Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes :
OJFit Sunday Outdoor Bootcamp
Welcome to OJFit Bootcamp. Get involved and get a full-body workout to jumpstart your morning or end your day at Franklin Park’s Playstead (near White Stadium).
All you need is some comfortable light fitness wear and a Yoga mat (optional). All fitness levels are welcome.
10 a.m. on Saturday Aug. 1 and Aug. 15
9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16
6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5
Visit www.ojfit.com and/or eventbrite.com for the registration link ($10).
Plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early – Bootcamp starts on time.
Walking Tour of Monument Square
The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Monument Square from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 1 following the COVID guidelines.
Tour a residential area that includes a National Historic District. View architecture that spans three centuries; the oldest community theater company in the United States; and an elegant 18th-century mansion that once served as the country’s first military hospital. Learn about the monument that commemorates fallen Civil War soldiers from West Roxbury and about Pauline Agassiz Shaw who established the class that became the model for free, public kindergarten education. The group will visit a house dating to 1716 that once served as a tavern, the Eliot School dating back to 1689, the home of the first woman to graduate from MIT and the First Church Burial Ground.
The group will meet at Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.
Visit www.jphs.org for more information about this and other tours.
Morning Yoga at the Arboretum
Improve your health and well-being with yoga as the group practices poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2.
In the case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall).
Free, registration is limited and required at my.arboretum.harvard.edu.
This event is cosponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the National Park Service Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.
Afrobeats & Soca Fusion: Sweat Dance Class
Get ready for fun vibes and good times as you dance your stress away with Sweat Summer Dance Classes from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 30 at the Franklin Park Playstead, Pierpont Rd.
Join the host of the event, Key Michel, as the group dances to the latest and hottest Afrobeats and Soca tracks. Come with positive vibes and a mask. Free parking is right in front of the field.
Visit eventbrite.com for more information and registration.
Facebook Live: Ask Your City Councilor, for Kids!
Wondering how change happens in your city? Join Boston City Council President Janey and City Councilors Breadon, Essaibi George, Flaherty, Flynn and Mejia for a live Q&A from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.
The Councilors will talk about ways that kids can make their voices heard; then they will open the floor for questions from kids of all ages.
In advance of this program, the Boston Public Library is collecting brief videos of children asking questions for the City Council. If your child has a question, email a video clip to Librarian Maggie (email@example.com).
This program will be live-streamed to the Children's Library's Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Summer ZooCamp 2020
ZooCamp at Franklin Park Zoo is open for campers, ages 6 to 11, and will feature a curriculum of animal, science and conservation-based games and activities. The one week sessions will also include a daily live animal encounter as well as weekly behind-the-scenes experiences at the Zoo.
Session 7: Aug. 3 – Aug. 7 Theme: Animal Engineers
Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including Theme descriptions and the link to register.
HSTF Virtual Summer Series
The Hyde Square Task Force presents the Virtual Summer Series from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 17. Bilingual video instructions of the instructors leading people through the activity will be published at noon on Mondays and videos will be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HydeSquareTF) or at www.hydesquare.org.
Aug. 3: Activist Posters: Love Rising with Silvia López Chavez
What does love look like? What makes you feel loved? How do you show love to others? The participants will use a hand symbol and words to design posters that show the world what love looks like to you!
Supplies: White paper, pencil, markers/colored pencils
Aug. 10: Bold Backgrounds with Rixy Fz
To take us to a colorful world, participants will create backgrounds and environments full of color, design, and symbolism. Whether to add as a background to your plants and characters or just to use as a postcard, you’ll layer simple elements to build a “place” that may look like a dream version or your home or a whole new place that you’ve never been.
Supplies: White paper, colored pencils/markers, ruler, scissors (optional: small geometric shapes to trace)
Aug. 17: Mosaic Color Wheels with Silvia López Chavez
Mosaics are usually made by gluing small pieces of stone or glass together in patterns or pictures. Many countries in Latin America and around the world use mosaics to make spaces more beautiful. In this project, you will learn about colors and create your own color wheel mosaic using wooden tiles!
Supplies: Wood squares, glue, chipboard, Popsicle stick, optional color wheel template
Visit hydesquare.org for more information, including the registration link.
Virtual Vinyassa Yoga
Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a virtual vinyassa yoga class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.
Visit emeraldnecklace.org for more information, including required pre-registration to access the Zoom link.
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.
Kanopy Club: ‘Zodiac’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film Zodiac on Kanopy.com/video/zodiac-0, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6.
About Zodiac: A chilling crime thriller based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s. Featuring an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to you once you register.
Edward Bell: ‘Life of a Klansman’
In collaboration with the Harvard Book Store, the Boston Public Library welcomes acclaimed writer Edward Ball, author of the National Book Award-winning biography Slaves in the Family, for a discussion of his latest book, Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy. He will be joined in conversation by Kenneth W. Mack, the inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University and author of Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer.
BPL President David Leonard will be introducing this online program slated from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration.
BCYF summer programs and events
Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) is offering a variety of summer classes and programs, including arts and computer activities; recreational, sports and fitness programs; virtual field trips; workshops and more for pre-registered youth and teens following COVID guidelines. There will be no drop-in programs this summer.
These free programs will be offered remotely and in person on select weekdays and at various times through Aug. 21.
All participants must bring their own sports equipment and other supplies, where applicable.
Visit boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families/summer-programs-and-events-bcyf for more information, including a schedule and link to register.
Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers
To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.
Summer on the Emerald Necklace goes virtual
The Emerald Necklace signature series of summer programs will be offered online as a variety of live and on-demand events – including virtual tours and concerts, contests, online yoga and more.
Make the most of your summer by exploring, connecting with and learning more about one of the many historic parks that make up the Emerald Necklace and the natural world. Whether you’re at home or on a socially-distanced stroll in your favorite park, they have an activity for you. New resources and live virtual events will be released regularly throughout the summer.
Visit emeraldnecklace.org frequently for the latest announcements.
White Stadium Sports Center summer program
The White Stadium Sports Center, 450 Walnut Ave. in Jamaica Plain 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. Monday through Friday through Aug. 14.
Participants can register at apm.activecommunities.com for and attend one or more weeks.
For more information, contact Woodley Auguste at Woodley.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-961-3084.
Linda Wellness Warrior
Linda Wellness Warrior will lead an outdoor Yoga series under the trees on School Master Hill (1 Circuit Dr. Franklin Park) for mixed levels from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 29.
Participants must bring their own equipment that may include a towel, shower curtain, blanket, and/or yoga mat and follow COVID guidelines.
The event is co-sponsored by 4 Corners Yoga and Wellness and Linda Wellness Warrior.
Donations accepted. Venmo: @LindaWarrior Cash App: $LindaWWarrior
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/linda-wellness-warrior-yoga-in-the-park-franklin-park-tickets for more information and registration.
Discover Girl Scouts
All girls entering Kindergarten through third grade in the fall and their caregivers are invited to learn about the Girl Scouts. Join a group from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on any Saturday through Aug. 29 to experience the fun first-hand and get some information on Girl Scouts, including about volunteer opportunities. Girls will be able to take part in a Girl Scout activity.
Register at https://form.jotform.com/201546527923154 to save a spot. A Zoom link plus any supplies needed will be sent via email.
Through Girl Scouts, girls can be the new leaders of tomorrow. They can try new things, learn about the outdoors, change the world, experiment with STEM and find out how be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader).
For more info on Girl Scouts visit:
Yoga at Jamaica Pond
Join Marlene Boyette for all-levels yoga classes from 11 a.m. to noon on most Sundays through Sept. 6 at Pinebank Promontory, Perkins Street and Jamaicaway by Jamaica Pond, sponsored by 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness studio following COVID guidelines. Remember to bring your mat and wear a mask.
Please Note: there will not be a class on Aug. 30.
Visit eventbrite.com for more information, including registration.
Virtual music class
Talented musicians from EchoKids will put on a virtual family concert from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays to sing and dance along via Instagram Live@Ethoslearn.
Visit ethoslearn.com for more information.
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.
Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)
Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Aug. 31 on Zoom.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.
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 Aug. 25 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Cooking with Miss Debbie
Families are invited to join Miss Debbie on Zoom as she bakes and cooks a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts and sides from scratch using fresh and often locally-grown and organic ingredients from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 4.
Contact the Boston Public Library for more information, including required registration and the recipe.
Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A live animal crossing twitch stream
For many across the globe, Nintendo's adorable Animal Crossing island simulation has been a welcome respite from the daily doldrums of lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of BPL Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island--known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA, and most importantly, free to all.
Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 1 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space. You can drop in anytime to chat with them Live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game yourself, drop them a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they can set you up with a Dodo Code.
Jackbox Party Gaming for Teens on Twitch
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Party Gaming on Twitch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 2 in the Virtual Teen Room.
They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.
Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.
Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 10) will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6.
The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.
Classes are centered on relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children’s success in school, in relationships and developing a connecting with themselves.
Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing our experiences with emotions and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.
Visit bpl.org/events for Zoom registration and other relevant information.
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 email@example.com.
Bollywood Funk Online
Bollywood Funk will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6 via Zoom.
Bollywood Funk is a high-energy dance with a mix of Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk fused with the hottest Bollywood beats and moves.
Join dance instructor Chavi Bansai and be ready to sweat, smile and have a lot of fun.
Class is fit for all levels and is intended for children and teens; no prior experience required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration to receive the Zoom link.
Twitch Mystery Gaming for Teens
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6 in the Virtual Teen Room and discover a mysterious new game that most of us have never played before.
Will the group saunter through the quirky, winding halls of The Stanley Parable…? Bend our brains pushing puzzles around in Baba is You…? You’ll have to stop by to discover each game and lend your mental magnitude to help the group make key decisions, develop strategies and just have fun hanging out.
Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.
Breakdancing workshop for youth
Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to join the Boston Public Library from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28 for breakdancing led by Oliver Arias, a member of the Floorlord - the longest-running hip hop dance troupe in the US.
Each week people will learn new dance moves which will get difficult as the weeks move on. No previous dancing experience required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A link to the Zoom meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.
Facebook Live: Story and a craft
What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events 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.
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.
Five-week summer dance intensive
The OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, 3708 Washington St. is currently accepting registrations for a five-week summer dance intensive to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Aug. 7.
This program is for girls and boys, ages 7 through 13. There will be three dance classes per day; boot camp, public speaking and writing workshops and a field trip to NYC.
Visit www.originationinc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Reading the Rainbow
Reading the Rainbow – an Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on second Thursday of the month.
Join the group on Aug. 13 for a lively discussion of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson.
Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging – for love, identity, home and a mother.
All communication will take place on the messaging platform Slack: no webcam or microphone needed. All book club titles are available on hoopladigital.com.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration.
BPL To Go expands again
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.
BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.
Using the library website, phone line or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs and pick them up at the library. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
Free summer ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults
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 (adults and children) in need. No ID required.
Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email email@example.com 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.
Community meals delivered
The Midweek Dinner on Wednesdays and the Crossroads Café lunch on Saturdays at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. has been canceled. Meals are being delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
If you would like to receive these meals, email firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or phone 617-524-3992. For more information, visit firstbaptistjp.org.
Zoos are open
Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are now (partially) open for a roarin’ good time following COVID guidelines.
At each park, guests will be invited to experience an Outdoor Safari Walk, a one-way trail through many of the zoos exhibits. The playground and play stations are open. The indoor exhibit buildings remain closed at this time.
Online reservations and timed tickets that can be scanned are required for your visit.
Virtual tours and activities will continue.
Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
The Zoo has set up the “All Our Animals Fund” and is asking for donations to continue its mission.
Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including ways to donate.
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 email@example.com, call 802-238-8369 or visit www.Me2orchestra.org.