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Boston Mounted Police try to control fans outside the left field wall at Fenway Park during the 1912 World Series. Temporary stands were constructed for big games on the grass incline in front of the wall. The incline was named Duffy's Cliff because of Duffy Lewis's skill at playing on the incline. Learn more at www.digitalcommonwealth.org.

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 our Veterans and their Families who are impacted by the invisible wounds of war. 

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

2021 Virtual Concert and Presentation                                                     

The Greater Boston PSR (GBPSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) will host the fourth annual event to address the twin existential threats of nuclear war and climate change. This special event will be streamed live on-line from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The event will honor the work of GBPSR and IPPNW co-founder Dr. Bernard Lown and feature live music from world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and chamber musicians from the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

Visit www.ippnw.org/news/2021-virtual-concert for more information and registration (sponsorships/donations greatly appreciated).

Béla Fleck ‘My Bluegrass Heart’ concert                                      

Banjo wizard Béla Fleck along with multi-instrumentalists Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz and Bryan Sutton will delight the audience bringing together a cross-generational banjo festival highlighting the best of the best of bluegrass at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.

Visit www.celebrityseries.org/productions/bela-fleck-my-bluegrass-heart for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Saturday Open Studios: 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 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.

Studio activities are included with Museum admission. 

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

Music in the Courtyard: Violinist Jennifer Koh                                      

Violinist Jennifer Koh will cycle through Bach’s sonatas in the Courtyard at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, providing the ultimate soundtrack for wandering the galleries of the Historic Palace. The experience is free with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum admission.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information.

‘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.

‘The Prime Effect: How Amazon Changes The Way We Live, Work And Shop’

Join Meghna Chakrabarti, host of WBUR's On Point, and senior editor Dorey Scheimer for a behind-the-scenes look at their series "The Prime Effect."

The series explores the ways Amazon is changing the way people live, work and shop; the company's history of innovation; and the reasons why the federal government is looking to scale the company back.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. It will also be livestreamed.

Visit www.wbur.org/events/696468/on-point-presents-amazon-the-prime-effect for more information and tickets (In-person: $5 to $15 | Livestream: Free).

Berklee faculty virtual performances

The Berklee faculty will present a variety of virtual performances livestreamed at 7:30 p.m. as follows:

– Monday, Sept. 27: EVENT

Led by faculty guitarist Shaun Michaud, EVENT is a rock band with vocals and electronic elements in the style of Muse, Nine Inch Nails, and Foo Fighters. 

– Tuesday, Sept. 28: String Department Faculty Concert

Berklee String Department faculty will present an exciting night of live music

– Wednesday, Sept. 29: Solo/Duo Faculty Guitar Night 

The Guitar Department presents a concert featuring faculty in solo and duo contexts performing in blues, jazz, funk, fingerstyle, rock, roots, modern improvisation, and classical styles. 

Visit www.berklee.edu/events for more information and the links to watch.

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.

The Larger Conversation: Creative Collision

A panel of artists, professors, and curators will talk about the male gaze, gender, power, and sexuality in art and the ways those narratives are turned on their heads at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Endless Thread Presents: ‘If You Can Dream It, You Can Meme It!’

Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson, hosts of WBUR’s Endless Thread podcast, invite memelords and meme-curious alike to gather to explore the cultural, historical and personal impact of what has become one of the most important currencies of our tech-fueled communication in 2021.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. It will also be livestreamed.

Visit www.wbur.org/events/691069/endless-thread-memes for more information and tickets (Livestream: $5 | In-person ($15).

‘The Identity Project: Vol. 1’ with Special Guest International Show

The Identity Project: Vol. 1 is Berklee's first hip-hop compilation, to be released this fall.

Join them at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 for an evening of live music featuring songs from the project and a special performance by artist, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist International Show, one of the most sought-after producer/engineers in the industry.

The Identity Project: Vol 1 is a sonic time capsule - a living, breathing recording of music created during one of the most challenging times of this generation.

Embedded in the songs are the voices of talented producers and artists leaning into the language of music to guide them through unprecedented times: a global pandemic, the 2020 United States presidential election, and worldwide protests addressing racial inequality.

Drawing from two themes often expressed in hip-hop music, identity and origin story, as well as from the timeless topic of man vs. machine, The Identity Project: Vol 1 comprises 15 songs produced by Berklee students and alumni who have completed the Contemporary Writing & Production Department's hip-hop course, taught by Assistant Professor Shea Rose.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/i-the-identity-project-vol-1-i-with-special-guest-international-show for more information and the link to watch the livestream.

BSO concert: Beethoven, Williams, Bartok

Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons and John Williams, will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 2. The concert will be held at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The program will include Beethoven’s Overture, The Consecration of the House; John Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring violinist, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Visit www.bso.org for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Beyond the Spectrum Kids: Pet Portraits

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, Oct. 2.

Artists throughout history and across the world have found inspiration from their animal companions. Join them to search for animals in art, and then make your own sculptural portrait of a real or imaginary pet.

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).

WFT’s 40th Family Reunion

Part picnic, part performance, part creative playground, Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 Riverway will honor its 40th anniversary from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

The event will include interactive workshops, WFT trivia & games, step & repeat, photo booth, t-shirts, a few BIG announcements, and a performance featuring performers from past WFT productions.

Bring a picnic basket and blanket and catch up with the WFT family.

Go to www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/40thfamilyreunion for more information and reservations.

Beyond the Spectrum: Pet Portraits

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, Oct. 16.

Artists throughout history and across the world have found inspiration from their animal companions. Join them to search for animals in art, and then make a sculptural portrait of a real or imaginary pet.

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).

Berklee Summer in the City                                               

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

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 (Note time change)                                                                                  

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 7 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.

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.

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.

East/West Fens food distribution

Fenway Cares will hold a bi-weekly fresh food distribution from 3:30 to 4:30 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.

Lifeboat Food Pantry                                                                        

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be held at 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on 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 on this and other programs offered.

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.