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Fenway Park as seen from outside the bleachers. In November, the ballpark is hoping to host a Topgolf event.

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 session will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30.

Tuition: $998. 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.

Summer Nights at FCC                                                                              

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

   – Drop-in Arts & Crafts: Monday, July 26

   – Game Night: Friday, July 30

   – Ice Cream Social: Friday, Aug. 6

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.

Virtual events will continue as well.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information.

Boston Baked Books

Boston Baked Books will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 26 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston Street, #123 to discuss Voyage of Mercy.

In Voyage of Mercy, Stephen Puleo tells the incredible story of the famine, the Jamestown voyage and the commitment of thousands of ordinary Americans to offer relief to Ireland, a groundswell that provided the collaborative blueprint for future relief efforts, and established the US as a leader in international aid.

The UUS Jamestown’s heroic voyage showed how the ramifications of a single decision can be measure not in days, but in decades.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information.

Sheera Frenkel And Cecilia Kang: ‘An Ugly Truth’

New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang will talk about their new book, An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination, a riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé that offers the definitive account of Facebook’s fall from grace at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 26.

Drawing on their unrivaled sources, Frenkel and Kang take readers inside the complex court politics, alliances and rivalries within the company to shine a light on the fatal cracks in the architecture of the tech behemoth. Their explosive, exclusive reporting led them to a shocking conclusion: the missteps of the last five years were not an anomaly but an inevitability - this is how Facebook was built to perform.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sheera-frenkel-and-cecilia-kang-with-callum-borchers-an-ugly-truth-tickets-158624996635 for more information and registration.

Scott Tarulli recital

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 at David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Scott Tarulli and group will perform original music and a few choice songs by other artists. Special guests will also join the performance.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/scott-tarulli for more information.

Nature Connects webinar 

A conversation with Jocelyn Forbush, acting president and CEO of The Trustees will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 29.

In this Nature Connects webinar, Forbush talks about the trails, gardens and beaches the Trustees protect.

Register at https://tnc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KYzjGGXcSIyhnyo4Cm6wEA.

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 29: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) John Freeman, Discussion Leader

The story of seven people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Golden Globe Winner, Oscar Nominated. Aaron Sorkin script writing and direction. (Approx. two hours)

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

The Olson Pingrey Quartet

The Olson Pingrey Quartet (OPQ), featuring Kathy Olson on baritone sax and Randy Pingrey on trombone, is in the tradition of chordless jazz quartets like the groups led by Sonny Rollins, Gerry Mulligan and Steve Lacy.

The OPQ plays originals by Olson and Pingrey, and is excited to present new material written over the past year at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 at David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/the-olson-pingrey-quartet for more information.

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 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.

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days in August. Here is a list of the Boston venues:

Aug. 1: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Aug. 10: The Greenway Carousel

Aug. 12: Museum of African American History

Aug. 17: Institute of Contemporary Art/ ICA Boston

Aug. 18: Boston Children's Museum

Aug. 28: Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston

Aug. 31: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

For safety reasons, many of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration.

Available spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Visit  www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a downloadable August Adventures calendar, links to the venues and more information.

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.

   – 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).

Beyond the Spectrum Kids: A Feast for Your Eyes                     

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, Saturday, Aug. 7.

Many artists have been inspired by food and have created artworks depicting delicious meals – or to use when serving meals. The group will look at some examples of food-related art and then make their own sculptures inspired by people’s favorite foods.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 an 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                                                                       

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.