Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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Sirgourney Cook is an alumna of the Boston Opera Collaborative and member of the Boston Lyric Opera chorus. She will perform in “What Am I Doing Here?” - a live music performance at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Charlestown Branch Library.

Veteran’s Day Breakfast

On Sunday, Nov. 10th, the Charlestown Lion’s Club will host its annual Veteran’s Day Pancake Breakfast. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 545 Medford St.

There is a parking lot behind the building and Charlestown does not have resident-only parking on the weekends. Pancakes, sausages, pastries, coffee and juice will be served.

Admission is $6 and children under 5 years old are free.

Family, friends and neighbors are invited to honor veterans and those who serve the community. There will be raffles and prizes.

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.

Turkey giveaway

Active duty military families as well as veterans and families of the fallen are invited to participate in the Arredondo Family Foundation’s fifth annual Turkey Giveaway.

To register for a turkey and the fixings, visit or phone 6l7-553-0002 by Monday, Nov. 11.

The turkey dinners can be picked up from 10 a.m. to noon at Herb Chambers Ford, 75 Granite St. Rt. 37 in Braintree or from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Hwy on Sunday, Nov. 24.

The Foundation is also looking for volunteers to help out with Veterans Turkey Giveaway.

Sled Hockey

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital will offer Sled Hockey from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at the Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Memorial Rink, 150 Rutherford Ave.

The sport of sled hockey enables youth and adults to play hockey in a seated position with blades beneath them. Players propel themselves by using sticks with picks on the end, or with the assistance of a designated pusher. Sessions are open to able-bodied friends and family members as well. Coaching and equipment are provided to participants in all sled hockey sessions. Practices and clinics consist of group drills, small games, scrimmaging, and individual coaching.

The investment is $5 per session/free to Veterans or $100 for a Season’s Pass.

For more information, visit

Concert at the Charlestown Library

The Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library and the North End Music & Performing Arts Center present “What Am I Doing Here?” - a live music performance given by operatic soprano vocalist Sirgourney Cook; accompanied by Katie Barr on piano at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14.

This is a free performance and everyone is invited to attend. It includes an informal Q&A and reception as well as the concert.

“What Am I Doing Here?” is a solo performance that will contain a repertoire of music that also reflects the route Cook has taken musically, from a childhood immersed in gospel music to touring world-wide as a backup singer for international pop star Jennifer Hudson.

The event takes place at the Charlestown Branch Library at 179 Main St.

The library is wheelchair accessible and conveniently located via the Orange Line and bus connections.

For more information, visit online at, email or phone 617-242-1248.

St. John's Harvest Fair

St. John's Church at 27 Devens St. in Charlestown is sponsoring its annual Harvest Fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

There will be crafts, designer clothing, baked goods, books and games and much more. Admission to the fair is free.

There will be a turkey dinner from noon to 2 p.m. The cost for the turkey dinner is $12 and apple pie will also be sold.

Toys in Box 3D Printer Party

The Toys in Box 3D Printer Party will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 for children, ages 6 through 12 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

A pizza party will follow each session program.

For more information and registration, visit

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

Mobile market program

The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 150 Medford St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the year.

For more information, visit

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.

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.


Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. will offer Yoga from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on most Wednesdays for $5 per session/free to Veterans.

The 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

Chair Yoga

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. will offer Chair Yoga from 11 a.m. to noon on most Thursdays for $5 per session/free to Veterans.

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

USS Constitution hours

The USS Constitution is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays with free admission to all until spring. All guests, age 18 and older, will be required to show a valid state or federal I.D. or a passport to board the ship.

While aboard, guests may walk the ship at their own pace and ask questions to the ship’s active-duty Navy Sailors. The sailors will give presentations on the ship’s history every 30 minutes.

The USS Constitution Museum's winter hours, Nov. 1 through March 31, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Visit and/or for more 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.

Backyard games

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. will offer backyard games, including Boccia, Ladderball and Cornhole, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 for $5 per session/free to veterans.

Adaptations will be provided to accommodate all functional abilities in these games of strategy and accuracy. Games will switch off weekly depending on group preferences.

For more information, visit

Mindful Minis

Mindful Minis teacher, Lauren, will offer a 6-week stress-reducing and wellness-promoting program for children, ages K through second grade on Tuesdays from 4 to 4:30 p.m. now through Dec. 10 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Activities will include breathing exercises, yoga, crafts, emotional awareness and mindfulness games.

For more information and registration, visit

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through May 28 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, 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.

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.