Fenway neighborhood notes

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The Hotel Buckminster at the corner of Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue in the Fenway was built in 1897. It was one of Boston’s first hotels and at one time, was the largest building in Kenmore Square. On Sept. 19, 1919 it was where bookmaker Joe “Sport” Sullivan went to help arrange what was to become the Black Sox scandal. During World War II, a portion of the hotel was used to hold Italian prisoners of war. At one time, it was also home to WNAC TV and radio. In the 1950s, it was home to the Storyville jazz club where many famous musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday performed.

Season Extension                                         

As the summer winds down, the gardening season doesn’t have to. Join Boston Community Gardens for a free virtual workshop on crops, materials and techniques for extending the growing season into the fall from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/64927 for more information and registration (donations welcome).

The Larger Landscape Conversation: ‘Designing A Green New Deal’

What is the role of design and planning in the Green New Deal? “Designing a Green New Deal” gathers leading voices on the role of architects, landscape architects and planners advocating for and realizing an ambitious program of public works improvements, infrastructure investments and new green economies.

This conversation with climate journalist Kate Aronoff, urban planner Billy Fleming, urban designer Stephen Gray, moderated by Charles Waldheim, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way.

Tickets are required and include Museum admission.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar for more information and tickets.

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, Sept. 10 for a lively discussion of Carly Usdin's Heavy Vinyl.

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

ARC Blood Drive at Fenway Park

Fenway Park, 4 Jersey St. will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

Fall Bird Photography-Online

Learn how to move beyond in-focus branches and out-of-focus birds in this hands-on online bird photography workshop with expert avian photographer Eduardo del Solar. Improve technical and artistic photography skills by practicing on song birds, warblers and seashore birds during spring migration.

Participants will attend three two-hour online classroom sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 11, Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 focusing on the skills needed to capture birds in flight, portrait, environmental, behavioral and artistic modes.

People will practice their newfound skills in between classes and then share their work, reviewing with the class and learning how to improve their skillset.

People will also gain knowledge in processing and tweaking images using a raw converter such as Adobe Lightroom for publishing and printing.

In addition to the six hours of online instruction, each student will receive one hour of individual instruction via email, phone or video chat (Teams, Zoom or WhatsApp).

DSLR and Mirrorless cameras with full auto and manual functions with telephoto capabilities are ideal for this class. All skill levels welcome, although some knowledge of advanced camera functions is helpful.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79633-fall-bird-photography-online for more information and registration (Members: $160 | Nonmembers: $185).

Saturday Open Studio: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Embrace the expressive qualities of watercolor as you reflect on the challenges of the past year and envision a hopeful year ahead from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays from Sept. 11 through Sept. 25 in the Bertucci Education Studio at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way.

Stop back to the Studio on a Saturday in October to incorporate your watercolor composition into a handmade sketchbook.

Tickets are required and include Museum admission.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar for more information and tickets. 

Cocktails in the Park 

Party in the Park, a unique cocktail party at Pinebank Promontory overlooking the picturesque Jamaica Pond, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

All proceeds support the revitalization of Charlesgate Park, a critical link in the region’s park network.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/party-in-the-park/purchase-tickets for more information and tickets.

Run to Home Base                                         

The Run to Home Base, presented by Raytheon Technologies, is a unique 9K run and 5K run/walk through scenic Boston, ending with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of finishing the race by crossing Fenway Park’s famed home plate.

The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will start at 8 a.m.

Friends and family can watch participants from the stands at Fenway with food, entertainment and fun family activities in the concourse of America’s most beloved ballpark.

The Run to Home Base is their most critical, annual fundraiser providing vital funds for the clinical care and support for veterans and their families who are impacted by the invisible wounds of war. 

Visit https://runtohomebase.org for more information and registration.

‘Collages and Constructions’ Juried Exhibition         

The Menino Arts Center will showcase the “Collages and Constructions” juried exhibition through Tuesday, Sept. 27. The mixed media exhibition features 44 pieces from the 38 artists juried by Ekua Holmes and curated by Sasja Lucas.

This exhibition will be viewable both in person at the Menino Arts Center, 26 Central Ave., Hyde Park and in a virtual 3D gallery that you can stroll through at www.hpaa-mac.org/ exhibits.

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.

Berklee Summer in the City                                               

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series presents free performances throughout Greater Boston through September.

Visit https://college.berklee.edu/events/summer for more information.

MASCO/Outside events and activities

MASCO/Outside will host public outdoor events in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area through mid-October.

For a schedule of lunchtime concerts and food truck locations, along with ping-pong and other games, plus other information, go to www.masco.org/enhancing-the-lma/outside.

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.

Visit www.mfa.org/tickets for more information.

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, 1282 Boylston St. #123 will host virtual fun, casual, noncompetitive family game nights at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the link to Zoom.

Free First Thursdays 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.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

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.

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.

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.