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Ship model builder

The community is invited to meet expert ship modeler Rob Napier from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 at the USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard. The audience can take closer look at this nautical tradition with professional modeler Napier and learn about the precision that goes into each model. They can also check out the 40th annual Model Ship Show, inspect their intricate details and vote for their favorite. During his more than 40-year career, Napier has worked to repair and conserve models – including at the USS Constitution Museum, where he is restoring a 140-year-old model of “Old Ironsides.” His maritime experience spans beyond miniature ships to yacht racing, boat building, commercial fishing and the U.S. Navy. Registration is required by March 11 for this free event, to rsvp@usscm.org or by calling 617-426-1812, ext. 167.

Songs of Native Americans

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will host “Songs of Eastern Woodland Native American Women – Our Music, Our Culture and Our Heritage” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in Auditorium A300. The community is invited to experience the power and beauty of music by the Nettukkusqk Singers, an intertribal group of southern New England women performing traditional and contemporary songs accompanied by hand drums, rattles and water drum. Formed by Wampanoag and Nipmuc women from Rhode Island and Massachusetts in 1994 at the Deer Island Memorial, the singers seek to reclaim women’s drumming and singing traditions from their tribal communities. Admission is free. Visit www.bhcc.mass.edu or call 617-228- 2000 for further details.

‘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.

Quilt exhibition

 In honor Women’s History Month, Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying a new exhibit “Call of the Ancestors,” now through March 31 in the Library and Learning Commons E300. The exhibit hosts richly textured fiber art quilts by local artist and educator Susan Thompson that celebrate the connections between community, spirituality, history and other shared cultural experience. This free exhibit is open to the public. Call 617-228-2000 or visit www.bhcc.mass.edu for further information.

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the launch of Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from March 10 through 15. Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38. Charlestown restaurants including Legal Oysteria will be participating. Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, King Boston. For more information and reservations, visit www.DineOutBoston.com.

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.