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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).

MFA Open House: Juneteenth

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will offer free admission* and access to special exhibitions for Massachusetts residents from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 20 in honor of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally observed commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US.

Drop-in activities include art making; a City Talks discussion and collaborative art symposium and performance curated by community partners; and Spotlight Talks focused on Touching Roots: Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas, a new exhibition that traces narratives of Blackness across the Atlantic world.

*Tickets will be available in person on a first-come, first-served basis.

Go to www.mfa.org/event/open-house/juneteenth?event=3253 for more information.

An Evening with Tony Kushner on Maurice Sendak

Join author and playwright Tony Kushner for a conversation with Diana Seave Greenwald, organizing curator of Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet, as they explore the life and work of beloved author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Kushner and Sendak were longtime friends and creative collaborators who shared a profound appreciation for art, literature, and theater. In 2004, Kushner wrote and Sendak illustrated the award-winning children’s book Brundibar, adapted from a 1938 Czech opera for children.

In this intimate discussion from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, Kushner will explore the artists that sparked Sendak’s iconic characters and his uniquely imaginative and playful approach to designs for opera and ballet, followed by a book signing.

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

Ones To Watch: Ritual/System presented by Masary Studios

Ritual/System is a conceptual, live-performance, audio visual research project that considers, questions and makes more tangible certain materials of performance practice; sound, light and space. Through live electronic music performance, real-time audio visualization, and spatialized perspective shifts through lighting, Masary invites audience members to join them in this query.

Come open to listen, meditate, dance and connect at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

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

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).

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. 

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. 

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.

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 hear some music/baseball stories.

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.