Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Animal dance party

Bring a friend make new ones and get WILD on the dance floor with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. Parents and caregivers are also invited.

This event will also be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Visit gsema.org for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)

Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 on Zoom.

Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

‘The Struggle for Freedom: Patriots of Color at Bunker Hill’

The Shirley-Eustis House Association, Boston National Historical Park and the Gibson House Museum will host an online presentation followed by a Q&A at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 highlighting the lives of four Black men – some enslaved, some free – who fought against the British at the Battle of Bunker Hill in June 1775.

Barzillai Lew, Cuff Blanchard-Chambers, Cuff Whittemore and Jude Hall were among the thousands of men of color who chose to fight with the Patriots in a war that seemed to hold no explicit promise of liberty for Black people.

Boston National Historical Park staff members Merrill Kohlhofer and Gabriella Hornbeck have combed through archival records and recent research to piece together the stories of these four men and their reasons for supporting the Patriot cause. The presentation offers a sample of the growing efforts among historians to revisit and revise the conventional stories we tell about the American Revolution.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information and registration, visit www.shirleyeustishouse.org or

www.eventbrite.com/e/the-struggle-for-freedom-patriots-of-color-at-bunker-hill-tickets-116343682085.

Book discussion: ‘The Mountain Sing’

The Boston Public Library will host a virtual book discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The group will discuss The Mountains Sing, a novel by Phan Que Mai Nguyen.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

Tai Chi for Wellness

Join the Boston Public Library for Tai Chi for Wellness from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 and Oct. 8 via Zoom.

This program is an introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China that consists of gentle and flowing postures. 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 more information and (early) registration.

Robot building party

You’re invited! Bring a friend, make new ones and build a robot with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Parents and caregivers are also invited to join in.

Visit gsema.org for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 27 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Jackbox Party Gaming for Teens on Twitch

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Party Gaming on Twitch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 16 in the Virtual Teen Room.

They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

Just Writing: A poetry workshop

When the world gets delayed and your truth sits silent inside, just write!

Join the Boston Public Library for Just Writing, an online poetry writing workshop hosted by Toni Bee – storyteller, community advocate and Poet Populist emeritus, of Cambridge from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 16.

Topics will include nature, free writes, Prince and “the things you miss.”

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

Facebook Live: Story and a craft

What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – sponsored by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 30.

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.

Spaulding Rehab virtual and onsite programs

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network offers a variety of sports and exercise programs throughout the week. Some are offered on Zoom while others are offered on site.

Visit sasc.spauldingrehab.org for more information.

Seniors’ Chair Yoga

Join Boston Public Library and Yoga Hub for Seniors’ Chair Yoga from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3 via Zoom.

Seniors’ Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced while sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. People will learn calming postures and breathing techniques to open energy channels, release tension, and alleviate pain. This type of yoga is great for people to improve physical comfort, cultivate balance and move easily through daily activities. Participants will need an upright chair and computer or phone for the session.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (early) registration.

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. on Mondays through Thursdays

- 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.

Boston National Historical Park is open

Boston National Historical Park has reopened access to all grounds and open-air spaces in compliance with state and local regulations.

Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays (closed from noon to 2 p.m. for cleaning).

The USS Constitution Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays.

The US Navy Constitution will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays.

The USS Cassin Young (DD-793) Main Deck will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays – weather permitting; closed from noon to 2 p.m. for cleaning.

Rangers will be roving at Charlestown Navy Yard and Bunker Hill Monument grounds from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting) on Wednesdays through Sundays to provide informal interpretation and visitor services.

The Bunker Hill Monument along with the America’s National Park Store and the Charlestown Historical Society offices will reopen at a later date.

Visit nps.gov for more information, including 360 Live Panoramas, photos and multimedia, and a virtual Freedom Trail Tour and Coloring page.

Visit Boston National Historical Park sites

Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Many of the historic sites that make up Boston National Historical Park can be found along the Freedom Trail. In downtown Boston, the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church bring to life the American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government, and self-determination.

In Charlestown, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Nearby is the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the nation's first naval shipyards and home to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

Located in South Boston and separate from the Freedom Trail, Dorchester Heights is significant for its role in the evacuation of the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.

Visit www.bostonusa.com/listings/boston-national-historical-park/11563 for more information.

Courageous Sailing

Courageous Sailing is a nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor.

The Courageous Sailing Centers are located at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard; UMass Boston Dorchester Campus; and at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain.

To learn more about the Adult Programming; Youth Programming Components (Summer Youth Programs, STEM Resources and After School Sailing); and the Courageous at Home and Courageous Together activities and events, visit www.courageoussailing.org and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Boston Harbor Now and their partners present “Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt” running through Oct. 12 in Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston, South Boston and Spectacle Island.

Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. People can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.

To play, visit https://edventurebuilder.com/BHN and/or bostonharbornow.org/Scavenger2020.

Select your hunt, participate as much or as little as you’d like and enter to win a prize.

Charlestown Farmer’s Market

The Charlestown Farmers’ Market will be held at 10 City Square (on Main Street next the Hubway Bike stand) from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through October 28.

The vendors accept cash, credit, EBT-SNAP, HIP, WIC, & other food supports.

Fresh Truck open air market

The Fresh Truck will be at BHA & Newtown, 38 O’Reilly Way from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on

Mondays providing fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables following health and safety guidelines.

Cash, credit and EBT/HIP accepted.

Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.

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, email tmacdonald@stmarystcatherine.org or phone 617-990-7314.

Free summer ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults

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” meals for Boston residents (adults and children) in need. No ID required.

Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email food@boston.gov 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.

Disaster relief donations

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to support the Disaster Relief Fund. The donations will be used to benefit those affected by COVID-19 and other disasters.

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.

Kennedy Center

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.

‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit

“WOW: Wind on Water,” a year-long outdoor public art exhibit of Wind Sculptures™ by internationally renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, 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.

The collection of Whitaker’s diverse kinetic sculptures, ranging from approximately 6 to 18 feet in height, are comprised of intricate and gracefully moving metals – including copper, steel and stainless steel that spin on sealed ball bearings – that will be continually propelled by the Boston Harbor’s windy micro-climate, spinning and twirling in imaginative syncopation.

Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy viewing the sculptures’ majestic and magical movements while walking, biking and breathing fresh harbor breezes (using safe physical distancing).

More information about Lyman Whitaker and his work is available at www.navyyardgarden.org.

BPL To Go and more

The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program at 22 of the 26 locations.

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 and pick them up at the library. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.

All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.

Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.

Historic neighborhood tour

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

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

Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers

To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.

Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.