Fenway neighborhood notes

Wayne Braverman
Link Boston Homes
Here is Fenway Park as seen from outside the bleachers. Staff photo/Wayne Braverman

On The Field at Fenway Park

Experience Fenway Park like never before: not from the stands, but from the field - for a one-of-a-kind fundraiser event to benefit The Genesis Foundation for Children from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at Fenway Park, 4 Jersey St.

Participants will spend the day participating in exclusive activities directly on the field, such as pitching for speed and accuracy in Right Field, batting from home plate, fielding balls off the Green Monster, hanging out in the Dugout with Red Sox alumni. Play like the pros and knock one out of the park for kids with rare diseases and genetic disorders.

Go to https://one.bidpal.net/fenway22/welcome for more information and tickets ($195).

Morningside Music Bridge Program/Concerts

Morningside Music Bridge has selected 65 outstanding musicians, ages 12 to 18, from 11 countries to take part in its 26th annual summer program at the New England Conservatory from Thursday, July 7 through Saturday, July 30.

The program will feature the Emerging Artist Recital series presenting the students and several Artists in Residence concerts with notable performers from around the globe. All recitals and concerts are free and open to the public.

Visit https://mmb.international for more information, including the recital/concert schedule.

Jamie Hart and Friends

Award-winning singer Jamie Hart joins forces with a Berklee staff all-star band and special student guests to perform a high-energy night of soul, rock, and blues arrangements at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 at the David Friend Recital Hall (DFRH), 921 Boylston St.

Go to www.berklee.edu/events/jamie-hart-and-friends for more information and the link to watch.

FCC First Friday Film Series: Gleo from 5 to 7

Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. will host a movie night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Movies are PG 13 and up unless otherwise noted.

– July 8: Gleo from 5 to 7 (Directed by Agnes Varda)

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information.

Circle Round Book Launch Party

Join the Circle Round team to celebrate the launch of their first two illustrated books: The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest and A Taste of Honey. The event will be held and livestreamed from WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.

Host Rebecca Sheir will read each book live while Eric Shimelonis provides musical accompaniment on the sitar and oud. Both books will be available for purchase and there will be a signing after storytime.

Visit www.wbur.org/events for more information and tickets (Virtual: $5 | In person: $10).

Fenway Porchfest 2022

Fenway Porchfest, a free music festival that takes place in a wide range of diverse outdoor spaces in the Fenway, will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. (RD: July 10).

Visit www.fenwayporchfest.org for more information.

Art on the Plaza: Chalk Fest +

Join MAAM and artist Zahirah Nur Truth from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 for an afternoon of sidewalk chalk fun on the Arne Glimcher Plaza with live music offered in partnership with Fenway Porchfest. (Rain Date: July 10)

Share your connections to birth and motherhood using colorful chalk, fun imagery, and vibrant patterns that bring the Plaza to life.

While there, enjoy drop-in activities in the Barkan Family Big Ideas Studio and check out the current exhibitions “Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births” and Joana Vasconcelos: “Valkyrie Mumbet.”

Go to https://maam.massart.edu/events for more information and registration.

ParkARTS Neighborhood Concerts: Swingin’ in the Fens

Swingin’ in the Fens will feature Lydia “LovelySinger” Harrell at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 at Ramler Park, 130 Peterborough St. (Rain Date: July 20)

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

The Crossword Show

Zach Sherwin hosts a panel of guest comedians as they solve an actual crossword puzzle live onstage, with everything displayed on a giant screen for the audience to follow along.

Each time the solvers decipher a clue, Zach takes the show down a rabbit hole of comedy, music, wordplay and/or trivia inspired by the answer words. You don't need any crossword expertise to be dazzled by this unique and joyful experience at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

Visit www.wbur.org/events for more information and tickets ($10-$20).

Darro / Gold Hoax

Darro and Gold Hoax will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St.

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Asian-American artist Darro is fusing together the strongest and catchiest elements of early 2000s emo and pop-punk to form his own hybrid subgenre of alternative anthems.

Gold Hoax is a Boston-based indie rock band.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/darro-gold-hoax for more information and tickets ($10 in advance | $12 day of show).

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.

Visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresIntake to offer support, request assistance or share information.