Neighborhood Round Up

Free Kids Snowman Ornament Project

Do you wanna build a snowman? Mockingbird and Essem Art Studio are collaborating to spread joy in our community with a free snowman ornament making art lab. Free kits are available for pickup at Mockingbird Baby & Kids (219 Main Street). The event will be held LIVE on Instagram at @EssemArtStudio on Saturday morning, Dec 5that 10 AM. This is a family/sibling friendly activity and everyone is welcome so pick up your kits and follow Mockingbird and Essem Art Studio on Instagram to be prompted to join the live event.

Kids Gingerbread House Project

The Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library and the Essem Art Studio invite the community to a Cardboard Gingerbread House project. This virtual program will be live on the Facebook page of the Charlestown Branch Boston Public Library on December 9th at 10am and will also publish on Essem Art Studio via Instagram. The community is invited to pick a Gingerbread House kit at the Kennedy Center or the Library, which includes candy, stickers and the cardboard milk box structure of the Gingerbread House.  To pick up  at the library please contact Eileen Whittle at [email protected].  To pick up at the Kennedy Center contact [email protected]. The Boys and Girls Club will also participate. If you can’t pick up materials, you can also opt in to upcycle a milk carton and use any crafting materials you have at home for this open ended project.

Friends of the Navy Yard Host Virtual Discussion

Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard invites you join us on Tuesday, December 8th at 7:00 for a virtual talk with Jim Aloisi, former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation, to discuss the current state of the MBTA, its proposed reduction in service, and thoughts on how the T can move forward beyond the pandemic. Jim is a Lecturer of Public Policy and Planning at MIT and a writer, transit advocate and strategic consultant. He played a central role in the creation of Boston’s Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. In addition to serving as Secretary of Transportation in the Administration of Governor Deval Patrick, Jim’s public service includes service on the Boston Human Rights Commission, the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission, and the Massachusetts Port Authority Board. Jim is the author of four books, including The Big Dig, The Vidal Lecture, and Massport at 60, and is a regular contributor to Commonwealth Magazine. He serves on the Board of TransitMatters, a Boston based transit advocacy group. You can purchase The Big Dig here For details on how to join the talk, email [email protected].                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

“E” Inc Emporium – Take Out on Fridays

“e” inc. EMPORIUM has fantastic holiday merchandise that includes many great new purveyors and a slew of hands-on activities, games, kits, etc.  Order online by midnight Thursday for “Take Out” on Fridays.

At our website you can also learn about our Secret Santa program that lets our community friends share their largesse by adding a toy to their order for our younger neighbors in need. 
All the funds “e” inc. collects at the Emporium are used for its mission to teach children and youth the science driving the planet and the skills to make a difference. “e” inc. students have been helping the planet for over 15-years. Click on the Science Emporium on the “e” inc. home page: and you’re there!

Free Fall Story + Art for Children

The Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library and Essem Art Studio are happy to present a FREE Fall Story + Art series. Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Eileen Whittle will read a selected book and local artist, Sophia Moon, will present a family/sibling friendly art project that can be modified for little artists as young as 2 years old (with adult guidance). Every Wednesday at 10am, the installation will launch on the Facebook page of the Charlestown BPL, and on Essem Art Studio’s virtual Art Studio (

Free Virtual Art Studio Trial

Essem Art Studio launches a virtual art studio with monthly subscriptions to continue sparking joy and cultivating creative power in little artists (age 2-10) and families with young children. The virtual art studio provides engaging virtual art labs and resources for parents and families who are looking for ways to introduce more art and creative practices at home. Every week, new art labs and creative prompts are added to the growing online catalog. You can enjoy a free 7 day trial of the virtual art program now. Visit for more information!

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry Appeal

The Food Pantry has had a great need at this time as it has been very busy serving many more

residents in town and providing more frequent distributions. Donations of all non-perishable foods aregreatly appreciated. Donations drops are: Food Pantry, 49 Vine St. (Hayes Square), The Cooperative Bank – 201 Main St. or the Parish Center – 46 Winthrop St. (by the Training Field). Ordonate by sending checks to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129. They are also looking for volunteers to assist with distribution. For more information, call Tom MacDonald 617-990-7314.

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