Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Here is the dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard as it was in 1930. To learn more about the fascinating history of the Navy Yard and the USS Constitution, visit the U.S.S. Constitution Museum (ussconstitutionmuseum.org).

Ship model show

“Masters of Miniatures,” the 39th annual Model Shipwright Guild show, will be on display on 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 www.constitution-modelshipwrights.org.

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 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 www.DineOutBoston.com.

Decluttering workshop

The Charlestown Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will host a free workshop “Goodbye to Clutter” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26.

Rhea Becker, “The Clutter Queen,” will lead a discussion on just why people are so attached to their things and for decluttering tips, techniques and exercises. The audience will learn how to take charge of stuff and get homes and offices organized.

Call 617-242-1248 for further information.

Women and repentance

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will host a panel discussion “Family Feud: Forgiveness and Love in Edwidge Danticat’s “The Dew Breaker” and Jay Z’s “4:44”” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 in Room A300.

BHCC students from Black Women in Literature will examine how characters in Danticat’s book struggle with repentance and rely on the strength and support of women in their lives to find forgiveness. Associate professor Berlisha Morton will moderate the discussion.

Admission is free.

Visit www.bhcc.mass.edu or call 617-228-2000 for more information.

Kids’ concert

The Charlestown Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will welcome “Toddlerbilly Riot!” with Matt Heaton at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28.

Children, ages two and older, will enjoy Heaton’s songs, a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and sincere sense of fun. Admission is free.

Call 617-242-1248 for further information.

‘Meet Julia Child’

Delvena Theatre will present “Meet Julia Child!” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave.

Lynne Moulton will portray the iconic “French Chef” talking about her life from her childhood in California to becoming one of the greatest culinary legends of all time.

The audience will have the chance to view Child on the set of “The French Chef” TV show, while enjoying a special menu prepared by BHCC culinary students.

A discussion will follow the program, with remarks by associate professor E. Alicia Harris.

Space is limited. RSVP to kwery@bhcc.mass.edu.

Visit www.bhcc.mass.edu or call 617-228-2000 for further details.

Women composers

“Her Music: An Exploration of Women Composers” will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., in Room A300.

The community is invited to join in a celebration of women composers as the music faculty perform selections from a variety of styles and eras, including pieces written by Billie Holiday, Anne Boyd, Kaki King and others.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found by calling 617-228-2000 or online at www.bhcc.mas.edu.

Public safety

A Charlestown safety meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at the Charlestown Police Station District 1-A, 20 Vine St.

The community is invited to meet with the police to discuss public safety issues.

Visit www.charlestownmothersassociation.org 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 www.friendscny.org.

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 www.bhcc.mass.edu/speakers or by calling 617-228-2000.

Cooks of St. John

The many wonderful cooks of St. John's Episcopal Church have created a cookbook filled with 85 pages of imaginative and delicious recipes, everything from haute cuisine to play dough. It will make a special present for Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, showers, weddings, birthdays and graduations.

“The Cooks of St. John: A Slice of Parish Life” sells for $15. It is available for sale on Sundays between 11 a.m. and noon at the church rectory, 27 Devens St., or it can be ordered from the church by calling 617-242-1272.

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 www.bhcc.mass.edu or by calling 617-228-2000.

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 www.bhcc.mass.edu 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 www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org 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 constitution.events@navy.mil. For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution.

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 www.bostonmarinesociety.org 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.