News Briefs

SoWa Market Returns May 5

The SoWa Open Market, on 460-540 Harrison Ave., will kick-off its 16th season on Sunday, May 5. Every Sunday, from May through October, more than 175 makers and thousands of visitors converge in SoWa, amidst a vibrant backdrop of artist studios, galleries, boutiques and vintage shops.

This season will feature the return of the SoWa Beer Garden. Created in partnership with Craft Collective, a different local brewer will take over the taps each Sunday. Brewers will include Fiddlehead Brewing Company, SingleCut Beersmiths, Finback Brewery, Banded Brewing and many more. Keep an eye out for special events and guest appearances, such as our Mother’s Day rosé pop-up with The Urban Grape and our annual Oktoberfest party hosted by Schilling Beer Company. The family and pet-friendly beer garden will also feature live music, lawn games, and Boston’s favorite food trucks. In addition, SoWa will continue to host a DIY Workshop series, where visitors can sign up for instructional classes led by a SoWa vendor, and will continue partnerships with local charities via collaborative activations, such as performances by Urbanity Dance, interactive painting with Artists for Humanity, a More Than Words book swap, and kick’n it with South End Soccer.

For information on weekly happenings, please visit: www.sowaboston.com/calendar/.

Red Sox Season Opener

The Red Sox will kick off the season with their first home game on April 9 against the Toronto Blue Jays at 2:05pm. Other home games in the next week include:

April 11 vs. Blue Jays at 7:10pm

April 12 vs. Baltimore Orioles at 7:10pm

April 13 vs. Baltimore Orioles 1:05pm

April 14 vs. Orioles at 1:05pm

April 15 vs. Orioles at 11:05am

Back Bay Happenings

•Spring Fun Party! Come celebrate spring with the Friends of the Clarendon Street Playground. Join us for an egg hunt, coffee and donuts and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The fun all takes place on Sunday, April 13, at 11 a.m. in the Clarendon Street Playground. Volunteers are needed to hide eggs at 9 a.m. To help with the event, please call (617) 247-3961 or email [email protected]

•Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting: Dark stretches of Commonwealth Avenue Mall will stay bright year round, thanks to the launch of a plan to design and install permanent lighting of the statues on each block of the Mall. The first project will be the Morison statue in the Spring of 2019, followed by the Garrison and Collins statues. We are currently raising funds for the Commonwealth Avenue Mall Statue Lighting. If you’d like to help, you can donate online at friendsofhtepublicgarden.org or by sending a check in the mail. For more information, email Margaret Pokorny at [email protected], or call 617-723-8144.

•The NABB Green Committee will meet on April 10, 5:30 p.m., at The Learning Project, 107 Marlborough St. For more information on the meeting, contact [email protected]

•The NABB Police Panel/Public Safety Forum will take place on April 25, 6 p.m., in the sanctuary of the First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St. For more information, contact [email protected]

•SAVE THE DATE:  A NABB Homelessness Forum will take place on May 20, at 6 p.m. The discussion will focus on homelessness and how it affects the Back Bay and many neighborhoods in the city.

•First Annual Back Bay Social Club Beer Festival will take place on Sunday, April 7, from noon-3 p.m. The Back Bay Social Club is at 867 Boylston St., and the festival will include an opportunity to try 12 different beers, including several local brews.

•Hop over to Fairmont Copley Plaza on Sunday, April 21, and celebrate Easter in a grand style this year. The Fairmont is hosting an extravagant, family-friendly brunch buffet with multiple seating options at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. As a special treat for the little ones, children can hunt for over 1,000 Easter eggs throughout the hotel, interact with adorable farm animals from Enchanted Animal Parties, enjoy an arts n’ crafts section, and get creative at a decorate-your-own-cookie station. Plenty of family photo opportunities inside the luxurious setting of Fairmont Copley Plaza.

South End Dates

•The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association Executive Committee will meet on Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m.

•Eight Streets Neighborhood Association will meet on Tuesday, April 9, in Project Place at 6:45 p.m. in the second floor. The program will include a talk from the Community Music Center of Boston, a ZBA application for a rear deck at 27-29 Dwight St. (Ghita Akkar), and issues around trash management.

•The East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) will meet on April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Project Place, second floor.

•The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) will meet on April 23 at 7 p.m.

•The South End Forum will have its quarterly meetings before the summer break on May 7 and June 11.

•Boston Center for Youth and Families has brought back its free, Family Gym time to the Blackstone Community Center. The program is a weekly activity for children ages 3-8. It runs on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. This session of Family Gym will run through April 13. In the fall the program will expand to additional BCYF community centers. For updated information or program cancellations follow @BCYFCenters.

•United South End Artists will present an Art Marathon on Sunday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in studios throughout the South End. Log on to USEAboston.com for details and locations.

•The South End Forum Opiate Working Group has released its meeting schedule for Winter/Spring 2019. The group will meet at 4 p.m. in the Crosstown Hilton on April 23 and May 21.

•State Rep. Jon Santiago Office Hours: Office Hours start this Friday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the South End Library. Next Office Hours will be on Thursday, April 18, at the Dudley Street Cafe in Lower Roxbury at 10:30 a.m.

•Tuesday, April 16: Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee Meeting with Karilyn Crockett (author of People Before Highways), State Senator William Brownsberger, State Rep. Jon Santiago, and Councilor Ed Flynn. All are welcome. The meeting will be at the South End Library (685 Tremont Street). Questions? Email [email protected]

•Raising Confident Kids without Controlling or Caving: Author Tracy Cutchlow will give a talk on the subject at Revolution Hotel, 5:30 p.m., on April 11 via the Ellis Memorial. R.S.V.P. by e-mailing t[email protected]

•The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will have their annual park clean up on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Rakes, brooms, bags and supplies will be provided by the City. Bring your own gloves.

•Josiah Quincy Elementary School 172nd Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser. Enjoy a fun-filled night with a 10-course traditional Chinese banquet, student performance, and online/live auctions. Event to be held on Wednesday, May 15 at Empire Garden Restaurant from 5:30-9 p.m. at 690 Washington St. Online auction items being added daily. All proceeds to fund the school pool and enrichment programs. Visit www.supportjqes.org for more information and to purchase tickets, donate, or view online auction items. Last year’s event was sold out.

•USES will have continuing community conversations with its president, Maicharia Weir Lytle at the Tubman House, Weds., April 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; or on Thursday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

•SAVE THE DATE: The City’s Love Your Block clean-up effort for the spring will take place on Saturday, May 4, at several locations across the South End, Back Bay and Bay Village.

•MARKET TIME: The SoWa Sunday Market will have its opening day on Sunday, May 5, this spring.

Fenway Times

•The Peterborough Senior Center holds bingo at 12:30 p.m. and a Tech Café at 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Come play bingo and meet new people, or can get help with your phone or tablet/computer.

•The Fenway Victory Gardens will have their first Community Participation Day on April 20 from 10am-1pm. Beverages and snacks will be available at the start in the Butterfly/Teaching Garden.

South End Authors Book Fest

On Thursday, April 4, from 4-8 p.m., the South End Authors Book Festival committee will be holding its fourth annual event.

The event will be held at Tent City, 130 Dartmouth St., in the Harry Dow Community Room – across the street from the Back Bay Transit Station.

This event is held every year, so that local authors can present their writings to the General Public for sale. Through the years the itinerary has been pretty much the same, authors introducing themselves and their books to the attendees. Guests intermingling with each other discussing the books being presented. All enjoying good conversation centered around a bit of light refreshments and drink. Also, sometime during the evening, a short presentation by a guest speaker. All and all everyone, authors and guests always end up having a good time.

The Festival Committee would like, this year, to offer a special invitation to all the would be young adult/teenage writers in the community to come to the festival to discuss their writings, the authors’ writings, or just writing in general.

Josiah Quincy School Fundraiser

Josiah Quincy Elementary School 172nd Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser is a fun-filled night with a 10-course traditional Chinese banquet, student performances, and online/live auctions. Event will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at Empire Garden Restaurant from 5:30-9:00 p.m. at 690 Washington St. Online auction items being added daily. All proceeds to fund the school pool and enrichment programs. Visit www.supportjqes.org for more information and to purchase tickets, donate, or view online auction items. Last year’s event was sold out!

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