Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

History of local women

Join the National Parks of Boston on Saturday afternoons in March to learn about the history of local women.

All of the Saturdays in the Park programs are free and open to the public.

All programs take place in the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center.

The programs, all of which begin at 2 p.m., include:

March 7 – SWONs: Shipbuilding Women of the Navy

More than 8,000 women lent a hand in the national war effort here at the Charlestown Navy Yard during World War II. Discover their role, accomplishments and the personal memories of being a SWON.

March 14 - Doing Small Things in a Great Way

Melnea Cass, the “elder stateswoman of Roxbury,” was a community activist, and advocate for civil rights. Join the NPS to discuss her life and the influence of her mother-in-law, Rosa Brown.

March 21 - The Will of Elizabeth Thomas

As Elizabeth Dunster Wade Thomas was planning her will, she knew she was bestowing assets, including three people: Tobey, Jack and Margaret. Explore 18th century documents and try to reconstruct the lives of Margaret and Elizabeth.

March 28 - Yeomen (F)

During World War I, women were employed by the U.S. Navy to do Yeomen’s work. Women were excited for this opportunity to put their new stenographer skills to work. Discover what new research unveils about the Yeomen (F).

Join the National Parks of Boston for special topic programs on Saturday afternoons through April 25. A variety of programs have been selected with neighbors in mind. It’s something different for the local crowd during the “off season.” For full list see the park calendar:

The Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center can be reached by public transportation: Bus #93, Charlestown Water Shuttle and walking distance from North Station (Green Line, Orange Line, and Commuter Rail).

Swedish Death Cleaning

Don’t leave all your stuff for your kids to deal with.

Rhea Becker, a Boston-based professional organizer known as The Clutter Queen, will explain how Swedish Death Cleaning works and why you should start doing it today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 9 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

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St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Children are invited to make a Lucky Shamrock or a Derby Hat from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

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Here, Then and Now: Music from New England

Join the BHCC accomplished performers of the music faculty for a recital of music created by composers from New England at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at Bunker Hill Community College, A300 Auditorium, 250 New Rutherford Ave.

From the late 19th-century “Boston Six” who established a true “American” sound to the composers working today, hear the breadth and power of artists from the region.

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Doing Small Things in Great Ways

The National Parks Department will present Doing Small Things in Great Ways from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center Theater.

Melnea Cass, was at the forefront of the fight for civil rights and school integration for the African American community of Boston in the 1960s and 70s. By the time she was the “elder stateswoman of Roxbury,” never elected to public office, she was widely known and a well-liked community activist and advocate for civil rights.

The discussion will include the nature of community activism, the life of Melnea Cass, and the influence of her mother-in-law, Rosa Brown, on Cass’s journey as a community activist.

No reservations required at this free event. Visit for other information.

EHO ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Emmons Horrigan O’Neil (EHO) Memorial Rink at 46 Union St. is open for public skating through March 21.

Public Skating Hours: Sundays from 2 to 3:50 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:20 p.m.; Fridays from 6 to 7:50 p.m.; with public stick time from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Phone 617-242-9728 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

‘Masters of Miniature’

The USS Constitution Museum Model Shipwright Guild and the USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, presents “Masters of Miniature” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, March 23. Handcrafted models of all sizes, types and materials will be on display.

Attendees have the opportunity to view the prize winning models from the last five years, partake in family activities including a scavenger hunt, learn how to get a ship into a bottle, observe a model ship restoration, meet a modeler and ask questions (times and days vary).

Admission is by donation.

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Circuit Makers 101 Workshop

The Circuit Makers 101 Workshop will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 24 through May 19 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Let’s get creative with electricity. In this hand-on electronics class, kids, ages 5 through 8 will gain experience with creating their own electronics: designing custom light-up greeting cards, electric games, mazes and even musical instruments.

Each class consists of a circuitry lesson and a hands-on electronic project, using components like lights, buzzers, switches, motors, and sensors.

Visit for required registration and other information.

Story Movement with Mini Movers

Story Movement with Mini Movers for children, five years and younger, will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through March 25 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Each week a new story is selected and read to the group. Children then learn creative movement that correlates to the story. Moving as characters and dancing to music inspired by the book, children will love bringing books to life.

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Yard games

The Adaptive Sports Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. will offer backyard games, including Boccia, ladderball and cornhole from 1:15 to 2 p.m. on March 31 and April 7 for $5 per session/free to veterans.

These classes will run only if there are a minimum number of participants available. Adaptations will be provided to accommodate all functional abilities in these games of strategy and accuracy. Games switch off weekly depending on group preferences.

For more information and registration, visit

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.

Sensory-Friendly Sundays

The USS Constitution Museum hosts Sensory-Friendly from 9 to 10 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month.

Learn about the incredible history of America’s Ship of State in a quieter setting, without loud sounds or flashing lights, and before the Museum is open to the public at 10 a.m. Design a sip, furl a sail, and scrub the decks in their hands-on-exhibits that are designed for sailors of all abilities and backgrounds.

This offering is open to “sensory” visitors of all ages, as well as their friends, families, and caregivers. Registration is required. Admission is by donation.

Visit for additional information and required registration.

Chantey & Maritime Sing

Listen, learn, and lift your voices. Participate in your Maritime heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys from 2 to 5 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month at the USS Constitution Museum.

These family-friendly events are open to anyone who would like to participate.

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Upper Body Pump

The Adaptive Sports Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. will offer Upper Body Pump from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on select days through April for $10 per class.

This strength and conditioning program is for individuals who wish to carry out a group-based exercise program targeting strength and conditioning of the upper body. Taught at an intermediate level and designed as a circuit training class with stations for arm strengthening, core training, and aerobic endurance training. Exercises can be performed sitting or standing. Some help with set up will be available, but participants must be able to complete exercises on their own or bring someone to assist during class.

For more information and registration, visit

Mobile Market program

The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 150 Medford St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the year.

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Yoga for adults

Hands to Heart Center – Yoga for the People presents yoga for adults of all ages and level from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Instruction will focus on the healthy balance of mind and body and include breathing exercises along with yoga poses.

Wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats and props provided.

For more information, visit or phone 617-242-1248.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays at the Kennedy Family Service Center at 55 Bunker Hill. All ages and levels are well at this free class.

Visit for more information on this and other programs.

Inclusive Fitness Training

The Adaptive Sports Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. offers an Inclusive Fitness Training program from 11 to 11:45 a.m., from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on most Tuesdays through April for $45 per session.

This one-on-one fitness program will offer accessible personal training for individuals of all abilities. You will work with Recreational Therapists who are Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainers to set goals to increase strength, endurance, balance, and any other fitness goals that you are looking to achieve.

For more information and registration, visit

KINnections support group

The Charlestown KINnections support group meets on the third Wednesdays of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kennedy Center’s Community Resource Center, 55 Bunker Hill.

The KINnections program at MSPCC connects grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives caring for children to resources, information and activities in their community that support and strengthen families.

KINnections provides monthly support group, trainings and worships, information assistance, family focused activities and respite care support.

For more information, contact Crystal Galvin, Director of Community Services at 617-241-8866, ext. 1352 or

Zumba Gold

The Boston Parks and Recreation will host a family-friendly Zumba Gold class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays through April 29 at Charlestown Golden Age, 382 Main St.

Zumba Gold is perfect for active older adults or beginners who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves at a lower intensity.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.

Indoor cycling

The Adaptive Sports Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. offers Stationary Cycling from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays through April for $10 per session.

Stationary Cycling is an excellent way to maintain cardiovascular fitness in the winter months. Join other cyclists and Spaulding clinicians for a class environment workout that can be easily individualized to each person fitness level and goals. high level cyclists and beginners are welcome. Recumbent, upright, handcycles and stationary trainers provided. Clinicians at each session will be available to assist with set up, fitting and transfers.

For more information and registration, visit

Sled Hockey

The Adaptive Sports Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital offers Sled Hockey from 2 to 4 p.m. on select Wednesdays through March at the Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Memorial Rink, 150 Rutherford Ave. for $5 per session/free to Veterans or $100 for a Season’s Pass.

The sport of sled hockey enables youth and adults to play hockey n a seated position with blades beneath them. Players propel themselves by using sticks with picks on the end, or with the assistance of a designated pusher. Sessions are open to able-bodied friends and family members as well. Coaching and equipment are provided to participants in all sled hockey sessions. Practices and clinics consist of group drills, small games, scrimmaging, and individual coaching.

For more information and registration, visit


The Adaptive Sports Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. offers yoga from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on most Wednesdays for $5 per session/free to veterans.

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.

Yoga is a great way to deepen body awareness and overall sense of well-being. All equipment is provided and volunteers are present to assist with transfers and in-class poses.

For more information, visit

New Moms Group

A New Moms Group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on (most) Thursdays at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St. in the North End and at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. during the summer.

This is a safe, supportive and welcoming place to come and meet other new mothers in the neighborhood. They talk about everything from diapers, to nursing, to sleep deprivation and all the other exciting and challenging happenings – and sometimes overwhelming transitions – in their new chapter of life.

This is a drop-in group – with no late comers – so arrive anytime that works for you. The group includes mothers from the North End, Waterfront, West End, Beacon Hill, Seaport, Charlestown neighborhoods and beyond. Babies (infants to 12 months) are welcome, also.

Visit, email, or phone 781-639-6002 for other information.

Chair yoga

The Adaptive Sports Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave. offers chair yoga from 11 a.m. to noon on most Thursdays for $5 per session/free to veterans.

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.

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Two Dollar-A-Bag sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.

The trucks will be at The Kennedy Center, 55 Bunker Hill St. from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

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For questions and concerns, phone 617-288-6185.

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, hurricanes in the South 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.

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through May 28 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

Boston Marine Society Museum

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 Machine 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 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

Historic neighborhood tour

The Charlestown Preservation Society hosts 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.

Bunker Hill history talks

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 or call 617-242-5601 for more details.

USS Constitution hours

The USS Constitution is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays with free admission to all until spring. All guests, age 18 and older, will be required to show a valid state or federal I.D. or a passport to board the ship.

While aboard, guests may walk the ship at their own pace and ask questions to the ship’s active-duty Navy Sailors. The sailors will give presentations on the ship’s history every 30 minutes.

The USS Constitution Museum hours from Nov. 1 through March 31 are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Diorama display

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, (9th Floor) every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.