Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, contact organizers (phone, web or social media) to check the status of events and as always, keep yourself and your family safe.

Race to the Finish Line goes virtual

Since the St. Francis House relies on yearly events such as the Boston Marathon (which was postponed until September) and the annual Race to the Finish Line fundraiser party (which was canceled) to fund their life-saving programs and services, they have gotten creative and gone virtual.

They want your help to reach a goal of $3,000 by April 20.

People can help the runners keep up their spirits by buying a ticket to their virtual event, “Click to the Finish Line.” It is the same price as one of the regular Race to the Finish Line tickets.

The event will be held on their Facebook page and include live videos of their runners in their living rooms, polls and ways to contribute, raffles, and more.

For more information, contact Event Coordinator Carrie Neff at or by phone at (617)457-1009.

Visit for more information.

‘Dawnland’ & ‘Dear Georgina’ Live Online Screening

Join the filmmakers for a special digital documentary screening of the Emmy Award winning film “Dawnland” and the online world premiere of “Dear Georgina,” followed by Q&A from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. All you need is a device and good internet.

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

In “Dear Georgina” a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.

Learn more about the films and watch the trailer at

Go to for registration and other relevant information.

‘The Way We Dress’ lecture series – Postponed

The Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave. presents noted New England clothing historians and curators to bring us back through time through the lens of fashion.

Three New England Brides: Self-Fashioning in the Georgian Era with Dr. Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire slated for Tuesday, April 21 has been postponed.

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Lunch Break Yoga

Lunch Break Yoga – brought to you by the Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 28. There’s also the Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga from 4 to 5 p.m. through May 1.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand To Heart Center – Yoga for the People or get the link at events. The recorded session will remain online.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga is brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through May 1.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand To Heart Center – Yoga for the People or get the link at events. The recorded session will remain online.

2020 Virtual Breakfast of Hope

The 2020 Breakfast of Hope will be held on Thursday, April 30 - online.

The virtual program will begin at 8 a.m.

The program will feature Samaritans’ suicide prevention work and the difference it makes in your community. You’ll hear from community leaders and people who have benefited from their services about the importance of suicide prevention and how you can help save lives.

Governor Charlie Baker will give the welcoming remarks

There will also be a video featuring Mix 104.1 radio host Kennedy Elsey.

Visit for tickets, donations and other information.

BSRA – Updates

The Boston Street Railway Association, Inc. online store remains open.

The May meetings and Fantrip have been canceled.

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Lyric Stage Company of Boston

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St. is preparing for its next performance –“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” – a hysterically funny musical slated for May 15 through June 21. Tickets are on sale now.

Lyric Stage has postponed its production “Fabulation or, the Re-Education of Undine” until the fall, replacing their previously announced production of “The Light.”

Here are some of their favorite movies about live theatre for you to enjoy:

“All About Eve,” “Waiting For Guffman,” “Topsy Turvy,” “State Fright, Birdman,” “Noises Off” and “The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened.”

They’d love to hear what your favorite backstage movies are as well.

Visit for tickets and other information.

Emmanuel music – New Update

The Bach Cantata Series at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury St.) is online and available upon request.

If you would like access to Emmanuel Music’s weekly cantata videos, join their email mailing list at

The Lindsey Chapel Series and Britten Chamber Festival has been postponed, date TBD.

Ecclesia Ministries and Manna Programs needs help

Common Cathedral and Boston Warm programs under the umbrella of Ecclesia Ministries at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury St.) in partnership with their sister Ministry, MANNA, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St.), needs partners to help the homeless during this critical time.

There are three specific ways that people can help right now, right from where you are:

1) Purchase supplies from their COVID-19 Amazon wish list:

2) Make sandwiches at home and/or purchase soft fruits and granola bars and drop them off for Boston Warm Day Center programs at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. on Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.); MANNA Programs at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St.) on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the Common Cathedral Service on Sunday for the foreseeable future.

3) Pray for all of us!

Visit and/or and/or for other information, including links to volunteer or ways to make financial and/or other donations.

Trident Bookseller & Café offerings

Here are several ways that Trident Bookseller & Café, 338 Newbury St. can help you enjoy a good meal and escape in the pages of a book:

Delivery and Take Out: The kitchens open for food pick up or delivery (UberEats and Grubhub have good deals); New on Menu: Brunch for Two available all day

Book Delivery: Shipping anywhere in the US

Audio Books from Libro.FM: For a limited time, get a 2-for-1 membership for $14.99 with CODE

Gift Cards: It's an easy way to support their independent business

Visit for more details.

Boston Design Week – Latest Update

All the events slated for Boston Design Week were canceled or postponed with the hope that some can be reschedule or be included in the Annual Boston Design Week slated for April 7-April 21, 2021.

The official BDW 2020 Guidebook and the event listings are being kept online so that you can see the amazing Design Week that was planned for you. A festival such as this requires the work of hundreds of individuals, participating organizations, Sponsors and others, and they hope that you will thank them and continue to support them once this crisis has passed.

Nominations for the BDW 2020 Design Awards will remain open indefinitely for three awards: Mentor of the Year (co-sponsored by the Over My Shoulder Foundation), Innovator of the Year and the Social Impact Award.

Two other awards have already been decided. The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez: a master furniture maker and President Emeritus of the North Bennet Street School. The Producers Choice Award will be presented to The Society of Arts and Crafts.

Selected nominees will be invited to attend the awards’ event, which is co-sponsored by Artists for Humanity.

To learn more about the awards and how to take part, visit

For more information and updates about the plans for Boston Design Week programs, visit

Visit Boston Design Week on to explore the innovation and diversity of Boston’s design community.

Gibson House Museum virtual tours

While The Gibson House Museum is closed you can catch up on their blog, take a virtual tour and learn more about its history at

The Museum’s latest blog post on the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre can be found at

Mary Baker Eddy Library online services

The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave., is currently closed for tours and on-site visits. Online research services continue at

To stay connected, follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and online content.

Visit for updates and other information.

Buddha’s Belly Book Group – on line via Zoom

Buddha’s Belly – the Buddhist Book Group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.

The group discusses issues of spiritual practice from a Buddhist perspective. Members come from many different faith traditions and religious practices. All are welcome.

For more information, visit

Mass Historical Society virtual tours

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. (while temporarily closed) is offering virtual tours.

Founded in 1791, The Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures. As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of daily lives..

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Friday Night Suppers Program – Take out only

Friday Night Suppers Program (FNSP) provides a warm nutritious meal to anyone in need in a safe, dignified and comfortable setting every Friday night at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.

They serve approximately 125 guests from any of the Boston neighborhoods.

If you would like to volunteer to help – either with meal prep from 1 to 4 p.m. or to help serve the meal from 5 to 7:45 p.m. – or to make a financial/food donation, visit for other details, including when the indoor suppers will resume.

REBA: A Night at Women’s Lunch Place – Postponed until fall

The Women’s Networking Section of REBA (The Real Estate Bar Association) was to host the sixth annual fundraiser benefitting the Women’s Lunch Place (WLP) on Thursday, April 23 at the Women’s Lunch Place, 67 Newbury St.

For more information about the event, contact event co-chairs Michelle T. Simons at or Jackie Waters Adams at

For raffle information, contact Julie Moran at

To learn more about WLP, visit

Women’s Lunch Place – Latest Update

Women’s Lunch Place, 67 Newbury St. remains open and continues to serve women every day. Their new hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

They are continuing to maintain all three of their core services areas – healthy meals, direct care and advocacy.

Each day they provide one take out package that contains a nutritious breakfast and lunch with extra snacks to sustain their guests.

Women’s Lunch Place is looking for donations, including money, gift cards, toiletries, underwear and other basic necessities to keep their mission going.

Visit for more information.

Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen

The Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen BBMSK (“Bumsk”) is a group of young adults who minister to the homeless on the streets of Back Bay. They take sandwiches, fruit, socks and Rosaries to distribute, and take time to listen to the stories of the men and women they encounter.

The group meets Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. on the front steps of the St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, 1105 Boylston St.

They are always looking for volunteers to help and donations (money/gift cards, toiletries, socks, and supplies to help prepare and package the food).

Contact Eli at 703-638-2019 or visit and/or for other information.

Meditation and conversation – on line via Zoom

The Arlington Street Meditation Center meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.

The gathering will include seated and walking meditations, a brief reading from Buddhist teachings, and conversations. A walk in the Public Garden (dress for the weather) is optional. Beginner and experienced meditators from all traditions (or none) are warmly welcomed.

For more information, visit

Take a walk

Spring is here and although most events in the city are canceled or postponed, you can still take a walk and enjoy the beauty of nature.

There are many places in the Back Bay area to walk. The Public Garden is filled with the colors of the new season. Boston Common is always a nice place to walk, as is the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and Charles River Esplanade.

Please remember social distancing – stay six feet away from others and no handshaking or hugging. Fist bumping and elbow rubbing aren’t great ideas either since the back of your hands and your elbows (stores sneezes) collect germs as well.

This is a great time to take a walk by yourself or with your family – it is not an opportunity to gather together with a large group of friends.

And, if you are not feeling well – please stay home and give yourself a chance to heal!

BPL updates

The Boston Public Library remains on line for cardholders to enjoy remotely. The library has added a new online calendar of virtual events to go with its other online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources.

For other information regarding their policies and procedures as it pertains to the closure due to COVID-19, visit

Other details and links to remote library services can be found at

For more information, email

Ginormous Climb

The 7th annual Ginormous Climb will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6 at 200 Clarendon (200 Clarendon St.).

At the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, we see heroes every day.

Each year, nearly 2,000 children are referred to the CAC to talk about abuse and violence in their lives. Their courage is heroic and they inspire all of us. We have a challenge for you: will you step up for young heroes fighting back against abuse and violence by taking the stairs all the way to the top of 200 Clarendon (New England's tallest building) at the Ginormous Climb on June 6, 2020?

Get started on your Ginormous Climb and register today. Rally the support of family, friends and colleagues to help you reach your goal. Along the way, you’ll be helping kids feel safe, cope with trauma, seek justice and heal.

Prefer to take the elevator? Register to volunteer at the Ginormous Climb.

This event was originally slated for April 4.

Go to for registration and other information.