Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

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

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 June 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 9 and 16.

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 Woodbourne area, developed from 19th century summer estates, will be explored the following week. It contains many examples of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders, as well as an unusual “garden city” model housing development. Walkers will leave from the church steps at the corner of Walk Hill and Wachusett streets.

The tours take one hour and reservations are not required.

Visit for more information about these and other tours.

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

Author talk

Author Ellen Levy will be the guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Levy is the author of “Romance at Stonegate,” a romance novel detailing a relationship between two young Jewish women who fall in love in 1910, but who are unable to discuss their internal struggles or share their happiness with their friends or family. The historical fiction book gives a detailed view of life in this era in Boston, Western Massachusetts and New York City, a time with no social media, no books about alternative life-styles, no bars, no workshops and no visible gay culture.

Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Call 617-524-2053 for further details.

The other end of the arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 The Arborway, will host a walking tour, “Peters Hill: Discover the Other End of the Arboretum,” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. Participants should meet at Peters Hill Gate.

Docent Kevin Schofield will lead a tour of the southern end of the park. Peters Hill became part of the Arboretum in 1894 and continues to charm with its special character, collections and history. In June, the amazing view from the summit brings the landscape of plants below into view. Participants will learn about the history of the land along with information on the woody plants located here, including the collection of cottonwoods and crabapples that enhance the walkways through the seasons.

Registration is required for this free program, at For cancellation due to inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

Musical fundraiser

“Summer Heat!,” a fundraiser to support OrigiNation Cultural Center, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at Bella Luna Restaurant, 284 Armory St.

Attendees will enjoy some light refreshments, non-alcoholic beverages and dance and spoken word performances by members of the Professional Dance Division.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at or by calling

Children’s theater

In honor of Pride Month, the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will present “The Pineapple Project” at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14.

Actor Mal Malme and colleagues Becca Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt have created a theater piece for children, ages 3 to 8, that looks at gender, creativity and each child’s freedom to be who they are.

Admission is free.

For more details, visit or call 617-522-1960.

Opera performance

Boston Opera Collaborative will present a benefit concert, “Since There Was You: Love Lost and Found” at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St.

The evening is a musical journey of search and discovery, a journey of unrequited love, jaded love, and love re-imagined, featuring versatile soprano Jennifer Caraluzzi and the song-writing piano duo The Barton Brothers. The program will charm with classics from the American songbook and musical theater favorites from the Golden Age to today. Refreshments will follow the musical program.

Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for seniors and $15 for students.

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

Legal services help

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School will offer extended walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. during June and July. The center is located at 122 Boylston St. next to the Stony Brook MBTA station.

The team will provide free legal help for individuals facing housing, consumer, student loan, domestic violence, tax, veterans and public health benefit issues. All are invited to meet with staff members to receive self-help resources and referral information.

On Tuesday, June 19, there will be special emphasis on tax-related issues. Anyone with a state or federal income tax problem can attend any of the evening hours, but is particularly encouraged to attend on June 19.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-522-3003.

‘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.

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 Gaylord 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.

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.

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.