Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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Here is Staghorn Sumac at the Arnold Arboretum. Native Americans used Sumac to treat a variety of ailments, including colds, sore throats, fever, infections, diarrhea, dysentery and scurvy.

Walking Tour of Woodbourne

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 to walk through this relatively hidden part of the neighborhood which developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. The group will meet at the Bethel AME Church.

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

Ice Cream Social and Pop-Up Book Sale

Join The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 for an ice cream social and book sale.

Go to bpl.org/events for more information.

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts museum, cultural and recreational institutions to provide one free activity during each of the 31 days in August.

Boston Neighborhood venues include:

Aug. 7: Out of the Park | Aug. 13: World Ocean School: Sail on the Roseway | Aug. 15: Nichols House Museum | Aug. 22: Swan Boats | Aug. 25: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Go to www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a complete list of venues, a printable calendar and links to RSVP.

Eliot Schoolyard Concerts 2022: Naomi Westwater 

Naomi Westwater will perform at the outdoor summer concert in the Eliot Schoolyard, 24 Eliot St. at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7. This award-winning Boston singer-songwriter weaves Americana, jazz, soul, folk, and electropop with a queer-positive lens.

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

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

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.

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.                        

Gardening Together Series: Flower Hours

Kids (and their grown-ups) are invited to enjoy activities and get to know the Loring Greenough House Garden and Lawn, 12 South St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.13. Come explore the garden, go on a garden scavenger hunt, and more.

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

Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour around Jamaica Pond from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Once a district that only included the houses of Boston’s elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman and James Michael Curley who made their homes on the Pond’s shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland we know today. 

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

JP Social Gamers Meetup

JP Social Gaming will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Parish Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave. to play strategy and party games.

Come and learn some modern board games. There are always plenty of games to choose from, but feel free to bring your own as well.

These Tuesday meetings are recommended for older teens and adults; they also have Saturday gatherings at the JP library every other month for all ages.

Go to www.stjohns-jp.org/events for more information (Donations welcome).

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.

Fill the Bus with Catie's Closet

Catie's Closet will prepare 115 closets to welcome students back to school in September, fill 1,000 urgent orders during the last 2 weeks of August and open 10 new closets. They will need 60,000 items, the equivalent of 12 bus loads of clothing, school supplies and toiletries.

Host a drive, build confidence packs, make a donation - perfect opportunities to get involved from home, with your office or neighborhood - through Sept. 30.

Go to www.catiescloset.org/event/fill-the-bus-for-kids-in-need for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Egleston Farmers Market (Updated)

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.

They'll be a drop spot for textile recycling every week and for electronics recycling the first Saturday of every month. Their programming includes workshops, monthly swaps, live tailors and various repair services. They’ll feature around 20 vendors each week including local artisans and non-profits. 

Shop consciously, support your local community, and eat well! 

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.

‘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.

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.