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These are some of the Marines stationed at the Charlestown Navy Yard around 1900. Photo from/Boston Public Library

St. John’s Virtual Harvest Fair, 2021

Turkey Pies, Apple Pies, Bake Sale and Crafts

Order online at and pick up fresh baked pies and other items from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, Nov. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 1 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 27 Devins St.

‘Hi-Gloss: Expressions of Glazing in Oil & Acrylic’

“Hi-Gloss: Expressions of Glazing in Oil & Acrylic,” a duo exhibition by Julie Alailima and Ella Lesatele will be on view at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St. through Nov. 14.

Gallery hours: 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

Visit for more information.

Zen Garden River Rocks Paint Party

JJ of JJ Artworks will walk participants through designing and painting their own Zen garden river rocks from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park.

Visit for more information and registration.

Community sled hockey practices                          

Community sled hockey practices will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 at Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink, 150 Rutherford Ave.

Sled hockey enables youth and adults to play hockey in a seated position with blades beneath them. Coaching and equipment will be provided to participants in all sled hockey sessions. 

Practices and clinics consist of group drills, small games, scrimmaging and individual coaching. Sessions are open to able-bodied friends and family members as well.

Visit for more information and registration ($5 per session | Free for veterans).

Midweek Mindfulness

Everyone could use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.

Join Boston Public Library YA librarian Paul to discuss mindfulness, dedicate some time to meditation and practice a few exercises that will help you live more fully in the now.

The program will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Suitable for teens and young adults.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Friends Council's Fall Fundraiser 2021

Join Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston's Friends Council for a fun and festive cocktail party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park.

They’re kicking off the season of giving with an evening of socializing over city views, tasty bites, and seasonal sips. Hear from BGCB leadership how their clubs continue to make an impact for youth and families—and how to join their efforts.

Visit for more information and registration ($25).

Community Read Book Group for Adults: ‘Krik? Krak!’

The Boston Public Library Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.

The librarian will moderate the discussion of “Krik? Krak!” by Edwidge Danticat.

In a collection of interrelated short stories, Danticat examines the lives of ordinary Haitians, particularly those struggling to survive under the brutal Duvalier regime. 

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Kanopy Club: ‘Tickled’

Following the Year-long Reading Challenge's November theme of “An Author Born Outside the United States,” the Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film, “Tickled” (2017, R) on Kanopy then join the Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.

Visit for more information, including synopsis, and Zoom registration.

CraftBoston Holiday Online

Artists will showcase one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces perfect for gift-gifting, including ceramics, decorative fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, toys, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

Join Society of Arts + Crafts to shop the artists’ handmade wares and participate in virtual events and artist-led workshops streamed from their studios from Friday, Nov 12 through Sunday, Jan. 30 at

United Way’s 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Project 

United Way’s 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Project – taking place through Saturday, Nov. 20 – will help provide 18,000 families with the full ingredients needed for a Thanksgiving celebration. 

For $50, donors can provide a family in need with a Thanksgiving bag from United Way that includes: canned corn, canned green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, beans, rice, cornbread and an aluminum turkey pan. Families also receive either a turkey, or a grocery gift card to purchase a turkey, depending on which site they pick up their meals.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, volunteers will distribute the Thanksgiving bags at distribution sites in the Boston neighborhoods of Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, South End and South Boston as well 27 other communities.

Visit for more information and the link to the app or go directly to the giving app at

BBF November walking tours                                

The Boston by Foot Heart of the Freedom Trail tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and The Road to Revolution tours will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturdays in November.

Visit for more information and reservations (Adults: $15 | Child: $8 | Child under 6: Free).

Senior Aerobics + Tai Chi

An aerobics class will be held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and a Tai Chi class will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays for seniors at the Kennedy Center, 55 Bunker Hill.

Visit for more information and registration.

Family Book Club

A Family Book Club will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Kennedy Center, 55 Bunker Hill.

Visit for more information.

Falls Prevention Group

The risk of falling – and fall-related problems – rises as people age.

Occupational Therapy students and faculty from MGH Institute of Health Professions will offer a Falls Prevention Group to all interested seniors from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 16 at the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc.'s Community Services Department, 15 Tufts St.

The group will include education on how to prevent falls, physical movement to improve balance, brainstorming on ways to help stay safe and more.

Visit for more information and registration.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga         

Join the Boston Public Library remotely from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays for a gentle yoga class by Hands to Heart Center (HTHC). Participants can expect a beginner-level one hour yoga flow, with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels. All are welcome.

These classes will be live-streamed on HTHC's YouTube channel, where previously recorded sessions may also be found.

To attend, visit No registration is required.

Fitness at The Anchor                                                                                                                     

The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park offers a variety of fitness programs at various times throughout the week.

Visit for more information and registration.

Live @ 5                                                                                            

The Anchor at the scenic Shipyard Park offers an intimate singer songwriter experience – featuring their talented roster of musicians from 5 to 7 p.m. on most weeknights.

Visit for more information and registration.

Future Readers Book Club and events

The Boston Public Library hosts 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.

Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC                                     

Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. The Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.

Sign up at or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767).

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network activities                                            


The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network will continue to offer virtual and onsite programing on select days and times, including yoga, fitness training and adaptive cycling, among others.

Visit for more information, including class description, schedule, registration and fees.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit for more information and registration.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.

Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.

Visit for more information and registration.

USS Constitution and Museum                              

The USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. Enjoy a free, guided tour of Old Ironsides or explore the top deck at your own pace. The crew will host a live virtual tour at 1 p.m. on Mondays.

The Constitution Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit and their social media channels for more information, including new digital content and events.

The Bunker Hill Monument, Lodge and Museum

The Bunker Hill Museum – where visitors can explore more about the Battle of Bunker Hill, the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument, the memory of the battle and the history of the Charlestown neighborhood – is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

The Bunker Hill Museum, the Lodge and the base of the Monument are accessible. The only means to reach the top of Bunker Hill Monument is via 294 stairs; at the top of the monument through 360-degree Live Webcams. 

Until further notice, the Bunker Hill Monument remains closed.

Learn more at

Historic neighborhood tour

The Charlestown Preservation Society features 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.

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry – donations and distributions                                                      

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry, 49 Vine St. (Hayes Square) is requesting donations of non-perishable foods along with toiletries and cleaning products and/or monetary contributions to help serve the increasing number of residents in need of assistance – more than 500 families per month, a 100 percent increase from last year. 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, visit

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Food program donations                                                                             

Monetary and food donations are being accepted for the Food Insecurity Program at NEW Health. More than 100 families per month are being served.

For details, call 857-238-1176 or visit

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

Ronald McDonald House Wish List Drive

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of New England (RMHC NE) provides a comprehensive and supportive network of resources to children facing all pediatric illnesses and their families through Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles.

RMH Boston Harbor needs household items to support their families throughout their stay and ensure apartments are fully stocked with essential items at all times.

The Wishlist items can be found on Amazon or on the RMH Boston Harbor online Wishlist and can be purchased anywhere.

Contact the RMH Boston Harbor Volunteer Coordinator, or phone 617-398-6458 to schedule the delivery of collected items to their office in Charlestown.

Visit for more information.