Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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The Arnold Arboretum is one of the most popular places in the city to enjoy the outdoors.

Crafting Circles

Bring projects, learn new skills, create together with Gloria Colon from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB), 105 South Huntington Ave.                                                  

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

Pirates Lost at Sea: Science and Stories with Talewise

Set sail with Talewise on an action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island - with a refreshing splash of hands-on science fun thrown in - from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. Best for children ages three and up.

This program is the kick-off for An Ocean of Possibilities Summer Reading Program.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

JPHS Walking Tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host the following free guided walking tours 11 a.m. on the following Saturdays:

– July 2: Walking Tour of Monument Square

Tour a residential area that includes a National Historic District (meet at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.).

– July 9: Walking Tour of Sumner Hill

This National Historic District includes one of the finest collections of Victorian houses in the area (meet at Loring Greenough House, 12 South St.).

– July 16: Walking Tour of Stony Brook (in English y Español)

Explore a fascinating industrial area at the geographic heart of Boston (meet at the Stony Brook T stop).

Visit www.jphs.org for more details and (optional) pre-registration.

ParkARTS Arts & Crafts Workshops

Local artists will lead take-home craft projects from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 5 and July, 12 at the Brewer-Burroughs Playground, 2P Brewer St.

Perfect for children ages 3 to 10. All materials are provided.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

¡Música! with Mariana Iranzi

Mariana Iranzi, musician and educator from New York City, will bring high quality music for the little ones and their families to enjoy from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6 on the outdoor terrace at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. Be ready to dance and sing along in Spanish and English.

This program is part of An Ocean of Possibilities Summer Reading Program.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Summer Reading Club

The Summer Reading Club (best for kids, ages 4 and up) will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 on the outdoor terrace of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The group will read mermaid stories, design mermaid crowns, and mix up some ocean slime.

This program is part of An Ocean of Possibilities Summer Reading Program.

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

ParkARTS Arts & Crafts Workshops/Rosalita’s Marionette Puppet Show

Local artists will lead take-home craft projects from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 8 and July 15 on the Mozart Street Playground, 10 Mozart St.

Perfect for children, ages 3 to 10. All materials are provided.

On July 15 at 11 a.m., experience the charm of Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets, at a whimsical puppet show that will delight the child in everyone.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Gardening Together: Gardens of Jamaica Plain Walking Tour

Enjoy a self-guided stroll of the beautiful and stunning gardens on and around The Loring Greenough House property from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Maps available.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/gardening-together-gardens-of-jamaica-plain-walking-tour-tickets-329069564927 for more information and registration ($10).

The MassQ Ball 2022: Origin

Communities of Color will unite to celebrate nature and the arts at The MassQ Ball at the Arnold Arboretum from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. (RD: July 16)

Interact with the landscape in new and creative ways, transform into a walking work of art through the practice of MassQing (a ritual application of paint to the face derived from ancient traditions of body decoration), and enjoy performances and art work by Boston cultural artists.

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

A Tell-All Forest Hills Diarist: Anna Cabot Lowell

The Forest Hills Cemetery and the Forest Hills Educational will present a walking tour event with author and historian Dee Morris that celebrates Anna Cabot Lowell, a very proper Victorian and her immediate family; Magnus Lefstrom, her trusted employee; and Marianne Orvis who designed her sister’s monument.

The tour will meet at the Forest Hills Cemetery Visitor’s Circle at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 10.

Visit www.foresthillscemetery.com for more information and tickets ($15).

Guided Arboretum Tours

Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent. Tours will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in June.

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

Thursdays on 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 https://loring-greenough.org/events/thursdays-on-the-lawn for more information.

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.

Parks Summer Fitness Series: Pound

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom 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. 

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 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).

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual Classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom 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 at 6 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 other information.

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.

This is a small neighborhood market featuring fresh, local foods only (no crafts or other non-food items). 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 curated by Michael Lewy - located in The Emerald Necklace of Boston 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.