Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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Here’s what Pond Street in Jamaica Plain looked like in 1911. To learn more, visit the Jamaica Plain Historical at www.jphs.org.

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Introduction to engineering

Boston Public Library will host Northeastern STEMout Workshops from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for kids in grades 4 through 8.

On March 20, students will learn about engineering, the engineering design process and what some of the big problems that engineers are tackling.

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

Library Boogie Live Puppet Show                                     

Celebrate reading, the science, the environment and the library with "The Library Boogie," a musical puppet show presented by Tom Knight from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 20.

Join Tom and his cast of hand-made puppets for funny stories, catchy songs and ample audience participation. 

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Women's Herstory Month Hike with UOA

In honor of Women's Herstory Month, join The Urban Outdoors Association (UOA) at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway for a complimentary day of fitness, fun, friends and history from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 20.

As the group summits the hills and take in the sights and sounds of the thousands of trees and birds, they are going to pay homage to the women that make women who they are.

Please wear something purple, comfortable walking shoes and bring your water bottles, snacks and friends.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-herstory-hike-tickets-142714291287 for more information and registration.

Unfurl! A Practice for Spring

This is the time of year for growth in our lives, relationships and work. After a long winter and a yearlong pandemic, let’s rise, dust ourselves off and do a little spring cleaning within.

Join Nina Reis at JP Centre Yoga from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 for discussion and practice that draws on five element theory (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Katonah Yoga and QiGong. She’ll play the practices that rinse, filter and spark clarity.

Go to www.jpcentreyoga.com for more information and Zoom registration (tiered pricing).

Trumpeter Forbes Graham Concert

Trumpeter Forbes Graham will give a free live outdoor concert at SW Corridor Park between Hall and Rosemary streets, off of Centre and South streets near the MBTA Forest Hills Station, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. (Donations gratefully accepted).

Visit www.creativemusicseries.com/events for other events in the series.

The Detective Club Murder, A Murder Mystery Game              

Join East Boston Branch Library staff on Zoom from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 for The Detective Club Murder, a free downloadable murder mystery game from British psychological crime thriller author Ruth Ware.

In this role-playing game, you’ll be transported to Mistletan Manor in the English countryside and the home of celebrated crime writer Sir Aubrey St. Clair.

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

The China Trade                                                                             

The China Trade presentation by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 21.

At a moment when the country has been facing great divisions, Prof. Dane Morrison of Salem State University will discuss how Americans forged a national identity after the War of Independence. After breaking free from British rule, American identity had more to do with sailing to the East than trekking into the West. Private journals, letters, ships’ logs, memoirs and newspaper accounts help trace America’s earliest encounters on a global stage.

This talk will particularly focus on the travels of the Forbes family from Jamaica Plain to China.

Visit eventbrite.com/e/the-china-trade-tickets-133127843965 for more information and registration.

Introduction to Mantra

Mantra means to protect the mind and by doing so, the mind becomes free. Join Melissa Shah at JP Centre Yoga from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 21 to learn the basics of mantra as a practice of sound healing.

Participants will learn two different Vedic mantras in Sanskrit and explore the sound of Om as a healing practice for the mind. No prior experience is required.

Visit www.jpcentreyoga.com for more information and Zoom registration (tiered pricing).

First peek into the Curley House

Fun fact: The Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s recently expanded offices at 350 Jamaicaway are the former home of Mayor James Michael Curley, one of Boston’s most notable (and notorious) mayors. Although their staff has been working remotely for the past year, they can’t keep this historically rich landmark overlooking Jamaica Pond to themselves any longer.

Join them from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23 for a virtual “first peek” at the Curley House to learn about its remarkable past and its most storied resident.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/curley-house-tour for more information and registration.

Women in public art in Boston

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join Loring-Greenough House from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23 for a talk by local educator Mary Howland Smoyer about six women honored with statues in Boston.

Visit http://loring-greenough.org/house-events for more inforamtin and Zoom registration.

Talking to kids about race, justice and their power using art

Join the Eliot School Salon Series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 for a conversation about “Talking to Kids About Race, Justice and Their Power Using Art,” followed by an open audience Q&A. 

Across the globe, people have awakened to racial injustice and the damage it’s doing to society, especially following the violence in the nation’s capital.

Parents, teachers and others invested in shaping our children’s futures – all are looking for resources, answers and direction to support our kids as they navigate this world.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/talking-to-kids-about-race-justice-and-their-power-using-art-tickets-138658999801 for more information and registration.

JPHS: Author Q & A with Heather Clark

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host an author Q&A with Heather Clark from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 25.

Clark is the author of Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Path of Sylvia Plath. This acclaimed new biography of Sylvia Plath focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art. Sylvia Plath was born in Jamaica Plain.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/author-q-and-a-with-heather-clark-tickets-132680311383 for more information and registration.

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Introduction to engineering

Boston Public Library will host Northeastern STEMout Workshops from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for kids in grades 4 through 8.

On March 20, students will learn about engineering, the engineering design process and what some of the big problems that engineers are tackling.

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

Rediscovering ease in the shoulders

Jess Pate at JP Centre Yoga will offer a workshop centered on the shoulders and neck from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.

Working with the body, breath, and mind, this practice invites participants to clear out the cobwebs and establish a more spacious inner landscape, unwinding the effects that our modern lifestyle has on postural habits.

Visit www.jpcentreyoga.com for more information and Zoom registration (tiered pricing).

Magic Show with Jedlie                                                       

Jedlie's magic tricks amaze his audience while his zany antics have them howling with laughter. 

Jedlie will present his new magic show, "The Magic Between Us Is Respect and Kindness” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.

This program motivates kids to wake up every morning and choose to be respectful and kind to everyone they meet, every day, everywhere. The show also reminds families to read together every day. 

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

The Window Show: Message Received

"The Window Show" is an ever-changing art exhibition in the Boston Cyberarts Gallery (141 Green St.) windows.

“The Window Show: Message Received,” curated by Jameson Johnson, will be on view through Sunday, April 4.

Visit https://www.bostoncyberarts.org for more information.

Online ESL conversation groups                                                   

Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on most Mondays, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on most Tuesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on most Wednesdays, and from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on most Fridays through Aug. 31. The group is led by a native speaker and will take place online.

Online intermediate and advanced ESL classes are also offered at select times.

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

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

BPL’s New Parent Group                                                                           

The Boston Public Library’s New Parent group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on (most) Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.

It’s a great way to meet other new parents and learn from guest speakers.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and Zoom registration.

Somatic Musicians' Lab

A Somatic Musicians’ Lab will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays via Zoom hosted by the Feldenkrais in Jamaica Plain.

These ongoing weekly sessions are an online space for musicians. Each session consists of a 20-minute Feldenkrais® movement lesson, an hour of individual musical practice time, and 10 minutes of reflection. Less isolation, stress, and pain; more enjoyment, ease, curiosity, community and learning.

Visit feldenkraisjamaicaplain.com/somatic-musicians-lab for more information and registration ($20/month | $5 session).

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.

Online caregiver’s group

First Church in Jamaica Plain (6 Eliot St.) hosts an online support group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month for members and friends serving as the primary caregiver for adult family members.

In the spirit of radical inclusion, they recognize that primary caregivers today are parents, spouses/partners, siblings, cousins and friends.

If you are a caregiver and would like more information, email Rev. Elizabeth Assenza at revelizabethassensa@gmail.com.

Tween Time                                                  

Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week. It’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.

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 Dec. 2015.

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

Tai Chi/Qigong Class online with The Loring Greenough House

Qigong, or the movement of Qi (energy/life force) through the body, is the foundation of tai chi. Using simple, standing movements, the participants will explore the body/mind connection, how breath is central to this connection and experience stress release. From the Chen style, the group will also practice some simple agility movements. Suitable for beginners, or practitioners of any level.

Zoom from your room into The Loring Greenough Parlor with Laura Smeaton from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 28 and April 25.

Go to eventbrite.com/e/tai-chi-virtually-tai-chiqigong-class-tickets-138848031199 for more information and registration ($7).

Jóvenes en Acción/Youth in Action

Where arts, education and community collide.

Want to explore acting, learn dance or play music? Learn Afro-Latin arts, participate in mentoring and get involved in your community?

Jóvenes en Acción/Youth in Action (JEA) is a free, year-round program for youth in grades 8 through 12 that combines Afro-Latin arts, education and mentoring support, and civic engagement and youth organizing training. Participants also benefit from social-emotional support both 1:1 and in small groups.

The Spring Session runs from Monday, March 29 through Friday, June 11.

Visit www.hydesquare.org for more information. Links will be available for youth in high school and for 8th grade youth.

BPL Reading Challenge                                                      

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.org for more information.

Ethos Live                                                                             

Ethos hosts an online Wellness on the Web program. Health and wellness presentations, conversations with elected officials, exercise classes and other activities will be streamed regularly on their website and social media platforms.

Visit ethocare.org for more information and quick links to the programs.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.

FBCJP Meals/Groceries delivered

Due to the COVID-19 virus, First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain are delivering meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and groceries on Fridays and Saturdays.

If you need food please call 617-971-8840 or email food@firstbaptistjp.org. 

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information                              

Boston Eats provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

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

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston onsite/online

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides in-person day-time learning support during school hours and in-person and virtual interactive after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms.

Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.

#ZooToYou/Kids’ Corner and onsite fun           

Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more. Visit the Kids’ Corner online for more fun.

Franklin Park and Stone zoos are open for a roarin’ good time following COVID guidelines and online reservations. Virtual tours and other activities will continue.

Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.

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

JP Centre Yoga (670 Centre St.) offers a variety of Yoga classes live streamed on the Mindbody platform at various time of each day. They also offer workshops.

JP Centre Yoga has implemented tiered pricing to keep increased accessibility and equity measures in place, yet be able to sustain as a business.

Visit jpcentreyoga.com for more information, including online class schedule and a link to register.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston online                                          

The Kadampa Meditation Center Boston (360C Centre St.) offers a multitude of varied and inspiring classes that allow people to learn meditation, bring real meaning to life and access the timeless wisdom of Buddha’s teachings.

KMC Boston is the sister-center of Serlingpa Meditation Center in New Bedford and the centers currently have joined together to provide online classes six-to-seven days a week. Meditation in Maine is a branch of KMC Boston, also streaming along with them.

Whether you have practiced meditation before or are brand new, you will find a range of classes and courses to choose from.

All programs are posted weekly. Prices vary; free for members.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston is a non-profit entity; donations are welcome.

Visit meditationinboston.org for more information.

Thrift shop open

Check out the thrift shop at Christ the King Jamaica Plain + Roxbury, 39 Germania St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays for a great selection of clothing, books, music, furniture, and other hidden gems!

Go to www.ctkjproxbury.org for more information.

JP Flea Market                                                                                             

Shop online at the JP Flea Market to support local artists and small businesses.

Go to jpfixandflea.com/upcoming-events.html to view a fine assortment of treasures –

local honey, records, jewelry, pipes, pottery, art, kids’ books, vintage clothing and accessories, teas, hand-printed apparel, candles, printed cards, handmade knits, bags, zines, woodwork, crystals, handmade soaps, organic dog treats, prints, patches, hand-stitched wallets, baskets, home décor, children's clothing, body-care and more – available from the vendors who are located in a variety of Boston neighborhoods and beyond.

Jamaica Plain Garden Tour (Virtual)                    

The Jamaica Plain Garden Tour is a key fundraiser for The Trustees’ network of 56 community gardens in Boston. Generally, a self-guided walking tour that winds through a section of JP, highlighting beautiful gardens, this virtual tour features a sampling of exceptional gardens throughout the neighborhood as well as interviews with their owners. The sites range from a productive urban homestead complete with chickens to professionally designed formal gardens.

Experience the tour and be delighted and inspired by a diverse array of gardens from the comfort of your own home.

The video of the tour is available at thetrustees.org/jpgt (Member: $15; Nonmember: $20).

The funds raised by the JP Garden Tour directly support operations and educational programming in the community gardens.

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.