Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

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 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 and/or for more information and registration.

Community Engagement Workshop for Teens

Want to learn how to mobilize and engage community members to create lasting impact? Join Boston Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 to gain tangible tools and tactics to support your incredible ideas through the Community Engagement Workshop with TIE Boston. This workshop is for teens in grades 8 to 12 and will be offered via Zoom. Registered participants will receive meeting room details prior to program start.

Go to for more information and registration.

Dismantling White Supremacy Book Series

The next read in the First Church in Jamaica Plain’s Dismantling White Supremacy Book Group will meet on Zoom at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 11 to discuss the book This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David Silverman.

Through the First Church DWS book and film series, the group will seek to deepen their understanding of the role white supremacy plays in our modern-day society, to take inventory, and identify opportunities for collection action. All are welcome.

Go to for more information and registration to receive the Zoom link.

Jamaica Plain Trivia Battle Royale

How well do you know JP? Show your knowledge of Jamaica Plain while supporting JP Centre/South Main Streets. Trivia Battle Royale will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 on Zoom. The evening will be full of facts, figures, celebrity clues and fun commercials from local businesses.

Individuals who sign up will be grouped into teams – a great way to meet fellow Jamaica Plain residents.

There will be prizes for first, second and third place winners from local businesses in JP Centre/South. All teams will be competing against the Whiz of JP Facts -Michael Reiskind. Any team that can beat him will receive an extra prize.

Learn more at

Bilingual children's concert with Mariana Iranzi

Mariana Iranzi brings a multicultural, bilingual, and interactive music experience full of original songs and some classics that will make children, ages five and under sing and move to the varied styles from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.

Mariana trae a la biblioteca una experiencia musical bilingüe e interactiva donde cantarás, bailarás y te divertirás al ritmo de los variados estilos de sus canciones originales y algunas conocidas.

Para niños/as entre las edades 0-5.

*This will be a virtual event. Registration required.

Visit for more information and registration.

Community Servings: ‘Pie in the Sky’ fundraiser

Community Servings (Jamaica Plain) is selling “Pie in the Sky” apple and pecan pies, baked fresh from scratch by Community Servings' kitchen and a local gourmet pie bakery to serve at your Thanksgiving dinner table.

Once baked, pies will be boxed up, sealed and transported untouched directly to select outdoor, covered pick-up sites with either walk-up or drive-thru service across eastern Massachusetts on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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 this annual fundraising cause.

There are several ways you can support this mission:

- Purchase Apple or Pumpkin Pies or make a Pie for a Client Donation ($30 per pie)

- Volunteer to help out – opportunities are listed on their website

When you purchase an Apple or Pecan Pie or buy a Pie for a Client, you help Community Servings feed a critically ill neighbor in need for a week.

Visit and/or for more information.

Boston Lights: A lantern experience at Franklin Park Zoo – Sold Out!

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JP Holiday Flea Market

Shop online at the JP Flea Market to support local artists and small businesses.

Go to to view a fine assortment of treasures –

local honey, records, jewelry, pipes, pottery, art, kids’ books, vintage clothing and accessories, teas, hand-printed apparel, candles, printed cards, handmade knits, bags, zines, woodwork, crystals, handmade soaps, organic dog treats, prints, patches, hand-stitched wallets, baskets, home décor, children's clothing, body-care and more – available from the 2020 Vendors who are located in a variety of Boston neighborhoods and beyond.

JP Centre Yoga online

JP Centre Yoga (670 Centre St.) offers a variety of Yoga classes live streamed on the Mindbody platform at various time of each day. They also offer workshops.

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 a link to register.

Virtual Making Change Happen Breakfast

The 9th Annual “Making Change Happen Breakfast Celebration and Fundraiser” will take place virtually from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

Bring your breakfast and enjoy performances from the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) youth, learn about their stories, and honor their award recipients.

HSTF’s mission is to amplify the power, creativity and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston.

Visit for more information and tickets.

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.

#ZooToYou/Kids’ Corner

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 the Kids’ Corner for more fun at

Online ESL conversation groups

Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on most Mondays, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on most Tuesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on most Wednesdays, and from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on most Fridays through Aug. 31, 2021. The group is led by a native speaker and will take place online.

Online intermediate and advanced ESL classes are also offered at select times.

Visit for more information and registration.

‘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 Nov. 24 at

Visit for more 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

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 most 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

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 ( with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.

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; free for members.

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

Visit for more information.

Jóvenes en Acción/Youth in Action

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.

Virtual adult crafting - Glass dome magnets

The Boston Public Library will host a fun magnet making session 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 Once registered, you can pick up supplies at the Connolly Branch. Supplies are limited.

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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

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.

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 zoo exhibits. The playground and play stations are open.

Online reservations and timed tickets that can be scanned are required for your visit.

Zoo Winter Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Oct. 1-March 31)

Virtual tours and activities will continue.

Visit 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 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.

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.