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Dear Members and Friends:
1. FCA/Northeastern Annual Flower Share, Saturday, May 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., St. Ann’s Church 
Since 1975, Northeastern University has partnered with Fenway Civic to provide free plants and flowers to members each spring.
Saturday’s flower share will be held at the St. Ann’s Church/Fenway Center parking lot located at 77 St. Stephen Street (corner of Gainsborough Street). We look forward to seeing you there!
 
2. Neighborhood Improvement Committee Meeting, Monday, May 20th, 6:00 p.m., 100 Norway Street
The Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIC) is facilitated by Berklee College of Music and Fenway residents, and works to improve the neighborhood, focused on areas of shared concern including safety and the public realm. Please join the NIC for this public meeting and bring your ideas!
 
3. District 8 Community Conversation, Tuesday, May 21st, 6:00 p.m., 160 Massachusetts Avenue
A moderated forum with candidates for District 8 City Council will take place May 21st, moderated by Margaret McKenna, President Emerita, Lesley University. Come hear from candidates and bring your questions.
All are invited to this free event, and registration at:
4. Fenway Porchfest Musician and Volunteer sign-up: Ongoing
With over 80 acts and counting, Fenway Porchfest is still accepting applications from musicians through May 27th.
Local musicians are prioritized, so apply today at www.fenwayporchfest.org !
Not a musician, but want to get involved? Write to info@fenwayporchfest.org for more details.
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Dear Members:
We invite you to attend next Tuesday’s Community Conversation with Boston District 8 City Council candidates, moderated by Margaret McKenna.
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 21st, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Berklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor
Attendance is free but requires registration.
Register below and bring your questions!

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Dear FCA Members and Friends:
“MilesofMurals” in the Fenway shows how art in public school can reach far beyond the classroom.  Come support the work of ARCK and enjoy what students have created for all of us — Saturday, May 4th, 2:00 – 5:30 –  Free.
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Upcoming Events

Dear Members and Friends:
Please mark the following events on your calendar – Make sure to read down to see about the Mayor’s Coffee Hour and our Annual Flower Share!
1. Dispensary meeting, April 29, 6:30 p.m., Boston Public Library
Cypress Tree proposes a cannabis dispensary for the Fenway, to be located at 1114 Boylston Street.
Come and bring your comments and questions.
2. Commonwealth Seminar 15th Anniversary Celebration, May 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m ., Suffolk University, 120 Tremont Street
Ever wonder how government really works? Want to know how bills get made? Visit behind the scenes of our State House? The Commonwealth Seminar is a program that firmly believes government should be open to all, hosting trainings multiple times per year on everything you need to know to get your issues heard. Join local politicians, citizens and friends on May 2nd to learn more about the Commonwealth Seminar’s work, hear from the founders, and celebrate its anniversary! Tickets can be purchased and more details available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-room-at-the-table-the-commonwealth-seminars-15th-anniversary-tickets-59524905595
 
3. Fenway Civic Association Annual Bird Walk, May 4th, 7:30 a.m. (meet by the Peace Bell near the footbridge by Kelleher Rose Garden)
Join us for our annual excursion through the Back Bay Fens to witness the spring migration! Naturalist Stephen Baird will host this walk, open to all levels. We will bring checklists – bring binoculars and a friend!
 
4. Kaji Aso Studio Calligraphy Demonstration and Haiku Poetry Contest results, May 5, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., 40 St. Stephen Street
Free and Open to the Public- Donations Gratefully Accepted
PROGRAM:
3:00- 3:30 Exhibit of calligraphy works by Kaji Aso Studio faculty and students
3:30- 4:00 Japanese Calligraphy Demonstration by Michiko Imai
4:00- 4:40 Kaji Aso Studio International Haiku Contest Award Announcements: John Ziemba
Supported in part by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
Exhibition continues through June 2019- Gallery Hours by appointment: 617-247-1719 / administrator@kajiasostudio.com
For more details, see attached flyer
5. Mayor’s Coffee Hour, May 14, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Road
Join neighbors and friends to meet Mayor Walsh and City of Boston staff – Mayor Walsh looks forward to hearing how the City of Boston can improve upon local parks, public areas, and City services. There will be a suggestion box set up at each site. Free coffee and breakfast treats will be provided by Dunkin’, as well as fresh fruit from Star Market. Each family will receive a flowering plant grown in the City’s greenhouses as a gift from Mayor Walsh. Also, there will be a raffle with prizes from Dunkin’. There will be information on City programs from the Boston Public LibraryBoston Public Schools, the Boston Police Department, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families.  For more information and updates on possible weather cancellations, please contact Parks and Recreation at 617-635-4505, or check us out on Facebook or Twitter.
6. FCA/Northeastern University Annual Flower Share, May 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m.,St. Ann’s Church/Fenway Center parking lot, 77 St. Stephen Street
Please make sure to return your flower forms by May 3rd to participate in our annual Flower Share with Northeastern University. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have not yet received a form, please email us at fenwaycivic@aol.com.

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Dear Members:
Please mark your calendars and join us for FCA’s annual “Birds of the Back Bay Fens” guided bird walk with Stephen Baird, Naturalist, Friends of Jamaica Pond. This event is free – all are invited, so come and bring a friend!
See below for details and for photos of our 2018 sightings.
FCA Birdwalk 2019

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Dear members and friends,
SCAPE, the proposed developer of the multi-building complex at 1252 – 1270 Boylston St. intends to build a 15-story, 533-unit dormitory and other amenities. A public meeting about the proposal will be held on Monday, April 22 at 6:00 PM at Simmons University’s main building, located at 300 The Fenway, Room C 101.
On Wednesday, April 24, the Project’s IAG member meeting, also open to the public, will convene, same time and place as above.
Article 66 of the Fenway neighborhood zoning legislation forbids the creation of student dormitories on Boylston Street. Our FCA board unanimously supports these zoning standards developed by a multi-year consensus of residents, businesses, institutions, and city officials. The “no dormitory” provision was purposely inserted into our Fenway zoning to limit institutional expansion and preserve neighborhood quality of life. Our board strenuously objects to any stripping of that provision by the City and SCAPE. We encourage residents to read this proposal and participate in the public process for this project.
You may read the project description and send your comments by visiting:

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Dear Members and Friends,
Please see the following events scheduled for this Tuesday, April 9 and the DCRs Street Sweeping schedule
 
1. Muddy River Symposium, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
We would like to let you know about this year’s annual Muddy River Symposium, sponsored by the Muddy River Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC) and the Colleges of the Fenway.
The symposium will focus on “Boston’s Urban Ecosystem” — Tuesday, April 9 at Simmons University, 4:30 to 7:30 PM. Free.  To register, visit: 2019muddyriver.eventbrite.com.
For more information on the event, contact Fran Gershwin, Chair – Muddy River Restoration Project Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC)
2. Public meeting to discuss a proposed Cannabis Dispensary at 1114 Boylston Street, 6:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Hilton Hotel: Fenway Room, 40 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115
If you have any questions about this meeting or have comments about the proposal please contact: Yissel Guerrero Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at Yissel.Guerrero@boston.gov or by calling  617-635-2679
3. DCR resumes street sweeping: The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s annual program of monthly street-sweeping along selected roadways in the Boston area to clean those roadways and improve the quality of storm water runoff begins Monday, April 1 and will continue through Friday, November 29. AM sweeping starts at 8 AM unless other arrangements are made. PM sweeping starts at 12 Noon

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