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Fenway Victory Gardens 80th Anniversary Celebration

The Fenway Victory Gardens, 1200 Boylston St. will host an all-inclusive open gardens event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

Tour the grounds which span 7.5 acres and contain more than 500 garden plots maintained by a community of 475 members. View a wide spectrum of flower and vegetable gardens, learn new gardening tips and get inspired.

This family-friendly event will include scavenger hunts, cornhole, raffles, birdwatching tours and plenty of photo opportunities (dahlias and hydrangeas will be at their peak).

Visitors are invited to bring lunch and snacks to enjoy on the many grassy areas within the garden. In the event of rain or excessive heat (over 90 degrees), this event will be rescheduled to Sunday, July 17.

Visit https://fb.me/e/2t5KdKsz1 for more information.

Art in July at the MFA

What does a leader look like?

Stop by and create a portrait of a leader in your life from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 and July 23 at the Bank of America Plaza at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Whether a family member, friend, mentor, teacher or coach, all submitted finished work will be featured in “Portraits of Leadership,” which accompanies “The Obama Portraits Tour,” opening at the MFA on Sept. 3.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/special-event for more information.

Big Ideas Saturdays: Design Challenge!

Connect with your inner artist and with big ideas, in the Barkan Family Big Ideas Studio on Saturdays at MAAM, 621 Huntington Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays in July.

During this drop-in event, explore a fun design challenge offered in connection with the exhibition “Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births;” relax in an all-ages reading area and share a personal story.  

Visit maam.massart.edu for more information and registration.

Animal Craze Traveling Farm

Animal Craze Traveling Farm will be at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. on Saturday, July 16 with lots of animals for families to enjoy.

Session 1 will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; Session II will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.            

Visit https://fcc.recdesk.com/Community/Calendar for more information and registration.

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).

BFO: ‘Afterglow’

Join conductor Alyssa Wang and the Boston Festival Orchestra musicians at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 for a delightful afternoon of summertime classical music at Jordan Hall.

Luxuriate in the luminous atmosphere of Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and revel in Beethoven's jubilant Symphony No. 2. Emerging artist, Evan Kahn, joins the BFO as cello soloist, performing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations.

Visit www.bforchestra.org/summer-mainstage for more information and tickets (price varies).

Sunset Concerts at Symphony Park

Sunset concerts will be held in Symphony Park, located between Berklee College of Music and Symphony Hall, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 (Guilhem Fourty), July 26 (Nikayla and the phuNk), and Aug. 2 (Almira).

This series is presented by the Friends of Symphony Park and the Fenway Civic Association in collaboration with Berklee College of Music. Good and fair weather only.

Youth Takeover: The Art and Sound of Boston’s Next Generation

The next generation of artists and musicians in Greater Boston are finding their voices in new ways and setting the pulse of what Boston’s creative scene is and can be. Regardless of medium, these young artists are showcasing larger perspectives, expressing stories that add to and often challenge conversations told by veteran artists.

Join CitySpace student co-moderator Dawry Ruiz for an evening celebrating young artists who stand out for the work they are making and discussing their journeys.

This event will be held at and livestreamed from WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19.

Visit www.wbur.org/events for more information and registration.

MAAM Stroller Tour

Enjoy a special stroller-friendly tour for children up to two years old and their caregivers from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 21 at the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM), 621 Huntington Ave.

Designed as a unique opportunity to visit before regular hours, this interactive exploration of their current exhibitions includes touchable objects, artmaking, and conversation for adults. Meet up with a MAAM Educator and new friends for a thematic experience highlighting “Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet” and “Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births.” 

Visit maam.massart.edu for more information and registration.

Berklee’s Summer in the City Concert Series: Kaju Barfi 

Kaju Barfi will perform at the 401 Park in The Fenway from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, as part of Berklee's Summer in the City concert series.

Visit https://college.berklee.edu/events/summer for more information.

Stadium Stampede at Fenway

“Sweat for good” and celebrate sports done right at Fenway Park to support Positive Coaching Alliance from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. PCA helps kids become their best selves through sports.

Running, jogging, walking or stair-climbing – all ages and abilities are welcome – will be followed by a celebration with food, drinks, music, games and t-shirts.

Visit https://positivecoach.org/event/6th-annual-stadium-stampede-at-fenway-celebrate-sports-done-right for more information and tickets (Adults: $50 | Under 21: $25 | Sponsorships).

MFA’s Concerts in the Courtyard

Tucked inside the Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s Calderwood Courtyard, this series showcases the hottest, most diverse acts from Boston and around the globe and can be enjoyed from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays from July 21 through Aug. 11. Doors open at 6 p.m.

– July 21: Barrie - A beautifully peculiar and quietly ambitious collection of synth-pop, art-pop, indie rock, and folk songs that reflect a new willingness to let listeners into her world

– July 28: Dedicated Men of Zion - Talent drawn from the origins of gospel, funk, R & B, soul, and jazz 

– Aug. 4: Patty Larkin - Singer-songwriter, a real-deal artist made of equal parts guitar wizardry, vocals shot through with soul, and inventive lyrics from the heart

– Aug. 11: Lakou Mizik - A powerhouse collective of Haitian roots musicians with a soulful energy and a mix of styles that feels both mystical and familiar

Visit www.mfa.org/series/elaine-and-jerome-rosenfeld-concerts-in-the-courtyard for more information and tickets (Members: $24 | Nonmembers: $30).

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 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.

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.