Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Art of the woodturner

The Arnold Arboretum will display “Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner,” an exhibition by the Association of Revolutionary Turners (ART), Central New England Woodturners and Massachusetts South Shore Woodturners, in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15.

Woodturning is the art or process of fashioning wood into various forms and shapes by means of a lathe. The woodturning associations that have come together for this special exhibition will bring their own creativity and technical expertise, displaying unique pieces for utilitarian use and aesthetic enjoyment.

Demonstrations of woodturning will be held at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Select work will be on display in the visitor center until Nov. 26.

Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to for more information.

Bird walk

The Arnold Arboretum will host free fall bird walks from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, meeting at the Peters Hill Gate.

Bob Mayer of the arboretum will help birders glimpse migrating birds as they fly to wintering grounds as well as year-round birds feasting on the fruits and seeds in the arboretum. All experiences of bird watching are welcome. Birders should bring binoculars if possible; a small number will be available to borrow.

Registration is recommended.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit for more details and to register.

Jamaica Plain women

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will present a panel discussion with prominent Jamaica Plain women business owners from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16.

Attendees will hear their stories and can ask questions about starting and running their own business. JP Centre/South Main Streets is hosting this event as part of WeBos Week ( For free tickets, visit Admission is free.

For more information, visit or call 617-523-2053.

Hispanic writers

In honor of Hispanic Writers Week, the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will host a night of poetry, readings and music in honor of Blanca Burgos from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16.

Admission is free.

Call 617-522-1960 for further information.

History happy hour

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host a Halloween installment in the history happy hour series from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Festivities will include two specialty-themed cocktails provided by Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge, a screening of “The House on Haunted Hill,” the 1959 original starring Vincent Price and filmed at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, and delicious history-themed food provided by JP’s BJ Ray. There will also be a special night-time tour of the Loring-Greenough House.

This event is 21 plus. Tickets are $30.

All proceeds go to further programming for the Jamaica Plain and Boston community and for the preservation of the 1760 Loring-Greenough House.

Further information can be found by calling 617-524-3158 or at

Herbarium tour

Curatorial assistant Irina Kadis will host a special indoor tour of the herbarium from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Arnold Arboretum, the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Participants in this tour will take a look at the historic Arnold Arboretum collection and find out how and why a herbarium is assembled.

Registration for this free tour is requested as space is limited, by calling 617-524-1718 or online at

Jazz evening

Vocalist and songwriter Patrice Monahan will perform an evening of jazz music at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct.20 at the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St.

Monahan will perform “Life is Just a Dream” with Adam Tuch on piano and Tal Shalom Kobi on bass.

A wine and dessert reception will follow the concert. Admission is $15, and reservations are recommended.

Paintings by local artists will be on display in adjoining rooms.

Visit or call 617-983-9334 to make a reservation and for more details.

Kids’ concert

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will welcome “Toddlerbilly Riot!” with Matt Heaton at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Children, ages two and older, will enjoy Heaton’s songs, a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and sincere sense of fun.

Call 614-524-2053 for further details.

Music of migration

JP Concerts will present A Far Cry in concert at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at St. John’s Church, corner of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue.

The program will explore human migration, featuring Telemann’s musical World’s Fair, “les nations,” a new work by Elena Ruehr depicting soloist Heng-Jin Park’s own immigration story and a string symphony by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, an exile of genocide and war who vowed to compose in memory of its victims.

Tickets are $25 general admission.

For more information, visit or call 617-874-4009.

Printmaker to exhibit

The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., in partnership with UForge, are hosting a new exhibition featuring the work of printmaker Shao Yuan Zhang.

In “Silent Canyons,” Zhang depicts vast forest landscapes and red rock canyons with a surreal, otherworldly vision. His simplified forms accentuate a stark, isolated experience emotionally resonant with his immigrant journey. Each monotype was created with Asian rice paper using a technique derived from ancient Chinese painting. With their subtle shifts in tone, quiet atmosphere and jagged shapes, often punctuated by a solitary moon, these prints encourage close study and reflection, simultaneously suggesting faraway worlds and internal struggles.

This free exhibition is open until Oct. 31. For further information, call 617-524-2053.

Art of El Salvador

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., is displaying “Colores de las Americas,” the Latin American artist exhibit, now to Oct. 31.

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, paintings by Salvadoran artists Hector Perlera and Efrain Perlera Guillen, as well as photographs of El Salvador by Gloria Carrigg, will be on display.

Call 617-533-1960 for more details.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and at 1 p.m. on Sundays during October. 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 October.

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.