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Compelling conversation

 

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will welcome author and cultural critic Roxane Gay in a “Compelling Conversation” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 in auditorium room A300.

 

Gay’s work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. “Bad Feminist,” a collection of essays, was named one of the best books of the year by NPR. In 2017, she released “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” and a collection of short stories, “Difficult Women.” She recently became the first black woman to write for Marvel, penning a comic series in the Black Panther universe called “World of Wakanda.”

 

Reservations are required for this free program, online at www.bhcc.mass.edu/speakers or by call 617-228-2000.

 

Bubbles and ballroom

 

The community is invited to “Bubbles and Ballroom,” a dance party with Supershag, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the studio, 42 Eighth St.

 

The evening will include a beginner dance lesson and professional shows. A swing and salsa class will be held at 7:30 p.m. with the dance party beginning at 8:15 p.m.

 

All experience levels are welcome and no partner is required. RSVP to info@friendscny.org.

 

For more information, visit www.friendscny.org or call 781-894-7424.

 

Winter warm-up

 

The Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard will host the annual general meeting and “Winter Warm-up” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at the DC Beane Building 125 on Pier Three.

 

The community is invited to celebrate community leaders, meet elected officials and socialize with neighbors.

 

The festivities will include a welcome by the board and the presentation of the Commandant and Anchor Awards. Honorees are Friends of the Boston HarborWalk, Tiara Murphy of the Charlestown Residents Alliance and Anne Grimes Rand of the USS Constitution Museum.

 

There will be a cash bar, complimentary appetizers and prizes.

 

The program is open to the public. Further information can be found at www.friendscny.org.

 

Revolutionary moments

 

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “Revolutionary Moments: Art, the Word and Social Action,” works by Robin M. Chandler, now to June 14 at the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.

 

For the last decade Dr. Chandler has experimented with multimedia applications and digital technology to explore studio production and 2 and 3-D projects.

 

As a collage artist, she uses sketches, hand cut ‘drawings’, photographs, digitized images and handmade papers to construct traditional and digital collage works, some large scale.

 

She has produced several series with seven or nine works in each series such as “The Seven Valleys,” a meditation on spiritual journeying produced in France in 2009, the “Peace Series,” a set of nine collages that demonstrated humanity’s evolution in the stages of peace and war, and the “Stone Tablets” series.

 

Her themes cover broad global issues of peace making, the meaning of freedom and trans-cultural heritage and identity.

 

The exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Call 617-228-2093 or visit www.bhcc.mass.edu for more information.

 

Tax help

 

Charlestown Works, 76 Monument St., is hosting free tax clinics now until April 13.

 

Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

 

Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

The free tax preparation is offered in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

 

Further information can be found at www.bostontaxhelp.org or by calling 617- 635-5221.

 

Call for artists

 

The Artists Group of Charlestown is calling for artists for the annual spring art exhibition to be held from April 5 through 7.

 

The deadline for submissions is March 29.

 

Email stovefactorygallery@gmail.com for further information and an application.

 

Food pantry requests

 

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting boxes of boxes of cereal, beef stew and soup for a hot meal 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.

 

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 and recent hurricanes in the South.

 

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 Towniemoe@aol.com for more information.

 

Bunker Hill history

 

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.

Visit www.nps.gov/boston or call 617-242- 5601 for more details.