Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Jamaica Pond tour

A free tour “Jamaica Pond: Of Ponds and Plans,” will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, meeting at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse, 507 Jamaicaway.

A National Park Service ranger, along with “Frederick Law Olmsted” as portrayed by Gerry Wright, will examine the natural and cultural history of the pond and look at Olmsted’s plans for this popular park.

For more details, visit or call 617-566-1689.

Youth symphony to perform

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras will host the Intensive Community Graduation program at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.

This free community concert will be hosted by artistic director Nicole Cariglia and assistant director for winds Janet Underhill.

Registration is required for this free program, at or by calling 617-353-3348.

Chamber music concert

JP Concerts and the Open Theatre Project will welcome the Weston Winds Quintet in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at St. John’s Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.

The Weston Wind Quintet plus guest musicians will perform three movements from “The Czech Suite” for double wind quintet by Dvorak; Mendelssohn’s “Nocturno, Op. 24 for 11 Winds,” one flute, two oboes, two clarinets, two French horns, three bassoons and trumpet; “Lied et Scherzo” for double wind quintet by Florent Schmitt; “Serenade” for double wind quintet by Arthur Bird and “Dance of the Hours” for wind nonet by Amilcare Ponchielli.

Tickets are $20 general admission or $10 for students and seniors.

Visit or call 617-553-4887 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Spring bird walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a spring bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, meeting at the Arborway Gate.

Visitors can catch a glimpse of migrating birds as they fly to breeding grounds. This 90-minute walk is good for beginners as well as more experienced birders. 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.

Burger slam fundraiser

The Manning School will host the eighth annual Burger Slam fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

This friendly cook off competition between local restaurants is open to the public ages 21 and over who want to come and taste some of Boston’s best burgers and vote for their favorite, all while raising money for the students at the Manning School. The cash bar will offer beer, wine and water. There will also be a buffet of side dishes including salads, chips and veggie platters.

The panel of guest judges will say a few words when the ballots close at 8 p.m. and the Burger Slam best burger award will be announced at 8:15 p.m. Silent auction winners will be announced shortly after.

Tickets are $49 and include a slider hamburger from each restaurant, sides, desserts and one beverage (beer, wine or soda). Vegetarian option will be available. Music, a cash bar and great company are also included.

Tickets sales are limited. Visit for more details.

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on May 18 and 25. The tours will start from the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

The May 18th tour will stroll through Sumner Hill, home of 19th century Victorian houses and the homes of several early feminists and anti-racism activists. This area was designated a National Historic District in 1987. Walkers will meet at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Stony Brook will be featured on the May 25 and will highlight the area that was home to numerous tanneries and breweries and early German settlers. Today’s Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams, is sited here. This tour leaves from the Stony Brook Orange Line MBTA station.

The tours take one hour, and reservations are not required.

Visit for more information about these and other tours.

Architecture of Forest Hills

Forest Hills Education Trust will host a horticulture and architecture walking tour of Forest Hills from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. Walkers will meet at the visitors’ circle inside the main gate,

Historian and author Anthony Sammarco will lead this tour focusing on the horticulture and architecture at the cemetery. Many of the 19th century’s preeminent architects, including William Preston, Gridley Fox Bryant and Van Brunt and Howe, designed Forest Hills Cemetery’s main gate, stone bridge and 19th century buildings along with monuments and mausoleums.

The 90-minute tour will have frequent stops over varied terrain. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.

The fee is $10 in advance or $12 on the day.

Call 617-524-0128 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Musical fun run

MusiConnects will host the third annual Jamaica Pond run and performance at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 19.

Some of the MusiConnects resident musicians will run around Jamaica Pond while others play to raise awareness of their work.

The community is invited to cheer them along and listen to music of the banks of the beautiful pond.

Call 617-522-0043 or visit for further details.

Family fun at the arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum will host a new Science in the Park program from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, at the lawn in front of the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Arboretum staff and volunteers will lead this free drop-in activity. Kids can get their hands onto scientific tools, use observation skills and share findings with others. They can use microscopes, hand lenses and digital scopes to discover the secrets contained in a flower as they pull it apart piece by piece.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five and up. This is a drop- in activity. In case of inclement weather, contact 617-384-5209.

Further information is available at

Abstract landscapes

Local artist Ruth LaGue is displaying “Landscape in its Barest Form,” her abstract landscapes, at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., until June 30.

LaGue credits her childhood in Alaska as well as her later travels through India for her interest in landscape, where she sees both the limitless interior universe that lives within and the outer vastness of the physical environment. Working with palette knives on canvas, she strives for economy in her work, combining textures, colors and patterns. Her large-scale paintings capture various seasons and environments, seeking to welcome her viewers into her landscapes, perhaps jogging a memory or a simple moment of introspection.

Admission is free.

Call 617-524-2053 for further details.

Arboretum trees

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Drawn to Paint,” paintings of Arboretum trees by Paul Olson, in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, from now through July 21.

An opening reception with the artist will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

Olson has been discovering the nuances of the arboretum’s collections since he first visited in 2011. A landscape painter for decades, he explores the grounds with sketchbook in hand, typically in the early morning hours. In this new show, Olson brings his on-site observations into the painting studio to work in color, reflecting on his real-world experience, but searching for that sense of childlike discovery found in nature. These works on paper and canvas also feature paintings of bonsai from the Bonsai and Penjing collection at the arboretum.

Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.

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

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., have resumed the guided tours of the house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tours will begin on the hour at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

The last surviving 18th century residence in Sumner Hill, a historic section of Jamaica Plain, the Loring Greenough House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated both a Massachusetts Landmark and a Boston Landmark.

Visitors will learn about the rich history of this well-preserved mid-Georgian mansion. They will see the newly acquired portraits of David Greenough II and his wife Maria, as well as other historic treasures. Reservations are not needed, but visitors can contact a docent with any special inquiries at A donation of $5 is suggested.

For further information, visit or call 617-524-5138.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. on Mondays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. 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.