Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Monthly Family Book Club

Once a month, book lovers entering Grades K through 3 and their families can come together on Zoom to discover new chapter books, chat, and tackle book-inspired games and crafts.

The next meeting will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.

Email BPL’s librarians Patty and Rebecca (rfox@bpl.org) to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live: Future Readers' Club Storytime

Join Librarian Rebecca for live-streamed stories, songs, and movement for the preschool set from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 15 at https://www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Every activity is carefully chosen to help little ones build pre-reading skills.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Book Discussion Group: ‘Radium Girls’

Join the Boston Public Library’s virtual book discussion group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 to discuss Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore.

Digital e-books are available through Hoopla with your library card. For information on how to join, please email kprocyshyn@bpl.org.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information.

Curator Conversations: ‘Angles on Bending Lines’

The many ways that maps and visual data have been used for centuries to manipulate information and truth come under scrutiny in “Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception,” a new initiative of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library that opened with an immersive, "digital first" exhibition on Wednesday, May 27.

Viewers are invited to explore the online show and join the interactive program series hosted by Leventhal Center’s Curator of Maps and Director of Geographic Scholarship Garrett Dash Nelson and the guests who give context to the exhibition's themes and content from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

June 17: “What You See Is What You Get-Or Is It?”

These events will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and then archived on YouTube.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information. Registration is required to receive a link to the event.

Basics of Improv for Teens

Need a laugh? Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join professionals from Improv Boston for an interactive class teaching the basics of improve from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

This program will run remotely and will focus on teaching students how to get started in improv. Attendees will get a chance to participate in a variety of fun (and funny) improv exercises.

Participants will be emailed the link Zoom the day of the event.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information.

Virtual Adult Book Discussion Group

The Virtual Adult Book Discussion Group will meet from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 to discuss Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson hosted by Karen Gallagher (Parker Hill Branch) and Becky Manos (Roslindale Branch) on Zoom.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration information zoom instructions will be emailed to participants.

Facebook Live: Story and a Craft

What will we create today? Join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft for children 4 to 8 years old from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live: Family Story Time

Join Librarian Julia at the Boston Public Library for live-streamed stories, songs, and movement for the whole family from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

White Stadium Sports Center summer registration open

The White Stadium Sports Center (located in the Playstead section of Franklin Park) is taking online registration for the free summer programs providing skill-building clinics in a variety of traditional and non-traditional sports for children, 7 through 14 years of age.

The drop-in programs are offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday from July 6 through Aug. 21. Participants can register for one or more weeks at apm.activecommunities.com.

Lunch will be provided; transportation is not. For more information, contact Boston Centers for Youth and Families or the Mayor’s Hotline at 61-635-4500.

Spectacle Island Virtual 5K

Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want from June 13 through June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you binge your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.

The registration fee is $20. All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families.

Register and learn more at bostonharbornow.org.

Massart Made Virtual Spring Market 2020

The MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market is a temporary online showcase of student and alumni artwork available through Etsy and other independent e-commerce websites through Tuesday, June 30.

Shop artwork, jewelry, fashion and more from more than 200 student alumni-owned businesses

For Dial-In Information: massart.edu/springmarket2020

For more information: calendar.massart.edu/event/massart_made_virtual_spring_market_2020#.XrWJAS8pChA.

Homework help online

The Boston Public Library offers free online homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through June 18.

No registration is required as students will be helped on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 15 students at one time.

Homework Help can be accessed during the scheduled times at: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/my/bplhomeworkhelp.

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.

For questions about Homework Help email Lina Raciukaitis at lraciukaitis@bpl.org.

All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

‘With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People’

Poets are inspired by the ordinary and extraordinary others around them. How does poetry reveal new and surprising ways to communicate and connect?

“With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People” will be held from 8 to 9:15 p.m. on Mondays through June 15.

In these workshops, facilitated by Aaron Devine, the groups will read and write to deeply encounter loved ones, communities, and lineages. No prior writing experience is required.

Devine is a poet, community activist, and translator in Dorchester. He co-created Write on the DOT, a neighborhood poetry reading series and literary platform.

To register, email: aajamde@yahoo.com.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

'Gold Rush:' A Virtual Escape Room for Teens

The Boston Public Library is back with an all-new, premium escape room experience for its teen patrons – and this one’s a true Golden opportunity.

BPL’s esteemed partner Escape Game Remote Adventures brings you “Gold Rush:” a virtual escape room with a compelling Live component – your very own prospector navigating a physical escape room in real time from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30.

In "Gold Rush," up to eight intrepid participants will work together to direct the live prospector to locate and solve a variety of puzzles in order to discover cleverly hidden gold. A simple online inventory will help keep track of everything that you find, but it will take focus, cunning, and logic to put all the pieces together before the mob arrives. A generous hint system offered by a live room host ensures that even beginner-level gold-diggers will enjoy the hunt.

Each participant must have access to Zoom videoconferencing software and an Internet browser in order to communicate and collaborate with others throughout the experience.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information, including registration. All registrants will receive essential confirmation emails prior to the live event.

Online caregiver’s group

First Church in Jamaica Plain (6 Eliot St.) hosts an online support group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month for members and friends serving as the primary caregiver for adult family members.

In the spirit of radical inclusion, they recognize that primary caregivers today are parents, spouses/partners, siblings, cousins, and friends.

If you are a caregiver and would like more information, email Rev. Elizabeth Assenza at revelizabethassensa@gmail.com.

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.

Facebook Live: Pajama Story Time

Let's have a pajama party! Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal, and join Librarian Rebecca at the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed Pajama Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through June 25.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.

You can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

Escape Dracula's Castle Virtual Escape Room

Do you have what it takes to escape Dracula's Castle? Find out by participating in a Google Forms Escape Room taking place all day on Saturdays through August 14.

Solve some fun challenges, encounter Dracula, and even test your library skills with this interactive online program. It's the perfect way for Tweens and Teens to kickoff this year's Youth Summer Reading Program.

This program is intended for Tweens and Teens, ages 9 to 17; however, adults are welcome to participate, as well.

Participate by going to https://forms.gle/Q6kYyubPMUWm.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

JP Food Pantry

First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain is serving meals and delivering groceries to more than 200 families in the neighborhood – and they urgently need your help.

- Food donations, including dried and canned goods as well as fresh produce

- Financial donations and/or gift cards

- Volunteers to help package or deliver groceries

Donations can be dropped off at 633 Centre St. from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit www.firstbaptistjp.org or phone the church at 617-524-3992 for more information.

JP Centre Yoga online studio

JP Centre Yoga (670 Centre St.) is offering live streamed classes daily to all who need it during these stressful times.

Classes are offered on a sliding scale – pay what you can; from $0 to the regular drop-in rate of $20 – to help support the teachers and small-business.

Registration closes 30 minutes before class begins.

Visit jpcentreyoga.com for the online class schedule and registration.

#ZooToYou

Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more.

Visit zoonewengland.org for more information.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston online

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston (360C Centre St.) is continuing their meditations and classes online to keep the community as peaceful and stress-free as possible six days a week.

Visit meditationinboston.org for more information, including links to all classes, meditations, and chanted prayers for members, non-members, and kids posted weekly.

Zoos now open

Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are now (partially) open.

At each park, guests will be invited to experience an Outdoor Safari Walk, a one-way trail through most of the zoos exhibits.

Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.

Online Book Discussion Club

The Online Book Discussion Club at the Boston Public Library will meet on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 to discuss In the Distance by Hernan Diaz (2017).

A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, from whom he was separated in the crowds and chaos during their journey across the sea. Moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West, he is driven back again and again, meeting naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen-and his exploits turn him into a legend.

In the Distance is available in eBook form on Hoopla: www.hoopladigital.com/title/13312155.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information; The Zoom invite will be emailed prior to the meeting.

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 bit.ly/jpmutualaid 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 mutualaidjamaicaplain@gmail.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston ` `

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.

Please consider donating food, gift cards or hygiene products to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.

Phone their Administrative Offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.

Visit www.ccab.org for a list of places that they service along with more information.

Community meals delivered

The Mid-week Dinner on Wednesdays and the Crossroads Café lunch on Saturdays at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. have been canceled. Meals are being delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If you would like to receive these meals, email churchoffice@firstbaptistjp.org or phone 617-524-3992. For more information, visit firstbaptistjp.org.

JP Food Pantry – donations and distribution

The JP Food Pantry is delivering groceries to people in need on Saturdays.

If you would like to donate non-perishable items, cleaning supplies and/or hygiene products or make a monetary donation or need food delivered, email churchoffice@firstbaptistjp.org or phone 617-524-3992. For more information, visit firstbaptistjp.org.

Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations

Although the Franklin Park Zoo is partially open, donations to the “All Our Animals Fund” can still be made to keep the Zoo’s mission alive, to provide vital care to their animals and maintain the Zoo’s infrastructure.

Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including ways to donate.

BPL updates

The Boston Public Library has an online calendar of virtual events to go with its other online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources.

More details and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.

For more information, email ask@BPL.org.

Free citywide meal sites for Boston residents

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” meals for Boston residents in need.

For a list of meal sites, visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston#map--409806 or www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8098.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email food@boston.gov with questions or concerns or for other information.

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

Me2/orchestra

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 info@me2orchestra.org, call 802-238-8369 or visit www.Me2orchestra.org.