Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:
Gardner Museum reopens
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will re-open on Wednesday, July 15, following health and safety guidelines. Visitors will be required to pre-purchase, timed tickets (up to 30-minutes before closing).
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays; Closed on Tuesdays; Holiday hours vary with some dates closed.
The Museum has extended the critically-acclaimed Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller & John Singer Sargent exhibition, now running through Oct. 12.
All onsite programming remains canceled through Nov. 13. Digital program offerings will continue through early fall.
Visit gardnermuseum.org for more information.
BLUEbikes – Saturdays free in July
BLUEbikes is a fun and affordable way to get around - 3,000+ bikes; 300+ stations; 5 Municipalities.
BLUEbikes is offering free rides on Saturdays in July so you can get some fresh air and exercise, explore new places and take in new sights. Just download the app at bluebikes.com and select Adventure Pass.
2020 Amplify Conference
The 2020 Amplify Conference – “Nuestro Impacto: Be Counted, Be Heard,” hosted by Amplify Latinx, the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and the Gastón Institute, in collaboration with their partner organizations will be held online from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, July 17 and July 28.
This year’s conference will focus on identifying the key policy issues for the MA Latinx community that will become part of a shared policy agenda. Through their keynote speakers, Firestarter storytellers and interactive workshops, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to take action in 2020 and beyond.
During this convening they will:
- Activate the Latinx community to take action towards change, including participating in the Census 2020, increasing voter registration, amplifying the work of Latinx leaders, businesses and community organizations.
- Build a coalition of Latinx leaders and organizations that support their Amplify Latinx mission of increasing Latino economic and political power.
- Create a shared policy agenda that advances a collective vision for prosperity and upward mobility for the Latinx community.
Visit https://2020AmplifyConference.eventbrite.comfor more information and registration.
Discover Girl Scouts
All girls entering Kindergarten through third grade in the fall and their caregivers are invited to learn about the Girl Scouts. Join a group from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on any Saturday through Aug. 29 to experience the fun first-hand and get some information on Girl Scouts, including about volunteer opportunities. Girls will be able to take part in a Girl Scout activity.
Register at https://form.jotform.com/201546527923154 to save a spot. A Zoom link plus any supplies needed will be sent via email.
Through Girl Scouts, girls can be the new leaders of tomorrow. They can try new things, learn about the outdoors, change the world, experiment with STEM and find out how be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader).
For more info on Girl Scouts visit:
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 our souls.
Visit jewishboston.com and/or tisrael.org for the link to join.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list for Zoom links and other details.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information.
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.
All ages are welcome to join the Fenway Community Center for a casual, noncompetitive fun night of trivia - Music, Harry Potter, Movies and more – at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.
Fenway Community Center hosts a casual noncompetitive fun game night at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.
Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition
Celebrate Shabbat with your TI community. Light candles, say blessings over juice and challah, sing favorite Shabbat songs and bring the joy of Shabbat into your homes from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Visit tisrael.org for more information, including the Zoom link.
TGIS at Home
A special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy will present “Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat!” from 10 to 11 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 information, including the Zoom link.
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.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the movie titles and the Zoom link.
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.
Esplanade Pollinator BioBlitz
Discover and identify the pollinators of the Charles River Esplanade by taking part in the Esplanade Pollinator BioBlitz any time from July 19 to July 26. The Esplanade Pollinator BioBlitz encourages families and individuals to discover and document different species of pollinators they find on the Charles River Esplanade through the iNaturalist app or journaling.
The Esplanade provides a lush and diverse habitat for imperiled pollinators including native bees, butterflies, beetles, and hummingbirds. Without pollinators, there would not be as many beautiful plants and flowers blossoming along the Charles River.
iNaturalist is one of the world’s most popular nature apps where people identify and record plants and animals found in different environments across the world.
Join the Esplanade Pollinator BioBlitz Project on iNaturalist at www.inaturalist.org/projects/esplanade-pollinator-bioblitz to record and share your observations with other members of the iNaturalist community.
Each participant in the Esplanade Pollinator BioBlitz will receive a virtual bioblitz packet that includes pollinator information, BioBlitz activities, instructions on how to use iNaturalist, and a map of the Esplanade.
Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival
The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, a series of digital offerings, includes both free-of-charge archival offerings as well as newly created content available for purchase. Enjoy video and audio streams at www.tanglewood.org. Visit www.bso.org for an overview.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites you to get involved and join a Working Group or Committee:
Volunteer Working Groups meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
The Activist Group uses community organizing to make Boston a safer, more enjoyable place to ride a bike. Join them if you like doing outreach and connecting with people about issues they care about, working on campaigns, planning direct actions and/or being part of a group to bring about change. Join them if you are interested in helping the BCU lead strategy for improving streets and passing policy.
Having fun at Boston Cyclists Union events like the Boston Bike Winter Socials, the Winter Solstice Ride and the Spring Bike Wash? Interested in helping develop thei bike repair education programs like Bike to Market, or reaching out to help local businesses be more bike-friendly? Join the group that’s making it all happen.
The three board committees support the staff in long-term planning and strategy.
This committee covers all aspects of building a strong community of support around the Boston Cyclists Union, from writing grants to ensuring that members feel engaged and involved. Committee chairs and other info available on their website.
Finance and Operations:
This committee oversees the financial and everyday operations of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in non-profit management, accounting, non-profit law, this may be your bag.
This committee oversees the governance (board and committees) of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in governance, organizing, or non-profit management, this may be your cup of tea.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.
Free summer ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults
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” meals for Boston residents (adults and children) in need. No ID required.
Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email email@example.com 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.
Boston Baroque Live: Mozart's ‘Requiem’
Boston Baroque is proud to release its next full-length live recorded performance of Mozart's Requiem, Symphony No. 40, and "Exsultate, jubilate." Led by Music Director Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque's renowned orchestra and chorus perform Mozart's masterpieces alongside soloists soprano Amanda Forsythe, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass-baritone Kevin Deas.
The Mozart program is currently available to stream for free on Boston Baroque Live.
Visit https://baroque.boston for more information.
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, CDC and many in-kind sponsors.
All community residents in need are welcome.
Isabella Stewart Gardner – #MuseumFromHome
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.
Visit gardnermuseum.org and/or #MuseumFromHome for more information, including a tour of their greenhouse.
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 and Pops at home
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.
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.
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 To Go
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program will launch first at the Central Library in Copley Square, the Codman Square Branch, the East Boston Branch, the Jamaica Plain Branch, and the Mattapan Branch and will then gradually be deployed to other branches.
Using the library website, phone line, or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs and pick them up at the library.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.