Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Pixel Recreation Challenge

Northeastern STEMout will present a weekly workshop for students in grades 4 through 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Zoom.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, the group will learn conditional formatting with spreadsheet software to create visual images in this fun STEM workshop.

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

Davey the Clown Holiday Show

Join Roslindale's own Davey the Clown from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 19 on Zoom for an inclusive celebration of winter holidays with juggling, unicycling, songs on the accordion and other clown antics performed in Davey's living room. This interactive performance will have your kids laughing themselves silly.

Visit bpl.com/events for more information 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. 22 and Jan. 5 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Last call for Toys for Tots

New, unwrapped toys to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program can be dropped off at any State Police barracks, fire stations or police departments through Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Donations via check can be mailed to: Toys for Tots Coordinator, 21 Drydock Ave., Box 21-810W, Boston, MA 02210. You can also make a donation online.

Go to boston-ma.toysfortots.org for more information, including the link to donate.

Virtual Book Discussion: ‘The World That We Knew’

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

Dec. 28 to discuss The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman.

This New York Times bestseller and longlist recipient for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal takes place in 1941 during humanity’s darkest hour, and follows three unforgettable young women who must act with courage and love to survive.

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

Facebook Live: Story and a Snack

Follow along with the Boston Public Library librarians as they share stories and show you how to cook up a delicious snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

2020 Christmas Shop

Christmas Shop needs support to help bring hope and joy to those most in need during the holiday season. Ways to help:

– Provide new gifts and clothing (no food items) to individuals and families in need in Boston - View Wish List online

– Volunteer to help with sorting items and packing them for recipients (adults only).

Go to citymissionboston.org/christmas-shop for more information.

JP Winter Light Show

To help people get into the spirit, JP Centre/South Main Streets will present a winter light show 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.

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 Dec. 29.

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.

Virtual Film Discussion: ‘The Phone Call’

The Connolly Branch Library will host a monthly film discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on first Wednesday of the month.

On Jan. 6 the group will discuss the film The Phone Call (2013) which can be viewed on Kanopy prior to the discussion.

In this short film, Heather is a shy lady who works in a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

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

(FKA Food &) Book Club: ‘The Only Good Indians’

The (FKA Food &) Book Club – now online – will meet on the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. to share dishes – separately – tied to a theme of the selected book.

On Jan. 14, the group will read and discuss The Only Good Indians, a horror thriller by Native author Stephen Graham Jones. The story is a tale of revenge, cultural identity and the cost of breaking tradition.

As the group will be meeting during a wintry New England evening and revenge is a dish best served cold, participants will be eating foods that are similarly best served cold.

Pick up copies at the Egleston Square Branch, or use an online version, and meet up to discuss the book, foods, or anything else the group stumble upon.

Visit bpl.org/events for other details, including the link to join the meeting.

Career skills

Gary Gekow, a seasoned Senior Employment Specialist/Career Coach, will present a Career Skills group – focusing on a different topic each week – from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, hosted by the Boston Public Library.

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

Coat Boston

City Mission is collecting new, unused coats in all children’s sizes and all teen sizes (including adult men’s and women’s) that will be given directly to Boston schools and organizations that serve low-income families.

Coats can be purchased and delivered to and/or ordered online and send directly to the

Coat Collection Center, First Parish Westwood, Attn: City Mission, 252 Nahatan St., Westwood, MA 02090.

Go to citymissionboston.org/coat-boston for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.

#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.

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 on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

BPL 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. 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.

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.

Jackbox party gaming for teens on Twitch

A small team of the friendly 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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays through December 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.

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.

Tween Time (on Zoom)

Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week and it’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.

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

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.

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.

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.

Zoo recent update

With the rising cases of COVID-19 and the continued concern for public health and safety, the Tropical Forest and Bird’s World buildings, the Franklin Farm barn, chicken coop and brooder building will be temporarily closed to the public. People can still visit the Zoo, enjoy the fresh air and see the winter hardy animals such as lions, tiger, red pandas and more.

Online reservations and scannable timed tickets 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 visiting.

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.

Here is a past entry in the Boston Main Streets' holiday window contest from Dame in Jamaica Plain. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/pg/BostonMainStreets.