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Virtual donor appreciation celebration

The John F. Kennedy Family Service Center is holding a virtual celebration to honor people’s generosity and support for Charlestown’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors.

The virtual donor appreciation event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6.

See first-hand how the investment in the Kennedy Center is changing lives.

To RSVP and for more information, please contact Crystal Galvin | cgalvin@kennedycenter.org.

Visit kennedycenter.org for more information, including a link to make a donation.

Girls’ softball registration

The 2021 spring registration is officially open for Charlestown Girls Softball. There will be divisions for: Instructional/8U, 10 and under, 12 and under and 14 and under. The season will run from Friday, April 26 through Monday, June 14.

Registration will close on Friday, April 30.

Visit https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/charlestownsb for more information and registration.

Registration open for Little League

Charlestown Little League is planning for a “normal” season running from Wednesday, April 24 through Wednesday, June 30 with regular practices and games. There are different teams and opportunities for players, age 4 through 12. Registration will close on Friday, April 30.

They are also seeking volunteers for coaching and support positions.

Visit tshq.bluesombrero.com and/or email charlestownlittleleague@gmail.com for more information and registration.

Charlestown Lacrosse - Spring registration is open

The Charlestown Lacrosse & Learning Center has opened registration for its main Spring season. The CLLC teaches the game of Lacrosse to a diverse group of boys and girls, grades K through 8. New and seasoned players are always welcome regardless of skill level. Scholarships are always available.

The program promotes the core values: Teamwork, responsibility, community service, patience and effort.

Go to www.charlestownlacrosse.com/registration for more information and registration.

Magic Show with Jedlie                                                       

Jedlie's magic tricks amaze his audience while his zany antics have them howling with laughter. 

Jedlie will present his new magic show, "The Magic Between Us Is Respect and Kindness” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.

This program motivates kids to wake up every morning and choose to be respectful and kind to everyone they meet, every day, everywhere. The show also reminds families to read together every day. 

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

Build It! (on Zoom)                                                              

Children, ages 5 through 12, and their families are invited to join Librarian Patty from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 to tackle a monthly building challenge.

The participants will use supplies found in their homes, principles of engineering and a lot of ingenuity to make balloon powered cars. How long will it drive? Let's find out together.

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

Yoga for adults                                                                                 

Hands to Heart Center - Yoga for the People will present online yoga workshops for adults of all ages and levels in Charlestown from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on (most) Mondays from March 29 through Monday, June 29.

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

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

Steven Beaucher on ‘Boston in Transit’

Join Steven Beaucher, the co-founder and proprietor of WardMaps LLC and the author of the new book, Boston In Transit, for a discussion of how his new book visualizes several centuries of public transit in Boston from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30.

Boston in Transit tells the entire story, from that simple ferry serving an English settlement perched on the edge of a "new" world, through the arrival of steam trains and fleets of electric streetcars and buses to the creation and evolution of the MBTA.

This Q&A program will be broadcast live over the Leventhal Map & Education Center's YouTube and Facebook channels.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steven-beaucher-on-boston-in-transit-tickets-144003043981 for more information and registration.

Rad women of USS Constitution

Join the USS Constitution Museum and USS Constitution at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 for an insightful discussion about leadership and the role women play in shaping today’s Navy.

From exploring the depths of the sea aboard a submarine to serving on the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, 21 percent of all active-duty sailors in the United States are women. In this free virtual event, hear from four incredible women who serve on USS Constitution and learn about their career paths and the skills needed to be a leader in the US Navy.

Register for the webinar at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yeusc8wtQfOCVzbMZ_A10g.

‘Revolutionary Harbor: Signs of Spring’                                      

Temperatures are starting to rise, days are getting longer and spring is beginning to emerge.

Join the Boston Harbor Islands Natural Resource Team from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 to hear from two local experts about the ways in which the changing season impacts urban wildlife in areas like the Boston Harbor Islands.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/revolutionary-harbor-signs-of-spring-tickets-135568843059 for more information and registration.

‘The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters: A Novel’        

The Charlestown Branch Library book group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 5.

The group will discuss The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters: A Novel by Balli Kaur Jaswal.

Their mother's dying wish sends the British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters – Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia – on a pilgrimage to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. In India, the sisters will discover unexpected truths about themselves, their mother, and the real story behind Mum leaving her homeland forever.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information or email Kathy Kire at kkire@bpl.org for your Zoom invitation.

2021 Dennis Borden Memorial Golf Tournament                        

Although this has been a tough year for everyone, the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club is excited to continue one of its favorite annual traditions – the Dennis Borden Memorial Golf Tournament – which will be held on Friday, May 28 at the Windham Country Club.

Proceeds from the Dennis Borden Memorial Golf Tournament will help provide vital operating support for the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club as it continues to adapt and find new ways to support its members.

Sponsorship of the Charlestown Club’s Dennis Borden Memorial Golf Tournament will provide your company with a unique platform to further promote its commitment to the community while targeting an engaged and active demographic.

Visit https://www.bgcb.org/sponsor-the-2021-dennis-borden-memorial-golf-tournament for more information and registration.

Ronald McDonald House Wish List Drive

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of New England (RMHC NE) provides a comprehensive and supportive network of resources to children facing all pediatric illnesses and their families through Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles.

RMH Boston Harbor needs household items to support their families throughout their stay and ensure apartments are fully stocked with essential items at all times.

The wishlist items can be found on Amazon or on the RMH Boston Harbor online wishlist and can be purchased anywhere.

Contact the RMH Boston Harbor Volunteer Coordinator, volunteerboston@rmhcne.org or phone 617-398-6458 to schedule the delivery of collected items to their office in Charlestown.

Visit https://rmhcne.org for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Following the book discussion of 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 by Gretchen Rubin that took place in January, 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:

-          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 provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. 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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information 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.