Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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'Cookie with a Cop'

The Anchor at the Shipyard will host the popular family program, “Cookie with a Cop” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20.

Nothing is sweeter than getting in the holiday spirit and decorating some delicious sugar cookies. All participants will receive sugar cookies to decorate and individual, one-time use decorating kits.

Seats are complimentary. Mask/face coverings are required.

Go to for more information and registration.

Holiday Festivities at The Anchor

The Anchor at 1 Shipyard Park will be full of “socially distanced” holiday festivities on Saturday, Dec. 19, including a live ice sculpture carving starting at 3 p.m. and the holiday tree lighting at 6 p.m.

There will be made-to-order s’mores and hot cocoa; plenty of ways to keep warm: warm beverages, heat lamps, hand warmers and Anchor fleece blankets. Their igloos will also be returning for the home stretch of the season.

Be sure to check out their grove of 50 trees of various sizes, shapes and decoration in the fountain area as well.

People can make a reservation for a table to join them in person, People can also follow them on Facebook to watch the live stream event from home.

Go to for more information.

Pitching in for Kids Presents: Candy Land

Travel down the “magical road” to ‘sweet’ surprises while enjoying an afternoon of family fun from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 in an amazing and safe outdoor space at The Anchor at 1 Shipyard Park.

Every child will be able to pick a new toy or game complimentary of HASBRO.

There will be plenty of photo opportunities with Ice Sculptures and Candy Lad characters overlooking the Boston skyline.

Donations towards itching in for Kids are welcomed and encouraged.

Pre-registration is required at

Last call for Toys for Tots

New, unwrapped toys to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program can be dropped off at any State Police barracks, fire stations or police departments through Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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

Go to for more information, including the link to donate.

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 Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Jan. 5 at www/

2020 Christmas Shop

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

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

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

Go to for more information.

Painting & Pancakes

The Anchor at the Charlestown Navy Yard will host a fun socially distanced paint party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27.

Each painter will receive a new one time use art supply kit. This is a freestyle painting event – paint a winter or holiday themed scene, or whatever your inner artist desires!

Participants will also be able to enjoy a Jazz & Soul Brunch featuring rotating jazz, soul, funk and reggae tunes and delicious brunch classics! There's nothing better than live music on the waterfront with a glass of mimosa and a plate of pancakes in hand (and painting!).

*Seats for painting are complimentary & limited. *Mask/face coverings are required.

Visit for more information and registration. and registration.

Facebook Live: Story and a Snack

Follow along with the Boston Public Library librarians as they share stories and show you how to cook up a delicious snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26 at

Ice sculpture stroll

Boston Harbor Now is organizing free, fun, safe activities, including an ice sculpture stroll from 1 p.m. to dusk on New Year’s Eve (Thursday, Dec. 31).

Follow the ice sculpture stroll (maps available) to more than a dozen sites and activities and enjoy waterfront activations such as:

Holiday Lights at the Boston Public Market; Winter on the Waterfront Bingo; Virtual Scavenger Hunts in Charlestown, East Boston and Downtown; and Snowport - Seaport’s new Winter Village. People can also enter the Staycation Giveaway Contest.

Visit for more details.

Live ice sculpture carving

People will not want to miss the live ice sculpture carving of a polar bear done by Ice Effects at The Anchor at 1 Shipyard Park from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.

There will be made-to-order s’mores and hot cocoa; plenty of ways to keep warm: warm beverages, heat lamps, hand warmers and Anchor fleece blankets. Their igloos will also be returning for the home stretch of the season.

Go to for more information.

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 purchased and delivered to and/or ordered online and send directly to the

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

Go to for more information.

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

To make a monetary donation, please visit

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

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 or phone 617-990-7314.

Live @ 5 – Cancelled

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 on

Visit for more information.

Bootcamp – Cancelled

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 for more information and registration.

Yoga with Jules – Cancelled

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 for more information and registration.

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.

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.

Row House full-body strength – Cancelled

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 11 a.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 26. Instructors will rotate weekly. Remember to bring your mat and wear your masks.

Go to for more information and required preregistration.

‘The Struggle for Freedom’

Boston Public Library and National Park Service will present The Struggle for Freedom: Patriots of Color at Bunker Hill at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The American Revolution was an era-changing historical earthquake. The speakers will introduce you to three local African American militiamen (Caesar Ferrit, Prince Estabrook, and Cato Smith) who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Their stories reach across the centuries, speaking to us today about their struggle for freedom.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Book discussion: ‘News of the World’

The Charlestown Public Library’s virtual book group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11.

The group will read and discuss News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving newspaper readings to audiences hungry for news of the world. When offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young captive from the Kiowa Tribe to her relatives in San Antonio, he finds himself faced with a moral dilemma and a terrible choice of action.

Visit for more information and Zoom 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 for more information and registration.

Future Readers Book Club and events

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.

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 to start the hunt.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit for more information, including the Zoom link.

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.

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:;; 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

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

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 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.

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

This is the annual Holiday Sing & Stroll in the Charlestown Navy Yard from a past year in the brick amphitheater of Shipyard Park in Charlestown. Next year's Christmas season should be a lot more festive than this one has been.