Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Children’s art workshop

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will welcome botanical artist Regina Gardner Milan in a children’s nature journal workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 in the Hunnewell Building.

Participants, ages 8-12, will develop observational skills while learning a new awareness of their environment. Seedpods, pinecones and other plant material will be available for observation and drawing. If weather permits, students will go on a short walk to collect more specimens. Milan will demonstrate drawing techniques and documenting important details, and then the class will try creating personal nature journals.

Simple paper journals, some drawing materials and erasers will be available. Students may bring their own materials if they have them.

Milan’s work is on display at the Arboretum through Feb. 3.

Registration is required for this free program as space is limited, by calling 617-384-5277 or online at

Introduction to genealogy

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host a free introduction to genealogy workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.

This course is ideal for those ready to take the plunge into one of the nation’s most popular hobbies, but who don’t know how to start researching their family history. Librarian and genealogist Linda MacIver will lead the workshop and give tips on finding records, online searches, analyzing records and more.

Registration is required, by calling 617-524-2053 or in person at the branch.

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, Jan. 13.

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

Winter wellness walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free winter wellness walk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

Participants will take a brisk walk and stay healthy and connected to the arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. This walk emphasizes fitness along with information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained arboretum docents. Participants should dress appropriately and bring water. In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

Call 617-384-5277 or go online at to register and for more details.

Children’s concert

Musician Sarah Gardner will be the guest performer in a free family concert at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Gardner will host a morning of winter songs and play-a-long, like the “Penguin Dance” and “Snowman Pokey.” She will bring lots of instruments, scarves and fun. The event is best for children ages 18 months-5 years.

Call 617-524-2053 for further details.

‘Landscape for Life’

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will host an intensive introductory workshop “Landscape for Life” from noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 16, 23 and 30 in the Hunnewell Building.

Trevor Smith, LEED associate, will lead this introductory course that will provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to create a great-looking garden that is healthier for their families and the environment. This class is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (, the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. The comprehensive curriculum covers a range of topics, including soils, water, plants and landscape materials.

The fee is $185 for members and $218 for non-members.

Call 617-384-5277 or visit to register and for more information.

Family hike

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free family walk, “What is Beautiful to You?” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

Nancy Sableski, manager of children’s education, will lead a guided walk exploring the conifers. This walk will highlight different plants and natural phenomena while developing observational skills in children.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children. This is a free drop-in afternoon suitable for children ages 4-12, with no registration required.

Call 617-384-5277 or visit for more details.

Sunday afternoon concert

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host singer and songwriter Rea in concert from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Rea (Maria White) is a singer-songwriter and music producer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her lyrics have been described as honest and witty, her harmonies smart and natural and she takes her inspiration from Norah Jones, Priscilla Ahn, Corinne Bailey Rae and Emily King. A skillful vocalist and guitarist, she records and produces her own demos of her original songs. She is a regular solo performer in the Boston area and is also the leader of the band “Rea and the Tugboats.”

A tea service will follow the program and is included in the admission. Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and will be available at the door. Reservations are suggested.

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.