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Gospel Night

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.

King Boston: Embrace Ideas Festival 2022

Rooted in racial equity, healing, wellbeing and joy, the theme of Embrace Ideas 2022 is “Building A New Boston Together” brimming with music, art, culture, ideas, joy and community beginning at 9 a.m. as follows:

– Monday, June 13 at The Boston Foundation: It’s Not a Zero-Sum Game

– Tuesday, June 14 at the Harvard Medical School: Healing from Racialized Trauma

– Wednesday, June 15 at ICA Boston: The Saving Power of Culture + Jazz Reception at Klaviyo from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (free with reservation)

– Thursday, June 16 at GBH: Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations

– Friday, June 17 at MassArt: Equity, Freedom and the Future + Free Juneteenth Block Party at Nubian Square from 4 to 9 p.m.

Visit EmbraceIdeasFestival.org for more information and registration (All-week pass: $75 | One-day ticket: $25).

Annual Rose Garden Picnic                                                

The Fenway Civic Association will host the annual Rose Garden Picnic from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 at the Kelleher Rose Garden across from the 77 Park Dr.

Hear from neighborhood representatives and enjoy a stroll in the Kelleher Rose Garden. This event is free and all are welcome.

Visit https://fenwaycivic.org for more information.

Moth StorySLAM: Birthdays

The Moth StorySLAM, an open-mic storytelling experience, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. Tell a story or just enjoy the show.

The theme of this StorySLAM is "Birthdays." Prepare a five-minute story about a celebration. Once a year, for better or worse. Party hats, blowing out the candle, opening the gifts or weeping in solitude, wondering where all the years have gone.

Visit www.wbur.org/events/browse for more information and tickets ($15).

Science Friday and WBUR CitySpace Present Cephalopod Movie Night

The cephalopods are descending upon Boston once again. 

Science Friday and WBUR will present an evening full of cephalo-bration, where attendees can watch short science documentaries, hear from marine biology experts, take a backstage tour through a cephalopod culture center, and meet a real life octopus.

Dive deep in-person at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. or watch at home with their livestream at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.

Go to www.wbur.org/events/browse for more information and tickets (Virtual: $5 | Onsite: $10).

Ones To Watch: ‘Invisible Imprints’ documentary screening and conversation

Join WBUR for a screening of the Beheard.world documentary, "Invisible: Imprints of Racism,"

a collective of performing artists, filmmakers and educators at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. A Q&A with choreographer Anna Myer, filmmaker Jay Paris and performers from the film will follow the screening.

Visit www.wbur.org/events/browse for more information and tickets ($5-$25).

Learning How to Live: A Conversation in Honor of Juneteenth

Join the Gardner from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 for a night of spoken word performance and open dialogue featuring Boston-based organizers and artists as they share the journey behind making the project, “A Dead Name That Learned How to Live.”

In honor of Juneteenth, this living room-style discussion will focus on what Black queer community means, how chosen and blood family connections relate to their creative practices, and what it means to build towards a present where Black trans and queer people are free.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar for more information and tickets ($0 t0 $20).

Vadim Neselovskyi Presents ‘Odesa: A Musical Walk Through a Legendary City’

The world at large has been inundated with news from the recent Russian incursion into Ukraine. While the storms of war gather, pianist and composer Vadim Neselovskyi chooses to remind people of the country’s beauty and cultural legacy as he presents Odesa at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the David Friend Recital Hall (DFRH), 921 Boylston St.

Go to www.berklee.edu/events for more information and tickets ($10-$20).

NEP: Into the Spotlight

As the New England Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the spotlight of the stage, they celebrate the instruments that make up the NEP, bringing their members into the spotlight. They are joined by Music Director finalist Yoichi Udagawa to conduct this concert from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

Go to https://nephilharmonic.org/concerts for the Program and tickets ($10 to $35).

Disney Pride in Concert

Disney’s beloved songs reimagined by the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus in a celebration of life, love, family and pride.

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates LGBTQ Pride with the iconic music of Disney in a first of its kind collaboration with Disney Concerts. This will be their biggest show to date: 250 singers, 43 songs, 25-piece orchestra with video clips from Disney films and storytelling celebrating diversity and perseverance.

The event will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., set up POPs style with tables on the main floor and fixed seats in the balconies.

Visit www.bgmc.org/2021/09/07/disney-pride-in-concert for more information and tickets (from $29 to $149).

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom 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. 

Parks Summer Fitness: Onsite classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom 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. 

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.

Seventh-Inning Stretch                                                                                

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.

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 7:30 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.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

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                                                                      

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.