Neighborhood Round Up

Charlestown Branch Library Offers Virtual Tech Course for Parents and Preschoolers

The Boston Public Library in partnership with Tech Goes Home will be offering training in basic tech and the internet, with a goal to ensure that all residents of the City of Boston are equipped with the tools, training, and access to support 21st – century skill development.

Virtual classes will take place Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.from January 20 to March 10, 2021. The course includes the opportunity for participants who complete the training to receive a free iPad and reduced rate internet service. Space is limited, please call (617) 242-1248 to sign-up.

Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard 2021 Annual Membership Drive

Joining the Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard is a great way to get involved in the community and to stay informed on important issues and current events. Become a member in 2021 and join the Navy Yard community of  over 200 individual and 50 business members. 2020 has been the most challenging year for FCNY since its founding in 2004, but they have stepped up to meet the challenge.  FCNY has donated to local non-profit organizations addressing food insecurity, supported local businesses  with the purchase of gift certificates, and sponsored virtual presentations on the impacts of Covid19 and the proposed MBTA service cuts Membership available at Individual, Family, Supporter, Patron, Benefactor or Corporate levels. Contributions are tax deductible. For more information visit: or email: [email protected] FCNY is an independent, non-profit civic organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to the Navy Yard while preserving its historic character.

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!

Kennedy Center’s Annual Meeting

The John F. Kennedy Family Services Center will hold its annual meeting on January 25th, 2021  from 6:30 to 8:00pm via Zoom teleconference.

The agenda includes annual election of directors of the board as well as other necessary business.

Members of the public are welcome to attend using a phone or computer.   A link to the meeting will be sent to those who register in advance.  To register  or to ask questions about this meeting, contact Thara Fuller [email protected]  617-241-8866 x1312.   

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 are greatly 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). Or donate 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.

Charlestown Branch Library Open for Pickups

Although the library is closed to the public, it is open for scheduled contactless pickups and returns of library materials Mondays-Thursdays from 2-6 pm and Fridays from 1-4 pm. Notification emails will have a link to schedule pickup. For notifications received by phone or for help scheduling a pickup, call the branch at 617-242-1248. Masks are required. There is a returns bin at the entrance available when the library is open. For further assistance email: Adults Librarian Kathy Kire at [email protected], Children’s Librarian Eileen Whittle at [email protected], or Branch Librarian Maureen Marx at [email protected], or call 617-242-1248.

Little Groove Zoom Concerts With BPL

The Charlestown and Grove Hall Branches of the Boston Public Library with druuumm rolll!! Little Groove! Wednesdays January 20, 27 and February 3 10:30 – 11:00am

Music, Song, and Dance with the Charlestown and Grove Hall branches of the BPL.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 962 389 3114

The Anchor is Open!

The Anchor has many ways to keep warm this winter. Reserve an igloo for up to 6 people for an indoor outdoor room with a view.  For regular visits, they have heat lamps, hand warmers and even Anchor blue fleece blankets! The Anchor has more than beer and wine, too. Hot beverages including coffee (with caramel, vanilla and hazelnut flavor shots), tea (peppermint, lemon and green), hot chocolate, hot cider, and mulled sangria. They also have added savory soups –  broccoli cheddar or garden tomato – to their menu to warm you up! Visit for the current schedule.

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