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Music and dance in the Fens

Boston Conservatory at Berklee, in partnership with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and MF Dynamics, will present an outdoor performance by Boston Conservatory dance, music and theater students at noon on Friday, May 28 in the Back Bay Fens. (rain date: May 29)

For more information, go to https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/news/boston-conservatory-at-berklee-mf-dynamics-and-emerald-necklace-conservancy-team-up.

‘Coming Together’                                                  

Coming Together is a virtual, community-engaged storytelling project that explores the meaning of Jewish community, how it was build and how it has transformed during COVID-19.

A live-streamed performance of this original production will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 30.

The show is presented in partnership with Temple Israel of Boston.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kf--spzwvHtfz-IgyZ49mHB2yobloWGbK.

Amplifier Project: The making of ‘Traka’           

This new short documentary delves into the making of Traka, Neighborhood Salon Luminary Jean Appolon’s most recent production, exploring how dance, culture and community are pathways to healing for trauma survivors.

The production was created through healing community workshops and is based primarily on Appolon’s personal story of trauma and the role of dance in his healing and success.

The documentary will be available on Sunday, May 30 at www.gardnermuseum.org/experience/programs-gardner/amplifier-programs.

BSO family concert

A video of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s most recent family concert will be available through Sunday, May 30.

Visit www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/113121 for more information.

FCC arts and crafts                                     

The Fenway Community Center will host a Family Arts and Crafts group from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 31.

Try a variety of activities with Tribora and Laura Jean. All ages welcome. Materials will be provided. 

Go to fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information and Zoom link.

Community Crossroads: Black and Native Experiences in Boston​

Native American and Black people are often invisible in museums and public monuments, although they are integral to this nation’s history and future.

Join the Museum of Fine Arts for a conversation that highlights differences and overlaps in the lived experiences of Black and Native peoples in Boston and beyond from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1. Learn about current and historical bonds between Black and Native communities from scholars and thought leaders who identify as Black, Native and Afro-Native.

This is the second of three events being held in conjunction with the exhibition, “Garden for Boston.”

For more information and Zoom registration go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FP5wI0sLS6m8HJYHAvlzRA.

Trellising 101 Workshop                                         

The Trustees at the Lenox/Kendall Community Garden, 950 Tremont St. will offer a free workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2. The workshop will be offered onsite and on Zoom.

They will review a variety of trellising techniques for tomatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers and squash. They will also discuss recommended materials and have a live demonstration on how to construct them yourself. There will be time for questions at the end.

Onsite registration: https://thetrustees.org/event/61951.

Zoom registration: https://thetrustees.org/event/61950.

Donate blood 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.

An Evening with Chris Thile and the Stars of Tomorrow

Join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they host the 11th annual Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition concert. The winners were chosen by audition from high school students throughout the Commonwealth.

Then, mandolinist Chris Thile will join the orchestra for his Boston Pops debut. As an instrumentalist, composer and vocalist, he transcends genres to create a new American music.

The Boston Pops will add to the celebration with audience favorites drawn from their great recordings of the last 25 years.

Available with BSO NOW Access Pass from noon on Thursday, June 3 through Saturday, July 3 at https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/113479.

Past-Present-Future Contemporary Jewelry Now

Join the Museum of Fine Arts for a conversation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 with three of the most exciting contemporary artists working in jewelry today. Melanie Bilenker, Tiff Massey and Mallory Weston create provocative, relevant and socially engaged work.

Each posits adornment not just as aesthetic decoration, but as a vital and urgent means of connecting past to present, and communicating visions of the future through design. Their work traverses the themes of identity, labor and symbolism, and their practices engage a range of historical and present-day source materials, including a modern take on Victorian mourning jewelry, traditions from the African continent, and pop culture.

For more information and Zoom registration go to


Drawing Together: Paper sculptures

Museum Attendant Nick Makiej ‘21 will lead attendees on an exploration of color and shape through making 3-dimensional paper sculptures from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. You will be encouraged to cut or even rip paper in a playful and whimsical manner to create bold decorative artworks. 

Register at https://maam.massart.edu/event/drawing-together-21.

Sound Bites: Nancy Lee Clark Concert                                                                          

Join the Museum of Fine Arts Boston for "Hip-Hop Generations," part of the Sound Bites: Nancy Lee Clark Concert Series and staged in conjunction with “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 3.

Hosted by Arielle Gray, arts engagement producer for WBUR's “The Artery” and filmed in the exhibition galleries, the last of the four-part virtual series will feature Slick Vick with Cake Swagg and Bernadine. Visionary DJ Slick Vick joins forces with two of Boston’s most vibrant creative voices for a high-energy performance.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/music for more information and tickets ($12 - Half the proceeds from the concerts go directly to the musicians).

Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

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 https://www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

Celebrate Boston Pride

Celebrate Pride Month this June.

Outloud: Raising Voices, a live global pride celebration being held at the Los Angeles Colosseum will be streamed on Twitch from Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6. This LGBTQ+ event series mission is to promote love, acceptance, inclusiveness, identity and support while bringing people together in a colorful celebration of community.

Visit www.bostonpride.org/calendar for a listing of this and other virtual events being held in and around: Boston.

MAAM Art & Stories                                                                        

Art & Stories will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 5.

MAAM Educator Julia Einstein will guide participants through 20 minutes of artmaking and storytelling, designed especially for 3- to 5-year-olds. It’s big fun for little art lovers.

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

Gardner Museum: In the Studio workshop                                                                      

In the Studio is a digital series curated by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in connection with the special exhibition Shen Wei: Painting in Motion. A new program is offered on the first Saturday of each month through June as follows:

June 5: Rayna Lo - Dancing on Paper

Show off your artistic skills learned In the Studio. Allow your brush to dance and experiment with different layering techniques. Create a composition that highlights your creative journey In the Studio with Rayna Lo.

Follow on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook @gardnermuseum or visit their website at www.gardnermuseum.org.

Summer Learning 2021

The Art Resource Collaborate for Kids (ARCK) will partner with Operation P.E.A.C.E. to provide eight weeks of free outdoor summer enrichment programming to K-8th grade students in Boston’s Fenway and Dorchester communities. The program will run for two hours each day at each site, Monday through Thursday, from July 6 through Aug. 27.

Using art and movement as a vehicle for learning, they will provide opportunities for youth to process the isolation experienced in a year of remote schooling and learn to re-engage safely with their peers in a fun and community-centric environment.

Register at www.arckboston.org and/or https://www.operationpeaceboston.org.

FCC Boston Baked Books                                                                                       

Boston Baked Books will hold its monthly gathering from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 7 to discuss The Big Impossible.

This short fiction in Ted Delaney’s 2019 collection explores guilt and redemption, aspiration and failure, and the stubbornness of modest hopes. The usual mileposts are fading, and choice is in the context of institutions and assumptions that are no longer holding steady.

All are welcome to join.

Email camille.platt@outlook.com for the Zoom link.

Boston Baroque Live 2020-2021 season lineup                             

Join Boston Baroque for a season of livestreamed concerts, virtual interactive events, full-length concerts and operas new-from-the-archives, and more on Boston Baroque Live, their first-ever live recorded performance streaming platform, on Amazon Prime or Boston Baroque Radio. 

The 2020-2021 virtual season schedule includes: Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (May); and Handel’s Jephtha (June).

Tickets for their pop-up concerts will also be available three weeks before each performance.

Visit baroque.boston for more information, including virtual season subscriptions.

A Tribute to John Williams

Experience a rare and intimate soundscape of modern cinema’s greatest music featuring the scores and stories of the Boston Pops’ Laureate Conductor John Williams. Led by Keith Lockhart, this evening includes the orchestra performing the breadth of Williams’ music – from iconic (Star Wars) to rarities (Stargazers from E.T.), accompanied by exclusive intimate interviews with the world’s most beloved film composer telling the stories behind his music and career.

This online treat will be available through Saturday, June 19 at https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/113477.

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 3 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.

Morning meditation with Cantor Alicia Stillman

Begin the day grounded and grateful at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This 45-minute morning meditation is a screens-optional experience where the participants will engage in musical morning blessings, gentle chant, mindfulness and sitting together in both silence and guided meditation. The participants will awaken their breath and imagination toward a grateful, grounded and energized day.  

Go to www.tisrael.org/togetherwithti for more information and the Zoom link.

Navigators USA                                                                   

The Fenway Community Center will host the Navigator program – a progressive, inclusive scouting movement welcoming all children and families, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and registration.

MFA Wednesdays                            

Enjoy $5 Wednesdays after 3 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts courtesy of Chase:


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 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for the Zoom link.

FCC Game Nights

Fenway Community Center will host a fun, casual, noncompetitive game night from 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.

Free First Thursday 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.

Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition                          

Celebrate Shabbat with the TI community. Light candles, say blessings over juice and challah, sing favorite Shabbat songs and bring the joy of Shabbat into your homes from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Visit tisrael.org for more information, including the Zoom link.

Virtual 5K wellness program                                              

Take little steps to improve your wellness with the support of a Capstone Senior from Northeastern's Health Science Program from 6 to 7 p.m. on Fridays.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and the Zoom link.

TGIS at Home

A special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy will present “Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat!” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

If you are between the ages of 6 days to 6 years and you love to dance, sing, play and pray – this is for you.

Visit tisrael.org for more information, including the Zoom link.


The new English Language Learners Group which meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays invites participants to practice their American English with friendly neighbors – both those who are native speakers and those learning the language.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and the Zoom link.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with your 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.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information                              

Boston Eats provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Lifeboat Food Pantry                                                                        

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be at Boston Temple, 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Food distribution will be held outside, providing 1 to 2 bags of a mix of fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable pre-bagged food in a door-dash format following health and safety guidelines. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. New clients can register at bit.ly/lifeboatbostonregistration.

Email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com, phone 617-383-9864 or visit Facebook.com/lifeboatboston for more information.

East/West Fens food distribution

Fenway Cares will hold a bi-weekly fresh food distribution from 3:30 to 5:30 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.

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.

Support the parks – give the gift of membership                                                  

Give the gift of membership to ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.

Donations can be made at friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

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.