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ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Boston Children’s Hospital offers a 90- minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child’s diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips. The next workshop is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. Others will follow: 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29 and Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. The workshops are held at Boston Children’s Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance). For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999. Parking validation is provided for the main Children’s Hospital parking garage.

Concerts in the park

The Friends of City Square Park’s annual free summer concert series will be held once a month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through September at the City Square Park. (The rain date will be on Thursdays). June 12: The Ghetto People’s Band makes their debut with fantastic beats, reggae jams and a cool vibe. July 10: The East Coast Soul Band will rock the park with soul, rock and incredible charisma, great for all ages. Aug. 14: Dirty Water Brass Band will perform New Orleans-style music and crowd favorites. Sept.11: Henry Acker, a 14-year-old gypsy jazz guitarist with abilities far beyond his years will perform while guests enjoy lawn games and refreshments. The concert series is sponsored and supported by the Charlestown Mothers Association, Gibson Sotheby’s International Real Estate, Friends of City Square Park and the Rick DuBard’s Foundation.

Cruise stories

On Thursday, June 13, hear the stories of Capt. “Mad Jack” Percival during a special reception and talk at the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown. The USS Constitution set forth on what would become a two-year voyage around the world on May 29, 1844. It was the ship’s first and only circumnavigation, touching at 24 ports of call before returning to Boston in 1846. Join in for a talk with Prof. Robert J. Allison, a leading expert on Constitution’s world cruise. Get a rare glimpse of items from the museum’s collection that “Mad Jack” and members of his crew acquired during their travels and chat with curators to get the inside scoop. People can also sample global cuisine from some of “Old Ironsides’” exotic ports of call. Raise a glass while mingling with fellow history enthusiasts, world travelers, sailors and museum leadership. The event begins at 6 p.m. and concludes with the ship’s evening colors at 8:22 pm. Participation in this event directly supports the Commodores Fund used to acquire, protect and share the stories of Constitution and those who served on board. For more information, including ticket prices, visit https://ussconstitutionmuseum.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 through 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, Chandler 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. on Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 617-228-2093 or visit www.bhcc.edu for more information.

Volunteers needed

The Rotary Club is looking for volunteers to help deliver service packages to local veterans/ families through Operation Thank a Veteran, an initiative of the City of Boston from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Everyone will meet at the Charlestown Navy Yard at 114 16th St. in the Hull Room. For more information, visit boston.gov and bostoncares.org.

Sing sea chanteys

Listen, learn and lift your voices! Participate in maritime heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. These monthly gatherings, held on the third Sunday of every month, are family-friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate. Visit the museum in Building 22 in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The next sea chanteys gatherings will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18. For more information, visit https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

Bunker Hill Day events

The Bunker Hill Day Parade will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. The parade, a tradition since 1786, kicks off at the intersection of Vine and Bunker Hill streets, marches down Main Street, winds around Charlestown, and ends on Winthrop Street next to the Charlestown Militia training field. Streets start to close to traffic around 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. for the annual road race. Members of the Charlestown Militia dressed in Colonial attire play fifes and drums and offer musket salutes as part of a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bunker Hill Monument. The Bunker Hill Museum, across from the monument, will be open and the Charlestown Navy Yard will have free tours on the USS Constitution. Everyone is welcome to these free events. The nearest Boston subway station is the Orange Line/Community College. For more information call 617-242-2724.

Spectacle fundraiser

Boston Harbor Now’s annual fundraising event, Spectacle on Spectacle, will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. Spectacle on Spectacle will feature a cocktail cruise to Spectacle Island, a scenic sunset over the Boston skyline, New England clambake- inspired plates and a private fireworks display. The evening will celebrate Boston Harbor Now’s ongoing efforts to: expand public access throughout Boston Harbor; promote climate resilience through well-designed parks, infrastructure and mixed-use development; grow Boston’s maritime industry; and activate the Harbor through exciting programming and educational opportunities. This year’s event will honor Mayor Martin J. Walsh for his commitment to climate resilience and will be hosted by CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bostonharbornow.org/spectacle.

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. Although the battle was a loss for the colonists, the high number of casualties on the British side, including a significant portion of the officer corps, demonstrated that inexperienced militia could stand up to the regular army, which eventually led to the withdrawal of the British from Boston. Visit www.nps.gov/boston or call 617-242- 5601 for more details.