Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Holiday stroll

JP Centre/South Main Streets invites the community to a Holiday Stroll from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, along Centre and South Streets.

Festivities will include a book sale at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, a special performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in residence at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St., pop-up caroling with Random Chants A Cappella at 3 p.m. and much more.

Shop for a Cause, sponsored by JP Local First will take place all day, where shops throughout Jamaica Plain will donate a portion of their proceeds to their favorite organizations.

Visit www.jpcentresouth.com for more information.

Holiday open house

The annual Loring-Greenough holiday open house will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the historic house, 12 South St.

Festivities will include cookie-decorating, arts and crafts and mulled apple cider. Admission is free.

Outside, there will be an opportunity for doggy friends to take a Family Holiday Photo with Mrs. “Claws” and her elves. Photos will take place in front of the seasonally decorated entrance. It is going to feel a lot like the North Pole with sleighs, sheepskin and maybe even snow.

To make that photo even more special, holiday-focused dog accessories will be available, such as antlers, bows and mistletoe.

The charge for photos is $10 and all proceeds will go toward the Loring-Greenough House preservation and programming.

Further information is available at www.loring-greenough.org or by calling 617-524-3158.

Holiday show benefit

The Trustees of Eliot Hall and the Footlight Club will present the 19th annual holiday show and fundraiser, “A Carol Christmas,” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

The community is invited to this annual evening of music and holiday cheer. Since 1997, Carol Gallagher and friends have been raising money for the Eliot Hall Restoration Fund with this unconventional and funny holiday show.

A reception will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30.

Visit www.footlight.org or call 617-524-3200 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Crafts fair

The Jamaica Plain Crafts Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St.

More than 50 artists and crafters will be on hand selling paintings, pottery, jewelry, clothing, toys, ceramics and more. Live musical entertainment and hearty, healthy lunch treats will also be available.

Email jpcraftsfair@yahoo.com or call 617-524-1634 for further details.

Book sale

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host the winter book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The library will offer gently used books and DVDs all with bargain rates (all items just $1 or $2), with books for all ages and in every genre. This is a great way to start off the holiday shopping while also supporting the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

Call 617-524-2053 for more information.

Holiday trolley tour

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will visit the Jamaica Plain neighborhood at 1:45 p.m. at Hyde Square and at 2:30 p.m. at Jamaica Plain Monument on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Santa Claus and his elves, Mayor Marty Walsh and a few other friends from the North Pole will hit the road to bring holiday cheer and light the Christmas tree at Hyde Square and the Soldiers Monument.

Call 617-635-3911 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts for more information.

Art sale

The annual Loring-Greenough art sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the historic house, 12 South St.

Visitors can kick off their holiday shopping or just enjoy the work of local artisans while exploring the Loring Greenough House. The sale will feature the work of Mary Birnbaum, jewelry; Erica S. Nazzaro, mixed media; Kimberley Zane, ceramics; Rachel Paxton, painting and prints; Karen Kemp, etchings; Melissa Rocklen, mobiles; and Connie Barbour, prints and mixed media, as well as Cobwebs Antiques.

Further information can be found at www.loring-greenough.org or by calling 617-524-3158.

Species conservation

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “The Ethics of Species Conservation ” with Dr. Ronald Sandler of Northeastern University from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the Hunnewell Building.

Rapid ecological change poses challenges to traditional conservation paradigms and strategies. It has also led some conservationists to endorse novel conservation techniques, such as assisted colonization, gene drives and even de-extinction. Sandler will explore the values and philosophies that underlie species conservation under conditions of rapid change and consider what is valuable about species and why they should be conserved.

Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information and to register, call 617-384-5277 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Colonial newspapers

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will welcome author and historian J.L. Bell in a presentation, “Boston’s Pre-Revolutionary Newspaper Wars” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

In the period leading up to the Revolution, colonial journalists produced a lively array of print publications aimed at keeping the populace informed about, or inflamed by, the political news of the day. The newspaper business could be a nasty and dangerous one, prompting rivalries between printers and occasional violence.

Bell’s talk will focus on how America’s early news medium operated in the volatile pre-Revolutionary environment and the significance of this history for today’s information media.

Bell’s book “The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War” will be available for purchase at the presentation.

Admission is $10 general and $5 for members. Light refreshments will be served.

Further information can be found at www.loring-greenough.org or by calling 617-524-3158.

Wine tasting

The MSPCA will host a wine tasting fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Adoption Center, 350 South Huntington Ave.

The community is invited to an elegant evening of fine wine and adorable animals. Attendees will sample wines from around the world, stroll around the different tasting tables, chat with knowledgeable sommeliers and hobnob with the adoptable animals. An array of sumptuous appetizers will be served. The event is for those ages 21 and older.

Tickets are $75 per person.

All proceeds will benefit the animals at the Boston Adoption Center.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.mspca.org or call 617-522-7400

Nativity story

JP Concerts and the Open Theatre Projects will present the dramatic libretto “Child of Light: The Christmas Miracle of St. Francis” by James Mathews Grant at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at St. John’s Church, located on the corner of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue.

The Nova Cantatae Ensemble will perform Grant’s libretto based on St. Francis of Assisi’s celebration of the Nativity in 1223 in Greccio, Italy. “Child of Light” is the first of a larger work in the form of three sacred operas entitled “Triptych.”

The ensemble is a chamber scale operatic group of vocalists and instrumentalists focusing on the performance of a series of contemporary sacred operas composed by Grant.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, students and members and are available online or at the door.

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

Wreaths for sale

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host its annual holiday wreath sales from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, now through Dec. 16.

Handmade wreaths will be sold to benefit the house’s community-building and conservations efforts.

Visit www.loring-greenough.org or call 617-524-3158 for more information.

Botanical artist on display

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying the artwork of Regina Gardner Milan in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through Feb. 3.

Milan spent a year of discovery at the arboretum and captured the botanical jewels of each season – early larches, spring blossoms, fall acorns, autumn leaves – in her exquisite paintings. Nature holds an allure to Milan, who finds that observing nature often produces scenes of larger-than-life beauty. The arboretum’s exhibition magnifies nature’s productions, fully illuminating the elegance of plant life as small as a seedpod.

Milan received a Certificate of Botanical Illustration with distinction from the Society of Botanical Artists in London, where she also received the President’s Award. She has exhibited in many juried shows throughout the U.S. and the world.

Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu for further information.