Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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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. 12. Parents and caregivers are also invited.

This event will also be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

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

Boston Baked Books

The Fenway Community Center will host the Boston Baked Books group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Monday of each month via Zoom. All are welcome to join.

On Sept. 14 the group will discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the Zoom link.

The Boston Red Sox and WWII

In this 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, join Boston Red Sox historian Gordon Edes and a panel of distinguished authors to discuss the role of Major League Baseball players from Boston in the conduct of that historic conflict from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

The story touches upon Ted Williams, a Naval flight instructor who would later fly combat missions for the Marines in the Korean War. It also tells of compelling acts of sacrifice and bravery performed by other big-leaguers from Boston, including Si Rosenthal and Earl Johnson of the Red Sox and Warren Spahn of the Braves.

Visit masshist.org for more information and registration. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

Public Speaking

Teens (ages 15+) and adults are invited to join the Fenway Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m. on select Mondays from Sept. 14 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. 14, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and registration.

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 from Sept. 16 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. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and 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:

Thursday, Sept. 17: Selena – on-site at the Fenway Lot (Rain date: Friday, Sept. 18)

This biographical drama recounts the life of recording artist Selena Quintanilla. Played by fellow Latin pop star Jennifer Lopez, Selena was a Texas native who showed musical talent at an early age and went on to become a chart-topping Tejano superstar and Latin American icon, all before her tragic murder at the age of 23. Directed by Gregory Nava (USA, 1997, 127 min.). English and Spanish with open captions in English.

This event is presented in partnership with the Roxbury International Film Festival and the Boston Latino International Film Festival.

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

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.

Visit mfa.org for more information.

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 gsema.org for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

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. 24 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 FenwayCommunityCenter.org 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 FenwayCommuniytCenter.org 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 FenwayCommuniytCenter.org 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 www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020 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 FenwayCommunityCenter.org 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 FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and the Zoom link.

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

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information.

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.

Just Writing: A poetry workshop

When the world gets delayed and your truth sits silent inside, just write!

Join the Boston Public Library for Just Writing, an online poetry writing workshop hosted by Toni Bee – storyteller, community advocate and Poet Populist emeritus, of Cambridge from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 16.

Topics will include nature, free writes, Prince and “the things you miss.”

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

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 www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org 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 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.

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.

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 www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.

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.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information.

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 www.bgmc.org) 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.

Visit https://baroque.boston for more information.

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 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 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.

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 bit.ly/lifeboatbostonregistration.

Email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com, phone 617-383-9864 or visit Facebook.com/lifeboatboston 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 bgmc.org and nearly 400 musical videos on www/youtube.com/BGMC1982 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 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.

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.

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.

Visit gardnermuseum.org for more information.

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 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.

Visit fenwayhealth.org for more information.

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.

Visit mfa.org/membership for more details.

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.

Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.