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‘Colors of the Coastline’ by Deidre Tao

“Colors of the Coastline,” a solo show of paintings by Deidre Tao, will be on view through Sunday, Oct. 3 at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St.

​With a passion for color, movement and brushwork, Tao explores the relationship between sky, water and land in her ongoing series of paintings.

Visit www.taofineart.com/portfolio.html and/or http://artistsgroupofcharlestown.com for more information.

AGC Fall Exhibition

The Artists Group of Charlestown will hold their annual fall exhibition, running Oct. 15 through 31 at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St. in Charlestown.

Artists have the opportunity to share their renderings of what they hold dear and the public has the opportunity to enjoy their interpretation, Artists are invited to apply for the exhibition through Oct. 4. All media, including 2D (drawing, painting, printmaking and photography), 3D (sculpture and ceramics) and fiber arts are eligible.

Any form of representation (realism, abstraction and everything in between) are also eligible.

The Oct. 15th opening will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery will also be open between noon and 5 p.m. on Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31.

Visit http://artistsgroupofcharlestown.com for more information.

Wooden Halloween Ornaments Paint Party

Join The Anchor in the Shipyard from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5 for a DIY wooden Halloween ornament workshop with JJ f of JJ Artworks.

Design your own fun cutouts of black cats, ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, trick or treat sayings and more.

Go to https://theanchorboston.com/calendar for more information and registration.

Express Yourself! ‘The Creative Exile of Jimmy Valdez Osaku’

Connect with Dominican born poet, painter and activist Jimmy Valdez Osaku at this opening event at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, honoring the current exhibition “Creative Exile,” featuring a virtual tour of the artist's work and a dynamic reading of his poetry by BHCC students, faculty and staff.

Visit https://bhcc.edu/artgallery/events for more information and WebEx registration link.

Knucklebones

An outdoor sports program called Knucklebones for children, ages 4 to 8, will be held from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 4 at Harvard Kent Elementary School playground.

Visit www.kennedycenter.org for more information and registration.

Kanopy Club: ‘Man on Wire’                                            

Following the Boston Public Library’s yearlong Reading Challenge's October theme of A Story Under 100 Pages, the Kanopy Club will be watching and discussing films that are 100 minutes or less.

Watch Man on Wire (2008, PG-13) on Kanopy then join the group from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 for a Zoom discussion.

About the film: On Aug. 7, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York. Academy Award winner. Official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

For more information and to register, visit online at https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/fq=types:(5ab91dff0e11f74000fa7bf9)&fq=is_virtual:(true)/event/613fb2fc44549d2f0062a7fe.

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: Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston through Monday, Oct. 11.

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.

‘The Merchant of Venice’                                                               

The Actor’s Shakespeare Project of Charlestown will present The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare through Sunday, Oct. 17 at The Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St.

This exploration of the heinousness of anti-Semitism reminds people that everyone may be culpable; too willing to look the other way when it comes to “other”ing our neighbors. 

Visit www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/box-office/buy-tickets for more information and reservations.

Spooktacular $10,000

The Friends of the Charlestown Elderly will hold a Halloween raffle drawing to support Charlestown elderly resident activities.

Only 200 tickets will be sold - $100 per ticket. The drawing will be held on Sunday, Oct. 31.

For more information and tickets, phone 617-398-2771, 617-997-3774, or 617-777-0699.

Sunday Funny Day

Enjoy some of Boston's funniest with an MC, feature and headliner plus some special guests as The Anchor at the Shipyard Park on Sundays through Oct. 30. Seating starts at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Stand-up comedy shows are produced by Like2Laugh Productions.

General Admission seating is available on a first come, first serve basis in the amphitheater.

VIP Packages with table reservations are also available.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sunday-funny-day-stand-up-comedy-at-the-anchor-charlestown-tickets-122187886257 for more information and reservations (price varies).

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).

Bunker Hill Talk

Join a National Park Ranger for a 10-minute program about the Battle of Bunker Hill. Talks will be presented on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday through Oct. 17 on the Bunker Hill grounds.

Visit www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=1F1F5D6C-EA6C-D56A-D2931412E57A915F for more information.

USS Cassin Young Talk

Join a National Park Ranger for a 10-minute program about the ship. Talks will be presented at 2 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday through Oct. 17 on Pier 1 next to the USS Cassin Young.

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.

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.

Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC                                     

Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. The Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.

Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767).

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 programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.

Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.

Visit www.bgcb.org for more information and registration.

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.

USS Constitution tours

The USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard is open 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 – donations and distributions                                                      

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry, 49 Vine St. (Hayes Square) is requesting donations of non-perishable foods along with toiletries and cleaning products and/or monetary contributions 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. 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, visit https://stmarystcatherine.org/harvest-on-vine.

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                                                                             

Monetary and food donations are being accepted for the Food Insecurity Program at NEW Health. More than 100 families per month are being served.

For details, call 857-238-1176 or visit https://newhealthcenter.org/charitable-giving.

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.

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.