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August 10, 2018
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INK BLOCK BEER GARDEN TURNS UP IN CHARLESTOWN

Castle Island Brewing and National Development have re-located the beer garden slated for Ink Underground to Charlestown this summer. The brewery has set up the garden on Constitution Wharf, which is owned by National Development.

The beer garden there is open from 2-10 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It is a waterfront location with views of downtown Boston.

The beer garden was proposed this past spring for the South End under the Expressway, but was beat back apparently by concerns from the Police Department about drinking near a busy highway.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY SAVED

The Little Free Library on Milford Street was one of the more popular book dispensaries in the area, but recently it was announced that the “owners” had to take it down due to leaving the area.

A great plan to save it has now unhatched.

GTI Properties has agreed to move the Little Free Library to Thayer Street, and the More than Words organization will keep it stocked with fresh books regularly.

The Little Free Library is an informal system throughout the country where little boxes full of books are located on private properties. The books are free and people take books and leave books as they please.

FOG PERFORMANCES SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS COMMUNITY FROM aug. 11 TO oct. 31

To mark its 20th anniversary year, the Emerald Necklace Conservan-cy presents Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace, a major multi-site public art installation by internationally renowned artist Fujiko Nakaya. To expand the reach and impact of the twelve-week exhibition, and shine a spotlight on the local arts community, the Conservancy is also activating Nakaya’s climate-responsive “fog sculptures” with “fog performances” by artists from across Boston. Known by Nakaya as “the most generous medium,” the fog, with its dynamic and permeable form, allows for limitless interaction and collaboration.

Local artists making connections with the Emerald Necklace and Nakaya’s fog sculptures through “fog performances” at the five site-specific include:

– Lady of the Lavender Mist Revisited (working title) by Neil Leonard of Berklee College

–  Accomplices (for Fujiko Nakaya) by artist Andy Graydon

–  The SOUND [if trees were water] by composer and sound artist Beau Kenyon

–  What is Carried by Clouds by artist Naomi Bennett

–  No Data Is an Island by artist Ofri Cnaani

–  Flow Through by percussionist and composer Maria Finkelmeier of Kadence Arts

–  After Irma by Grammy Award winning Los Munequitos de Matanzas Rumba ensemble with Neil Leonard of Berklee College

– Music for Ground and Atmosphere by musician and composer Ben Cosgrove

–  Dadabex in Boston by Dadabex Performance Group

–  A Woman’s Journey by musician Ashleigh Gordon of Castle of our Skins

–  Sonic Visions by Jamaica Plain Saxophonist Quartet

All performances are free and open to the public. Additional “fog performances” will be added at www.emeraldnecklace.org/20th as they are confirmed.

NORTHAMPTON STREET TRUCK NOISE

Over the years, truck traffic on both Mass Avenue and Northampton Street have resulted in complaints of excessive noise and vibration in the Chester Square area of the South End. The neighborhood now has the ear of the City, and the City is asking for specifics on the noise. Anyone disturbed by truck noise is urged to submit details of those concerns to the Chester Square Neighbors. The email address is info@chestersquareassociation.org.

BACK BAY HAPPENINGS

  • Summer movies at the Pru. With free, family-friendly movies shown under the stars, the Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival is a great summer night out. Entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways will start at 6 p.m. All movies will start every Saturday at sundown. Rain dates will be held the following Tuesday. 2018 remaining movie Schedule:
  • August 11: Mulan
  • August 18: Tarzan
  • August 25: A Wrinkle in Time

Picnic blankets and beach chairs are welcome. Spend just $10 at the Pru and receive discounted parking in the Prudential Center Garage. Closed captioning will be provided for all movies.

  • The Friends of the Public Garden are looking for champion volunteer weeders to help maintain the beautiful Boylston Street border and the Beacon Street border in the Public Garden. ‘You supply the enthusiasm, we supply the gloves, kneepads, and some brief instructions on weed identification!’ Volunteers meet up on alternating Thursdays, starting April 26, 5-7 p.m.

SOUTH END DATES

  • Enjoy free outdoor yoga every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. in Blackstone Square through the month of August, compliments of Coolidge Yoga South End. Bring a mat and water, and enjoy an hour of all-levels vinyasa.
  • The OneHood Basketball league playoffs started on Weds., Aug. 8. in the Blackstone Community Center courts (outside). The OneHood All-Stars vs. Boston Police will play on Friday, Aug. 10. The games go from 6-8 p.m. and feature some fast-moving action.
  • BCYF Blackstone will have a Summer Block Party on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 5-7 p.m. at the community center, 50 W. Brookline St.
  • The next quarterly project construction update for the Harrison Albany Block project will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Suffolk Construction trailer at East Dedham Street. Some of the work coming in August includes the slurry wall finalization for the foundation and the erection of the tower crane in mid-August.
  • City Councilor Michelle Wu and the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee will be co-hosting an ice cream social in Titus Sparrow Park on Sunday, August 19, from 2-4 p.m. Join neighbors, friends, and local Democrats for good ice cream, good toppings, good weather, and good company. For more information, email Jonathan at ward4dems@gmail.com or Sharon at sha-ron@michelleforboston.com.
  • Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee August Meeting: Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m., South End Library, 685 Tremont St. Join fellow Democrats from Back Bay, Fenway, and the South End to learn about the statewide ballot questions coming up this November.

FENWAY TIMES

  • New summer hours for Fenway Community Center. Monday through Saturday open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, also open 5-8 p.m. Close Sunday.

*Thursday, Aug. 9, P.S.C. Book Club, 1:30 p.m.

*Tuesday, Aug. 14, Exercise with Mahmoud Gamil, 11 a.m. Seated and low-impact exercises.

*Tuesday, Aug. 14, Social Dance, 1-3 p.m.

  • Upcoming Red Sox Home Games: The Red Sox will be on the road until Aug. 17. However, there will be several concerts in the interim. Jimmy Buffet plays on Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.; Billy Joel plays Fenway on Aug. 10; and Journey and Def Leppard play the Stadium on Aug. 11. The final Fenway Concert will be Pearl Jam on Sept. 2 and 4.
  • The Fenway Victory Gardens is having a Community Participation Day on Saturday, August 18 from 9 AM to 12 noon. This is an opportunity for members to satisfy their service hours and for other community volunteers to clean, weed, and turn compost in the Gardens! Snacks are provided before 9 AM.
  • Join us in The Victory Gardens for our annual harvest festival, “Fensfest” on Saturday, September 8 from 11AM to 3 PM. Celebrate with food, music, raffles and lot’s of fun stuff. Learn about butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

Are you a City of Boston resident and interested in joining our waitlist for a garden plot of your own?  If so, send an e-mail to info@fenwayvictorygardens.org with your name, preferred contact e-mail,  phone number, and waitlist request!

SLOW STREETS APPLICATIONS

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that applications for the 2018 Neighborhood Slow Streets program are now available. The Neighborhood Slow Streets program is a community-based effort to reduce speeds and improve the quality of life on Boston’s local streets. Neighborhoods associations, community groups, faith-based institutions and other organized groups of neighbors are invited to apply to the program.

All completed applications will be evaluated using the same objective criteria.  The top-scoring three to five neighborhoods will be selected, and the community process and design of each new zone is expected to be completed by early 2020.  Applications must be submitted, or postmarked and mailed, by no later than Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.

Please note that returning applicants only need to supply contact information and signatures from community members, and returning applicants may submit a new map if they choose to make adjustments to their zone.

 

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF BOSTON EVENTS

  • Nov. 10 – Moonlight Masquerade, Aloft Boston Seaport

The night will include dancing, drinks and a raffle to raise funds for the League’s community programs.

  • Fevbruary 28, 2019-March 2, 2019

LBDI (Little Black Dress Initiative), Kick off TBA.  LBDI is an advocacy campaign that seeks to raise community awareness on the issues of poverty in Boston. During the week, LBDI advocates will wear the same black dress for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence and professional opportunities.

  • March 30, 2019 – Annual Charity Gala, JFK Museum.

 

CONCERTS AT TITUS SPARROW PARK

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park have once again brought a slate of great summer concerts to the South End park. Below is the remaining lineup of concerts for the summer – including kids’ concerts in the mornings.

  • Weds. evenings at 6:30 p.m. (unless noted):

August 15, Gretchen and the Pickpockets

August 22, Slim Jim and the Mad Cows (6:15 p.m. start)

August 29, TBD (6 p.m. start)

  • Childrens’ Concerts, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (rain location, unless noted, basement of Union United Methodist)

August 14, Wayne Potash (no rain location)

 

BPL COURTYARD CONCERTS CONTINUE

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard series continues through Friday, Aug. 31, bringing a range of free music to one of Boston’s most beautiful spaces during one-hour concerts throughout the summer. Concerts are held twice each week on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday concerts are presented in partnership with Berklee College of Music and sponsored by Brookline Bank. Concerts will be moved to the newly renovated Rabb Hall in the event of inclement weather.

  • Grupo Fantasia Quartet, Friday, August 10, 12:30 p.m.
  • Tyson Jackson, Wednesday, August 15, 6 p.m.
  • Boston Saxophone Quartet, Friday, August 17, 12:30 p.m.
  • Autumn Jones, Wednesday, August 22, 6 p.m.
  • Cold Chocolate, Friday, August 24, 12:30 p.m.
  • Mariano Escalona, Wednesday, August 29, 6 p.m.
  • Boston Lyric Opera, Friday, August 31, 12:30 p.m.

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