Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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This is one of the surface streetcars at the Jamaica Plain car house in 1906. Learn more from Digital Commonwealth at www.digitalcommonwealth.org.

Winter Wellness Walks

Stay connected to nature and the Arnold Arboretum at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16 and Jan. 30 with hourlong winter walks.

At a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones, a walk with one of their experienced docents will energize and educate you. Seasonal interest, Arboretum history and their extensive plant collections will be highlighted.

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

Online Yoga Class

Kick off the New Year with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Yoga Hub for a relaxing and invigorating hour of Vinyasa/Restorative style yoga.

Online Yoga Classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 26.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/calendar for more information and registration.

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion: ‘Beloved’

Local educator Josh Frank will lead the book discussion of Beloved by Toni Morrison on Zoom, hosted by the Roslindale and Jamaica Plain branch libraries. Two identical groups will take place from 9:15 to 11 a.m. or from 2 to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.

The group will also discuss the controversial debate around book banning in schools and libraries, especially recent pushback against Morrison's books and other antiracist books.

To register, email Jamaica Plain Branch librarian Laura Pattison at jamaicaplain@bpl.org. 

Write "Beloved Discussion" in the subject line when you RSVP.

Girl Scout Cookie Sale

Girl Scout Cookie Season has arrived. The Daisies and Brownies of Troop 64228 will be selling cookies at J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Customers can select from nine awesome cookie flavors and support the girls' next big adventures. $5/package. Cash, credit card, and Venmo accepted.

Email Troop64228@gmail.com for more information, including how to order online.

Violin Concert: Ilana Zaks on Zoom

Join acclaimed violinist Ilana Zaks from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 on Zoom.

Zaks will perform solo violin works.

This concert is hosted by the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. To receive the Zoom link, please email jamaicaplain@bpl.org.

Bent/Haus: Ben K. Foley + Allison Tanenhaus

Boston Cyberarts, 141 Green St. is pleased to present bent/haus (Ben K. Foley + Allison Tanenhaus) in their first dedicated show as a duo on view through Sunday, Feb. 20.

bent/haus create mind-bending optical illusions, harnessing light, color, sound, video, and data into imaginative and immersive 3D experiences. Whether bouncing off mirrors or suspended in mist, bent/haus’s curious installations invite viewers to challenge their perception of both inner and outer spaces.

Gallery Hours: Fridays - Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.

Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org/benthaus for more information.


The Boston Public Library wants kids to join the team – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – the group will tackle a different STEAM principle with a hands-on activity that they'll all do together over Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in January. STEAM Team is intended for kids, ages 5-9, and their caregivers.

Sign up for a specific day or for the whole month at bpl.org/events – they’ll email a brief description of what they'll be doing as well as a link to the Zoom room.

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.

Tween Time

Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays in January. There will be something different every week and it’s a great way to hang out with kids over Zoom.

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 December 2015.

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

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.

Extremely-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.

Alpha 60

Alpha 60, a science fiction augmented reality exhibition curated by Michael Lewy, is located along the Emerald Necklace and can be viewed using the Hoverlay AR app.

Download the Hoverlay app for Iphone, Android. People can also follow Alpha 60 at www.instagram.com/alpha.60scifi.

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. 

Food access and resources information                             

The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food that reflects the diversity of the residents of Boston.

– Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

– Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

– Visit www.projectbread.org/get-help or 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.