Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Infrared photography reception/exhibition

“The Light You Cannot See: Infrared Photography” exhibition by Betsey Henkels will be on view through Feb. 2 at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.

An Opening Reception with the Artist will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.

For more information, visit

Zoo Howl

Zoo Howl will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 at the Franklin Park Zoo.

Thrills, chills, and animals will lurk around every corner on the Trick-or-Treat Trails. Haunted happenings will include creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests and a haunted maze.

Guests can also learn about the importance of enrichment as they watch animals receive pumpkins.

For more information and tickets, visit (free for members).

JPHS author/booktalk

Jamaica Plain Historical Society will present an author book talk from 11 a.m. to noon on Oct. 26 at the Connolly Branch Library, 443 Centre St.

Author Heli Meltsner will talk about her new book “The Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered.” At the opening of the 20th century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic new look that would reflect their clients’ increasingly informal way of life. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement in England, the result was a charming style that proved especially appropriate for the rapidly expanding suburbs and vacation houses in the state – charming, but overlooked, principally because the style is somewhat difficult to describe. This book brings these homes, hidden in plain sight, the attention they deserve.

Many of the homes featured in the book are in the Woodbourne section of JP.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit or

Boston Mosaic

Boston Mosaic will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 30 South St.

Musical Opportunities Supporting Arts in Communities (Mosaic) will be performed by BPO and BPYO musicians as well as affiliate artists and ensembles who range in age from 6 to 61 years of age and older, from classical music aficionados to those who are making their debut. There will also be an opportunity to interact with the musicians, ask questions about the music, and a chance to play an instrument.

To learn more, visit

‘L’Merchie Frazier’

Galatea Fine Art (460 Harrison Ave. #B-6) will host the “L’Merchie Frazier: New Urban Monuments” exhibition through Oct. 27.

For more information, visit

Halloween Spooktacular

The Toe Jam Puppet Band will be at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28.

Halloween Spooktacular will feature original songs, puppets and stories to sing and dance to. Watch out for the silly string!

For more information, visit

Faroles workshop with La Piñata

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, join La Piñata in a faroles-making workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.

Children (ages 6 through 12) will learn the history behind the lanterns that are often used during Día de los Muertos. Participants will create their own lantern out of recycled materials and will learn about Latin American history through storytelling and folk music.

For other information, visit

Spooky songs with Sarah

Sarah Gardner will be singing traditional children’s songs with an October twist (but not too scary) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 30 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Her highly participatory concert for children, ages 18 months to five years will be followed by Halloween cookies and cider. Costumes welcomed.

For more information, visit

Halloween party and parade

The annual Halloween Party and Parade will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.

The party will include activities, treats and a neighborhood stroll down Centre Street. Open for all ages.

For more information, visit

Olympic Readers Book Group

Olympic Readers Book Group will be held from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 30 South St.

Home schooled children, ages 6 through 8, will discuss Juana and Lucas by Juana Median and make Spanish/English flash cards.

Community meals

The Mid-week Dinner (a hot meal and fellowship time for families followed by a seasonal program) is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and the Crossroads Café (lunch for seniors and their guests) takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

The meals are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, visit

STEAM Saturday

The New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month from Nov. 2 through May 2.

Come explore family-friendly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. Find out if you are taller than a whale rib. Learn about the ocean, the animals that live there and join in protecting the blue planet.

For more information, phone 617-635-5195.

Book discussion

The Friends of the Roslindale and JP Branch Library will co-sponsor a book discussion from 1:15 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

They will be remember the life and legacy of Toni Morrison by discussing her first novel, The Bluest Eye, which asks powerful questions about race, class and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

To reserve a spot, visit or call the JP Branch Library at 617-524-2053.

Coat Boston fundraiser

City Mission will host the “Cheers to 10 Years!” Coat Boston anniversary celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 at The Bella Luna & The Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St.

This event will be a kickoff for the 2019 Coat Boston program that will include an afternoon of celebration, live music, and fundraising. Proceeds will provide brand new coats, hats and gloves to Boston children and youth in need.

For more information, contact Ruth Edens, Director of Development and Stewardship, at or 617-742-6830 x207.

Visit for tickets or bring a new coat in lieu of a ticket.

Core 4

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (1153 Centre St.) will offer Core 4, a registered dietitian-led six-week weight management program for adults, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday nights through Nov. 4.

The program will focus on boosting your overall health and relying on evidence-based methods, such as behavior modification and mindful eating, to help you improve your eating habits, lifestyle and activity choices for life.

The total cost for the six sessions is $150 and includes a course manual and an appetite awareness workbook.

Call the Nutrition Clinic at 617-983-4455 or email to sign up.

Creative drama

Children, ages 7 through 12, are invited to join Creative Drama from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 17 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 30 South St.

This program will include storytelling, theater, acting out scenes from favorite books and lots of imagination.

No previous theater experience is necessary.

For more information, visit

Out Salsa Mondays

Out Salsa Mondays will be held through Nov. 25 at Urbano Project, 29 Germania St.

Salsa classes will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. with DJ and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m.

There is $10 cover charge.

Visit for additional information.

BTU Homework Help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. through May 28 on Mondays at the Connolly (433 Centre St.) and on Thursdays at the Jamaica Plain (30 South St.) Branch libraries.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

Shorts for tots

The Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.) will be hosting short and fun films for preschoolers based on children’s books from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

For more information, phone 617-522-1960 or email

JPKS Bookclub

The JPKS Bookclub will meet the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at JP Knit & Stitch, 461 Centre St.

For more information, visit

‘Singing our Way to Longevity!’

“Singing our Way to Longevity!” with the JP Jubilee will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

JP Jubilee is a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make friends, promote good health and perform for the community.

No registrations or auditions are required. New English speakers are welcome.

For more information, visit or call the library.

A Matter of Balance

“A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays through Nov. 21 at Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St.

Designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults, the classes will include fun videos, group discussion, a safe surroundings survey, and mild exercise to increase strength and flexibility.

For more information and registration, contact Ann Glora at 617-477-6616 or

Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K

The annual family-friendly Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

Registration and number pick up will start at 8 a.m. at the golf clubhouse (1 Circuit Dr.).

The race will begin at 9 a.m.

The awards, prizes and result will take place inside the clubhouse at approximately 9:50 a.m.

This signature fund-raising and fitness event brings to life the three pillars of the Franklin Park Coalition: Work, Play and Engage. The runner registration will support the coalition’s programs and events including conservation and stewardship, arts and health, and advocacy that happen year-round.

To register, visit

For other information, contact or call 617-442-4141.

Sacred harp singing

Sacred harp singing will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Wednesdays at St. John’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Roanoke Avenue and Revere Street (1 Roanoke Ave.).

Participants will sing four-part hymns and anthems using “The Sacred Harp,” an American tunebook.

With strong roots in the early music of New England and the deep South, these songs have spread throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

For more information on singing in Boston can be found at

Youth Open Mic

The First Friday Youth Open Mic night will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and dinner will be served.

Open mic will begin at 7:30 p.m. All ages and talents are welcome.

Free for people, age 25 and younger; suggested donation for people, ages 26 and older is $10.

Community vigil

A community vigil will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month on the lawn of the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

The purpose of the vigils is to stand out and speak up for racial justice and human rights while speaking out against white supremacy and will include speakers amidst moments of silence.

These Black Lives Matter vigils have been ongoing since Dec. 2015.

Stitch Night

StitchNight will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays at the JP Knit & Stitch, 461 Centre St.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery or quilting and hang out with others who are passionate about their craft for a night of fun.

Bring your beverages and snacks

For more information, visit

Beginners’ yoga

Community Yoga for Beginners with Shirronda will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Parish Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Roanoke Avenue and Revere Street (1 Roanoke Ave.).

Investment: $5.

Help fight climate change

The BCAN Action Team will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

BCAN is working towards fighting climate change through improved energy policy and education at the local level.

Meet the Communications Team, the Arts Team and other dedicated climate campaigners to help plan outreach for the Community Choice Energy campaign.

To learn more about Community Choice Energy, visit

For more information email or phone Andy Wells-Bean at 617-971-8568.


Me2/Orchestra is a welcoming, multi-generational, inclusive classical music organization. The focus is on a supportive music-making environment and stigma-erasing performances for all ability levels. There is no audition and no participation fee to join.

New members are accepted at various points throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, email, call 802-238-8369 or visit

Homework Help

Free drop-in homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 will be provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.) and Jamaica Plain Branch Library (30 South St.) through May 21.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

No registration is required.

For more information, visit

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., offers guided tours of the house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 24. Tours will begin 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 617-524-3158.

Jamaica Pond parkrun

The Jamaica Pond parkrun, a free, weekly timed 5-km run around the pond, is held every Saturday at 9 a.m.

The group meets at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway.

All ages, all abilities, all paces welcome to join in the weekend fun.

After the run, the group goes out for coffee and chat at City Feed & Supply on Centre Street, Jamaica Plain.

Visit for information including the latest run results, photos and the weekly Run Report.

Gender-free contra dancing

The Lavender Country and Folk Dancers – the community for gender-free dancing – meet at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. (by the monument).

Fragrance-free dances normally run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month September through June. All dances are taught, no partner necessary; beginners encouraged, come early.

The fee is sliding scale ($5 to $15). A bucket is passed to cover the live music fund.

For more information, including the music lineup, visit

JP Food Pantry

The JP Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to noon on the first and third Thursday of each month from Sept. through June at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St.

The Food Pantry is open for people of all ages and circumstances.

If you would like to donate non-perishable items, cleaning supplies and/or hygiene products or make a monetary donation, email or phone 617-524-1634.