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Here is a photo from the Bunker Hill Day Parade in Charlestown from many years ago.

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 www.gardensforcharlestown.org for more information and tickets.

First Day of Summer Story Time       

Join the Boston Public Library librarians from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 21 for a virtual story time featuring all things summer. The group will be reading and singing about beaches, warm days, and creatures you might find in the garden.

Visit pbl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration a few days prior to the event.

Matt Heaton: A concert for families          

Matt Heaton believes music for kids can be entertaining for both children and parents. His 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. Children and adults respond to his musicianship and variety.

Enjoy this family concert from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 24.

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

Older Adults’ Chair Yoga                                                  

YogaHub will present an Older Adults’ Chair Yoga from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 - hosted by the Boston Public Library.

Older Adults’ Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced while sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support. Participants will learn calming postures and breathing techniques to open energy channels, release tension and alleviate pain.

This type of yoga is great to improve physical comfort, cultivate balance and move easily through daily activities.

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

CMCB Music Festival online                                              

Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) will host their annual music festival – Fête de la Musique – online from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 to celebrate the summer solstice and CMCB Music.

With music from all corners of the Community Music Center of Boston, they will highlight performances by their students, faculty and teaching artists with music for all ages.

Area businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups have partnered to deliver a diverse line-up of music to be freely enjoyed online and extending the audience beyond Boston’s South End.

The free, family-friendly event is free – (tax deductible) donations welcome.

Visit https://cmcb.org/wp-event/fetehome for more information and registration.

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 through July 26 (except July 5). Ukuleles and tuners can be picked up at the Central branch of the Boston Public Library.

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

USS Constitution tours resume

The USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard has resumed public visitation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays. Enjoy a free, guided tour of Old Ironsides or explore the top deck at your own pace.

The crew will continue to host a live virtual tour at 1 p.m. on Mondays.

Visit www.navy.mil/USS-CONSTITUTION/Hours-Visitor-Info for more information.

USS Constitution Museum hours

The Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org and their social media channels for more information, including new digital content and events.

The Bunker Hill Monument, Lodge and Museum

The Bunker Hill Museum – where visitors can explore more about the Battle of Bunker Hill, the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument, the memory of the battle and the history of the Charlestown neighborhood – is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

The Bunker Hill Museum, the Lodge and the base of the Monument are accessible. The only means to reach the top of Bunker Hill Monument is via 294 stairs; at the top of the monument through 360-degree Live Webcams. 

Until further notice, the Bunker Hill Monument remains closed.

Learn more at www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/bhm.htm.

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 www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families 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 https://courageoussailing.org/events/annual-regattas/corporate-challenge-2 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 https://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/project-education/youth-programs/summer-youth-intensive-2021 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 jkilloran@bgcb.org or (617)516-5501.

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.

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.

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.

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 boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

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 https://theanchorboston.com 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 https://theanchorboston.com 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 sasc.spauldingrehab.org 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 www.courageoussailing.org 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 bgcb.org for more information and registration.

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.

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 – www.BostonCameraClub.photos – 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 www.bostoncameraclub.org 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, 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.

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.

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

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.

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.