Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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These boats aren't going anywhere after snow falls in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

‘Sweet Connections – Strong Collections’

Sweet Connections – Strong Collections will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 to celebrate the world’s most comprehensive collection of USS Constitution artifacts and materials. Guests will be the first to welcome new Museum acquisitions, go behind-the-scenes in the collection storage vault, and hear stories about their artifacts during a discussion with their curators.

Event participants can submit a Sweet Connections message to a loved one for display during the pre-event slideshow.

These messages can depict love, family or friendship that highlight the connections people share with others and the power of family bonds. Message can be submitted to RSVP@usscm.org after your tickets are purchased through Feb. 15.

This event is a fundraiser for the Museum’s Commodores Fund, to support the purchase of new collections from Constitution’s sailing days. Sponsorships and ticket sales will directly underwrite two recent acquisitions – The James Severs collection of 150 documents detailing the early development of the U.S. Navy and two Thomas Sully portraits of Captain John Gwinn and his Wife Caroline S. Lynch Gwinn (painted in 1837 and 1839) which will enhance the Museum’s ability to interpret the history of the USS Constitution and her crew.

Tickets for two and sponsorships also include a box of Harbor Sweets chocolate and Sweet Connections message.

Go to ussconstitutionmuseum.org/events/sweet-connections-strong-collections for more information and tickets.

Little Groove concerts

Little Groove will host a concert from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, hosted by the Charlestown and Grove Hall branches of the Boston Public Library. There will be lots of music, song and dance.

Little Groove classes are a wonderful way to help children have fun and also learn and reach important developmental milestones. Little Groove has a group of teachers who all sing and play guitar and each activity has a learning objective. Little Groove classes specialize in children from 3 months up to 4 years of age.

Visit bpl.org/events for the more information and Zoom registration.

‘The Happiness Project’: Book discussion for a happier life

In Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun, the author chronicles her adventures during the 12 months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

Rather than uprooting herself, Rubin focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about the results. She immersed herself in principles set forth by all manner of experts from Epicurus to Thoreau, Oprah to the Dalai Lama – to see what worked for her and what didn’t.

Following the book discussion that took place in January, the participants will meet monthly to discuss their personal resolutions, swap ideas, build enthusiasm, give encouragement, and – perhaps most importantly – hold each other accountable. Being part of a group is a terrific way to build friendships, have fun and figure out ways to make yourself happier.

The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

- Feb. 10: Making resolutions

- March 3: Personal commandments

- April 7: Inspiration

- May 5: Happy memories

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Tai Chi for Wellness

Join the Boston Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 for an online introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China, which consists of postures that are gentle and flowing. Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.

Visit bpl.org/events more information and Zoom registration.

NEMPAC open mic nights

North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) will host free virtual open mic nights at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, March 12 and May 21 featuring musicians of all levels locally and across the world.

There will not be an Open Mic Night in April due to the Performathon or in June due to the Spring Recitals.

Watch in the audience or sign up to perform by emailing ameek@nempacboston.org by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the event.

Visit nempacboston.org/virtual-learning/open-mic-nights for more information and the Zoom link.

Community Read Book Group for Adults: ‘His Only Wife’

The Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The librarian will moderate the discussion of His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Cybersecurity training certificate information session

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is collaborating with Socratic Arts to offer a cybersecurity training certificate program starting March 1.

Programs include: The Cyber Academy: The 29-week novice-to-journeyman program comprising defensive and offensive skills and Cyber Defense 1 and 2: An accelerated two-course sequence to upskill IT professionals to work on cybersecurity.

Socratic Arts is one of the leading cybersecurity training academies. With a hands on approach, students will learn what skills they need to succeed in the cybersecurity field.

In an information session slated from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 and from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, participants will meet the instructor, explore the curriculum, discuss the format and get questions answered.

Go to www.bhcc.edu/cal for more information and registration.

Spaulding Rehab virtual programs

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network offers a variety of sports and exercise programs throughout the week on Zoom.

Some of the programs include Chair Yoga, Core and Stretch, Dance with Parkinson's, Exercise for Stroke and Brain Injury, Found Sound: Group Drum Circle, Movement and Meditation, Weingarten Upper or Total Body Pump and Weingarten Yoga.

Visit sasc.spauldingrehab.org for more information, including class description and schedule, and registration.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

LRC: Self-Care Series

Self-care is important to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to take care of your mind, body and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances the ability to live fully, vibrantly and effectively. The practice of self-care also reminds people that their needs are valid and a priority.

Join this facilitated living room conversations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 24.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the weekly topics, and Zoom registration.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – sponsored by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.

People can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston @ Home

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides all after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms in an interactive setting.

Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.

Future Readers Book Club and events

The Boston Public Library will host the Future Readers Club for children, ages five years and younger, and their caregivers, with a goal of reading 1,000 books together before the child begins kindergarten.

Register at bpl.org to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at bostonpl.beanstack.org.

In addition, the BPL offers an assortment of programs as part of the Future Readers Club to engage children in stories, songs, finger play and crafts.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to each event.

BHN scavenger hunts

“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will run through the winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.

Go to edventurebuilder.com/BHN to start the hunt.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information

Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth –

18 years of age and younger. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Food program donations

Donations are being accepted for the Food Insecurity Program at NEW Health, (332 Hanover St., Waterfront and 15 Tufts St., Charlestown) during this long, wintry season.

More than 100 families per month are being served, including children from the Eliot School, among others.

For details, call 857-238-1176.

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry appeal

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting donations to help serve the increasing number of residents in need of assistance.

Non-perishable foods along with toiletries and cleaning products can be dropped off at the Food Pantry, 49 Vine St. (Hayes Square); The Cooperative Bank, 201 Main St.; or the Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St. (by the Training Field).

Financial donations can be sent to Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129 or made online at stmarystcatherine.org/harvest-on-vine.

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Food distributions take place at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month and at 2 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. The Pantry is also looking for volunteers to assist with distribution.

If you are in need of assistance, please arrive at the distributions with a proof of residence.

For more information, email tmacdonald@stmarystcatherine.org or phone 617-990-7314.

USS Constitution & Museum virtual tours and activities

Explore the history of “Old Ironsides” through in-depth research, collection highlights, and engaging online activities.

Take a virtual tour of USS Constitution on Facebook Live at 10 a.m.; download the “Old Ironsides” Activity Book; play Mini Games; join the Maritime Movie Club; learn about “A Sailor’s Life, Live!’ and visit their online store.

The Museum will be adding new digital content daily on its website at ussconstitutionmuseum.org and their social media channels.

USS Constitution Museum video series

Historian at Home Video Series – Public Historian Carl Herzog uses the Museum’s collections, archives and online content to explore the lesser-known corners of “Old Ironsides” history.

Carl broadcasts live from the Museum at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Tune in on Facebook. Episodes are also available on the Museum’s YouTube page.

USS Constitution Museum virtual field trips

USS Constitution’s past comes to life at the USS Constitution Museum.

The USS Constitution Museum and USS Constitution Education Team offers live virtual field trips to engage students in the history of “Old Ironsides.” Virtual field trips are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays:

A Sailor’s Life for Me? – Discover if the sailor’s life is for you in this interactive program. Through virtual gallery exploration and engaging activities, students will learn about the tasks and teamwork required of early U.S. Navy sailors. (Grades K-12)

Join the Crew – Learn about life at sea on USS Constitution first-hand! From recruitment to daily activities to battle, students will experience a sailor’s life in 1812 and compare that to life in the US Navy today. This program is co-facilitated by a US Navy sailor on board USS Constitution. (Grades K-12)

Ship Design Challenge – USS Constitution was built for speed and strength. Learn from this example in their galleries and on board the Ship with a U.S. Navy sailor, then follow the engineering design process to pick the winning boat in a virtual challenge. (Grades 3-5)

Bring USS Constitution into your classroom at any time with “A Sailor’s Life, Live!” and educational video series about life at sea on board a wooden warship. Recordings of each episode, featuring a Museum educator and US Navy sailor, are available on the Museum’s website at ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

Disaster relief donations

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to support the Disaster Relief Fund. The donations will be used to benefit those affected by COVID-19 and other disasters.

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 Towniemoe@aol.com for more information.

Kennedy Center

For more than 56 years, the Kennedy Center has provided critical safety nets for Charlestown’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors.

To keep up to date with the latest news, you can subscribe to their feeds on social media and/or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @KennedyFSC and/or visit them at www.KennedyCenter.org.

If you would like to make a financial donation to help make a difference for highly at-risk individuals and families in need, visit www.kennedycenter.org/donate.

Historic neighborhood tour

The Charlestown Preservation Society hosts a self-guided historic neighborhood tour, with information available at cps-ris.org.

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.

‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit

“WOW: Wind on Water,” a year-long outdoor public art exhibit by artist Lyman Whitaker, consists of 31 elegant sculptures grouped in eight locations extending from Shipyard Park at the northern end of the Freedom Trail just outside the Boston National Historical Park to various sites along the Boston Harborwalk.

The collection of Whitaker’s diverse kinetic sculptures, ranging from approximately 6 to 18 feet in height, are comprised of intricate and gracefully moving metals – including copper, steel and stainless steel that spin on sealed ball bearings – that will be continually propelled by the Boston Harbor’s windy micro-climate, spinning and twirling in imaginative syncopation.

Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy viewing the sculptures’ majestic and magical movements while walking, biking and breathing fresh harbor breezes (using safe physical distancing).

More information about the artist and his work is available at www.navyyardgarden.org.