Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

‘ScreenPLAY’ with Bonnie Duncan

ScreenPLAY: Race Through the Snow will be held online from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, hosted by the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

ScreenPlay is non-stop interactive fun, where the whole family becomes part of the story.

Join Bonnie Duncan as she explores movement, puppetry, theater and the irresistible power of being ridiculous. ScreenPLAY allows you to channel your household's creativity into an inspiring work of participatory art.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Saturday storytelling with Valerie Stephens

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 for Saturday storytelling with Valerie Stephens.

Each storytelling concert will feature two stories and will include a take-away activity for the whole family. Ideal for kids, ages 5-12.

This event will premiere on YouTube and be viewable any time after the premiere date.

Registration is encouraged (not required). Those who register will receive an email reminder with take-away activities from each story. Activities can also be found at www.emeraldnecklace.org/storytelling.

Northeastern STEMout workshop: What is this thing?

Students in grades 4 through 8 will learn to identify unique engineering machines/apparatuses in this fun STEM workshop 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 5, presented by Northeastern STEMout.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

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.

JP Holiday Stroll

This year the Jamaica Plain Holiday Stroll will be a self-guided tour of shops and stores with a special emphasis on holiday deals. Local merchants have put together some of their best merchandise, discounts, and freebies and will offer these deals through Saturday, Dec. 12 and online (where available).

Follow the map on explore.jpcentresouth.com, for the self-guided tour through the district.

People could also win a prize from JP Business & Professional Association for shopping local.

Peace First Labs for Teen Changemakers

For young people who are ready to make change, Peace First Labs is a powerful way to start their journey. Guided by a young leader from the Peace First team, working alongside (and learning from) a group of their peers, young people will use Peace First’s tools from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 to develop projects that can solve an injustice in their community.

By the end of the session, young people will have a finished product - a project concept or a compassionate insight - that they can submit to the Peace First Challenge.

At the end of the session, the facilitator will show participants how they can join the Peace First community and access support to turn their ideas into action.

This event will be virtual and conducted via Zoom through the Boston Public Library. Go to bpl.org/events to register for the Zoom link.

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. The group will meet on Dec. 8, Dec. 15, and Dec. 22.

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.

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

Facebook Live: Story and a craft

What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 22 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Observations on urban nature

Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist Emeritus at the Arnold Arboretum, and Rosetta Elkin, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at McGill University, will converse about the nature of urban environments at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Peter will begin the program with a brief overview of the plant observations he makes in his book, Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast. Following this, they will discuss both ecological and design elements that come into play in the cities and suburbs.

Go to arboretum.harvard.edu/events to register for the Zoom link.

Jackbox party gaming for teens on Twitch

A small team of the friendly local Boston Public Library teen librarians will be using their newly-minted Twitch stream to host a series of wacky, irreverent online party games from the Jackbox suite - all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.

Kids in 6th through 12th grade can visit TWITCH.TV/BPLts from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 and use their phone or internet-enabled device to join the game, joke around in chat and even recommend the next game.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

Winter Craft-Along (on Zoom)

Gather the whole family and join the Boston Public Library on Zoom to create fun winter-themed crafts to give as gifts or enjoy for yourself from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Work on one of the sample projects or socialize with while trying a project of your own.

These crafts will work for children of all ages. Instructions with suggested crafting materials will be sent to all registered participants.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration.

Tween Time

Kids, ages 8-12 years old, are invited to join librarians for puzzles, games and different projects from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

This program is a great way to spend an hour and virtually hang out with kids around Boston.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Code Combat Coding

Students in grades 4 through 8 will learn the basics of coding logic using an interactive coding game in this fun STEM workshop 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 12 - presented by Northeastern STEMout.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

JP Winter Light Show

To help people get into the spirit, JP Centre/South Main Streets will present a winter light show from Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Jan. 3.

The projection of the show can be seen nightly on the First Baptist Church steeple at 633 Centre St. from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

The show will feature drawings from the Jamaica Plain community – just download, color and submit a coloring sheet.

If you’d like to make a donation or sponsor the winter light show, contact JP Centre/South Streets or phone 617-942-2439.

Go to jpcentresouth.com/jp-light-show for more information.

Moving images: An artful afternoon with Black N' Animated

Black N' Animated, both a consortium of Black professionals working in the animation industry as well as a popular podcast, is coming together from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 on the Boston Public Library Teen Services Twitch channel.

This teens-only event will feature an honest discussion with Black animators currently working at Disney and Marvel as well as a live, real-time drawing demo by guest artists Kellye Perdue and Wynton Redmond. Teens can ask questions - and maybe even influence the artists' demos - all in real time.

Whether you're a teen interested in becoming a professional animator or a wicked otaku looking to nerd out for 90 minutes, join the Boston Public Library for this window into a fascinating artistic world.

No registration is necessary; simply visit Twitch.tv/BPLts at the event time or follow on Twitch early to receive notification of upcoming entertaining teen-oriented events.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (optional) registration.

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.

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.

Thrift shop open

Check out the thrift shop at Christ the King Jamaica Plain + Roxbury, 39 Germania St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays for a great selection of clothing, books, music, furniture, and other hidden gems!

Go to www.ctkjproxbury.org for more information.

‘If Winter Comes…The Promise of Each Year’ exhibition

New England seasons extol the virtues of each month, and winter is no exception. If Winter Comes…The Promise of Each Year, an online exhibition by Anthony Apesos, revels in the season through the nuance and attention he brings to his paintings. It is art that is alive and jubilant in its expression and astute in rendering the spirit of the season, capturing the Arboretum and its trees pared down to their beautiful bones.

If Winter Comes will be on view at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway through Sunday, Feb 7.

Go to arboretum.harvard.edu/events/current-and-past-art-shows/if-winter-comes-the-promise-of-each-year-in-the-paintings-of-anthony-apesos for more information.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston @ Home

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides all after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms in an interactive setting.

Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.

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.

#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 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 rfox@bpl.org.

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 Dec. 29 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

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.

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 revelizabethassensa@gmail.com.

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.

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 maryfranlenny@gmail.com or Penny Wells at pwells222@gmail.com.

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 (rfox@bpl.org) 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 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.

Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A Live Animal Crossing Twitch Stream

Join the Boston Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 for the latest adventures on Nintendo's Animal Crossing island, known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. Drop by to inspect, inquire, invest and invent; chat live; and participate in fishing, diving and bug-catching contests.

The group meets on their Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts).

You can also visit them when they are off line.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live: Story and a snack

Follow along with the Boston Public Library staff from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Dec. 29 as they share stories and show people how to cook up a delicious snack.

Find them on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

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 (Member: $15; Nonmember: $20).

The funds raised by the JP Garden Tour directly support operations and educational programming in the community gardens.

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

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 Thursday, 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

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 churchoffice@firstbaptistjp.org 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 churchoffice@firstbaptistjp.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 mutualaidjamaicaplain@gmail.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.

The original St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Jamaica Plain was designed by P.C. Keely. This is from a postcard released around 1915. Read more about the history of the church at the Jamaica Plain Historical Society (www.jphs.org).