Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Holiday show benefit

The Trustees of Eliot Hall and the Footlight Club will present the 19th annual holiday show and fundraiser, “A Carol Christmas,” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

The community is invited to this annual evening of music and holiday cheer. Since 1997, Carol Gallagher and friends have been raising money for the Eliot Hall Restoration Fund with this unconventional and funny holiday show.

A reception will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30.

Visit or call 617-524-3200 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Breakfast fundraiser

The annual Hyde Square Task Force “Making Change Happen” breakfast fundraiser will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at WilmerHale, 60 State St.

With the theme of “Be Courageous, Take a Stand” the fundraiser will celebrate the accomplishments of the Hyde Square Task Force and those who are courageous and making a difference in the city and in the lives of others.

For more information, visit or call 617-524-8303, ext. 336.

Crafts fair

The Jamaica Plain Crafts Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St.

More than 50 artists and crafters will be on hand selling paintings, pottery, jewelry, clothing, toys, ceramics and more. Live musical entertainment and hearty, healthy lunch treats will also be available.

Email or call 617-524-1634 for further details.

Book sale

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host the winter book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The library will offer gently used books and DVDs all with bargain rates (all items just $1 or $2), with books for all ages and in every genre. This is a great way to start off the holiday shopping while also supporting the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

Call 617-524-2053 for more information.

Holiday open house

The annual Loring-Greenough art sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the historic house, 12 South St.

Visitors can kick off their holiday shopping or just enjoy the work of local artisans while exploring the Loring Greenough House. The sale will feature the work of Mary Birnbaum, jewelry; Erica S. Nazzaro, mixed media; Kimberley Zane, ceramics; Rachel Paxton, painting and prints; Karen Kemp, etchings; Melissa Rocklen, mobiles; and Connie Barbour, prints and mixed media, as well as Cobwebs Antiques.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-524-3158.

Holiday trolley tour

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will visit the Jamaica Plain neighborhood at 1:45 p.m. at Hyde Square and at 2:30 p.m. at Jamaica Plain Monument on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Santa Claus and his elves, Mayor Marty Walsh and a few other friends from the North Pole will hit the road to bring holiday cheer and light the Christmas tree at Hyde Square and the Soldiers Monument.

Call 617-635-3911 or visit for more information.

Growing woody plants

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “Growing Woody Plants from Hardwood Cuttings” with Tiffany Enzenbacher, manager of plant production, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 meeting at the Hunnewell Building.

Students will learn how to propagate woody plants from fall cuttings. They will collect and stick cuttings of several taxa and will take their propagules home. After rooting, small plants may be ready to transplant as early as next year. Post-class nurturing will be required. Students should bring their own pruners to class and dress for the weather.

The fee is $65 for members and $80 for non-members and all materials are included in the cost.

For more information and to register, call 617-384-5277 or visit

Wreaths for sale

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host its annual holiday wreath sales from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays from Dec. 1 to 16.

Handmade wreaths will be sold to benefit the house’s community-building and conservations efforts.

Visit or call 617-524-3158 for more information.

Holiday open house

The annual Loring-Greenough holiday open house will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the historic house, 12 South St.

Festivities will include cooking decorating, arts and crafts and mulled apple cider. Admission is free.

Outside, there will be an opportunity for doggy friends to take a Family Holiday Photo with Mrs. “Claws” and her elves. Photos will take place in front of the seasonally decorated entrance. It is going to feel a lot like the North Pole with sleighs, sheepskin and maybe even snow.

To make that photo even more special, holiday-focused dog accessories will be available, such as antlers, bows and mistletoe.

The charge for photos is $10 and all proceeds will go toward the Loring-Greenough House preservation and programming.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-524-3158.

Wine tasting

The MSPCA will host a wine tasting fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Adoption Center, 350 South Huntington Ave.

The community is invited to an elegant evening of fine wine and adorable animals. Attendees will sample wines from around the world, stroll around the different tasting tables, chat with knowledgeable sommeliers and hobnob with the adoptable animals. An array of sumptuous appetizers will be served. The event is for those ages 21 and over.

Tickets are $75 per person. All proceeds will benefit the animals at the Boston Adoption Center.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-522-7400

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.