Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

St. John’s Virtual Harvest Fair

The St. John’s annual Harvest Fair – featuring an array of homemade pies and an assortment of colorful crafts – will be held online through Thursday, Dec. 3.

Order by 6 p.m. on Sunday and pick up your fresh baked pies and other items from 4 to 6 p.m. on the following Thursday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 27 Devens St. (Thanksgiving week pick-up will be on Wednesday, Nov. 25.)

Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to Harvest on Vine, their local food pantry.

Visit for more information, including a “menu” of items to select from and a link to order.

How we did it: Returning to teaching on-campus

The teaching colleagues at the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) will present a panel discussion at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 sharing the trials and triumphs of returning to campus to teach clinical skills during the Fall term.

The panel will feature Lesley Smith (PT) and Meghan Viveiros (PA) and will be moderated by Lynn Foord (PT). Register to receive the Zoom link.

Go to for more information and Zoom registration.

Mapping with Henry! (on Zoom)

Kids in Grades K-3 are invited to join the Children’s Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center for a read-aloud and map-making activity from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

If you have something to draw on and something to draw with, that’s all kids need to participate. They’ll teach a few map concepts and students will create a map that starts them thinking about how to see things geographically. If you send the Map Center pictures of finished maps, they’ll share them online.

Email Librarian Rebecca ( by Nov. 16 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.

Paint party

The Anchor will host a freestyle painting party from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Be your own artist - paint the colors of fall, your pet or the scenery at the Navy Yard. Each painter will receive a brand new, one-time use canvas and art supply kit.

Space is limited, masks/face coverings and pre-registration required.

Reserve a spot by messaging them on Facebook or by emailing

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. 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

Worldbuilding: Imagining the Where (on Zoom)

Students in Grades 4-6 are invited to join the Children’s Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center to learn how maps can help shape imaginary worlds from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Explore examples from a few fantasy and science fiction books -- especially from this month's Book Tasters read, The Last by Katherine Applegate – before creating your own worldbuilding map. You’ll need something to draw with and something to draw on and any other materials you have laying around to add or build with. Be ready to learn some map lingo and exercise your creative muscles.

If you send the Map Center pictures of finished maps, they share them online.

Email Librarian Rebecca ( by Nov. 17 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to our Zoom room.

Gentle movement and meditation

Join the Hands to Heart Center and Jessi Rosinski for an online hour of gentle movement, soothing breathwork and awareness meditation from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Learn practices to ground and center yourself in daily life and cultivate an attitude of mindfulness. No prior experience with mindfulness required.

Visit for more information and registration.

Living Room Conversation: History & Society

While historical narratives are often embraced as representing the “true history,” there is growing awareness of the degree to which they are composed of specific interpretations of certain events (and not of others). As Winston Churchill stated, “History is written by the victors.”

More than representing a specific version of the past, historical narratives are also oriented to the future. They create deep beliefs about who we are, where we come from and what are the right prospects. They also construct images of the others and meanings of intergroup relations, describing others as enemies or allies, superiors or inferiors. Thus, historical narratives prescribe a specific course of actions and justify our attitudes and behaviors toward others.

So, let’s talk about it from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Yoga with Jules

Flow with Jules in this Vinyasa style class for all levels from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 20 at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park

Must bring your own mat. Masks and pre-registration required - spaces are limited.

Visit for more information and registration.

Salute to Service

Enjoy a virtual evening event to hear from Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) and celebrate her exemplary public service at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Colonel Nicole Malachowski is an inspiring veteran, advocate and pioneer. She breaks barriers – as a combat jet fighter pilot, first woman Thunderbirds pilot, White House fellow and speaker. While recovering from a debilitating tick-borne illness in 2017, she regained strength in Boston and regularly visited USS Constitution for inspiration.

The USS Constitution Museum is proud to shine a spotlight on those who serve the country with distinction, as well as to share the stories of how “Old Ironsides” and her crew demonstrate leadership and resilience in challenging times.

General admission tickets to hear Col. Nicole Malachowski’s remarks and Q&A are available for free to Museum members, friends and partners. Please sign up by Nov. 10 at to reserve a spot.

From migration to discrimination

During the Great Migration, thousands of African Americans traveled north with the hope of finding new economic opportunities and leaving behind Jim Crow. A small number made their way to Boston, gaining employment at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Although southern Black migrants found job opportunities at the Navy Yard, some still faced discrimination in their new positions and chose to fight back.

In this talk, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Digital Public History Intern Megan Woods will explore the connections between the Great Migration and the Charlestown Navy Yard and uncover the discrimination Black workers faced at the Navy Yard. Throughout this talk, she will also address research challenges in finding and elevating the voices of African Americans in Boston.

Join the conversation, presented by Boston By Foot from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Go to for more information and registration (0 to $8).

Build It! (on Zoom)

Children, ages 5 through 12 and their families, are invited to join Librarians Patty and Rebecca from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 to tackle a monthly building challenge. The participants will use supplies found in their homes, principles of engineering and a lot of ingenuity.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

USS Constitution Museum virtual field trips

USS Constitution’s past comes to life at the USS Constitution Museum.

The USS Constitution Museum and USS Constitution Education Team offers live virtual field trips to engage students in the history of “Old Ironsides.” Virtual field trips are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays:

A Sailor’s Life for Me? – Discover if the sailor’s life is for you in this interactive program. Through virtual gallery exploration and engaging activities, students will learn about the tasks and teamwork required of early U.S. Navy sailors. (Grades K-12)

Join the Crew – Learn about life at sea on USS Constitution first-hand! From recruitment to daily activities to battle, students will experience a sailor’s life in 1812 and compare that to life in the US Navy today. This program is co-facilitated by a US Navy sailor on board USS Constitution. (Grades K-12)

Ship Design Challenge – USS Constitution was built for speed and strength. Learn from this example in their galleries and on board the Ship with a U.S. Navy sailor, then follow the engineering design process to pick the winning boat in a virtual challenge. (Grades 3-5)

Bring USS Constitution into your classroom at any time with “A Sailor’s Life, Live!” and educational video series about life at sea on board a wooden warship. Recordings of each episode, featuring a Museum educator and US Navy sailor, are available on the Museum’s website at

Row House full-body strength

Row House at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park, is going equipment-free and low-impact with this full-body cardio and strength class. Expect toning, elevated heart-rate and dynamic stretching to increase your flexibility.

The 45-minute classes will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays, 6 p.m. on Fridays, and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 23. Instructors will rotate weekly.

Remember to bring your mat and your masks.

Go to for more information and required pre-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 for more information.

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

Visit for more information.

USS Constitution Museum video series

Historian at Home Video Series – Public Historian Carl Herzog uses the Museum’s collections, archives and online content to explore the lesser known corners of “Old Ironsides” history.

Carl broadcasts live from the Museum at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Tune in on Facebook. Episodes are also available on the Museum’s YouTube page at


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 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 for more information.

Pajama Story Time

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 ( with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.

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 events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

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 for more information.

Spaulding Rehab virtual and onsite programs

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

Some of the programs 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 for more information, including class description and schedule, and registration.

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 to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at

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 for more information and registration to each event.

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. 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

Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at 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 or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

Visit 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. 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:;; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Boston National Historical Park – Charlestown Update

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.

- The Bunker Hill Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

- The Bunker Hill Monument remains closed.

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 for more information, including 360 Live Panoramas, photos and multimedia, 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 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 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 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 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

If you would like to make a financial donation to help make a difference for highly at-risk individuals and families in need, visit

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.

‘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