Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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Lilac trees show off their beautiful colors in the Arnold Arboretum.

Forest bathing walk                                    

Experience the healing benefits of The Emerald Necklace on a forest bathing walk through Franklin Park from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 29.

Forest bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, is a restorative sensory exploration that supports health and healing for all beings. From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, come discover what happens when people unplug, slow down and open their senses to notice more of the natural surroundings. 

Forest bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.  All the prompts, invitations, sharing and ways of participating are optional and open to interpretation. Meet at Valley Gates Parking Lot. 

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/forest-bathing-walk for more information and registration (donations welcome).

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Geography Game

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 29, students will learn about geography while playing games. 

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

Walking tour of Sumner Hill

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Sumner Hill at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 29.

Developed as a suburb by General William Hyslop Sumner in the mid-19th century, this National Historic District includes one of the finest collections of Victorian houses in the area, including the ancestral home of the Dole Pineapple Company founder and the homes of progressives who were active as abolitionists and women suffragists.

The group will meet at Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. and follow the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask). 

Visit www.jphs.org for more information. Pre-registration optional for planning purposes.

‘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 Window Show will feature Here and Back Again, a solo show of work by Dennis H. Miller, from Saturday, May 29 through Sunday, June 27.

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

A Far Cry: ‘Face to Face’

A Far Cry will present its monthly online mini-series “Face to Face” as a presentation of duo repertoire exclusively written by living composers at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 31 at https://afarcry.org/home.

Intimate verbal and musical conversations between composers, collaborators and other voices will be shared alongside the Criers’ duet performances as a rare window into the varied and complex array of “duo” relationships at play throughout the ensemble.

Special T-Talk: Arrested Mobility: Limits on Black mobility in the US             

The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Powerful Pathways, and the Urban Outdoors Association will host a special edition of the T-Talk series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1 (Repeated on Thursday, June 3).

This talk will highlight the adverse social, political, economic, and health impacts of racial disparities in transportation and mobility. They will explore the ways in which research, planning, policy and street design can and must be reimagined. Doing so will help achieve greater mobility, health and quality of life for Black Bostonians.

Charles T. Brown will be joined by Elijah Evans of Bikes Not Bombs and Courtney Jacobovits, resident of Jamaica Plain, for a discussion after his presentation.

Visit www.mattapanfoodandfit.org/transportationtalks for more information and Zoom registration.

Check the Mic Practice Session/Performers series for teens  

JR Mahung from Grub Street will present a three-part series – two practice sessions from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 and June 10 with an open mic on June 17 – for beginners and experienced writers/performers.

Teens, ages 12 to 19, can participate in one, two or all three events. And any teen can perform during the open mic event, whether or not they’ve attended the practice sessions.

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

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. on June 4. All ages and talents are welcome.

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

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Egg Drop

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 June 5, students will learn about engineering while designing and testing a device that can keep an egg intact when dropped from a height.

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

Walking tour of Stony Brook                    

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Stony Brook at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 5.

Explore a fascinating industrial area at the geographic heart of Boston that includes 19th-century tannery and brewery buildings, the homes of early German settlers, and today’s Boston Beer Company, the brewers of Samuel Adams.

The group will meet at the Stony Brook T Stop.

The tour will be given based on the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask). 

Visit www.jphs.org for more information and pre-registration.

Gardening Together: Plant a Patio Pot

Local green thumb Patrick Byrne will lead a (socially distanced, covid-compliant) outdoor workshop at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 5 to guide you in creating a charming patio planter.

Participants will plant a pot with an assortment of long-blooming annuals to take home for a summer of outdoor pleasure. All materials (pot, plants, soil, and tools to borrow) will be provided. Sure to be a fun event for flower newbies and seasoned gardeners alike.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/gardening-together-plant-a-patio-pot-tickets-152270610495 ($45).

Film screening: ‘BORDERLAND ​The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames’

Blanche Ames Ames (1878-1969) was an artist, an activist, a builder, an inventor, a birth control maverick  and a leader of the woman suffrage movement in Massachusetts. She was a woman of privilege who was not afraid to shock polite society. She also has an intriguing and rather unique connection to Jamaica Plain.

The screening of Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames, a 55-minute documentary that chronicles the life of a woman who was born in the 19th century, worked to change the 20th century and whose wisdom still resonates in the 21st century, followed by a Q&A session with historian Barbara Berenson with historian Ed Hands, who is featured in the film and the filmmaker, Kevin Friend, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 5.

Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zBVGiHJpQiKYVIGU84hBJg

Hosted by the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library and co-sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, the Arnold Arboretum and Boston Women's Heritage Trail.

Eliot School Summer Program for Children

The Eliot School will host the Summer Program for Children. It will run from Monday, June 28 through Friday, Aug. 13 and will take place in specially constructed, outdoor classrooms in the Eliot School yard. 

Each week of the seven-week program will have a specific theme that students will explore in a variety of mediums including wood, fiber, paper, and more. 

Visit https://eliotschool.org/classes for more information and registration (tuition varies).

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘The Poet X’                     

The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 to discuss the free verse novel The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link to Twitch.

Yoga for dizziness relief

A six-week program designed to strengthen balance systems and support the relief of dizziness, vertigo, and related symptoms will be held at Instrumental Yoga, 3611 Washington St. The 18-session program will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through June 30.

This will be done through vestibular and neurological rehabilitation exercises focused on habituation, adaptation, substitution, and development of compensatory strategies in the context of Yoga and guided by an evaluating/treating physician and physical therapist.

Whether you are hoping to continue your Yoga practice or start something new, this program has a place for you.

Visit https://www.instrumentalyoga.com/thehealthcollaborator for more information and registration (Fee - $360).

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.

JP Jubilee                                                                 

The next session of the JP Jubilee Chorus will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon 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.

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.

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. 

Courageous Sailing has begun                                                                    

Courageous Sailing has begun – lots of laughing – lots of fun!

This nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization is committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor 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.

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.

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.

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/onsite

JP Centre Yoga (670 Centre St.) offers a variety of Yoga classes onsite and 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 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.