Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

American classic

The Footlight Club’s 2018 season will conclude with a production of the classic American story “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, June 2 8, 9, 15 and 16 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

“Our Town” follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.”

Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theater—die.

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

Historical tours

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

The tour on June 2 will cover 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.

Walkers will tour Green Street on June 9, an area that played a key part in the development of Jamaica Plain. The tour will include the Bowditch School and the Post Office on Green and Cheshire streets. The tour will meet at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 640 Centre St.

The tours take one hour and reservations are not required.

Visit for more information about these and other tours.

‘Spirit Books’

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s “Spirit Books” are on display in the Hunnewell Building’s Visitor Center at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, now through July 22.

An artist’s talk will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.

These art books reveal Gaylord’s connection between the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. She gathers twigs, branches, vines and roots and then uses them to cradle her stitched, wordless books. She encourages “reading” the books as a contemplative experience, one that will take the viewer out of the everyday world.

Since she created her first one in 1992 and coined the name, the “Spirit Books” have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada and in Korea. She has exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the University of Indiana Art Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Seungnam Book Fair in Seungnam, Korea.

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

Musical afternoon

MusiConnects will present the Roslindale Community Program student recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at Springhouse Assisted Living, 44 Allandale St.

Students have been working hard to prepare for the third recital of the season.

Admission is free. Call 617-522-0043 or visit for further details.

'From Seed to Trees'

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “From Seed to Trees” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 in the Dana Greenhouse classroom, meeting at the bonsai collection.

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.

Open house

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts invites the community to the final conversation and update with the team from designLAB Architects and G2 Collaborative Landscape Architects from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St.

This final meeting is part of the feasibility study for possible space expansion of the Eliot School. The school needs more space for all of its functions - programs, administration and storage. It wants to achieve handicapped accessibility and better landscaping while remaining a treasured neighborhood resource. This is only the first phase of a multi-year undertaking. Once the architects have made their recommendations, it will be up to the board to decide on a course of action and determine the scope of the project.

The Eliot School values its close relationships with its students, neighbors, donors and other stakeholders and will continue to keep the community informed as they move forward in this ongoing process.

For further information, visit or call 617-524-3313.

Dulcimer concert

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will present Chris Curtiss and Friends in a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.

Curtiss and friends will play their dulcimers with guitar accompaniment in a family friendly concert.

Call 617-524-2053 for more details.

Family walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 The Arborway, will host a family walk, “The Bees Have It: Pollination at the Arboretum,” with Nancy Sableski, manager of children’s education, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9. Participants should meet at the Visitors’ Center.

Kids, ages 4 through 12, can “bee-come” pollinators and explore the mutually beneficial relationship between bees and trees.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children. For cancellation due to inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

Registration is limited and required for this free program, at

Art display and workshop

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Impressions of Woody Plants: Disjunction, Two Artists and the Arnold Arboretum,” copper etchings by Bobbi Angell and watercolor paintings by Beverly Duncan, in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through July 22.

A workshop with the artists will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.

Botanical artists Angell and Duncan have different approaches to their work: their media, copper and watercolor, their plant focuses, exotic and native, and their backgrounds, botany and art. In the end though, it is all about the wonder of woody plants and the artists’ approaches to creating images.

Angell is attracted to unusual, cultivated specimens due to her long history working with botanists and horticulturalists. Her drawings are developed into finely crafted copper etchings, which are then printed in limited editions.

Duncan is drawn to the familiarity of native plants. She translates the common and recognizable into intimate portraits in detailed watercolor paintings. For this exhibition, Duncan focused on paintings of seedlings, the delicate early life of a tree or shrub.

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

Bike festival

The 31st annual Bikes, Not Bombs, Bike-A-Thon will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at Southwest Corridor Park at Stony Brook MBTA Station, 100 Boylston St. The rain date will be June 24.

The bike ride will leave in the morning and the festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Hundreds of cyclists will join together on a ride for social justice along one of the most scenic routes in Greater Boston. Participants will choose between 10, 30, 50 or 100 miles and the ride suits all riding levels.

Riders will meet back in the park after the ride and celebrate with free food, music and fun activities such as Capture the Flag, basketball and Hula Hoops.

Adult riders must raise at least $150 and riders under age 17 must raise $75 to register. Registration includes a T-shirt, breakfast and lunch.

For more information, visit or call 617-522-0222.

Fur and feathers

Historian Dee Morris will be the guest of the Forest Hills Educational Trust at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at Forest Hills Cemetery, Forsyth Chapel, 95 Forest Hills Ave.

Morris will host an afternoon walk and lecture, “Furs and Feathers Forever,” that will look at the monuments in the cemetery that feature dogs, doves, butterflies, horses and patriotic eagles as well as carved mythical beasts.

The 90-minute tour will have frequent stops over varied terrain. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.

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

Music, farmers’ market

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., is offering Thursdays on the Lawn from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays now through Oct. 1.

Festivities will include live music, children’s activities, food trucks and a farmers’ market with heirloom plants and produce, organic vegetables, pasta and baked goods.

Visit for further information.

New artwork

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., is displaying “Just Ducky,” artwork by Maureen O’Connor, now to June 30.

O’Connor’s works on view in “Just Ducky” focus on her favorite subject: a pair of ceramic ducks given to her by her former roommate’s mother. These small inanimate knickknacks find new life under O’Connor’s brush, turning their seemingly quizzical expressions on gumball machines, rubber ducky toys, flowers and each other. Each work allows the artist the opportunity to explore interactions of light and shadow, color and pattern, and a variety of surfaces.

Call 617-524-2053 for more information.

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 June. 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 June.

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.