Fenway neighborhood notes
Boston Pops: Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back
Join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they present this classic film with live orchestral accompaniment at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Symphony Hall.
Visit bso.org/events for more information and tickets (prices vary).
Koltun Ballet Boston Year-End Performances
The Koltun Ballet Boston year end performance will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave.
Visit www.bu.edu/fitrec/dance/dance-theater/upcoming-events for more information and tickets ($30).
The Pedro Martinez Foundation: Feast with 45
Attendees can spend the day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at Fenway Park tasting signature dishes from 45 of Boston’s finest chefs and enjoying them from the same stands where Martinez made baseball history as pitcher for the Boston Red Sox - wearing No. 45. Martinez and other sports personalities and Wally the Mascot will be present.
Ticket sales will support the ongoing food/education services and mentorship programs provided by the Pedro Martinez Foundation for children and families in Boston, Latin America and across the United States.
Visit https://pedromartinezfoundation.com/pages/feast-with-45 for more information and tickets ($35 to $455).
NEC Preparatory School: Junior Repertory + Youth Repertory OrchestrasConcert
NEC Prep's Junior Repertory Orchestra and Youth Repertory Orchestra's joint spring concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at NEC Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.
Visit www.necmusic.edu/events/nec-preparatory-school-junior-repertory-orchestra-and-youth-repertory-orchestra-concert for more information, including the program, and tickets (Free; donations welcome).
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual classes
Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1.
Here are the virtual classes:
– Virtual Dance Fit: Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.
– Virtual HIIT Training: Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m.
– Pre- and Postnatal Friendly Barre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays
– Fit Fusion: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays
– Virtual Chair Yoga: Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.
– Virtual Zumba: Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.
– Virtual Yoga: Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m.
Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration.
Boston Pops: An Evening with Christopher Jackson
Best known for originating the role of George Washington in ‘Hamilton,” Tony nominee Christopher Jackson will join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for an unforgettable evening at Symphony Hall at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 8.
Enjoy as Jackson performs music from Harry Belafonte to In the Heights, drawing from his favorites in pop, soul, Broadway, and his own original music, including his Emmy-award winning songs for Sesame Street and The Electric Company.
Tuesday night also features winners of the Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition. These talented young musicians, chosen from entrants across Massachusetts, receive expert coaching from Lockhart and Jackson, culminating in their thrilling Boston Pops debuts.
Visit www.bso.org/events/evening-w-christopher-jackson for more information and tickets (price varies).
Parks Summer Fitness: Onsite classes
Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1, including at Symphony Community Park, 39 Edgerly Rd. as follows:
–Tai Chi from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays
– Chair Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays
Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration.
Community Servings Lifesavor 2022
Join Community Servings at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at The Museum of Fine Arts as they gather to celebrate 30 years of Lifesavor.
LifeSavor is taking the form of an elegant cocktail party. The celebration will include live entertainment, expertly-prepared hors d’oeuvres, and exciting surprises, complete with a delicious take-home dinner for each guest prepared by Community Servings talented team of cooks under the direction of Executive Chef Brian Hillmer.
Please join them as they come together to honor the past, present, and future of this event and remember our neighbors and local families disproportionally impacted by life-threatening illnesses.
Visit www.servings.org/lifesavor for more information, including sponsorships and tickets.
Growing a Sustainable Food System in Your Backyard
Join WBUR environmental correspondent Barbara Moran for a conversation exploring the importance of local food and understanding where your dinner comes from with Tamar Haspel, Washington Post columnist and author of To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard; Tamika R. Francis, founder, chief chef (and bottle washer) at Food & Folklore; and Lisa Fernandes, communication director, at Food Solutions New England.
Attendees will also learn practical skills in a gardening demonstration led by Quontay Turner, owner of Emerald City Plant Shop.
The event will be held at and livestreamed from WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.
Go to www.wbur.org/events/767861/eat-local-growing-a-sustainable-food-system-in-new-england-and-your-backyard for more information and registration ($5-25).
Sound On: Indie singer-songwriter Squirrel Flower Live in Concert
Ella Williams, the singer-songwriter who records as Squirrel Flower, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.
Go to www.wbur.org/events/751503/sound-on-indie-singer-songwriter-squirrel-flower-live-in-concert for more information and tickets ($5-$15).
Boston Pops: Duke Ellington Reimagined
Explore the extraordinary musical legacies of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, whose nearly 30 years of creative collaboration helped to shape the sound and spirit of American music as we know it today.
Trailblazing American pianist Lara Downes will perform the world premiere of The Strayhorn Concerto, built on three of Strayhorn’s most expressive songs arranged by composer Chris Walden. Two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will join in the fun as well, bringing his rich voice and captivating performance style to this wonderful American music.
The concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 (Arthur Fielder Night) and Friday, June 10 at Symphony Hall.
Visit www.bso.org/events/duke-ellington-reimagined for more information and tickets (price varies).
NEC Preparatory School: JR. MYWE Concert
NEC Prep's Junior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble's spring concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at NEC Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.
Go to www.necmusic.edu/events/nec-preparatory-school-jr-mywe-concert for more information, including the Program, and tickets (Free; Donations welcome).
Get on your feet and sing along with joy at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Symphony Hall.
This annual celebration with the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Gospel Choir features vocalist Smokie Norful.
Visit www.bso.org/events/gospel-night for more information and tickets (price varies).
Hinge Presents: World Premieres by HUGHES and KIRCHOFF
Hinge will feature world premieres by Keith Kirchoff and Curtis Hughes along with Julia Wolfe’s Lick as well as a set by bass clarinet ensemble Improbable Beasts at 8 p.m. on June 11 at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, 132 Ipswich St.
Visit www.hingeensemble.com/live for more information.
Immediate Need: Type-O Positive + Negative Blood
The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a critical shortage of blood and especially needs Type-O positive and negative blood donors.
When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.
Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.
BCYF Summer Program Registration is Open
A variety of land and pool programs will be offered at the BCYF community centers across the city this summer.
Go to Boston.gov/BCYF-Registration for more details and registration.
Boston Summer Camp Listings
For a comprehensive listing of and links to Boston Summer Camps – Art, Sports, Academic and Specialty – visit https://bostonsummercamps.com.
Donate Blood at Children’s Hospital and Save a Child’s Life
Donating blood is the easiest way to save a child's life. Donate blood or platelets at the Children's Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave. – 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.
First Monday at Jordan Hall
Join NEC as they celebrate 37 years of First Mondays: well-loved classics and new compositions, performed at Jordan Hall by some of the finest chamber musicians in the world.
This spring’s concerts curated by Artistic Director Laurence Lesser highlight works by Mozart, Iverson (premiere), Schubert, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Scriabin, Stravinsky and others. Drawing on the talent of NEC’s piano and keyboard community, the concerts weave a thread throughout the centuries – all anchored in extraordinary music for keyboard.
These performances are open to in-person audiences, and viewable via livestream, at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month.
Go to https://necmusic.edu/events/first-monday for more information, including the program and tickets or livestream link.
Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor celebrated the one-year-iversary (365 days and 168 episodes) of the “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show on March 29, 2021, which continues to air at 7 p.m. on Mondays.
So, tune in live at www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020 and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some special guests.
Although the show is still fun and free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.
Morning Meditation with Cantor Alicia Stillman
Begin the day grounded and grateful at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This 45-minute morning meditation is a screens-optional experience where the participants will engage in musical morning blessings, gentle chant, mindfulness and sitting together in both silence and guided meditation. The participants will awaken their breath and imagination toward a grateful, grounded and energized day.
Go to www.tisrael.org/calendar for more information and the Zoom link.
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 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for the Zoom link.
Free First Thursdays at the Gardner
Enjoy the Isabella Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way with free admission from 3 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month with reserved tickets.
Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information and reservations.
BCYF Programs and Services
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities,
recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.
Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth.
Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.
Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.
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.
Food Access and Resources Information
The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food that reflects the diversity of the residents of Boston.
– Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.
– Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
– Visit www.projectbread.org/get-help or contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.
East/West Fens Food Distribution
Fenway Cares will hold a bi-weekly fresh food distribution from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays 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.
Lifeboat Food Pantry
The Lifeboat Food Pantry, 105 Jersey St. will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome.
Visit www.lifeboatboston.org/mission, email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com or phone 617-383-9864 for more information on this and other programs offered.
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 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.
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.
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.