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CHARLESTOWN/NAVY YARD

Poetry evening

 

Charlestown’s own Bobby Powers will be the guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

 

Powers will read from his book “Charlestown: A Cornerstone of America.” His first collection of poems celebrates Charlestown’s proud history, its way of life and the memorable personalities past and present, all of which make this “Cornerstone of America” into one of Boston’s oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods.

 

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

Admission is free. For more information, call 617-242-1248.

 

Devotion and sacrifice

 

The USS Constitution Museum, 88 Constitution Road, will welcome best-selling author Adam Makos from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.

 

Makos will tell the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lt. Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend. A white, well-to- do New Englander, Hudner passed up Harvard University to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Brown became the Navy’s first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn’t even serve him in a bar.

 

During his talk, Makos will read an excerpt from his book, “Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and Sacrifice.” A reception and book signing will follow.

 

For further information, call 617-426-1812 or visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

 

Art exhibition

 

The StoveFactory Studios, 523 Medford St., will present the 21st anniversary exhibition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9.

 

A closing reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 9.

 

The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. The building is handicapped accessible.

 

Call 617-241-0130 or visit www.artistsgroupofcharlestown.com for more details.

 

Enchanted trolley

 

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour the Charlestown neighborhood at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, starting at Thompson Square.

 

A visitor from the North Pole and his reindeer, snowmen and gingerbread people will bring holiday cheer and light the Christmas tree at the square. Festivities will include carolers, refreshments, prizes and games for the children.

 

Call 617-635-3549 for more information.

 

Charlestown stroll

 

The annual Charlestown holiday stroll and festival of trees will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Training Field. Kids will have fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Winter Wonderland with Santa’s Village and a visit from St. Nick himself.

 

Local vendors and nonprofit organizations will sell unique gifts for all the holiday shipping. There will be an art show at StoveFactory Gallery on Medford Street, food specials, face painting, children’s art activities, carolers, a kids’ holiday train ride and prizes. DJ Karson Tager of Mix 104.1 will provide holiday music.

 

At 4:30 p.m. there will be a screening of the 1969 classic “Frosty the Snowman.” Attendees can bring blankets and snacks for an evening under the stars watching a childhood favorite.

 

All around Charlestown, businesses and restaurants will offer special deals and discounts, treats, giveaways and prizes.

 

Visit www.charlestownmachamber.com for more details.

 

Photography series

 

Internationally renowned artist Judy Gelles has documented the stories of more than 300 fourth grade students from around the world in her photography series, “The Fourth Grade Project,” now on display through Jan. 3 at the RSM Art Gallery, 80 City Square.

 

The exhibition is a diverse selection of 20 images captured from schools in South Africa, China, England and Italy and is paired with wire and clay sculptures created by Charlestown fourth grade students from the Harvard-Kent and Warren-Prescott Schools. The project reveals common human experiences such as family dynamics, career dreams, medical care, violence, immigration and hunger.

 

 The work can be seen from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Proceeds from the exhibition fund the RSM Boston Foundation that provides education, healthcare, housing and food assistance for youth.

 

Further information can be found at www.fourthgradeproject.com.