Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, contact organizers (phone, web or social media) to check the status of events you are interested in attending and as always, keep yourself and your family safe.

Bingocize – Canceled

Bingocize was to be offered through April 1 at BCYF Roche Family Community Center, 1716 Centre St. in West Roxbury and through April 2 at Blake Estates, 1344 Hyde Park Hyde Park.

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

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., but not in April.

Normally, the doors open at 7 p.m. and dinner is served.

Open mic usually begins 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.

Visit for other information.

Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network

Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation.

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

For information and to get involved in the Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network, visit where you will find, among other information, links to:

Resource List – a centralized place for individuals, families, service providers and others to find information:

Current Offerings List – a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that people can view and reach out to others directly for support (the list is growing and you can add your information as well).

Current Needs List – if you are in need of something that is not found on the Current Offerings List, you can add your information/needs.

The Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network is a powerful way to build strong connections and there are several ways that you can be a part of the group.

Email with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.

Franklin Park Zoo needs donations

Franklin Park Zoo will be closed through March 31 at which time the situation will be re-evaluated. All events and education programs have been canceled.

According to zoo officials, “Our animals are healthy and well, and we will continue to provide them with the dedicated, professional care that we always have. Critical operations staff, including animal care teams and other selected employees, will continue working at the zoo to provide vital care to our animals and infrastructure. We have a good stock of essential food and medical supplies for our animals, and will prepare contingencies and proactively monitor our supply chain to assure essentials remain on hand.

“Thank you for your patience, understanding and support of our Zoos’ mission, staff and animals. We hope that you stay well and we look forward to seeing you again soon.”

The Zoo would like donations for its All Our Animals Fund. These are difficult days and the zoo staff is working hard to be fiscally responsible while caring for the animals. The zoo needs your financial help.

Visit for more information.

Three extraordinary spaces to take a walk

Although the Arnold Arboretum Hunnewell Building and Visitor Center are closed and all the programs and events have been canceled or postponed until further notice, the Arboretum landscape remains open to the public to enjoy. This 281-acre jewel in Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace of parklands comes with an interactive map as well.

Forest Hills Cemetery has more than 275 rolling acres bursting with carefully cultivated bushes, tress and plantings and several walking paths – the perfect setting for art, sculpture, memorials and architecture.

Franklin Park, the largest park and crowing jewel of the Olmsted’s achievements in Boston encompasses 527 acres filled with trees and birds and small bodies of water, like Scarborough Pond and Lake Hibiscus to discover.

Please remember social distancing – stay six feet away from others and no handshaking or hugging. Fist bumping and elbow rubbing aren’t great ideas either since the back of your hands and your elbows (stores sneezes) collect germs as well.

This is a great time to take a walk by yourself or with your family – it is not an opportunity to gather together with a large group of friends.

And, if you are not feeling well – please stay home and give yourself a chance to heal!

Community meals are served “to go”

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

Free breakfast & lunch for all Boston students

BPS will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students until further notice. A variety of packaged meal options will be available for pick up. Locations will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to11:30 a.m. at the schools. View all locations here.

Free meals for all students

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.

Visit for a list of meal sites or phone 617-635-3717 or email for other information. See all locations here.

If you need additional food resources, you can contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Jamaica Pond parkrun – Resumes April 18

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.

STEAM Saturday – Canceled

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.

JP Food Pantry

The JP Food Pantry is 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.

BPL is closed; online services continue to grow

All locations of the Boston Public Library are closed until further notice.

Please note the following:

• All events, classes, concerts and talks taking place at all locations of the Boston Public Library are at this time either cancelled or postponed.

• The BPL will waive overdue fines for our library patrons through May 1st.

• During this time, the library is expanding automatic renewals and allowing people to keep their books and other materials for 15 weeks, instead of the usual three weeks.

• The BPL has pushed back library card expiration dates - if your card is due for renewal, you will have until October to renew it.

• The library is increasing the limits on accrued fines before an account is blocked. Use of online library services will not be suspended for patrons during this period.

• The library foresees no interruption in its digital services, which will remain on line for cardholders to enjoy remotely. In the coming days and weeks, the library will increase its online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources. Details about and links to remote library services can be found at

• The library is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of the visitors and staff. Further updates to our operating hours will be announced on our website, on our social media platforms, and through email.

• For more information on the library closure, visit

• If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email

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.

JPKS Bookclub – April meeting canceled

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

Visit for more information.

JPKS Stitch Night – Canceled until further notice

StitchNight is usually held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 6 to 8 p.m. on most Saturdays at the JP Knit & Stitch, 461 Centre St. It has been canceled until further notice.

When this begins again, 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.

Visit for more information.

BCYF activities canceled

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers many programs for people of all ages throughout the city.

BCYF’s network of community centers offer a wide range of diverse features and programs that are as unique as the neighborhoods they serve.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, all BCYF pools, gyms and fitness centers are closed and all programming is suspended.

Select BCYF locations are meal pick-up sites only for students who rely on daily free breakfast and lunch provided by schools. Find sites and their hours of operation at

To learn more about the centers, visit

Winter Fitness Series – Canceled

The Boston Parks and Recreation Winter Fitness Series and Pop-Up Parties all Boston Neighborhoods scheduled through April have been canceled.

Gender-free contra dancing – Resumes In May

Boston Gender Free Contra Dances (an affiliate of The Lavender Country and Folk Dancers) are typically held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, September through June, at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. (by the monument).

These fragrance-free dances are taught and no partners are necessary; beginners are encouraged to attend; all are invited to come early.

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

Visit for more information, including the music lineup.

Gender-free English Country Dance – Resumes In May

Boston Gender Free English Country Dances (an affiliate of The Lavender Country and Folk Dancers) are typically held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month September through June, with the 5th Tuesday, designated for Experienced Dancers. The group meets at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. (by the monument).

These fragrance-free dances are taught and no partners are necessary; beginners are encouraged to attend; all are invited to come early.

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

Visit for more information, including the music lineup.


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

Two Dollar-A-Bag sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag.

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).

All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.

Visit or phone 617-288-6185 for other information, including delivery status.