Fenway neighborhood notes

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Flowers are still in bloom all around this summer.

Olmsted Summer Sundays with a Visiting Park Ranger

For Frederick Law Olmsted’s Bicentennial in 2022, park rangers from Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline are partnering with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy on a new interpretive program.

Stop by the Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 11 to meet a park ranger and learn about Olmsted’s “most important work,” the Emerald Necklace Park system.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/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 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays at MAAM, 621 Huntington Ave.

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.

Saturday Open Studio at the Gardner

Stop by the Bertucci Education Studio for drop-in art-making activities inspired by the Gardner Museum collection from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through August.

Projects vary each month and may explore a variety of skills, materials, and processes including painting and sketching, printmaking, book arts, and sculpture.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar for more information and tickets (included with admission).

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts museum, cultural and recreational institutions to provide one free activity during each of the 31 days in August.

Boston Neighborhood venues include:

Aug. 7: Out of the Park | Aug. 13: World Ocean School: Sail on the Roseway | Aug. 15: Nichols House Museum | Aug. 22: Swan Boats | Aug. 25: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Go to www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a complete list of venues, a printable calendar and links to RSVP.


The Moth StorySLAM, an open-mic storytelling experience, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. Tell a story or just enjoy the show.

The theme of this StorySLAM is HAPPY. Prepare a five-minute story about smiles and sunshine. Think unbridled joy - landing the dream job, winning the talent show or bowling a perfect game. The quest for your soul mate or for the perfect cup of coffee. The Midas touch. The good old days. Tales of finding happiness or letting it slip through your fingers.

Visit https://www.wbur.org/events/778384/the-moth-storyslam-happy for more information and tickets ($15).

Hits & Heat

This summer showcase, organized by LABS (the Latin American Association of Berklee Students), will feature students playing top hits of today’s Latin music industry, with arrangements written by the LABS team at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St. Watch at https://vimeo.com/berkleeboston.

Concerts in the Courtyard: Lakou Mizik

Well known for their mystical, soulful and dance-inducing live shows, Lakou Mizik bring the sounds of Haiti to Concerts in the Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Visit www.mfa.org/event/music/lakou-mizik?event=84151 for more information and tickets (Members: $24 | Nonmembers: $30).

SDI (Summer Dance Intensive) Repertory Showcase and Performance 

Watch the SDI (Summer Dance Intensive) Repertory Showcase and Performance at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 at https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/main-stage-theater.

Art on the Plaza: Move with MAAM

Fance the afternoon away from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 on the Arne Glimcher Plaza at MAAM. (Moves inside with inclement weather)

Enjoy live music by Boston musicians and create your own wearable work of art inspired by Joana Vasconcelos’ Valkyrie Mumbet. 

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

Sincere Engineer and Covey

Sincere Engineer and Covey will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/covey-and-sincere-engineer for more information and tickets ($16 in advance | $18 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. 

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.

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 the month with reserved tickets.

Explore art, architecture, art-making activities, and seasonal horticulture displays in the Palace. Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information and reservations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.