Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Spring bulbs

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will host a workshop on forcing spring bulbs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 in the Dana Greenhouse.

Manager of plant production Tiffany Enzenbacher will lead a class on the basics of bulb forcing. Students will plant a layered bulb container containing daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths and tulips to be taken home to nurture and enjoy. The fee is $50 for members and $63 for non-members and includes all materials, including bulbs, soil and container.

Registration is required as seating is limited.

Call 617-384-5277 or visit to register and for more information.

Lewis-Dawson farmhouse

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will present a program on the Lewis-Dawson farmhouse at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. The snow date will be Jan. 20.

The illustrated talk by Celeste Walker will explore the history of the 1822 farmhouse at 1090 Centre St., the house itself and its two most notable occupants, Jackson Thornton Dawson and Ernest Jessie Palmer and their families. Both men were noted plant propagators and their work shaped Arnold Arboretum as it is today.

The farmhouse is now part of the Arnold Arboretum. It was awarded Boston Landmark Commission status in 2007.

A current effort is underway to restore the farmhouse and find a reuse compatible with the mission of the arboretum.

The talk is free and open to the public.

For more details, visit or call the library at 617-524-2053.

Winter bird walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a winter wonderland bird walk from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, meeting at the main Arborway gate.

Even when most of the natural world is resting, there are dozens of bird species, from year-round residents to occasional winter visitors, to observe in the landscape. The walk from the main Arborway Gate to Bussey Hill and back will focus on winter birds as well as the woody plant collection in winter. Some binoculars will be available to share; if possible, participants should bring their own.

Registration is requested for this free program. Call 617-384-5209 in case of inclement weather.

Visit or call 617-384-5277 for further information.

Winter wellness

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free winter wellness walk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

Participants will take a brisk walk and stay healthy and connected to the arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. This walk emphasizes fitness along with information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained arboretum docents. Participants should dress appropriately and bring water.

Call 617-384-5277 or go online at to register for this free program.

Great Molasses Flood

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will welcome author Stephen Puleo in a presentation “Remembering Boston’s Great Molasses Flood 99 Years Later” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Puleo, historian, teacher, public speaker and author of “Dark Tide,” will discuss the flood, the characters involved and the company that caused it. He will welcome questions after his talk and sign copies of his book.

Copies of “Dark Tide” will be sold during the event. Refreshments made with molasses will be served.

Admission is $15.

Visit or call 617-524-3158 for further information.

Traveling tidepools

Educators from the New England Aquarium will be at the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18.

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.

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

Celebrating Jamaica Pond Park

The Jane Addams-Ellen Swallow Richards-Harriet Tubman Institute, Olmsted 2022 and Friends of Jamaica Pond will host a celebration of Jamaica Pond Park at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the First Church Unitarian Universalist, Centre and Eliot Streets.

The agenda will include a discussion of a state grant for a pedestrian walk from Cabot Estates into the park and landscaping; a city grant for the creation of a new path around the pond; and the South Street Youth Center campaign to preserve Olmsted Hill. Presenters will be State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Leo Roy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Chris Cook of Boston Parks and Recreation and South Street Youth Center members and staff.

Reservations are requested for this free program, at

Visit or for further details.

Classical jazz

JP Concerts and Open Theatre Project will present an evening of classical jazz at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at St. John’s Church, corner of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue.

Clarinetists and saxophonists Peter and Will Anderson, with their guitarist, Felix Lemerle will perform Benny Goodman hit songs like “Stompin’ at the Savoy,’ “Stardust,” “After You’ve Gone,” “Moonglow,” “Memories of You and “Sunny Side of the Street.”

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors, students and members.

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

Readings at the library

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will welcome members of the Back Porch Collective from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20.

The Back Porch Collective held their first gathering on a Boston back porch. The writers’ desire was to meet together, share work, enjoy an evening and discuss issues that mattered to them. They found they connected around a common passion for global narratives, literature’s potential to create empathy across borders and a commitment to explore human nature from inside a given context, be it geographical, political or cultural. They will read from their works, accompanied by drummer, percussionist and composer Guiseppe Paradiso.

Admission is free.

Call 617-524-2053 or visit for more details.

Photography exhibition

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Reverberations: A Visual Tour,” photographs by Kippy Goldfarb, in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through Feb. 4.

Goldfarb has been photographing trees and flowers since 1983. Combining, multiplying and mirroring individual images into repetitions, she brings new and beautiful patterns, “reverberations” of color and form. The images convey the sense of power and inspiration that nature has on the artist, and will have on the viewers of her exhibition.

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