Neighborhood Round Up

Bruins Academy – Learn-To-Play Hockey Program

The Boston Bruins will again be bringing its Learn-to-Play Hockey program to Charlestown this fall.  Charlestown Youth Hockey will be hosting and staffing the program.  The program is available to boys and girls ages 4-9 that have not participated in an organized hockey program before.  It will run from Saturday, October 12th to Saturday, November 2nd.  There will be two sessions, one at 10am and one at 11am.  Public registration will begin on July 10th at the Bruins website.  Early registration (July 8th) promo codes for local residents can be found at the “Bruins Academy” tab at the Charlestown Youth Hockey website (CYHA.COM).

Wally Visits the Library

On Wednesday, July 24 at 1p.m. the Charlestown Branch Library will host Wally The Green Monstah from the Red Sox. Join Wally on an interactive reading adventure. The Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library is at 179 Main Street.

Swinging Through Space

With “e” inc.’s Summer Science Discovery Program

Have you ever stopped to think about how huge our solar system is?  Did you know that the outer most planet is 2,793 billion miles from our Sun? What about a comet’s tail or moondust on an astronaut’s space suit, or the making of a Star? This summer, come investigate the ‘space we all live in’ as we take a deep dive into the universe with “e” inc. and its Summer Science Discovery Program (SSDP) in the Charlestown Navy Yard Swinging through Space is part of this summer’s new frontiers focus for “e” inc.  The camp week for this topic is August 26-30 and includes a field trip to the science center Planetarium, as well as, a night of constellation watching for the hearty. 

For more information about the program or to request an info packet, either call “e” inc. at: 617-242-4700 or email us at: [email protected]

To register directly for the week, come visit our website at:    By clicking on the SSDP camp icon you will be directed to the registration.  All registrations can take place online. (Please note: registration is only considered final when both payment and paperwork are submitted.) 

Looking forward to shipping out with you to outer space!

Kids of Charlestown Exhibit · Zumes

The Kids of Charlestown exhibit is now hanging at Zume’s Coffee House! In total, there 39 beautiful works of art created at Essem Art Studio by young and budding artists, aged 1 through 10 years old. The display is both colorful and impressive – come on down during Zume’s summer business hours, grab a coffee and a snack, and take it all in. 

Red Cross Blood Drive at the Knights

Every 2 minutes a person in the U.S. needs blood and reserves are low on a National level. It is free and easy to donate blood that could save someone’s life. The Red Cross will be set up at the Knights of Columbus, 545 Medford St. on Sunday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit (sponsor code: K of C Charlestown) to make an appointment, or just walk in. Bring a friend.

ISEE Prep Class at the CLLC – Registration Open

This fall, the Charlestown Lacrosse & Learning Center (CLLC) will once again be hosting our annual ISEE Prep-Class for 6th grade students during the 2019-2020 school year.  Any and all students are welcome to join, but space is extremely limited.  The are two options for the class, one held on Thursdays and another held on Fridays, both from 4:30-6:30pm.  Both class options will be hosted at our Learning Center building located at 14 Green Street and are scheduled for 8 classes, starting the week of 9/9.  The cost of the class is $799 and covers the testing materials, practice exams, and pays for our wonderful teachers!  As always, scholarships are available upon request.  Space is extremely limited, so register now at or by calling the center at (617) 242-1813. 

Music and Art Labs at Essem Art Studio · 50 Terminal Street

For all Art Labs, we explore age/level appropriate mediums through guided activities and graduate to more complex mediums over time. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

On Mondays labs combine music + movement, singalong, and art time for little artists (5 and under). Art Activities will occasionally incorporate lessons in letter, number, and color recognition in a loose and fun way.

Wednesday Art Labs are open to all ages and projects will be modified according to age groups and abilities. In these sessions, the full hour will be dedicated to arts and crafts. If the available Art Labs don’t work with your schedule, families can coordinate to have private art play dates with their little ones. The minimum number of participating children is 6 and we can accommodate a wide range of ages. To view dates and to register, go to

City Square Park Summer Concert Series 2019 – Free and Open to the Public!

The City Square Park 2019 Summer Concert Series is underway; four more evenings of Free, family-friendly music to take place this summer. Sponsored and supported by the Charlestown Mothers Association, Gibson Sotheby’s International Real Estate, Friends of City Square Park, and Rick DuBard’s Foundation. Wednesday, August 14th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm City Square Park’s beloved Dirty Water Brass Band will perform New Orlean’s-style music and crowd favorites. This band never disappoints!  And lastly, on Wednesday, September 11th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm Henry Acker, a fourteen-year-old gypsy jazz guitarist with abilities far beyond his years will perform while guests enjoy lawn games and refreshments. Rain dates will be for the following day

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting small bags of white rice and cans of tuna fish this week.  Any donation of non-perishable foods that you could make would also be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry at 49 Vine St. (Hayes Square), The Cooperative Bank at 201 Main St. and at the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop St. (across from the Training Field).  Financial donations can be sent to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129. For more information, call Tom MacDonald, director, at 617-990-7314.

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