Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes
Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation
The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days in August. Here is a list of the Boston venues:
Aug. 10: The Greenway Carousel
Aug. 12: Museum of African American History
Aug. 17: Institute of Contemporary Art/ ICA Boston
Aug. 18: Boston Children's Museum
Aug. 28: Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston
Aug. 31: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
For safety reasons, many of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration.
Available spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Visit www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a downloadable August Adventures calendar, links to the venues and more information.
Children’s Artist in Residence Workshop
A variety of arts and crafts workshops hosted by a local artist in various parks throughout the City of Boston will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday through Friday through Aug. 13.
On Tuesday, Aug. 10, the workshops will be held at Harvard Mall, 29 Harvard St.
crayon art, watercolor and much more.
Supplies are provided, but you'll need to bring your creativity.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/arts-crafts-workshops for other information, including a complete list of workshops and reservations.
Crossword Puzzle Lunch Club
Join the Boston Public Library from noon to noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10 for a lunchtime crossword puzzle.
People can put their crossword puzzle skills to the test while also learning something new along the way as the group collectively solves a crossword puzzle together.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Customize and decorate potted succulent at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
Everyone will receive a potted succulent to decorate and take home.
Go to https://theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information and registration.
Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series
The Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series, hosted by the North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC), will bring together a mix of different cultures throughout the world through contemporary jazz sounds from Latin, Funky, Mediterranean and World music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays as follows:
Aug. 10: Niu Raza, Malagasy-Award Winner and Boston-Based Singer-Songwriter
The concert will be held at the North End Parks – Corner of John Fitzgerald Surface Rd. and Hanover St. on the Rose Kennedy Greenway; Rain location at NEMPAC, 50 Tileston St.
Visit https://nempacboston.org/jazz-in-the-park for more information.
Family Book Group: ‘My Beijing’
The librarian-moderated Family Book Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12 to discuss the August community read – My Beijing by Nie Jun, a collection of four illustrated stories about a girl named Yu'er, her grandfather and their eccentric neighbors in a residential alleyway of Beijing.
Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Experience the USS Constitution in a new way – as recruits on her historic gun crew – from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15.
Participating families will learn about the tools and teamwork required to make the USS Constitution a successful warship, both at the Museum and on the Ship with a U.S. Navy sailor. This training will then be put to the test with a mock gun drill on the Ship. Recommended for youth, ages 10 and up, and their families.
Program fees include admission to the Museum before the program, as well as supplies to make and fire your own Alka-Seltzer® Cannons at home after the program. Registration required by Friday, Aug. 13.
Visit ussconstitutionmuseum.org/events/family-firepower-8-15 for more information and registration ($5 per child | $ 10 per adult).
Summer Science Discovery Program
Based out of the Discovery & Action Center in the Charlestown Navy Yard, “e” inc. will host its two one-week Summer Science Discovery Programs (SSDP) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with after care available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays from Aug. 23 through Sept. 3 for children, ages 6 to 12, with hands-on science and art activities.
– Week One: They will investigate the New England Ecosystem – from water to trees to animals large and small. Children will explore, use art to recreate, investigate the tree fungal network (think tree root morse code), investigate the many trees in our area and of course the mammals and water beings that live all around us.
– Week Two: They will explore the wildness of the universe. From the solar system’s odd and individual planets (who knew Uranus was rotating on its side?) to comets and meteor showers (they hope to see one during a camp night) they will be considering how the pull of gravity and the flares of the sun all effect our local system – a mere dot in our galaxy.
Visit www.einc-action.org/summer-camp-2021.html for more information and 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 Mondays through Aug. 16.
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.
Summer Sol Series Outdoor Yoga at Bunker Hill
People can improve their physical and mental well-being with a yoga and mindfulness practice from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 26.
Whole Health Wellness classes at the Bunker Hill Monument, Monument Square are fun, engaging and adaptable to suit all ages and all levels of abilities, providing an enriching mind-body experience while focusing on breath, alignment, and posture.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-sol-series-outdoor-yoga-at-bunker-hill-tickets-154465667971 for more information and registration ($15).
Charlestown Farmers Market
The Charlestown Farmers Market at the corner of Main Street and Austin Street will be open from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 27.
Accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-farmers-markets for a complete list of farmers markets.
HarborFit: TRILLFIT Restore at the Charlestown Navy Yard
End the day at the Charlestown Navy Yard with a fitness class from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 14 using restorative yogic principles as the guide, overlooking the spectacular views of Boston Harbor.
Each class is taught by an instructor from TRILLFIT.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-trillfit-restore-at-the-charlestown-navy-yard-tickets-157819092153 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 boston.gov/events for more information and registration.
Fitness at The Anchor
The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park offers a variety of fitness programs at various times throughout the week.
Visit https://theanchorboston.com 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.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network activities
The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network will continue to offer virtual and onsite programing on select days and times, including yoga, fitness training, adaptive cycling, kayaking and Riders Club, among others.
Visit sasc.spauldingrehab.org for more information, including class description, schedule, registration and fees.
BCYF summer programs and classes
Arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips and workshops will be among the many options that will be offered both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across Boston.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston summer camps
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston runs full-day fun-filled camps for children, ages 6-12. Campers participate in a diverse roster of activities, including arts and crafts, science and technology projects, sports, field trips and lots of swimming.
Visit www.bgcb.org/what-we-do/summer-programs for more information and registration.
Charlestown Community Center Pool
The indoor pool at the Charlestown Community Center is open year-round with a variety of programming, such as open swim, family swim, swim lessons and a swim team.
The pool, which has special summer hours, is run by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families.
Summer hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free for Boston resident and nonresident youth.
The outdoor Clougherty Pool in Charlestown is open for recreational swimming and lap swimming. Summer hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting.
The pool is run by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families.
Adults: $15 (one-time registration free for entire summer); teens: $5; kids: free
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.
Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-wide Scavenger Hunt
Boston Harbor Now and partners will host “Explore Boston Harbor” scavenger hunts in six locations around the Waterfront: George’s Island, Spectacle Island, Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston through Friday, October 1.
Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. Participants can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.
To play, visit https://edventurebuilder.com/BHN, select your hunt. Participate as much or as little as desired.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (617)516-5501.
USS Constitution tours
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.