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. 14 and Nov. 21.

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

Visit for more information and registration.

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 the Boston Public Library’s New Parent group on Zoom. The group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on (most) 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 people can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from the librarians.

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, they’ll be diving deep into early literacy skills with Librarian Elise during a special Mother Goose on the Loose program full of information and extra explanations.

Visit for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.

Mapping with Henry! (on Zoom)

Kids in Grades K-3 are invited to join the Children’s Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center for a read-aloud and map-making activity from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

If you have something to draw on and something to draw with, that’s all kids need to participate. They’ll teach a few map concepts and students will create a map that starts them thinking about how to see things geographically. If you send the Map Center pictures of finished maps, they’ll share them online.

Email Librarian Rebecca ( by Nov. 16 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.

Mariana Iranzi Virtual Bilingual Children's Concert

Musician, educator and Argentina native Mariana Iranzi gets children and families dancing and singing along to great music in both Spanish and English. The whole family will have lots of fun at this virtual show created just for Jamaica Plain Branch Library and shared on Facebook.

Tune in from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at

Ethos’ conversation on aging: Opening to grief

During the last several months people have learned that the unimaginable can and does happen, and that grief not only can engulf us after a personal loss—such as the loss of a friend, a pet or our health—but in the pandemic, we have seen the loss of lives, livelihoods, homes, employment and the familiar comfort of life as it once was.

Some of the feelings experienced in these uncertain times—such as anxiety, despair, anger, irritability and confusion—are grief. Grief is an expression of love.

This discussion and book reading with JP@Home Member Claire Willis, slated from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, will offer resources for building resilience and holding grief, so that people are able to connect more deeply to themselves and one another and to find meaning in the midst of loss. Willis will offer a time for questions following the talk.

Register at

Kids' Club on Facebook Live

Kids' Club is back featuring live streamed stories, crafts, and STEAM activities for children ages 5 and up.

Ms. Sherry will read about forts and help you make your own fort at home from 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 on Facebook Live at

Worldbuilding: Imagining the Where (on Zoom)

Students in Grades 4-6 are invited to join the Children’s Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center to learn how maps can help shape imaginary worlds from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Explore examples from a few fantasy and science fiction books -- especially from this month's Book Tasters read, The Last by Katherine Applegate – before creating your own worldbuilding map. You’ll need something to draw with and something to draw on and any other materials you have laying around to add or build with. Be ready to learn some map lingo and exercise your creative muscles.

If you send the Map Center pictures of finished maps, they share them online.

Email Librarian Rebecca ( by Nov. 17 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to our Zoom room.

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.

Testify: A teen activist workshop with ACLUM

Voting is just one of the important ways everyone can participate in the community and be heard. There are other ways to participate– one of which is by submitting written testimony or presenting testimony in-person to officials.

Join ACLUM staff and BPL Teen Services for a young activist’s workshop in which they'll discuss what it's like to participate in hearings, why it's important for young people to do so and cover writing, submitting and presenting testimony to governing bodies such as the Boston City Council or committees in the State Legislature.

This workshop will be held on Zoom from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 for teens in grades 8 to 12.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

LRC: The power of empathy

The power of empathy can bridge our “us vs. them” perceptions and lead to new solutions, improved relationships, better strategies for social change, reduction in loneliness and realization of our shared human needs and oneness. This conversation is about sharing experiences giving, receiving, and observing empathy.

Join the facilitated living room conversation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Twist & Shout

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center presents Twist & Shout, an evening of dance, spoken word and music on Saturday, Dec. 5.

This virtual event will include live performances, a silent auction, and an awards presentation.

The VIP reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Performances will start at 8 p.m.

Visit for more information and tickets.

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.

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.

Although the event is free, any and all donations will support 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, including sponsorship opportunities.

Visit to register for the event (0-$150).

Urbano Works

Urbano is a nonprofit that brings together practicing visual artists, local youth and community members to learn and experiment through place-based projects. They foster public and participatory art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion and social change. Their projects consist of Artists in Residence, youth projects, apprentices and workshops all of which intersect around an annual curatorial theme.

Visit for more information, including art exhibitions and links to purchase their works.

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

Visit for more information.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Connolly book discussion: ‘Disappearing Earth’

The Connolly Branch Library’s virtual book group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30.

In Disappearing Earth, Julia Phillips’s cunning, masterful debut novel, readers are transported to the far reaches of Russia where two little girls have gone missing. Through luminous, sharp prose, meet the women and girls living in the aftermath and discover the more ordinary, everyday ways they suffer trauma and fight to survive. Disappearing Earth is a poetic thriller.

Copies are available at the Connolly Branch.

To sign up, call 617-522-1960 or email

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.