Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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The Bunker Hill Monument was dedicated on June 17, 1843 in a major national ceremony. A statue to Dr. Joseph Warren was commissioned in the 1850s to pay particular respects to his sacrifice at the battle.

‘contour and counterpoint: Reich & Shostakovich’

The latest Chameleon Arts Ensemble concert “contour and counterpoint” will be available to stream on-demand through Saturday, June 12.

Patterns, phases, motifs and monograms come together in Chameleon’s audacious season finale. Reich transforms the function of rhythm, Nørgård channels the king of counterpoint and Shostakovich brings power, intensity and dazzling technique to a landmark of the string quartet repertoire.

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 for more information and tickets ($15).

Six-Week ukulele workshop                                                           

Children, ages 7-12, are invited to join a free six-week ukulele workshop run by Anne Ku. Zoom sessions will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays from June 14 through July 26 (except July 5). Ukuleles and tuners can be picked up at the Central branch of the Boston Public Library.

Visit for more information and registration.

Monet & Renoir

Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir were fast friends at the very heart of the most radical revolution in art since the Renaissance.

Join ArtMatters from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 as they take attendees for a tour through the life and works of Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir, two of the most beloved of the Impressionist artists.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Living Room Conversations for Young Adults: Mental Health              

Most people want to reduce the stigma around mental health issues so that individuals and families are more inclined to seek help. Many people look to traditional medicine for answers to mental health problems.

There is also a growing interest in exploring other ways to support people facing mental health challenges. The value of meditation, exercise and mindfulness show great promise. What does it mean to recover from a mental health problem and is it even possible?

Join the Boston Public Library’s facilitated living room conversation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 where participants can practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Community Read Book Group for Adults: ‘The Cooking Gene’

The Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17 for a moderated discussion of The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty. 

The winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for culinary writing, The Cooking Gene explores the influence of enslaved African people and their descendants on the traditional cooking of the American South. 

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Juneteenth Celebration                                                         

Juneteenth was long celebrated as a regional holiday, but now is being celebrated across the country and as an official holiday right here in Boston. Not sure what Juneteenth is?

Join Librarian Maija as she shares a brief explanation and a booklist. She will also share a story and a treat to celebrate Juneteenth. 

This program will be livestreamed on the Children's Library Facebook page from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18.

Garden Tour of Historic Charlestown & Raffle

Explore the historic Charlestown neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Nestled behind stately brick facades and tidy clapboard homes, there are hidden oases of beauty and calm. Inspiration abounds with gardens that take advantage of shady courtyards or spaces that reflect the long history of these special homes.

The tour begins at Gardens for Charlestown, 499 Main St. where people will receive the guide book that will gain admission to all of the gardens on the route. Purchase tour tickets in advance for $25. (Tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $30). 

People can also purchase $1 raffle tickets for a chance to win one of nine prizes donated by friends and neighbors. Raffle tickets purchased online will be presented to the buyer in person on the day of the tour so they can enter specifically for the prizes they are interested in winning. The final drawing happens on Saturday, June 19 at Gardens for Charlestown.  

Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea provided by Starbucks, pastries from Iggy's of Cambridge and homemade breakfast breads at the start of the tour.

Go to for more information and tickets.

BCYF Community Center offerings                      

The BCYF community centers are offering a limited menu of programs and classes for pre-registered participants. They will continue to expand the menu of offerings in accordance with public health guidelines. 

Visit for more information and registration.

Courageous Corporate Challenge Charity Regatta

The warm weather and late sunsets of June herald the Courageous Corporate Challenge.

Over four successive Mondays, seasoned and novice racers alike will set sail from Pier 4 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, enjoying fast-paced, college-style, short-course keelboat racing.

They take part in the name of friendly competition and in support of Courageous Sailing’s Summer Youth Program. An awards celebration will be held after the final race on June 28.

Visit for more information and registration.

Parks Fitness: Fusion Fit (HIIT and Yoga) with Jacqui                          

Fusion Fit (HIIT and Yoga) with Jacqui will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 1 at Doherty Playground, 349 Bunker Hill St.

Visit for more information and registration.

ASP Summer Youth Intensive ‘Much Ado about Nothing’   

For their 11th annual Summer Youth Intensive, the Actors' Shakespeare Project (ASP) youth will create, design, rehearse and perform Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado about Nothing at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.

Ages 13-19: Youth actors, stage managers, designers and technical crew are all welcome and encouraged to apply.

The youth ensemble will develop the production, guided by ASP company members and experienced teaching artists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from July 6 through Aug. 1. Tech rehearsal: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.

Public performances will be the culmination of a month-long intensive collaboration among teens from a variety of Boston-area communities at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 through Saturday, July 31; Strike Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1

Visit for more information and registration (Tuition: $1,600; sliding scale scholarships available).

Sponsor a 2021 BGCB Campership                       

Please consider making a contribution to help the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club give even more children a wonderful summer experience.

Scholarship donations will help members attend summer camp and provide vital operating support for the Club as it continues to adapt and find new ways to support their members and families. The camp fees, although far less than the actual cost, are often still much more than many families can afford.

For questions, please contact John Killoran at or (617)516-5501.

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 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 events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

Live @ 5

The Anchor at the scenic Shipyard Park offers an intimate singer songwriter experience – featuring their talented roster of musicians from 5 to 7 p.m. on most weeknights.

Visit for more information and 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 for more information and registration.

Spaulding Rehab onsite/online programs

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network offers a variety of sports and exercise programs throughout the week on site and 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 for more information, including class description, schedule, registration and fees.

Courageous Sailing has begun                                                                    

Courageous Sailing has begun – lots of laughing – lots of fun!

This nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization is 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 and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

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 for more information and registration.

A 250-foot-long photo exhibition at Fan Pier

The Boston Camera Club invites the public to view 88 large-scale photographs displayed in a series at the intersection of Northern Avenue and Marina Park Drive at Fan Pier on the Public Green in Boston’s Seaport District. The Focused Eye: Our Unique Views will be on view through November.

One image from each participating member’s submissions was selected and expertly sequenced by curator Emily Belz. Each image speaks to the next by subject, color, composition or use of light to form a bridge, creating a compelling visual experience, honoring each individual’s view as well as that of the collective whole.

Visit the exhibition website – – to learn about each

photographer and explore content from greater Boston area Community Partners – including: Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Boston Latin Academy Photography Club; Boston Latin Academy 7th Grade English Language Arts class; Mission Hill Women’s Writing Group; Never Too Late to be a Poet; Rehearsal for Life and Zumix.

For more information on club activities and membership, visit or connect with the BCC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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, or phone 617-398-6458 to schedule the delivery of collected items to their office in Charlestown.

Visit for more information.

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

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 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 to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at

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 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 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 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 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

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 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

If you would like to make a financial donation to help make a difference for highly at-risk individuals and families in need, visit

Historic neighborhood tour

The Charlestown Preservation Society features a self-guided historic neighborhood tour, with information available at

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.