The USS Constitution Museum is bringing its popular LEGO® Ship Shape Competition online through July 6.
Let your imagination set sail with weekly build challenges that will be announced on Fridays at noon on the Museum’s Facebook page @USSConstitutionMuseum.
How to participate:
1) Build a new LEGO® creation to fit that week’s challenge
2) Take a picture and share in that week’s LEGO ® Competition post. Make sure to include the contestant’s age and a short description of the creation
To make the competition fun for all ages, there will be the following age brackets: 5 years old and younger, 6 to10 years old, 11 to 15 years old and 16 to 105 years old.
The ship with the most likes by Monday at noon will be the winner.
Along the way, they will post some of their staff’s favorite past winners and LEGO® related activities and instructions.
Learn more at https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/events/lego-ship-shape-competition.
USS Constitution & Museum virtual tours and activities
The USS Constitution and USS Constitution Museum are online.
- Take a virtual tour of the USS Constitution on Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
- Download the “Old Ironsides” Activity Book
- Play Mini Games
- Discover the Constitution’s History
- Explore the Collection
- Read their Blog
The Museum will be adding new digital content daily on its website and social media channels.
Visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution/visitor; ussconstitutionmuseum.org; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Spectacle Island Virtual 5K
Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want from Saturday, June 13 through Tuesday, June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you binge your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.
The registration fee is $20. All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families: Register and learn more at bostonharbornow.org.
Gold Rush: A Virtual Escape Room for Teens
The Boston Public Library is back with an all-new, premium escape room experience for its teen patrons – and this one’s a true Golden opportunity.
BPL’s esteemed partner Escape Game Remote Adventures brings you “Gold Rush:” a virtual escape room with a compelling Live component – your very own prospector navigating a physical escape room in real time from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays through June 30.
In “Gold Rush,” up to eight intrepid participants will work together to direct the live prospector to locate and solve a variety of puzzles in order to discover cleverly hidden gold. A simple online inventory will help keep track of everything that you find, but it will take focus, cunning, and logic to put all the pieces together before the mob arrives. A generous hint system offered by a live room host ensures that even beginner-level gold-diggers will enjoy the hunt.
Each participant must have access to Zoom videoconferencing software and an Internet browser in order to communicate and collaborate with others throughout the experience.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. All registrants will receive essential confirmation emails prior to the live event.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Virtual Story Book & Art Project Series
The Charlestown branch of the Public Library is collaborating with Essem Art Studio to bring a fun summer-long Story + Art series.
The first six-week series will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23 through July 28 with Eileen Whittle.
Each week, a story book and art project (geared for ages 2 through 8, but open all all) will be published to Facebook @bplcharlestown and Instagram @essemartstudio.
There will be opportunities for fun community engagement and rewards for participation along the way.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including the Book Titles.
Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A Live Animal Crossing Twitch Stream
For many across the globe, Nintendo's adorable Animal Crossing island simulation has been a welcome respite from the daily doldrums of lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island - known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. This is free to all.
Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space.
Drop in anytime to chat with them live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game, drop a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they will set you up with a Dodo Code.
Facebook Live: Pajama Story Time
Let's have a pajama party! Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal, and join Librarian Rebecca at the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed Pajama Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through June 25.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Charlestown Family Engagement Network presents Community Storytellers – a new story time series for kids.
A new friend from the neighborhood will read their favorite children’s story at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays @Ctownfen Facebook Page through June 26.
Want to read your favorite story? Contact email@example.com to sign up.
Visit www.kennedycenter.org for details.
Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga
Unwind with Gentle Yoga – brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.
The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.
The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.
You can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.
Fresh Truck open air markets
The Fresh Truck weekly markets provide fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables while keeping staff volunteers, and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 crises.
Locations now open:
Mondays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BHA & Newtown, 38 O’Reilley Way in Charlestown
Tuesdays: 2 to 4 p.m. at PJK School, 343 Saratoga St., in East Boston
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Broadway BHA, 7 Joyce Hayes Way in South Boston
Thursdays: 10 a.m. to noon at Mary Ellen McCormack BHA, Sterling Square in South Boston
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin Field BHA, 90 Ames St. in Dorchester
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faneuil Gardens BHA, 45 Faneuil St. in Brighton
Cash, credit & EBT/HIP accepted at all locations.
Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.
JFK – Charlestown meal site update
Free Grab and Go for kids and adults are available from 8 a.m. to noon at the Kennedy Center at 23A Moulton St.
Family Engagement Resources, books and activities and food Pantry Bags will be available (while supplies last).
For more information, contact Crystal Galvin at 617-241-8866, ext. 1352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BPL To Go
As of June 22, patrons can pick up physical items at the Boston Public Library with the new “BPL to Go” program.
Using the library website, phone line, or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs.
The pilot program will launch first at the Central Library in Copley Square, the Codman Square Branch, the East Boston Branch, the Jamaica Plain Branch, and the Mattapan Branch and will then gradually be deployed to other branches.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit www.bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
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, hurricanes in the South and more recently, COVID-19.
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.
Harvest on Vine Food Pantry – Donation requests and distribution
The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting donations of non-perishable foods, such as boxes of cereal, beef stew, soup, condiments, peanut butter, jelly and cans of coffee along with hygiene and cleaning products.
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.
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Food is distributed at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month and at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month.
For more information, phone 617-990-7314.
For more than 56 years, the Kennedy Center has provided critical safety nets for Charlestown’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors.
To keep up to date with the latest news, you can subscribe to their feeds on social media and/or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @KennedyFSC and/or visit them at www.KennedyCenter.org.
If you would like to make a financial donation to help make a difference for highly at-risk individuals and families in need, visit www.kennedycenter.org/donate.
Free citywide meal sites for Boston residents
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.
For a list of meal sites, visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston#map--409806 or www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8098.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email email@example.com with questions or concerns or for other information.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.