Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Paper Towers

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 27, students will work their way through the engineering design process by designing a paper tower.

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.

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).

Connolly Book Discussion: ‘Wind in the Willows’                                      

The Connolly Branch Library book group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 29. The group will discuss the book Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.  

Down by the river bank where the wind whispers through the willow trees is a very pleasant place to have a lunch party with a few friends. But life is not always so peaceful for the Mole and the Water Rat. There is the time, for example, when Toad gets interested in motor-cars - goes mad about them in fact... The story of the adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger,and Toad has been loved by young and old for over a hundred years.

Visit pbl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration or email tstafford@bpl.org.

FB Live Kids Club: Sun – One in a Million                                  

Spring has arrived and Ms. Sherry will be on FaceBook Live from 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 to share sun tales and show how to make sun catchers from simple items you can find in your home.

Kids Club features virtual stories, crafts and STEAM activities for children ages 4 and up. 

On the day of the event find the group at https://www.facebook.com/bpljamaicaplain.

Create, Connect, Catalyze                                                               

Curated by Urbano scholar-in-residence Raquel Jimenez, Create, Connect, Catalyze is a series of five community discussions that aims to create space to understand, reflect on, and chart new courses for civic change through the arts.

Sessions will be hosted by a selection of trailblazing, transdisciplinary artist-educators from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, April 14, April 28 and on Tuesday, May 11 and May 25 via Zoom.

Visit http://urbanoproject.org/events for more information and registration.

Hidden Gems: Revival of the Muddy River within the Emerald Necklace 

The story of the Emerald Necklace (aka Muddy River riparian corridor) reveals how landscapes along urban waterways provide essential ecosystem connectivity. The Emerald Necklace Conservancy fulfills the aspirations of Hartford native Frederick Law Olmsted by hosting a spectrum of activities along the irregular path of the Muddy River.

Revitalization of Boston’s Emerald Necklace is rooted in ambitious conservation goals of the late 19th and early 20th century. The impressive, historic scale of conservation can inspire communities to respond to the climate crisis with a new, 21st century parks movement.

This event - slated from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 and hosted by Park Watershed - will review the history of the Muddy River within the Emerald Necklace with guest Karen Mauney-Brodek of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. It will also summarize the efforts of the Olmsted 200 movement with guest Barbara A. Yaeger of the National Association of Olmsted Parks.

Visit https://www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/hidden-gems for more information and registration.

Fact or Fiction? Online Trivia Event

Inspired by NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” game, JP Centre/South Main Streets will present their latest trivia fundraiser – “Fact or Fiction?”

Panelists will present fun facts and creative fiction about Jamaica Plain and Boston from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1. Participants will get a chance to tell us their answers live. Businesses can also purchase air-time to play their one-minute commercial during the event.

Tickets are available at fact-or-fiction2021.eventbrite.com for both individuals and teams ($10-$40-$100).

All proceeds benefit JP Centre/South Main Streets general operating fund. More information is also available at jpcentresouth.com.

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Geography Challenge

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 April 3, students will learn about geography through this fun challenge.

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

Boston Youth Poet Laureate program for teens

As people strive to live in the now, the past hold truths that can them make conscious choices in the present and plan with vision for the future. In this workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, poets will be crafting their versions of a memory lane.

Participants should come prepared to write two poems, one for a free write and the other answering a prompt. Be a part of a stroll down memory lane as you write and share your progress and visions through poetry. 

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

‘Hedda Gabler’

The Footlight Club will stream Hedda Gabler at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 and Saturday, April 3.

Synopsis: Henrik Ibsen's great social drama of a caged woman in the late nineteenth century explores her tormented desire for escape and her yearning for individual and spiritual freedom.

Visit https://www.footlight.org for more information and tickets (Members - $0 | Nonmembers - $10).

25th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace

The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a beloved Boston tradition and celebration of the potential to create more peaceful communities. It is the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s (LDBPI) largest fundraising event to grow and sustain services, advocacy and training. 

This year’s virtual walk is all about celebration and remembrance of 25 years of walking for love, unity, faith, hope, courage, justice and forgiveness while honoring lives impacted by homicide. 

Join the 25 Days of Walking, beginning in April, leading up to the online broadcast at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 9.

Visit https://www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org for more information and registration. 

JP Jubilee

JP Jubilee Chorus meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays via Zoom (until they can return to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library). This singing class in preparation for concerts is open to all people (50+) from all communities – no auditions or membership fees required.

Visit http://jpjubilee.com for more information and registration.

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.

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 elementary, 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.

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.

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.