Fenway neighborhood notes

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Fans pack the route to see the Red Sox during the 2013 celebration of their World Series championship. It doesn’t appear there will be any celebration for this year’s underperforming team.

Making memory vessels

“Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio” (for teen, ages 13 to 18) will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 17 at The Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave.

The group will learn about the uses and importance of pottery vessels throughout history and in modern life, and then make their own vessels to hold an important memory.

Caregivers and parents are welcome, but are not required to attend.

All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum, e-mail artfulhealing@mfa.org or call 617-369-4027.

‘Salt in my Soul’

Longwood Author Series will present “Salt in my Soul, An Unfinished Life” by Mallory Smith from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Countway Library of Medicine (Floor 5; Ballard Room) on the Harvard Longwood Campus at 10 Shattuck St.

Mallory was a remarkable and accomplished young lady who died of Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 25.

Mallory Smith’s parents will discuss the book Mallory did not get to finish and talk about how her legacy lives on.

Romantic comedy night

Fenway Community Center at 1282 Boylston St. #123 (entrance on Jersey Street) will be hosting the monthly movie night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The viewers will choose the film from the romantic comedy (romcom) genre and snacks will be served.

For more information, phone 857-246-9053 or email programs@fenwaycommunitycenter.org.

‘Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices’

“Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices” will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

This concert is presented by White Snake Projects in partnership with WBUR CitySpace, featuring international composers and writers who will amplify stories of the immigrant experiences through song and to celebrate the contributions of the immigrant artists.

Following the concert there will be a panel of immigration experts, including individuals with DACA status.

To reserve a seat, visit eventbrite.com/e/sing-out-strong-immigrant-voices-tickets-642713437582.

Map This Block Party

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (25 Evans Way) will be hosting Neighborhood Nights: Map This Block Party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22.

This family-family event will include an interactive evening in the galleries and gardens with performances, hands-on art making, gallery games, and free programming inside and outside.

There will also be food trucks and a cash bar.

For more information about Map This project, visit gardnermuseum.org.

Carter G. Woodson Teacher Institute

The Boston Network for Black Student Achievement Literacy Committee will present The Carter G. Woodson Teacher Institute on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 at the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute, 40 Leon St.

An Opening Lecture: Rethinking the Teaching of the Modern Black Freedom Struggle given by Charles Payne will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday.

The Saturday program will begin at 9 a.m. with a Breakfast Keynote: Who is Carter G. Woodson-Jarvis Givens. Concurrent workshops will include teaching African American poetry, promoting high achievement among Black and Brown students, getting children ready to STEAM. The closing lecture “The Schools Black People Built: Looking Back to Look Forward with Theresa Perry will take place from 3:15 to 4:30.

For more information, visit northeastern.edu.

Summer picnic at the Fens

Trans and gender diverse folks and allies are invited to a summer picnic at the Fens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Fens Picnic Area and Green Space at the intersection of Jersey Street and Park Drive.

There will be a light meal and snacks along with information about the Trans Health Program at Fenway Health.

Bring a Frisbee, picnic blankets and other fun paraphernalia.

Contact transhealth@fenwayhealth.org for more information.

In case of rain, the event will be held at 1340 Boylston St., 9th Floor.

Concerts in the courtyard

Every Wednesday through Aug. 28, the MFA (465 Huntington Ave.) will have live music in the courtyard. Door doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

From Amythyst Kiah to The Garifuna Collective, to Patty Larkin, see the full lineup and get your tickets, at mfa.org.

Activist and programming group

The Boston Cyclists Union will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss and develop Activism campaigns at Northeastern University, 157 Ryder Hall.

To join the Activist Group, email eparad@bostoncyclistsunion.org. To join the Programming Group, email kaity@bostoncyclistunion.org.

Berklee concert series

The Berklee College of Music’s “Summer in the City” free concert series is now underway.

Music ranges from jazz to classical, Latin to funk and folk to world.

They will perform at the Harvard Longwood Campus, Medical School Quad (Fenway's Longwood Area) outdoors at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 29.

Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.

‘Reflection’ art exhibit

The Reflection art exhibit, presented by Mission Hill Artists Collective, will be on display at the Parker Hill Branch Library (1497 Tremont St.) through Aug 31.

This year’s theme gives the artists the opportunity to work and develop their creative piece using their chosen media – from photography to mixed media to painting – to explore their own definition of Reflection.

The Parker Hill Branch Library gallery hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

‘Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform’

The Hostetter Gallery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, is hosting the exhibit “Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform” through Sept. 15.

This exhibit examines how landscape architects and photographers advocated for social reform in the development of Boston, New York, and Chicago in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Using city plans, maps, photographs, and archival materials, this exhibition presents the invention of landscape architecture as a progressive response to the social and environmental conditions for working-class immigrants, and invites visitors to consider how artists and designers are addressing the contemporary urban challenges and social conditions of our time.

For more information, visit https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/exhibition/big-plans.

Teen studio

The Museum of Fine Arts offers a specially designed program for teens, ages 13 to 18, with Autism Spectrum and Aspergers Disorders. “Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio” is held once a month from 10:30 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays.

Each class focuses on a specific art topic and incorporates discussion, critical inquiry, and sketching in the galleries. Students then work independently on a project with guidance from an experienced instructor. All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.

Death café

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St., #123, will host the Death Café from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, Oct. 30 and Dec. 11 for a lively, friendly roundtable conversation about death.

Death Café is a movement that started in Switzerland in 2004 and has spread all over the world (with thousands of Death Cafés held in more than 33 countries to date).

The idea is to bring people together over tea and chocolate cake and, by putting death squarely on the table, help each of us make the most of our lives.

Participants say that the experience is meaningful, therapeutic and often very joyful.

For seat and cake reservations, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/death-cafe-tickets-56530699845.

For more information about Fenway Community Center and other upcoming events, visit: www.fenwaycommunitycenter.org or email hello@fenwaycommunitycenter.org.

Free nights at MFA

Admission to the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. is complementary on Wednesdays from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

Voluntary contributions (suggested donation $25) are welcomed.

The MFA also holds a free "Drawing in the Galleries" program from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For more information, visit www.mfa.org.


KidZone is a free drop-in play group for all Fenway families that meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month.

The program is offered by the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St., #123 (entrance on Jersey Street), in partnership with Operation P.E.A.C.E.

KidZone group activities are geared toward children, ages six years old and younger, but all children are welcome and all must be supervised by an adult.

For more information, call 857-246-9053 or email hello@fenwaycommunitycenter.org, Mallory@operationpeaceboston.org or programs@fenwaycommunitycenter.org.

Drawing in the Galleries

Every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m., the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. hosts an opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. Limited drawing materials are provided to encourage spontaneous participation.

Gallery locations change each week. Check at the Sharf Visitor Center for current location.

This event is free with free admission Wednesdays at the MFA.

For more information visit


Tour ‘The Fens’

The Back Bay Fens – normally just called "The Fens," and part of Olmsted's Emerald Necklace of parks – has everything: wilderness areas, the Victory Gardens, ball fields, the Kelleher Rose Garden, war memorials, the meandering Muddy River and more.

Tours are offered on a variety of topics and at a variety of times until the end of October, and sometimes change at short notice due to weather conditions.

Tours are free, but a $10 donation per person is requested to help support ongoing maintenance and improvements of the area.

To find out what's on offer, check the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's website at emeraldnecklace.org.

MFA ‘First Fridays’

The Museum of Fine Arts’ “First Fridays” festive cocktail and music event is held on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Join is for fine art, music, bars featuring signature cocktails and tapas available for purchase.

Advanced tickets are strongly suggested as the event can sell out. Tickets are $25 for adult, $23 for students and seniors and free for museum members. Call 1-800-440-6975 to order tickets by phone ($6 processing fee applies). Or get tickets in person at any MFA ticket desk. The museum is located at 465 Huntington Ave.

To learn more, visit www.mfa.org.

Teen studio

The Museum of Fine Arts offers a specially designed program for teens, ages 13 to 18, with Autism Spectrum and Aspergers Disorders. “Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio” is held once a month from 10:30 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays.

Each class focuses on a specific art topic and incorporates discussion, critical inquiry, and sketching in the galleries. Students then work independently on a project with guidance from an experienced instructor. All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.

Open Night at Coit Observatory

The Public Open Night is held at the Coit Observatory at Boston University, located at 725 Commonwealth Ave., right above the Astronomy Department. The stairwell to the Observatory is on the fifth floor next to room 520.

Starting times are 8:30 p.m. during the spring and summer and 7:30 p.m. during the fall and winter. The program lasts about an hour.

Tickets are available on eventbrite.com. If it's "sold out," right before the program starts and after all the ticketed guests that are present are admitted, any non-ticketed guests will be admitted until capacity is reached.

Open to everyone, this event is a chance for people to observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not see while learning some astronomy as well.

The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting.

To find out the status of Open Night, call the information number at 617-353-2630 or check https://twitter.com/buobservatory, no earlier than two hours before the scheduled starting time. This is an outdoor event, dress accordingly. Unfortunately, there is no disabled access to the Observatory.

Countway Cuddles: Pet Therapy

Dayton (a puppy) will be ready for lots of pets and hugs in the Countway Library, Harvard Longwood Campus, 10 Shattuck St. from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays.

For more information, visit countway.harvard.edu.

‘Jewelry and Metalwork’ exhibit

“Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” exhibit will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. through Mar. 29.

“Boston Made” includes more than 75 works – including jewelry, tableware, decorative accessories and design drawings – that illuminate the passions and philosophies of this interwoven community of jewelry-makers and metalsmiths from the beginning of the 20th century to the stock market crash of 1929 that signaled its decline.

This exhibition is accompanied by a complementary installation in the Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery, 222, and an illustrated book from MFA Publication (Nov. 2018).

For more information, visit MFA.org.

ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.

The next workshop is at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. Other workshops scheduled will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).

For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.

Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.

Musical merriment

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., offers a specially designed program for children on the Autism Spectrum, ages 8 to 12, once a month from 10:30 a.m. to noon (gathering in Room 159 by 10:20 a.m.) on select Saturdays, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

“Beyond the Spectrum Kids” features a structured gallery tour led by an experienced instructor, followed by a creative art-making workshop. All materials and Museum admission is included in the $9 per student fee.

Many cultures use music to celebrate special events and bring communities together.

For more information and to register, phone 617-369-4027, email artfulhealing@mfa.org or visit the Beyond the Spectrum page.