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CHARLESTOWN/NAVY YARD

‘Science Magic’

The Charlestown Branch Library will host “Museum of Science: Science Magic!” from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on June 28. Kids, ages 6 through 12, will explore the science behind magic tricks while performing experiments. For more information, visit bpl.bibliocommons.com  or phone 617-2421248.

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.

Berklee concerts

Boasting the oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution (1797), and with many more built over the course of its 174-year history, the Charlestown Navy Yard has earned its place on the Freedom Trail. Stop by at 6 on Thursday nights as the Berklee bands perform from an array of genres including funk, folk, and Latin persuasion. For a full schedule of performers, visit https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/downtown-boston.

Cambodian ceramics

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “One Artist’s Journey: Reclaiming the Lost Tradition of Cambodian Ceramics,” works by Yary Livan, now through June 30 at the Mary L. Fifield Gallery. Livan is a surviving master of traditional Cambodian ceramics and kiln building, which date back to the sixth century. His work draws on a rich heritage including influences from ancient imperial Khmer kiln sites such as Angkor Wat, and incorporates traditional Cambodian imagery and relief carving. His ceramic pieces are highly regarded for their historical integrity and artistic merit and have been displayed in exhibits throughout the U.S. and Cambodia. Livan is recognized as one of only three master ceramists to have survived the genocide of the Pol Pot regime, and is the only one known to be living in the United States. He has led numerous workshops, completed a three-year residency with Harvard University and taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. As a NEA National Heritage Fellow, he continues to teach and exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally. Call 617-228-2093 or visit www.bhcc.mass.edu for more information.

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). 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.

Ironsides’ summer hours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. Tours are self-paced and the top three decks are open to the public. USS Constitution crewmembers will be on hand to answer questions and give oral presentations about the ship’s storied past. Guests may walk the ship at their own pace and ask questions of the ship’s active duty Navy sailors. Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free. All guests, age 18 and older, are required to show a valid state or federal photo I.D. or a passport to board the ship. For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution/visitor information.