Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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This bee is busy working on the flowers at the Arnold Arboretum.

Watercolor Painting Workshop

Practice landscape painting skills at this free and fun watercolor painting workshop series, hosted by a local artist from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 4 at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

Summer Dye Class

Teens and adults are invited to join the circle of creating in community and learning about natural dyeing from local textile artist and herbalist Maggie Ruth Haaland from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.

Visit boston.gov/events for more details and registration.

Walking Tour of Hyde Square

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Hyde Square from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 4.

Learn about Hyde Square, an area of Jamaica Plain that has been continually transformed by the various immigrant groups who have called it home over the years.

The group will leave from Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre St.

Visit www.jphs.org for more information and (optional) registration.

MassQ Ball 2022: Origin | MassQing

Daniel Callahan will lead a MassQing Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Arnold Arboretum. (RD June 5)

Participants will learn the origin, technique, and meaning behind Callahan's artistic practice of MassQing which uses the human face as a canvas to reveal one's inner state and create their own MassQ.

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

Gardening Together: Plant a Patio Pot

Local green thumb Amanda Muñoz will lead an outdoor workshop to guide attendees in creating a charming patio planter from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Participants will plant a pot with an assortment of long-blooming annuals to take home for a summer of outdoor pleasure. All materials (pot, plants, soil, and tools to borrow) will be provided. Sure to be a fun event for flower newbies and seasoned gardeners alike.

Visit https://loring-greenough.org/house-events for more information and registration ($25).

RAWL + Jim Hobbs’ Fully Celebrated Orchestra concerts

Two jazz/improv concerts will be held at the SW Corridor Park, off of South and Hall streets:

– RAWL - featuring Ben Bennett (drums), Evan Lipson (bass), Jack Wright (multi-saxophones) and Zach Darrup (guitar) on tour from Philly at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4

– Jim Hobb’s Fully Celebrated Orchestra - featuring Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet, brass), Timo Shanko (bass), and Luther Gray (drums) at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 5

Visit www.creativemusicseries.com/events for more information (Free; Donations welcome).                 

Tiny Tots Spring Concert & Awards Ceremony

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center will hold the Tiny Tots Concert and Awards Ceremony from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd. in Dorchester.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/tiny-tots-spring-concert-awards-ceremony-tickets-333367048817 for more information and registration ($25 | Five and under: Free).

Summer of Film: ‘Iron Man’

JP Movie Night and Three Squares Main Street will host the free Summer of Film series featuring Iron Man from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Mozart Park, 10 Mozart St.

Visit https://jpmovienight.org for more details.

Annual Spring Concert

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center will hold their annual spring concert at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd. in Dorchester.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-spring-concert-tickets-336094516747 for more information and registration ($25 | Five and under: Free).

Little Known Personages at Forest Hills Cemetery

The Forest Hills Cemetery and the Forest Hills Educational Trust will present a walking tour event with author and historian Anthony Sammarco at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June. 5. The tour will meet at the Forest Hills Cemetery Visitor’s Circle.

From John I. Taylor, who owned the Boston Red Sox, to John Reece, who invented the buttonhole, there are movers and shakers who chose to be interred at Forest Hills. This walking tour will highlight both known as well as obscure names from the past including Hepzibah Clark Swan, Jacob Wirth and Amelia Peabody.

Visit www.foresthillscemetery.com/2022/04/23/little-known-personages-at-forest-hills-cemetery for more information and tickets ($15).

Thursdays of the Lawn

Meet up with friends and neighbors near and far, explore and socialize among the historic and treasured gardens, and enjoy one of Jamaica Plain’s best community gathering spaces.

There will be food trucks, music, space to picnic and play on the lawns of the Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. from 4 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 8.

Go to www.facebook.com/events/1704740553195315/1704740569861980 for more information.

Eliot Schoolyard Concerts 2022

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, will hold outdoor summer concerts in the Eliot Schoolyard, 24 Eliot St. at 4 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 24.

Hear a rich selection of Boston's incredible musicians, from jazz to electro-pop, sax to steel drum. Bring your own seat. All are welcome (no dogs, please).

– June 19: Dis N Dat Band (neo-reggae)

– June 26: Schoolyard Quartet: Lihi Haruvi, Brian Friedland, Keala Keala Kaumeheiwa & Jorge       Perez-Albela (globally-inspired jazz)

– July 10: Ava Sophia (soulful grooves)

– July 17: Nadia Washington & Brian Friedland (soul, R&B, jazz)

– July 24: Akili Jamal Haynes (Positive African Images)

– July 31: YBH Trio (jazz trumpet & more)

– Aug. 7: Naomi Westwater (folk, jazz, soul, electro-pop)

– Aug. 14: Miguel Landestoy Trio (jazz)

– Aug. 21: Phil Sargent & Brian Friedland (boundary-pushing jazz)

– Aug. 28: Trio Let's Vamos (Brazilian forró)

– Sept. 11: John Williams Jam Band (movie music takes a funky twist)

– Sept. 18: Shavonne Brown (classic soul vocals)

– Sept. 25: Stan Strickland Trio (jazz & soul)

Visit https://eliotschool.org/programs/events for more information (Free; donation welcome).

The Bomb-itty of Errors

With four actors, a live DJ, and one of Shakespeare’s funniest comedies, The Bomb-itty of Errors by Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum, Jeffrey Qaiyum, and Erik Weiner is a hip-hop-opera that moves the crowd.

Directed by Christopher V. Edwards and performed by Actors' Shakespeare Project against the historic brick backdrop of the Hunnewell Building, The Bomb-itty of Errors comes to the Arboretum during their 150th anniversary year.

The play will be performed just inside the Arborway Gate at 125 Arborway from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. (RD: June 13)

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

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1.

Here are the virtual classes:

– Virtual Dance Fit: Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.

– Virtual HIIT Training: Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m.

– Pre- and Postnatal Friendly Barre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

– Fit Fusion: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays

– Virtual Chair Yoga: Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.

– Virtual Zumba: Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

– Virtual Yoga: Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

Get Movin' on the Lawn Exercise Series

The 2022 season of exercise and wellness classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on the Loring Greenough House Lawn, 12 South St. through September. Join them for these invigorating workouts and meditative routines:

– Yoga in the Garden - Second Wednesdays

This monthly yoga series is suitable for all levels and welcomes community members to gather and enjoy a gentle and restorative yoga practice outdoors.

Register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/get-movin-on-the-lawn-exercise-series-yoga-class-tickets-324314301807 ($5-$7).

– Tai/Chi/Qigong - Third Wednesdays*

Qigong, or the movement of Qi (energy/life force) through the body, is the foundation of tai chi. Using simple, standing movements, they’ll explore the body/mind connection, how breath is central to this connection, and experience stress release. *June class will be held on June 29

Register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/get-movin-on-the-lawn-exercise-series-tai-chiqigong-tickets-324337792067 ($5-$7).

– POUND® - Fourth Wednesdays  

Designed for all fitness levels, is perfect for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out.

Register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/get-movin-on-the-lawn-exercise-series-pound-tickets-324331673767 ($5-$7).

Visit https://loring-greenough.org/get-movin for more information.

Community Servings Lifesavor 2022

Join Community Servings at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at The Museum of Fine Arts as they gather to celebrate 30 years of Lifesavor.

LifeSavor is taking the form of an elegant cocktail party. The celebration will include live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and surprises, complete with a take-home dinner for each guest prepared by Community Servings’ team of cooks under the direction of Executive Chef Brian Hillmer.

Join them as they come together to honor the past, present and future and remember those people disproportionally impacted by life-threatening illnesses.

Visit www.servings.org/lifesavor for more information, including sponsorships and tickets.

Parks Summer Fitness Series: Pound

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1, including Pound from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Mozart Street Playground, 10 Mozart St.

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

Walking Tour of Green Street

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Green Street from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 11.

Laid out in 1836, the street played a key role in Jamaica Plain’s development, functioning as a residential, commercial, and transportation conduit in the lives of the district’s residents.

The group will leave from the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 640 Centre St.

Visit www.jphs.org for more information and (optional) registration.

Egleston Farmers

The Egleston Farmers Market will be held at the Community Servings parking lot, 179 Amory St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 29.

Venders accept EBT/SNAP/HIP/WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers

Visit www.eglestonfarmersmarket.com for more information.

JP Centre Farmers Market

The JP Centre Farmers Market will be held at the Bank of America parking lot at 677 Centre St. from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays (year round) and from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays from June through November.

The Jamaica Plain Farmers Market is a small neighborhood market, featuring fresh, local foods. There are no crafts or other non-food items for sale.

Most vendors accept farmer market coupons, WIC and SNAP.

Visit https://stillmansfarm.com/event/jamaica-plain-farmers-market-2/2022-03-26 for more information.

BCYF Summer Program Registration is Open

A variety of land and pool programs will be offered at the BCYF community centers across the city this summer.

Go to Boston.gov/BCYF-Registration for more details and registration.

Boston Summer Camp Listings

For a comprehensive listing of and links to Boston Summer Camps – Art, Sports, Academic and Specialty – visit https://bostonsummercamps.com.

Kids...Together in the Arts Camp

Kids...Together in the Arts will hold five one-week summer programs for kids, ages 6 through 13, from June 27 through July 29 at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St.

Campers will be divided into groups roughly by age. Each group will attend dance, drama, music and visual arts class every day along with having an hour for lunch, two 15-minute snack periods, and an outdoor free period. 

Every week will have a surprise theme that is revealed on Monday. During each class, the campers will work with teachers and counselors to create a performance or art piece relevant to the theme. 

At the end of the week, campers will put on a show for parents, friends and families. Visit www.kidstogetherinthearts.com for more information, pricing and registration.

‘Alpha 60’

Boston Cyberarts is pleased to present their summer exhibition "Alpha 60," an augmented reality (AR) exhibition including 19 artists located in the emerald necklace of Boston, curated by Michael Lewy, and on view now through Friday, Sept. 30.

The central theme of the show is science fiction.

Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org/exhibitions for more details.

Online ESOL conversation groups and classes                             

The Boston Public Library offers a variety of elementary, intermediate and advanced ESOL conversation groups and classes on select days and times throughout the week. Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting. The groups are led by a native speaker and will take place online.

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

Indigenous Writers Group

lla Nathanael Alkiewicz will facilitate an Indigenous Writers Group from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 21, hosted by the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB).

Poetry on Tuesdays; book discussions and writings on Thursdays (Five Little Indians by Michelle Good will be provided).

Visit www.naicob.org/events.html for more information and Zoom 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. 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.

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.

Go to https://linktr.ee/firstfridaysjp for more information and to sign up to perform and/or get the Zoom link.

Visit www.facebook.com/FirstFridaysJP for the featured performer.

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 during the week. 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.