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CHARLESTOWN/NAVY YARD: NOTES
Kids’ concert

“Toddlerbilly Riot!” with Matt Heaton will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Children, ages two and older, will enjoy Heaton’s songs, a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and sincere sense of fun.

For more details, visit www.bpl.org or call 614-524-2053.

Book discussion

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will host a free book discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7.

The group will discuss “The Turner House,” a novel by Angela Flournoy. Copies of the book are available at the branch.

Call 617-242-1248 for more information.

Musical tribute

The Andy Baer Jazz Quartet will perform a musical tribute for “Friend of the Year” Jane Richardson hosted by the Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at the library, 179 Main St.

The award presentation will be at 7 p.m. followed by the concert.

For many years, Charlestown resident Jane Richardson, a highly accomplished editor and writer in her own right, has been an active participant in coordinating numerous Friends of  the Library endeavors, including serving as co-president. Her dedication has been beyond compare, and the Friends wish to thank her publicly for her many years of enthusiastic leadership and cheerful friendship.

In addition to leading his own jazz ensembles, saxophonist Andy Baer pilots the Beantown Saxophone Quartet, Hub Strutters Marching Band and the Boston Jazz Orchestra. Baer’s jazz quartet includes Joe “Sonny” Barbato on piano and accordion, Todd Baker on bass fiddle and Steve Langone on drums.

The evening is free and open to all, including the reception.

For more information, visit www.friendsofcharlestownlib.org, friendsofcharlestownlib@gmail.com or 617-242-1248.

Auction fundraiser

The Charlestown Nursery School will host its annual auction, “A Wonderful Night,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 in the Seasons Ballroom at the Bostonian Boston Hotel, 26 North St.

The biggest fundraiser of the year, this year’s auction is crucial for funding the core programs of the school that serves Charlestown and the greater Boston community

Visit www.charlestownnurseryschool.org or call 617-242-5159 for further details and to purchase tickets.

Cooks of St. John

The many wonderful cooks of St. John’s Episcopal Church have created a cookbook filled with 85 pages of imaginative and delicious recipes, everything from haute cuisine to play dough. It will make a special present for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, showers, weddings, birthdays and graduations.

“The Cooks of St. John: A Slice of Parish Life” sells for $15. It is available for sale on Sundays between 11 a.m. and noon at the church rectory, 27 Devens St., or it can be ordered from the church by calling 617-242- 1272.

Mutinous expedition

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth” now through Aug. 31.

Children can relive the story of Jack Tarr, an ordinary seaman aboard USS Constitution, and his struggle to decide whether to join a mutinous crew or stay loyal to Captain Bainbridge. They can explore the galleries to find hidden clues to help inform their decision.

Quest kits are available in the museum lobby.

Further information can be found at www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or by calling 617-426-1812.

‘Old Ironsides’ summer hours

USS Constitution and its crew are on their summer hours of operation. Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be open to the general public, free of charge on Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beginning May 1 the ship will also be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Each tour, self-paced, takes visitors through the ship’s top two decks. Every 30 minutes one of the active duty sailors who are stationed onboard “Old Ironsides”, will give a verbal reenactment of her storied past and answer questions about both the history of the Navy and present day Navy.

To board USS Constitution, all visitors, ages 18 and older, must show a valid state or federal- issued photo I.D. or passport.

After the tour, visitors are encouraged to explore the USS Constitution Museum, located adjacent to Dry Dock 1, for more opportunities to interact with Constitution sailors, learn more of the ship’s history and experience several new restoration-themed exhibits. Entrance is free; donations are encouraged.

For more news and information, visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution or call 617- 242-7511.

Marine museum

The Boston Marine Society at Building No. 32, Charlestown Navy Yard, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The society hosts a large collection of art and artifacts depicting maritime history and life on the sea, as well as a research library, detailing the history of sailing and marine commerce and the history of one of the oldest and most important ports in the country.

Its website includes selected objects from its collection and the history of the organization. Visit www.bostonmarinesociety.org or call 617-242-0522 for more information.