Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

From seed to trees

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “From Seed to Trees” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2 in the Dana Greenhouse classroom, meeting at the bonsai collection above the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden.

Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree. Admission is free.

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

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2 and 9.

Stony Brook will be featured on Sept. 2 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 Sept. 9 tour will feature 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.

Artisan fair

First Thursday open art events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 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.

Salary negotiation for women

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host a program on salary negotiation for women from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Women working full time in the U.S. typically are paid just 80 percent of what white men are paid, and it is even worse for women of color. Women are invited to attend this free salary negotiation workshop to gain the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate salary and benefits packages. Register for the workshop at:

Jazz evening

The John Funkhouser Trio will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St.

Jazz pianist Funkhouser, bassist Greg Loughman and drummer Mike Connors play an energetic, accessible blend of modern jazz, funk, blues, 20th century classical, Indian classical and European and American folk music.

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

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-983-9334.

Music festival

The seventh annual Jamaica Plain music festival will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Jamaica Pond Park in Pinebank Field, Perkins Street and Jamaicaway.

More than 25 local bands will perform on two stages throughout the afternoon, with several food vendors on hand to provide refreshments. Musical genres will include rock, blues, Delta blues, indie, pop, Americana, folk, Cuban jazz and hip-hop.

Bands will include American Echoes, the Bella Lunatics, Nick and the Adversaries, None of the Above, members of the Footlight Club, Só Sol and many more. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

Golden age of violin

JP Concerts will present the A Far Cry in concert at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 9 at St. John’s Church, corner of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue.

The ensemble will hearken back to the Golden Age of violin playing with three works by violinist-composers active around the turn of the century; “Harmonies du soir” by Ysaÿe, “Scherzo for String Quartet in A minor” by Kreisler and “Octet in C Major” by Enescu.

Tickets are $25 general admission

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

Literary Boston

Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave., will host “Literary Boston,” a walking tour with historian and author Anthony Sammarco from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, meeting at the visitors’ circle.

Participants will visit the gravesites of some of the prominent literary figures memorialized at Forest Hills, including Eugene O’Neill, e.e.cummings, Charles Follen Adams, Susanna Haswell Rowson and more, and listen to selected readings of their works.

Participants should bring water and wear comfortable shoes. The fee is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

For more information and to register, visit or call 617-524-3354.

Music, farmers’ market

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., is offering “Thursdays on the Lawn” from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on 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 an Urban Landscape,” recent paintings of Forest Hills by Andrew Haines, now through 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.

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 September. 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 September.

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.