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.
With baseball season on hold, there are no cracks of the bat or late-inning homers, but you can still enjoy the sound of the organ playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor plays 30 minutes of songs on his show “Seventh-Inning Stretch” on Facebook Live at 3 p.m. every day. So take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs. He also takes requests.
Although the show and fun is free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank. Tune in at www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020.
‘Thank Goodness it’s Shabbat!’
A special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy will present “Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat!” at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
If you are between the ages of 6 days to 6 years and you love to dance, sing, play and pray – this is for you.
Visit tisrael.org for more details.
Carol Lasky, facilitator of Death Cafe at Fenway Community Center, was featured in a recent article, "Let's Talk about Death."
Join Carol at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 for this popular discussion group that opens the door to conversation about a topic too often considered taboo.
Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for other information, including the link to Zoom.
The Fenway Community Center’s children's music program with Liz Buchanan has moved online along with the first video to enjoy.
Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for other information, including the link to the video.
‘What the World Needs Now’ – Virtual Orchestra
What started as an idea on a student’s flight home from Berklee College ended in collaboration with some of the most incredible people.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee student Shelbie Rassler convened a virtual orchestra of 74 of her peers to create connection in a time of social distancing. Watch this moving performance of “What the World Needs Now.”
Visit www.berklee.edu/news/berklee-now/what-world-needs-now-student-made-video or YouTube.com for a little something special to brighten your day.
Share it with other to help promote positivity and optimism while we need it the most.
Village Parent’s Happy Hour
Village Parent’s Happy Hour will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Struggling to manage the new normal? Exhausted from full days juggling the needs of your little ones and your professional life while stuck at home?
Make yourself your favorite cocktail or mocktail and connect with parents who are in the same boat. Though we can’t gather in person, we can find strength in community.
Join Zoom at: https://zoom/us/j/7282752816 or visit tisrael.org for other details.
Riverway Project for 20s and 30s
Stay connected with the following Riverway Project events for 20s and 30s:
Spiritual Curbside Assistance: Torah for Trying Times from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays
Nosh and Chat: Riverway Lunch Check-ins from1 to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesdays
Shabbat Recharge with Riverway from 7:30 to 8 p.m. on Fridays
Visit tisrael.org for the Zoom links.
FCC Online Guided Meditations
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.
FCC Neighborhood Chat
The Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St.) is hosting a Neighborhood Chat at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. through May 13.
Find out how other community members are doing and share information and ideas.
Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for other details, including the link and Meeting ID number.
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 www.bpl.org/news/covid-19-update-march-16th.
Other details and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email ask@BPL.org.
BSO – Updates
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has extended performance and event cancellations 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.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum updates
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is filled with recorded concerts; video and audio content featuring curators, conservators, and artists; and information on collections and horticulture that can bring the Gardner to you until you can visit them again in person.
For example, even though you can’t see Boston’s Apollo exhibition right now, you can immerse yourself in it through the film, Finding Thomas McKeller, which tells the fascinating story behind this extraordinary project or viewing the full production of Meeting Thomas McKeller, a multidisciplinary, emotional work, created by their Visiting Curator of Performing Arts Helga Davis, which helped kick off the exhibition’s opening week.
They will continue to share more ways you can #MuseumFromHome, including online stories, inspiration from founder Isabella, photos, and audio guides.
In the meantime, the Museum reminds you to stay well and to keep in (digital) contact; they hope to see you in the galleries soon.
Visit gardnermuseum.org for additional information.
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus help needed
As a result of the lengthy Coronavirus shutdowns, the cost to the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will be upwards of $350,000. In addition to lost revenue, it also includes the costs of fulfilling their contracts to the orchestra and everyone who makes the magic happen during the season. As a result, the chorus faces a crisis of its own.
The only way they can make up the lost revenue, which is close to half their annual budget, is through donations.
There are several ways you can help out: donate/pledge directly online (link at www.bgmc.org) or mail in a check to 539 Tremont St. Boston 02116. You can also text GIVEBGMC to 41411.
Any and all assistance to keep the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus going is greatly appreciated.
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.
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.
Museum of Fine Arts 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.
‘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 Mondays through Fridays from 8:3 to 11:30 a.m. at the schools. Visit www.boston.gov for more information.
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.
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.
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.
Gay Tube – Canceled
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus performance of Gay Tube that was scheduled for June 5 through June 7 at the New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. has been canceled.
Visit bgmc.org for other information.
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.
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.
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.