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Walking Tours (in English y Español)

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Hyde Square at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 23. Tours will be held in English and Spanish.

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.         

Author Talk with Neema Avashia

Celebrate local author Neema Avashia at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23.

Avashia will read from her memoir, Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place. Following the author talk, there will be a Q&A and light refreshments available.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Eliot Schoolyard Concerts 2022: Akili Jamal Haynes (Positive African Images)

Akili Jamal Haynes (Positive African Images) will perform an outdoor summer concert in the Eliot Schoolyard, 24 Eliot St. at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 24.

Bring your own seat. All are welcome (no dogs, please).

Visit https://eliotschool.org/programs/events for the complete schedule (Free; donation welcome).

Connolly Book Discussion Group

The Connolly Branch Library book group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 25 to discuss Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead.

This hilarious and supremely original novel set in the Hamptons in the 1980s is a tenderhearted coming-of-age story fused with a sharp look at the intersections of race and class.

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

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park Concerts - a.m./p.m. programs

Enjoy live performances from local artists for all ages on Tuesdays through Aug. 16 at the Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park.

– Children’s Morning shows will begin at 11 a.m.

Featuring interactive dance with OrigiNation and Music with Monet – great for summer camps, childcare programs and families. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day in the park.

– Evening concerts will begin at 6 p.m.

July 26: Open Mic Night and Donna Nixon | Aug. 2: Jamaican Independence Celebration with Roots Alley Collective featuring Dion Knibb | Aug. 9: E-Water Band | Aug. 16: Angelena Hightower and the Unit

Join Amanda Lady Emcee Merricks with Boston Rhythm Riders leading line dancing at intermissions. Bring a lawn chair and picnic supper. (or buy one from food trucks).

Visit www.franklinparkcoalition.org for more information.                         

The Kids Summer Reading Club: Recycled Boats

The Summer Reading Club, best for children ages four and up, will meet from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 on the outdoor terrace of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The group will make boats out of recycled materials and race them.

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

Bee Parks and the Hornets Concert

Bee Parks and the Hornets and Ants on a Log are teaming up for this summer's magical musical jam party from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

These two family-music bands play all original songs full of positivity, social justice, inclusion and dancing.

This interactive show is full of sing-along moments and insect puppets, taking families on a journey to become honorary bugs themselves. The five-member band includes all women and non-binary musicians on guitar, ukulele, clarinet, keyboard, flute, bass and drums. Everyone is welcome in this hive.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information

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, July 30.

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.

Free Dance Classes at OrigiNation

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, 3708 Washington St. hold free open classes featuring dance styles in Soca, Hip Hop, Afrobeats, Heels, Majorette, Street Jazz and Hot Pilates at various times through Aug. 5.

Visit www.originationinc.org/events for more information and 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. 

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.

JP Chess Club

The JP Chess Club meets from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays at J.P. Licks on Centre Street.

Sets and clocks will be provided. All levels are welcome from beginners to grandmasters.

They also have periodic tournaments on site and on-line at chess.com.

Visit jamaicaplainchess.com for more details.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Egleston Farmers Market

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 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, through July 29 at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St.

At the end of each 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/Onsite 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.

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

Jamaica Plain New Parents Group (Virtual)

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.

Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrd-qtpzojVG09ZLiAyVAp5_8oQPeLRw.

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 Programs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school and summer 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 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.