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Halloween in the Gardens

Join Gardens for Charlestown as they cast their spell on the neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24.

Halloween in the Gardens has something for everyone and there will be plenty of fun activities to entertain even the witches and ghouls among us, including games, arts and craft, photo ops and a *Cake Walk. *Pony Rides will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Balloon Twisters will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Go to for more information (Admission: $10 for children - Free for well-behaved adults; *Additional fee).

Outdoor Storytime & Pumpkin Decorating

Preschoolers are invited to enjoy an outdoor story-time with the Boston Public Library at Peter Looney Park, 34 Union St. from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 26. (Rain date: Oct. 27)

Bring a pumpkin to decorate.

Visit for more information.

Sugar Skull Paint Party

JJ of JJ Artworks will walk participants through painting their own plaster sugar skull with gemstones from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park.

Go to for more information and registration.

Yoga with a Ranger

Park Ranger and Certified Yoga Instructor Crystal Hines will lead an all-levels vinyasa flow from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 on the lawn at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Bring a mat, and prepare to move, flow, stretch and relax deeply.

Go to for more information and registration.

Tai Chi for Wellness with Eddie Watkins

Eddie Watkins will present an online introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China which consists of postures that are gentle and flowing, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 and Dec. 9.

Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Dia de los Muertos: Honoring Life, Justice and Humanity

Learn about the cultural significance of the different components that make up a traditional Dia de los Muertos altar. The theme for the remote altar building will acknowledge the current social context of the global health pandemic and this civil rights moment. Join teacher and artist, Rosalba Solis at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 to create a shared visual experience together.

Sponsored by The Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery, Charlestown Campus.

Visit for more information and WebEx registration.

Family Trick or Treat

A free family trick or treat event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31 around The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park. Costumes encouraged

Go to for more information and reservations.

AGC Fall Exhibition

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

The gallery will be open between noon and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for viewing.

Visit for more information.

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.

Bunker Hill: Muskets, Men and Liberty

Listen to a ranger dressed in period clothing discuss why three men from different backgrounds stepped onto the battlefield during the Battle of Bunker Hill. They each had different ambitions, motivations and concerns. The program concludes with a (very loud) musket firing demonstration.

The program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 31 outside the Bunker Hill Monument in Monument Square (pending weather), and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Visit for more information.

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. 31. 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 for more information and reservations (price varies).

Community sled hockey practices

Community sled hockey practices will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 at Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink, 150 Rutherford Ave.

Sled hockey enables youth and adults to play hockey in a seated position with blades beneath them. Coaching and equipment will be provided to participants in all sled hockey sessions. 

Practices and clinics consist of group drills, small games, scrimmaging, and individual coaching. Sessions are open to able-bodied friends and family members as well.

Visit for more information and registration ($5 per session | Free for veterans).

Senior Aerobics + Tai Chi

An aerobics class will be held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and a Tai Chi class will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays for seniors at the Kennedy Center, 55 Bunker Hill.

Visit for more information and registration.

Family Book Club

A Family Book Club will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Kennedy Center, 55 Bunker Hill.

Visit for more information.

Falls Prevention Group

The risk of falling – and fall-related problems – rises as people age.

Occupational Therapy students and faculty from MGH Institute of Health Professions will offer a Falls Prevention Group to all interested seniors from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 16 at the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc.'s Community Services Department, 15 Tufts St.

The group will include education on how to prevent falls, physical movement to improve balance, brainstorming on ways to help stay safe and more.

Visit for more information and 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 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 for a complete list of farmers markets.


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 for more information and registration.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga         

Join the Boston Public Library remotely from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays for a gentle yoga class by Hands to Heart Center (HTHC). Participants can expect a beginner-level one hour yoga flow, with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels. All are welcome.

These classes will be live-streamed on HTHC's YouTube channel, where previously recorded sessions may also be found.

To attend, visit No registration is required.

Fitness at The Anchor                                                                     

The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park offers a variety of fitness programs at various times throughout the week.

Visit 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 for more information and registration.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

USS Constitution and Museum                              

The USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. Enjoy a free, guided tour of Old Ironsides or explore the top deck at your own pace. The crew will host a live virtual tour at 1 p.m. on Mondays.

The Constitution Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit 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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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

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.