Neighborhood Round Up

Paint Your Pet · ESSEM

Paint Your Pet workshop • Tuesday Aug 6 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. • A guided workshop with pet portrait artist, Bridget Foster Reed, for artists at all levels.  Capture your pet using acrylic paint on watercolor paper. We will select a color palette based on a photograph you email in advance to guide your exploration of color theory. No experience necessary. Beginners can opt to have a pre-prepared silhouette made to help begin their work. The event is 18+ (and 13+ if you are accompanied by a participating adult/parent). For more information or to register, or email Sophia Moon at [email protected].

Free Screening of the Movie ‘Glory ‘on Boston Common

Join Friends of the Public Garden for a special free screening under the stars of the Academy Award-winning film “Glory” on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 8 to 11 p.m. on the Boston Common. As a part of the Shaw 54th Memorial Restoration programming, the Partners are excited to host an outdoor screening of the classic film on the Parade Ground.

“Glory” tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first black regiment recruited from the North to fight for the Union Army, and their heroism in the American Civil War.  Byron Rushing will make remarks and introduce the film.

City Councilor Lydia Edwards Hosts Coffee Hour

Saturday, Aug. 3, Councilor Lydia Edwards invites constituents to a coffee hour from 10 a.m. to noon at Charlestown Tea and Treats, 1 Monument Ave. Stop by to say hello and share your questions, comments, and concerns regarding our neighborhood.  For more information please contact

[email protected]

Countdown to Kindergarten Party

On Tuesday, August 13 at 10:30 a.m. first time kindergartners in the Boston Public Schools system are invited to The Charlestown Branch Library  to a Kindergarten Day Party with parents or caregivers.  Kindergarteners should wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt. The Charlestown Branch of the BPL is located at 179 Main Street. Online at

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program, returns to Charlestown on Tuesday, August 27. The movie  Dumbo! will be shown at 7:45 p.m. at the Training Field – Winthrop St. Snacks and beverages provided.

Summer Nights in the Yard

Fun has come to Charlestown this season thanks to the efforts of the National Park Service, Boston Harbor Now, a non-profit dedicated to providing community access to the Boston Harbor and its islands, Yoga Around Town, Berklee College of Music, Boston Swing Central and Charlestown High School. From swing dancing to live concerts by the sea, residents and visitors alike can expect to create memorable moments with both the community and waterfront. To

learn more about public programming taking place this summer on the waterfront and harbor islands, visit

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.

Family Firepower Program at USS Constitution Museum

Calling all new recruits! Sign up for the free Family Firepower program at the USS Constitution Museum on Sat, August 3, 3-5 pm. Adults and kids 10+ learn how cannons work and test their own skills on board USS Constitution! Led by Museum staff and crew from the Ship.

Please visit to register.

For more information contact [email protected] or 617-426-1812 x113.

Summer Fitness Yoga Series

The Parks Department is holding free yoga classes at 55 Winthrop Street on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. Instructors will provide flow movement for people of all levels.

“We Can Do It!” Service on the Homefront in World War II 

Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 2019 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, This two-day event hosted by The National Parks of Boston will commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II.  All tours, talks and activities will help tell the story of the “Greatest Generation” during the tumultuous war years.

Happenings include hands-on history activities for kids, a Living History Village, live swing music for dancing, and pop-up exhibits.  Tour Rosie’s Navy Yard, visit a Victory Garden, view vintage vehicles, and explore the destroyer USS Cassin Young.  All events are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, please visit . 

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).

Swinging Through Space

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

 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 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]

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. 

ISEE Prep Class at the CLLC – Registration open

Charlestown Lacrosse & Learning Center (CLLC) is once again hosting an annual ISEE Prep-Class for 6th grade students during the 2019-2020 school year. There are two options for the class, either on Thursdays or Fridays, both from 4:30-6:30pm at the Learning Center at 14 Green Street starting the week of 9/9.  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

Students 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

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