Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Monthly Family Book Club

Once a month, book lovers entering Grades K through 3 and their families can come together on Zoom to discover new chapter books, chat, and tackle book-inspired games and crafts.

The next meeting will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.

Email BPL’s librarians Patty and Rebecca (rfox@bpl.org) to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live: Future Readers' Club Storytime

Join Librarian Rebecca for live-streamed stories, songs, and movement for the preschool set from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 15 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Every activity is carefully chosen to help little ones build pre-reading skills.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Boston Baked Books

Boston Baked Books will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 15 hosted by Fenway Community Center via Zoom.

Author of All Souls, Michael Patrick MacDonald’s second memoir, Easter Rising, continues the saga with the author turning his gaze upon himself in explaining how he escaped where his brethren succumbed in Southie. It quickly becomes apparent that his survival has much to do with his perpetual status at the exile. Even though MacDonald is far from the first Irish-American to discover the auld sod, he continues to courageously break Southie’s silence in this tale of a journey that is as inspiring as it is haunting.

Visit www.fenwaycommunitycenter.org for registration.

Curator Conversations: ‘Angles on Bending Lines’

The many ways that maps and visual data have been used for centuries to manipulate information and truth come under scrutiny in “Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception,” a new initiative of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library that opened with an immersive, "digital first" exhibition on Wednesday, May 27.

Viewers are invited to explore the online show and join the interactive program series hosted by Leventhal Center’s Curator of Maps and Director of Geographic Scholarship Garrett Dash Nelson and the guests who give context to the exhibition's themes and content from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

June 17: “What You See Is What You Get-Or Is It?”

These events will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and then archived on YouTube.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information. Registration is required to receive a link to the event.

‘Season 30 Spotlight’ series

Learn more about SpeakEasy’s 2020-2021 season with “Season 30 Spotlight” series, celebrating 30 years of thought-provoking, cutting-edge theatre to ever hit the Boston stage.

Tune into SpeakEasy’s Facebook page from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for a live 30-minute Q&A with artists to learn more about the selection process, production plans, and the artists’ inspiration, and get a chance to ask your questions too.

The SpeakEasy’s 2020-2021 season Spotlights include:

June 17: Bright Star

June 24: Slave Play

Visit www.speakeasystage.com for more information, including a link to donate to help them continue “to tell stories that matter.”

SpeakEasy Play Discussion Club

The SpeakEasy Play Discussion Club, a weekly discussion surrounding some of today’s most exciting scripts, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through June 18.

Sign up for as many sessions as you’d like, read the play on your own time, and then join SpeakEasy staff and artists for an online conversation about the play’s major themes and impact on the American theatre canon.

For this series of plays, the theme is "Celebrating Contemporary Female Voices" and will include:

June 18: Wild Goose Dreams by Hansol Jung

For more information on this program or any of the plays included, email Alex Lonati at alexlonati@speakeasystage.com.

Spectacle Island Virtual 5K

Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want from June 13 through June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you binge your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.

The registration fee is $20. All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families.

Register and learn more at bostonharbornow.org.

MFA Virtual Thesis Show Exhibition

Curated by MassArt Art Museum Executive Director Lisa Tung, the all-virtual 2020 MFA Thesis exhibition on Kunstmatrix will showcase the work of 10 MassArt graduate students in the final year of their respective Master of Fine Arts programs.

The event will take place virtually from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. through Friday, June 19.

Visit https://massart.edu/exhibitions/galleries/mfa-thesis-show-2020 for more information.

Studio Ghibli watch party

The Studio Ghibli Watch Party will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturdays hosted by the Fenway Community Center. Fall into a world of fantasy and beauty with stunning Japanese animation.

Keep your markers and pencils handy. They’ll take a break and draw a character.

Zoom Link: https://bit/ly/3cAAJGZ.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the movie titles.

Harry Potter League

All ages are welcome to the Harry Potter League at 7 p.m. on Thursdays hosted by the Fenway Community Center. Enjoy the wizarding world with friends. Find out your house and patronus. Listen to chapters and complete fun activities.

Link to Zoom: https://bit.ly/3ckdCjO.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information.

Village Parent’s Happy Hour

Village Parent’s Happy Hour will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. 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 more details.

Homework help online

The Boston Public Library offers free online homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through June 18.

No registration is required as students will be helped on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 15 students at one time.

Homework Help can be accessed during the scheduled times at: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/my/bplhomeworkhelp.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

For questions about Homework Help email Lina Raciukaitis at lraciukaitis@bpl.org.

All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

‘With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People’

Poets are inspired by the ordinary and extraordinary others around them. How does poetry reveal new and surprising ways to communicate and connect?

“With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People” will be held from 8 to 9:15 p.m. on Mondays through June 15.

In these workshops, facilitated by Aaron Devine, the groups will read and write to deeply encounter loved ones, communities, and lineages. No prior writing experience is required.

Devine is a poet, community activist, and translator in Dorchester. He co-created Write on the DOT, a neighborhood poetry reading series and literary platform.

To register, email: aajamde@yahoo.com.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Poetry small group

Poetry Small Group presented by the Riverway Project will meet from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom.

Each week a poem will be read and talked about together. Prompts will be given for those who would like to write, though they will not require anyone to share this writing. They will also welcome participants to bring their favorite poems to share. In this way, they are hoping to foster the Temple Israel caring community and nourish their souls.

Visit jewishboston.com and/or tisrael.org for the link to join.

Free Lifeboat Food Pantry/Fair Foods

The Fenway Community Development Corporation is holding a Lifeboat Food Pantry from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Boston Temple, 105 Jersey St. Fair Foods will also be there with free, fresh food as well. Register at bit.ly/lifeboatbostonregistration.

Lifeboat Boston Food Pantry collaborates with Boston Temple, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Food Link, Fair Foods, Fenway CDC and many in-kind sponsors.

All community residents in need are welcome.

FCC’s Movie Club

Join the Fenway Community Center’s popular movie club, now online, and now twice a week at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and at 9 p.m. on Fridays. A video chat will follow the film.

Email fccfirstfridayfilms@gmail.com to get on the list for Zoom links and other details.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information.

Seventh-Inning Stretch

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.

Guided Meditation & Kirtan

Interested in reducing stress, bettering your emotional health, or practicing self-compassion? Join the Fenway Community Center’s free guided meditation class, led by Fenway residents and licensed instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for the Zoom links and more information.

Trivia Night

Enjoy seeing friendly faces and competing in fun trivia competitions at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84198272551.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.

Bingo & other games

Fenway Community Center will host online Bingo & Games at 1 p.m. on Fridays via Zoom. Link: https://bit.ly/3fDXqMm

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.

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.

You can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

Massart Made Virtual Spring Market 2020

The MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market is a temporary online showcase of student and alumni artwork available through Etsy and other independent e-commerce websites through Tuesday, June 30.

Shop artwork, jewelry, fashion and more from more than 200 student alumni-owned businesses

For Dial-In Information: massart.edu/springmarket2020

For more information: calendar.massart.edu/event/massart_made_virtual_spring_market_2020#.XrWJAS8pChA.

Gardner at Home: Asian art and culture

Read about Isabella’s personal connection to The Tale of Genji, the music of 11th-century Japan and the many surprising ways this story appears in the Gardner’s collection.

Wind your way through 1880s China with Isabella and Jack in this in-depth blog post documenting their Asian travels – you can even see Isabella's travel routes in map form.

As you read about Mrs. Gardner Takes to Jiu Jitsu, learn about the recent conservation of this beautiful Japanese katana, which holds both personal and artistic significance.

Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

Discover Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation online via a slideshow with accompanying playlist at mfaboston.org through Sunday, Aug. 2.

The MFA takes a deep dive into the artworks and history of Basquiat and his post-graffiti peers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, guided by exhibition co-curators Liz Munsell and Greg Tate as they share alternating insights on the elements central to these artists’ movement to infiltrate the art world and spread hip-hop culture throughout the globe.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue produced by MFA Publications, edited by co-curators Liz Munsell, the MFA’s Lorraine and Alan Bressler Curator of Contemporary Art, and writer and musician Greg Tate.

You can also read the full story of the explosive era of art and pop culture explored in “Writing the Future: Basquait and the Hip-Hop Generation” at www.mfa.org/exhibition/writing-the-future.

‘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.

BSO music online

The BSO offers a wide variety of audio and video options of some of their greatest performances in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood.

There will also be video tutorials with BSO musicians created to support students and at-home learning along with some behind the scenes videos from BSO musicians and conductors (sharing life off-stage) featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances.

These offerings are all available at www.bso.org/athome and the BSO YouTube and Social Media Channels.

Gardner at home

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.

During their temporary closure, they’ve created Gardner at Home, an email series that highlights the latest features.

Visit gardnermuseum.org and/or #MuseumFromHome for more information, including a tour of their greenhouse.

Museum of Fine Arts at home fun

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 more details.

#NECMusicHub & Monday Videos

The New England Conservatory of Music musicians are sending messages of hope and connection from all parts of the globe – follow the series at #NECMusic Hub.

In addition, NEC is releasing new concert videos every Monday.

Visit necmusic.edu for more details.

Fenway Cares

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.

Fenway Health Telehealth Services

New Telehealth Services are provided by Fenway Health to help patients schedule an appointment to see a clinician from the safety of their own home. Via video chat, healthcare providers will be able to assess the patient’s condition and make recommendations for ongoing care, individual therapy, group therapy, and psychiatry services.

The Fenway Health Pharmacy is now offering free shipping on all prescription orders. Shipments can be made virtually for any prescription medication to any address in Massachusetts. New patients are welcome to place prescription orders online through registered accounts. Also, refills can be requested electronically or via the Rx2Go app on mobile phones.

Visit fenwayhealth.org for more information.

Support the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

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.

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 more details.

BPL updates

The Boston Public Library has an online calendar of virtual events to go with its other online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources.

Other details and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.

For more information, email ask@BPL.org.

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 more 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 eparad@bostoncyclistsunion.org.

Free citywide meal sites for Boston residents

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.

For a list of meal sites, visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston#map--409806 or www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8098.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email food@boston.gov with questions or concerns or for other information.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.