Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Latin Quarter fiesta

The Hyde Square Task Force will host the annual Latin Quarter Fiesta from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza, 361 Centre St.

The organization will kick off Latinx Heritage Month with live music from Sheila del Bosque and Eric German, games and activities for children, a variety of vendors, free food from Latin Quarter restaurants and more.

In the event of rain, the event will be moved into Hyde Square Task Force’s building located at 30 Sunnyside St.

Call 617-524-8303 or visit for further information.

Book sale

The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will hold their annual book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Hundreds of gently used books and audio-visual materials, for children and adults, will be offered at low prices.

Proceeds will help support the library’s educational and community programming.

Call 617-522-1960 for more details.

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Sept 15 and 22.

Walkers will tour Green Street on Sept. 15, an area that played a key part in the development of Jamaica Plain, and 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. Reservations are not required. Visit for more information about these and other tours.

Family hike

A free, fun family hike will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, meeting at the Hunnewell Building.

An arboretum staff member will lead a guided hike for families, who will find new discoveries among the trees, such as that seeds can fly, which ones do and how they do it.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children; the hike is suitable for children ages 5through 12. It is free, drop in, with no registration required.

In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

Visit for more details.

Broadway show

The Footlight Club will kick off its 2018-19 season with a production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Pippin” at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays from Sept. 15 through 29 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

The musical uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of young prince Pippin, son of Charlemagne, and his journey to be extraordinary. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-524-3200.

Family drop-ins

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer free, family drop-in programs “Fog x Kids” at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Hunnewell Building and lawn, 125 Arborway.

At the Arnold Arboretum’s own Fog x Hill, children can join in celebration of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s “Fog x FLO” by artist Fujiko Nakaya and take a Fog Fall x Rain Fall Walk.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children. This program is suited for children, ages 8 and older. In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

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

Local author at the library

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will host a book reading and discussion at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

Local JP author Beth Castrodale’s new novel “In This Ground” features indie rock star Ben Dirjery, who trades in his burgeoning music career for a more stable job at a cemetery to support his family. Castrodale will read from the book and discuss how Jamaica Plain’s own historic Forest Hills Cemetery served as an inspiration for the plot.

Garland Press will be releasing the novel on Sept. 18.

Call 617-522-1960 for further details.

Clouds and particles 

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will welcome Dr. Daniel Ciczo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a talk, “Role of Clouds and Particles in Climate….With a Dash of Fog,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

Particles in the atmosphere, whether from the natural environment or from human-built engines, affect climate in ways not fully yet understood. Ciczo will speak of particles and clouds in the atmosphere and they influence climate. The evening will begin outdoors at “Fog x Hill,” a Fujiko Nakaya fog exhibit at the arboretum, and then shift indoors for a lecture about clouds and climate. Attendees should arrive promptly at 6:30 p.m. to view this timed-release landscape experience.

Registration is requested for this free program, by calling 617-524-1718 or online at

Gardening like the forest

Dave Jacke will be the guest speaker from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 at the First Church of Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St.

The community is invited to this in-depth lecture with Jacke, a longtime permaculture teacher and designer. He will share the history of forest gardening, its many benefits and how gardening like a forest can enrich lives. Edible forest gardens mimic the structures and functions of natural forests while growing food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals and fun. This talk will introduce the vision of forest gardening with some scientific background, a few living examples and a sampling of some useful perennial edibles that can be used in local gardens.

Jacke, primary author of the award-winning two-volume book “Edible Forest Gardens,” has studied ecology and design since the 1970s. A book signing will follow this program, sponsored by Boston Food Forest.

Registration is requested for this free program, online at

Open studios

The 25th annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, at more than 40 locations in Jamaica Plain.

Open Studios is a fun and unique way for the public to meet the artists, see where artwork is created, explore the wealth of interesting neighborhoods in JP and purchase wonderful works of art.

More than 200 artists will open their studios in homes, barns and lofts and also share their work at group shows at the Samuel Adams Brewery, 30 Germania St.; the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.; the Eliot School, 24 Eliot St.; the Footlight Club, 7A Eliot St.; the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St.; as well as churches, restaurants and businesses.

Work to be showcased will include photography, jewelry, paintings, furniture, ceramics, sculptures and fiber arts.

For additional information and a complete list of venues, visit or call 617-943-7819.

Call for art proposals

The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library in partnership with Uforge announce a new call for exhibition proposals in the public gallery space at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for 2019, consisting of bi-monthly shows of two-dimensional works by New England area artists in the library’s public exhibition space.

Applications are now being accepted for exhibits for the January-December 2019 cycle. Applicants must be from the New England area and all work presented must be original and produced within the last five years. Artwork dimensions within 36" x 36" are best to display. Larger sizes will be considered.

If you have submitted with the library in the past, you must resubmit.

The submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

Further information can be found at

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 Thursdays and at 1 p.m. on Sundays during September. 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.