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. The final sessions will be held from 9:15 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21.
This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Meet author David Kelly
Love baseball and mysteries? Kids (6 to 12 years of age) are invited to join the chat with David Kelly, author of the Ballpark Mystery series from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the Zoom link.
Jamaica Plain New Parents Group
The Jamaica Plain new parents group hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through March 17. Parents with a baby under the age of one are invited to attend.
The parent groups provide safe and nurturing spaces for parents and their babies to give and receive support.
Visit jfcsboston.org for more information and required Zoom 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 pieinthesky.org and/or servings.org 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.
Join the Trustees anytime on Thursday, Nov. 26 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 (Member: $15; Nonmember: $20).
The funds raised by the JP Garden Tour directly support operations and educational programming in the community gardens.
Go to https://thetrustees.org/event/58273 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 hydesquare.org/events/making-change-happen-virtual-breakfast for more information, including sponsorship opportunities.
Visit eventbrite.com/e/annual-making-change-happen-breakfast-tickets-126461241979 to register for the event (0-$150).
Twist & Shout Gala
OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center – pioneers of innovative and dynamic performing arts programs that motivate, challenge and inspire youth to be the best they can be – will host its first-ever virtual Twist & Shout Gala on Saturday, Dec. 5.
The night will include an evening of dance, spoken word and music featuring performances from the Professional Dance Division, as well as OrigiNation alumni sharing their experiences at the cultural arts center and how it’s propelled them in their careers.
Additionally, there will be an awards presentation honoring a few key impactful leaders within the OrigiNation community and a silent auction featuring items donated by supporters and partners - including Boston Red Sox-themed experiences such as holiday or graduation family photos at Fenway Park; a tour, lunch and seats package atop the Green Monster; and an opportunity to host a birthday celebration at America’s most beloved ballpark.
The VIP reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Performances will start at 8 p.m.
To register for ‘Twist & Shout,’ visit www.twistandshout2020.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $25. Those unable to attend Twist & Shout but interested in supporting OrigiNation may do so by visiting their donation page at https://origination.networkforgood.com/projects/99081-make-a-donation-today.
2020 Marine Toys for Tots campaign
The US Marine Corps Reserve (Greater Boston) will be collecting new, unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts for those children less fortunate in the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk and Northern Plymouth.
Toys can be dropped off at the Toys for Tots Warehouse at 21 Drydock Ave., 8th Floor, Boston; at any State Police barracks, fire stations or police departments; and at an array of host sites listed on their website.
Donations via check should be mailed to: Toys for Tots Coordinator, 21 Drydock Ave., Box 21-810W, Boston, MA 02210. You can also make a donation online.
All donations should be submitted through Tuesday, Dec. 15 to ensure enough time to complete sorting and distribution prior to Christmas.
The last day for organizational toy request submissions is Monday, Nov. 23 to ensure they have resources to complete requests.
Due to the size of the area they serve, they provide toys exclusively to churches, qualified charitable organizations and social service agencies. Individual families can register at any of the types of places listed above and request toys from the program.
Go to boston-ma.toysfortots.org for more information, including the link to donate and the list of host sites.
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 urbanoproject.org for more information, including art exhibitions and links to purchase their works.
JP Holiday Flea Market
Shop online at the JP Flea Market to support local artists and small businesses.
Go to jpfixandflea.com/upcoming-events.html 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 bpl.org/events 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 the Kids’ Corner for more fun at zoonewengland.org.
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 bpl.org/events 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 (email@example.com) with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://meditationinboston.org/online-classes 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 jpcentreyoga.com 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 www.hydesquare.org for more information. Links will be available for youth in high school and for 8th grade youth.
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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.
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.
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 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 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.
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 email@example.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.