Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Bilingual concert

Musician and educator Mariana Iranzi will present a bilingual concert for children and family at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30.

Iranzi will get children dancing, playing and singing along to her high quality music in Spanish and English. This free educational and interactive show is fun for the whole family.

For more details, call 617-524-2053.

Catch and release

The annual Kids’ Fishing Derby will be held at Jamaica Pond at 507 Jamaicaway on Saturday, June 30, rain or shine. Check will be from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. with the Derby from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.

Children ages 14 years old and younger are welcome to join the men and women of the Boston Police Department District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) for some fun at Jamaica Pond at the “Catch and Release with the Boston Police” Fishing Derby. The first 500 kids to the derby will receive a T-shirt and the first 300 kids will also receive a Boston Police “Welcome Bag.” Each child present will receive a free raffle ticket for prize giveaways at the end of the fishing derby.

Participants should bring a fishing rod and their best bait to catch the big one. Some fishing equipment and bait will be supplied on a first-come, first-served basis. The day will also feature food, prizes, trophies, fishing instruction and community partners.

Register at Call 617-343-5623 for more information.

Forest Hills horticulture

The Forest Hills Educational Trust will welcome historian Anthony Sammarco for a Sunday afternoon cemetery walk from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. Participants will meet at the Visitors’ Circle at the cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave.

Sammarco will lead a tour focusing on the horticulture and buildings of Forest Hills. Some of the19th century’s preeminent architects such as William Prescott, Gridley Fox Bryant and van Brunt and Howe designed the main gate, stone bridge and 19th century buildings as well as monuments and mausoleums for wealthy clients. Henry Dearborn, the founder of Forest Hills, was a civic leader with expertise in landscape design and horticulture, as well as being the first president of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. He was a major force in the rural garden cemetery movement in the United States.

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

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-524-0128.

From seed to trees

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “From Seed to Trees” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, meeting at the Bonsai and Penjing Collection above the Leventritt shrub and vine garden.

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 arts

First Thursday open art events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 5 on Centre and South streets.

The evening will include an artisan fair on the lawn of the Curtis Hall Community Center, 30 art openings in businesses along Centre and South streets and “Word on the Street” poetry readings at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

Admission is free. Call 617-522-0300 or visit for further information.

Kids’ concert

Kids can blast off into outer space with the Toe Jam Puppet Band in a free family concert at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 5.

The band will play original songs from their CD, “Toe Jam in Outer Space!” The show will feature a spacey dress-up puppet show and some crazy anti-gravity dancing.

Call 617-524-2053 for more information.

Music festival

The fifth annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. The rain date is Sunday, July 8.

This vibrant music and arts festival takes place on porches, patios, stoops, driveways and church/community center yards all over the neighborhood. More than 180 performers will perform on 80-plus porches throughout Jamaica Plain. All kinds of musical genres will be represented, with folk, jazz, blues, country, pop and more. As well as musical entertainment, there will be circus acts, dance, spoken word, storytelling and comedy.

For a map of venues and a list of performers, visit

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, July 7 and 14.

The July 7 tour will stroll through Sumner Hill, home of 19th century Victorian houses and the homes of several early feminists and anti-racism activists. This area was designated a National Historic District in 1987. The tour will start from the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Stony Brook will be featured the following and will highlight the area that was home to numerous tanneries and breweries and early German settlers. Today’s Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams, is sited here. Walkers will meet at the Stony Brook Orange Line MBTA station.

The tours take one hour and reservations are not required.

Visit for more information about these and other tours.

Racial and gender justice

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will welcome Sandra McIntosh, chair of the Coalition for Equal, Quality Education, in a free program from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, July 9.

McIntosh will lead an evening of readings and discussions. At 6 p.m. Mary Jo Hetzel will read from “In a Silent Way,” her novel about a young teacher activist in urban America, and at 6:30 p.m. Junia Yearwood will read from her “Journal” vignettes that highlight the importance of student awareness of their cultural and racial identity, based on her 32-year experience teaching in the Boston Public Schools. The readings will be followed by an informal sharing of ways the community can move forward together toward greater educational and social justice.

The evening will also feature music and refreshments.

Call 617-522-1960 for more details.

Magic of music

Historic New England will host a children’s program at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 9 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Historic New England invites students to explore the life of Melba Liston. Using the book, “Little Melba and her Big Trombone,” students will meet Melba, an extraordinary jazz trombonist who faced numerous challenges in her life to create toe-tapping tunes. They can look at instruments from the past, listen to Melba’s music and create a musical instrument to take home with them.

Admission is free. For further details, call 617-524-2053.

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on July 13, 20 and 27 at Mozart Park, 10 Mozart St.

Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-635-4505.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, on Saturday, 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.