Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

1619 Project Discussion

The Friends of the Roslindale Library and the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. invite you to a discussion of the 1619 Project from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 and Jan.18.

The 1619 Project is a groundbreaking series of essays, poems, short fiction, and a photo essay featured in the Aug. 14, 2019 edition of the New York Times Magazine. The publication looks at the legacy of slavery and race in American since the first enslaved Africans were brought to Virginia. The discussion will be led by educator Josh Frank.

Registration is required.

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Winter Wellness Walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway will host a Winter Wellness Walk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 12, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Mar. 15 and Mar. 29.

Take a brisk walk this winter 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 with a healthy dose of information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained Arboretum docents.

After the tour, stay on for a warm drink and more conversation with your guide and staff in the Visitor Center.

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Chamber Concert/Reception

A free Community Chamber Concert will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians.

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Jumpstart Spring: Forcing Bulbs

Cure the winter doldrums from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.

Students will learn the basics of bulb forcing and will plant a layered bulb container with daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, and tulips. Bulb arrangements will be taken home to nurture and enjoy.

Fee for all materials, including bulbs, soil, and container is included in the cost of the class: $40 member; $48 nonmember.

Register by Monday morning, Jan. 13 at or phone 617-384-5277.

Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.

The trucks will be at the South Jamaica Plain Health Center, 10B Green St., community room from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays (from Jan. 15);

Amory Street Building, 125 Amory St. from 3 to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays; Martha Elliot Health Center, 75 Bickford St. from noon to 1 p.m. on alternate Fridays; Farnsworth House, 90 South St. from 9 to 10 a.m. on alternate Wednesdays; and Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. from 10 to 11 a.m. on alternate Thursdays (from Sept. 12).

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For questions and concerns, phone 617-288-6185.

Kids’ Club: Recycling Fun

The Kids’ Club with Ms. Sherry, for children ages five and older, will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Read about recycling and finding ways to reuse and repurpose in All that Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problems with Stuff by Meghan McCarthy and then make gifts out of recycled materials.

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Extinction Rebellion

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it.

Join speakers from Extinction Rebellion to hear the latest information about the state of our planet from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Learn how to become part of the global movement of social transformation for a livable future.

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EchoKids Music

An educational music workshop for children, 4 years of age and younger, led by Berklee College of Music students and EchoKids will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Friday, Jan. 24 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.

Children will learn music fundamentals such a rhythmic counting and melodies through the performance of their favorite songs in English and Spanish.

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Lunar ‘Zoo’ Year

Celebrate the Lunar “Zoo” Year from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd. The always-balmy Tropical Forest will be festively decorated for the occasion.

In celebration of the year of the rat you’ll learn fun facts about some of these rodents during zookeeper chats. Prepare to let your creativity soar at the craft table where you can make your own traditional Chinese lantern. A performance of the lion dance by The Imperial Lion Dance Team will take place at noon and a performance from Boston’s Chinese Dulcimer group will be held at 1 p.m. in the Tropical Forest Hippo Theater.

Visit for general admission tickets and other information.

Climate Change Conversations

Join fellow Bostonians for a Local Voices Network conversation on the critical topic of climate change from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 30 and Feb. 13 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The Boston Public Library is teaming up with Local Voices Network Boston and local media to record these conversations that will be shared on a searchable website for journalists, decision-makers, and other local stakeholders to tune into the community’s real concerns.

Space is limited. RSVPs are necessary. Refreshments will be served.

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‘Jewels of Scandal & Desire’

Curt DiCamillo will present “Jewels of Scandal & Desire: British Jewelry Collections and Country Houses” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Shimmering, captivating, and corrupting. Great jewels have dazzled people for millennia, their beauty and value producing respect, deception, love and betrayal. Whether an enormous diamond, a jewel-encrusted heraldic pin, or an Order of the Garter Star the language of jewels subtly, and sometimes ostentatiously, conveys a statement of power, position and wealth.

In this fascinating talk, DiCamillo will explore how the 18th- and 19th-century British ruling classes, modeling themselves on the ancient Roman Empire, used jewelry to reinforce their positions in society and awe their peers and tell tales behind these noble families, their house, and their jewels, all weaving together to create a glittering web of power and position.

Delicious desserts and wine will be served in the elegant Dining Room following the talk.

Visit for tickets ($30) and other information. Proceeds go to the preservation of the Loring-Greenough House and Grounds.


The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a family-friendly POUND class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 29 at the Anna Mae Cole Center, 120 Lamartine Extension.

POUND is a combination of cardio and weight training exercises that includes some techniques from Pilates. Using lightly weighted drumsticks, POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective work out. All fitness levels are welcome.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.


The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a family-friendly Zumba class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 6 p.m. on Thursdays through April 30 at BCYF Curtis Hall, 20 South St.

This fitness program combines Latin and International music with dance moves. All fitness levels are welcome.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.

Memory Café

A Memory Café will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the last Monday of the month at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Enjoy coffee and light refreshments along with activities, including arts and crafts and music. Participate in conversations that allow time to share memories, laughter and concerns.

Individuals experiencing memory lapses are welcome to attend, and anyone requiring special assistance should be accompanied by a caregiver.

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ESL Conversation Group

Come practice speaking English with the conversation group from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

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JP Social Gaming

JP Social Gaming meets from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Parish Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.

This group of board game players comes together each week to play strategy and party games. Come and learn some modern board games. There are always plenty of games to choose from, but feel free to bring your own, as well.

These game nights are recommended for older teens and adults, but they also have a Saturday gathering at the JP library every other month for all ages.

Donations to the church are requested from those who are able to give.

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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.

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BGCB Annual Dinner 2020

The annual dinner hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.

Each year, corporate and civic leaders gather for BGCB’s Annual Dinner to help build a better Boston. Attended by more than 800 people, Annual Dinner raises critical funds to support our city’s young people who need us the most. These funds immediately work to help their members succeed academically, make healthy choices, build strong character, and practice good citizenship.

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Kelly ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Kelly Outdoor Rink at One Marbury Terrace is open for public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours are Sunday through Friday from noon to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 7:30 p.m.

Phone 617-727-7000 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

Walking Group/Snow Shoeing

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a family-friendly Walking Group/Snowshoeing group as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 9 a.m. on Sundays through April 26 at Franklin Park.

Experience the strength-training and cardio benefits of walking or snowshoeing through Franklin Park. Meet at the William J. Devine Clubhouse, One Circuit Dr., Jamaica Plain, for a group walk that is sure to work your core, quads, and lung capacity. All fitness levels are welcome. Distances may vary. Dress for the weather.

Visit or phone 617-534-2355 for other information.

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.

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Spanish conversation group

An adult Spanish conversation group will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on most Saturdays at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. sponsored by the Roslindale Branch and Roslindale Friends group.

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Spanish-English Language Exchange

A Spanish-English Language Exchange group is held from noon to 1:45 p.m. on most Saturdays at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. for those who want to improve their English or Español. Each group is participant-led and may not have a teacher or native speakers.

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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).

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Shorts for tots

The Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.) is 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.

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‘Singing our Way to Longevity!’

“Singing our Way to Longevity!” with the JP Jubilee is 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.

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

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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

SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

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.

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Jamaica Pond parkrun

The Jamaica Pond parkrun 5K will be held from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. The group will meet at the Pinebank Promontory, near the intersection of Jamaicaway and Moraine Street. First timers will be briefed at 8:50 a.m. and the run will start at 9 a.m.

All ages, all abilities, all paces are welcomed to this free, timed 5K.

Visit to register.

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.

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 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.