Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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JFK Center annual holiday drive

The John F. Kennedy Family Service Center needs help in their efforts to bring joy and hope to hundreds of Charlestown children through their annual holiday drive.

This year, they will be providing all children a fabulous gift set. Each gift set will contain a new set of pajamas, a bedtime story, two age-appropriate toys and a "wish list" item.

Although they cannot accept gifts as they have in the past, people can still sponsor families or help by contributing to their bulk purchasing costs.

To sponsor a family or for more information, contact Crystal Galvin, Director of Community Services at cgalvin@kennedycenter.org.

To make a monetary donation, please visit www.kennedycenter.org/donate.

‘The Land of Forgotten Toys: A Christmas Musical’

Charlestown Working Theater & NEMPAC Music Theatre Troupe will present a virtual production of The Land of Forgotten Toys: A Christmas Musical from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13.

With an ensemble of 14 students (in grades 2-7), students have been rehearsing since September via Zoom and will showcase their performance livestreamed to your homes.

Visit https://nempacboston.org/event for more information and tickets ($10-$15).

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, Dec. 12 to tackle a monthly building challenge. The participants will use supplies found in their homes, principles of engineering and a lot of ingenuity.

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

Facebook Live: Story and a Snack

Follow along with the Boston Public Library staff from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Dec. 29 as they share stories and show people how to cook up a delicious snack.

Find them on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Toys for Tots collection

New, unwrapped toys to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program can be dropped off at CubeSmart, 420 Rutherford Ave., (daily - hours vary) through Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Donations via check can be sent to: Toys for Tots Coordinator, 21 Drydock Ave., Box 21-810W, Boston, MA 02210. You can also make a donation online.

Go to boston-ma.toysfortots.org for more information, including the link to donate.

Researching your home

Learn about resources at the Boston Public Library and beyond that can assist people in discovering the history of their Boston home. This course will take place on Zoom from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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

Coat Boston

City Mission is collecting new, unused coats in all children’s sizes and all teen sizes (including adult men’s and women’s) that will be given directly to Boston schools and organizations that serve low-income families.

Coats can be donated in one of the following ways:

– Buy a coat and deliver it to your organization’s coat drive then dropped off at the Coat Collection Center

– Order online and send directly to the Coat Collection Center (See Wish Lists)

The address is: Coat Collection Center, First Parish Westwood, Attn: City Mission, 252 Nahatan St. Westwood, MA 02090.

Go to citymissionboston.org/coat-boston for more information.

2020 Christmas Shop

Christmas Shop needs support to help bring hope and joy to those most in need during the holiday season.

– People can provide new gifts and clothing (no food items) to individuals and families in need in Boston - View Wish List online

– People can volunteer to help with sorting items and packing them for recipients (adults only).

Go to citymissionboston.org/christmas-shop for more information.

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry appeal

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting donations to help serve the increasing number of residents in need of assistance.

Non-perishable foods along with toiletries and cleaning products can be dropped off at the Food Pantry, 49 Vine St. (Hayes Square); The Cooperative Bank, 201 Main St.; or the Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St. (by the Training Field).

Financial donations can be sent to Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129 or made online at https://stmarystcatherine.org/harvest-on-vine.

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Food distributions take place at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month and at 2 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. The Pantry is also looking for volunteers to assist with distribution.

If you are in need of assistance, please arrive at the distributions with a proof of residence.

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

USS Constitution & Museum virtual tours and activities – sites closed

The USS Constitution and Museum has suspended free public visitation until further notice in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

- 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:

www.navy.mil/local/constitution/visitor; ussconstitutionmuseum.org; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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.

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 Dec. 29 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Bootcamp

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 Dec. 29.

Masks and pre-registration required - spaces are limited.

Enjoy a complimentary hot beverage – choice of coffee, tea, cider or hot chocolate – at The Anchor post class.

Visit theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information and registration.

Yoga with Jules

Flow with Jules in this Vinyasa style class for all levels from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, through Dec. 23 at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park

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

Enjoy a complimentary hot beverage – choice of coffee, tea, cider or hot chocolate – at The Anchor post class.

Visit theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information and registration.

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 (rfox@bpl.org) 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 bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

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 6 p.m. on Fridays through Dec. 18 and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 26. Instructors will rotate weekly.

Remember to bring your mat and wear your masks.

Enjoy a complimentary hot beverage – choice of coffee, tea, cider or hot chocolate – at The Anchor post class.

Go to https://theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information and required pre-registration.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston @ Home

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides all after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms in an interactive setting.

Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.

BHN scavenger hunts

“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will be running through winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.

Go to edventurebuilder.com/BHN to start the hunt.

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/events 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 sasc.spauldingrehab.org for more information, including class description and schedule, and registration.

USS Constitution & Museum virtual tours and activities

- 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:

www.navy.mil/local/constitution/visitor; ussconstitutionmuseum.org; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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 www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAhCpCI6znaYHYhVWIEthqygpbkrAPiGq.

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 ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

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.

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 Thursday, 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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

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.

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.

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.

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.navyyardgarden.org.

Here is Charlestown decorated for a very snowy Christmas time. Learn more about Charlestown's history from the Charlestown Historical Society at www.facebook.com/CharlestownHistoricalSociety.