Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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St. Thomas Catholic Church on South Street in Jamaica Plain was established in 1869 and dedicated on Aug. 17, 1873 - the year before Jamaica Plain was annexed to Boston. This postcard shows the church sometime between 1930 and 1945.

Connolly Virtual Book Discussion Group                         

The Connolly Branch Library book group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29 to discuss Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney.

This book is a love letter to New York City life in all its guts and grandeur and paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop. 

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

The 9th Annual Food is Medicine Symposium

Community Servings and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School will present the 9th Annual Food is Medicine Symposium at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.

Dec. 1 - Session 1: Food is Medicine for Older Adults

Register at: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vQ_PBEkUQlefd3rqWqTyFQ

Dec. 8 - Session 2: Food is Medicine for Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Child Health

Register at: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B7ctZK_BSECJwA-JViFjUA

South 32 Mining's 'EXIT ROUTE'

Join the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. for a screening of the film “Exit Route,” followed by a discussion facilitated by Arizona filmmaker Michele Gisser (formerly from Jamaica Plain, MA) from 4 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Directed and produced by Gisser, “Exit Route” is a short film about a David versus Goliath battle taking place in the rural community of Patagonia, Arizona. Concerned townspeople come together to buy a parcel of land in order to stop an international mining giant’s exit route through an environmentally sensitive and visually stunning landscape.

The film explores how community activism in Patagonia has created roadblocks and illustrates that raising one’s voice really does matter.

Visit bpl.org for more information and Zoom registration.

‘A Carol Christmas 2021’

Song, spirit and unexpected hilarity is the best way to kick-off holiday cheer – “A Carol Christmas 2021” will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Footlight Club Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St. 

Since 1997, Carol Gallagher and friends have been raising money for the Eliot Hall Restoration Fund. Each year, audiences enjoy the warmth and hilarity of this unconventional Christmas Show.

Visit www.footlight.org for more information and tickets/sponsorships.

Making Change Happen Breakfast                                   

Hyde Square Task Force will host their annual Making Change Happen Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 on Zoom. Help them recognize their fantastic award recipients and celebrate 30 years of Hyde Square Task Force.

The breakfast will support their mission to amplifies the voices of youth, their power and creativity, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-making-change-happen-breakfast-tickets-174349954407 for more information and registration ($0-$150).

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Cell Building

The Northeastern STEMout Workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays for students in 4th through 8th grade.

–  Dec. 4: Cell Building

Students will learn about cell building in this class.

Kits with supplies will be provided and can be picked up at the JP Branch Library on Wednesday through Friday during library hours before the Saturday workshop. If you can't pick up a kit, you can still participate online.

Visit bpl.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Views from Afghanistan: Then and Now

When global tragedies happen it often seems too far removed from daily lives. JP Movie Night – working in collaboration with CS Film – will host a film screening fundraiser to combat that feeling of powerlessness from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Video Underground, 3203 Washington St.

JPMN will show five short documentaries made by Afghani nationals prior to the Taliban takeover, followed by a talk about (and perhaps with) the filmmakers – who are now refugees in other countries, or are in hiding within their own – depending on their situation on the night of the screening. All proceeds from the night will go towards an effort to bring those filmmakers to safety. 

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/views-from-afghanistan-then-and-now-tickets-207955268807 for more information and tickets ($40).

Toy And Coat Drive

Focus Real Estate is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children up to age 12 and new or gently used coats for children and adults to benefit Toys for Tots and Cradles to Crayons this holiday season. Toys for Tots and Cradles to Crayons will provide these items to local families in need.

Donations can be dropped off at the agency’s office at 34 South S. until Wednesday, Dec. 15. Bins are available outside the office for after-hours donations. Cash donations can also be made which will then be used to purchase coats and toys.

Winter clothing drive

Help neighbors in need keep warm and enjoy the outdoors this winter by participating in the Emerald Necklace’s winter clothing drive through Friday, Dec. 17.

Drop-off new or lightly used cold weather gear for children and adults from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays at the Conservancy’s two main addresses: the Shattuck Visitor Center at 125 The Fenway and the James Michael Curley House at 350 Jamaicaway.

Donations can also be delivered to City Feed and Supply at 672 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain and REI Boston at 401 Park Drive; visit the Conservancy’s website for hours.

All donations will go to ABCD, a nonprofit human services organization that each year provides assistance to more than 100,000 low-income residents in the Greater Boston region.  

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/events/winter-clothing-drive for more information.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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 Meal Delivery

Due to the COVID-19 virus, First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain will be delivering meals on Wednesdays, 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 and Online classes at various time of each day. They also offer workshops during the month.

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.