Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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The USS Constitution enters dry dock around every 20 years. The famed ship was recently restored and is now back into the water.


“Dumbo” will be shown at Winthrop Square at dusk on Tuesday, Aug. 27, presented by Bank of America with support from the Highland Foundation, Hot 96.9 and the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment.

Navy Yard in WWII

The Boston National History Park will be hosting “Boston Navy Yard in the Second World War” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30 at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center, 1 First Ave.

Civilian workers at the Boston Navy Naval Shipyard built more than 200 ships, including 14 Fletcher Class destroyers. Learn why their accomplishments were so important for laying the foundation for the Allied victory.

This 60-minute walking tour begins at the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1 and concludes with a special visit aboard Cassin Young.

For more information, visit

Swim time

The Charlestown Community Center (255 Medford St.) outdoor pool is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, free for Boston residents and non-Boston youth.

The indoor pool is open year-round with a variety of programming such as open swim, family swim, swim lessons and a swim team.

The pool is run by the Boston Center for Youth and Families.

Pool open

The Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) has opened the outdoor Clougherty Pool at 331 Bunker Hill St. in Charlestown.

The Clougherty Pool has open swim from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 11 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, including early-bird rates, phone the BCYF Charlestown 617-635-5169 or Clougherty Pool at 617-635-5173 or visit

Bunker Hill history

The community is invited to free talks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Bunker Hill Monument, 43 Monument Square.

Participants will learn about the experiences of soldiers on both sides of the first real battle of the War for Independence.

Although the battle was a loss for the colonists, the high number of casualties on the British side, including a significant portion of the officer corps, demonstrated that inexperienced militia could stand up to the regular army, which eventually led to the withdrawal of the British from Boston.

Visit or call 617-242-5601 for more details.

KINnections support group

The Charlestown KINnections support group will meet on the third Wednesdays of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kennedy Center’s Community Resource Center, 55 Bunker Hill.

The KINnections program at MSPCC connects grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives caring for children to resources, information and activities in their community that support and strengthen families.

KINnections provides monthly support group, trainings and worships, information assistance, family focused activities and respite care support.

For more information, contact Crystal Galvin, Director of Community Services at 617-241-8866, ext. 1352 or

Vinyasa flow

Enjoy Boston's most unique all-levels vinyasa flow while overlooking the spectacular views of the sun setting over Boston in Charlestown Navy Yard from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 28.

Each class will feature a free 60-minute outdoor yoga class taught by a yoga instructor from Yoga Around Town; the firing of old Ironsides cannon at sunset; views of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy, a national icon; and lowering of her flag signaling the day's end on a historic national park.

Bring your own mat or towel and meet at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center on Pier 1.

Classes will not be held in rain or extreme heat.

To ensure a spot, register at Walk-ups are available on a limited basis.

Lunch/drop-in activities

The Kennedy Family Service Center at 55 Bunker Hill will be hosting drop-in activities for children, ages 18 and under, from noon to 2 p.m. through Aug. 30.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. courtesy of the Boston Summer Eats program.

The activities will begin at 1 p.m. and will include Motion Mondays, Book Club Tuesdays, fun with science, games and activities, plus Fun Fridays with guests such as Knucklebones, Echokids and super soccer stars among others.

Visit or call 617-241-8666, ext. 1355 for more information on this and other programs.

Yoga in Winthrop Square

Yoga will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sundays through Sept. 23 in Winthrop Square.

All levels are welcome to participate in this Boston Parks Fitness Series. Bring a mat, towel and water.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays at the Kennedy Family Service Center at 55 Bunker Hill. All ages and levels are well at this free class.

Visit for more information on this and other programs.

Berklee concerts

Boasting the oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution (1797), and with many more built over the course of its 174-year history, the Charlestown Navy Yard has earned its place on the Freedom Trail.

Stop by at 6 on Thursday nights as the Berklee bands perform from an array of genres including funk, folk, and Latin persuasion.

For a full schedule of performers, visit

Golfing for a cause

Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd annual Kennedy Center Golf Tournament to be held at Nahant Golf Club on Friday, Sept. 6 – with a shotgun start at 2 p.m.

RSVP to Crystal Galvin at 617-241-8866, ext. 1352 or

For more information, visit

John F. Kennedy Family Service Center is located at 55 Bunker Hill.

Concerts in the park

The Friends of City Square Park's annual free summer concert series will be held once a month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through September at the City Square Park. (The rain date will be on Thursdays).

Sept.11: Henry Acker, a 14-year-old gypsy jazz guitarist with abilities far beyond his years will perform while guests enjoy lawn games and refreshments.

The concert series is sponsored and supported by the Charlestown Mothers Association, Gibson Sotheby's International Real Estate, Friends of City Square Park and the Rick DuBard's Foundation.

Farmer’s market

The Charlestown Farmer’s Market will be open from 2 to 7 p.m./dusk on Wednesdays through Oct. 16 in Thompson Square at the corner of Main Street and Austin Street.

For more information, contact the market manager at 617-241-8866.

Historic neighborhood tour

The Charlestown Preservation Society hosts 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.

Yoga at Spaulding

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (6th floor Lantern Room, 300 First Ave.) offers Yoga from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on most Wednesdays for $5 per session.

Class is inclusive and open to everyone, but is designed for those who are unable to access a mainstream yoga class.

The class provides a mild to moderate level practice focused on strengthening and lengthening. Poses are offered in sitting, standing with some mat use. Poses can be adapted with assistance from experienced yoga instructors to accommodate all abilities.

Yoga is a great way to deepen body awareness and overall sense of well-being. All equipment is provided and volunteers are present to assist with transfers and in-class poses.

For more information, visit

Ironsides’ summer hours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays.

Tours are self-paced and the top three decks are open to the public. USS Constitution crewmembers will be on hand to answer questions and give oral presentations about the ship’s storied past. Guests may walk the ship at their own pace and ask questions of the ship’s active duty Navy sailors.

Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free.

All guests, age 18 and older, are required to show a valid state or federal photo I.D. or a passport to board the ship.

For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit information.

Food pantry requests

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting boxes of cereal, beef stew, soup and cans of coffee. Any donation on non-perishable foods would also be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry at 49 Vine St., The Cooperative Bank at 201 Main St. and at the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop St. Financial donations can be sent to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129.

For more information, call 617-990-7314.

Disaster relief donations

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to go to disaster relief. The donations will be used to benefit those affected by the local gas explosions and recent hurricanes in the South.

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.

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.

Behind the Scenes Tour

Get a sneak peek of on-going preservation work for the USS Constitution with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment restoration facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Join Margherita Desy, historian with USS Constitution, for a one-hour tour of the 1847 Alexander Parris-designed carpenters’ and riggers’ shops.

This tour requires participants to be able to climb steep and long flights of stairs in the building and is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Close-toe shoes/sneakers are a must. The tour is limited to 25 people and will leave from the USS Constitution Museum lobby.

For more information, visit

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.

Model room tours

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.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.

Yoga for adults

Hands to Heart Center – Yoga for the People present yoga for adults of all ages and level from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Instruction will focus on the healthy balance of mind and body and include breathing exercises along with yoga poses.

Wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats and props provided.

For more information, visit or phone 617-2421248.

Chair Yoga

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (6th floor Lantern Room, 300 First Ave.) offers Chair Yoga from 11a.m. to noon on Thursdays for $5 per session.

Learn and practice gentle yoga poses and appropriately adapted variations in a safe, supportive environment with experienced yoga instructors while sitting in a chair or wheelchair. Cultivate strength, flexibility, balance and coordination through yoga poses, breathing techniques and mindfulness to enhance physical and mental well-being.

For more information, visit

Riders club

Riders Club is a group-based cycling ride offering three wheeled hand cycles or recumbent leg cycles. Riders are paired with similarly able riders and volunteers to enjoy an evening of exercise and camaraderie. Stationary trainers are also available for those who do not want to cycle on the path.

Open to children and adults of all abilities, the approvals are done one week prior to session dates. The cost of each session is $10.

Participants will meet at the putting green behind the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital at 300 First Ave. The program runs through Oct. 6.

For more information and to register, visit or call 877.976.7272.

Weingarten program

The Dr. Charles H. Weingarten program, at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, offers a variety of land and water sports designed to help participants reach personal sport and recreation goals. Participants will work with staff members and volunteers for a 90-minute session. Activities include: Cycling (handcycles, recumbent tricycles, tandem recumbent and upright bicycles), kayaking, outrigger canoeing, tennis, pickleball and basketball - court sport wheelchairs are available. The cost of each session is $20.

Participants will meet at 113 16th street (located behind the brick building at this address).

For more information on dates and times as well as parking, visit