Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, contact organizers (phone, web or social media) to check the status of events you are interested in attending and as always, keep yourself and your family safe.
The first-ever Limmud eFestival, featuring dozens of presenters teaching on the most interesting and important Jewish ideas today, will take place online from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. Connect with Jewish community, cultivate your curiosity and expand your horizons, all while practicing “social distancing” and staying safe.
Visit eventbrite.com for registration ($36) and other information.
Jewish (Virtual) Film Festival
The Boston Jewish Film presents this year’s ReelAbilities Film Festival virtually for the first time through April 2.
ReelAbilities Film, Festival is Boston Jewish Film’s annual tribute to the disability community. This year brings an array of stories and characters, including a look at a group of disabled teens climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, a person view of service dogs and the veterans they serve, and the magical thinking of two spirited kids one of whom has cerebral palsy.
Registration is free for all online screenings and conversations, along with a list of schedules and other information, at Bostonfilm.org/reelabilities.
Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ – Postponed
Boston Baroque was to present Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons on Sunday, March 29 at the New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.
The program is scheduled to include Vivaldi’s Gloria in D and Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, highlighting the celebrated chorus.
For tickets and other updated information on when this concert will take place, visit baroque.boston or phone 617-987-8600.
The creation of Fenway Cares, a joint effort by local organizations (Fenway Alliance, Fenway CDC, Fenway Civic Association, Fenway Community Center, Operation P.E.A.C.E./Peterborough Senior Center) to gather and share information with the Fenway neighborhood as well as to pair volunteers and services with those in need, has been launched.
To learn more visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org, email FenwayCares@fenwaycommunitycenter.org or phone 617-446-3949.
Visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresIntake to offer your support, request assistance, or share information.
BSO – Updates
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has extended performance and event cancelations at Symphony Hall and the Linde Center at Tanglewood. Canceled events include all BSO performances through Saturday, May 2 and any additional events scheduled in Symphony Hall.
The BSO will be offering a wide variety of audio and video options during this time of performance and event hiatus. WCRB will present “BSO Encores: Nightly @8” spotlighting favorite Boston Symphony Orchestra live-recorded broadcasts from the past five seasons.
BSO@Home will feature ongoing musical offerings for the community.
Visit bso.org for other information, including ticketholder options and accommodations and Celebrity Series of Boston and Boston Speaker Series.
Watch Conservatory concerts online
The New England Conservatory of Music concerts and performances at all venues are available for live viewing and listening during their scheduled concert time.
Check the calendar listing for live streaming status. Visit necmusic.edu for more details.
Fenway Community Center – Updates
While the Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St.) is closed and all programs have been canceled (through April 4, at which time the situation will be re-evaluated). Kirtan Nights with Pallavi and Vaibhav will be held online from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. These Guided Meditations help participants reduce stress, better emotional health, and practice self-compassion.
Visit fenwaycommuitycenter.org for other information.
Museum of Fine Arts Virtual Tours
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will be closed through April 12; however, during the interim they are offering virtual tours.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness, and diversity of artistic expression, prehistoric times to modern day.
Follow #MuseumFromHome hashtag for videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.
And for fun facts check out twitter.com/Victoria_S_Reed courtesy of MFA’s curator.
Visit mfa.org for other details.
Gardner Museum Virtual Tours
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is closed and all concerts, events and public programs scheduled through April 20 have been canceled or postponed.
Modeled after a Venetian palazzo, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston houses one of the world’s most remarkable art collections.
Follow #MuseumFromHome hashtag for videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.
Visit gardnermuseum.org for additional information.
‘Sing a Song – Send a Song’
ZUMIX may not be able to entertain you at one of their events right now, but they are still committed to bringing joy to everyone, especially in this time of need. That is why ZUMIX has started a new at-home campaign called “Sing a Song/ Send a Song!”
Participants are asked to sing a song dedicated to someone they're not able to see right now and nominate three friends to do the same.
They are hoping people will consider donating $10 to ZUMIX through their First Giving page with the post and asking your nominees to do the same.
To take part, visit www.firstgiving.com/event/zumix/SAS4ZUMIX.
Free breakfast & lunch for all Boston students
BPS will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students until further notice. A variety of packaged meal options will be available for pick up. Locations will be open Monday through Friday from 8:3 to 11:30 a.m. at the schools. View all locations here.
Free meals for all students
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.
Visit boston.gov for a list of meal sites or phone 617-635-3717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for other information. See all locations here.
If you need additional food resources, you can contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Jurassic World Live Tour – Canceled
Felt entertainment presents the Jurassic World Live Tour from March 27 through April 5 at the Agganis Arena at Boston University, 925 Commonwealth Ave.
For more information, including show times and tickets, visit agganisarena.com.
Fly Higher: Charlie Parker at 100 – Canceled
Fly Higher: Charlie Parker at 100 will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.
Visit tickets.globalartslive.org for tickets ($28-$58) and other information.
‘Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!’ – Canceled
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! will be performed from Friday, Apr. 24 through Sunday, Apr. 26 at the Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave.
Visit agganisarean.com for other details.
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present Gay Tube at 8 p.m. on June 5 and June 6 and at 3 p.m. on June 7 at the New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.
Songs re-imagined by the BGMC will include favorite selections from music videos, TV shows and movies such as “Glee,” “American Horror Story” and “Smash” along with an epic medley of classic TV theme songs and of course, Madonna’s “Vogue.”
Ticket sales are on sale at bgmc.org.
Namaste Saturday – Sold Out
Namaste Saturday will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on May 9 and June 13 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. However, the tickets are all sold out at this time.
Visit mfa.org for other information.
Cyclists activist group
The Boston Cyclists Union will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Northeastern University, 157 Ryder Hall to discuss and develop organizing strategy for city-wide campaigns.
To join the Activist Group, email email@example.com.
Open Night at Coit Observatory – Canceled until further notice
The Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave. holds a Public Open Night on most Wednesdays throughout the year, weather permitting. It is canceled for now due to the virus.
When this program begins again, 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.
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.
This is an outdoor event, dress accordingly.
Visit bu.edu/astronomy/events/public-open-night for other details and tickets.
MFA first year free membership
The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. wants to share its milestone 150th anniversary year in a way that is truly for everyone.
In the spirit of generosity, they are inviting visitors who haven’t been MFA members before to sign up for a first year of membership completely free when they attend one of their 2020 Community Celebrations or MFA Late Nites.
Visit mfa.org/membership for other details.
Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites
Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.
The trucks will be at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, 165 Park Dr. (enter back parking lot) from 3 to 5 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays.
Visit fairfoods.org or phone 617-288-6185 for other information, including delivery status.
Vision disorder study participants needed
Do you have a confirmed diagnosis for Macular Degeneration or other ophthalmic condition such as Glaucoma, Optical Neuritis or Multiple Sclerosis?
If so, you may be able to participate in a research study designed to test a new non-invasive vision diagnostic test.
The assessments will be done at Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave. The test time is about an hour in a comfortable office setting. Appointments will be taken through May 29.
Compensation will be provided for non-Northeastern subjects.
If interested, contact Sri Sridhar at 617-755-3838 or s.sridhar@northeastern .edu.
BPL is closed; online services continue to grow
All locations of the Boston Public Library are closed until further notice.
Please note the following:
• All events, classes, concerts and talks taking place at all locations of the Boston Public Library are at this time either cancelled or postponed.
• The BPL will waive overdue fines for our library patrons through May 1st..
• During this time, the library is expanding automatic renewals and allowing people to keep their books and other materials for 15 weeks, instead of the usual three weeks.
• The BPL has pushed back library card expiration dates - if your card is due for renewal, you will have until October to renew it.
• The library is increasing the limits on accrued fines before an account is blocked. Use of online library services will not be suspended for patrons during this period.
• The library foresees no interruption in its digital services, which will remain on line for cardholders to enjoy remotely. In the coming days and weeks, the library will increase its online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources. Details about and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.
• The library is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of the visitors and staff. Further updates to our operating hours will be announced on our website, on our social media platforms, and through email.
• For more information on the library closure, visit www.bpl.org/news/covid-19-update-march-16th.
• If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email ask@BPL.org.
BCYF activities canceled
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers many programs for people of all ages throughout the city.
BCYF’s network of community centers offer a wide range of diverse features and programs that are as unique as the neighborhoods they serve.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, all BCYF pools, gyms and fitness centers are closed and all programming is suspended.
Select BCYF locations are meal pick-up sites only for students who rely on daily free breakfast and lunch provided by schools. Find sites and their hours of operation at www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston
To learn more about the centers, visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families.