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Captains of USS Constitution: Hail & Farewell

USS Constitution is making history… again. This month, the USS Constitution bids farewell to CDR John A. Benda and welcomes CDR Billie June (BJ) Farrell, the first woman to take command of “Old Ironsides.”

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, join the Museum for Captains of Constitution: Hail + Farewell when they will celebrate these two historic commanding officers in a free, public virtual event. This is an opportunity to hear directly from CDR Benda and CDR Farrell before the change of command: what does it mean to be captain of America’s Ship of State, what are the plans for the future of the ship and whose home state has the better signature dish?

Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TLLtK2H-QUCUCpc6pH0vfg for more information.

Book Discussion: ‘The Authenticity Project’

The Charlestown Branch Library book group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20.

The group will discuss The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley.

Lonely artist and septuagenarian Julian Jessop left a green notebook with the title of The Authenticity Project behind in Monica’s Cafe, daring others to reveal the true stories of their lives. Monica finds it and writes her own true-to-life tale, before leaving it in the wine bar across the street and setting in motion the transformation of the lives of six utter strangers.

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

CraftBoston Holiday Online

Join Society of Arts + Crafts to shop the artists’ handmade wares and participate in virtual events and artist-led workshops streamed from their studios through Sunday, Jan. 30 at https://societyofcrafts.org/craftboston-holiday-online-2021.

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.

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 https://bit.ly/BPLY0GA. No registration is required.

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 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.

Extremely-Critical Shortage - Donate blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center                

Help save a life by donating blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. (inside the Tufts Medical Center) to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross:

– Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

– Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 8:15 p.m.

– Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

– Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network activities

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network will continue to offer virtual, onsite and specialty programing on select days and times, including yoga, movement and mediation, fitness training, indoor cycling, sled hockey, pickleball, wheelchair basketball and indoor rock climbing, green growers plant therapy and found sound, among others.

Visit sasc.spauldingrehab.org 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 www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families 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 www.bgcb.org 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 https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org 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, you can view the surrounding area through 360-degree Live Webcams. 

Until further notice, the Bunker Hill Monument remains closed.

Learn more at www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/bhm.htm.

Historic neighborhood tour

The Charlestown Preservation Society features 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.

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 https://stmarystcatherine.org/harvest-on-vine.

Food access and resources information                             

The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food that reflects the diversity of the residents of Boston.

– Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

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

– Visit www.projectbread.org/get-help or 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 https://newhealthcenter.org/charitable-giving.

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.

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, volunteerboston@rmhcne.org or phone 617-398-6458 to schedule the delivery of collected items to their office in Charlestown.

Visit https://rmhcne.org for more information.