Fenway neighborhood notes

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Art in June: Planting a Garden

“Garden for Boston,” an outdoor project designed by artists and activists Ekua Holmes and Elizabeth James-Perry, is transforming the Museum of Fine Art’s Huntington Avenue lawn with corn and sunflowers this summer.

Stop by to see Holmes’s Radiant Community, a continuation of the Roxbury Sunflower Project and the traditional Woodlands Native American method of planting corn, beans and sedges in a horseshoe-shaped mound in James-Perry’s Raven Reshapes Boston installation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 26.

Pick up an art kit to decorate a plant pot for your own miniature garden. Kits are available while supplies last.

Learn more at www.mfa.org/event/special-event/art-in-june-planting-a-garden?event=73056.

CMCB Music Festival online                                              

Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) will host their annual music festival – Fête de la Musique – online from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 to celebrate the summer solstice and CMCB Music.

With music from all corners of the Community Music Center of Boston, they will highlight performances by their students, faculty and teaching artists with music for all ages.

Area businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups have partnered to deliver a diverse line-up of music to be freely enjoyed online and extending the audience beyond Boston’s South End.

The free, family-friendly event is free – (tax deductible) donations welcome.

Visit https://cmcb.org/wp-event/fetehome for more information and registration.

FCC Arts and Crafts                                               

Fenway Community Center will host a Family Arts and Crafts group from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 28. Free craft materials will be provided.

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

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl                                                 

The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will be held virtually from Thursday, July 1 through Tuesday, Aug. 31 to keep the Scooper Bowl spirit alive and spread sprinkles and smiles across Greater Boston while keeping everyone safe.

Purchase a Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl in a box ice cream kit from one of several locations around Greater Boston to enjoy with your family or pod. Each kit will include samples from some of the country's favorite creameries – plus some fun surprises.

Visit jimmyfund.org for more information, including details on kits and pick up locations.

Evening TILLI Summer Film & Book Series (Virtual)

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.

Virtual Book & Film Events will be held from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. with a 10-minute break followed by a 30-minute conversation on Zoom.

– July 1: Hitler in LA (2018) Judy Berkowitz, Discussion Leader

Ross writes that Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels “saw Hollywood as central to their efforts to win over the American public and the world to their cause,” so Nazis and other fascists in L.A. planned terrorist attacks against Jews and plotted to kill high-profile Hollywood figures including, according to Mr. Ross’s account, Al Jolson, Charlie Chaplin and Samuel Goldwyn. Ross retells the story on video when he was honored at Tel Aviv University. The Q and A are as compelling and as current as the story he tells. A Putilitzer finalist. (90 minutes)

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

Summer Nights at FCC                                          

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston Street, #123 will host on site programs from 6 to 8 p.m. as follows:

-          Ice Cream Social: Friday, July 2 and Aug. 6

-          Bingo Night: Friday, July 9 and July 23

-          Drop-in Arts & Crafts Monday, July 12 and July 26

-          Game Night: Thursday, July 15

The FCC will reopen on Tuesday, July 6. Whenever the weather allows, they will bring tables and chairs to the area outside the FCC on Jersey Street. Stop by and join them.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information.

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 www.operationpeaceboston.org.

Navigator summer workshops

The Navigators will hold several summer workshops at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. All sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays on select weeks and will include an outdoor trek and themed activities. All participants will earn badges. Lunch will be provided.

– July 6-July 8: Emerald Explorers – Recommended for ages 5-8

– July 20-July 22: Summer Scoutcraft – Recommended for ages 6-9

– Aug. 3-Aug. 5: Land, Sea, and Air – Recommended for ages 6-10

– Aug. 17-Aug. 19: People of the First Light – Recommended for ages 6-10

– Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Advanced Scoutcraft – Recommended for ages 7-10

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information, including a description of each session, and registration (fees vary).

Evening TILLI Summer Film & Book Series (Onsite)

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.

In Person Book & Film Events will be held Live in the TI Courtyard from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. with a 10-minute break followed by a 30-minute conversation

– July 8: Do the Right Thing (1989) Sandy Wixted, Discussion Leader

The story explores a Brooklyn neighborhood's simmering racial tension, which culminates in tragedy and violence on a hot summer day. Written and directed by Spike Lee, this movie received multiple award nominations. (Approx. two hours).

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

Reading the Rainbow Book Group                                    

Reading the Rainbow – a Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 9 for a lively discussion of Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration.

Evening Garden Stroll                                             

An evening garden stroll will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 (Rain date: 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 24) and Tuesday, Aug. 10 (Rain date: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11) starting at the Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway.

Summer blooms, scented gardens and a leisurely stroll all combine to make this one-hour guided walk the perfect antidote to the workday.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/event for more information and reservations.

Berklee’s ABLE Summer Music Program

Berklee College of Music will host the ABLE (Arts Better the Lives of Everyone) Day Sessions summer music program for musicians with disabilities, ages 9-17 online.

Study instrument in group lessons. Play or sing with other musicians in an ensemble. Experience music through drumming, singing and music technology workshops. Learn from other musicians in clinics. Share your music in a performance with an ensemble at the end of the week.

The sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 19 through Friday, July 23 and on Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30. Students may attend one or two weeks.

Tuition: $998 per week. Need-based tuition assistance is available to families that qualify. 

Visit https://college.berklee.edu/berklee-institute-arts-education-and-special-needs/day-sessions-able-arts-better-lives-everyone for more information and registration.

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 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 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.

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.

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

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.