Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Walking tour of Woodbourne

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour around Woodbourne at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

This neighborhood developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. It contains examples representative of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders. It also contains an unusual garden city model housing development by the Boston Dwelling House Company which was founded in 1912.

The group will leave from the Bethel AME Church steps, corner of Walk Hill and Wachuett streets. 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 for more information and pre-registration.

‘The art of sound design, podcasting, storytelling and more’

As natural storytellers and documentarians, humans have long understood sound as a medium to capture, interpret, and communicate ideas and feelings. Though society has had the tools to transmit voice and audio to mass audiences for more than a century, advents in technology within the past 10 years or so have placed those same tools onto many desktop computers, mobile devices and more. True audio engineering is more than simply hitting “Record,” however; there is an art form that emerges from a strong understanding of this widely available tech – one that has the potential to craft poems, stories and sonic experiences that stir the spirit and influence the mind.

Join audio producer Julianna Bradley, creator and host of the youth-centric Inherited podcast, for an introductory exploration of some of these tools and techniques. In this 90-minute session, teen registrants will use free audio tools Anchor and Audacity as well as sample audio clips – optionally including their own voices – to compose a variety of soundscapes or spoken-word explorations.

“Lost in Sound: The art of sound design, podcasting, storytelling and more” will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 for teens, ages 13-18.

You can also join Bradley in her full-length, four-session audio course slated from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Nov. 18.

Visit for more information and registration.

Friedland & Friends Jazz Series

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland will perform live duos & trios outdoors at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Schoolyard at 4 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 25. Bring your own seating.

Go to for more information and required reservations.

Book discussion group

The Connolly Branch Library’s virtual book group will meet online from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26.

The group will discuss the book Euphoria by Lily King.

Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice from accomplished author Lily King.

Visit for more information and registration.

Author Talk for Teens

The Boston Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 as they host author and artist Ngozi Ukazu for a talk and Q&A about her bestselling graphic novel series Check, Please!

Check, Please! follows Bitty throughout his four years at college as he falls in love, comes out and competes for an NCAA ice hockey championship.

Ukazu began the project as a webcomic and it went on to become the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever as well as a New York Times best seller. She was a 2019 YALSA Morris Award finalist for Check, Please!

Visit for more information and registration. A Zoom link will be provided to all registered teens, ages 13 through 18, prior to the event.

LVN Conversation: Resistance & Resilience (Jamaica Plain)

Local Voices Network (LVN) will host an online conversation on Resistance & Resilience from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

This event will provide an opportunity for participants to share experiences, hopes and concerns within their communities, reflect and re-imagine the community evolving from this moment.

For more information about LVN, go to

Go to for more information and the link to register.

Community Servings: ‘Pie in the Sky’ fundraiser

Community Servings (Jamaica Plain) will be selling “Pie in the Sky” pies, baked fresh to serve at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Apple and Pecan Pies will be available for purchase via beginning Thursday, Oct. 22.

Community Servings has taken many steps to streamline "the world's greatest bake sale." All pies sold through their website will be scratch-made by Community Servings' kitchen and a local gourmet pie bakery they've partnered with to help fill orders.

As professionals serving immunocompromised clients for more than 30 years, they always adhere to stringent health and food safety practices, including taking temperatures upon arrival, wearing face masks, and working in a socially distant manner in our kitchens. Once baked and cooled, individual pies will be boxed up, sealed and transported untouched directly to select outdoor pick-up sites across eastern Massachusetts.

In mid-November, Apple and Pumpkin Pie in the Sky pies will also be available for purchase at all Whole Foods Market locations across Massachusetts. $5 from each in-store sale will go directly towards feeding their critically and chronically ill clients across the Commonwealth.

As always, people can help feed a critically ill neighbor in need for a week this holiday season by making a $30 'Pie for a Client' donation when their shopping cart opens.

Visit and/or for more information.

Jóvenes en Acción

Where arts, education and community collide.

Want to explore acting, learn dance or play music? Learn Afro-Latin arts, participate in mentoring and get involved in your community?

Jóvenes en Acción/Youth in Action (JEA) is a free, year-round program for youth in grades 8 through 12 that combines Afro-Latin arts, education and mentoring support, and civic engagement and youth organizing training. Participants also benefit from social-emotional support both 1:1 and in small groups.

Due to COVID-19, JEA will be implemented online for the fall session.

Fall Session: through Dec. 11 (Virtual)

Winter Session: Jan. 4 through March 19

Spring Session: March 29 through June 11

Visit for more information. Links will be available for youth in high school and for 8th grade youth.

Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)

Parents and caregivers with children, five years old and younger, are invited to join Boston Public Library from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays for an interactive and informal program that includes playtime, songs, conversation, and early literacy information.

Visit for more information, including required registration. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

‘Girls Who Code’

Girls in Grades 3 through 5, come together weekly to learn simple computer programming, make new friends and learn to change the world with computer science.

“Girls Who Code” is a free eight-week afterschool Zoom club, taught by computer whiz Jennifer Greenberg.

Join for all eight classes being held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 7.

Those interested in registering should email Librarian Rebecca at

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

Visit 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 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 28 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 for more details, including registration.

Online ESL conversation group

Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 31, 2021. The group is led by a native speaker and will take place online.

Visit 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

Online ESL reading & discussion group

An online ESL reading and discussion group will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Dec. 17, hosted by the Boston Public Library.

Each week the group will read aloud a news article or short story, review new vocabulary from the reading, and discuss the article/story content.

Visit for more information and registration.

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 or Penny Wells at

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 through Nov. 1 for in-person practice.

JP Centre Yoga 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 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 for more information.

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, Oct. 31. This will be their final tour of 2020.

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 we know 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 for more information and pre-registration.

Boston Lights: A lantern experience at Franklin Park Zoo – Extended

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 people 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 show can be enjoyed from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 15.

Visit for more information and tickets.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information

Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth - 18 years of age and under - through Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.

Visit or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information.

Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

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

Online Homework Assistance Program

The Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Open to K-8, no registration required.

Visit for more information.

BPL Teens Book Club on Twitch – K-POP the Question

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn't dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn't call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop and to do that, she's about to break all the rules that society, the media and even her own mother have set for girls such as her. She'll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she'll do it better than anyone else.

Join a group of teen librarians as they discuss I'll Be the One, the November Teens Book Club pick and the YA debut of author Lyla Lee on BPL's Teen Services Twitch Channel,, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Whether or not they have read I'll Be the One, teens are encouraged to join the conversation, sharing their favorite content from Adventures in Fandom teen booklist or other great sources.

Visit for more information and the link to join.

Race & Inclusion Book Club: ‘So You Want to Talk About Race?’

The Race and Inclusion Book Club will discuss the book, So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

The discussion will be led by local educator Josh Frank on Zoom.

Because this is a very popular book, there will be two sessions with 20 participants each on the three dates: Morning sessions will be held from 9:15 to 11 a.m. and an afternoon session will take place from 2 to 3:45 p.m. on Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Nov. 21.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library.

Visit for more information and registration.

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 or follow them on Instagram 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 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.

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 and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

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 or phone 617-524-3992. For more information, visit

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 or phone 617-524-3992. For more information, visit

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


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 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 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 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, call 802-238-8369 or visit

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 to find, among other information, links to resources.

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