News Briefs

Ming’s Market Changes Time, Date

The planned meeting this week for the expansion of Ming’s/New York Market on Washington Street in the East Berkeley Neighborhood Association turf has been changed from July 17 to 24. The meeting will take place at the corner of East Berkeley and Harrison at 5:45 p.m.

Ming’s Supermarket is seeking a change of occupancy for the property at 140-148 East Berkeley St. in order to use the property for storage of food and grocery products.  This proposal requires relief from the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeal.

Parisian Children’s Choir Performs at Cathedral

Le Choeur d’Enfants d’Île-de-France (“The Children’s Choir of Greater Paris”) will perform a unique and free summer concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

Under the director of conductors Francis Bardot and Raphaëlle Boutillier, and accompanied by pianist Laurent Jochum, the choir will perform selects by Bach, Delibes, Fauré, Franck, Mendelssohn, Offenbach, Pergolesi, Pulenc, Rameau, and Saint-Saëns. Free admission. Donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the Jeune Choeur d’Îlede-France and the Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund.

The concert will be at the newly-restored Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St., South End.

Enjoy Free Admission During the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Neighborhood Nights This Summer

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is pleased to announce its summer season of the Neighborhood Nights series. On select Thursday evenings (July 11, Aug. 1, and Aug. 22 from 5 to 9 p.m.), the Museum will offer free admission, available on a first come-first served basis. This summer’s series invites visitors to explore themes drawn from the Museum’s new special exhibition Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform, considering historical landscape architecture, and envisioning their own alternative “counter-maps” today. Each Neighborhood Night will feature performances, hands-on art-making, food trucks, a cash bar, and gallery games. Bring friends and family for an engaging, interactive summer evening in the Museum’s beautiful galleries and gardens. For more information about each night, visit

Free Walking Tours of the Public Garden

Join the Friends of the Public Garden for Untold Stories of the Public Garden, free walking tours of the first public botanical garden in the United States. Led by a pair of expert volunteer guides, learn about the history, sculpture, and horticulture of the Garden on a tour through this treasured oasis. Tours head out Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 4 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. through Labor Day, weather permitting. They run about an hour, and start at the Make Way For Ducklings Statue.

Licensing News

Union Park Pizza has petitioned the Licensing Board to expand their offerings at the new Washington Street pizzeria, adding a beer-and-wine license.

The owners have said they intended to apply for one eventually, and this week (July 17) they have gone before the License Board with their petition for beer and wine.

Meanwhile, popular Tatte Bakery and Café went before the License Board on July 10 seeking approval to locate in the South End at the new 345 Harrison Ave. building in the New York Streets neighborhood. The petition is for a retail space on the ground floor of the building with a seasonal patio having 35 seats. Hours would be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Free Shakespeare on the Common

Free Shakespeare on the Common takes up residence once again with Shakespeare’s lovely mystical dramedy, Cymbeline. The play chronicles the fate of King Cymbeline and his family through a journey of deception, intrigue and separation. Join his daughter Imogen, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroines, as she is swept into a nearly mythic real of mistaken identities, twists and turns, and the all-consuming quest for true love. Performances are FREE and open to the public. The play runs from Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, Aug. 4.

Back Bay Happenings

• There will be no NABB Green Committee meetings in July or August.

• Newbury Street will be closed to traffic and become a pedestrian-only walkway from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue on Aug. 25, and Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Open Newbury Street.

• There will be an abutter’s meeting regarding a proposal at 42-44 Russell St. at the property on July 18 at 6 p.m.

South End Dates

•SoWa First Friday

The artists of SoWa Artists Guild invite you to visit SoWa First Friday, free and open to the public! More than 80 artists’ studios at 450 Harrison Avenue in the SoWa Art + Design District in the South End of Boston will be open from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  You’ll meet artists and experience a wide variety of original contemporary art that is available for you to browse and buy. MBTA Orange line to New England Medical Center, then Silver line outbound to Union Park Street. Parking is available. For more information, please visit and

•The East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) has ended its spring meetings. The EBNA has changed its meeting time for the fall, now meeting on the first Tuesday of the month instead of the third Tuesday. They will meet next on Sept. 3.

•Festival Betances by IBA will be taking place this month on July 20-21 at Villa Victoria. This year, all of the headlining vocalists at the festival will be Latina women, serving as a continuation of IBA’s “Latinas En Foco/Latinas In Focus” arts series that is showcasing the diversity and talent of Latina female performers. Artists involved in this year’s Festival include Michelle Brava, Gisselle, Karla Rivera and more.

The festival will go from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, and from 1-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. The annual parade will take place at 1 p.m. on July 20. The strangest and most fun experience in the South End – the greased pole competition – will take place on July 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Fenway Times

•The Peterborough Senior Center holds bingo at 12:30 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.

•Summer Fitness Series at Symphony Park

Free, age-strong fitness classes at Symphony Park, located at 39 Edgerly Road in the Fenway.

Join your neighbors for these classes, sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Public Health Commission, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, with support from the Mission Hill Fenway Neighborhood Trust. All classes take place in the park at 10:00 a.m.; in event of rain, classes will be held at 100 Norway Street:

Chair Yoga: Tuesdays, June 4 – September 24

Tai Chi: Thursdays, June 6 – July 25th

Red Sox Home Games:

7/18 vs. Blue Jays  at 1:05pm

725 vs. Yankees at 7:10pm

7/26 vs. Yankees at 7:10pm

7/27 vs. Yankees at 4:05pm

7/28 vs. Yankees at 7:08pm

7/30 vs. Rays at 7:10pm

7/31 vs. Rays at 7:10pm

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