Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

The Handel and Haydn Society will present the “Messiah” at 3 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

Handel’s iconic “Messiah” is a treasured holiday tradition that H+H is observing for the 166th consecutive year. With critically acclaimed Baroque master Masaaki Suzuki on the podium, you’ll enjoy this masterpiece the way the composer intended, with dazzling vocal solos, spine-tingling instrumental fireworks, and some of the most glorious choral writing of all time.

Musically Speaking, a lively discussion about the music and composers on the program, will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 29.

For more information and tickets, visit handelandhaydn.org.

‘Polar Dreams’

“Polar Dreams: Paintings and Photographs” by Fenway Resident Ruth Khowais is a one-of-a-kind exhibit of original artwork and photographs inspired by the artist’s travels to the polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic.

“Polar Dreams” will be on display through Nov. 30 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. #123.

For more information and reservations, go to fenwaycommunitycenter.org.

‘Mr. Klein’

“Mr. Klein” will be shown on select dates through Nov. 30 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

To learn more about this French film set in Paris, 1942 along with show times and tickets, visit mfa.org.

‘Bending the Arc’ screening

In recognition of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) a free screening of “Bending the Arc” will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Family Amphitheater, second floor “Pike,” 45 Francis St.

“Bending the Arc” is a documentary about a team of young people whose charitable medical work 30 years ago ignited a global health movement.

A discussion on “How Communities Can Make a Difference” will follow.

Visit eventbrite.com for other information and registration.

BU String Chamber Concert

The Boston University School of Music students will perform chamber works at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 in the Marshall Room at 855 Commonwealth Ave.

For more information, visit bu.edu/calendar.

‘Winter Adventures’

“MFA Playdates: Winter Adventures” will be held from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 21 at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

Themed sensory-friendly tours, art activities and story time are designed for children, ages 2 through 4, free with admission.

For more information, visit mfa.org.

Student Dance Composition Concert

The Junior dance students will present their final dance composition projects, created in collaboration with the Conservatory music division at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, 31 Hemenway St. Studio 401.

For other information, visit bostonconservatory.berklee.edu.

Wennäkoski, Elgar, and Sibelius concert

NEC Philharmonic and conductor Hugh Wolff will perform Wennäkoski, Elgar, and Sibelius from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

The program will include Lotta Wennäkoski: Flounce; Elgar: Concerto for Violin in B Minor, op. 61 (ft. competition winner); and Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 43.

Visit necmusic.edu for a complementary ticket and other information.

Bach Competition Winners' Concert

The Winners of the 2019 Bach Competition will perform solo works by J.S. Bach at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 in the Boston University Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave.

For more information, visit bu.edu/calendar.

‘Glory Denied’

The performance of “Glory Denied” will be held at 8 p.m. from Dec. 5 through Dec. 7 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St.

The East Coast premiere of the fully orchestrated version of “Glory Denied” is a poignant saga of America during the Vietnam War, by renowned composer Tom Cipullo. Based on the true story of Colonel Jim Thompson, America’s longest-held prisoner of war, the opera is a profoundly moving exploration of the emotional landscape of hope, despair, love, hate, courage, and forgiveness.

Cipullo will hold a post-performance talkback with audience members after the Friday evening performance.

For tickets and other information, visit bostonconservatory.berklee.edu.

‘The Night of January The 16th’

The Emmanuel College Theater Arts Program will present “The Night of January The 16th” at 8 p.m. from Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 at the Emmanuel College Auditorium, 400 The Fenway.

New York, 1934 – Miss Karen Andre is on trial for the murder of her boss, the internationally successful businessman Bjorn Faulkern, who died on the night of January the 16th. But is Miss Andres guilty or innocent? Two lawyers, Faulkner’s widow, his father-in-law, a parade of witnesses, and a notorious gangster will all provide evidence about the night in question.

At each performance, members of the audience will be selected to sit as the jury for the trial, and their decision will determine the ending of the play.

Visit eventbrite.com for other information and tickets – General Admission: $10; Students with any student ID: $5.

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Boston Baroque will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at the New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

Music Director Martin Pearlman will conduct the orchestra and chorus in this celebrated annual performance of the complete “Messiah” to ring in the holiday season.

For tickets and other information, visit baroque.boston or phone 617-987-8600.

Christmas Lessons and Carols

The Boston University Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave.

The service will include the Marsh Chapel Choir, Boston University Seminary Singers (The Rev. Chad William Kidd, Director) and the Majestic Brass Quintet.

Visit www.bu.edu/chapel/music/concerts for additional information.

Amazing abstracts

Beyond the Spectrum Kids will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

The group will look at examples of abstract paintings and prints that inspire emotions using just color, texture, shape and line and then make their own abstract prints.

This event is for kids, ages 8 to 12 accompanied by a parent or caregiver. All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.

For more information and to register, phone 617-369-4027, email artfulhealing@mfa.org or visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum.

‘Story Telling’ family concert

The New England Philharmonic Orchestra will present the annual Story Telling family concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Boston University Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

The program will include Christopher Rouse “The Infernal Machine (1981); Benjamin Britten “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” (1946); and Bernard Hoffer “Little Red Riding Hood (2018).

Visit nephilharmonic.org for tickets and other information.

Opera scenes at BU

The School of Music voice students will perform scenes from various operas at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Boston University Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave.

For more information, visit bu.edu/calendar.

MassArt Made Holiday Market

The MassArt Made Holiday Market will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Design and Media Center’s Atrium and Fenway Studio, 621 Huntington Ave.

More than 70 MassArt students and alumni will sell handmade items including glass, ceramics, photographs, paintings, prints, fibers, jewelry and more.

Holiday Pops Kids Matinee

Holiday Pops Kids Matinee will be held at select times from Dec. 7 through Dec. 24 at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

These shorter, special holiday concerts will include a children’s sing-a-long and post-concert photos with Santa.

Visit bso.org for other information, including show times and tickets.

Movement Matters

Movement Matters will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St., #123 (entrance on Jersey Street).

This free gentle, low-impact dance program led by Boston Conservatory at Berklee students is a great option for seniors, those with low mobility, or anyone looking to get active.

For more information and reservations, visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org.

‘Let’s make music’

MFA Playdates will be held from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on the first Monday and third Saturday of the month at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., free with admission.

Themed sensory-friendly tours, art activities and story time are designed for children ages 2 through 4.

For more information, visit mfa.org.

Boston Conservatory recitals

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present student, faculty and class recitals in theater, dance, music and opera through May.

To learn more, visit bostonconservatory.berklee.edu.

First Mondays at Jordan Hall

First Mondays at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

First Mondays will be celebrating 35 years with well-loved classics and new compositions, performed by some of the finest chamber musicians in the world, free and open to all.

Visit necmusic.edu to learn more about the programs: Brahms (Dec. 2); American Sonorities (Mar. 2); Beethoven, Part 1 (Apr. 6) and Beethoven, Part II (May 4).

Visit eventbrite.com for required complementary tickets.

Piano Masters Series

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present a recital series celebrating the art of great piano playing featuring acclaimed artists from around the world at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3, Feb. 4, Mar. 3, and Apr. 14 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway.

For tickets, visit bostonconservatory.berklee.edu.

Voice Department Recital

The BU School of Music voice students will perform works with piano collaboration at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the BU Concert Hall at 855 Commonwealth Ave.

For more information, visit bu.edu/calendar.

Afro Flow Yoga

Afro Flow Yoga will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at Northeastern Crossing, 1175 Tremont St.

Afro Flow Yoga promotes healing, balance, peace and the elevation of all humanity through the practices of yoga, dance, rhythms, spirituality and cultural values of the African diaspora.

Open to all levels. A limited number of yoga mats will be available.

To reserve a spot, visit eventbrite.com.

‘Wisdom and Transformation’

The Boston University Institute for Philosophy and Religion will present the 2019-2020 Lecture Series: “Wisdom and Transformation” at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays at the BU School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Ave. Room 325.

The fall lectures will include “On Having Self-Knowledge while Lacking Self-Understanding” on Dec. 4.

For more information on the topics and guest lecturers, visit bu.edu.

Weekend Concert Series

The Weekend Concert Series will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sundays at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way.

The schedule includes the Handel and Haydn Society (Dec. 7 and Dec. 8).

For more information and tickets, visit gardnermuseum.org.

Falun Gong exercise and meditation

Falun Gong exercise and meditation classes will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on (most) Mondays through Dec. 9, presented by the Falun Dafa Club at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave., CAS 114B.

To learn more about Falun Gong and meditation that promotes tranquility and peace and to register for the classes, visit eventbrite.com.

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 workshops will be held at 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.

BGMC Xmas concert

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present “A Super Gay Christmas” on select dates and times from Dec. 15 through Dec. 22 at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

Twinkling lights. Stocking stuffers. Disco Santa. 100 Boston Gay Men’s Chorus members singing traditional favorites and modern classics. Come out and see how the BGMC puts the Merry (and gay) into Christmas.

Visit bgmc.org for show times and tickets.

Family fun

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St., #123 (entrance on Jersey Street) will be hosting the following children’s’ groups:

The free drop-in “Play Group” is being held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Mondays; “Mother Goose on the Loose,” an award-winning early learning program for babies and toddlers, is held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 17; and “KidZone” drop-in playtime will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month.

For more information, visit fenwaycommunitycenter.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.

Activist and programming group

The Boston Cyclists Union will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss and develop Activism campaigns at Northeastern University, 157 Ryder Hall.

To join the Activist Group, email eparad@bostoncyclistsunion.org. To join the Programming Group, email kaity@bostoncyclistunion.org.

Yoga dance

Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St. 123 - entrance on Jersey St.) will present Yoga Dance from 11 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Activate your mind and body in this unique, free class featuring calming yoga and heart-pumping dance with certified instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav. Bring a yoga mat as supplies are limited.

For more information, visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org, email programs@fenwaycommunitycenter.org or phone 857-246-9053.

Death Café

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St., #123, will host the Death Café from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 for a lively, friendly roundtable conversation about death.

Death Café is a movement that started in Switzerland in 2004 and has spread all over the world (with thousands of Death Cafés held in more than 33 countries to date).

The idea is to bring people together over tea and chocolate cake and, by putting death squarely on the table, help each of us make the most of our lives.

Participants say that the experience is meaningful, therapeutic and often very joyful.

For seat and cake reservations, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/death-cafe-tickets-56530699845.

For more information about Fenway Community Center and other upcoming events, visit: www.fenwaycommunitycenter.org or email hello@fenwaycommunitycenter.org.

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.

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

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

Guided meditation

Guided Meditation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Fenway Community Center, (entrance of Jersey St.) 1282 Boylston St. #123.

The free classes, led by Fenway residents and licensed instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav, will help participants reduce stress, better emotional health, and practice self-compassion.

For more information and reservations, go to fenwaycommunitycenter.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.

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 twitter.com/buobservatory, no earlier than two hours before the scheduled starting time. This is an outdoor event, dress accordingly. There is no disabled access to the Observatory.

Countway Cuddles: Pet Therapy

Dayton (a puppy) will be ready for lots of pets and hugs in the Countway Library, Harvard Longwood Campus, 10 Shattuck St. from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays.

For more information, visit countway.harvard.edu.

Warren Anatomical Museum

The Warren Anatomical Museum Gallery at the Countway Library of Medicine (10 Shattuck St.) is a historical anatomy museum. The Exhibition Gallery covers the history of Harvard Medical School, History of the Warren Anatomical Museum and the History of medical education and anatomical teaching.

The museum displays approximately 200 medical artifacts, anatomical preparations, models and plaster casts. The Exhibition Gallery, which is part of an active study and research space for Harvard students and faculty, has human remains on display.

Pencil sketching in the Gallery is welcome; easels are not permitted.

Eleven portraits of historical medical figures and Harvard Medical School professors hang around the atrium of the Exhibition Gallery, part of the Boston Medical Library collection.

The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays throughout the year with a few exceptions.

To learn more, visit countway.harvard.edu.

‘Abigail Adams: Life and Legacy’

The “Abigail Adams: Life and Legacy” exhibition will be on view through Jan. 10 at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St.

Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

For more information, visit masshist.org.

Chamber series

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present a program of chamber music on select Fridays at 8 p.m. at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway as follows: Eastern European Flair (Feb. 21); and Unexpected (Apr. 17).

For tickets and other information, visit bostonconservatory.berklee.edu.

‘Jewelry and Metalwork’ exhibit

“Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” exhibit will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. through Mar. 29.

“Boston Made” includes more than 75 works – including jewelry, tableware, decorative accessories and design drawings – that illuminate the passions and philosophies of this interwoven community of jewelry-makers and metalsmiths from the beginning of the 20th century to the stock market crash of 1929 that signaled its decline.

This exhibition is accompanied by a complementary installation in the Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery, 222, and an illustrated book from MFA Publication (Nov. 2018).

For more information, visit MFA.org.

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.

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

Concerts and Conversations

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory will present “What I Hear” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 and Apr. 12 at the New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

These composer-curated chamber music programs will feature performances by NEC students and include conversations between the composers and BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator, Eric Valliere.

Admission is free, but RSVP is suggested. Visit bso.org for more details.

BSO concert in the making

BSO Open Rehearsals offer audience members a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between orchestra and conductor. Gain a better understanding of how the orchestra strives to refine its performance by occasionally repeating passages or focusing on a particular movement. All seats for Open Rehearsals are ticketed rather than general seating to provide a better experience for their patrons.

The open rehearsals will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Mar. 5 and Apr. 2 at Symphony Hall.

More information and tickets may be found at bso.org.

Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Jordan Hall

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players concert series will take place at 3 p.m. on Jan. 19, Mar. 22 and Apr. 26 at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

More information and tickets may be found at bso.org.

String Masters Series

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present the String Masters Series featuring world-class artists at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26, Mar. 1 and Apr. 5 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway.

For tickets and other information, visit bostonconservatory.berklee.edu.

BMOP concerts

Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) performances will be held at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservancy, 30 Gainsborough St. as follows: The Chronicle of Nine at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1; Joseph Schwantner Portrait at 8 p.m. on Mar. 28; and Music of the Spheres at 8 p.m. on May 22.

For concert details and tickets, visit bmop.org.

Casual Fridays at the BSO

Casual Friday concerts will take place at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21, Mar. 20 and Apr. 17 at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

Wear your favorite casual attire and arrive early for a free, pre-concert reception.

This lower-priced series features a special section for Conductor-Cam seating, which allows patrons to watch the conductor from the orchestra's perspective.

Immediately after the performance, there will be a post-concert reception with live music, snacks, and a cash bar plus an opportunity to mingle and share what you’ve just experienced at the concert.

The Post-concert performance on Apr. 17 will be the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Visit bso.org for tickets and other information.