Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:
Music and theater
JP Concerts will present “Timber” by Michael Gordon at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Revere St.
The performance will feature a night of interplay between digital media, live audio processing, acoustic percussion and theater.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 617-874-4009 or visit www.jpconcerts.org for more details.
The Forest Hills Educational Trust will welcome author Anthony Sammarco speaking about “The Boston Irish” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 at the Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave.
Sammarco, author of more than 50 books on the history of Boston and surrounding communities and a teacher at the Urban College of Boston, will explore the 19th and 20th century people and institutions that were founded by Irish immigrants and their descendants, including philanthropist Andrew Carney, sculptor Martin Milmore and playwright Eugene O’Neill, all buried at Forest Hills.
Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.foresthillstrust.org or call 617-524-0128.
The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free “Spring into Health” walk from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.
This brisk walk along the less-traveled paths of the arboretum will focus on fitness as well as on information about seasonal plants and points of interest. Walkers should dress appropriately and bring a bottle of water.
In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.
The walk is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call 617-384-5277 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.
Certified yoga instructor Rob Halpin will be at the MSPCA-Angell at 350 Huntington Ave. to lead an all-levels donation based yoga class celebrating love of movement and love of dogs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 19.
No yoga experience is required, but even seasoned practitioners will enjoy the opportunity to deepen their practice and gain new insights – all while contributing $20 toward a noble cause. All proceeds go to the MSPCA’s Pit Pals Program.
Send an email to Bryn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register.
MusiConnects will present the Roslindale Community Program student recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 at Springhouse Assisted Living, 44 Allandale St.
Admission is free. Call 617-522-0043 or visit www.musiconnects.org for further details.
The first public reading of a new play, “Prudence” by Stefan Lanfer will be performed at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 20 at Bella Luna and the Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St.
The play concerns 24 African American girls who arrived at a small New England town in 1833 to further their education. Their teacher, Prudence Crandall, a white Quaker woman, was jailed and the ensuing trials nearly forced the U.S. Supreme Court to rule whether nonwhites were citizens.
The play weaves past and present together, as these events are seen through the eyes of modern day girls visiting the Prudence Crandall Museum. It is presented as part of the Open Theatre Project.
A donation of $20 is recommended. To reserve a seat, visit www.theopentheatre.com.
Games and pizza
The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will host a free Games and Pizza Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20.
Kids will enjoy board games such as checkers, Candy Land, Monopoly and more. All ages are welcome.
Call 617-522-1960 for further details.
Boston Ballet story time
The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will offer story time with Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21.
Children and families are welcomed to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision. Admission is free.
For more information, call 617-522-1960.
JP Reads, Social Artists & Writers and the JP Tuesday Club invite the community to the third annual Silent(ish) Reading Party from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.
Participants can grab their books or newspapers and settle into a cozy chair or window seat in some of the loveliest, oldest rooms in Jamaica Plain. There will be warm drinks and treats, peace and (not too) quiet, on this special Saturday afternoon.
The suggested donation is $5. Proceeds will be used for public programs and house preservation.
Further information can be found at www.loring-greenough.org or by calling 617-524-3158.
Gypsy jazz concert
The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host the ensemble 440 in concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26.
The ensemble expands on the tradition of gypsy jazz established by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. They perform toe-tapping snappy arrangements of swing-era hot jazz standards and original songs.
A tea service will follow the program and is included in the admission. Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and will be available at the door. Reservations are suggested.
Visit www.loring-greenough.org or 617-524-3158 for further details.
The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will welcome Dr. Yukio Lippit of Harvard University from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27 in the Hunnewell Building, where he will talk about woodwork and the arts of Japan.
Material culture in Japan is distinguished by its heavy reliance on wood in art-making and the emergence of a wide array of techniques for the wood-related arts. Lippit’s lecture will focus on timber-frame architecture and how this provides a lens into the man-nature relationship; Japanese sculpture and the meanings inherent in the different types of woods employed for the creation of religious statues; and Japanese woodblock printing and the relationship of wood carving to the artistry of Japanese prints.
Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.
Call 617-384-5277 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu for further information
Art of quilting
The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Branching Out: The Art of Quilting” by Pamela Goody now to May 7 in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.
Goody quilts with a painterly eye, using materials with a variety of scale, texture, color and design. She often paints, sponges or stamps her own fabric, translating nature through the medium of fabric. She gravitates toward trees, plants and flowers, as they have a lyrical quality.
Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to email@example.com for more information.
The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., offers guided tours of the house from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays during March.
Visitors will see the newly acquired portraits of David Greenough II and his wife Maria, as well as other historic treasures. Adult admission is $5, children $3.
For more information visit www.lghouse.org or call 617-524-5138.