Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

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.

Orchestra 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. 12 at Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond.

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra Ensemble will perform a program on the birth of jazz, with selections by John Philip Sousa, Johannes Strauss, Debussy, Scott Joplin, Beiderbecke and Jelly Roll Morton.

This event will also include a musical instrument playground at 5:30 p.m.

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

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

Adventures in Japan

Jamaica Plain residents Amika Kemmler-Ernst and Gus Berger will present a slideshow “Adventures in Japan” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.

Kemmler-Ernst and Berger will share a slideshow, stories and a few treasures of their three-week visit to Japan. Light refreshments including green tea and Japanese treats will also be provided.

Call 617-522-1960 for more details.

Community art making

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host a community art-making workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13.

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.” At this workshop they will use manila tags to draw, write and collage while exploring what home means to them. All ages are invited.

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.

Whiskey Rebellion

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host a commemoration of the Whiskey Rebellion from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

The community is invited to celebrate the 224th anniversary of the Whiskey Rebellion with a night of interactive, virtual fun. Festivities will start with a virtual simulation of the Whiskey Rebellion, a talk through the facts of the Rebellion itself and engaging in other virtual simulations of President George Washington’s decision-making while in office.

Afterwards, attendees will enjoy the candy and cake bar, filled with whiskey delights. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members and include a small take home bag of treats.

Visit or 617-524-3158 for further details and to purchase tickets.

Children’s author to visit

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will welcome award-winning author Ralph Masiello in a free program from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Masiello will lead children, ages 5 and older, in a series of baseball-themed drawing techniques. Materials will be provided, but space is limited.

Call 617-524-2053 to register and for more information.

Youth performance

The Hyde Square Task Force will present a performance at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Blessed Sacrement Church Plaza, 361 Centre St., as part of Hyde Square Task Force’s Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series.

The audience will help break down the walls in Jamaica Plain with the Acción Community Theatre (ACT) performance.

Youth will share their perspective through their devised piece that explores local, national and global issues. They can join the conversation and enjoy free ice cream provided by JP Licks.

For more information on this free event, email

Children’s concert

Alex Mitnick will perform “Alex and the Kaleidoscope” at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Emmy award-winning children's entertainer Mitnick will take the audience on a journey that leads to the treasures of the world. His sensitivity, humor and ability to connect with adults and children alike make these shows a wonderful experience for the entire family. This uplifting, feel-good concert will leave audiences more connected to themselves, each other and the world around them.

Admission is free. 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. 18 and 25.

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 following week walkers 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. Both tours will start from the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

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.