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There’s still natural beauty to be enjoyed at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts museum, cultural and recreational institutions to provide one free activity during each of the 31 days in August.

Boston Neighborhood venues include:

Aug. 7: Out of the Park | Aug. 13: World Ocean School: Sail on the Roseway | Aug. 15: Nichols House Museum | Aug. 22: Swan Boats | Aug. 25: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Go to www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a complete list of venues, a printable calendar and links to RSVP.

Saborcito @ The Anchor

Come dance by the waterfront. Sabor Latino, Salsa y Control and DJ Hernan will bring one sweet dancing event: Saborcito at The Anchor at the Shipyard Park from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug, 8 and Aug. 22. Salsa lesson at 6 p.m. *Must arrive by 6:20 p.m.

Visit https://theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information.

ParkARTS Arts & Crafts Workshops

Local artists will lead take-home craft projects from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Harvard Mall, 29 Harvard St.

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

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

East Coast Soul Band Concert

The East Coast Soul Band will rock the City Square Park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Go to www.facebook.com/Friends-of-City-Square-Park-259386937562540 for more information.

Live Music at the Navy Yard

Join National Parks of Boston for concerts on the Commandant's House Lawn, Charlestown Navy Yard at 6:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays:

Aug. 11: Squeezebox Stompers – Americana | Aug. 18: Vintage Party - Classic Rock | Aug. 25: The Ruta Beggars - Traditional Bluegrass

Visit www.nps.gov/thingstodo/cny-music.htm for more information.

Nautical Crafts

Create a take-home piece of art with nautical flair from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday Aug, 12 at the USS Constitution Museum. Craft included with admission.

Visit https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/events/nautical-crafts for more information.

CFEN Summer Programs, Calendar and Resources

Check out the CFEN (Charlestown Family Engagement Network) Summer Newsletter 2022 at

https://bit.ly/CFENSummerN for a variety of programs for children, youth and adults; the calendar; and a list of resources.

“e” inc’s Summer Science Discovery Program

Based out of the “e” inc. Discovery & Action Center in the Charlestown Navy Yard, the “e” inc’s Summer Science Discovery Program is open to children in grades 1 to 6.

Comprised of two 1-week sessions with a different theme each week – Aug. 15-Aug. 19: Rainforest Exploration | Aug. 22-Aug. 26: The Deep Blue Sea – kids will dive into science activities from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily ($425/week), with after care available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. ($15/day).

Visit www.einc-action.org/summer-science-2022.html for more information and registration.

Fill the Bus with Catie's Closet

Catie's Closet will prepare 115 closets to welcome students back to school in September, fill 1,000 urgent orders during the last 2 weeks of August and open 10 new closets. They will need 60,000 items, the equivalent of 12 bus loads of clothing, school supplies and toiletries.

Host a drive, build confidence packs, make a donation - perfect opportunities to get involved from home, with your office or neighborhood - through Sept. 30.

Go to www.catiescloset.org/event/fill-the-bus-for-kids-in-need for more information.

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

Visit www.nps.gov/thingstodo/muskets-men-and-liberty.htm for more information.

Sunday Morning Tai Chi

Start the week off right with Sunday morning Tai Chi at the Charlestown Navy Yard Pier 1 from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. through Aug. 28. Meet at the big flagpole on First Ave. Free and open to all.

This ancient exercise will reduce stress and gently increase your strength and flexibility.

Go to www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/calendar.htm for more information.

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.

Visit www.nps.gov/thingstodo/npb-sunday-funday.htm for more information.

Sunday Funny Day

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

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sundays-stand-up-at-the-anchor-charlestown-its-sunday-funny-day-tickets-335846033527 for more information and registration.

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 boston.gov/fitness 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.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-sunset-yoga-at-the-charlestown-navy-yard-tickets-349860029767 for more information and registration.

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, 3 and 4 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday 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.

Visit www.nps.gov/thingstodo/decisive-day-talks.htm for more information.

Waterfront Wellness at The Anchor

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

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

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

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.

Go to artistsgroupofcharlestown.com/events for more information.

Critical Blood Shortage - Give 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.

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.

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 boston.gov/fitness 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 Boston.gov/BCYF-Registration 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 sasc.spauldingrehab.org 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 https://bostonsummercamps.com.

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.

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.

Visit www.kennedycenter.org/communityservices/cfm for more information.

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

USS Cassin Young Tours

USS Cassin Young tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sunday 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.

Visit www.nps.gov/thingstodo/tour-uss-cassin-young.htm for more information.

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 www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/bhm.htm.

Bunker Hill: Walking the Battlefield Tour

Join a National Park Service Ranger as you learn about the Battle of Bunker Hill and imagine what Charlestown looked like in 1775.

The walk begins outside the Lodge at the Bunker Hill Monument and is approximately .75 miles long and includes a few hills.

The 45-minute tours will be offered at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 9.

Visit www.nps.gov/thingstodo/walking-the-battlefield-bh.htm for more information.

Historic Neighborhood Tours

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.

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.

Visit www.bostonplans.org/about-us/model-room for more information.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Programs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school and summer 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.

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 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.

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 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.

NEW Health Food Insecurity Program Seeks Donations     

The Food Insecurity Program at NEW Health is accepting monetary and food donations to help the underserved Charlestown and North End communities.

Visit https://newhealthcenter.org/food-insecurity for more information and a link to donate.

Disaster Relief Donations

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to support the Disaster Relief Fund.

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. Donations can also be made via https://joingenerous.com/charlestown-lions-club-inc-k2vba0x/donate.

For more information, contact Moe Gillen at towniemoe@aol.com.

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 www.KennedyCenter.org.

To make a financial donation to help make a difference for highly at-risk individuals and families in need, visit www.kennedycenter.org/donate.