Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Growing mushrooms

The Trustees of Reservation will host a workshop on growing gourmet mushrooms from10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Forbes Community Garden, 19 Forbes St.

Mushrooms like shitake, oyster and lion’s mane are delicious, anti-inflammatory and easy to grown in shady places or indoors. Attendees will learn everything they need to get started and can take home an inoculated log for an additional fee.

Admission is $9 for members and $15 for non-members.

For more information, call 617-542-7696, ext. 2115 or visit

Concert at the pond

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Friends of Jamaica Pond and Boston Parks and Recreation will present a summer concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond. The rain date is Aug. 26.

Vocalist and guitarist Melissa Ferrick will be the special guest performer. She has released 17 albums in the last 24 years and is regarded by her peers as one of the hardest working and prolific performers in the business. She has shared the stage with Morrissey, John Hiatt, Joan Armitrading, Weezer, Tegan and Sara, Bob Dylan, Ami DiFranco, k.d. lang, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin and many more.

Knucklebones Playspace will provide children’s activities and entertainment at 5 p.m.

Participants can bring low beach chairs or blankets and a picnic supper.

Call 617-522-2700 or visit for more information.

Countdown to kindergarten

A special kindergarten day celebration will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.

Children entering kindergarten in the Boston public schools and their caregivers are invited to attend the celebration and join in the fun. They should wear their yellow “I Am Going to Kindergarten” T-shirts.

Call 617-522-1960 or visit for more details.

From seed to trees

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “From Seed to Trees” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 in the Dana Greenhouse classroom, meeting at the bonsai 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.

Performance and workshop

Fort Point Theatre Channel will take their production of “Cloud Tectonics” to the Hyde Square Task Force, 30 Sunnyside St., at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

This production written by Academy Award-nominated Jose Rivera tells the humorous story of Celestina, a hitchhiker, and Anibal, a baggage handler for LAX, who meet in the rain for a life-altering encounter in the backdrop of post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.

The workshop will feature live music and Foley effects by musician Olivia Brownlee and is presented by actor/director Jaime Carrillo.

There will be a free ice cream giveaway from JP Licks.

To reserve seats, email

Puppet making workshop

“The Power of Our Stories – Making Puppets with Paper Maché” with teaching artist Dey Hernández will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Aug. 7 and a field trip on Aug. 14 at Families Creating Together at Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. A light supper at 6 p.m. will be provided.

Children, ages 5 to 13, will learn the art forms of paper maché, puppet-making and storytelling and design and create their own puppets. Children, parents, grandparents and friends welcome. The program will be presented in English, Spanish and American Sign Language upon request.

To register and for more information, call 617-522-4832 or 617-372-3022 or visit

Community art making

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will host a community art making workshop at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.

Participants will join Eliot School's artist-in-residence Nora Valdéz and Teen Bridge members for a free art making workshop. They will use drawing, creative writing and collage to reflect on the meaning of "home/hogar." This work will be part of a collaborative community artwork to be unveiled in late August.

Call 617-522-1960 for more details and to register.

Family hike

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a guided family hike from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. Walkers should meet at the Visitors’ Center in the Hunnewell Building.

Families can join Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children's Education Fellow, and find their way through forests and meadows to discover the natural beauty. Along the way, they can record their travels with a Journey Stick, an ancient form of way-finding and storytelling used by aboriginals and native peoples.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five through twelve.

In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209. Registration is not required.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit for more details.

Ice cream social

The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will celebrate summer with their annual ice cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11.

All are invited to this free program.

Call 617-524-2053 for further details.

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free guided walking tours of local neighborhoods at 11 a.m. on Aug. 11 and 18.

Walkers will visit Jamaica Pond on Aug. 11 and learn how this area was transformed from private estates of Boston’s elite into today’s parkland. The tour will start from the Bandstand at Pond Street.

The Aug. 18 tour will focus on the Monument Square area, which includes a National Historic District. It also features the country’s oldest community theater company, an 18th century mansion that once served as the nation’s first military hospital, a house dated from1716 that was once a tavern, the Eliot School and the First Church burial ground.

The tours take one hour and reservations are not required.

Visit for more information about these and other tours.

Seasons at the Arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, is displaying “Continuation: Seasons at the Arboretum,” photographs by Jim Harrison, now through Oct. 8.

Harrison worked for the Arboretum photographing the landscape through four full seasons. For him, the Arboretum became a living, ever changing laboratory in which to explore the simple act of observation. He photographed in rain and snow, at dawn and dusk, even working on days when the beauty of the Arboretum seemed less obvious, or in some cases all too obvious. In time, he also began to see plants in relation to their surroundings. The photographs in this exhibition will encourage viewers to think in new ways about both the place and the process.

Admission to the exhibit and reception are free.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit for more details.

Arboretum tours

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

Music, farmers’ market

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