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Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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A Tale of Two Navy Yards: Washington D.C. and Boston

Throughout U.S. history, war has created new opportunities, even as it has constrained them. Nowhere has this been truer than at Navy Yards. But who benefited from the opportunities? Who imposed the constraints and who battled against them?

In Civil War-era Washington D.C., enslaved people, formerly enslaved people, lawmakers, sailors and soldiers jostled against each other as the nation prepared for war.

Boston during World War II was a very different time and place. But the Navy Yard at Charlestown was also the site of new, but constrained opportunities for civilian female workers. Come to this program to think about how their experiences echoed those of Civil War Washingtonians, and how they differed. . . and how both shaped our world today.

National Parks of Boston will present this Connections and Conversations program from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 live via WebEx. The program will include two presentations, followed by ample time for questions and answers with both presenters.

Visit www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=4DF22161-A2FF-EE7C-F8C96E67B71A323B for more information and the link to join.

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.

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.

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.

BPL Reading Challenge

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.org for more information.

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.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston onsite/online

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides in-person day-time learning support during school hours and in-person and virtual interactive after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms.

Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.

Future Readers Book Club and events

The Boston Public Library hosts 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.

‘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:

- March 3: Personal commandments

- April 7: Inspiration

- May 5: Happy memories

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

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 features 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.