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Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons at the Arnold Arboretum, especially when the lilacs are in bloom.

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.

Celebrate Boston Pride                    

Celebrate Pride Month this June.

Outloud: Raising Voices, a live global pride celebration being held at the Los Angeles Colosseum, will be streamed on Twitch through Sunday, June 6. This LGBTQ+ event series mission is to promote love, acceptance, inclusiveness, identity and support while bringing people together in a colorful celebration of community.

Other events include:

– Pride Illumination throughout the month of June

– Mayoral Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 7

– Pride Lights at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8 – Honoring Those We Lost to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (Virtual)

–  Pride Night @ Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 10

– Trans Resistance March and Vigil at Franklin Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12

–  Express Your Pride Campaign on Sunday, June 13 Online – Instagram

–  Plymouth Pride from 11:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 26 at Brewster Garden in Plymouth

Visit www.bostonpride.org/calendar for more information.

Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series

Live music returns to a delightful outdoor space at all summer long, presented by

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts who will host a series of concerts – from jazz to hip hop, harp to steel drum – at 4 p.m. on Sundays from June 6 through Sept. 26 (except July 4 & Labor Day weekend) at the Eliot Schoolyard, 24 Eliot St. 

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/eliot-schoolyard-concert-series-tickets-120937069029 for more information, including a schedule, and required registration.

Parks Fitness: Family Fitness with Anthony                                

Family Fitness with Anthony will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays from June 7 through Sept. 27 at Mclaughlin Playground, 239 Parker Hill Ave.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

Somatic Musicians’ Summer Lab 2021

The Somatic Musicians' Summer Lab is a series of monthly Feldenkrais® workshops for musicians held from 10 to 11;30 a.m. on Wednesday, beginning June 9, July 7 and Aug. 4.

Less isolation, stress and pain; more enjoyment, ease, curiosity, community and learning.

What's included each month: one live zoom meeting per month; three Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons; extra mini-Feldenkrais lessons; recordings for download or streaming; optional practice partners

The cost to join the lab is $20 per month (tuition assistance available).

Visit https://www.feldenkraisjamaicaplain.com/somatic-musicians-lab for more information and registration

Get Movin’ on the Lawn Exercise Series

Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. will host the Get Movin’ on the Lawn Exercise Series from 6 to 7 p.m. on select Wednesdays as follows:

–Tai Chi/Qigong Class – June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8

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

–  Yoga in the Garden – June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15

This monthly yoga series is suitable for all levels and welcomes community members to gather and enjoy a gentle and restorative yoga practice outdoors. Participants should expect to move through both standing, seated and supine yoga postures that may involve occasional balancing on hands and knees while on their yoga mat.

– POUND WORKOUT – June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22

POUND® is an exhilarating full-body workout combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks made specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® is perfect for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities.

Visit https://loring-greenough.org/house-events for more information and registration (Each session: Non-members - $5 | Members - free).

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.

Check the Mic Practice Session/Performers series for teens  

JR Mahung from Grub Street will present a three-part series – the last of the two practice sessions from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, 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.

Cooking Seasonal: Spanakopita with Local and Wild Greens (Online)

Want to learn how to best utilize local, seasonal produce in home cooking?

Join the Boston Community Garden Trustees from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 for a hands-on cooking class to make Spanakopita, a Greek phyllo dough pie with local and wild greens.

They’ll provide a bundle of fresh seasonal ingredients for (two-plus servings), available for pickup from one of three locations (JP, Quincy or Medford) on the day of the class then join the cooking class on Zoom where the group will prepare the dish together.

This event is part of the monthly series on cooking seasonal produce with flexible, approachable recipes.

Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/61238 for more information and registration (Member: $36 | Nonmember: $45).

Pollinator gardening                                                            

Want to support beneficial insects in the garden?

Learn about the best native plants for different urban garden conditions and how to maintain a garden to help flying friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

This online program for Boston Public Library's Adult Summer Reading is part of the “Digging Deeper, Growing Strong: Gardening Workshops” by the Trustees of Reservations.

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

Framingham Heart Study Lecture

In 1948, not long after former US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died from a stroke, Framingham was just another small town outside of Boston.

Join Dr. Dan Levy, the director of the revolutionary Framingham Heart Study, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 for a colorful and detailed account of how this town changed medical history forever and its continued importance today.

This virtual event hosted by the Loring Greenough House is based on Levy’s book: Change of Heart: Unraveling the Mysteries of Cardiovascular Disease.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/framingham-heart-study-lecture-tickets-154592677861 for more information and registration (0-$5).

A Far Cry 2021 Spring Soirée

Join A Far Cry for their annual Spring Soirée at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 as they raise a glass in celebration of the past 14 years and look ahead to their 15th anniversary season.

Enjoy an interactive evening with the Criers from the comfort of your home, featuring highlights such as: A special performance by the full ensemble; an exclusive first look at next season's plans; Crier-led cocktail-making and treat boxes delivered to your door; and auction items.

Go to https://afarcry.org/all/a-far-cry-2021-spring-soire for more information, Tickets and Sponsorships.

JP Mothers Out Front: Quarterly Get Together

Join the JP Chapter of Mothers Out Front for their quarterly get together from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 12 at Jamaica Pond Pinebanks Promontory.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Mothers Out Front, take part in a small action related to mitigating climate change, and make new connections.

A speaker will discuss Geothermal heating/cooling technology and its role as a climate change solution.

In case of rain, they will come together over Zoom – link will be sent out to those who RSVP at https://www.mothersoutfront.org/events/jamaica-plain-ma-20210612.

Webinar: Ecology of Mother Earth                                   

In this virtual presentation facilitated by Lorén M. Spears from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, food, technology, art, medicine, storytelling, music and dance come together with our environment to teach people the importance of caring for the earth we all share.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/ecology-of-mother-earth for more information and registration.

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Catapults                                         

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 12, students will make a simple catapult and learn about motion, forces and simple machines in the process.

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

Parks Fitness: Carnival Fit with Teneesha                                                           

Carnival Fit with Teneesha will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from June 12 through Oct. 2 at the Mozart Street Playground, 10 Mozart St.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

Walking tour of Hyde Square                    

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Hyde Square at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12.

Learn about 1840s Hyde Square when German and Irish immigrants transformed the neighborhood with their businesses, schools and institutions. See how in the early 1960s, Hyde Square changed again when Latinx immigrants transformed it.

The group will leave from Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre St. The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and be given based on the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask). 

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

Jeb Bishop Quartet outdoor concert                                             

Jeb Bishop Quartet: Jeb Bishop (trombone), Forbes Graham (trumpet), Nate McBride (bass), Eric Rosenthal (drums) will present an outdoor concert at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 at SW Corridor Park, off of South St. and Hall St. near the Orange Line’s Forest Hills Station.

This event is free (donations gratefully accepted).

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

‘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 through Sunday, June 27.

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

Kids…Together in the Arts camp

Kids…Together in the Arts will hold a weekly creative arts camp for kids, ages 6 through 13, that includes art, voice, drama and dance from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an extended program option from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The five weekly sessions will take place from June 28 through July 30 at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St.

Visit www.jpcentral.org for more information and registration (fees apply).

 Eliot School Summer Program for Children

The Eliot School will host the Summer Program for Children. The program 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).

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.