Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

‘Conquering the Fear Factor’

Brigham Research Institute and MassBio will present “Networking for Academics - Conquering the Fear Factor” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 19 at Carrie Hall, 15 Francis St. (second floor).

The panelists will discuss why and how to network, give practical tips on how to use networking to advance one’s career, expand one’s horizons, build lasting professional relationships and explore new opportunities.

Lunch will be served.

To learn more and to register, visit bwhresearch.org/networking-for-academics.

Musical merriment

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., offers a specially designed program for children on the Autism Spectrum, ages 8 to 12, once a month from 10:30 a.m. to noon (gathering in Room 159 by 10:20 a.m.) on select Saturdays, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

“Beyond the Spectrum Kids” features a structured gallery tour led by an experienced instructor, followed by a creative art-making workshop. All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.

Many cultures use music to celebrate special events and bring communities together. On July 13, the group will learn about different musical celebrations around the world, and then return to the studio to make their own instruments.

For more information and to register, phone 617-369-4027, email artfulhealing@mfa.org or visit the Beyond the Spectrum page.

Boston French Film Festival

Curated by the MFA (465 Huntington Ave.), the 23rd annual Boston French Film Festival boasts a diverse lineup of 20 new films produced in France—from comedy and romance to experimental cinema.

This year’s festival continues through July 28 with Claire Denis’s haunting science fiction film “High Life,” starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche and the psychedelic dance/horror film “Climax,” by Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void) among others.

The festival closes with “I Feel Good,” a hilarious send-up of modern capitalism and materialism starring Jean Dujardin.

For more information, visit https://www.mfa.org/programs/series/the-boston-french-film-festival.

Teen studio

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.

ASD workshop

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.

Evening Garden Stroll

Summer blooms, scented gardens, and a leisurely stroll all combine to make this one-hour guided walk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 30 the perfect antidote to the workday.

Take in the Kelleher Rose Garden’s 1,500 roses, as well as the Fenway Victory Gardens, the nation’s oldest continuously operating Victory Gardens.

The evening garden stroll begins and ends at the Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway.

Bring a refillable water bottle and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Register at https://www.emeraldnecklace.org/about-us/shattuck-visitor-center/guided-tours.

Concerts in the courtyard

Every Wednesday through Aug. 28, the MFA (465 Huntington Ave.) will have live music in the courtyard. Door doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

From Amythyst Kiah to The Garifuna Collective, to Patty Larkin, see the full lineup and get your tickets, at mfa.org.

Sunset symphony

Sunset Concerts at Symphony Park will be held, weather permitting, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 30 and feature Berklee musicians.

Symphony Park is located between Berklee College of Music and Symphony Hall at the corner of Edgerly Road and Norway Street (across the street from 48 Edgerly Rd.).

This series is brought to you by Berklee College of Music, the Friends of Symphony Park, the Fenway Civic Association, and the Boston Parks and Recreation.

For a full schedule of performers, visit https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/downtown-boston.

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 through Aug. 29.

Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.

‘Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform’

The Hostetter Gallery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, is hosting the exhibit “Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform” through Sept. 15.

This exhibit examines how landscape architects and photographers advocated for social reform in the development of Boston, New York, and Chicago in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Using city plans, maps, photographs, and archival materials, this exhibition presents the invention of landscape architecture as a progressive response to the social and environmental conditions for working-class immigrants, and invites visitors to consider how artists and designers are addressing the contemporary urban challenges and social conditions of our time.

For more information, visit https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/exhibition/big-plans.

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

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 hello@fenwaycommunitycenter.org, Mallory@operationpeaceboston.org or programs@fenwaycommunitycenter.org.

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

https://www.mfa.org/programs/gallery-activities-and-tours/drawing-in-the-galleries.

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.

Teen studio

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.

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.