Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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James Michael Curley was one of the most colorful and powerful politicians in Boston. He served as a Congressman, Mayor of Boston and as the Governor of Massachusetts. He also went to prison for corruption. This photo shows him in his Jamaica Plain home in 1935. At that time, he was starting his first term as Governor. Learn more from Digital Commonwealth at www.digitalcommonwealth.org.

Day of the Dead

Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. invite families and organizations to make their own Day of the Dead altar to celebrate and remember the life of deceased loved ones.

Bring for altar: A photo of your deceased loved ones, flowers, candles, cinnamon, chocolate, incense and some of your loved one’s favorite things.

To share: A poem, song or dance

Altar building will be held at 9 a.m. and the event will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6.

6x6-foot space for altar building; Community fire offering

Outdoor activities: Traditional Aztec honoring dances, meditation circle, sharing of community art.

Visit www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/calendar/la-piata-day-of-the-dead-celebration for more information.

Online Race and Inclusion book discussion: ‘400 Souls’

Local educator Josh Frank will lead a discussion of the collaborative book, Four Hundred Souls, a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans on Saturday, Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 on Zoom. There will be two sessions offered: from 9:15 to 11 a.m. or from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

The group will also discuss the controversial debate around including antiracist education in schools, especially recent pushback against Kendi's books and the 1619 Project.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library and the Roslindale Branch Librarian. To register, email librarian Jennifer Hawes at roslindale@bpl.org. Write "400 Souls Discussion" in the subject line and specify Morning or Afternoon group.

Guided tours at the Arboretum

Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent during a 90-minute walk through the Arboretum.

Geared for adults, these tours will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Visit https://arboretum.harvard.edu/events for more information and reservations.

A Celebration of Lucy Stone

The Forest Hills Cemetery presents “A Celebration of Lucy Stone (1818-1893), Pioneer of Equality and Rights for Women” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the newly-renovated Lucy Stone Chapel in the Forest Hills Columbarium, 171 Walk Hill St.

Through words and music, this tribute will honor the ideas and achievements of a woman who refused to be silenced.

There will be an opportunity to pay respects at her final resting place, an urn containing the comingled ashes of Lucy, Henry Blackwell (her husband), and Alice Stone Blackwell (her daughter).

Visit www.foresthillscemetery.com/2021/10/13/a-celebration-of-lucy-stone for more information and reservations ($12).

Make your own fire cider

Join local herbalist Su Cousineau as she guides participants in making their own Fire Cider. Su will also present on Fire Cider's medicinal properties, proper uses, and the recent legal victory of the "Free Fire Cider!" campaign. 

Fire Cider is a famous, spicy tonic made with herbs, fruits and apple cider vinegar. Its warming, aromatic and diffusive actions make it a wonderful home remedy support for some colds and flus. It's also an effective and delicious winter warmer-upper.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration for this event slated from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8.

JP Social Gaming

JP Social Gaming meets from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Parish Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.  

This group of board game players comes together each week to play strategy and party games. Learn some modern board games. There are always plenty of games to choose from, but feel free to bring your own as well.

The Tuesday meetings are recommended for older teens and adults; they also have Saturday gatherings at the JP library every other month for all ages. Learn more and stay in touch with local board gamers in their Facebook group.

Visit www.stjohns-jp.org/events for more information (Donations to the church are requested from those able to give).

Midweek Mindfulness

Everyone could use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.

Join Boston Public Library YA librarian Paul to discuss mindfulness, dedicate some time to meditation and practice a few exercises that will help you live more fully in the now.

The program will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17. Suitable for teens and young adults.

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

Historical photographs of James Michael Curley

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11 for a Zoom webinar highlighting the history of the Curley House at 350 Jamaicaway.

The online tour will be interspersed with historical photographs of James Michael Curley and his family from the JPHS’s historic photos collection. Many of these photos are in the Curley House, which is now the offices of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vYB7esY9RYCILWS5keHT7Q.

Reading the Rainbow: An LGBTQ Book Group

Reading the Rainbow – a Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 for a lively discussion of "Mean" by Myriam Gurba.

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

Radicalizing your yoga practice to create a just world

Skill in Action is a workshop designed to explore the intersection of social justice and yoga, systems of power and oppression, and how people can respond to the current cultural and political challenges through practices of self-study, movement, pranayama, contemplation and collective action.

Throughout this time together, participants will practice asana (postures), meditation, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing) and mantra work to sharpen our goals and visions for our work to change the world.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14 at JP Centre Yoga, 670 Centre St.

Visit www.jpcentreyoga.com/calender-events//skill-in-action-radicalizing-your-yoga-practice-to-create-a-just-world for more information and registration (tiered pricing).

Community Servings ‘Pie in The Sky’ Fundraiser

When you purchase a $30 pie for the holiday table or a Community Servings client, you also provide a week’s worth of scratch-made medically tailored meals for a neighbor in need.

Thanks to ScrubaDub, everyone who purchases a pie for one of Community Servings clients will receive a free Express Wash coupon after Thanksgiving.

Visit www.pieinthesky.org for more information on how to become a Pie Seller, a Pie Sponsor and/or a Volunteer and/or to order apple and/or pecan pies.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Furia’                                           

The Boston Public Library Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 to discuss “Furia” by Yamile Saied Méndez.

A Reese Witherspoon YA Book Club pick, this book follows 17-year-old Camila Hassan, a rising soccer star in Rosario, Argentina. Camila dreams of playing professionally, in defiance of her fathers' wishes and at the risk of her budding romance with international soccer phenom and her childhood friend, Diego.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information the link to Twitch.

Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

JP Centre St Farmers' Market

The JP Centre St Farmers' Market, 677 Centre St., will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Saturday through Dec. 18.

Accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-farmers-markets for complete list of farmers markets.

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. 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 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 December 2015.

For further information, contact Mary Lenihan at maryfranlenny@gmail.com or Penny Wells at pwells222@gmail.com.

JPKS Monthly Knit & Stitch Night

JPKS Knit & Stitch Night will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month via Zoom.

Until then, happy knitting and stitching.

Visit https://jpknitandstitch.com/jpks-monthly-knit-stitch-night-now-via-zoom for more information, including the Zoom link.

First Fridays Virtual Open Mic                                                     

First Fridays Open Mic Night, hosted by Kaleigh O’Keefe, will be held virtually from 7:30 to 10 p.m. All ages and talents are welcome.

RSVP on www.facebook.com/FirstFridaysJP for the Zoom link and/or to sign up to perform.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, 

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.

Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.

Visit www.bgcb.org for more information and registration.

FBCJP Meals/Groceries delivered

Due to the COVID-19 virus, First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain will be delivering meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and groceries on Fridays and Saturdays.

If you need food, please call 617-971-8840 or email food@firstbaptistjp.org. 

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information 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.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

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.

JP Centre Yoga online/onsite

JP Centre Yoga (670 Centre St.) offers a variety of In-Studio, Outdoor and Online classes at various time of each day. They also offer workshops.

JP Centre Yoga has implemented tiered pricing.

Visit jpcentreyoga.com for more information, including class schedule and a link to register.

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 toiletries 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 more information, including a list of places that they service.

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.