Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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The Constitution was retired from active service in 1881, and was designated as a museum ship in 1907.

LEGO Maritime Festival

Let your imagination set sail at the LEGO Maritime Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during February School Vacation Week through Feb. 23.

Inspired by the different ship designs on display in “Masters of Miniature,” head to the USS Constitution Museum to build your own ship with LEGO and DUPLO Bricks.

In the hands of a creative kid – or kid at heart – a pile of colorful bricks can become an aircraft carrier – or the USS Constitution.

The nautical fun continues with a “Float Your Boat” LEGO Challenge; “Picture Yourself” LEGO Selfie Masks, a scavenger hunt through the Masters of Miniature exhibit, and much more.

Is your family no longer playing with your LEGO and DUPLO Bricks? Donate them to the Museum.

The “Masters of Miniature” display will be on view through Mar. 23.

Admission is by donation.

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Knot challenge

Sailors take pride in tying clever knots. Kids, ages 5 and older, can try their hand at tying basic knots from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day (except on Tuesday) during School Vacation Week through Feb. 23 at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center.

Free; no reservations required. Visit for other information.


Children, ages 5 and older, can have fun coloring in a SWON – Shipbuilding Women of the Navy – activity book or “riveting” a ribbon bracelet from 1 to 4 p.m. every day during School Vacation Week through Feb. 23 at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center.

These are great ways to learn about the 9,000 women who worked in Charleston Navy Yard to help win World War II.

Free; no reservations required. Visit for other information.

Build a paper monument

Kids, ages 6 and older, can design and build your own Bunker Hill Monument using paper, scissors and personal creativity from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day during School Vacation Week through Feb. 23 at the Bunker Hill Museum.

Free; no reservations required. Visit for other information.

‘From Migration to Discrimination’

The National Parks Department will present “From Migration to Discrimination: African American Workers at the Charlestown Navy Yard” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

During the Great Migration, thousands of African Americans Southerners traveled north with the hope of finding new economic opportunities and leaving behind Jim Crow. A small number made their way to Boston, and gained employment at the Charlestown Navy Yard. This program explores how these workers contributed to the war effort and what kinds of discrimination they experienced along the way.

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Wheelchair basketball

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital will offer Wheelchair Basketball at the Charlestown BCYF gym, 255 Medford St. from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 for $5 per session, free for Veterans.

This recreational-level wheelchair basketball is played from sport wheelchairs designed for speed and agility and is open to all abilities. Sessions consist of drills focused on chair mobility, dribbling, shooting, and passing, as well as scrimmage time. All equipment, including court sport chairs, will be provided.

All of these clinics are for beginners to advanced athletes. Drills are based on player’s ability, with open court time also available for independent scrimmages.

For more information and registration, visit

‘Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, 1920-1940’

The Bunker Hill Community College students from the Film as Art and Acting I present the staged reading and multimedia journey “Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, 1920–1940” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery (A building, third floor) 250 New Rutherford Ave.

The performance runs about 1 hour and 30 minutes, followed by refreshments. Faculty director, Ayshia E. Stephenson.

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‘I Give to my Mullato Woman Margaret…’

The National Parks Department presents “I Give to my Mullato Woman Margaret…: Female Independency and African American Dependency in a Colonial Massachusetts Household” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Brighton Branch Library, 40 Academy Hill Rd.

Two extraordinary women lived in the same Charlestown household at the beginning of the 18th century. This program will explore the unusual legal measures that widow Elizabeth Thomas inscribed in her will. It will also delve as deeply as possible into Margaret’s world, following her to the end of her life.

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Maritime Underground Railroad talk

During the years preceding the American Civil War, Boston served as one of the most important stops on the Underground Railroad. Did you know that many of the fugitives escaping from enslavement came to Boston by stowing away on ships from southern ports?

Join NPS Ranger Shawn Quigley from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center Theater as he explores the untold stories of men and women making daring escapes to freedom through Boston Harbor.

Free; no reservations required. Visit for other information.

Winterfest 2020

The Spaulding Professional Council will present Winterfest 2020 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 100 Federal Street.

This seasonal celebration brings together a vibrant group of Boston-area professionals for an evening full of chilled cocktails and warm conversation. Slip into some festive party attire to savor tasty treats and enjoy live entertainment – all while supporting a very special life-changing cause. Proceeds from the 5th annual Winterfest will benefit Spaulding Research Institute, which is advancing rehabilitation science at a record-breaking pace to make impossible recoveries possible.

Visit to learn more and to purchase tickets: $100-$150.

Book Discussion: ‘Hidden Figures’

The book group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 2 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Join the discussion of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margo Lee Shetterly.

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Yard games

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. will offer backyard games, including Boccia, ladderball and cornhole from 1:15 to 2 p.m. on Mar. 3, Mar. 31 and Apr. 7 for $5 per session/free to veterans.

These classes will run only if there are a minimum number of participants available. Adaptations will be provided to accommodate all functional abilities in these games of strategy and accuracy. Games switch off weekly depending on group preferences.

For more information and registration, visit

Chantey & Maritime Sing

Listen, learn, and lift your voices. Participate in your maritime heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys from 2 to 5 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month at the USS Constitution Museum.

These family-friendly events are open to anyone who would like to participate.

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EHO ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Emmons Horrigan O’Neil (EHO) Memorial Rink at 46 Union St. is open for public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours: Sundays from 2 to 3:50 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:20 p.m.; Fridays from 6 to 7:50 p.m.; with public stick time from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Phone 617-242-9728 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

‘Masters of Miniature’

The USS Constitution Museum Model Shipwright Guild and the USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, presents “Masters of Miniature” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, Mar. 23. Handcrafted models of all sizes, types and materials will be on display.

Attendees have the opportunity to view the prize winning models from the last five years, partake in family activities including a scavenger hunt, learn how to get a ship into a bottle, observe a model ship restoration, meet a modeler and ask questions (times and days vary).

Admission is by donation.

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Sensory-Friendly Sundays

The USS Constitution Museum hosts Sensory-Friendly from 9 to 10 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month.

Learn about the incredible history of America’s Ship of State in a quieter setting, without loud sounds or flashing lights, and before the Museum is open to the public at 10 a.m. Design a sip, furl a sail, and scrub the decks in their hands-on-exhibits that are designed for sailors of all abilities and backgrounds.

This offering is open to “sensory” visitors of all ages, as well as their friends, families, and caregivers. Registration is required. Admission is by donation.

Visit for additional information and required registration.

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

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 617-242-1248.

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.

Inclusive Fitness Training

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. offers an Inclusive Fitness Training program from 11 to 11:45 a.m., from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on most Tuesdays through April for $45 per session.

This one-on-one fitness program will offer accessible personal training for individuals of all abilities. You will work with Recreational Therapists who are Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainers to set goals to increase strength, endurance, balance, and any other fitness goals that you are looking to achieve.

For more information and registration, visit

KINnections support group

The Charlestown KINnections support group meets 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

Zumba Gold

The Boston Parks and Recreation will host a family-friendly Zumba Gold class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays through April 29 at Charlestown Golden Age, 382 Main St.

Zumba Gold is perfect for active older adults or beginners who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves at a lower intensity.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.

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, (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.

Story Movement with Mini Movers

Story Movement with Mini Movers for children, five years and younger, will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through Mar. 25 (except for Feb. 19) at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Each week a new story is selected and read to the group. Children then learn creative movement that correlates to the story. Moving as characters and dancing to music inspired by the book, children will love bringing books to life.

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Indoor cycling

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. offers Stationary Cycling from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays through April for $10 per session.

Stationary Cycling is an excellent way to maintain cardiovascular fitness in the winter months. Join other cyclists and Spaulding clinicians for a class environment workout that can be easily individualized to each person fitness level and goals. high level cyclists and beginners are welcome. Recumbent, upright, handcycles and stationary trainers provided. Clinicians at each session will be available to assist with set up, fitting and transfers.

For more information and registration, visit

Sled Hockey

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital offers Sled Hockey from 2 to 4 p.m. on select Wednesdays through March at the Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Memorial Rink, 150 Rutherford Ave. for $5 per session/free to Veterans or $100 for a Season’s Pass.

The sport of sled hockey enables youth and adults to play hockey n 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.

For more information and registration, visit


Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. offers 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

New Moms Group

A New Moms Group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on (most) Thursdays at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St. in the North End and at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. during the summer.

This is a safe, supportive and welcoming place to come and meet other new mothers in the neighborhood. They talk about everything from diapers, to nursing, to sleep deprivation and all the other exciting and challenging happenings – and sometimes overwhelming transitions – in their new chapter of life.

This is a drop-in group – with no late comers – so arrive anytime that works for you. The group includes mothers from the North End, Waterfront, West End, Beacon Hill, Seaport, Charlestown neighborhoods and beyond. Babies (infants to 12 months) are welcome, also.

Visit, email, or phone 781-639-6002 for other information.

Chair yoga

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. offers 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

Two Dollar-A-Bag sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.

The trucks will be at The Kennedy Center, 55 Bunker Hill St. from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

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For questions and concerns, phone 617-288-6185.

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.

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

Boston Marine Society 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

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.

Bunker Hill history talks

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.

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 hours from Nov. 1 through March 31 are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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.

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.