Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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Courageous Sailing – Begins May 1                                                                       

Courageous Sailing is a nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor from May through October.

The Courageous Sailing Centers are located at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard; UMass Boston Dorchester Campus; and at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain.

To learn more about the Adult Programming; Youth Programming Components (Summer Youth programs, STEM Resources and After School Sailing); and the Courageous at Home and Courageous Together activities and events, visit www.courageoussailing.org and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

‘Othello’

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, May 2; and Monday, May 3 through Sunday, May 9.

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

Book Discussion: ‘The Painted Drum’

The Charlestown Branch Library book group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3.

The group will discuss The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich.

When Faye Travers finds an Ojibwe moose skin and cedar drum in the estate of a family descended from a North Dakota Native American agent, she begins a journey that takes her from a reservation on the northern plains to a small New Hampshire town and back again.

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

Mindfulness for Young Adults                                           

Everyone could use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself into the present moment can work wonders in calming your mind.

Join YA librarian Paul from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5 to review the basics of mindfulness and take some time to meditate and reflect with mindfulness practices featured in Anxiety Relief for Teens: Essential CBT Skills and Mindfulness Practices to Overcome Anxiety and Stress by clinical psychologist Regine Galanti.

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

BHCC Choir Concert + Play

The Performing Arts Department at Bunker Hill Community College will present two programs as follows:

The BHCC Choir Concert under the direction of Dr. Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.

The performance of All Their Names (a play production, Dr. Proshot Kalami) will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 7.

Check out the events calendar at www.bhcc.edu for the Zoom/phone link.

Live @ 5

Catch the musical stylings of Eric Marcs from 5 to p.m. on Thursdays outdoors at the The Anchor at the scenic Shipyard Park.

Visit https://theanchorboston.com for more information and registration.

Spring Storytime + Art Series

The Charlestown Branch Library will host a six-week series from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays through May 28 that includes story times and corresponding art projects.

In addition, they'll read one poem each session from Mr. Rogers's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the book and art project of the week, and Zoom registration.

Fitness at The Anchor                                                                     

The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park offers a variety of fitness programs throughout the week as follows:

– Weigh Better Burn – 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturdays; 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays

This HIIT style class with Weigh Better U Personal Training and Group Fitness incorporates the use of body weight and free weights to give you a total body workout in less an hours' time. All done to upbeat fun music and can be modified for all levels of fitness and limitations.

– No Row, Full-Body Cardio – 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on Saturdays; 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Mondays

Row House is going equipment-free and low-impact with this full-body cardio and strength class. Expect toning, elevated heart-rate and dynamic stretching to increase flexibility.

– Sunday Flow – 10 to 11 a.m. on Sundays

Rise and shine with Jenna Hill Yoga; this all-levels class is designed to integrate breath and movement, wake up your body and stimulate your mind through thoughtful sequencing. Leave energized and ready for the rest of your day; this class is appropriate for beginners or regular practitioners looking for a mindful practice. 

– Zumba – 6:15 to 7 p.m. on Mondays

This full body, dance fitness party with Charlestown YMCA will get your heart rate pumping to Latin and world music. 

– Bootcamp – 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays

Work up a sweat with Meg in this power hour boot camp session.

– One Powered Vinyasa – 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays

Flow with Julie Wetherbee in this Vinyasa style class for all levels.

– Yoga with Julianne – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

Flow with Julianne in this Vinyasa style class for all levels.

– Pound – 6:15 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays

Channel your inner rockstar with this full body cardio-jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums, offered by Charlestown YMCA.

– Sunset Flow 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays

Join Jenna Hill Yoga for a sunset flow with the beautiful Boston skyline in the background. This class will move you through a creative sequence of yoga poses that smoothly transition from one to the next with the use of steady, fluid breath.

Visit https://theanchorboston.com for more information and registration.

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.

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 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.

Twinkle Twinkle: ABC Spanish in Motion

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 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays through June 2.

On May 5: Learn Spanish and its diverse cultures through music and fun

The class will be available on Zoom and will also be streamed Live on each Branch Library’s FB page.

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

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.

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 onsite/online tours and activities              

While the USS Constitution and Museum and Navy Yard is open for exploration following health and safety guidelines, they will continue to offers virtual fun as well:

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

Take a virtual tour of USS Constitution with an active-duty sailor on Facebook Live from 11 to 11:30 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, along with current hours and events, 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.

Herzog 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.