Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes :

New England women horticulturalists

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will host “Cultivating Legacies: New England Women in Horticulture and Landscape Design” from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

Mary (Polly) Wakefield, Eleanor Cabot Bradley, Martha Brookes Hutcheson, Marjorie Russell Sedgwick and Rose Standish Nichols developed exceptional personal garden spaces and designed outstanding professional landscapes and were also very active in the conservation and preservation of appreciable New England open space. Presentations will illuminate these women and their roles in creating and protecting New England landscapes, the role that the arboretum played in these efforts and how to raise the visibility of these special places. The program will include an associated exhibition in the historic library reading room and light refreshments.

Admission is $50.

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

Israeli folk dance

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will offer a children’s Israeli folk dance class from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

Families are invited to drop in to this free class.

Call 617-524-2053 for more information.

Filmed in Jamaica Plain

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will screen the movie “Made Up!” from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

The community is invited to an evening reception and showing of the film that was filmed on Myrtle Street in Jamaica Plain.

The film is a look at how the cultural obsession with youthful good looks affects women who are told their value is dependent on their appearance. Brooke Adams plays a 40-something mother who allows her sister to videotape her makeover and subsequent date with a restaurateur played by Tony Shalhoub. The film stars and was directed by Shaloub.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served before the screening with dessert afterwards. Local businesses focusing on health and wellness will be showcased. There will be five-minute chair massages for $10.

Admission is $30. Proceeds will benefit the historic house and includes a raffle ticket for prizes given at the end of the evening.

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, March 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.

Chamber music

The Strings Theory Trio will perform in concert from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

The trio of Mimi Rabson, five-string violin, Junko Fujiwara on cello and Helen Sherrah-Davies on violin will celebrate spring with a performance of chamber music with edgy improvisation.

An afternoon tea will be held after the concert. The Sunday Afternoon at the Greenough House Concerts recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century musical afternoons in the 1760 house.

Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and will be available at the door. Reservations are suggested.

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

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, March 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

Poetry readings

A reading with the poets and editor of “The Widows’ Handbook” will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Editor Jacqueline Lapidus and some of the poets of “The Widows’ Handbook” will read from this first-of-its kind anthology. This collection of poems includes the work of 87 American women of all ages and backgrounds whose partners and spouses have died. It celebrates the strategies widows learn and the resources they muster to deal with people, living space, possessions, social life and especially themselves, once shock has turned to the realization that nothing will ever be the same.

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

Call 617-524-3158 or visit for more information.

Fruit tree pruning

The Trustees of Reservations will host a workshop on pruning fruit and nut trees from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Southwest Corridor Community Farm, 57 Lamartine St.

The workshop will cover the theory behind pruning and attendees will have a chance to make practice cuts and gain the confidence to prune their own trees properly. Topics will include fruit tree architecture, types of pruning cuts, tree shaping and pruning tools.

The fee is $12 for members and $20 for non-members.

To register and for more information, visit or call 617-542-7696, ext. 2115.

Tropical fiesta

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host a “Tropical Fiesta” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.

The community is invited to shake off the end-of-winter blues at this fun, family-friendly fiesta with a Dominican theme. Local Dominican restaurant 100% Delicias will provide the food and St. Mary’s Heavenly Fire Steel Orchestra will entertain.

Admission is free.

Call 617-524-2053 for more details.

‘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.

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 more than 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.