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Art in June: Sketchbook collage illustrations

The upcoming exhibition “Paper Stories, Layered Dreams” (on view from July 17 through Jan. 23, 2022), showcases more than 30 original works of art from Ekua Holmes’ award-winning children’s book illustrations.

Create art inspired by her beautiful collages and the themes of community, self-determination and love. Pick up a free art kit (available while supplies last) and enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts from home from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. 

For more information check www.mfa.org/event/special-event/art-in-june-sketchbook-collage-illustrations?event=73031.

Celebrate Boston Pride                    

Celebrate Boston Pride Month this June.

The LGBTQ+ event series’ mission is to promote love, acceptance, inclusiveness, identity and support while bringing people together in a colorful celebration of community.

Some events include:

– Pride Illumination throughout the month of June

– 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

Visit www.bostonpride.org/calendar 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.

Children's Hospital Walk for Kids

Boston Children’s Hospital will hold its annual Walk for Kids on Sunday, June 13.

People can walk anytime that works best for them in any way that feels most comfortable to them and their family – i.e., a family walk through the neighborhood or around the house, a backyard obstacle course, a dance party in the living room and share photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram with #WalkforBCH @WalkforBostonChildrens.

Register and/or donate online at childrenshospital.org.

‘Persistence of the Human Spirit – Through Darkness to Light’

The NEC Concert Choir offers a program of choral works from the 16th century to the present that tracks the progression of the human spirit – from the darkness of despair to the re-awakening of hope in the future. This concert was created using a combination of in-person ensemble recording and remote submission.

Watch online at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 at

https://necmusic.edu/events/nec-concert-choir-persistence-human-spirit-through-darkness-light (includes program information).

Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites

The Martyrs of Compiègne, Carmelite nuns, are caught in the closing days of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. In 1794 they were guillotined in Paris for refusing to renounce their vocation. 

Blanche de la Force is an aristocratic novice who flees her convent when it is desecrated, only to return and join her fellow nuns as they are led to their execution.

NEC's Opera Studies Department recorded this production in NEC's Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre with piano accompaniment.

Watch concert streams at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 15 at https://necmusic.edu/events/poulenc-dialogues-carmelites.

J.J: ‘From My Heart to Yours II’

Korean American singer-songwriter J.J performs a collection of original songs written from her heart to be delivered to yours. J.J will also perform a few covers of artists that have inspired her on her songwriting journey. She cannot wait to share it all with you at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 14.

Watch online at www.berklee.edu/events/j-j-from-my-heart-to-yours-ii-virtual-event.

This Changes Everything: The Office Edition

Pandemic innovations and pivots have led great swatches of the workforces out of the office building and into the home office. Many companies are already planning to shift to flexible workspaces – reducing overall space they need, trading business travel for videoconferencing and re-thinking office design.

What are the cyber security issues with a remote work force? What are the repercussions of this hybrid work model? Will anyone want to commute again?

Reporter Callum Borchers will moderate this conversation about how companies can maintain productivity, collaboration and connectivity in a virtual world at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

Go to www.wbur.org/events/681770/this-changes-everything-the-office-edition for more information about this new WBUR series and event registration.

Speaker Mini Series: Louise Freedman ‘Just Mercy’

Temple Israel Boston will host a variety of speaker events, book discussions, film screenings, and more (almost) every Thursday, through Sept. 2. All programs are free and open to all.

Morning Virtual Mini Sessions – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – on Zoom

– June 17 Speaker: Louise Freedman, TILLI Member will talk about Bryan Stevenson and his book Just Mercy, The Equal Justice Initiative and where we are today. She will include some personal reflections/ intersections she has experienced.

Visit www.tisrael.org/tilli-peer-led-learning for a complete listing of the series along with Zoom Registration.

From Trauma to Triumph: CMM Annual Fundraiser               

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries of Greater Boston will host their annual fundraiser from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, celebrating 55 years of service towards an inclusive American narrative.

With remarks from Kim Janey, Mayor of Boston, speakers will include: Thomas W. Porter, Jr., Boston University Lecturer & Co-Director, Program on Religion and Conflict Transformation (Retired); Rev. Kelly Fassett, Executive Director of UniteBoston; and Rev. Dr. Walter Earl Fluker, Boston University Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Ethical Leadership. 

Go to CMMannual2021.eventbrite.com for more information and Zoom registration.

Maya Wagner: ‘Closeted’ EP Pride Month Release Concert

Happy Pride Month. Celebrate the release of LGBTQ artist Maya Wagner's solo EP, “Closeted,” in this intimate concert event at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

Watch online at www.berklee.edu/events/maya-wagner-i-closeted-i-ep-pride-month-release-concert-virtual-event.

Remy Roskin: A New Voice in Rock

Power-rock vocalist Remy Roskin presents her original music in an immersive performance with a full band. With lyrics tackling tough topics like mental health and eating disorders, coupled with haunting melodic and harmonic accompaniment, she and her show will transport people out of their own reality at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18 at the Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/remy-roskin-a-new-voice-in-rock for more information.

FCC Paint Nights                                                     

The Fenway Community Center will host a monthly paint night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18 that encourages creativity and relaxation. Supplies are typically available free while supplies last to those who register in advance.    

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the monthly offering and the Zoom link.

Witness: Spirituals and the classical music tradition                   

Building on their partnership with Boston-based ensemble, Castle of Our Skins, the Gardner Museum has created series of free digital programs that explores how some Black American composers found inspiration in the rich tradition of spirituals. The free videos will be released as follows:

– June 18: Episode 4: Calvary

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org/experience/programs-gardner/witness for more information.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at 465 Huntington Ave. will celebrate Juneteenth and honor the contributions of Black artists, scholars and creative voices to Boston. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally observed commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US. Stop by for art making, music, Spotlight Talks, an outdoor film screening presented in partnership with the Roxbury International Film Festival, and more.

All events and activities are free and take place in person on the MFA’s outdoor campus, rain or shine. Advance timed-entry ticket required for admission into the Museum.

Visit www.mfa.org/event/community-celebrations/juneteenth?event=3253 for more information, including a schedule of activities.

Art in June: Crowns

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a key artist in the post-graffiti movement of the 1980s featured in “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation.” This exhibition tells how street art moved from city walls and subway trains to canvases and into the art world.

Stop by the MFA's Juneteenth Community Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 to create wearable headpiece or crown in honor of Basquiat, using wire, beads and other embellishments. This free event will be held outdoors.

Visit www.mfa.org/event/special-event/art-in-june-crowns?event=73046 for more information.

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).

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 www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/113477.

Family Book Group: ‘Lucky Broken Girl’                                                                       

The librarian-moderated Family Book Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 to discuss the June Community Read – Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar.

Ruth Behar won the Pura Belpre Author Award for Lucky Broken Girl, her debut children's novel, in which Jewish-Cuban Ruthie Mizrahi must cope with not only the day-to-day struggles of school in New York City in the '60s, but also a terrible car accident that leaves her in a full-body cast.

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

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.

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.

ARCK 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.

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.

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 through Saturday, July 10 at www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/113480.

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.

Parks Fitness: Chair Yoga with Karma

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

Visit boston.gov/events 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.

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.

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.