Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Trees in the arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will host “Bark: A Multi-Sensory Experience of Trees” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, meeting at the Hunnewell Building.

Naturalist, author and educator Michael Wojtech will lead presentations and a series of participatory exercises where attendees can learn how to identify tree species by their bark, and uncover why such a variety of bark characteristics exist. The class will meet indoors and in the landscape of the arboretum and is open to tree enthusiasts at all levels of experience.

Wojtech will be available to sign copies of his book, “Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast.” For more details, visit Admission is $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers

Visit for more information and to register.

Winter wellness

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free winter wellness walk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11. 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.


The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host a free children’s Valentine’s Day card workshop at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Kids ages 5 and older can stop by to make a card for someone special and decorate Valentine cupcakes. Craft supplies will be provided.

Call 617-524-2053 for more details.

Networking group

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to the JP Centre/South Main Streets networking group from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

JP Centre/South Main Streets and other local business owners are launching a new mentorship and networking program that will give participants a chance to connect and share experiences. Current, new and potential business owners are welcome to share their stories, ask questions and create a support network. Lunch will be provided.

Register for this free program at Call 617-524-2053 for more information.

Traveling tidepools

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, Feb. 17.

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

Film screening

In honor of Black History Month, the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will screen the miniseries “The Book of Negroes,” the untold stories of Black Loyalists from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18.

This is a two-day screening of “The Book of Negroes,” a six-part miniseries starring Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr.

Three one-hour episodes will be shown each day with a discussion to follow.

The story follows Aminata, a slave on a South Carolina indigo plantation, who is able to escape to the north. Amidst the rising threat of the American War of Independence, she is recruited by Sir John Clarkson to help register names of Black Loyalists in a ledger known as The Book of Negroes, granting them freedom and passage to Nova Scotia. She encounters hardship in Nova Scotia when tensions flare between the white and black communities over the scarcity of work. She successfully petitions British abolitionists, who organize passage to Africa for 1,200 former slaves, a final voyage that will reunite her with her homeland.

Admission and refreshments are free. Registration is suggested. Visit or call 617-524-3158 for further information and to register.

Photography exhibition

The Arnold Arboretum will display “Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum” by James Reis in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through May 6.

An opening reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. The snow date is Feb. 17.

Photographer Reis will take the audience on his journey through the Arboretum by way of images, both unique and close up, in this new exhibition.

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

Comedy play

The Footlight Club is performing “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play” by Sarah Ruhl at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays now through Feb. 17 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat ‘hysterical’ women and men, the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household.

This play is not suitable for those under age 18 due to its content.

Purchase tickets or get more by visiting or call 617-524-3200.

Art exhibition

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 35 South St., is displaying “RePOPART” by Liliana Marquez now until Feb. 25.

Marquez has dedicated her artistic practice to the concept of reclamation, relying on found and recycled materials, often taken from construction sites, to create sculptural wall-hanging abstractions. Her work is flexible, able to be hung at different angles and orientations, grouped together in different ways or shown stand-alone. Her bright colors and bold shapes reflect her background in graphic design, while the varied textures indicate her interest in mass production and reuse, calling back to the processes of Pop Art.

For more information on this exhibition, call 617-524-2053 or visit