Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
A Spooktacular Game Night
Get decked out in your Halloween duds and join the USS Constitution Museum for a virtual program full of frightful family fun from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.
Test your family’s knowledge, skill, and luck in four interactive games. From answering questions related to the gross and icky history associated with Constitution to quickly searching your home for maritime superstitions, this virtual program will have you moving and laughing as your family competes to be the night’s winner.
This program is ideal for families with kids, 13 and under. Though not required, costumes are encouraged and will receive an extra bonus point towards the grand prize.
Register now at ussconstitutionmuseum.org/events/a-spooktacular-game-night.
Anchor Trick or Treat
Halloween may be a bit different this year, but that doesn't mean your favorite spooky traditions have to go away.
Join the folks at The Anchor Boston on Halloween Day for an all-ages socially distant trick or treat around The Anchor. Stick around afterwards to enjoy a specialty Halloween brunch with family and friends.
Anchor Trick or Treat will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
*Masks or face coverings required.
Go to https://theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information.
Halloween Eat & Treat 2020
As an alternative to buying candy, decorations and music this year, people are encouraged to redirect of the generous contributions to “Charlestown Halloween” to support of the Harvest on the Vine food bank during the “Eat and Treat” month of October to help alleviate food insecurity in the community.
Please donate to: https://mygoodness.benevity.org/community/fundraiser/42637 or to "Harvest on Vine" Cambridge Savings Bank, One Thompson Square, Charlestown, MA 02129.
Halloween PLAN B 2020
Celebrate Halloween Plan B 2020 on Zoom this year.
A Halloween ZOOM will include the Monument Square Wizard’s poem and other surprises.
Schools, groups and clubs are encouraged to offer additional ZOOM safe activities where children can stay home and share their costumes with friends, and enjoy the tradition of Halloween.
The tradition lives and we can still have fun, despite the COVID 19 disruptions. This is the year for “Charlestown Strong.” Let’s make this great.
For more information, contact Diane Valle, 617-791-5663, email@example.com
For CDC information and holiday ideas, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.
Ballot drop boxes
Ballot drop boxes will be available outside the main entrances of the following Boston Public Library locations:
Central (Johnson Building - on the right of the Boylston Street entrance), Brighton, Charlestown, East Boston, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Parker Hill, Roxbury, South Boston and West Roxbury.
There will not be one at the South End Branch, probably because it's relatively close to the Central Library.
These drop boxes for mail-in ballots will be available until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Election Day.
Please visit www.boston.gov/news/mail-voting-information-city-boston for the full list of ballot drop box locations and other information about voting by mail in Boston.
The Charlestown Public Library’s virtual book group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2.
The group will discuss The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold.
About The Five: Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine, and Mary Jane are famous for their deaths in 1888 at the hands of "Jack the Ripper." They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses, lived on country estates, breathed ink dust from printing presses, and escaped human traffickers.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Facebook Live: Story and a Craft
What will we create today? Join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft for children, 4 to 8 years old, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Be your own artist - paint the colors of fall, a pet or the scenery at The Anchor at the Navy Yard from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Each painter will receive a new, one-time use canvas and art supply kit.
Space is limited and masks/face coverings are required.
Go to https://theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information and required pre-registration.
Story and art collaboration
Children, five years and younger, are invited to enjoy a seven-week art and story-time collaboration with the Charlestown Library and the Essem Art Studio from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on:
Wednesday, Nov. 4: Leaf Man | Creating a leaf person
Tuesday, Nov. 10: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Book | When Ruth Bader Ginsburg Chewed 100 Sticks of Gum
Wednesday, Nov. 18: I Like Myself | Mixed media self-portrait (Art supplies, Leaves, Collage)
Monday, Nov. 23: Tiny Little Things | Thanksgiving gratitude
The program will take place at www.facebook.com/bplcharlestown.
Seniors’ chair yoga
Join Boston Public Library and Yoga Hub for Seniors’ chair yoga from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, 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.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (early) registration.
Pajama Story Time is moving to Zoom
Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal and join Librarian Rebecca for end-of-day stories, songs and movement from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. Wind down with a cozy craft inspired by the reading. This story time is ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary kids.
Email Librarian Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.
Bunker Hill Monument and Museum
Following guidance from the CDC, recommendations from state and local public health authorities as well as NPS Public Health Service Officers, the Bunker Hill Museum will be open on a modified schedule: Wednesdays - Sundays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Bunker Hill Monument remains closed.
Learn more at www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/hours.htm.
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.
Some of the onsite programs include: Chair Yoga, Core and Stretch, Cycling, Outdoor Spin, Total Body Pump and Upper Body Pump.
Some of the virtual programs offered on Zoom include Chair Yoga, Core and Stretch, Dance with Parkinson's, Exercise for Stroke and Brain Injury, Found Sound: Group Drum Circle, Movement and Meditation, Weingarten Upper or Total Body Pump and Weingarten Yoga.
Visit sasc.spauldingrehab.org for more information, including class description and schedule, and registration.
Live @ 5
Join The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park at 5 p.m. on weekdays for an intimate singer songwriter outdoor scenic experience – featuring a talented roster of musicians including Eric Marcs, Jimmy Toascano, Sarah Clavijo, Shelagh O’Brien and many more.
Visit theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information.
Future Readers Book Club
The Boston Public Library will host the Future Readers Club for children, ages five years and younger, and their caregivers, with a goal of reading 1,000 books together before the child begins kindergarten.
Register at bpl.org to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at bostonpl.beanstack.org.
In addition, the BPL offers an assortment of programs as part of the Future Readers Club to engage children in stories, songs, finger play and crafts.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to each event.
Online Homework Assistance Program
The Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Open to K-8, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org for more information.
Cardio Blast with Eli from Charlestown YMCA will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park.
Cardio Blast is for anyone looking to get lean, toned and fit – fast. Each class will have a combination of total body exercises as well as cardio specific exercises. Instructors guide people through correct technique as they work with a variety of body weight exercises. It will burn up loads of calories while toning muscles and strengthening the core.
Visit theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information and registration.
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 Nov. 24 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Come work up a sweat in this power hour boot camp session with Meg at The Shipyard, 1 Shipyard Park from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 24.
Masks and pre-registration required - spaces are limited!
To pre-register, message Meg via Instagram to confirm your spot @MeganLPoli or @Alpha_Atleta.
Visit theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information and registration.
Road 2 Kindergarten
The Kennedy Center will host the Road 2 Kindergarten, a six-week virtual program at 4 p.m. on Thursdays through, Nov. 19 on Facebook.
Among the fun to get ready for kindergarten will be stories, learning, games, songs.
Visit www.kennedycenter.org 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 Dec. 18.
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.
People can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.
YMCA of Greater Boston fall preview
The YMCA of Greater Boston is offering all members and non-members an opportunity to preview their Fall 2020 programs with a free preview week at all 13 YMCA of Greater Boston branches. The fall preview will provide parents and children the opportunity to experience a program with the Y and see how fun and safe it can be.
Fall programing will run through December and will consist of two sessions. Each session will include soccer, basketball, t-ball, sports sampler, swim lessons, semi- private & private swim and physical education. The Jr. Celtics skills and drills program is back and will run for10 weeks through Dec. 20.
All sports clinics and group swim lessons will be included in family memberships through the end of the year (*Due to limited capacity, one clinic and lesson per child, per session). Members of the East Boston YMCA can take advantage of group swim lessons at any other YMCA of Greater Boston locations.
For more information about memberships, visit ymcaboston.org.
Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at https://ymcaboston.org/active-programs. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth - 18 years of age and under - through Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
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
- Check out the educational series, 'A Sailor’s Life, Live!
- 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 – Charlestown 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.
Visit nps.gov for more information, including 360 Live Panoramas, photos and multimedia, a virtual Freedom Trail Tour and Coloring page.
‘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.
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 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.
Harvest on Vine Food Pantry
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 the month and at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month.
For more information, email email@example.com or phone 617-990-7314.
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.
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.
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.