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This is the outside of Fenway Park as it was in 1933. It has certainly changed a lot since then. Courtesy photo

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 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.

Other events include:

– Pride Illumination throughout the month of June

– Mayoral Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 7

– Pride Lights at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8 – Honoring Those We Lost to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (Virtual)

–  Pride Night @ Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 10

– Trans Resistance March and Vigil at Franklin Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12

–  Express Your Pride Campaign on Sunday, June 13 Online – Instagram

–  Plymouth Pride from 11:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 26 at Brewster Garden in Plymouth

Visit www.bostonpride.org/calendar for more information.

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.

In the Studio workshop series                                                                       

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.

Beyond the Spectrum Kids: Come Sail Away

The Museum of Fine Arts will host Adventures in Art for Children on the Autism Spectrum, ages 8 to 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 5.

Let's go to sea, virtually. Join the group to look at examples of boats, sea creatures and the ocean in artwork. They'll learn about historical ships and legends of the deep sea then, make and decorate their own miniature boats.

Materials kit can be mailed upon request.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum for more information and Zoom registration (Members: $9 | Nonmembers: $11).

ASHWYN's Debut

Indian songwriter and producer Ashwin Sriram, a.k.a. ASHWYN, will perform a solo set of his originals, which blend classic rock and electronica with an Eastern touch from 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 7 in the Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/ashwyns-debut for more information.

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.

Moth StorySLAM: Rhythm                                    

The Moth StorySLAM is a virtual open-mic storytelling experience that invites up to eight tellers to share a true, personal story on a given theme. The SLAM ends with the audience voting for their favorite story, crowning the StorySLAM winner.

The theme for this StorySLAM at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, June 7 is "Rhythm." 

Prepare a five-minute story about finding your groove. Disco, jitterbug, tango, waltz. Dropping low with the beat or tripping over two left feet. Share about time spent falling into place or marching to your own beat. Don’t forget: nobody puts baby in the corner.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/eastern-virtual-storyslam-rhythm-registration-146794266603 for more information and registration ($10).

Parks Fitness: Chair Yoga with Karma

Chair Yoga with Karma will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays from June 9 through Sept. 29 at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Rd.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

The Roots of Jazz: American Voices

Join Keith Lockhart and the Pops as they trace the development of Jazz from its New Orleans roots, to the music of Black American innovators such as Scott Joplin, Father of the Blues W.C. Handy, and the great Stride pianist James P. Johnson, composer of “The Charleston.”

Further along the path, the Pops will highlight the music of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman - three great musicians who were instrumental in bringing jazz to a worldwide audience, and pay tribute to Modern Jazz pioneer Dave Brubeck as the musical world celebrates the centennial of his birth. It’s an American story of the quintessential American music.

Available online with BSO NOW Access Pass at noon on Thursday, June 10 through Saturday, July 10 at www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/113480.

Luminary Lens                  

Luminary Lens, a digital series led by Rhea Vedro and Luana Morales, will feature Neighborhood Salon Luminary artists bringing fresh perspectives to the Gardner Museum’s historic collection through commissioned new works as follows:

– Thursday, June 24 - Veronica Robles

Visit gardnermuseum.org for more information.

Dov's Scrambled Jazz Eggs

Dov Beck-Levine and his Scrambled Jazz Eggs are emerging from 2020 moderately unscathed with their brand of feel-good fusion. Notes will be played, dances will be danced, songs will be sung, and all manner of absurdities may take place. Get a sneak peek at some brand-new tunes from Beck-Levine's upcoming album at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 in the Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/dovs-scrambled-jazz-eggs for more information.

Guanyin, Bodhisattva of Compassion and Attendant Figures lecture

Guanyin, Bodhisattva of Compassion, is a masterpiece of Song Dynasty sculpture and a centerpiece of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s collection of Asian art.

Learn about the complex restoration history of Guanyin and the collaborative technical study that confirmed its relationship to a pair of smaller attendant figures from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

By looking at the sculptures’ fabrication, wood construction and the many decorative patterns of paint and gilding, they explore the transformations that have occurred since this sculptural grouping was created in 11th or 12th century Shaanxi, and how decisions made throughout the 20th century impact their current presentation.

Register at www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/conservation-guanyin.

Pollinator gardening                                                            

Want to support beneficial insects in the garden?

Learn about the best native plants for different urban garden conditions and how to maintain a garden to help flying friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

This online program for Boston Public Library's Adult Summer Reading is part of the “Digging Deeper, Growing Strong: Gardening Workshops” by the Trustees of Reservations.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

'Otgoloski'

Russian singer-songwriter Arina Bagaryakova will present Otgoloski, a project combining jazz and folk music with poetry, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 11 in the Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St. This recital will feature original compositions in Russian and English.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/otgoloski for more information.

Pianist Marc Ponthus at Gardner Museum

To celebrate Russell Sherman’s 90th birthday, renowned pianist Marc Ponthus will perform a live concert at Isabella Steward Gardner Museum at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday June 12, presented by Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts.

Program: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, Hammerklavier and Stockhausen Klavierstück X.

Free admission. Donation appreciated. Reservation required at www.chineseperformingarts.net/contents/season/20210612/index.html.

Beyond the Spectrum Teens: Music to My Ears

The Museum of Fine Arts will host Adventures in Art for Teens on the Autism Spectrum, for ages 13 to 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Many great artists have been inspired by music and have created art that translates music into a visual experience. The group will look at instruments and artworks that express musical ideas and influences, and then try making their own experimental musical masterpiece.

Materials kit can be mailed upon request.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum for more information and Zoom registration (Members: $9 | Nonmembers: $11).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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 through Saturday, July 3 at https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/113479.

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:

https://twitter.com/mfaboston/status/1357071369742274560?lang=en.

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.

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.

ELL at FCC

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.