Fenway neighborhood notes

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In this 1950 aerial view, Kenmore Square can be seen in the lower-center of the image. Fenway is in the center.

Beyond the Spectrum Kids: Marvelous Maps

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. Saturday, Feb. 6 via Zoom.

What is a map? Can it be artistic, or is it just functional? Does a map have to show a real place?

The group will explore these questions as they look at examples of maps from different parts of the world and different time periods. Then, they'll make their own maps of real or imaginary places.

Materials kit can be mailed upon request.

For more information and registration, phone 617-369-4027, email artfulhealing@mfa.org or visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum (Members $9 | Nonmembers $11).

Beethoven's complete works for piano

The New England Conservatory will perform The Sonatas, Beethoven’s Complete Works for Piano, beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6.

This sweeping, 11-hour concert will be the culmination of Beethoven250 concert series, a yearlong initiative to commemorate the composer’s birth.

Go to necmusic.edu/beethovens-complete-works-piano for more information. including a Program and the link to watch the video stream.

Gardner Museum: In the Studio workshop series

In the Studio is a digital series curated by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 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:

Feb. 6: 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 6: 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, we look for inspiration in the lotus flower, a plant that emerges from dark, murky depths to reveal stunning blossoms later in the summer.

April 3: Rayna Lo - Studio H2O

From something as small as a raindrop to as big as a wave, water is a driving force in our 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 of your own.

May 1: Rayna Lo - TBD

Description TBD

June 5: Rayna Lo - Dancing on Paper

Show off your artistic skills learned In the Studio! Allow your brush to dance and experiment with different layering techniques. Create a composition that highlights your creative journey In the Studio with Rayna Lo.

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

‘Eat Something’: A conversation with cookbook author Rachel Levin

Cookbook author Rachel Levin will talk about Jews and food with her best summer camp friend (and Temple Israel member) Ali Freedman from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

This free event is open to the public and all are welcome.

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

Winds on Wednesdays

Winds on Wednesdays, musical tapas of winds, brass and percussion, will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 10.

Each digital mini-concert in the five-week series, just 20-30 minutes in length, will include a selection of contemporary and classic works, recorded live in Jordan Hall and presented unedited, in celebration of the bold music-making of NEC's Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds.

Video stream will be posted on necmusic.edu/live prior to concert start.

Beckwith Lecture: Claudia Rankine

SMFA at Tufts will host a conversation with Claudia Rankine from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

As everyday white supremacy becomes increasingly vocalized with no clear answers at hand, how best might we approach one another? Author and poet Claudia Rankine, without telling us what to do, urges us to begin the discussions that might open pathways through this divisive and stuck moment in American history.

In her latest book, Just Us, Rankine invites us to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, even and especially in breaching the silence, guilt, and violence that follow direct addresses of whiteness.

Visit artgalleries.tufts.edu/public-programs/current-and-upcoming for more information and webinar registration for this 2021 Beckwith Lecture series presentation.

Drawing Together: Collage Workshop

Join MAAM and MassArt Studio Foundation professor Loretta Park and artist Maya Anderson for a free collage workshop from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

The group will explore simple and improvisational collaging techniques while listening to music. Be ready with scissors or an Exacto knife and materials such as magazines, mail or photographs. Glue and background paper are optional, participants will experiment with arranging. All ages are welcome. No art experience necessary.

Visit maam.massart.edu for more information and Zoom registration.

BSO NOW: ‘Music in Changing Times’

The Boston Symphony Orchestra video performances under the title Music in Changing Times is being recorded at Symphony Hall throughout the season. Each video (along with curated archival performances) will launch at noon on select Thursdays through April 29 and will be available for viewing for 30 days after each initial release date.

Each of the BSO’s Music in Changing Times online video programs will include magazine-style segment with musicians, composers, and conductors shedding light on the musical selections and themes associated with each program.

Music in Changing Times: The Spirit of Beethoven will be released on Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25.

Access the complete series of BSO videos for a donation of $100 or more.

Visit www.bso.org/brands/bso/features/bso-now.aspx for more information.

Lunar New Year

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston will celebrate Lunar New Year and ring in the Year of the Ox from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12.

Lunar New Year is celebrated across Asia and around the world. This year, the holiday, which is based on the cycles of the moon, marks the Year of the Ox, one of the 12 animals of the lunar Zodiac.

The free event, streaming on the MFA website and on Facebook and YouTube, features:

- Opportunities to learn more about the Year of the Ox

- A Chinese lion dance and demonstration by Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe

- Highlights from the MFA’s 2020 Lunar New Year celebration

- A Spotlight Talk from Feier Ying, research associate, Art of Asia

- A Spotlight Talk from Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Senior Curator of Chinese Art

Visit mfa.org/event/community-celebrations/lunar-new-year for more information and the links to enjoy.

NEC Philharmonia: Greenwood, Esmail, Mason, & Stravinsky

NEC Philharmonia and '21 AD conductor Tristan Rais-Sherman will present works by Jonny Greenwood, Reena Esmail, Quinn Mason and Igor Stravinsky, performed live in Jordan Hall and streamed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12.

Go to necmusic.edu/concerts the program and the link to enjoy.

Art & Stories

Art & Stories will be held from 10 to 10:20 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

MAAM Educator Julia Einstein will guide participants through 20 minutes of artmaking and storytelling, designed especially for 3- to 5-year-olds. It’s big fun for little art lovers.

Visit maam.massart.edu for more information and registration.

Beyond the Spectrum Teens: Marvelous Maps

The Museum of Fine Arts will host “Adventures in Art for Teens on the Autism Spectrum,” ages 13 to 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 via Zoom.

What is a map? Can it be artistic, or is it just functional? Does a map have to show a real place?

The group will explore these questions as they look at examples of maps from different parts of the world and different time periods. Then, they'll make their own maps of real or imaginary places.

Materials kit can be mailed upon request.

For more information and registration, phone 617-369-4027, email artfulhealing@mfa.org or visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum (Members - $9 | Nonmembers - $11).

Mussar: Becoming your finest self with Rabbi Jen Gubitz

Do you sometimes feel you could better direct your reactions and impulses? Do you seek stronger, healthier relationships with others in your life, work and community? To explore being your best self through a Jewish framework, join Rabbi Gubitz to study Mussar, a centuries-old framework for Jewish spiritual learning and practice that can guide you to develop inner awareness in order to become the finest version of yourself.

Through six weekly online group learning sessions and personal practice, the participants will delve into Mussar, Jewish spiritual practice, using methods drawn from the Mussar Institute and Everyday Holiness by Alan Morini.

The group will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through March 2.

Go to www.tisrael.org/adult-education/mussar-online for more information and Zoom registration.

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:

Thursday, March 4 - Keith Mascoll

Thursday, April 8 - James Pierre

Thursday, June 10 - Veronica Robles

Visit gardnermuseum.org for more information.

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.

Ghost Light Series

All previously recorded episodes of the Ghost Light Series, a live half-hour music program filmed to an empty Wang Theatre illuminated only by the Ghost Light, are available to enjoy, including the latest performance (Jan. 22) featuring Jay Psaros, Alice Howe and The Restless Age.

Visit bochcenter.org 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. 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 Isabella Stewart Gardner 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 virtually and on site (25 Evans Way) through June.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information.

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 baroque.boston for more information, including Virtual Season Subscriptions.

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.

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.

Seventh-Inning Stretch

After completing 120 consecutive daily live shows on July 23, Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor has moved his “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show to 3 p.m. on Mondays.

Tune in live at www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020 and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs.

Although the show is still fun and free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 younger. 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.

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.

Lifeboat Food Pantry

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be at Boston Temple, 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 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.