Here are the latest Jamaica neighborhood notes:

Musical duo

The Gray Divas will entertain in a free concert from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The Gray Divas – Frances and Jeannette – will rock the audience with their eclectic mix of songs, from Hawaiian to jazz, from samba to La Bamba, with some originals thrown in for good measure.

Call 617-524-2053 for more details.

Traveling tide pools

Educators from the New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Kids can see and touch hermit crabs, snails, clams, oysters, sea stars and more and learn all about these creatures found in local New England waters. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-635-5195 or visit

1918 flu pandemic

Judith Chevarley will be the guest speaker in a free program, “The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918,” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.,

This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918, when a plague swept across the world virtually without warning. No disease the world has ever known remotely resembles this flu pandemic. Nearly seven times as many people died of influenza as in the First World War.

Chevarley will discuss the disease and what people experienced in the United States, especially in Boston and Philadelphia. She has a master of arts degree in American history from the University of New Hampshire and a master of public health degree from the University of Hawaii School of Public Health. She worked for 13 years for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a public health educator. Since retiring in 2014, Judith has been pursuing her lifelong interest in history and historic preservation.

Admission is $10. For further information, call 617-536-5400 or visit

Taste of Jamaica Plain

The 23rd annual Taste of Jamaica Plain fundraiser will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Our Lady of Annunciation Church, 7 VFW Pkwy., West Roxbury.

Attendees will enjoy delicious food from a wide variety of neighborhood restaurants, live music and a silent auction. The evening will honor John and Katherine Walker, Alan B. Sharaf, Esq. and Delva Bent.

Tickets are $60 general admission, $40 for seniors and $15 for children. Proceeds will support the community work of the non-profit Ecumenical Social Action Committee, which includes GED education, home repair assistance to help low income seniors live independently in their homes and foreclosure counseling.

Visit or call 617-524-2555 for more details and to purchase tickets.

Local author at the library

Author Susan Eisenberg will be the guest of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Eisenberg will read from her recently reissued classic “We’ll Call You If We Need You” as well as from her newly published book of poetry book “Stanley’s Girl.” She will also describe her online exhibition about women in the trades, a touring mixed media installation about women in trades in virtual format with 12 interactive rooms.

Admission is free. Call 617-524-2053 for further information.

Music in nature

The Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, will welcome David Rothenberg, professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in “What Nature Sounds Are Music?” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Rothenberg, author of three books, “Why Birds Sing,” “Bug Music” and “Survival of the Beautiful,” will look at what sounds in nature are music and fuel further thinking about noise, communication and song in nature. A composer and jazz clarinetist, Rothenberg has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years, and improvised with whales, cicadas and other creatures.

Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Visit or call 617-384-5227 to register and for more information.

Posture and artistic performance

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will present “The Body’s Song,” a lecture on posture and its effect on artistic performance, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The afternoon will feature an enlightening lecture on posture and its effect on artistic performance by Dr. Scott Diamond, chiropractor, and musical performance by Aron Zelkowicz, cellist, hosted by Vivace, Inc.

Diamond’s passion and specialty is the care of performing artists. Attendees will discover how to minimize the postural risk factors that contribute to musculoskeletal issues and learn the keys to optimizing performance through movement, breathing, exercises and micro breaks.

Zelkowicz is recognized as a versatile musician with a broad career as a performing cellist, teacher and administrator. He will play selections from his repertoire, including works by Bach, Britten, and Cassadó. He will collaborate with Diamond to demonstrate and elaborate upon the challenges of playing the cello with proper posture and the physical effects of playing a musical instrument.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for students.

Visit or 617-524-3158 for further details.

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.

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 further 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 November. 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.