Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Chelsea Luxe Yarns Trunk Show

JP Knit & Stitch, 461 Centre St. is hosting a trunk show with indie-dyer, Chelsea Luxe Yarns through Sunday, Feb. 16.

Indie-dyer Christina is also known for her Chelsea Purls Podcast.

Come and see all of her yarns – just in time to treat yourself or a loved one with something special for Valentine’s Day

Visit for other information.


Can you solve this ZOOdunnit and find out who’s been causing such mischief?

Brush off your detective hat and magnifying glass and head over to the Franklin Park Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during School Vacation Week, Feb. 17 through Feb. 23.

Visit Detective Headquarters in the Tropical Forest, where you’ll make your trusty clue notebook, receive your mission for the day, and learn about the suspected animal culprits. Along to help you crack the puzzle is Mazine, the two-toed sleuth. Don’t be deceived by the slow reputation – Maxine is quite the quick-witted sloth, and ready to get to the bottom of this case as swiftly as possible.

On Feb. 17, celebrate Little Joe, the gorilla’s 27th birthday. Festivities include cake for the guests, enrichment treats for the gorillas, crafts and more.

Visit for tickets and other details.

Acrobatics with Li Liu

A one-woman acrobatic performance with Li Liu will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Learn about the history of acrobatics in China, which goes back more than 2000 years and some basic Chinese phrases.

Li performs hand balances, plate spinning, ribbon dancing, diabolos, and foot juggling.

A limited number of young volunteers will get to join her to create an impromptu ribbon dance, and also to try their hand at plate spinning.

Visit for other information.

‘Step Inside & Snuggle Up’

Come and get cozy while stepping into the world of some classic children’s books from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Adults can relax in the parlor with their own book while kids enjoy the read-aloud and crafts from the special Step Inside & Snuggle Up series as follows: The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia by Jackie Knapp & Audrey Smit on Tuesday and Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle & Rafael Lopez on Thursday.

Bring a book or two for the book exchange. Hot cocoa will be provided.

Visit for other information.

Taste the Future: Gas is the Past!

Compared to gas, electric induction is safe, healthier, more precise, and better for the planet. See for yourself from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at JP Green House, 133 Bourne St.

There will be a good mix of food, friends, and fun with a little bit of education on the exciting possibilities of the future Beyond Gas.

HEET and JP Green House will present hands-on demonstrations of induction cooking and highlight the latest efficient electric heat-pump appliances for heating homes, heating water, and drying clothes.

Visit for registration and other information.

All about Anansi

Join storyteller, Valerie Stephens, as you learn all about Anansi the spider, who was born amongst the Ashanti oral culture of the people of Ghana and became one of the more famous characters in folklore.

The group will celebrate the much-beloved trickster spider who has brought joy to many generations through interactive stories, games and songs from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Visit for other information.

Jilly and Kiddles Trunk Show

Jill of Jilly and Kiddles Indie Dyed Yarn will be at JP Knit & Stitch, 461 Centre St. on

Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.

There will be lots of yarn and samples among the smiles and hugs.

Visit and/or for other information.

‘Clybourne Park’

The performance of “Clybourne Park” will be held from Feb. 22 through Mar. 7 at the Footlight Club Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

This show explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959 as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

Visit for more information including show times and tickets.

Winter Wellness Walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway will host a Winter Wellness Walk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on 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.

For more information, visit

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. presents the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series from 2 to 3:30 p.m. through Mar. 22.

Performers include: Hawthorn (Feb. 23); Tom Smith (Mar. 1); Fabiola Mendez (Mar. 8); Strings Theory Trio (Mar. 15) and Due Celli (Mar. 22).

Tickets are available on line or at the door: $20/$15 for members, seniors, and students, which include Tea Service at 3 p.m.

For tickets and/or to learn more about these performers visit

Fun in the Tropics at Franklin Park Zoo

Longing for an island getaway? Escape to the Tropics with the Zoo’s emerging leaders group, The Wild Things from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 21 at the Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd.

Wear your best luau gear to dance and limbo your way through the Tropical Forest with friends. Watch the ring-tail lemurs as they discover tropical themed enrichment in their decorated exhibit, and catch the special opportunities to meet some of the Zoos animal ambassadors.

Join Zoo staff to learn more about the free-flight birds, including scarlet ibis, yellow-billed storks, hadada ibis and others.

This 21+ event includes one drink ticket, appetizers and a cash beer and wine bar.

Early Bird Admission through Mar. 7: $30; Regular and Day of Admission: $40.

Visit for tickets and other information.

Community Inferno Hot Pilates

Community Inferno Hot Pilates Classes by ShapeUp with Shaumba-Yandje Dibingal will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Mar. 29 at the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, 3708 Washington St.

This high intensity low impact workout in a hot room is great for everyone from beginners to advanced levels.

Bring a full water bottle, small towel and yoga mat or rent one for $2.

Visit for registration and other details.

Kitchen volunteers needed

Community Servings, 179 Amory St. is recruiting kitchen volunteers to help prepare 2,400 nutritious, scratch-made meals every day in their kitchen to ensure that their clients receive the food they need to maintain and/or improve their health.

They invite you to shake off your winter blues by warming up in their kitchen while peeling and chopping fresh produce that their culinary team will turn into delicious, medically tailored meals. You can also help by packaging meals and prepping weekly delivery bags for their clients.

Visit to sign up to be one of the 600 monthly volunteers.

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; 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).

For other information, visit

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

Northeastern STEM Workshops at library

Students in grades 4th through 8th are invited to enjoy the weekly STEM activities from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Apr. 18 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Topics will include Catapults, Snap Circuits, Paper Airplanes, Egg Drop, Volcanoes among others.

Call the library at 617-524-2053 to register. Visit for other information.


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.

ESL Conversation Group

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

Visit for other information.


Bingocize is offered from 3 to 4 p.m. through Apr. 1 at BCYF Roche Family Community Center, 1716 Centre St. in West Roxbury and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays (followed by lunch, included) through Apr. 2 at Blake Estates, 1344 Hyde Park Hyde Park.

Bingocize is a 10-week program that combines a bingo-like game with exercise and health education. This new evidence-based program is designed to increase the physical fitness, health knowledge, and social engagement of older adults by combining exercise, health trivia, and bingo.

For more information or to register contact Ann Glora at 617-477-6616 or email or

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.

Visit for 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. 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.

For more information, visit

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.

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.

Visit for other 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

Short and fun films 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.

For more information, visit

‘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

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

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.

For more information, visit

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.