Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:
History of the Fens
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host a free walking tour of the Fens from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, meeting at the Shattuck Emerald Necklace Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway.
Docents will lead a walk through this historic landscape that Frederick Law Olmsted transformed from an area of polluted waterways and mudflats into a scenic fens and talk about the changes made in the 20th century.
Stops will include the Kelleher Rose Garden with its 1,500 roses and restored fountain and the oldest WWII Victory Garden in the nation.
Call 617-522-2700 or visit www.emeraldnecklace.org for further details.
Art and music
The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will host a “First Friday” program from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 6.
Attendees can sip colorful cocktails and enjoy music with friends. Fine art, live music, a cash bar featuring signature cocktails and a tapas menu will be featured.
Visitors must be 21 and older. Entry is free with museum admission.
Visit www.mfa.org or call 617-267-9300 for more details.
Berklee College of Music and Harvard University will present a free summer concert with musical ensemble 7th Degree at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Longwood campus, Longwood Avenue.
The nine-piece funk/fusion band is composed of Marc-Anthony Thomson, alto/soprano saxophone; Jamil Soto, bass; Melvin Byrd, keyboards; James Vincent, tenor saxophone; Danylo Dmyterko, drums; Ben Suarez, guitar; Thomas Debelian, percussion; Eric Fells, auxiliary keyboards; and Marcus Prince, steel pan.
Further information can be found at www.berklee.edu by calling 617-747-2261.
Music from the Americas
The Rosenfeld Concert in the Courtyard will kick off the summer season with a performance by LADAMA from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 The Fenway.
LADAMA is a group of four women virtuosic musicians and educators who harness music from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the U.S. The group plays traditional and nontraditional instruments from across the Americas, with a modern twist, producing Latin alternative music that transcends boundaries and defies norms.
The courtyard opens for dining at 6 p.m. Courtyard seating is limited; low lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.
Tickets are $24 for members, seniors and students and $30 general admission.
Visit www.mfa.org/programs/music or call 617-267-9300 for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will sponsor a free neighborhood “Creative Cycles” from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 12.
Families are invited to a free evening of art, performances and music. There will be special art-making activities, a performance of “Vessel,” a commissioned dance theater project, music in the Courtyard with Ruby Rose Fox and Josh Knowles and a talk by award-winning pastry chef Hana Quon. The museum partners with local culture makers, neighborhood organizations and artists to offer fun and interactive activities for the whole family.
Visit www.gardnermuseum.org or call 617-566-1401 for more details.
French film festival
The French Film is being held from July 12 through 29 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.
The festival will offer a variety of movies from crowd-pleasing comedies to artful drama. The festival will open with Agnes Varda and JR’s documentary “Faces Places,” screened outdoors at dusk on the Museum’s Huntington Avenue lawn with music by DJ Dee Diggs. Other highlights include Léa Mysius’s “Ava,” about a teenage girl who learns that she will soon go blind; Xavier Legrand’s heart-pounding drama “Custody”; and Claire Denis’s romance “Let the Sunshine In” with Juliette Binoche. The festival will close on July 29 with the clever costume comedy “Return of the Hero,” starring Mélanie Laurent and Jean Dujardin.
Passes to see several films as well as individual tickets will be available.
For a complete schedule of screenings and other events, visit www.mfa.org.
Tuesdays with roses
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help take care of the roses in the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays during July.
Training, tools and gloves will be supplied. Pre-registration is required, by calling 617-522-2700 or online at www.emeraldnecklace.org.