Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:
Walking tour of Hyde Square
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 22 for a Walking Tour of Hyde Park. This tour will be given in English and in Spanish. The group will meet at Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre St.
During the tour, people will learn about 1840s Hyde Square when German and Irish immigrants transformed the neighborhood with their businesses, schools and institution and see how in the early 1960s, Hyde Square changed again when Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican immigrants transformed it into Boston’s first predominantly Hispanic neighborhood.
This tour will go to the home of Maud Cuney Hare, a prominent music historian and one of only two black women students at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1890. People will learn about the property currently housing the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center which was once a site of the Perkins School for the Blind. The tour will walk through the Sunnyside neighborhood, the site of homes built by philanthropist Robert Treat Paine from 1889 to 1899 as a “worker’s utopia” for working families.
Visit www.jphs.org for latest details. All tours will be conducted following current COVID 19 guidelines (wear a mask).
Jamaica Plain Farmers Market
The Jamaica Plain Farmers Market at 677 Centre St. (Bank of America parking lot) will be open from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through December.
The food - veggies, meat, fish, hot sauce, honey and coffee – is fresh and local.
Vendors accept farmer market coupons, WIC, and SNAP.
Visit jamaicaplaifarmersmarket.wordpress.com or follow them on Instagram for more information.
Just Writing: A Poetry Workshop
When the world gets delayed and your truth sits silent inside, just write!
Join the Boston Public Library for Just Writing, an online poetry writing workshop hosted by Toni Bee – storyteller, community advocate and Poet Populist emeritus, of Cambridge from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from Aug. 26 through Sept. 16.
Topics will include nature, free writes, Prince and “the things you miss.”
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Kanopy Club: ‘The Bookshop’
The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film The Bookshop on Kanopy.com/video/ bookshop and then join the discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27 on Zoom.
About The Bookshop: England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy).
As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one?
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to you once you register.
Walking Tour of Green Street
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 29 for a Walking Tour of Green Street. The Group will meet at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center 640 Centre St.
Laid out in 1836, the street played a key role in Jamaica Plain’s development, functioning as a residential, commercial and transportation conduit in the lives of the district’s residents. Although Green Street was subdivided as early as 1851 for stores, factories and houses, it was not extensively developed until the late 1870s with construction continuing until the early 1900s. The Bowditch School was completed in 1892, and early in the 20th century the United States Post Office moved from its location on Call Street at Woolsey Square to its new location at the corner of Green and Cheshire Streets.
Visit www.jphs.org for latest details. All tours will be conducted based on current COVID 19 guidelines (wear a mask).
Book discussion: ‘Calypso’
The Boston Public Library will host a virtual book discussion of Calypso by David Sedaris from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31.
To sign up, email Tonya at email@example.com.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Courageous Sailing is a nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor.
The Courageous Sailing Centers are located at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard; UMass Boston Dorchester Campus; and at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain.
To learn more about the Adult Programming; Youth Programming Components (Summer Youth Programs, STEM Resources and After School Sailing); and the Courageous at Home and Courageous Together activities and events, visit www.courageoussailing.org and/or follow them on their social media platforms.
Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo
Experience the wonder of more than 50 magnificent large-scale displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted large scale lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres. The first of its kind in New England, this lantern experience will dazzle and delight guests of all ages.
The Zoo invites you to walk (socially distanced, of course) through a luminous 66-foot-long shark tunnel, dramatic entrance arches, radiant flower gardens and traditional Asian lantern scenes. Glimmering butterflies, whimsical ocean scenes, a 26-foot-tall giant panda and a majestic 197-foot-long dragon will light up the night sky. Little entertainers can even make their own music on a giant step-and-play piano.
Boston Lights will also shine a light on the importance of conserving the incredible biodiversity on the planet. All of the lanterns are illuminated with energy saving LED lights.
This dazzling and delightful show can be enjoyed from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 1.
Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/boston-lights for more information and tickets.
Price: Non-Members - $19.95 | Members - $17.95
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 at home or on a socially distanced stroll in a favorite park, they have an activity for everyone.
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 extended
The White Stadium Sports Center, 450 Walnut Ave. (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. Monday through Friday through Aug. 28.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
BPL To Go and more
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program at 22 of the 26 locations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-524-3992. For more information, visit firstbaptistjp.org.
Zoos are open
Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are 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.
Online reservations and timed tickets that can be scanned are required for your visit.
Summer Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and major holidays
Virtual tours and activities will continue.
Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 802-238-8369 or visit www.Me2orchestra.org.