Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Robot building party

You’re invited! Bring a friend, make new ones and build a robot with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Parents and caregivers are also invited to join in.

Visit for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Tashlich: ‘(th)Row Away Your Sins’

Grab a kayak and “(th)ROW those sins away” on Sunday, Sept. 20. The High Holy Days are a time to release the weight of the year that is now behind us and during tashlich people do that by symbolically casting their sins into a body of flowing water.

In partnership with Trybal Gatherings, the Riverway Project (geared for 30 to 40-year-old’s) will rent Kayaks from Charles River Canoe and Kayak – Cambridge: Kendall Square, 15 Broad Canal Way in Cambridge and row out together to meditate and reflect on the past year, preparing for the joys of the year to come.

There will be two shifts of 12 people (24 total; one shift at 4 p.m. and one at 5 p.m.) to ensure they maintain CDC guidelines.

Prefer to stay on solid ground? Join Rabbi Gubitz between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. for those wishing to do tashlich from the dock.

Please wear a mask.

Visit for more information and registration - Cost for kayak: $18/person.

Public Speaking

Teens (ages 15+) and adults are invited to join the Fenway Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m. on select Mondays through Nov. 2 for a public speaking program facilitated by Katie Swimm.

Learn to be an effective speaker in any environment. Whether it’s a presentation at work, a toast at a wedding, or a speech in a public forum, this class will make you comfortable, persuasive, and organized. The group will also focus on transferring these skills to an online environment.

Dates: Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2

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MFA re-opens

The Museum of Fine Arts will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 26. Member preview days: Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 25.

Along with new safety protocols, the MFA will utilize advance-purchase timed tickets, reduced capacity and shortened hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. There will also be special morning slots for high-risk populations. Masks will be required for all attendees at all times.

When the building first opens, visitors will be able to explore galleries in the museum's Art of the Americas wing. The rest of the building will open in three stages as walking routes are redesigned to create adequate distancing measures.

Members - free | Nonmembers - $25 | Youths, ages 17 and under - free | *Modified admission pricing ($5 minimum) during the 3 to 4 p.m. entry slot every Wednesday.

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Live: Drawing together on love & justice

Join MAAM and MassArt Studio Foundation professor Evelyn Rydz for a free virtual community artmaking event that welcomes participants to sketch from observation and imagination from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

In a time marked by a pandemic and racial injustice, this session will reflect on how people use their creativity and artistic tools to bear witness to our world, to expose inequality and to imagine a different future.

Leading up to the US elections, this is a call for action - to make a commitment to draw on love and justice for positive change.

People can use any artmaking materials they have on hand. For inspiration and to share your drawings, check out #drawingonloveandjustice on Instagram.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

September Nights at the MFA

MFA will host September Nights' Series of outdoor films and livestreamed concerts at 7:30 p.m. as follows:

- Friday, Sept. 25: Miranda Rae and Naomi Westwater – streaming on the MFA’s Facebook and YouTube (@mfaboston) and

The outdoor film screenings will be followed by a virtual presentation of the 22nd annual Roxbury International Film Festival, hosted on the MFA’s website, from Sept. 30 through Oct. 5. This year’s selections include a variety of narrative, short, documentary and student films.

Advance reservations for the film screenings are required, with free tickets – a maximum of two per order – at 10 a.m. on the Monday before each Thursday event.

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Animal dance party

Bring a friend make new ones and get WILD on the dance floor with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Parents and caregivers are also invited.

Visit for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Reading great plays

Teens (ages 15+) and adults are invited to join the Fenway Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m. bi-weekly on Wednesdays through Nov. 18 to discuss a diverse collection of well-and-lesser known plays and engage in lively discussion.

The group, facilitated by Katie Swimm, will not only discuss the work, but the work’s historical context, its place and impact in the theatre, and its production history.

The group will meet on Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18.

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Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers

To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.

Visit for more information, including pass applications.

Acting basics

Have you ever had a desire to perform onstage? To perform a monologue or do a scene with a great partner?

Teens (ages 15+) and adults are invited to join the Fenway Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays from Oct. 3 through Nov. 14 for Acting Basics – a six-week course that will teach fundamental skills in acting, including observation, listening, engaging the body and ensemble work. The class, facilitated by Ameilia Boyce Munson, will culminate in a public viewing of your progress.

Dates: Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 and Nov. 14.

Visit for more information and registration (registration opens Monday, Sept. 14).

World of Wonder

The Fenway Community Center will host World of Wonder for children, ages 3 through 8, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Mondays via Zoom.

This program delves deep into our connection with nature. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children's physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development. Time spent experiencing and exploring during childhood begins a practice that can bring lifelong openness to the wonder nature can spark.

Visit for more information, including the Zoom link.

FCC's Virtual 5K

Find support as you prepare to roll, walk, jog, or run your own 5K. Walk on your own and meet via Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. on Mondays to encourage each other and receive tips on walking/running, healthy eating, sleep and relaxation and more. People of all ages and abilities are welcome.

The participants will walk the 5K independently over the Halloween weekend. All participants will receive a medal.

Visit for more information, including the Zoom link.

Seventh-Inning Stretch slides into Monday

After completing 120 consecutive daily live shows on July 23, Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor will, for the duration of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, move his “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show to 3 p.m. on Mondays.

Tune in live at and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs.

Although the show is still fun and free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.

Voice and Justice

The Voice and Justice program at the Fenway Community Center seeks to open communication about issues of social and racial justice. They offer a weekly list of resources via a variety of media for you to explore, including an estimated time for each resource and a weekly action for you to take to combat racism.

Join the group at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month to share your voice with your neighbors and work toward racial justice one step at a time.

Visit for the Zoom link.

Navigators USA at FCC

The Boston Chapter of Navigators USA will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom. The Boston Chapter offers free a uniform, membership, and outings. Currently, the Fenway Community Center will provide the material and admission for outings, and families will complete activities independently.

Navigators USA is a progressive international program whose mission is to broaden the scope of scouting through inclusion. By encouraging all families and individuals of all ages to participate in meetings, activities, and trips, Navigators USA goes beyond youth development to community development.

Navigators USA is open to all people, regardless of their gender, race, lifestyle, ability, religious or lack of religious belief. They believe the greatest challenge for the future of our planet is to learn how to get along with people different than ourselves.

Visit for more information and the Zoom link.

Neighborhood Chat

Make new friends and keep the old. All are welcome to the Neighborhood Chats on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays with the Fenway Community Center.

Visit for the Zoom link and more information.

FCC’s Movie Club

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

Email to get on the list for Zoom links and other details.

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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 for the Zoom links and more information.

Trivia Night

All ages are welcome to join the Fenway Community Center for a casual, noncompetitive fun night of trivia – Music, Harry Potter, Movies and more – from 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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

Game Night

Fenway Community Center hosts a casual noncompetitive fun game night from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.

Visit 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 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.

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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 for more details.

Neighborhood Bear Hunt

In cities from Paris, France to Tyler, Texas, neighbors have created "Neighborhood Bear Hunts" by placing stuffed animals in their windows for children to search out and enjoy spotting.

People are invited to participate in creating a Neighborhood Bear Hunt for the children of Fenway. All you have to do is place a stuffed animal in your window.

To enter the weekly Bear Hunt contest, take a picture of your window (or a picture of your kids looking for animals) and tag the Center (@fenwaycommunitycenter) on Instagram or Facebook, or email hello@fenwaycommunitycenter. Every week, they'll randomly select a participant to receive a $10 Target gift card.

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BGMC Match Campaign 2020

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus continues to “create musical experiences in inspire change, build community and celebrate differences.”

They ask people to consider making a donation to Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Match Campaign 2020 where 1 (your dollar) + 1 (matching dollar) = 2 (Twice the Impact).

There are several ways people can help: donate/pledge directly online (link at or mail in a check to 539 Tremont St., Boston 02116. People can also text GIVEBGMC to 41411.

Boston Baroque’s reimagined 2020-2021 season

Boston Baroque’s plans for the coming season involve a combination of live concerts and continued expansion of their streaming content presented through Boston Baroque Live on their website and Amazon Prime.

Tickets for the pop-up concerts will be available three weeks before each performance. The first pop-up program will include Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Boston Baroque Live will continue to release full-length concerts and opera each month on their website and Amazon Prime. Some of the planned content over the coming year includes Beethoven’s Fidelio, their New Year’s Eve Celebrations from 2018 and 2019, and Handel’s Giulio Cesare.

In addition to the concerts, the Boston Baroque Live platform will include interviews (and interactive Q&As) with the artistic, conversations with their music director and musicians, special musical performances, concert talks and more.

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The Boston Cyclists Union

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at

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 and/or for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email 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.

Free Lifeboat Food Pantry

The Lifeboat Food Pantry at 105 Jersey St. will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Food distribution will be held outside, providing 1-2 bags of a mix of fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable pre-bagged food in a door-dash format following health and safety guidelines. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. New clients can register at

Email, phone 617-383-9864 or visit for more information.

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at Home

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus continues to “create musical experiences in inspire change, build community and celebrate differences.”

BGMC has a host of videos from a variety of tours, local concerts and music; among them are

eight new videos at and nearly 400 musical videos on www/ that have been viewed by more than 57 million viewers, many virtually created since the pandemic started.

‘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 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 or 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 and the BSO YouTube and Social Media Channels.

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

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is open

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has reopened 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. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 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 Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller & John Singer Sargent exhibition, now running through Oct. 12.

Other exhibits include Adam Pendleton: “Elements of Me” on view through Nov. 15 and Lorraine O’Grady: “The Strange Taxi, Stretched” on view through Nov. 24.

All onsite programming remains canceled through Nov. 13. Digital program offerings will continue through early fall.

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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 courtesy of MFA’s curator.

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#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.

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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, email or phone 617-446-3949.

Visit to offer 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.

Fenway Health also offers periodic events.

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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.

The museum invites visitors who haven’t been MFA members before to sign up for a first year of membership free when they attend one of their 2020 Community Celebrations or MFA Late Nites.

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BPL To Go and more

The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program at 22 of the 26 locations.

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. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.

All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.

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