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On a single fall afternoon, 25 jazz ensembles will gather at a series of connected, walkable locations along the Charles River Esplanade, interpreting the same curated list of Boston-related tunes in one collective free concert that celebrates the great jazz community in Boston today.

“Jazz Along the Charles: A Walkable Concert” is produced by Celebrity Series of Boston and will take place on Sunday, Sept. 25. The audience will stroll along the Charles River on a two-mile loop as they go from one ensemble after another.

Local jazz ensembles of all styles and genres are encouraged to apply for participation in the concert and applications are currently being accepted through April 16. Amateur, collegiate, pre-professional and professional ensembles interested in being part of the shared experience and community of a large-scale event are welcome.

For more information and applications are available at


“The Science of Christianity” is a free talk by Mary Alice Rose, CSB, on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Boston Public Library (Boylston entrance).

This convergence of topics allows for an exploration, not of creed, but of universal truths that are at the root of common humanity and common sense.

Rose is a practitioner of Christian Science healing and an international speaker on the subject of the connection between a Christian and scientific approach to prayer and health. She brings a unique perspective to this discussion, as a former NOAA meteorologist and NASA project manager for the Hubble Space Telescope.

This talk is sponsored by The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Back Bay, the world headquarters of the Christian Science movement, founded by Mary Baker Eddy.


The 2018 Love Your Block Spring Cleanup registration will open March 1 and end April 27.

Scheduled for May 5 beginning at 9 a.m. across the city, the Love Your Block mission is to provide opportunities for all Bostonians to become civically involved in their community. This gives Bostonians a chance to volunteer their time maintaining and improving the city one block at a time.

Visit to register your neighborhood.


Fenway Porchfest community meeting will take place at the Fenway Community Center at 1282 Boylston St., on March 22 from 6-8 p.m. Fenway Porhcest is an event conceived by the Fenway Alliance, Fenway Community Development Corporation, and Fenway Civic Association as a way to bring arts to residents and to coordinate a free event that both happens in and belongs to the community.

With a dearth of opportunities that other neighborhoods have (i.e., no Main Streets festivals, no Open Studios), the group wanted to provide a vehicle for creative expression open to everyone to be part of.

The plan is for Porchfest to take place on Saturday, June 16, from noon – 4 p.m. To date, the group has established about 30 sites across the East and West Fenway and have been communicating with the city and site owners, and are now very excited to bring their plans to the neighborhood and to get more people involved. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their ideas at the upcoming community meeting.


  • NABB’s next Police Panel/Public Safety Forum will take place on March 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the first floor sanctuary of The First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St.
  • NABB’s Condo Management Friends and Neighbors Group will meet following the public safety meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the First Church in Boston, located at 66 Marlborough St..


  • Learn about the new Community Preservation program and how you can identify and apply for project funds. The Committee will be soliciting input and participation as they develop a neighborhood agenda going forward. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 20, at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts at 85 West Newton St., from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Old Dover Neighborhood Association monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at Project Place, 1145 Washington St., from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.
  • Blackstone Franklin Square Neighborhood Association General business meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at the D4 Police Station Community Room at 650 Harrison Ave. from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • The Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association Neighbors Night will take place at MIDA on Tuesday, March 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Bike Share Expansion meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Tenants’ Development Corporation at 23 Wellington St. Come give your feedback on locations for new bike share stations. At the open house, you can review maps, ask questions, and share your preferences.
  • Fundraiser for 50LEGS will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at Seiyo Restaurant, 1721 Washington St. 50 legs is a non-profit organization, which raises money to provide prosthetics for amputees.
  • The Blackstone Franklin Square Neighborhood Association Spring Social will take place on Tuesday, April 17. The location is TBD but mark your calendars for an evening over drinks and apps to celebrate with neighbors. All are welcome and encouraged to join.
  • Starting Tuesday, March 27, Tidy Up Tuesdays at Blackstone & Franklin Square Parks will take place from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. On the second and fourth Tuesday of every month come out and help clean up the parks! The event is sponsored by The Square Dog and Friends of the Squares.


Residents who are being disturbed by airplane noise are encouraged to call the MassPort Noise Hotline 24 hours a day. The phone number is (617) 561-3333.

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