Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Band concert

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Friends of Jamaica Pond and Boston Parks and Recreation will present a summer concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 at Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond.

The Metropolitan Wind Symphony will present a traditional band concert featuring both classical and popular music.

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.

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

Boston architecture

Historic New England invites students to explore the diverse architecture of Boston in a free program from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 31 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

From a modern glass skyscraper to a 17th century wooden house, staff will explore all the unique shapes, styles and materials that create a city. Using Historic New England properties and city buildings, students will identify geometric shapes, discuss design and building techniques and use a paper shape to make a cityscape to take with them. This program also encourages students to think about what a city needs in relationship to the environment and growing population.

Visit or call 617-436-6900 for more details.

National Night Out

The Hyde Square Task Force will host a free public program as part of National Night Out events from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, July 31 at Mozart Park, 10 Mozart St.

The community is invited to join HSTF and the Boston Police Department’s District E-13 for a fun family night filled with community, games, zumba and free food.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, email

Nature tales

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will welcome educators from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in a free children’s program at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Museum staff will help kids discover what the most important things are in an animal’s home. The program will include an interactive story, touchable natural artifacts, activities and meeting a live animal. It is best suited for children, ages five and up.

Call 617-524-2053 for further details.

Open arts

First Thursday open art events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3 on Centre and South streets.

The evening will include an artisan fair on the lawn of the Curtis Hall Community Center, 30 art openings in businesses along Centre and South streets and “Word on the Street” poetry readings at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

Admission is free. Call 617-522-0300 or visit for further information.

Puppet show

Rosalita’s Puppets will perform “Sea Story” for kids of all ages from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Charlotte Dore’s marionettes will bring mermaids, pirates and all kind of sea creatures in a fun, interactive show.

For more information, call 617-524-2053 or visit

Jamaica Plain tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 and 12.

The Woodbourne area, developed from 19th century summer estates, will be explored on Aug. 5. It contains many examples of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders, as well as an unusual “garden city” model housing development. Walkers will leave from the church steps at the corner of Walk Hill and Wachusett streets.

Walkers will visit Jamaica Pond the following week 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 tours take one hour, and reservations are not required. Visit for more information about these and other tours.

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 July. 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 July.

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.