Fenway neighborhood notes

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Beyond the Spectrum Teens: Memory Vessels

The Museum of Fine Arts will host this Beyond the Spectrum program for teens, ages 13-18 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 via Zoom.

Clay containers are important in many cultures, both as functional vessels and as ceremonial objects. Learn about the uses and importance of pottery vessels throughout history and in modern life. Then, make your own vessel to hold an important memory.

Materials kit can be mailed upon request.

Visit mfa.org/event/beyond-the-spectrum/beyond-the-spectrum-online-teens-1?event=66646 for more information and registration (Members - $9 | Nonmembers - $11).

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Join the Museum of Fine Arts Boston online to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture and community. Citizens has sponsored the MFA’s MLK Day community celebration for 19 consecutive years - allowing the Museum to welcome more than 120,000 visitors into the galleries to enjoy free performances, tours, talks, art-making activities and more.

This year's virtual celebration will stream on the MFA’s website and on Facebook and YouTube from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18.

Visit mfa.org/event/community-celebrations/martin-luther-king-jr-day?event=3115 for more information.

Luminary Lens

Luminary Lens, a digital series led by Rhea Vedro and Luana Morales, will feature Neighborhood Salon Luminary artists bringing fresh perspectives to the Gardner Museum’s historic collection through commissioned new works as follows:

Monday, Jan. 18 - Luana Morales

Thursday, Feb. 4 - Eli Pabon

Thursday, March 4 - Keith Mascoll

Thursday, April 8 - James Pierre

Thursday, June 10 - Veronica Robles

Visit gardnermuseum.org for more information.

Artful Adventures Home School – Around the World: South America

Families and Kids, ages 4 and older, are invited to discover how different ancient South American cultures utilized clay and metal to create useful and beautiful pieces of art while looking at examples in the Museum of Fine Art’s collection and then design a gold medallion to wear. The group will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.

Visit mfa.org/event/home-school-programs/artful-adventures-home-school-around-the-world-south-america?event=66701 for more information (including the supply list) and registration (Members - $9 | Nonmembers - $11).

Artful Adventures Home School – Creepy Crawly Creatures in Art

Kids, ages 6 to10, are invited to embark on a virtual adventure to find creepy crawly creatures in artwork from the Museum of Fine Art’s collection and then create your own creepy crawly creature sculptures from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.

Go to mfa.org/event/home-school-programs/artful-adventures-home-school-creepy-crawly-creatures-in-art?event=66756 for more information (including the supply list) and registration (Members - $9 | Nonmembers - $11).

Artful Adventures Home School – Hats and Headware

Kids and Teens, ages 11to 13, are invited to explore hats and headwear from around the world from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Take a closer look at objects from Native American headdresses to the work of modern fashion designers while thinking about form versus function, symbolism, and fashion trends. Then create and decorate your own unique fashion hat to wear using art materials and fabric scraps.

Visit mfa.org/event/home-school-programs/artful-adventures-home-school-hats-and-headware?event=66796 for more information (including the supply list) and registration (Members - $9 | Nonmembers - $11).

Artful Adventures Home School – Playing with Perspective

From the Renaissance to today, artists have been using the convention of perspective to imply space in a composition.

Teens, ages 14 to 18, are invited to take a look at works in the Museum of Fine Art’s collection that utilize perspective and create your own drawing from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Then take a photograph utilizing forced perspective and share it with the group.

Visit mfa.org/event/home-school-programs/artful-adventures-home-school-playing-with-perspective?event=66836 for more information (including the supply list) and registration (Members - $9 | Nonmembers - $11).

The Ghost Light Series

The Ghost Light Series, a live half-hour music program filmed to an empty Wang Theatre illuminated only by the Ghost Light, will feature Jay Psaros, Alice Howe and The Restless Age.

Watch the performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 on New England’s Connection Network (NECN).

All previously recorded episodes are available to enjoy as well.

Visit bochcenter.org for more information.

Boston Baked Books

The Fenway Community Center will host the Boston Baked Books group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Monday, Jan. 25. All are welcome to join.

The group will discuss Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

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

Taste of Israel 2021

Israeli food is so much more than hummus and falafel, and in 2019, JArts (Jewish Arts Collaborative) established Taste of Israel to celebrate this diverse cuisine. While there are a handful of Israeli restaurants already in Boston, Taste of Israel, which runs from Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Tuesday, Feb. 2, will feature restaurants from all culinary persuasions presenting their unique take on Israeli cuisine.

Each restaurant will create three to five special dishes that will be on the menu. Prices, hours and reservations will be set by the restaurant.

This year, particularly in light of the challenges the food industry is facing due to COVID-19, JArts is inviting all Boston-area food enthusiasts to support local restaurants while savoring the many flavors of Israeli food.

For a list of participating restaurants along with more information, visit jartsboston.org/taste-of-israel.

JArts Executive Director Laura Mandel shares thoughts on the restaurants at www.jewishboston.com/restaurants-matter-to-me.

East/West Fens food distribution

Fenway Cares will hold a bi-weekly fresh food distribution from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 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.

Shen Wei exhibition and films

As part of Shen Wei: Painting in Motion, a single exhibition in three parts which unfolds across the Museum, Calderwood Hall and the Fenway Gallery will serve as screening rooms for Shen Wei’s films (collectively: The Moving Image).

These films include April (1998), Inner Shadow of Movement (2016), and a new commission for the Gardner Museum, Passion Spirit (2020).

The Hostetter Gallery contains Shen Wei’s recent paintings, including two works he created at the Gardner Museum as an Artist-in-Residence, alongside his notebooks, sketches and documentation of his choreography.

These works of art, film and movement will be on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way through June.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information.

In the Studio workshop series

In the Studio workshop is a digital series that takes you into the studios and workspaces of a few artists who call Boston home in connection with the special exhibition Shen Wei: Painting in Motion. A new program is offered on the first Saturday of each month through June as follows:

January: Rayna Lo - Repair, Rebirth, Renewal

The start of a new year invites repair, rebirth and renewal. Start 2021 off right by letting go of the past as you create a work of art with calligrapher, illustrator, and educator Rayna Lo that gives you hope for the year ahead.

February: Rayna Lo - Letters from the Heart

Write a note to someone special. Follow simple tips and tricks from calligrapher, illustrator and educator Rayna Lo as you create custom stationery and envelope designs that transform an ordinary note into a special letter sent from the heart.

March: Rayna Lo - A Lotus Emerges

As we approach the first day of spring, we begin to emerge from the winter darkness and welcome much needed sunshine. To mark this seasonal transition, look for inspiration in the lotus flower, a plant that emerges from dark, murky depths to reveal stunning blossoms later in the summer.

April: Rayna Lo - Studio H2O

From something as small as a raindrop to as big as a wave, water is a driving force in the world. April showers also bring new life and spring blossoms. This month, experiment with the unique qualities of Chinese watercolors as you create a botanical sketch.

May: Rayna Lo - coming soon

June: Rayna Lo - coming soon

Follow on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook @gardnermuseum or visit their website at www.gardnermuseum.org.

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 their Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave.

The Children's Blood Donor Center is 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.

Give the gift of membership through January

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/2020/11/06/give-the-gift-of-membership-now-through-january.

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, 75 Francis St. is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit the Kraft Center website or phone 617-632-3206.

You can also schedule a blood drive in your community or business by emailing blooddonor@partners.org or calling 888-LETS-GIV (538-7448).

When you donate blood or donate platelets at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, or give blood on board the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile, you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center and/or dana-farber.org/how-you-can-help/get-involved/donate-blood-and-platelets for more information.

Village Parent’s Happy Hour

Village Parent’s Happy Hour will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Struggling to manage the new normal? Exhausted from full days juggling the needs of your little ones and your professional life while stuck at home?

Make yourself your favorite cocktail or mocktail and connect with parents who are in the same boat. Though we can’t gather in person, we can find strength in community.

Join Zoom at: https://zoom/us/j/7282752816 or visit tisrael.org for more details.

ELL at FCC

The new English Language Learners Group which meets at 11 a.m. on Mondays invites participants to practice their American English with friendly neighbors – both those who are native speakers and those learning the language.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and the Zoom link.

Book and Movie Club

The book and movie club will hold its monthly gathering at 6 p.m. on select Mondays.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and the Zoom link.

Boston Baked Books

Boston Baked Books holds its monthly gathering at 6:30 p.m. on select Mondays to discuss Boston based authors, books, and the like. All are welcome to join.

Check out the Instagram page @bostonbakedbooks or visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for the book selection. Email Camille at camille.platt@outlook.com for the Zoom link.

Voice and Justice

The Voice and Justice program series at the Fenway Community Center addressing race and equality and the role people can play as allies to BIPOC neighbors meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month to share their voices and work toward racial justice one step at a time.

They offer a weekly list of resources via a variety of media to explore, including an estimated time for each resource and a weekly action to take to combat racism.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and registration.

Preschool Prep

The Fenway Community Center will host Preschool Prep at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help the little ones learn letters, numbers, colors and more to help prepare them for preschool or kindergarten in the fall.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and the Zoom links.

Navigators

The Fenway Community Center will host the Navigator program, a progressive scout group which teaches city kids about nature and outdoor adventure. Navigators will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Homeschool Navigators, which incorporates some academic activities into the Navigator program, will meet at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

These programs are open to all youth, ages 5 and older. All genders, all abilities, all beliefs are welcome. All participants can earn badges to display on their free uniforms.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and registration.

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 will host a fun, casual, noncompetitive game night 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 a quick link to Zoom.

Arts and Crafts Club

An intergenerational Arts and Crafts Club at the Fenway Community Center will meet on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Free craft materials which can be picked up at FCC monthly or delivered within the Fenway neighborhood will include everything the crafters will need for these projects to those who register in advance.

Go to fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information and Zoom link.

FCC Senior Trivia

Seniors are invited to stay sharp and have fun while socializing with trivia focused on pop culture and general knowledge from the 50s through the 90s at 11 a.m. on Fridays hosted by the Fenway Community Center. Each week's highest scorer will win a $20 grocery store gift card.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom or phone/meeting number.

Virtual 5K wellness program

Take little steps to improve your wellness with the support of a Capstone Senior from Northeastern's Health Science Program at 6 p.m. on Fridays.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and the Zoom link.

Paint Nights

The Fenway Community Center will host a monthly Paint Night at 7 p.m. on select Fridays that encourage creativity and relaxation. Supplies are typically available free while supplies last to those who register in advance.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including the monthly offering and the Zoom link.

Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition

Celebrate Shabbat with your 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.

#NECMusicHub

The New England Conservatory of Music musicians are sending messages of hope and connection from all parts of the globe – follow the series at #NECMusic Hub.

Visit necmusic.edu for more details.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information

Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth –

18 years of age and under. 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 and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens 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.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Boston Baroque Live 2020-2021 season lineup

Join Boston Baroque for a season of livestreamed concerts, virtual interactive events, full-length concerts and operas new-from-the-archives, and more on Boston Baroque Live, their first-ever live recorded performance streaming platform, on Amazon Prime or Boston Baroque Radio.

The 2020-2021 virtual season schedule includes:

Handel’s Guilio Cesare (November); Handel’s Messiah (December); New Year’s Celebration (January); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (February); Highlights from Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione Di Poppea (March); Handel’s Water Music Suite (April); Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (May); and Handel’s Jephtha (June).

Tickets for the pop-up concerts will be available three weeks before each performance. The first pop-up program will include Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Visit https://baroque.boston for more information, including Virtual Season Subscriptions.

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 Lifeboat Food Pantry

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be at 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Food distribution will be held outside, providing 1 to 2 bags of a mix of fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable pre-bagged food in a door-dash format following health and safety guidelines. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. New clients can register at bit.ly/lifeboatbostonregistration.

Email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com, phone 617-383-9864 or visit Facebook.com/lifeboatboston for more information.

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 all 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.

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.

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