Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

‘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.

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 Saturday, 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.

Sunday afternoon concert

Folk musician Tom Smith will be the guest performer from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St

Smith’s songs are humorous, touching, thought provoking and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that will be remembered forever. Now a folk veteran of over forty years, he performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools and concerts throughout the northeastern U.S.

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.

Family hike

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a family hike from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, meeting at the Hunnewell Building

Families can join Nancy Sableski, manager of children’s education, to play together, making snow angels, snow humans and more. Afterwards, they are invited to come inside the lecture hall to warm up with cookies and cocoa.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children; the program is suitable for children, ages 4 through 10. It is free, drop-in; no registration is required.

Call 617-384-5209 in case of inclement weather.

Visit or call 617-384-5277 for more information.

Opera for children

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will welcome members of Boston Lyric Opera performing “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The program will be repeated at 1 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Two professional singers, a pianist and a teaching artist will bring the classic comedy to life through music, acting and movement in this interactive introduction to opera.

This free production is best suited for children, ages 6 to 12. Younger children are welcome with supervision. Families will be admitted on a first come, first served basis the day of the program. Groups should e-mail to register.

Call Connolly at 617-522-1960 or Jamaica Plain at 617-524-2053 for more information.

Children’s vacation fun

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host “Step Inside and Snuggle Up” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 19 and 21.

Step Inside and Snuggle Up is a special series for kids of all ages and their grown-ups during school vacation week, an afternoon of picture book read-aloud of the book-of-the-day, make-and-take crafts, a free book exchange for kids and adults and delicious refreshments. Adults can relax in the parlor with their own book while kids enjoy the read-aloud and crafts.

Tuesday will feature the classic “Mary Poppins” by P.L. Travers and on Thursday, the featured book will be the biography “Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra.”

Admission is free.

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

Drumming demonstration

Cornell “Sugarfoot” Coley will be the guest performer in a free program at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, during February school vacation.

Coley, a Boston musician, dancer and educator, will lead a fun, interactive drumming experience.

All ages will participate together in this lively experience, richly laden with stories and songs that include rhythm cultures, characters, continents and life lessons.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-524-2053.

Kids’ concert

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will welcome “Toddlerbilly Riot!” with Matt Heaton at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Children, ages two and older, will enjoy Heaton’s songs, a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and sincere sense of fun. Admission is free.

Call 617-522-1960 for further details.

Puppet show

Caravan Puppets will present “The Four Season Bear” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

This delightful tale follows a year in the life of a young bear with beautiful puppets, memorable songs, storytelling and audience participation. It playfully explores the four seasons with unique hand-carved puppets, staging and live original music.

This free family-friendly program is suitable for children, ages 6 to 12.

Call 617-524-2053 for more details.

Winter birds

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a winter wonderland bird walk from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday,

Feb. 23, meeting at the Bussey Street gate.

Arboretum gardener Brendan Keegan will lead this easy walk looking for winter birds. Participants will listen for and discuss bird calls and talk about owl mating season.

Some binoculars will be available to share; if possible, participants should bring their own.

Registration is requested for this free program. Call 617-384-5209 in case of inclement weather.

Visit or call 617-384-5277 for further information.

Local scenes

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