Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Afternoon concert

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will welcome Morgan Minsk in concert from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Award-winning vocalist, performer and composer Minsk taught herself piano as a child and composed her first song at age 7. She discovered her innate musical talent as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and later added saxophone, guitar, clarinet, bass and percussion to her repertoire.

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.

Winter wellness walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free winter wellness walk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. 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.

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, Feb. 10.

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

Evening of poetry

Award-winning poet Morgan Parker will be the guest speaker from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 at the First Church of Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St.

Parker will celebrate the release of her forthcoming poetry book, “Magical Negro,” a “most anticipated book of 2019” at Vogue, O: the Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed, Publishers Weekly and Papercuts.

Parker is the author of “There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé” and more. Her works have been published in The Paris Review, “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop,” “Best American Poetry 2016,” The New York Times and The Nation.

She is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a Cave Canem graduate fellow.

Registration is requested for this free program, online at


The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host a free children’s Valentine’s Day card workshop from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Kids ages 5 and older can stop by to make a card for someone special and decorate Valentine cupcakes. Craft supplies will be provided.

Call 617-524-2053 for more details.

Introduction to genealogy

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will offer a free “Introduction to Genealogy” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The class will include how to get started with researching genealogy at the Boston Public Library and information about genealogy resources available, including, newspapers on microfilm, and city directories.

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

Propagation of historic lineages

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society and the Arnold Arboretum will offer a propagation of historic lineages tour with Sean Halloran, plant propagator, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, meeting in the Dana Greenhouses.

The arboretum curates and maintains one of the most historic and well-documented collections of woody temperate species.

The plant propagation department maintains the propagation of those vulnerable and important historic lineages, in order for that plant to be returned to the living collections. On this tour, Halloran will illustrate the traditional and novel techniques employed in order to preserve these culturally and historically significant collections. Grafting, air layering, hardwood cuttings, the Bonsai and Penjing Collection and more will be discussed with real examples and the stories behind them.

Registration is required for this free tour, online at or by calling 617-384-5277.

Winter into spring

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Transitions: Winter into Spring,” photographs of the Arboretum by Chris Morgan, in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through May 5.

An opening reception with the artist will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Morgan’s goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees and in the movements of birds.

The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for more than 15 years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. He has photographed on five continents for over 40 years; however, he is currently to be found, year-round, photographing in the arboretum.

Admission is free.

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

Local scenes

Paintings by local artist Kevin Gillespie are on display at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., now to Feb. 28.

Gillespie paints serene, closely studied scenes of his neighborhood’s many natural wonders, including Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum. His work, often done en plein air, captures the shadows of tree branches, the ripples of water and the changes of the season observed along the well-trod paths of the region’s parks. The medium of watercolor allows for subtle gradations in color and texture along with small details like fallen leaves and footprints in the snow.

For more details, call 617-524-2053.

Murder mystery

The Footlight Club is continuing its 2018-19 season with a production of the drama “Blood Relations” by Sharon Pollock at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, now to Feb. 16 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

This psychological murder mystery is based on historical fact and speculation surrounding the life of Lizzie Borden and the murders of her father and stepmother, crimes with which Borden was charged.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-524-3200.