Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Photography walk

The Arnold Arboretum’s current exhibiting photographer Chris Morgan will lead a photography walk of the arboretum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, meeting at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Morgan will discuss the best techniques for landscape photography. Attendees should bring their own cameras or phones.

Registration is requested for this free walk, as space is limited; online at or by calling 617-524-1718.

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, April 14.

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

Decorating eggs

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St., will offer a free Easter egg decorating workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.

Families should bring their own hardboiled eggs and decorate them with the art teachers and family and friends. (White eggs work best with dye.) Dye, markers, wax crayons, stickers, stencils, rubber bands, tape, collage materials and glitter will be provided. This event is an open house format and all ages are welcome. A donation of $5 is suggested.

For more details, call 617-524-3313 or visit

Easter egg hunt

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. will host the annual “Spring on the Lawn” from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.

The afternoon will feature an Easter egg hunt, ice cream, photos with the Easter Bunny and the Spring Parade. There will be coloring pages and shiny eggs full of treats for the kids. This year, there will be timed hunts for different age groups in separate hunt zones. Families should bring their own baskets and music makers for the parade.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their picnic baskets and blankets to make a fun field day on the beautiful two-acre grounds.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-524-3158 for more details.

Fitness walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free “Spring into Health” walk from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

This brisk walk along the less-traveled paths of the arboretum will focus on fitness as well as on information about seasonal plants and points of interest from docent Rhoda Kubrick. Walkers should dress appropriately and bring a bottle of water.

In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

The walk is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call 617-384-5277 or visit

Finding wild in the city

Families are invited to visit the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, and venture through the North Woods from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, meeting at the Linden Path and North Woods.

They can use their explorer senses to look out for wild inhabitants and things that normally go unseen. With help from arboretum staff and volunteers, they will develop their observation skills and make some surprising discoveries.

Admission is free. One adult may bring up to three children. This drop-in program is best for children ages 5 and older. In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

Further information is available at

Arboretum vacation fun

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer “Finding Wild at the Arnold Arboretum” from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 through 18 meeting at the Arborway Gate.

Students in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades will spend time outdoors searching for signs of wild life in different ecosystems and learning to record their discoveries in field journals with nature education specialist Ana Maria Caballero. Wednesday will feature the North Woods, Thursday will be a hike to Bussey Hill and on Friday, attendees will look in and around the ponds.

The fee is $50 for three afternoons or $20 per afternoon.

Call 617-384-9032 for more information. For a complete schedule of activities, visit

Magic show

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will host Jungle Jim’s Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

Kids ages 6 to 12 will learn how to perform some magic tricks, play Quidditch and learn some Defense Against the Dark Arts in a fun, interactive performance.

Admission is free. Call 617-522-1960 for more details.

Vacation at the library

A series of free, fun activities for April school vacation will be held at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18.

At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Boston educator and musician Cornell "Sugarfoot" Coley, a Boston musician, dancer and educator will present an interactive drumming experience. A poetry event will be held at 4 p.m. Children ages 5 and up will share favorite poems and decorate a denim poetry pocket for storing favorite poems.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Judy Pancoast will host “Read Your Way Across the USA,” a musical literary adventure taking children from “Make Way for Ducklings in Boston,” to “Balto” in Alaska and everywhere in between. Registration is required for this program.

For further information, call 617-524-2053.


The Footlight Club will continue its 2018-19 season with a production of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Cabaret” with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power,” Cabaret” focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles.

Visit or call 617-524-3200 to purchase tickets and for more

Arboretum tours

Free guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays, starting from April 13. Walkers should meet at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Volunteer docents will lead tours of the 285 acres, pointing out seasonal highlights, the science of trees, arboretum history and points of interest. These tours last 60 to 90 minutes and are geared toward adults.

Registration is not required.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit for more details.

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 April 30.

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.