Fenway neighborhood notes
MFA Citizens Free Admission Weekend
Celebrate the opening of “Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes” with free general admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18, thanks to Citizens.
“Paper Stories, Layered Dreams” features award-winning children’s book illustrations from artist, community activist and lifelong resident of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood Ekua Holmes.
Through vibrant collages and a commitment to Black imagery, Holmes explores themes of childhood, family bonds, memory and resilience. The exhibition is included with general admission.
Special exhibitions “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation” and “Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated” will also be on view.
Visit www.mfa.org/event/special-event/citizens-free-admission-weekend?event=73311 for more information and reservations.
Beyond the Spectrum Online – Community Celebration
Join the Museum of Fine Arts from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 17 for a special class to celebrate our community. This event is open to all ages, and parents, siblings, and families are encouraged to participate. The group will look at art and talk about our communities and what makes them special. Then, the attendees will make their own drawings that show a special person or place in our community. Supply kits available.
Visit www.mfa.org/event/beyond-the-spectrum/beyond-the-spectrum-online-community-celebration?event=73546 for more information and Zoom registration (Members: $9 | Nonmembers: $11).
Vocal/Choral Intensive Grand Finale Concert
The grand finale concert is the culmination of the work done by the students in Berklee’s Vocal/Choral Intensive, a two-week program for high school-aged singers. The performers will present choral works as well as a devised dramatic work drawing on sources from Shakespeare to Caryl Churchill with song and dance and other surprises.
This creative and energetic performance will be livestreamed from Studio 401, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.
Visit www.berklee.edu/events/vocal-choral-intensive-grand-finale-concert for more information and the link to enjoy.
Yoga for a Cause Yoga
Stonewall Sports Boston has teamed up with Down Under School of Yoga to provide Yoga for a Cause.
The outdoor yoga classes will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 18 at Roberto Clemente Field, 160 Park Dr. (Boston Fens).
Each session is $10. All proceeds will be donated to St. Francis House and Women's House Place, to support our local unsheltered neighbors.
Visit https://stonewallboston.leagueapps.com/events/2325159-yoga-for-a-cause for more information and registration.
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.
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.
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 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 and 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 22: Norma Rae (1979) - John Freeman, Discussion Leader
A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. Oscar winner. Martin Ritt direction. (Approx. two hours.)
Visit www.tisrael.org/tilli-peer-led-learning for a complete listing of the series along with registration.
MassArt Art Museum attendant Lauren Gooding '22 will lead participants on a watercolor journey from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22.
The group will learn how to paint using still lifes as their subject. Whether you’re a watercolor novice or a pro, this still-life study will help hone your skill and sharpen your eye to see color, composition and shape.
Visit https://maam.massart.edu/event/drawing-together-23 for more information and registration.
The Tito Puente Latin Music Series
IBA, Berklee College of Music and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will present the Tito Puente Latin Music Series streamed live at 7 p.m. on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube as follows;
On July 22, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Abraham Dorta will entertain with sweet melodies, poetic lyrics and bohemian guitar accompaniment.
On July 29, Puerto Rican singer Amor De Jesús presents a variety of styles from the dance rhythms of salsa, bomba and plena to nueva trova, a socially conscious musical movement dating from the Cuban revolution.
See https://ibaboston.org/events/tito-puente-latin-music-series for further information.
Summer Nights at FCC
Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston Street, #123 will host on site programs from 6 to 8 p.m. as follows:
– Bingo Night: Friday, July 23
– Drop-in Arts & Crafts Monday, July 26
– Ice Cream Social: Friday, Aug. 6
FCC is open. Whenever the weather allows, they will bring tables and chairs to the area right outside FCC on Jersey Street. Please stop by and join them.
Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information.
Boston Baroque for Kids: ‘The Four Seasons’
Join Mia and her instrument friends on an adventure through “The Four Seasons,” a musical work by Antonio Vivaldi. The 20-minute animated stream is available free on demand from Boston Baroque through Saturday, July 25.
Visit https://baroque.boston/for-kids for more information and viewing.
Berklee Summer in the City
The Berklee Summer in the City concert series presents free performances throughout Greater Boston from July through September in 2021.
Visit https://college.berklee.edu/events/summer for more information.
Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl
The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will be held virtually 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Enjoy $5 Wednesdays after 3 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts courtesy of Chase:
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.
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.
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 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 held at 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 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.
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 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.