Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Family drop-in program

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free, family drop-in program “Fog x Kids” at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6 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 3 to 8. In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

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

Art of the woodturner

The Arnold Arboretum will display “Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner,” an exhibition by the Association of Revolutionary Turners (ART), Central New England Woodturners and Massachusetts South Shore Woodturners, in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7.

Demonstrations of woodturning will be held at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Woodturning is the art or process of fashioning wood into various forms and shapes by means of a lathe. The woodturning associations that have come together for this special exhibition will bring their own creativity and technical expertise, displaying unique pieces for utilitarian use and aesthetic enjoyment. Members will demonstrate their skill working the lathe throughout the weekend.

Select work will be on display in the visitor center until Nov. 4.

Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to for more information.

Casey Arborway tour

A free walking tour of Casey Arborway will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. Walkers will meet at the Forest Hills Gates of the Arnold Arboretum.

Nothing remains of the Forest Hills of 40 years ago – the Southwest Corridor and the Casey Arborway obliterated all architectural landmarks from that era. Yet the vista and connection that Frederick Law Olmsted designed and supervised for the parkway between the arboretum and Franklin Park have been remade.

This walk will follow Olmsted’s plan as well as cover the original transportation patterns that characterized Forest Hills before Olmsted made his plans, those of the Norfolk and Bristol Turnpike and the Boston & Providence Railroad. Participants will also learn about the architecture along the parkway.

Registration is not required.

For further information, visit

Japan-Arboretum connection

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present a walking tour “The Japan-Arboretum Connection” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Michael Dosman, keeper of the living collection, is just back from an expedition to Japan and will take participants on an arboretum tour that highlights the amazing flora of Japan. Eleven percent of the arboretum’s wild-collected plants come from Japan.

Admission is free.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit to register and for more information.


The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation will host the annual “Octoberfest ¡Fiesta!” fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Small Business Complex, 30 Germania St.

Attendees will celebrate community, enjoy local beer and dishes from top local restaurants and dance to classic salsa and other tunes provided by the Eric German Orchestra, all while raising funds to benefit JPNDC’s programs and initiatives.

Festivities will also include an auction, juggling by Bryson Lang, a photo booth from Dylan’s PhotoBooth and magic with Andrew Gordon. The evening is 21 plus. Tickets are $70 and can be purchased from

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-522-2424.

Chamber music concert

JP Concerts and the Open Theatre Project will present the New England Chamber Players in concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 at St. John’s Church, corner of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue.

Core members Thomas Weston, clarinet, Izumi Sakamoto, oboe, and Rachel Juszczak, bassoon perform in ensembles comprised primarily of strings. These pieces showcase the unique sonic profiles of the woodwind instruments against the homogeneous blend of a string ensemble. Carefully selected to showcase each instrument and player, the performance will include Mozart’s “Oboe Quartet K. 370,” Bernard Garfield’s “Quartet for bassoon and strings” culminating with the unique Swedish-Finnish/French sensibility of Bernhard Crusell’s “C minor Clarinet Quartet No.2 Op.4.”

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students, seniors and members.

For more information, visit or call 617-874-4009.

Poetry readings

The Jamaica Pond Poets will host the Chapter and Verse reading series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Nausheen Eusuf, Robert Fieseler and Gail Mazur will read from their latest works. A reception with refreshments and a chance to chat with the writers will follow. A donation of $5 is requested.

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Bird walk

The Arnold Arboretum will host a free fall bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, meeting at the Peters Hill Gate.

Bob Mayer of the arboretum will help birders glimpse migrating birds as they fly to wintering grounds as well as year-round birds feasting on the fruits and seeds in the arboretum. All experiences of bird watching are welcome. Birders should bring binoculars if possible; a small number will be available to borrow.

Registration is recommended.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit for more details and to register.

History walking tour

Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave., will host “Historian’s Choice,” a walking tour with historian and author Anthony Sammarco, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, meeting at the visitors’ circle.

Sammarco will explore the lives of Simon Willard, master clock smith; Robert Chamblett Hooper, ship owner; Sophia Snow, philanthropist; S.S. Pierce, gourmet grocer; and Marshall Pinckney Wilder, horticulturalist.

Participants should bring water and wear comfortable shoes. The fee is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

For more information and to register, visit or call 617-524-3354.

Story walk

The Hyde Square Task Force and the Connolly Branch Library is hosting a Story Walk through the neighborhood now to Oct. 15.

Participants can pick up a map from the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., or Jackson Square and follow the story of “Maybe Something Beautiful” page by page through the neighborhood. Return the completed map to HSTF or the Connolly for a prize.

This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force’s Latinx Heritage Month series. For more information, email

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

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 for adults.

Registration is not required.

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