Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Career fair

The Fenway CDC and Roxbury Community College will host a career fair from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5.

For more information, contact Kris Anderson at kanderson@fenwaycdc.org or 617-267-4637, ext. 29.

‘Make Way for Ducklings’

Wheelock Family Theatre will present a virtual workshop production of Make Way for Ducklings at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

This free event will be performed live and will give you a sneak peek at this world premiere musical before it waddles its way onto their stage.

Go to wheelockfamilytheatre.org/ducklings-workshop-2020 for more information and reservations to watch Boston’s most beloved story come to life.

Beethoven's complete works for piano

Back in the pre-pandemic days, the New England Conservatory kicked off its Beethoven250 concerts, a yearlong initiative to commemorate the composer’s birth by playing every one of his solo piano works. The unique series, a world’s first, returned in virtual form on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and will culminate in a sweeping, 11-hour concert of all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas on Feb. 6, 2021.

Beethoven’s Complete Works for Piano will be presented at 8 p.m. as follows:

Saturday, Dec. 5: Part XI

Tuesday, Dec. 15: Part XII

Saturday, Feb. 6: The Sonatas

Approximately one-third of each concert program will feature rarely performed sets of variations that may offer insight into Beethoven’s own performances as an improviser.

Go to necmusic.edu/beethovens-complete-works-piano for more information. including a Program and the link to watch the video stream.

Gardner Museum: In the Studio

In the Studio is a new digital series that takes you into the studios and workspaces of a few artists who call Boston home curated by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Dec. 5: Rayna Lo - Winter Blossoms

This time of year, it’s all about perseverance. For this workshop, they find inspiration in the hearty winter blossoms and evergreens that persevere in the winter landscape and add color to the seasonal Courtyard display here at the Gardner Museum. Create a botanical sketch following simple tips and tricks as you head into the studio with Rayna Lo.

Jan. 2: Rayna Lo - Repair, Rebirth, Renewal

The start of a new year invites repair, rebirth, and renewal. Start 2021 off right by letting go of the past as you create a work of art with Rayna Lo that gives you hope for the year ahead.

Feb. 6: Rayna Lo - Letters from the Heart

Write a note to someone special. Follow simple tips and tricks from calligrapher, illustrator and educator Rayna Lo as you create custom stationery and envelope designs that transform an ordinary note into a special letter sent from the heart.

March 6: Rayna Lo - A Lotus Emerges

As we approach the first day of spring, we begin to emerge from the winter darkness and welcome much needed sunshine! To mark this seasonal transition, we look for inspiration in the lotus flower, a plant that emerges from dark, murky depths to reveal stunning blossoms later in the summer.

April 3: Rayna Lo - Studio H2O

From something as small as a raindrop to as big as a wave, water is a driving force in our world. April showers also bring new life and spring blossoms. This month, experiment with the unique qualities of Chinese watercolors as you create a botanical sketch of your own.

May 1: Rayna Lo - TBD

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June 5: Rayna Lo - Dancing on Paper

Show off your artistic skills learned In the Studio! Allow your brush to dance and experiment with different layering techniques. Create a composition that highlights your creative journey In the Studio with Rayna Lo. And if you’re just joining them, you’ll have fun too!

Go to www.gardnermuseum.org for more information and links to enjoy.

First Mondays at Jordan Hall

Join New England Conservancy as they celebrate 36 years of First Mondays: well-loved classics and new compositions performed by some of the world’s best chamber musicians at 7:30 p.m., free and open to all, and streaming to your home.

Dec. 7: Beethoven's World

March, April, and May programs to be announced.

Go to https://necmusic.edu/first-mondays-jordan-hall.

Exploring Impressionism: The Art of Claude Monet

Immerse students in the Museum of Fine Art’s collection of French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet while learning to identify elements such as the study of light and weather, depictions of everyday life and a new style of painting that made Impressionist art unique.

This program will be offered from 12:10 to 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and from 2:10 to 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and is recommended for students in Grades 1-5.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/online-events for more information and registration.

East/West Fens food distribution

Fenway Cares will hold its bi-weekly fresh food distributions from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 23 in West Fenway at the Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St.) and East Fenway at Symphony Community Park (39 Edgerly Rd.).

If you are immunocompromised or physically unable to pick up a box at either location, you can request a produce box be dropped off at your building by a Fenway Cares volunteer.

Sign up at bit.ly//FenwayCaresFood. The same form can also be used to sign up to volunteer.

Hanukkah at the MFA

The Museum of Fine Art’s seventh annual Hanukkah celebration will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9. This virtual presentation will honor the rich history and traditions of the Jewish festival of lights through music, dance, an artist talk and a community candle lighting.

Tour the MFA’s Judaica collection, catch an array of musical performances by artists from around the world and view a one-of-a-kind menorah created by a local artist before participating in a community gathering.

The free event, hosted in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative, will be streamed online and on Facebook and YouTube.

The free event, hosted in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative, will be streamed online.

Go to mfa.org/event/communitycelebrations/hanukkah?event=6043 for more information and reservations.

Winds on Wednesdays

NEC Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds will present a concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 featuring the works of O'Loughlin, Mozart, Heiss, & Reinecke.

This concert will be streamed online at https://necmusic.edu/events/winds-wednesdays-oloughlin-mozart-heiss-reinecke.

This program is free; donations welcome.

Donate blood and save a child’s life

Donating blood is the easiest way to save a child's life.

Donate blood or platelets at their Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave.

The Children's Blood Donor Center is an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area.

Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome (subject to staffing and availability) during hours of operation (every day except Mondays).

To schedule an appointment, go to www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org or phone 617-355-6677.

NEC Chamber Singers

NEC Chamber Singers, under the direction of Erica J. Washburn, will perform a live stream concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

A program is available for viewing and a Video will be posted at this URL prior to the concert date at necmusic.edu/events/nec-chamber-singers-erica-j-washburn.

This program is free; donations welcome.

Brighter Connected: Public Art

Brighter Connected will bring the light of Hanukkah to eight Boston-area neighborhood windows on Wednesday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 18 through works of art created in partnership between a local artist and the community.

Historically, the Brighter installation series has been installed at the Museum of Fine Art as part of Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights. This year, they're taking it out of the museum and bringing it into the community - in line with the mitzvah (good deed) of “publicizing the miracle” of the oil that lasted eight days.

Through these eight works of art (designed and installed for socially distanced viewing), they will highlight the Hanukkah story, connecting it to the present-day miracles of the strength, resiliency and vibrancy of the Boston community.

For more information, including a mapped list of the eight places to view, go to jartsboston.org/hanukkah-2020.

Film discussion: Barry Marshall on Stanley Baker's 'Zulu' (1964)

Join the Boston Public Library and Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 for an interactive online film discussion about Zulu (1964) via Zoom.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the opportunity to view the film prior to discussion.

2020 Marine Toys for Tots Campaign

The US Marine Corps Reserve (Greater Boston) will be collecting new, unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts for those children less fortunate in the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk and Northern Plymouth.

Toys can be dropped off at the Toys for Tots Warehouse at 21 Drydock Ave., 8th Floor, Boston; at any State Police barracks, fire stations or police departments; and at an array of host sites listed on their website.

Donations via check should be mailed to: Toys for Tots Coordinator, 21 Drydock Ave., Box 21-810W, Boston, MA 02210. You can also make a donation online.

All donations should be submitted through Tuesday, Dec. 15 to ensure enough time to complete sorting and distribution prior to Christmas.

Due to the size of the area they serve, they provide toys exclusively to churches, qualified charitable organizations and social service agencies. Individual families can register at any of the types of places listed above and request toys from the program.

Go to boston-ma.toysfortots.org for more information, including the link to donate and the list of host sites.

Public health, medicine and poverty

Poverty poses a serious threat to the health of the public, as those living in poverty are less likely to be able to access the conditions that promote health.

A panel of authors will discuss the intersections of health, medicine and poverty, and how addressing the social factors that create health can lead to greater health for all from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 - presented by Boston University School of Public Health in collaboration with WBUR.

Go to bu.edu/sph/news-events/public-health-conversations/deans-seminars/public-health-medicine-and-poverty for more information and Zoom registration.

‘Drawing Together: Noodle & Doodle’

MAAM and the MassArt Illustration Department present Noodle & Doodle, a free virtual music drawing event featuring live performances by Jess Collins of Set Fire and Eric Waxwood of Sugar Blood Jinx.

Join them for an evening of sketching to a mix of rock and good-timey boogie blues with attitude from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10.

This free virtual event is for all ages. Use the materials on hand to draw the musicians or create as the music inspires you.

Go to https://maam.massart.edu/event/drawing-together-16 for Zoom registration,

Bond...James Bond: Theme songs

As the world eagerly awaits the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, prepare to be shaken and stirred as Berklee’s lead vocalists, instrumentalists and arrangers pay tribute to novelist Ian Fleming’s immortal and debonair Secret Intelligence Service agent, 007. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 on Berklee's YouTube channel.

Go to www.berklee.edu/events/singers-showcase-bondjames-bond-theme-songs-virtual-concert?ss=203791 for more information.

Let’s celebrate Chanukah together

Temple Israel of Boston has a full line-up of Chanukah events slated from Thursday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 18.

Join them every evening for live candle-lighting together on Zoom, join them in your parked car for a special Chanukah experience, participate in a virtual dreidel tournament, party with other families with young children, enjoy an evening with a magician… and more.

Find all the details and links at www.tisrael.org.

Paint party at FCC

The Fenway Community Center will hold its next paint party from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11.

Go to FenwayCommunityCenter.org or more information and registration.

FCC Book & Movie Club

The Book and Movie Club at the Fenway Community Center will meet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 to view and discuss Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.

The film adaptation is directed by Alex Garland and stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. In the not-too-distant future, four women form an expedition team and venture into the dangerous "Area X."

Go to FenwayCommunityCenter.org or more information and registration.

Give the gift of membership

Give the gift of membership this holiday season. This gift will ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.

Donations can be made at friendsofthepublicgarden.org/2020/11/06/give-the-gift-of-membership-now-through-january.

Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St. is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit the Kraft Center website or phone 617-632-3206.

You can also schedule a blood drive in your community or business by emailing blooddonor@partners.org or calling 888-LETS-GIV (538-7448).

When you donate blood or donate platelets at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, or give blood on board the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile, you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center and/or dana-farber.org/how-you-can-help/get-involved/donate-blood-and-platelets 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.

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 FenwayCommunityCenter.org and/or Eventbrite.com for more information and registration.

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.

‘Our Liberation is Bound Together: AntiRacism Workshop’

Kavod will lead a five-part virtual workshop series that explores the Jewish obligation to create a more just world from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 7, hosted by Temple Israel Boston.

The group will examine the connection between racism and antisemitism throughout history and into the present. What does it mean to imagine a world in which Jews of all racial and ethnic backgrounds build authentic, sustained solidarity with one another? How can we evaluate our personal and family histories to identify if and how we have benefited from or been harmed by racism and antisemitism? How can we create relationships with other communities targeted by white supremacy?

Participants will leave this course with a commitment to concrete action, ready to begin or expand their community’s justice work.

Visit tisrael.org for more information and Zoom registrations (“Pay What You Can” Per Class/Series).

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 and/or Eventbrite.com for more information and registration.

Navigators USA

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 and/or Eventbrite.com for more information and registration.

Guided meditation

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

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.

Arts and Crafts Club

An intergenerational Arts and Crafts Club at the Fenway Community Center will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays on Zoom. Explore the elements of art with paints and markers, bead a backpack buddy or try hand lettering.

Free materials which can be picked up at FCC monthly or delivered within the Fenway neighborhood will include everything people need for these projects.

Go to fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information.

#NECMusicHub

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.

Visit necmusic.edu for more details.

Game Night

Fenway Community Center hosts a casual noncompetitive fun game night at 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.

Boston Baroque Live 2020-2021 season lineup

Join Boston Baroque for a season of livestreamed concerts, virtual interactive events, full-length concerts and operas new-from-the-archives, and more on Boston Baroque Live, their first-ever live recorded performance streaming platform, on Amazon Prime or Boston Baroque Radio.

The 2020-2021 virtual season schedule includes:

Handel’s Guilio Cesare (November); Handel’s Messiah (December); New Year’s Celebration (January); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (February); Highlights From Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione Di Poppea (March); Handel’s Water Music Suite (April); Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (May); and Handel’s Jephtha (June).

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.

Visit https://baroque.boston for more information, including Virtual Season Subscriptions.

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.

YMCA of Greater Boston fall preview

The YMCA of Greater Boston is offering all members and non-members an opportunity to preview their Fall 2020 programs with a free preview week at all 13 YMCA of Greater Boston branches. The fall preview will provide parents and children the opportunity to experience a program with the Y and see how fun and safe it can be.

Fall programing will run through December and will consist of two sessions. Each session will include soccer, basketball, t-ball, sports sampler, swim lessons, semi- private & private swim and physical education. The Jr. Celtics skills and drills program is back and will run for10 weeks through Dec. 20.

All sports clinics and group swim lessons will be included in family memberships through the end of the year. Members of the East Boston YMCA can take advantage of group swim lessons at any other YMCA of Greater Boston locations.

For more information about memberships, visit ymcaboston.org.

Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at https://ymcaboston.org/active-programs. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information

Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth –

18 years of age and under – through Thursday, Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

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

Game Changers exhibit

The group exhibition, Game Changers at MAAM explores artists working at the confluence of contemporary art and video games. Whether highlighting under-explored narratives, pushing technological boundaries, or imagining alternative worlds through game aesthetics, the artists featured in Game Changers are discovering new possibilities for what game-related art can be and do.

Visit https://maam.massart.edu for more information about this exhibition on view through 2020.

Ghost of a Dream: ‘Yesterday is Here’

For the grand opening of the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM), artist collective Ghost of a Dream transformed the new lobby with a site-specific installation titled Yesterday is Here, which will be on view through 2020.

Ghost of a Dream's artwork centers on people’s hopes and dreams and is made from the ephemera they create in pursuit of those aspirations. In Yesterday is Here, the collective uses the past to create a new future for the Museum; the duo has cut up, combined, and spliced together images from over 30 years of exhibition catalogs and announcements from the MassArt Bakalar & Paine Galleries to create a kaleidoscopic look through the history of the Galleries and create an experience that speaks to MAAM’s future.

Valkyrie Mumbet exhibition

Renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos premiered a new monumental site-specific installation at MAAM, which will be on view through 2020. Known for her unprecedented multimedia works, Vasconcelos, in her first U.S. solo show, will honor Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman whose court battle for her freedom in August 1781 helped make slavery illegal in Massachusetts. The large-scale installation titled Valkyrie Mumbet, is the newest in her Valkyries series, named after Norse female war goddesses, which pays homage to inspiring women.

Visit https://maam.massart.edu/event/mumbets-declaration-independence for more information including a list of activities that honor the life of this courageous woman.

Free Lifeboat Food Pantry

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be at 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Food distribution will be held outside, providing 1 to 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.

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.

MFA is open

The Museum of Fine Arts will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays following health and safety protocol and utilizing advance-purchase timed tickets.

A limited number of galleries and exhibitions will be open, and temporarily closed galleries will continue to reopen as they reconfigure spaces and traffic routes for safe and socially distant visits. See Gallery Updates for the most up-to-date information.

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.

Visit www.mfa.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.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hours changed

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be open at 10 a.m. on the weekends beginning in December.

Visitors will be required to pre-purchase, timed tickets (up to 30-minutes before closing) and follow health and safety guidelines

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on *Thursdays; Closed on Tuesdays; Holiday hours vary with some dates closed.

*Free admission on the first Thursdays of the month from 3 to 9 p.m.

Visit gardnermuseum.org for more information.

Gardner at Home

To explore the Gardner Museum while staying cozy at home, check out their virtual museum tours, collections and courtyard along with a suite of free digital programs.

Visit gardnermuseum.org and follow them on their social media platforms.

‘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.

Fenway Cares

Fenway Cares is 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) that gathers and shares information with the Fenway neighborhood as well as pairs volunteers and services with those in need.

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.

This is an engraving of the Boston University School of Medicine and the neighboring Massachusetts Homeopathic Hospital as it was around 1876. This is from the Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard University. Learn more at www.countway.harvard.edu.