Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
The Rotary Club is looking for volunteers to help deliver service packages to local veterans/families through Operation Thank a Veteran, an initiative of the City of Boston from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.
Everyone will meet at the Charlestown Navy Yard at 114 16th St. in the Hull Room.
For more information, visit boston.gov and bostoncares.org.
Bunker Hill Day events
The Bunker Hill Day Parade will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. The parade, a tradition since 1786, kicks off at the intersection of Vine and Bunker Hill streets, marches down Main Street, winds around Charlestown, and ends on Winthrop Street next to the Charlestown Militia training field. Streets start to close to traffic around 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. for the annual road race.
Members of the Charlestown Militia dressed in Colonial attire play fifes and drums and offer musket salutes as part of a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bunker Hill Monument.
The Bunker Hill Museum, across from the monument, will be open and the Charlestown Navy Yard will have free tours on the USS Constitution.
Everyone is welcome to these free events. The nearest Boston subway station is the Orange Line/Community College. For more information call 617-242-2724.
Sing sea chanteys
Listen, learn and lift your voices! Participate in maritime heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. These monthly gatherings, held on the third Sunday of every month, are family-friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate.
Visit the museum in Building 22 in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
The next sea chanteys gatherings will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18.
For more information, visit https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (6th floor Lantern Room, 300 First Ave.) offers Yoga from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 for $5 per session. The class is inclusive and open to everyone, but is designed for those who are unable to access a mainstream yoga class. The class provides a mild to moderate level practice focused on strengthening and lengthening. Poses are offered in sitting, standing with some mat use. Poses can be adapted with assistance from experienced yoga instructors to accommodate all abilities.
All equipment is provided and volunteers are present to assist with transfers and in-class poses.
For more information, visit https://sasc.spauldingrehab.org/activitydescription.aspx?event=5442.
Boston Harbor Now’s annual fundraising event, Spectacle on Spectacle, will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.
Spectacle on Spectacle will feature a cocktail cruise to Spectacle Island, a scenic sunset over the Boston skyline, New England clambake-inspired plates and a private fireworks display.
The evening will celebrate Boston Harbor Now’s ongoing efforts to: expand public access throughout Boston Harbor; promote climate resilience through well-designed parks, infrastructure and mixed-use development; grow Boston’s maritime industry; and activate the Harbor through exciting programming and educational opportunities.
This year’s event will honor Mayor Martin J. Walsh for his commitment to climate resilience and will be hosted by CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bostonharbornow.org/spectacle.
The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (6th floor Lantern Room, 300 First Ave.) offers Chair Yoga from 11a.m. to noon on June 20 and 27 for $5 per session. Learn and practice gentle yoga poses and appropriately adapted variations in a safe, supportive environment with experienced yoga instructors while sitting in a chair or wheelchair.
Cultivate strength, flexibility, balance and coordination through yoga poses, breathing techniques and mindfulness to enhance physical and mental well-being.
For more information, visit https://sasc.spauldingrehab.org/activitydescription.aspx?event=5474.
Garden tour returns
Explore 12 gardens in the historic Charlestown neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.
Nestled behind stately brick facades and tidy clapboard homes, these gardens are hidden oases of beauty and calm. One such home on the tour abuts the historic Bunker Hill Cemetery, which itself will be open during the tour, giving rare access to this important place.
The tour begins at the Gardens for Charlestown Community Garden, located at the intersection of Main and Bunker Hill Streets, where you will receive the guide book that will gain you admission to all the gardens on the route. There are links on the map to participating shops, restaurants and cafes for a break along the route.
“Gardens for Charlestown” is a beautiful open space hosting 65 individually worked plots tended by 85 Charlestown gardeners. The garden hosts numerous community programs and events, including a partnership with the Harvard Kent School which brings hand-on gardening and nutrition experiences to BPS children, while enhancing reading, math and science skills.
All proceeds from the tour support Gardens for Charlestown’s 501(c)(3) educational programs, garden maintenance, and mission of greenspace preservation.
For more information and tickets, visit www.GardensforCharlestown.org or Chris@gardensforcharlestown.org.
The Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) will open the outdoor Clougherty Pool at 331 Bunker Hill St. in Charlestown on Saturday, June 22.
The Clougherty Pool will have open swim from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 11 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, including early-bird rates, phone the BCYF Charlestown 617-635-5169 or Clougherty Pool at 617-635-5173 or visit boston.gov/BCYF.
NMO Wellness Day
The Sumaira Foundation for NMO presents NMO Wellness Day, sponsored by Alexion Pharmaceuticals and B.GOOD, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston, 300 1st Ave.
Education and conversation surrounding wellness for the NMO community will be led by the interdisciplinary experts at Spaulding.
This event is open to NMO/MOG/Transverse Myelitis/CRION patients and family members.
Food and beverages will be provided courtesy of B.GOOD.
For more information, visit spauldingrehab.org or call 617-952-5000.
Riders Club is a group-based cycling ride offering three wheeled hand cycles or recumbent leg cycles. Riders are paired with similarly able riders and volunteers to enjoy an evening of exercise and camaraderie. Stationary trainers are also available for those who do not want to cycle on the path.
Open to children and adults of all abilities, the approvals are done one week prior to session dates. The cost of each session is $10.
Participants will meet at the putting green behind the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital at 300 First Ave. The program runs through Oct. 6. The next session will be from 5 to 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.
For more information and to register, visit https://sasc.spauldingrehab.org or call 877.976.7272.
Bunker Hill history
The community is invited to free talks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Bunker Hill Monument, 43 Monument Square.
Participants will learn about the experiences of soldiers on both sides of the first real battle of the War for Independence.
Although the battle was a loss for the colonists, the high number of casualties on the British side, including a significant portion of the officer corps, demonstrated that inexperienced militia could stand up to the regular army, which eventually led to the withdrawal of the British from Boston.
Visit www.nps.gov/boston or call 617-242-5601 for more details.
Learn about celestial navigation
In the GPS age, steering a ship by the stars can seem like a mystical lost art. How did ships possibly manage to cross huge expanses of ocean and still make their intended landfall? What do you actually see when you look through a sextant? What do latitude and longitude really represent?
Spend Saturday morning with the USS Constitution Museum’s public historian and expert navigator Carl Herzog to explore the mysteries behind celestial navigation. Learn about the skills that ship captains relied on and hear about the difficulties ships faced in the eras before GPS.
This program at the museum takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 22.
For more information, visit https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “One Artist’s Journey: Reclaiming the Lost Tradition of Cambodian Ceramics,” works by Yary Livan, now through June 30 at the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.
Livan is a surviving master of traditional Cambodian ceramics and kiln building, which date back to the sixth century.
His work draws on a rich heritage including influences from ancient imperial Khmer kiln sites such as Angkor Wat, and incorporates traditional Cambodian imagery and relief carving. His ceramic pieces are highly regarded for their historical integrity and artistic merit and have been displayed in exhibits throughout the U.S. and Cambodia.
Livan is recognized as one of only three master ceramists to have survived the genocide of the Pol Pot regime, and is the only one known to be living in the United States.
He has led numerous workshops, completed a three-year residency with Harvard University and taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. As a NEA National Heritage Fellow, he continues to teach and exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally. .
Call 617-228-2093 or visit www.bhcc.mass.edu for more information.
Boasting the oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution (1797), and with many more built over the course of its 174-year history, the Charlestown Navy Yard has earned its place on the Freedom Trail.
Stop by at 6 on Thursday nights as the Berklee bands perform from an array of genres including funk, folk, and Latin persuasion.
For a full schedule of performers, visit https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/downtown-boston.
Concerts in the park
The Friends of City Square Park's annual free summer concert series will be held once a month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through September at the City Square Park. (The rain date will be on Thursdays).
July 10: The East Coast Soul Band will rock the park with soul, rock and incredible charisma, great for all ages.
Aug. 14: Dirty Water Brass Band will perform New Orleans-style music and crowd favorites.
Sept.11: Henry Acker, a 14-year-old gypsy jazz guitarist with abilities far beyond his years will perform while guests enjoy lawn games and refreshments.
The concert series is sponsored and supported by the Charlestown Mothers Association, Gibson Sotheby's International Real Estate, Friends of City Square Park and the Rick DuBard's Foundation.
Ironsides’ summer hours
The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays.
Tours are self-paced and the top three decks are open to the public. USS Constitution crewmembers will be on hand to answer questions and give oral presentations about the ship’s storied past. Guests may walk the ship at their own pace and ask questions of the ship’s active duty Navy sailors.
Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free.
All guests, age 18 and older, are required to show a valid state or federal photo I.D. or a passport to board the ship.
For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution/visitor information.
Food pantry requests
The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting boxes of cereal, beef stew, soup and cans of coffee. Any donation on non-perishable foods would also be greatly appreciated.
Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry at 49 Vine St., The Cooperative Bank at 201 Main St. and at the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop St. Financial donations can be sent to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129.
For more information, call 617-990-7314.
Disaster relief donations
The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to go to disaster relief. The donations will be used to benefit those affected by the local gas explosions and recent hurricanes in the South.
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.
The Boston Marine Society at Building No. 32, Charlestown Navy Yard, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.
The society hosts a large collection of art and artifacts depicting maritime history and life on the sea, as well as a research library, detailing the history of sailing and marine commerce and the history of one of the oldest and most important ports in the country.
Its website includes selected objects from its collection and the history of the organization. Visit www.bostonmarinesociety.org or call 617-242-0522 for more information.
Behind the Scenes Tour
Get a sneak peek of on-going preservation work for the USS Constitution with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment restoration facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Join Margherita Desy, historian with USS Constitution, for a one-hour tour of the 1847 Alexander Parris-designed carpenters’ and riggers’ shops.
This tour requires participants to be able to climb steep and long flights of stairs in the building and is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Close-toe shoes/sneakers are a must. The tour is limited to 25 people and will leave from the USS Constitution Museum lobby.
For more information, visit ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
The Bunker Hill Monument Museum, 45 Monument Square, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located on the Freedom Trail, the museum displays the history of the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument as well as a diorama of the historic battle. A cyclorama shows a 360-degree view of the battlefield.
The Charlestown Historical Society keeps its archives in this building, which once served as the neighborhood’s public library.
Model room tours
The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.
Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.
For more information, visit bostonplans.org.
For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.
For groups larger than 15 people email email@example.com to arrange a tour.
The Dr. Charles H. Weingarten program at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital offers a variety of land and water sports for participants to choose from. Each session is designed to help you reach your personal sport and recreation goals.
Participants work with staff members and volunteers for a 90-minute session. Activities include: Cycling (handcycles, recumbent tricycles, tandem recumbent and upright bicycles), kayaking, outrigger canoeing, tennis, pickleball and basketball - court sport wheelchairs are available. (outrigger canoeing will be available starting in July). The cost of each session is $20.
Participants will meet at 113 16th street (located behind the brick building at this address).
Parking is available at Spaulding Rehab Hospital (300 1st Ave.) for $7 or at metered parking in the Charlestown Navy Yard. This address accommodates drop off/pick up only.
The June sessions will be held at 9:30 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 to 3 p.m.; 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. on Mondays.
For more information, visit https://sasc.spauldingrehab.org/activitydescription.
July 4th cruise
This July 4th, join the USS Constitution Museum and Boston Harbor Cruises for a star-spangled celebration. See America’s Ship of State, USS Constitution, in all her glory as she makes her annual Fourth of July underway cruise in Boston Harbor.
Enjoy first-class views of this historic event cruising alongside the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. See Constitution fire a 21-gun salute to the nation at Castle Island, hear tales of her victories from USS Constitution Museum historians and educators, and dine on a menu designed by acclaimed Boston chef Barbara Lynch.
Tickets are $99 per person and can be purchased through Boston Harbor Cruises.
Members of the USS Constitution Museum receive $10 off.
BHC will donate a portion of all ticket sales to support the educational programs of the USS Constitution Museum.
The cruise leaves Long Wharf at 10:30 a.m. and the Charlestown Navy Yard Pier One at 10:45 a.m.
Boarding starts 30 minutes prior to the departure time.
For more information, visit https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.
The next workshop is at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29. Other workshops are schedule for 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.
The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).
For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.
Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.