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Help welcome musicians throughout the neighborhood at our third in-person Fenway Porchfest!

Featuring 80+ artists across 30 porches in the East and West Fenway, this grassroots event celebrates the Fenway and welcomes diverse performances from around the globe.

Events will be at www.fenwayporchfest.org and include ‘porches’ from the Fenway Victory Gardens to The VerbFenway Community Center, and beyond! Don’t miss:

  • A walking Porchfest tour by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy
  • A classical music performance with youth & teaching artists and instrument petting zoo by Boston Music Project
  • A porch takeover by artist Red Shaydez at 401 Park
  • Youth circus performance by Circus Up!
  • Acts by local musicians, including Eliot Wilder, David Lank, David Ehle, and more!

Visit www.fenwayporchfest.org for a map of events in the coming days.

VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME! To sign up to volunteer, visit https://www.fenwayporchfest.org/signup/help/

In event of rain, this festival will take place on July 10th

Thank you to our generous sponsors: The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation, Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Olmsted NOW, Samuels & Associates, Northeastern University, Scape USA, and Suffolk Construction. 

Fenway Porchfest is a collaborative effort of Fenway Civic, Fenway CDC, and the Fenway Alliance – and by neighbors and friends!

Dear Members and Friends,

It’s hard to believe July is around the corner!

Please see the following announcements and save the dates:

1. Monday June 27th, 6:00 p.m. Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting for Air Rights Parcel 13(virtual)The public is welcome to join this virtual meeting regarding a revised Letter of Intent for Parcel 13, the Air Rights parcel next to the Hynes Convention Center T stop. You may read about this project at http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/parcel-13.To register to attend, visit bit.ly/3x1xMvE

3. New Boston Precinct lines community meetings (June 28th and 30th): https://www.boston.gov/calendar/new-boston-precinct-lines-virtual-community-meeting-0

Join this online meeting at either 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. to hear from Boston Elections Commissioner Eneida Tavares about new precinct lines and how it will affect upcoming 2022 elections. This meeting is part of the city’s Civic Engagement Learning and Lecture Series.

2. Wednesday, June 29th, 6:00 p.m. – Fenway Neighborhood Improvement Committee (virtual)

All are invited to this meeting of the Neighborhood Improvement Committee, an all-volunteer group of Fenway residents, organizations, and businesses, facilitated by Berklee College of Music. The agenda will include important updates and event announcements. To join:https://berklee.zoom.us/j/98429700776?pwd=ZHA0QlRCcmV1Y2VvL0lKYnpXU05TZz09
Meeting ID: 984 2970 0776
Passcode: 714513

And save the dates for these July events!

  • Tanataba “Meeting Again” event at Kaji Aso Studio, July 8th & 9th: View artwork, participate in wishing tree wishes, and enjoy a music performance during the one hour in person event on the 8th – rsvp to administrator@kajiasostudio.com. Can’t attend? Join the online celebration on July 9th: CLICK HERE- July 9th at 7:00pm EDT for TANABATA “Meeting Again”
  • Fenway Porchfest, July 9th, noon-4:30 p.m. (rain date July 10th) Stroll the Fenway neighborhood and take in music from around the globe at venues across the East and West Fenway – or sign up to volunteer! To view upcoming acts and to sign up, visit www.fenwayporchfest.org
  • Swingin’ in the Fens – Ramler Park, July 13th at 6:00 p.m. Join The Friends of Ramler Park and Berklee College of Music for an evening of music with Lydia Harrell at Ramler Park, located at 130 Peterborough Street in the West Fenway. This concert is free and open to the public
  • Tai Chi and Chair Yoga at Symphony Park – Free classes continue at Symphony Park for Tai Chi on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 and Chair Yoga on Thursday mornings at 10:00. All are welcome – these classes are fair weather only. Symphony Park is located at 39 Edgerly Road in the West Fenway.

Dear Members and Frien

Please see the following message from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services regarding an opportunity to watch the Celtics Game 6 at Fenway Park on June 16th:

Please be advised that tomorrow the City of Boston is hosting a viewing party for the Boston Celtics Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Fenway Park.

This is a free ticketed event and all patrons must have a ticket to attend. Please register for a ticket here: http://redsox.com/viewingparty

Doors open at 8pm and all patrons must leave once the game has ended by approximately 11:30pm 

Dear Members and Friends,

We have several announcements, but first, what is better than a summer picnic?

We hope you will all join us this Tuesday evening for Fenway Civic Association’s Annual Rose Garden Picnic!

The roses are in bloom and the weather should be great! We will have food, refreshments, and live music.

Come meet your neighbors, hear from your elected officials, and enjoy a stroll through the roses. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: Samuels&Associates, Star Market, Berklee College of Music, and Suffolk Construction.

 2. Wednesday, June 15th, 9:30 a.m. – Free Tai Chi at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Road

Come join neighbors for an introduction to Tai Chi at Symphony Park, taught by Sifu Huan Zhang. This 8-session class will focus on the first 13 moves of tai chi, and include warm up breathing and balance exercises. Thanks to Fenway Health and the Healthy Habits program at Fenway Community Development Corporation for making this series possible.

Fair weather only.

3. Wednesday, June 15th 6:00 p.m. – Bus Network Redesign Fenway Meeting on the #55 Bus

Please join Fenway Civic and the #55 Bus Coalition for this important meeting to review proposed changes to the #55 Bus. Changes will have large impacts for our bus service, and the Bus Network Redesign staff are receptive to YOUR input. Please take the time to join this meeting and share your ideas for the future of your bus!

To register, visit tinyurl.com/REGISTER5BNR

4. Thursday, June 16th 10:00 a.m. – Chair Yoga at Symphony Park, 3 Edgerly Road

All are welcome to this gentle chair yoga class, taught by certified instructors as part of the Boston Park Summer Fitness Series. Wear comfortable clothing – water will be provided! This class is fair weather only

5. Saturday, June 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Household hazardous waste, paper shredding, and textile and electronics drop-off

The City of Boston’s Department of Public Works will be accepting hazardous waste, paper for shredding and home textiles and electronics from Boston residents. Take this opportunity to dispose of your waste! Details at: https://www.boston.gov/calendar/household-hazardous-waste-paper-shredding-textiles-and-electronics-drop-1

Dear Members and Friends:

Happy June! We have a number of announcements this week as follows:

1. Wednesday, June 8th, 3:30 p.m. Fenway Cares Free food distribution

Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer for a good cause?

Fenway Cares will be distributing free fresh produce, grains, and more at two locations:

East Fenway at Symphony Community Park, 39 Edgerly Road and West Fenway at the Fenway Community Center, corner of Boylston and Jersey Streets.

Volunteers are always welcome! Please sign up at: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/fenwaycaresfood/

2. Wednesday, June 8th 6 p.m. Virtual Citizens Advisory Council meeting, Air Rights Parcel 13

A public meeting will be held by the BPDA to discuss a revised Letter of Intent filing for Air Rights Parcel 13 in the East Fenway/Back Bay neighborhood.

This parcel is located at the intersection of Boylston and Massachusetts Avenue.

To register, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/06/08/parcel-13-citizens-advisory-committee-meeting

To read the filing, visit: https://bpda.app.box.com/s/r2sxwh0cuoao1gu42u2zkmypwuzqhbbg

3. Thursday, June 9th, 10:00 a.m. Free Chair Yoga at Symphony Park

Boston Parks’  Free Summer Fitness Series is back!

Join neighbors for a gentle chair yoga class at Symphony Park, located at 39 Edgerly Road

Water will be provided – wear comfortable clothing.

This class is fair weather only. For more information and a full listing of fitness events, see the attached flyer

4. Thursday, June 9th 6 p.m. Virtual public meeting regarding the Red Sox #55 Bus Study

This public meeting will present a study regarding existing bus conditions, funded by Fenway Sports Group. Join to be a part of this important conversation!

Join Zoom Meeting https://redsox.zoom.us/j/98988704272?pwd=V3VURkc2ZzlQRkgyTkp6UTRPUG1TQT09 Meeting ID: 989 8870 4272Passcode: 373500One tap mobile+19292056099,,98988704272# US (New York) 13017158592,,98988704272# US +(Washington DC) 

And please save these dates next week!

Dear Members and Friends,

Another light week in the Fenway – please see the following events for the week ahead!

1. Wednesday, May 25th, 12 p.m.: Community Preservation Meet and Greet (virtual)

Interested in learning more about how Boston’s Community Preservation Act works?

Join this virtual session to learn more about the state statute, what CPA funds do to support housing, open space, and historic preservation, and how you can get involved.

Learn more and RSVP at : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdv3RzcnyzyMuIYJ343RuNA4iCYdbDDu_qMHy2EHMQyIn7Ogw/viewform

2. Wednesday, May 25th, 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares, East Fenway (39 Edgerly Road) and West Fenway (Fenway Community Center, corner of Jersey and Boylston Street)

Need food? Know someone who does, or want to volunteer for a good cause?

Fenway Cares will be distributing free produce, grains and more at Symphony Park and Fenway Community Center.

To learn more or to request a delivery, visit: 

3. Friday, May 27th 9 a.m.-12 p.m. – Berklee Love Your Block Clean Up – East Fenway

Berklee College will be hosting a staff-led Love Your Block clean-up in the East Fenway.

Neighbors are welcome to join! To sign up to volunteer, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXyqXaxUWR2Gn2Mn4hhlQD9fLLyD5XaK_rHZUxL4xVIMMqxQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

4. Monday, May 30th 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Memorial Day Open House, Museum of Fine Arts

Sticking around for the long weekend? The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will be providing free admission on a first come first served basis.

To learn more and to register, visit: https://www.mfa.org/event/open-house/memorial-day-open-house?event=3182

5. Monday, May 30th 11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Frank Hatch Free Day at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Bring family and friends for a free day of art making, music, art, and more!

To register, visit: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/frank-hatch-free-day-memorial-day-20220530

And save the date for these events ahead

Dear Members and Friends,

The Bus Network Redesign proposal was released today.

Please see the following link for information, including large changes proposed for the #55 bus.

We encourage you to attend the Bus Network Redesign meeting on May 19th – you may register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_99oZhMAfQKmgLnYsLEvfDA

Can’t attend? Submit your comments online using this link:  https://www.mbta.com/projects/bus-network-redesign/update/bus-network-redesign-proposal#feedback

Dear Members and Friends,

A few announcements for the week and some items to mark on your calendars:

1. Wednesday, May 18th, 9:30 a.m. – Mayor Wu’s Coffee Hour, Ramler Park, 130 Peterbrough Street.

Join neighbors and friends for a cup of coffee with the mayor! Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Mayor Wu and city officials- it is a good way to express your priorities and concerns, and get to know your city representatives.

Each attendee will receive a free flowering plant. Event is weather permitting

2. Thursday, May 19th, 6:00 p.m. – Virtual Bus Network Redesign Meeting

We strongly encourage you to attend Thursday’s virtual meeting.

The proposed redesign has consequences for the #55 bus route:

  • The route will begin at Longwood Medical Area, down Boylston Street, continue down Mass Ave and end at Kendall Square, Cambridge
  • The bus will no longer stop at Copley and instead will stop at Hynes Convention for Green Line connections (or Kenmore until Hynes is ADA accessible)
  • There will no longer be direct connectivity to downtown via bus
  • The route will no longer go through Queensberry and Jersey St.

To attend this meeting and share your thoughts, register here.

3. Saturday, May 21st 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Household Hazardous Waste, Paper Shredding, and Textiles and e-waste Drop-Off Day, Central DPW Facility, 400 Frontage Rd., Boston 02118

Finishing up your spring cleaning? Take advantage of the city’s waste and drop-off days by bringing hazardous materials, papers for shredding, and your unwanted e-waste and textiles to Public Works. More information, including what you can and can’t drop off at:

https://www.boston.gov/calendar/household-hazardous-waste-paper-shredding-textiles-and-electronics-drop

Finally, Boston’s Summer in the City Guide is out! See this guide to access free concerts, classes, and events across the city: https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/file/2022/05/%2722%20Summer%20Guide_web2_0.pdf

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Save the dates ahead:

Dear Members and Friends,

We are excited to be nearing our Annual Flower Share with Northeastern University and the return of our Birds of the Back Bay Fens Birdwalk!

Please see the following events for the week ahead.

1. Tuesday May 10th, 5:00 p.m. – Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) Meeting

The BCDC will be hosting a virtual meeting to discuss public realm impacts of proposed development.

Tuesday’s meeting includes discussion of the Longwood Place development at Simmons’ residential campus.

To learn more and to register to attend, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/05/10/boston-civic-design-commission-meeting

2. Wednesday, May 11th, 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares free food distribution, West Fenway (Fenway Community Center, corner of Jersey and Boylston) and East Fenway (Symphony Community Park, 39 Edgerly Road)

Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer for a good cause? Fenway Cares will be distribution free product, grains, and more at both East and West Fenway locations. Volunteers are always welcome!

For more information, visit: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/fenwaycaresfood/

3. Wednesday, May 11th 6:00 p.m. –  Fenway Corners Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting

A public meeting will be held with CAC members that includes discussion of the overall project proposal, its impacts, and proposed mitigation. 

Following a presentation, public comments will be accepted. To learn more and to register, visit: https://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/05/11/fenway-corners-community-advisory-committee-meetin

4. Saturday, May 14th – Annual Flower Share with Northeastern University

We are happy to host flower shares with our partners at Northeastern University at two locations in both the East and West Fenway.

All members who ordered flowers should have received a confirmation with reminders about the date, time and location of their pick-up.

If you have not ordered flowers but would like some, or if you did not receive a reminder, please contact us at fenwaycivic@aol.com

Special thanks to Northeastern University for their support of this event!

5. Sunday, May 15th 7:30 a.m.  – Birds of the Back Bay Fens

Please join us for FCA’s annual “Birds of the Back Bay Fens” Guided Spring Bird Walk with Stephen Baird. 

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 at 7:30 a.m. Free parking on Sundays in Boston. 

Thrill to the sights and sounds of the array of birds that inhabit the Back Bay Fens each spring. We will walk along the Muddy River to the Victory Gardens. All levels welcome. Please bring binoculars, if you have them. Loaner binoculars will be available. In the event of heavy rain, the walk will be cancelled. Host: Stephen Baird, Nature’s Zeitgeist has photo-documented wildlife of the Boston area for over 30 years.  Details on the wildlife of the Emerald Necklace area and surrounding watersheds can be accessed on the Nature’s Zeitgeist FaceBook page and Friends of Jamaica Pond web site

Save the dates ahead!

  • 5/18: Mayor’s Coffee Hour at Ramler Park, 9:30 a.m.
  • 5/19: Bus Network  Redesign Public meeting 6 p.m.
  • 5/21: Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off day 9 a.m. -2 p.m.