Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:
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 www.jphs.org for more information and pre-registration.
Virtual adult crafting - Glass dome magnets
The Boston Public Library will host a fun magnet making session from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. At each session, participants will receive supplies to make four magnets.
Any image can be used, making it easy to personalize them however you want. Keep them for yourself or give them as gifts to friends and loved ones.
To register, email email@example.com. Once registered, you can pick up supplies at the Connolly Branch. Supplies are limited.
Ballot drop boxes
Ballot drop boxes will be available outside the main entrances of the following Boston Public Library locations:
Central (Johnson Building - on the right of the Boylston Street entrance), Brighton, Charlestown, East Boston, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Parker Hill, Roxbury, South Boston and West Roxbury.
There will not be one at the South End Branch, probably because it's relatively close to the Central Library.
These drop boxes for mail-in ballots will be available until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Election Day.
Please visit www.boston.gov/news/mail-voting-information-city-boston for the full list of ballot drop box locations and other information about voting by mail in Boston.
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 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Facebook.com/BPLchildren.
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,
Twitch.tv/BPLts, 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 bpl.org/events for more information and the link to join.
Pajama Story Time is moving to Zoom
Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal and join Librarian Rebecca for end-of-day stories, songs and movement from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. Wind down with a cozy craft inspired by the reading. This story time is ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary kids.
Email Librarian Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.
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 Saturday, Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Nov. 21.
This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
JPHS: ‘Immigration & Naturalization’
The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will present an online seminar at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 for family historians to learn more about researching immigrant ancestors through available records.
For many family historians, a time comes when they need to research their ancestor’s country of origin. Knowing what resources exist and how to find them can be particularly challenging when first beginning this search. Naturalization records are important resources for these family historians. Often these records provide the immigrant’s origins, age or birth date, and approximate arrival to the U.S.
In this lecture, Rhonda R. McClure, senior genealogist at American Ancestors and the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, will go over what records exist, how to search them, and where to locate essential resources when researching your immigrant ancestor.
Go to jphs.org and/or eventbrite.com/e/immigration-naturalization-tickets-122879137809 for more information and registration.
Community Servings: ‘Pie in the Sky’ fundraiser
Community Servings (Jamaica Plain) is selling “Pie in the Sky” pies, baked fresh to serve at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Apple and Pecan Pies are available for purchase via pieinthesky.org.
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 pieinthesky.org and/or servings.org 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 www.hydesquare.org for more information. Links will be available for youth in high school and for 8th grade youth.
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 bpl.org 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.
‘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 email@example.com.
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 Nov. 24 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
New Parent Group (on Zoom)
Looking for a way to meet other parents with infants? Need support from experts while navigating new challenges? Have questions about childhood development, parenting and early literacy? Join Boston Public Library’s New Parent group on Zoom. The group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.
There will be guest speakers visiting each week to speak about a variety of topics, including diapering, napping, feeding, early communication and general wellness for parents and infants. There will also be time before the guest speaker arrives so you can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from your librarians.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.
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 shelters-in-place. Now, thanks to an elite team of the Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff, armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its own Animal Crossing island – known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. And it’s free for everyone.
The group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. every other Tuesday on the Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest and invent as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this family-friendly online space.
(They also spend quite a bit of time having fishing, diving and bug-catching contests.)
Drop by for a chat or play along. People can even visit them when they are off line.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
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 email@example.com or Penny Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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 www.zoonewengland.org/engage/boston-lights 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 www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information.
Visit foodpantries.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.