Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

‘Stamped from the Beginning’ book discussion

The Friends of the Roslindale Branch and the Jamaica Plain Branch library are sponsoring a discussion of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi, led by local educator Josh Frank on Zoom.

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.

Because this is a very popular book, the sessions will be offered from 9:15 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, Sept. 26, and Oct. 3.

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

Animal dance party

Bring a friend make new ones and get WILD on the dance floor with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. Parents and caregivers are also invited.

This event will also be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Visit gsema.org for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour around Jamaica Pond at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Once a district that only included the houses of Boston’s elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman and James Michael Curley who made their homes on the Pond’s shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland known today.

The group will meet at the Bandstand, Pond St. and Jamaicaway. The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

The tour will be given based on the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask).

Visit www.jphs.org for more information and pre-registration.

JP Fix 'N Flea

The JP Fix 'N Flea, hosted by SEEK + FIND Boston and Mendi's Boston. will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 12 at the First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist on the corner of Centre and Eliot Street in the heart of Jamaica Plain.

This multicultural marketplace will continue to offer a wide selection of items from artists, non-profits and small businesses and a wide range of repair services to help you invest in what you have.

Visit www.JPFlea.com and/or firstchurchjp.org for more information.

Ride the Vote

Roll out for a cause and register to vote.

Join the Freedom Fighters Coalition from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13 as they ride from Franklin Park to Nubian Square to the Boston Common for voting registration and to continue the fight for social justice (rain date is Sept. 20).

The Coalition is looking for riders, volunteers and donations (for snacks, water, etc.).

They welcome and encourage people of all ages to come outside with them and get active.

And like always... the people, united, will never be defeated.

Contact the Freedom Fighters Coalition on IG @ffcof2020.

For more information, visit www.instagram.com/p/CDcpBhdJNzc or #BlackLivesMatter.

‘Get Movin’ on the Lawn Exercise and Pound’ workout series

The “Get Movin’ on the Lawn Exercise and Pound” workout series will be held at Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. as follows:

- 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Sept. 17 – “Pound workout on the LGH grounds”

- 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 – “Get Movin’ on The Lawn: Yoga class”

- 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 10 – “Get Movin’ on The Lawn: Yoga class”

- 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 – “Pound workout on the LGH grounds”

- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18 – “Get Movin’ on the Lawn Exercise Series: Tai Chi/Qigong class”

Visit loring-greenough.org for more information, including health and safety guidelines and registration ($5 for non-members/free for Loring Greenough House members).

Kanopy Club: ‘Exhibition’

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Exhibition on Kanopy.com/video/exhibition and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

About Exhibition: When D and H decide to sell the home they have loved and lived in for two decades, they begin a process of saying goodbye to their shared history under the same roof. The upheaval causes anxieties to surface, and wife and performance artist D struggles to control the personal and creative aspects of her life with H.

Dreams, memories and fears have all imprinted themselves on their home, which exists as a container for their lives and has played such an important role in their relationship.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to people who register.

Robot building party

You’re invited! Bring a friend, make new ones and build a robot with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Parents and caregivers are also invited to join in.

Visit gsema.org for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Walking Tour of Monument Square

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Monument Square at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.

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. The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

The tour will be given based on the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask).

Visit www.jphs.org for more information and pre-registration.

SketchBoston at Franklin Park

Boston Society of Landscape Architects will host SketchBoston from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Franklin Park, North Walnut Entrance following health and safety guidelines.

SketchBoston is an up and coming sketching group for anyone interested in drawing the dynamic landscapes of Boston and beyond. All skill levels are encouraged to join us. There will be time for sketching and for sharing.

Please bring a mask and your own sketching materials (sketchbooks, watercolors, pens, pencils, markers, etc.).

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sketchboston-at-franklin-park-tickets-117786479531 for more information and registration.

JP Movie Night: Drive-In ‘LaLa Land’

JP Movie Night will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at St. Theresa of Avila parking lot, 2078 Centre St. in West Roxbury. The feature presentation is La La Land.

About the movie: Here's to fools who dream! While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist (Ryan Gosling) and a struggling actress (Emma Stone) fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Visit Eventbrite.com for more information and reservations ($40) for this drive-in movie experience.

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 Thursday, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Jamaica Plain Garden Tour (Virtual)

The Jamaica Plain Garden Tour, now in its third year, is a key fundraiser for The Trustees’ network of 56 community gardens in Boston. Generally, a self-guided walking tour that winds through a section of JP, highlighting beautiful gardens.

This year’s tour is a virtual one that features a sampling of exceptional gardens throughout the neighborhood as well as interviews with their owners. This year’s sites range from a productive urban homestead complete with chickens to professionally designed formal gardens.

Experience the tour and be delighted and inspired by a diverse array of gardens from the comfort of your own home.

The video of this year’s tour is available at thetrustees.org/jpgt and costs are $15 for Trustees members and $20 for nonmembers.

The funds raised by the JP Garden Tour directly support operations and educational programming in the community gardens.

JP Centre Yoga online and outdoors

Join JP Centre Yoga (670 Centre St.) in the yard of The Eliot School at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays and at 8 a.m. on Sundays for in-person practice.

They will also continue to live stream daily classes as well.

JP Centre Yoga has implemented tiered pricing to keep increased accessibility and equity measures in place, yet be able to sustain as a business.

Visit jpcentreyoga.com for more information, including online class schedule and registration.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston online

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston (360C Centre St.) offers a variety of online meditations, chanted prayers, and classes for adults and kids/members and non-members six days a week

to keep the community as peaceful and stress-free as possible. All are welcome.

All programs are posted weekly. Prices vary; some are pay-what-you-can; free for members.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston is a non-profit entity; donations are welcome.

Visit meditationinboston.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 Monday, Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 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 the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 27 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. 16 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.

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 through Sept. 16.

Topics will include nature, free writes, Prince and “the things you miss.”

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and 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 revelizabethassensa@gmail.com.

Community vigil

A community vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter (BLM) 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. Everyone welcome.

These Black Lives Matter vigils have been ongoing since Dec. 2015.

For further information, contact Mary Lenihan at maryfranlenny@gmail.com or Penny Wells at pwells222@gmail.com.

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.

Courageous Sailing

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.

Franklin Park 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.

All of the lanterns are illuminated with energy saving LED lights.

This dazzling and delightful show can be enjoyed from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. nightly through Sept. 13 and from Thursday through Sunday from Sept. 14 through Nov. 1

Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/boston-lights for more information and tickets.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

#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.

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

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.

Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, provides 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 to find, among other information, links to resources.

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