Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Artwork and storytelling

The Hyde Square Task Force, 30 Sunnyside St., will welcome “Mariposa Y Mangos” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

This event aims to gather all generations of people through engagement with interactive artwork and storytelling about Afro-Latin cultures. Families are invited to make something creative to add a voice to the artwork, enjoy free mangos and join the discussion with Haitian and Dominican artists Chanel Thervil and Iris Lapaix.

Admission is free.

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

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.

Story walk

The Hyde Square Task Force and the Connolly Branch Library is hosting a Story Walk through the neighborhood Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Oct. 13 through 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

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.

Lantern-making workshops

Spontaneous Celebrations will host the annual lantern-making workshops from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Kids of all ages can get ready for the annual Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade/Festival de Faroles. Spontaneous Celebrations will provide the lantern supplies. Admission is free.

There will also be workshops at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., from 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 and from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Jamaica Pond boathouse, 507 Jamaicaway. A donation of $5 for these workshops is requested.

Call Connolly at 617-522-1960 or Jamaica Plain at 617-524-2053 for further details.

Journey of seeds

Tiffany Enzenbacher, manager of plant propagation, will host a special tour “The Journey of a Seed from Collection to Propagation at the Arboretum” from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Arnold Arboretum, the Larz Anderson Bonsai and Penjing Collection.

Enzenbacher will discuss the arboretum’s propagule collection and documentation procedure. She will also display some of the different types of fruits, nuts and seeds that are in the process of becoming the next generation of arboretum plants. Seed showcased will be those collected during her 2018 expedition to the Ozarks, as well as those collected on other institutional collecting trips.

Registration for this free tour is requested as space is limited, by calling 617-524-1718 or online at

Memory café

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will offer a free memory café from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Older adults looking to connect with neighbors, those with memory loss, their caregivers and more are invited to join library staff for coffee, tea, light refreshments, creative arts, music and conversation with new friends.

The Memory Cafe is a place where individuals and caregivers can get together in a safe, supportive and engaging environment. People can find community and support, share concerns and celebrate with other people experiencing memory challenges and their care partners. A caregiver must accompany participants requiring special assistance.

For more details, call 617-522-1960.

Task Force Fundraiser

Hyde Square Task Force will turn 27 on Thursday, Oct. 18. The community is invited to celebrate the non-profit’s birthday at Mooyah, located at 225 Centre St., and help to amplify the power, creativity and voices of youth so they can build a just and equitable Boston. A portion of the proceeds from meals purchased all day on Oct. 18 will be donated to Hyde Square Task Force.

Participants should let the cashier know that they are participating in the fundraiser by showing one of the social media posts, emails or flyers when they order. Social media posts can be found on Instagram @hydesquaretf and Facebook as Hyde Square Task Force. Flyers can be picked up on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza, 361 Centre St., or at Hyde Square Task Force, 30 Sunnyside St.

Visit for further information.

Lantern parade

The Friends of Jamaica Pond will host the 35th annual lantern parade at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21 at the Jamaica Pond boathouse, 507 Jamaicaway.

The festivities will begin with live music followed by the parade around the pond. This autumn evening ceremony reflects the dedication to the spirit of the pond and to the unity of the people.

There will be fresh hot apple cider and other refreshments.

The parade is free and open to the public. Lanterns can be made in advance or purchased at the parade for a $5 donation.

Further information about the parade and lantern-making workshops is available by calling 617-498-2438 or at

Appraisal day

The Loring-Greenough House’s annual antique appraisal day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the 1760 colonial mansion, 12 South St.

Local professional appraiser Edward Stanley will appraise all those yard sale finds and family heirlooms. The cost is $10 an item or $25 for three items. The public is invited to have their treasures and art assessed, or just come in and watch this entertaining show. Refreshments will be served. Jewelry, stamps and coins cannot be evaluated.

Proceeds will benefit the Preservation Fund.

For more information, visit or call 617-524-3158.

Botanical artist on display

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying the artwork of Regina Gardner Milan in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through Feb. 3.

An opening reception with the artist will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Milan spent a year of discovery at the arboretum and captured the botanical jewels of each season – early larches, spring blossoms, fall acorns, autumn leaves – in her exquisite paintings. Nature holds an allure to Milan, who finds that observing nature often produces scenes of larger-than-life beauty. The arboretum’s exhibition magnifies nature’s productions, fully illuminating the elegance of plant life as small as a seedpod.

Milan received a Certificate of Botanical Illustration with distinction from the Society of Botanical Artists in London, where she also received the President’s Award. She has exhibited in many juried shows throughout the U.S. and the world.

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

Art of the woodturner

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “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, now until Nov. 4.

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.

Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to 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 at 1 p.m. on Sundays during October. 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.