News in Brief

Wu Announces 2022 Outdoor Dining Program

Mayor Michelle Wu announced the return of the Outdoor Dining Pilot Program, a collaboration of the Licensing Board, Boston Fire Department, Inspectional Services Department, Boston Transportation Department, Public Improvement Commission, Disabilities Commission, Public Works, Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services. The Outdoor Dining Program is a citywide initiative that allows restaurants the use of expanded public spaces for outdoor dining. The applications for the 2022 Outdoor Dining Pilot Program are now open. Those interested can apply here. Visit for more information and ongoing updates about the 2022 Temporary Outdoor Dining Program. Questions and concerns about the program can be sent to [email protected].

Roll up Your Sleeves at the Annual Muddy River Cleanup

Registration for the 2022 Muddy River Cleanup is now live! Each year since 2009, the Conservancy’s largest annual volunteer event has brought hundreds together to pick up litter, remove invasive plants and assist with park maintenance throughout all 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace. This year’s cleanup takes place Saturday, April 23 in each park of the Necklace, from Franklin Park to Charlesgate Park. The Muddy River Cleanup is part of the larger Charles River Cleanup, which was recognized nationally from 2016-2019 by American Rivers for the Most Pounds of Trash Collected and Most Volunteers Mobilized. Register at

126th Boston Marathon–Monday, April 18

30,000 entrants will participate in the 126th Boston Marathon, starting the 26.2-mile route from Main Street in Hopkinton to Boylston Street at Copley  Square near the Boston Public Library. Race day road closures will be in effect on roads in the vicinity of Kenmore  Square, Copley Square, Boston Common, and other areas in the Back Bay. Please visit for more information as closures become  available.

Crowd barriers will be set up along Boylston Street and areas of the course within the City of Boston. Spectators are asked for their cooperation in following reasonable and common sense guidelines that will help ensure  the safety and security of participants, volunteers, and spectators. For more information, please visit

Taking public transportation is strongly encouraged. The following nearby  MBTA stations will be open:

• Hynes Convention Center Station (MBTA Green Line)

• Prudential Station (MBTA Green Line)

• Back Bay Station (MBTA Orange Line / Commuter Rail)

• Arlington Station (MBTA Green Line)

Please note, Copley Station (MBTA Green Line) will be closed for the entire day  on race day. For more information on MBTA service, please visit

BPL Concerts in the Courtyard Applications Open

Musicians! Apply to be a part of the BPL’s Concerts in the Courtyard 2022 season and get a chance to play live in our spectacular courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square. All genres are encouraged. The deadline is April 4. Learn more and apply at

Annual Spring Celebration at Clarendon Street Playground

Ring in Spring at the Clarendon Street Playground on Saturday, April 9, 10 AM – 12PM. Children and families are invited to delight in seasonal games and crafts, complimentary beverages and snacks and balloon art at their favorite neighborhood playground. Donations will be accepted and directed to UNICEF to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please email [email protected].

Women’s Lunch Place Spring Fundraiser

The Women’s Lunch Place will host their spring fundraiser “Eat, Lunch, Give” on Thursday, April 14, at the Park Plaza Hotel. Learn more at

Fenway Community Development Corporation’s 49th Annual Meeting

Attend and celebrate the Fenway CDC’s accomplishments, hear keynote speech, and celebrate our community awardees on Thursday, April 7, 6PM – 7:15PM. For more information and to register for the virtual meeting, visit  Questions? Please contact Hang Le at [email protected] or (617) 865-9915.

Indoor/Outdoor 2022 Spring Open Studios

Please join the artists of the Fenway Studios at 30 Ipswich Street, Boston, MA 02215 for a springtime weekend celebration on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 11AM – 5PM. Learn more at

Fenway Cares Food Distribution

Fenway Cares distributes free food boxes every other Wednesday at the following locations:

• West Fenway: Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. (pickups at Jersey St. entrance).

• East Fenway: Symphony Community Park, 39 Edgerly Rd. (in case of inclement weather pickup is under the breezeway next to Whole Foods and across from Caffe Nero).

Upcoming distribution dates:

• Wednesday, April 13, 27, 3:30PM – 4:30PM

• Wednesday, May 11, 25, 3:30PM – 4:30PM • Wednesday, June 8, 22, 3:30PM – 4:30PM

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