Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes
Spectacle Island Virtual 5K
Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want through 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 watch 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. Register and learn more at www.bostonharbornow.org.
Book discussion: ‘A People’s History of Heaven’
Join the Boston Public Library 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 www.bpl.org/events for more information and required registration.
Celebrate 4th of July with USS Constitution & Museum
To safely celebrate Independence Day, the USS Constitution will host a series of presentations on July 4th, using Facebook Live.
The full series of live events will run approximately three hours and will include a 21-gun salute, tours of the ship, climbing demonstrations, boarding pike drills, 19th-century gun drills and a public trivia contest, giving viewers a chance to win one of 21 saluting battery rounds fired from the ship.
The event will be hosted by the ship’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial.
The USS Constitution Museum will offer special digital experiences for July 4, including videos and family-friendly activities where online visitors learn how to fold an American flag, fire a miniature cannon and more. Information will be available on the Museum website at www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
Get more information about the Navy from US Navy facebook (www.facebook.com/USNavy) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/usnavy).
For more news from USS Constitution, visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution.
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.
Courageous Sailing at Home
Pining for the sea? Here is a little taste of the Courageous experience to enjoy at home. Whether you’re looking for sailing-related science activities for kids, brushing up on the basics before putting them into practice, upping your game with racing tips or just missing the Courageous community, this is the place to visit.
Until they can get back on the water, they’ll be adding to the collection of resources, conversations, and entertainment to keep everyone connected with each other and with the sport we all love. Have a suggestion? Let them know.
Visit www.courageoussailing.org for more information.
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 July 7.
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 www.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 www.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 BPL 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, and most importantly, 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. You can drop in anytime to chat with them Live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game yourself, drop them a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they can set you up with a Dodo Code.
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.
Book discussion: ‘Convenience Store Woman’
Join The Boston Public Library’s online book discussion from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 13.
The Group will discuss Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.
The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling more than 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of 36-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of 18, she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life.
A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.
For information on how to join and to register for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information.
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 from July 1 through October.
The vendors accept cash, credit, EBT-SNAP, HIP, WIC, & other food supports.
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
‘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.leopoldgallery.com.
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 and 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.
For more information, contact Crystal Galvin at 617-241-8866, ext. 1352 or email@example.com.
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, email firstname.lastname@example.org or 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 '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 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.