Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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Here is an old map of the Charlestown Navy Yard. For more information, visit

Pet clinic

The City of Boston and the Animal Rescue League of Boston will host a dog licensing and low cost rabies vaccine clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the BCYF Charlestown Community Center, 255 Medford St.

Pets must be held by a person, ages 18 years or older. Cats must be in a vari-kennel or similar pet carrier. Pets will get a three-year rabies vaccine if owners can show written proof that the last vaccine was given 9 to 12 months prior to the clinic date or that the pet has had a three-year rabies vaccine at any point in the past.

The vaccine fee is $5, $2 for senior owners. Dog license fee is $15 for spayed/neutered pets or $30 for intact male/females. There is no charge to license dogs for owners age 70 or older.

Call 617-635-5348 or visit for more details.

Urban farming

The sixth annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave.

The conference is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a thriving urban farming sector. It will bring together participants representing all aspects of urban farming, including farmers (bee, rooftop, chicken), land trust managers, policy makers, commercial buyers, foundations and investors. It will feature interactive panels, demonstrations, workshops, expert discussions and networking opportunities.

For a complete schedule of activities and to register, visit

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the launch of Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from March 18 through 23 and 25 through 30.

Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

Charlestown restaurants including Legal Oysteria will be participating.

Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, Boston Parks Rangers.

For more information and reservations, visit

Sea chanteys

The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host the “Chantey Sing!” sing-along of chanteys and maritime songs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.

The Northeast Chantey Sing will host an afternoon of contemporary and historic maritime music that tells of the history of battles, the mystery and science of the weather and the romance of family and patriotism that spurred a sailor out to sea.

Between songs, visitors can check out the 1812 Discovery Center and its exhibits, games and interactive programming. The program is presented in cooperation with the Boston National Historical Park and Northeast (and MIT) Chantey Sing.

Call 617-426-1812 or visit for more information.

Boston Ballet story time

The Charlestown Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, age 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-242-1248 for further details.

Women and family dynamics

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will host a panel discussion “Daddy Issues: Trauma, Grief and Love in Edwidge Danticat’s “The Dew Breaker and Beyonce’s Lemonade”” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 in Room A300.

A panel discussion will explore how the female characters of the book navigate the complexities of their family dynamics.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-228-2000 for more information.

Winter warm-up

The Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard will host the annual general meeting and “Winter Warm-up” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 at the USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard.

The community is invited to celebrate community leaders, meet elected officials and socialize with neighbors.

The festivities will include a welcome by the board and the presentation of the Commandant and Anchor Awards. Honorees are Harvest on the Vine Food Pantry, Kim Mahoney and Ivey St. John.

There will be a cash bar, complimentary appetizers and prizes.

The program is open to the public. Further information can be found at

Angela Davis to speak

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will welcome Angela Davis in a “Difficult Dialogue” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 in auditorium room A300.

Davis will address “Institutional Racism in the Prison and Criminal Justice System.” A University of California Santa Cruz professor emerita and author of ten books, Davis is deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. In the early 1970s, she spent 18 months in jail and on trial after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.”

Today, her work focuses on the social problems related to mass incarceration and the criminalizing of communities affected by poverty and racial discrimination.

Reservations are required for this free program, online at or by calling 617-228-2000.

New art exhibition

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “disPlaced” now through May 11 in the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.

Boston-area artists share work that reflects their personal experiences navigating crises, resilience and reconciliation. Featured artists include Sonia Andujar, Oldren Angel, Janet Cormier, Deta Galloway, David Goldman, Alberto Lozano, Ed Pontes, Hakim Raquib and Roger Sheppard, with guest curator Gloria Carrigg.

Admission is free.

Further details can be found at or by calling 617-228-2000.

Ship model show

“Masters of Miniatures,” the 39th annual Model Shipwright Guild show, is on display through Saturday, March 24 at the USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard.

More than 50 different ships created by modelers from across New England will be on display. There will be a variety of reproductions of War of 1812 vessels, modern ships and ships-in-bottles. Modelers have masterfully captured the richness of maritime history in miniature.

A panel of guild members will judge qualifying entries, with awards being given to the top honorees.

Volunteers from the USS Constitution Shipwright Guild will be on hand for visitors to watch them in action and ask questions.

The museum will organize a variety of family-oriented programs during the course of the show that are free and open to the public. Admission to the museum and exhibit is free with donations welcome.

Further information can be found at

Solo art exhibit

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is hosting “Women Be!” an exhibit of paintings by Janet Cormier, now through March 31 in the Library and Learning Commons.

Visitors can see these richly textured paintings by local artist, activist and poet Cormier, deeply human portraits of the public and private selves of women that honor the complex lives and shared experiences of women everywhere.

This free exhibit is open to the public. It is presented as part of the college’s Women’s History Month programming.

Call 617-228-2000 or visit for further information.

Mutinous expedition

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth” now through March 31.

Children can relive the story of Jack Tarr, an ordinary seaman aboard USS Constitution, and his struggle to decide whether to join a mutinous crew or stay loyal to Captain Bainbridge. They can explore the galleries to find hidden clues to help inform their decision. Quest kits are available in the museum lobby.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-1812.

Ironsides’ winter hours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

The 30-minute tours will be narrated by one of the Constitution’s active-duty sailors and consist of four stations through the ship’s top three decks.

One of the programs available is the “Constitution Experience,” where participants can watch the morning colors ceremony from Pier One and then board the vessel for a tour and subsequent visit to the nearby museum.

Reservations are required for this program, which is held at Pier 1 at 7:40 a.m. To reserve a spot, send an email to For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit

Marine museum

The Boston Marine Society at Building No. 32, Charlestown Navy Yard, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The society hosts a large collection of art and artifacts depicting maritime history and life on the sea, as well as a research library, detailing the history of sailing and marine commerce and the history of one of the oldest and most important ports in the country.

Its website includes selected objects from its collection and the history of the organization. Visit or call 617-242-0522 for more information.

Diorama display

The Bunker Hill Monument Museum, 45 Monument Square, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located on the Freedom Trail, the museum displays the history of the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument as well as a diorama of the historic battle. A cyclorama shows a 360-degree view of the battlefield.

The Charlestown Historical Society keeps its archives in this building, which once served as the neighborhood’s public library.