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Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 12 and 19.

Walkers will visit Jamaica Pond on Aug. 12 and learn how this area was transformed from private estates of Boston’s elite into today’s parkland. The tour will start from the Bandstand at Pond Street.

The following week’s tour will focus on the Monument Square area, which includes a National Historic District. It also features the country’s oldest community theater company, an 18th century mansion that once served as the nation’s first military hospital, a house dated from 1716 that was once a tavern, the Eliot School and the First Church burial ground. Walkers will meet at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

The tours take one hour, and reservations are not required. Visit for more information about these and other tours.

Local vocalist to perform

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Friends of Jamaica Pond and Boston Parks and Recreation will present a summer concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13 at Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond.

Singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick will perform. She has recorded 17 albums and won eight Boston Music Awards.

Knucklebones Playspace will provide children’s activities and entertainment at 5 p.m.

Participants can bring low beach chairs or blankets and a picnic supper. Admission is free.

Call 617-522-2700 or visit for more information.

Pizza and games

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will host a free family pizza and board game night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14.

Families can enjoy pizza and drinks and play old-fashioned board games like Monopoly, Clue, checkers and more, as well as other fun activities.

Call 617-522-1960 for more details.

Dance class

Members of Urbanity Dance will visit the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., at 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14 to teach a free dance class.

This class will explore popular children’s literature through dance and creative movement and is open to all ages. Children are invited to move, groove and experience story time in an exciting and expressive way.

For more information, call 617-524-2053.

Cityscape mural

Children, ages 5 and older, are invited to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., to read “Maybe Something Beautiful” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Kids will read “Maybe Something Beautiful,” create a collaborative cityscape mural to hang in the Community Room and make mini accordion book murals to take home. Admission is free.

Call 617-524-2053 for further details.

Tall ships and pirates

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host “Tall Ships and Pirate Tales” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Sciencetellers will take kids, ages 4 and older, on an action-packed adventure about a crew of pirates marooned on a desert island, where they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to make a ship. Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help explore the science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, scientific variables and more.

Call 617-524-2053 for more information.

Countdown to kindergarten

A special kindergarten day celebration will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Children entering kindergarten in the Boston public schools and their caregivers are invited to attend the celebration and join in the fun. They should wear their yellow “I Am Going to Kindergarten” T-shirts.

Call 617-524-2053 or visit for more details.

Victorian summer tour

The Forest Hills Educational Trust will welcome historian and author Dee Morris in a talk and tour from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 at Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave. Walkers should meet at the visitors’ circle inside the main gate.

The tour “A Victorian Summer: Good Friends, Tasty Food and a Cold Beer,” will focus on celebrated Victorians who embraced the social life of Boston.

The tour lasts 90 minutes with frequent stops over varied terrain. Participants should bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-524-0128.

Music, farmers’ market

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., is offering Thursdays on the Lawn from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays now to Oct. 1.

Festivities will include live music, children’s activities and a farmers’ market with heirloom plants and produce, organic vegetables, pasta and baked goods.

Visit for further information.

Paintings of Forest Hills

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, is displaying “The Evolution of a Landscape,” recent paintings of Forest Hills by Andrew Haines, now to Oct. 8.

Haines’s exhibition brings to life the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, the vibrant story of its evolution and the new link between the landscapes of the Arnold Arboretum, Franklin Park and the Forest Hills neighborhood.

Haines is known for detailed painterly realism that captures his subjects in very specific light. He has shown widely, won several awards and has his work in many private and public collections.

Admission to the exhibit and reception are free.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit for more details.

Art exhibition

Works by Jamaica Plain artist Cristina Rosa Nelson are on display at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., now until Aug. 31 during library hours.

“Ikonoplastic” is a series of 2 and 3-dimensional mixed media assemblages and collages layered with characters and symbols. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-524-2053 for further information.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and at 1 p.m. on Sundays during August. Walkers should meet at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Volunteer docents will lead tours of the 285 acres, pointing out seasonal highlights, the science of trees, arboretum history and points of interest. These tours last 60 to 90 minutes and are geared toward adults.

Registration is not required.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit for more details.

Loring-Greenough tours

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 August.

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.

Visit or call 617-524-5138 for more information.