Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
This is the outside of Fenway Park as it was in 1933. It has certainly changed a lot since then.

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.

‘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.

‘Vibes of the Diaspora’

The Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays (465 Huntington Ave.) will host “Vibes of the Diaspora” from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

The F.U.N. – Fierce Urgency of Now – Festival will celebrate the African Diaspora with gallery tours, a DJ and art-making activities while networking with diverse, professional millennials of color.

For ticket information, visit eventbrite.com/e/mfa-first-Fridays-as-part-fun-fierce-urgency-of-now-tickets-66340276553.

JDOAAI open house

The John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute (40 Leon St.) will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at the Amilcar Cabral Center.

Along with food, fun, music and games there will be information regarding student organizations, campus departments and centers.

For more information, visit northeastern.edu/aai.

Competition winners in concert

The Steinway Piano Competition Winners Concert will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The awards ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The concert is free with a suggestion donation of $25. To reserve a seat, visit eventbrite.

Jewelry Remix Edition

Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St. #123 - entrance on Jersey St.) will host free open jewelry-themed crafting from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

On Sept. 7, Margaret Witham will share some special tips on how to remix old pieces into new treasures.

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

FitRec Family Fun Day

FitRec Family Fun Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at BU Fitness and Recreation Center, 915 Commonwealth Ave.

Learn more about the diverse programs for children, teens and families and enjoy a variety of fun activities, including the climbing wall, aerial dance, dance obstacle course and short court tennis.

For a schedule of events, visit bu.edu.

Mandalas and mindfulness

Beyond the Spectrum Kids for children, ages 8 to 12 accompanied by a parent or caregiver, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

Many artists create art as a way to focus, meditate or calm down. The group will explore examples of meditative artworks, participate in a mindfulness activity and make an individual mindful mandala painting.

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

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

Yoga dance

Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St. 123 - entrance on Jersey St.) will present Yoga Dance from 11 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Activate your mind and body in this unique, free class featuring calming yoga and heart-pumping dance with certified instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav. Bring a yoga mat as supplies are limited.

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

‘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

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

https://www.mfa.org/programs/gallery-activities-and-tours/drawing-in-the-galleries.

BU Global Music Festival

The second annual BU Global Music Festival will be held on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5.

The Festival will take place at the Tsai Performance Center at 685 Commonwealth Ave. on Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight and in the Metcalf and Conference Auditoriums - 2nd Floor in the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Ave. on Saturday from noon to midnight.

Enjoy extraordinary music, educational events, and a global bazaar – all free and open to the public of all ages with registration at eventbrite – tickets will be available starting Aug. 22.

For a list of accomplished international and regional artists and other useful information, visit bu.edu/calendar.

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. 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.

Warren Anatomical Museum

The Warren Anatomical Museum Gallery at the Countway Library of Medicine (10 Shattuck St.) is a historical anatomy museum. The Exhibition Gallery covers the history of Harvard Medical School, History of the Warren Anatomical Museum and the History of medical education and anatomical teaching.

The museum displays approximately 200 medical artifacts, anatomical preparations, models and plaster casts. The Exhibition Gallery, which is part of an active study and research space for Harvard students and faculty, has human remains on display.

Pencil sketching in the Gallery is welcome; easels are not permitted.

Eleven portraits of historical medical figures and Harvard Medical School professors hang around the atrium of the Exhibition Gallery, part of the Boston Medical Library collection.

The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays throughout the year with a few exceptions.

To learn more, 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.