Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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Muskets, Men and Liberty

Who fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill? Listen to a ranger dressed in period clothing discuss why three men from different backgrounds stepped onto the battlefield. They each had different ambitions, motivations and concerns. The program concludes with a musket firing demonstration.

This program will run on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (pending weather) through Oct. 9. Programs are held outside the Bunker Hill Monument and last approximately 30 minutes.

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Sunday Funday at the National Parks of Boston

Join the National Parks of Boston Rangers at the Charlestown Navy Yard from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays for fun family friendly activities through Oct. 9.

From coloring sheets to rope-making, there are activities for all ages.

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Live @ Five at The Anchor

The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park will feature live music from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 with Selkii and Wednesday, July 20 with Halley Neal and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 22 with Eric Marcs and Solid Ground.

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Inspirational Wood Blocks Paint Party

JJ of JJ Artworks will guide participants through this freestyle event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 where you can paint a set of 4 wooden block cubes in the beautiful setting by the water at The Anchor in the Shipyard Park. Write your own inspirational words such as LOVE, HOPE...or even BEER or WINE.

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Decisive Day Talk

Join Park staff or a volunteer outside of the Bunker Hill Lodge for a "Decisive Day Talk" offered at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 9.

These 15-20 minute talks provide an overview of the Battle of Bunker Hill and its memory. Hear the stories of the colonial militiamen who constructed the redoubt where the Bunker Hill Monument stands today. Consider the experiences of those in British military forces who sustained substantial casualties in pursuit of this position.

Learn about the early inspiration for a Monument to commemorate this early battle of the American Revolutionary War and the individuals and community effort it took to construct.

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USS Cassin Young Tours

USS Cassin Young tours are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 9.

Explore above and below the main deck of USS Cassin Young (DD 793), a Fletcher-class Destroyer that served in the Second World War and throughout the 1950s. Learn how such ships were built and see how the men aboard lived, served, and made sacrifices aboard.

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Succulent Party

Customize and decorate a potted succulent from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at The Anchor in the Shipyard Park. 

Everyone will receive a potted succulent to decorate and take home.

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ParkARTS Arts & Crafts Workshops/Rosalita’s Marionette Puppet Show

Local artists will lead take-home craft projects from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 21 and July 28 at the Doherty Playground, 349 Bunker Hill St.

Perfect for children, ages 3 to 10. All materials are provided.

On July 21 at 11 a.m., experience the charm of Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets at a whimsical puppet show that will delight the child in everyone.

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Navy Yard Strolls & Sculptures Walking Tour

Friends of the Boston Harborwalk and artist Michael Alfano will co-lead a Navy Yard Stroll and Sculptures Walking Tour along the sculpture route in the Charlestown Navy Yard from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. 

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Sunday Funny Day

Like2LaughProductions will present some of Boston's funniest with a MC, feature and headliner plus some special guests from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park.

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Summer Fitness Series Yoga Flow

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom through Saturday, Oct 1 including Yoga Flow from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Doherty Playground, 349 Bunker Hill St.

Visit for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration.

HarborFit: Sunset Yoga at the Charlestown Navy Yard

End the day at the Charlestown Navy Yard with a restorative yoga class overlooking spectacular views of Boston Harbor from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 30.

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Waterfront Wellness at The Anchor

The Waterfront Wellness Series at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park will be held at 6 p.m. during the week and at 10 a.m. on Saturdays as follows:

Monday: Zumba | Tuesday Power Vinyasa | Wednesday: FitCrew | Thursday: HIIT Full Body Workout | Friday: Total Body Conditioning | Saturday: Bootcamp

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AGC@Hood: The Art of Margaret Burns

The Artist Group of Charlestown will feature the paintings of Margaret Burns, longtime Charlestown resident and AGC member through Sunday, Aug. 14 at Hood Park, 500 Rutherford Ave.

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Summer Market at Hood Park

The Summer Market is held at 500 Rutherford Ave. in Hood Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 31.

The Market features local vendors and artisans, food, music and fun.

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.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual Classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom through Saturday, Oct 1.

Here are the virtual classes:

– Virtual Dance Fit: Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.

– Virtual HIIT Training: Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m.

– Pre- and Postnatal Friendly Barre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

– Fit Fusion: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays

– Virtual Chair Yoga: Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.

– Virtual Zumba: Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

– Virtual Yoga: Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Visit for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

BCYF Summer Program Registration is Open

A variety of land and pool programs will be offered at the BCYF community centers across the city this summer.

Go to for more details and registration.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network Summer Activities

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network offers virtual, onsite and specialty programing on select days and times, including yoga, movement and mediation, fitness training, cycling, sled hockey, tennis/pickleball, kayaking, outdoor canoeing, mountain biking, dance with Parkinson’s

and found sound, among others.

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

Boston Summer Camp Listings

For a comprehensive listing of and links to Boston Summer Camps – Art, Sports, Academic and Specialty – visit

Charlestown Farmers Market

The Charlestown Farmers Market will be held in Thompson Square at the corner of Main and Austin streets (next to the Hubway Bike stand) from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through October.

Stop by for some fresh local produce and crafts from local artisans. There will be special events throughout the season.

Venders accept SNAP/EBT/WIC/HIP/Senior Farmers Market Vouchers.

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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 USS 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 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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. 

The Bunker Hill Monument and Lodge are temporarily closed for restoration.

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.

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.

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.

BPDA's Model Room is Open

The BPDA's model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston's downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston waterfront.

Visit the model room on the 9th floor of Boston City Hall at One City Hall Square - open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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Critical Blood Shortage - Donate 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 or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

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 need assistance, please arrive at the distributions with a proof of residence.

For more information, visit

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 for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

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

– Visit or contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

NEW Health Food Insecurity Program Seeks 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, subscribe to their feeds on social media and/or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @KennedyFSC and/or visit them at

To make a financial donation to help make a difference for highly at-risk individuals and families in need, visit