Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Neighborhood tour

SPARK and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a tour of Jamaica Plain from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, meeting at the Stony Brook MBTA Station, 100 Boylston St.

The Neighborhood Tours project seeks to showcase the resources and richness of the Boston neighborhoods and create awareness about the different local issues. This tour will feature Jamaica Plain, one of the city’s most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, highlighting local businesses, history and more. The tour will end in Hyde Square at 12:30 p.m. where participants will have the chance to explore the Sidewalk Sale organized by Hyde/Jackson Square Main Streets.

To register and for more information, visit

Youth symphony

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras will host the Intensive Community Graduation program at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.

This free concert will be hosted by artistic director Nicole Cariglia and assistant director for winds Janet Underhill.

Registration is required for this free program, at or by calling 617-353-3348.

Sidewalk sale

The annual giant sidewalk sale will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Centre Street from Jackson Square to Canary Square.

There will be live music, discounts, raffles, food and fun.

For more information, call 617-522-3694, send an email to or visit

‘Burger Slam’ fundraiser

J.P. Manning School will host the seventh annual Burger Slam from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

The evening will feature a friendly cook-off competition between local restaurants organized by parents at the J.P. Manning Elementary School, a Boston public school in Jamaica Plain.

What began as a school community night has grown into a citywide event, attracting foodies in the area and support from generous sponsors. The primary goal of this event is to celebrate the restaurant community and to raise funds to support a strong curriculum for the kids and teachers who work so hard at this small public school.

Every ticket includes a slider hamburger from each restaurant, sides, desserts and one beverage (beer/wine/soda). Vegetarian options will be available. There will also be live musical entertainment and a cash bar.

Tickets are $45 each or $300 for a table of eight, and can be purchased at

Art display

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Impressions of Woody Plants: Disjunction, Two Artists and the Arnold Arboretum,” copper etchings by Bobbi Angell and watercolor paintings by Beverly Duncan, in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through July 22.

An opening reception with the artists will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 and a workshop with the artists from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.

Botanical artists Angell and Duncan have different approaches to their work: their media, copper and watercolor, their plant focuses, exotic and native, and their backgrounds, botany and art. In the end though, it is all about the wonder of woody plants and the artists’ approaches to creating images.

Angell is attracted to unusual, cultivated specimens due to her long history working with botanists and horticulturalists. Her drawings are developed into finely crafted copper etchings, which are then printed in limited editions.

Duncan is drawn to the familiarity of native plants. She translates the common and recognizable into intimate portraits in detailed watercolor paintings. For this exhibition, Duncan focused on paintings of seedlings, the delicate early life of a tree or shrub.

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

Southern roots music

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host the duo Moonshine Holler in concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.

The duo of Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof capture the essence of American southern roots music, featuring vocal harmonies, rollicking banjo/fiddle breakdowns, hillbilly blues, jugband stompers and ballads. Known for their prowess on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele, Moonshine Holler has performed at festivals and concerts across the country.

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 or 617-524-3158 for further details.

Song and dance

SingPositive will host the annual spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St.

The chorus and dance troupe will perform songs by Led Belly, Stevie Wonder, Pete Seeger, Sia and more. The performance will also feature the world premiere of “The Bridge” by SingPositive’s own Joel Sindelar.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchase online at

Traveling tide pools

Educators from the New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.

Kids can see and touch hermit crabs, snails, clams, oysters, sea stars and more and learn all about these creatures found in local New England waters. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-635-5193 or visit

Music at Jamaica Pond

MusiConnects will host the second annual Jamaica Pond run and performance at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 20.

Some of the MusiConnects resident musicians will run around Jamaica Pond while others play to raise awareness of their work.

The community is invited to cheer them along and listen to music of the banks of the beautiful pond.

Call 617-522-0043 or visit for further details.

Columbarium lecture

Forest Hills Educational Trust will welcome historian Dee Morris in an illustrated lecture from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at Forest Hills Cemetery, Lucy Stone Chapel, 171 Walk Hill St.

Morris will talk about the history of Forest Hills Crematory, some of its famous proponents and their stories. Abolitionist and women’s suffrage advocate Lucy Stone was the first person in New England to be cremated there in 1893 and this event was front-page news.

Morris will look at the lives and deaths of some other Greater Boston notables, including Linda Richards, America’s first trained nurse; Edgar Helms, founder of Goodwill Industries; Maria Baldwin, first African American school principal in Massachusetts; and famed restaurateur Ruby Foo.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more details, call 617-524-0128 or visit

Lebanese festival

The ninth annual Lebanese Festival will be held at Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church, 61 Rockwood St., 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.

The festivities will include dancing, games and children’s activities, Lebanese paraphernalia, country store items and prizes. There will also be a selection of drinks at a full bar and Lebanese food like kabab, tawook, falafel, hummus, tabbouli and a variety of assorted pastries. Musicians Mitchell Kaltsunas and Andre Ibrahim will provide the live musical entertainment.

Parking is available at the church as well as the Park School, 171 Goddard St. and the Hellenic College, 50 Goddard St., with a shuttle service.

For further information, visit

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on May 26 and June 2.

Stony Brook will be featured on the May 26 and will highlight the area that was home to numerous tanneries and breweries and early German settlers. Today’s Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams, is sited here. This tour leaves from the Stony Brook Orange Line MBTA station.

The tour June 2 will cover Hyde Square, with a visit to an 1813 farmhouse, the homes of German and Irish immigrants, the home of musician Maud Cunney Hare, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and more. Walkers will meet at Sorella’s, 388 Centre St.

The tours take one hour, and reservations are not required.

Visit for more information about these and other tours.

‘Spirit Books’

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s “Spirit Books” are on display in the Hunnewell Building’s Visitor Center at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, now to July 22.

An artist’s talk will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.

These art books reveal Gaylord’s connection between the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. She gathers twigs, branches, vines and roots and then uses them to cradle her stitched, wordless books. She encourages “reading” the books as a contemplative experience, one that will take the viewer out of the everyday world.

Since she created her first one in 1992 and coined the name, the “Spirit Books” have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada and in Korea. She has exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the University of Indiana Art Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Seungnam Book Fair in Seungnam, Korea.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-524-1718.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays during May. 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., has resumed the guided tours of the house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays during May.

Visitors will see the newly acquired portraits of David Greenough II and his wife Maria, as well as other historic treasures. Reservations are not needed, but visitors can contact a docent with any special inquiries at A donation of $5 is suggested.

For further information, visit or call 617-524-5138.