Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:
Fenway Porchfest will take place throughout the Fenway neighborhood (1200 Boylston St. area) from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. (Rain date is June 16.)
Fenwayporchfest.org is a partnership of Fenway Civic Association, Fenway Alliance and the Fenway Community Development Corp.
The Street Theory Underground Mural Project Launch will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at 25 Evans Way.
Street Theory is a creative agency transforming more than 100,000 square feet of Boston’s underutilized walls into a unique urban park and visual playground between Boston's South End and South Boston neighborhoods.
Street Theory will present a panel talk-back, DJ and multi-media installation in Calderwood Hall. Join the discussion with locally and internationally renowned street-artists, Massachusetts-based mural festival organizers and city stakeholders on the impact of street art on the urban landscape, communities and the people who live in them.
The event is free, but registration is required. Visit gardnermuseum.org to register.
For more information, visit https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/amplifier-project-20190615.
A free vegetarian potluck will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at the Fenway Community Center located at 1282 Boylston St., #123 (entrance on Jersey Street).
Looking for new dishes to try at home? Bring a meat-free dish to share with the community along with a note card listing the ingredients.
For more information, call 857-246-9053 or email email@example.com.
Northeastern Crossing, a department of City and Community Affairs at Northeastern University, will be hosting the second annual block party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at International Village, 1155 Tremont St. to say goodbye to spring and celebrate the start of summer. (Rain date will be on June 19).
This free event will feature DJ Bruno Eddy playing old and new school house music and disco classix, AfroFuturistic fashion performance by The House Of Nahdra and The Royal Tribe, an interactive story-sharing activity led by Everyday Boston and Pan-African cuisine from the new Suya Joint food truck.
Also on hand will be WRBB 104.9 FM., Experience Magazine, Northeastern University Public Art Initiative, Northeastern University Police Department and local organizations.
There will be lawn games and free giveaways.
For more information, visit northeastern.edu/crossing.
‘Why They Marched’
Join Susan Ware for an author talk – “Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote” – from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) at 1154 Boylston St.
A pre-talk reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.
The history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native born. But there is a much broader and more diverse story waiting to be told. This talk is a tribute to the many activists who worked tirelessly out of the spotlight in communities across the nation, protesting, petitioning and insisting on their right to full citizenship.
There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Visit masshist.org to register.
‘Line to Freedom’
“Crossing the Line to Freedom: A Musical Narrative” will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, at 465 Huntington Ave. at 6, 7 and 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. This is a family-friendly event.
In celebration of Juneteenth, Boston Lyric Opera and Castle of Our Skins reprise this impactful concert series showcasing the lives and stories of legendary liberators through the music of opera. Paired with spoken word, art song, spirituals and history, these inspiring lives take center stage: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Marian Anderson, Roland Hayes, and Paul Robeson.
Music of composers such as Nkeiru Okoye, Adolphus Hailstork, Dorothy Rudd Moore, and Undine Smith Moore will be featured.
For more information about this event, visit castleskins.org.
Free admission to MFA and all Juneteenth events begin at 4 p.m. For more information, visit mfa.org.
‘Can She Do It?’
Join guest curator, Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology professor, for a guided tour and highlights from the current exhibition: “Can She Do It?” from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 29 at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) at 1154 Boylston St.
Commemorating 100 years since Massachusetts ratified the 19th Amendment, this new exhibition explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts.
The exhibition will continue through September 21.
The MHS is open on Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 to 7 p.m.
For more information, visit masshist.org.
‘Out of the Darkness’ walk
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will host the “Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk” on June 22 to break the silence surrounding suicide.
Walk with others who understand the impact suicide can have and be part of a welcoming community that can laugh, cry and heal together – while honoring the past and embracing a better future.
Walkers should check in between 4 to 7:15 p.m. The event begins with opening ceremonies at Boston University's Nickerson Field. The full route will be between 16 and 18 miles, but people can stop at any point.
The route goes down Commonwealth Avenue towards Kenmore Square and past the brownstones of Back Bay. Then it is on to the Public Garden and Boston Common and onwards through downtown to the Boston Harbor Waterfront. There will be plenty of opportunities for rest and refreshment at one of our route stops, including a late-night midnight snack.
Later, walkers into the Fort Point Channel area, walk alongside the Rose Kennedy Greenway and will follow a portion of the Freedom Trail by Faneuil Hall and Boston City Hall.
As dawn approaches, walkers complete the route passing by the Massachusetts State House on way back to Boston University.
Overnight-Boston is looking for volunteers to assist, to walk and to make donations. To learn more, visit www.theovernight.org or www.afsp.org.
The Boston Athletic Association's next 10-kilometer race will be at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 23.
Limited to 10,000 runners, the race will follow a course that begins and ends from Boston Common at Charles Street, and winds through the Beacon Hill, Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods. No qualifying standard is required for this race.
Go to www.BAA.org, for more information and to register. The registration fee is $65.
Berklee concert series
The Berklee College of Music’s “Summer in the City” free concert series is now underway.
Music ranges from jazz to classical, Latin to funk and folk to world.
They will perform at the Harvard Longwood Campus, Medical School Quad (Fenway's Longwood Area) outdoors at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from July 11 through Aug. 29.
Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.
Free nights at MFA
Admission to the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. is complementary on Wednesdays from 4 to 9:30 p.m.
Voluntary contributions (suggested donation $25) are welcomed.
The MFA also holds a free "Drawing in the Galleries" program from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
For more information, visit www.mfa.org.
KidZone is a free drop-in play group for all Fenway families that meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month.
The program is offered by the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St., #123 (entrance on Jersey Street), in partnership with Operation P.E.A.C.E.
KidZone group activities are geared toward children, ages six years old and younger, but all children are welcome and all must be supervised by an adult.
For more information, call 857-246-9053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Mallory@operationpeaceboston.org or email@example.com.
Drawing in the Galleries
Every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m., the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. hosts an opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. Limited drawing materials are provided to encourage spontaneous participation.
Gallery locations change each week. Check at the Sharf Visitor Center for current location.
This event is free with free admission Wednesdays at the MFA.
For more information visit
Tour ‘The Fens’
The Back Bay Fens – normally just called "The Fens," and part of Olmsted's Emerald Necklace of parks – has everything: wilderness areas, the Victory Gardens, ball fields, the Kelleher Rose Garden, war memorials, the meandering Muddy River and more.
Tours are offered on a variety of topics and at a variety of times until the end of October, and sometimes change at short notice due to weather conditions.
Tours are free, but a $10 donation per person is requested to help support ongoing maintenance and improvements of the area.
To find out what's on offer, check the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's website at emeraldnecklace.org.
MFA ‘First Fridays’
The Museum of Fine Arts’ “First Fridays” festive cocktail and music event is held on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Join is for fine art, music, bars featuring signature cocktails and tapas available for purchase.
Advanced tickets are strongly suggested as the event can sell out. Tickets are $25 for adult, $23 for students and seniors and free for museum members. Call 1-800-440-6975 to order tickets by phone ($6 processing fee applies). Or get tickets in person at any MFA ticket desk. The museum is located at 465 Huntington Ave.
The next event is in July. To learn more, visit www.mfa.org.
The Museum of Fine Arts offers a specially designed program for teens, ages 13 to 18, with Autism Spectrum and Aspergers Disorders. “Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio” is held once a month from 10:30 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays.
Each class focuses on a specific art topic and incorporates discussion, critical inquiry, and sketching in the galleries. Students then work independently on a project with guidance from an experienced instructor. All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.
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 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29. Other workshops scheduled will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, 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.
Open Night at Coit Observatory
The Public Open Night is held at the Coit Observatory at Boston University, located at 725 Commonwealth Ave., right above the Astronomy Department. The stairwell to the Observatory is on the fifth floor next to room 520.
Starting times are 8:30 p.m. during the spring and summer and 7:30 p.m. during the fall and winter. The program lasts about an hour.
Tickets are available on eventbrite.com. If it's "sold out," right before the program starts and after all the ticketed guests that are present are admitted, any non-ticketed guests will be admitted until capacity is reached.
Open to everyone, this event is a chance for people to observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not see while learning some astronomy as well.
The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting.
To find out the status of Open Night, call the information number at 617-353-2630 or check https://twitter.com/buobservatory, no earlier than two hours before the scheduled starting time. This is an outdoor event, dress accordingly. Unfortunately, there is no disabled access to the Observatory.