Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

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.

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.

Celtic music

The HeartSoulVoice Ensemble will perform in concert from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

The duo comprised of Janna Maria Fröhlich, voice, harp, keyboard and guitar, and Joy Grimes, violin, specializes in evocative contemporary, traditional and original songs and tunes, with classical, world, folk and jazz influences. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this show will include the duo’s Irish Celtic repertoire, as well as some Celtic-inspired originals with original compositions thrown in to the mix.

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.

Family hike

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

Families will search for signs of spring along Meadow Road, looking for flowers, insects, birdsong and more.

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

Boston’s hidden history

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will present a free program on the hidden history of Boston from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Although arguably America’s most historic city, Boston also has had its share of little known events. In her new book “Hidden History,” author and historian Dina Vargo shines light on the corners of Boston’s hidden history. She will share some of the more interesting stories of Boston’s past often overlooked by historians.

From more details, visit or call the library at 617-524-2053.

Fix-it clinic

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host a free fix-it clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

Patrons can bring their broken items and the library will provide the tools and volunteer coaches with expertise in fixing a wide variety of things including: bikes/skateboards, clothing/fabric items, computers/phones, kitchen appliances, jewelry, small electrical devices, toys/wooden items and more.

Items are carry-in only – no oversized items or engines, firearms or other dangerous items.

Pre-register at or email

Musical afternoon

MusiConnects will present the Roslindale Community Program student winter recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at Springhouse Assisted Living, 44 Allandale St.

Students have been working hard to prepare for the second recital of the season.

Admission is free. Call 617-522-0043 or visit for further details.

Evening of Baroque music

JP Concerts and the Open Theatre Project will welcome Palavar Strings in concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at St. John’s Church, corner of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue.

Joining the ensemble will be vocalists Sophie Michaux and Adam Jacob Simon for a collaborative program that travels the British Isles, Transylvania and the Mediterranean, that have long captured the imaginations of composers and performers alike. The program runs the gamut of Baroque opera, madrigals, drinking songs, dance tunes and a new commission by Simon, as well as traditional works by Bartok, Henry Purcell and Rossini.

Tickets are $20 general admission.

For more information, visit or call 617-874-4009.

New art on display

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., is hosting an installation from local artist Gail Jerauld Bos, “A Woman’s Voice” now until March 31.

The installation features painted planks depicting women activists, writers, scientists and teachers from across history.

Art by Jerauld Bos has been exhibited in galleries, museums and public art spaces. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Board of Trustees of the DeCordova Museum, the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission and the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists. She is the recipient of numerous awards including “Best of Show” for paintings and mixed media works.

More information can be found at

‘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.