Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Wake Up the Earth

The 40th annual Wake Up the Earth Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The festival parade will leave at 11:30 a.m. from Curtis Hall, 20 South St. The rain date is Sunday, May 6.

The festival will feature four stages with live music, dance performances, members of Popular Theatre, stilt walkers, children’s games and entertainment, art shows, storytelling, drum circles, crafts, food and much more.

The festival begins with a parade that starts with branches in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury with several thousand people walking.

For more information, visit or call 617-524-6373.

Gypsy jazz performance

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host the Henry Acker Trio in a jazz concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.

Acker is a 13-old gypsy jazz guitarist in the style of Django Reinhardt and with abilities far beyond his years. He is the winner of both the 2017 Djangofest North West Saga Award and a 2017 Downbeat Magazine Student Award for jazz guitar soloist. He performs exhilarating gypsy jazz repertoire and jazz standards along with his father Victor Acker, Berklee alum and jazz guitarist, and his uncle Dana Acker on double bass, also a Berklee alum.

A tea service will follow the program and is included in the admission. Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and will be available at the door. Reservations are suggested.

Visit or 617-524-3158 for further details.

Author visit

Authors Jennifer S. Cheng and Jennifer Tseng will be the guest speakers from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Cheng is the author of the hybrid collection “OON: Letters, Maps, Poems” that draws on various Chinese mythologies about women, particularly that of Chang’E (the Lady in the Moon). Her debut book, “House A” was the winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; she has also written “Invocation: an Essay.”

Tseng is the author of “The Man With My Face.” Her second book “Red Flower, White Flower,” winner of the Marick Press Poetry Prize, features Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen, and her novel “Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness” was a finalist for the PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and for the New England Book Award.

Admission is free. Call 617-524-3158 or visit for more information.

Lilac walk at the arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer guided tours of the lilacs from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 and 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12.

The arboretum will offer special walks in the Syringa (lilac) collection with docent Chris McArdle, who trained with former head plant propagator and lilac expert, Jack Alexander. Within the collection itself, she will present a thorough view into the rich history of the many varieties of this well-loved and Arboretum-renowned plant.

Participants should meet at the map table by the ponds, up from the Forest Hills Gate.

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.

Woodwind quintet to perform

Vento Chiaro will perform in the inaugural concert of The Boston Project in the historic Forsyth Chapel at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 at Forest Hills Cemetery, 45 Forest Hills Ave.

The woodwind quintet consisting of Ona Jonaityte, flute; Elizabeth England, oboe; Chi-Ju Juliet Lai, clarinet; Anne Howarth, horn; and Sam Childers, bassoon; will premier a new piece by Mary Bichner. As part of The Boston Project, the ensemble has commissioned Bichner to write two pieces about sites on the Freedom Trail to celebrate the city’s rich history through Bichner’s synesthesia-inspired compositions. Vento Chiaro will also perform works by Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein and David Maslanka.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more details, call 617-524-0128 or visit

Life of Susan Dimock

The Forest Hills Educational Trust will present “The Remarkable Life of Susan Dimock” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at the Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave.

Author and historian Susan Wilson will reflect on the life of Dr. Dimock of the New England Hospital for Women and Children. She was a healthcare pioneer, earning a medical degree in Zurich and developing the first professional nursing school in the country. She worked as a surgeon, developed a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology and performed a number of important surgical operations, a number of which were mentioned in the medical journals of the day.

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

Poetry readings

The Jamaica Pond Poets will host the Chapter and Verse reading series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Thomas Dodson, Rebecca Kaiser Gibson and David Surette will read from their latest works. A reception with refreshments and a chance to chat with the writers will follow. A donation of $5 is requested.

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Forest Hills walking tour

Forest Hills Educational Trust will welcome historian Dee Morris in an illustrated lecture and walk from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Forest Hills Cemetery, Forsyth Chapel, 95 Forest Hills Ave. Visitors should meet at the visitors’ circle.

Established in 1848, the 275-acre Forest Hills Cemetery is one of the outdoor treasures of Greater Boston. Victorians not only created this landscape to memorialize their loved ones, but to have a park-like setting for the living to enjoy nature, works of art and beautiful monuments such as Daniel Chester French’s “Death and the Sculptor” that greets visitors at the Gothic Revival front gate. Historian Dee Morris will lead a tour of this spectacular cemetery, exploring the history of the area and the art works inside this cemetery that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more details, call 617-524-0128 or visit

Lilac Sunday

The Arnold Arboretum will celebrate the 110th anniversary of Lilac Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13 at 125 Arborway.

The lilac collection at the Arnold Arboretum is among the premier collections of these plants in North America. Visitors will enjoy an array of more than 165 kinds of lilacs with free tours of the lilac collection; Morris dancing; art exhibit; live music; food; science station; puppet shows; children’s activities; arts and crafts and more. Picnicking is allowed in the arboretum only on this special day.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-524-1718.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays during May. 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., has resumed the guided tours of the house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays during 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.