Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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Visitors to the Arnold Arboretum in the early 20th century pass by a display of mountain laurel. To learn more, visit the Jamaica Plain Historical Society at www.jphs.org.

Arbor Week celebrations                                        

Speak for the Trees Boston (SFTT) will host a variety of events in celebration of Arbor Week:

– Saturday, May 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Guided Tree Meditation at Arnold Arboretum.

– Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. – Savor the Square: GreenRox Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Giveaway at Blair Lot, Roxbury.

Visit https://www.sfttbos.org/events for more information and links to join.

‘Four Hundred Souls’ book discussion

In the new collaborative book, Four Hundred Souls, which is a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans, the editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled 90 writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that 400-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects.

The Roslindale and Jamaica Plain branch libraries will co-sponsor two three-part book discussions on Saturday, May 1, May 8 and May 22 with 20 people in each group.

Morning sessions: 9:15 to 11 a.m. – Afternoon sessions: 2 to 3:45 p.m.

The groups will also discuss the current debate around including antiracist education in schools led by local educator Josh Frank. 

To register, email JP Branch librarian Laura Pattison at jamaicaplain@bpl.org. Write "400 Souls Book Discussion" in the subject line when you RSVP.

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Pixel Recreation

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 May 1, students will learn conditional formatting with spreadsheet software to create visual images in this fun STEM workshop.

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

Creative Music Series: PorchBolt

PorchBolt: Jorrit Dijkstra (saxophones, electronics), Junko Fujiwara (cello), Eric Hofbauer (guitar), Nate McBride (bass), Eric Rosenthal (drums) will perform in an outdoor concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 in Jamaica Plain – at the SW Corridor Park, between Hall and Rosemary streets, off of Centre St.

Visit www.creativemusicseries.com/events for other events in the series (Donations gratefully accepted).

Courageous Sailing – Begins May 1                                                                      

Courageous Sailing is a nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor from May through October.

The Courageous Sailing Centers are located at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard; UMass Boston Dorchester Campus; and at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain.

To learn more about the Adult Programming; Youth Programming Components (Summer Youth programs, STEM Resources and After School Sailing); and the Courageous at Home and Courageous Together activities and events, visit www.courageoussailing.org and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

ESSENTIAL: Public Health, Public Space, & the Design of Boston's Big Parks

Rather fortuitously, Boston is currently renovating its three largest open spaces: Boston Common, Franklin Park and Moakley Park.

As part of Boston Design Week, join the landscape architects and public health experts designing these projects in a discussion about the past, present and future of open space in Boston and beyond from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/essential-public-health-public-space-the-design-of-bostons-big-parks-tickets-147205229805 for more information and registration.

Boston's Radical Working-Class History

The phrase "working-class Boston" still conjures broad accents and parochial politics in the public mind (particularly whenever the city finds itself on film), but at the grassroots, working-class Bostonians have long built radical coalitions to bridge divides between themselves, challenge capital and assert the power and dignity of labor.

Join the Boston Public Library from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 for an episodic tour of Boston's radical working class in history, from the movement for the eight-hour day and the epic clashes of 1919 to postwar struggles for jobs, housing and school equity that continue to inform today's organizers.

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

‘Our Hopes for Our Planet – What's Next?’

As the country hopefully emerges from the pandemic and the tough time that has challenged the work for the environment, what feels most important now and how can everyone support each other in working for change?

A Local Voices Network (LVN) conversation will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6. Join others in answering these questions.

This event is co-sponsored by LVN, the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library and Mothers Out Front.

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

JPKS Bookclub

The JPKS Bookclub will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 to discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. 

All are welcome, whether or not you have read and/or finished reading the book.

Visit https://jpknitandstitch.com/events for the Zoom ID and Passcode.

Until then, happy reading and knitting and quilting.

Game Time!                                                                                      

Children and teens of all ages are invited to play games and make friends in a Zoom room from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 25, hosted by the Boston Public Library. 

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to access the Zoom room.

Teen Central 2021 Game Jam - Contest Q&A                             

Are you an aspiring teen game-maker? Are you interested in games that make a difference?

Do you think you’re the best teen game creator in Boston? Find out at the Boston Public Library's first-ever Game Jam.

The challenge is simple: in teams or by yourself, create a short game that draws attention to an issue affecting your local or global communities.

The official "kickoff" of the Game Jam, where teens will get a chance to meet their competitors, grill judges, ask questions and form teams (if they haven’t already) will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 7. 

Groups and individuals can begin to submit their game after this event and all submissions must occur by midnight on May 31 (full submission details on BPL website). 

Set your calendars for June 11 at 5 p.m. where competitors and the public will be invited to the closing ceremony and the winners of the top three prizes, which include a grand prize valued at $200, are revealed.

All game-makers, aspiring game-makers, friends and family are invited to take part in this special maker event.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration. To enter the contest, people must be registered for this event.

Youth Open Mic

The First Friday Youth 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.

The May 7 featured artist will be Lyd Havens.

RSVP on https://www.facebook.com/FirstFridaysJP for the Zoom link and to sign up to perform.

Introduction to Animal Tracking                                       

In this fun, virtual experience facilitated by Bob Metcalfe from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, the group will look at animal tracks, scat and other signs they leave behind and learn how to identify which animal left them. Suitable for families and children, ages 12 and up.

Go to www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/introduction-to-animal-tracking for more information and registration.

The Science of Happiness

What is the one thing that we all have in common? Everyone wishes to be happy, to be free from frustration, worry and inner conflict. But a lasting happiness remains elusive. Buddha taught a scientific approach to finding happiness from within our mind, by changing our attitude and posture towards how we live our life.

This virtual group will embark on a scientific exploration to transform the way we react to what happens in our life and check experientially how the practical methods presented in this course lead to increasing joy and inner peace.

Everyone is welcome to this weekend event of teachings and guided meditations with International Buddhist Teacher Gen Kelsang Rabten from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Friday, May 7 and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 8.

Go to https://meditationinboston.org/events/science-of-happiness for more information and registration ($40 for the whole event – Friday & Saturday | $12 for Friday night only).

ZOOTOPIA - Keeping Our World Wild

Zootopia, Zoo New England's annual fundraising gala, will virtually bring the Zoos to people for an inspiring evening on Saturday, May 8, featuring a special video message by E. O. Wilson Living the Mission Award honoree Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & U. N. Messenger of Peace.

Join them as they celebrate the natural world with animal appearances, insider updates and a silent auction.

Gala program begins at 6 p.m.

Live cocktail reception with John Linehan, President & CEO starts at 6:30 p.m.

Visit https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/zootopia for more information, including tickets and sponsorships and a link to the auction bidding.

A Far Cry: ‘Ain’t I A Woman’

Join Grammy-nominated classical ensemble A Far Cry for the live watch party of the premiere of Ain’t I A Woman at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 8.

Inspired by abolitionist Sojourner Truth, this concert is a meditation – literally and figuratively – on the strength of women, featuring an international roster of all-female composers such as Hildegard von Bingen, Meredith Monk and Teresa Carreño.

Purchase a digital Event Pass at https://afarcry.org/all/aint-i-a-woman and enjoy new video on demand features that allow people to watch the concert again and again (tiered pricing).

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 leading up to the online broadcast at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 9.

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

‘Create, Connect, Catalyze’                                                            

Curated by Urbano scholar-in-residence Raquel Jimenez, “Create, Connect, Catalyze” is a series of 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 Tuesday, May 11 and May 25 via Zoom.

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

Project Place Benefit: ‘A Place for Hope’

Join Project Place online at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 for “A Place for Hope,” hosted by Karen Holmes Ward, to experience a place for hope, hear stories of resilience and come together in community.

This event will replace their annual Open Door Gala. Registration is free with opportunities to help the non-profit organization support the clients to find pathways to jobs, housing and hope.

Go to https://projectplace.org/event for more information and registration.

‘The Window Show:’ SIM Silent Showcase                                  

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

The Studio for Interrelated Media Majors at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design have responded to the unprecedented challenge of a global pandemic by launching SIMtv - a concept, a context, a website and an episodic venue for sharing SIM student and alumni art.

For this exhibit on view through Sunday, May 16, people will see a silent installation of SIMtv displaying the work by SIM students and alumni responding to these challenging times.  

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

Registration Open for Boston Parks Summer Sports Centers  

Registration is open for summer Sports Centers at White Stadium in Franklin Park, Almont Park in Mattapan, East Boston Memorial Stadium, Garvey Park in Dorchester and M Street Park in South Boston.

Each location offers instruction in several popular sports. All Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to boys and girls, ages 7 to 14. The summer programs will be held from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, Aug. 20 – register for one or more weeks. Lunch will be provided, transportation will not.

Visit https://www.boston.gov/news/registration-now-open-boston-parks-summer-sports-centers for more information and registration. 

JP Jubilee                                                                 

The next session of the JP Jubilee Chorus will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon from Friday, April 30 through Friday, June 4 via Zoom (until they can return to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library). This singing class is open to all people (50+) from all communities – no auditions or membership fees required.

This session will be more for outreach so there will be songs that everyone can sing together for an hour. In lieu of concerts, they hope to reach new folks who are at home or in residential or day centers.  

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.) – in conjunction with their sister-center, Serlingpa Meditation Center in New Bedford and Meditation in Maine (a branch of KMC) – 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.

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.