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Also: Want to learn to line dance? During this month's meeting of the Charlestown Women's Club, you can get a free lesson.

Today is Friday (!), Feb. 4. Here are five things you need to know today.

1. Local ladies – here is your chance to learn the finer points of line dancing. The Charlestown Women’s Club is holding its and Bobbi DiCarlo will lead the meeting in a dance lesson. Music will be provided by Charlestown’s own Dennis Taylor. And when the dancing is done, there will be a friendship swap: Bring a wrapped gift valued at no more than $15 to share with others. In case you weren’t sure: The Women’s Club is open to all women who live and work in Charlestown, ages 18 or older. For more information, contact Kathy Giordano, President, at 617-242-1332 or kathygio@verizon.net.

2. Here’s a date worth saving: Feb. 24. That’s the big annual fundraiser for There and Back Again Yoga, an amazing program that was founded by Sue Lynch, owner of a. There and Back Again helps active duty and returning soldiers. Through a free wellness program, it helps them recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and reintegrate into civilian life. (You can read more about the work they do on their web site. You can also read a about her amazing personal experience as a veteran, and how she started this organization.) On Feb. 24, There and Back Again is hosting an evening at the Fairmont Battery Wharf. There will be a silent auction, cocktails, a raffle and dinner. You’ve got a few weeks until the event, but you can buy your ticket online now.

3. Hey, something you should do this weekend: Go to Grasshopper Cafe for breakfast and tell us what you think. It finally opened last weekend. We had a writer stop by there yesterday (story coming soon). Word from him is the food is amazing. 

4. A couple weeks back, we reported on some concerns local residents have about the . Neighbors are wondering whose responsibility it is to keep the HarborWalk clear. And city officials, it seems, are wondering the same thing. I got an email from Paul Sullivan, a member of the Charlestown Waterfront Coalition about this issue. He offered a bit more insight on the issue:

“In [certain] areas, walkers/runners and those in wheelchairs/scooters are trying to motivate through sections barely wide enough for people to pass in single file. Wheelchair travel is greatly limited and in some cases dead-ended. We are aware of some 'ownership' problems as regards most of these troubled spots. One other concern is the overdose of salting in the area of the Korean Veterans Memorial. As it now stands the walks reek of an excessive use of salt by whoever is responsible for that section. At the base of those walks, one travels onto Terry Ring Way and the areas that MGH service around their Nursing School. A marked difference is seen in the limited, yet effective, use of salting [there].”

5. Just a gentle reminder: You’ve got a couple more days to enter into a raffle for Bruins tickets at . If you place an order by Feb. 6 for Valentine’s Day, you’re automatically placed into the running for a pair of loge seats.

For more info on what's happening around the neighborhood, check out our events calendar.


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