Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Hornpipe and clogs

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will screen a documentary on the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

This documentary details the history of the Society, which has performed many times in Jamaica Plain, from its beginnings in 1976 to today. Admission is free.

On Saturday, April 21 from 7 to 9 p.m., the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society will host the annual benefit concert for the library. It will feature a range of music to welcome the new chapter of the JP Branch Library, including rousing Irish songs and tunes, boisterous maritime music, revivals from their long tradition of performances, original tunes and some surprises. A $10 donation is requested. Snacks will be on sale.

The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society is a recipient of the City-Wide Friends of the BPL Inaugural BPL Benefactor Award and has been holding this annual fundraiser for more than 30 years.

Tickets are available beforehand on the Friends’ website at and can be purchased at the door.

Call 617-524-2053 for further information.

Family hike

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a family-friendly hike “Nests Aren’t Just for the Birds” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

This hike will highlight nests created by many creatures at the arboretum. One adult may bring a maximum of three children; the walk is suitable for children, ages 4-12.

In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

The walk is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call 617-384-5277 or visit

History of tea

The Forest Hills Educational Trust will present “Tea: A Medley of Stories, Anecdotes and Traditions” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 at the Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave.

Historian Anthony Sammarco will talk about tea, the most widely consumed drink in the world after water. Tea originated in Southwest China and was popularized as a recreational drink during the Tang dynasty; tea drinking soon spread to other East Asian countries and Europe. The Englishman’s love of tea had a profound effect on colonial politics when the British government enacted the Tea Act in 1773, resulting in the Boston Tea Party that escalated into the American Revolution.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-524-0128.

School vacation fun

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host free, fun school vacation activities from Tuesday through Thursday, April 17 to 19.

Little Groove will host a musical program at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday; Spontaneous Celebration will host the annual “Wake Up the Earth” art workshop to get ready for Earth Day at 4 p.m. on Wednesday; and Mike the Bubble Man will present a music and comedy show, complete with bubbles, at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. He will also perform at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.

For more details, call 617-524-2053.

Poetry readings

The community is invited to a poetry reading honoring the late Walter Howard from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.

The audience will hear loving tributes to the “open micer’s open micer”, the late Walter Howard. Readers and performers will include Joan Kimball, Debra Martin, Steve Glines, Cheryl Perrault, David Miller and Regie Gibson. The free evening is hosted by Stone Soup Poetry.

Visit or call 617-524-2053 for more information.

Care of hydrangeas

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “The Straight Talk on Hydrangeas” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in the Hunnewell Building.

Horticultural educator Jen Kettell will lead a discussion on the species behind the hot trade names, especially their inherent growth characteristics, and show how to match appropriate plants to site conditions. She will suggest which species are drought-tolerant or benefit pollinators and demonstrate pruning to maximize flowering and other essential growing tips. She will focus on hydrangeas that are hardy in Zones 5-7.

The class includes an indoor lecture and walk to a demonstration in the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden.

Admission is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

Register at or by calling 617-524-1718.

JP fundraiser

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation will host its third annual “Friendraiser” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at the Bella Luna Restaurant, 284 Amory St.

Festivities will include pizza, drinks, a photo booth, board games, music, raffles and an opportunity to hear more about the JPNDC and how to make a difference in the community.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-522-2424 for more details.

Evening of jazz music

JP Concerts and Open Theatre Project will present Mark and Glenn Zaleski in concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at St. John’s Church, corner of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue.

Brothers Mark and Glenn Zaleski, saxophone and piano respectively, originally hail from Boylston. As young musicians they would perform duo together on a regular basis, developing a deep musical rapport in the process. The two left New England to study at the prestigious Brubeck Institute in California, but all the while they continued to develop their duet repertoire, which was finally recorded and released on their 2011 debut album, “Duet Suite.”

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

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

Opera production

The Boston Opera Collaborative will present “La Boheme” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, now through April 21 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 and 22, at Turtle Swamp Brewery, 3377 Washington St.

In this fresh take on Puccini’s beloved classic, 60 patrons at a time will be immersed in the action at Turtle Swamp Brewery. This modern-dress staging brings audiences face-to-face and side-by-side with Puccini’s bohemian twenty-somethings to eat and drink, live and celebrate the joy and pain of being young, free, penniless and in love.

General admission is $60, $50 for seniors and $30 for students. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly.

To purchase tickets or for more details, visit or call 617-517-5883.

Musical comedy

The Footlight Club’s 2018 season continues with a production of the musical comedy “Heathers: The Musical” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

Based on the classic 1989 film, the dark comedy is the story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: The Heathers.

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

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays during April 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.

‘Mars on Earth’ exhibit

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., is displaying “Mars on Earth,” a photo exhibition by Cassandra Klos now until April 30.

Raised in New Hampshire, Klos studied art and psychology at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her projects focus on manipulating the validity of photography and creating dual realities that breathe life into situations where visual manifestations may not be available.

Call 617-524-2053 for more details.

Photography exhibition

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

Photographer Reis takes 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.

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., has resumed the guided tours of the house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays during April and May.

Visitors will see the newly acquired portraits of David Greenough II and his wife Maria, as well as other historic treasures. Reservations are not needed, but visitors can contact a docent with any special inquiries at A donation of $5 is suggested.

For further information, visit or call 617-524-5138.