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Fenway Civic Association’s beloved annual tradition, the Birds of the Back Bay Fens Walk, will take place on Sunday, May 7th.

Please join us for FCA’s annual “Birds of the Back Bay Fens” Guided Bird Walk on

Sunday, May 7, 7:30 a.m.

with Stephen Baird, Emerald Necklace Naturalist, Friends of Jamaica Pond

Location: Back Bay Fens park in Boston’s West Fenway neighborhood. Meet at the Japanese Bell outside the Kelleher Rose Garden (by the footbridge across from the Museum of Fine Arts).

Thrill to the sight and sound of the array of birds that inhabit the Back Bay Fens each spring.

All levels welcome. Bring binoculars.

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** Please note the change of venue from the flyer. **

With the weather prediction in Boston on Friday, April 21st for rain all day, a decision was made to move the entire ceremony inside.  Emmanuel College has offered the use of the “Fenway Room” which overlooks the Muddy River as a venue to hold the ceremony.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.
Emmanuel College is located at 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA.  The ceremony will be held in the Administration Building, the Fenway Room is located on the second floor.

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We are happy to partner with Northeastern University’s Neighbor to Neighbor program for their Spring Cleanup on Saturday April 8, 2017.
The Neighbor to Neighbor volunteer day, organized by Off Campus Student Services at Northeastern University, provides a day of service to connect students and neighbors in local neighborhoods.
 
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Fenway Civic will be working along Westland Avenue to clean and mulch street tree pits between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on April 8th.
To learn more or to come lend a hand, contact fenwaycivic@aol.com.
Thanks to Northeastern University and Off Campus Student Services for supporting this event!
 
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As part of Brookline Climate Week, the Friends of the Muddy River are hosting a Muddy River Project Walk for Phase 2 Brookline this Sunday, April 2 at 10 a.m.

Fran Gershwin, Chair of the Muddy River Restoration Project Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC) will lead a walk along the Brookline features of Phase 2 of the project. Interested in attending? Meet at Longwood T-Station at Chapel Street and Longwood Avenue at 10 a.m. The event will end with refreshments in the lobby of the Brook House at 33 Pond Avenue.
What: Friends of the Muddy River project walk
When: Sunday April 2, 2017, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Longwood T-Station/ Chapel Street and Longwood Avenue
For more details, visit the Friends of the Muddy River at www.muddyriver.org

As we mentioned at our annual meeting, this year the Fenway Civic Association is renewing our focus on member engagement. We would like both to enhance our connection with our members and to strengthen the voice of our neighborhood in decision making at the city and state level. This year we’re hosting a series of quarterly public meetings, to which all our members are invited. We welcome you to join us to learn about the day-to-day work of the board in shaping our neighborhood’s development, preserving our parks and open spaces, and addressing needs for infrastructure and other city services.

The topic of the spring meeting will be Neighborhood Engagement.

Please join us to learn how you can get involved with FCA’s newly formed committees on Event PlanningLicensing, and Parks and Open Space. We’ll give you an overview of FCA’s role in each of these spheres and you can sign up to be a part of the team.
 
Looking for other simple ways to improve your neighborhood? The meeting will also feature a presentation from John Laadt, the City’s Director of 311, on using the City’s 311 app to connect with Constituent Services to fix things in your neighborhood.

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You’re invited to join City Councilor Josh Zakim at our first District 8 Community Night of 2017! Feel free to swing by the Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston Street) any time between 5:00 and 7:00pm on Thursday, February 23rd.
 
Councilor Zakim started hosting these District Community Nights in 2016 in an effort to further increase his accessibility, especially for those who are unable to attend his weekly morning office hours. The event is free and open to all to meet the Councilor and staff, discuss any neighborhood concerns, enjoy some pizza and other light refreshments, and to get to know other members of the community! We will also be joined this month by a special guest, newly-elected State Representative Chynah Tyler.
 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at kyndal.henicke@boston.gov, or at (617) 635-4225. We hope to see you next Thursday!