Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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The USS Cassin Young (DD-793) is a U.S Navy Fletcher-class destroyer named for Captain Cassin Young (1894–1942), who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism at the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and killed in the naval Battle of Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942. The ship was active until 1960. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 as one of only four surviving Fletcher-class destroyers still afloat. You can visit the ship in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

‘Orthello’

Actors’ Shakespeare Project will present a streaming virtual experience of “Play On!” Othello by William Shakespeare, translated by Mfoniso Udofia.

Recorded live from actors’ homes, the production is edited together with original sound design. 

The recording will be available for streaming in the following windows: through Sunday, April 11; Monday, April 12 through Sunday April 18; Monday, April 26 through Sunday, May 2; and Monday, May 3 through Sunday, May 9.

Visit https://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org for more information and reservations (Donations welcome).

Chameleon Arts Ensemble virtual series 3: ‘through the looking glass’

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble will present through the looking glass at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. The concert will be streamed on-demand through Saturday, April 17.

Upside down and inside out… Satie parodies a Baroque suite while Beethoven shares a friendly duo with a comic wink.

Janáček presents a dramatic interpretation of Tolstoy’s novella and Schumann, with his ever-fertile imagination, reveals a world of passion and poetry. Join them as they climb through the mirror into fantastical realms of shifting perspective and whimsical storytelling.

Ticket holders will additionally be able to watch exclusive artist interviews, download PDF program books and enjoy much-loved essays on the music.

Go to https://chameleonarts.org/virtual-concerts/through-the-looking-glass for more information and tickets ($15).

How Cuff Whittemore used military service to claim freedom                                                                         

Cuff Whittemore of Arlington fought with his militia company at Lexington and Concord, then at Bunker Hill, then for seven more years in the Continental Army. Why did this African-American man choose to join the rebellion, then reenlist over and over again after it had blossomed into a war?

Join a quest from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 to discover new perspectives, questions and historical evidence that give a better understanding of how Whittemore and the African-American New Englanders of his generation confronted the great changes all around them as they grew into adulthood.

This online program is co-presented by The National Park Service and the Boston Public Library.

Visit https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5ff78f84ea426ca20d6516a9 for more information and Zoom registration.

Women in Uniform: Yeomen (F) and WASPS

Join the National Parks of Boston and Gateway NRA for Connections and Conversations from 6:45 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14 live via WebEx.

Throughout history, women have always been a crucial part of the nation’s war efforts. During both World Wars women enlisted, served in uniform and blazed a trail for other women to follow.

During World War I, more than 1,000 female yeomen worked in the Charlestown Navy Yard doing many of the same jobs as male yeomen, receiving the same pay, subject to the same military regulations and standards of performance. Hear some of their stories as they navigated through the options open to women who came of age in the early 20th century.

Discover the many vital roles women fulfilled in the U.S. Navy and naval aviation during World War II, at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY.

Explore local history from home and away. Compare stories across time, distance and perspective. Exchange ideas and ask questions of park rangers and public historians.

Join the conversation through the following Webex link: 

https://npsboston.webex.com/npsboston/j.php?MTID=mf449c5e0b9a06bfe0aa65b9904284af4. 

Animal Adventures                                                                          

Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center will bring the wild to you, virtually where you can meet rescued exotic animals up close from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 15 and Tuesday, May 18.

See animals that never travel such as African Serval, a Carpathian Lynx, foxes and more during these live interactive programs.

Go to https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/604f5fd1ba1629c503dbe214 for more information and registration.

Commonwealth School Model UN                                                          

Join UNAGB for a day full of public speaking, diplomacy and critical thinking at this year’s Commonwealth School Model UN Conference (COMMUN) at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 17. This conference, held in partnership with Commonwealth School in Boston, is an innovative Model UN conference for middle school aged students in grades 6 through 8.

Visit https://www.unagb.org/events/april-17-2021-commonwealth-school-model-un-commun for more information and registration (fee applies).

CPS 50/50 Raffle

Charlestown Preservation Society is having a 50/50 raffle as part of their annual fundraising efforts, as many others have been put on hold due to the pandemic restrictions. Please support them by purchasing a raffle ticket for $100.

There will be only 200 tickets sold and one winner will be drawn at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 20 for a prize of $10,000.

Visit https://cps-ris.org/cps-50-50-raffle for more info about the live drawing and other raffle news.

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 – more than 500 families per month, a 100 percent increase from last year.

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.

Matt Heaton - Musical concert                                                                   

The Roxbury, Grove Hall and Charlestown Branch Libraries will host an 11-week series, “TWINKLE TWINKLE: Performers, Songs, Stories & Crafts” for children, ages 0-5, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through June 9.

Matt Heaton will kick off the series with a musical concert on April 7.

Matt Heaton songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun for all ages.

The performance will be available on Zoom and will also be streamed on Facebook Live via the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library FB page.

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

‘Revitalized’ Spring Art Exhibition

The 2021 Spring Art Exhibition Revitalized, presented by the Artists Groups of Charlestown, will be on view live by appointment (contact@artistsgroupofcharlestown.com) at the Stove Factory Gallery, 523 Medford St. or online at www.artistsgroupofcharlestown.com through Sunday, April 25.

Through times of fear and uncertainty, collapse and grief, people are somehow able to find what they need to turn difficulties into meaning, purpose and beauty.

​Revitalized ​is the artist’s expression of renewal and rebirth through the artistic process.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

‘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 hold its last meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday:

-          May 5: Happy memories

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

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.

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.