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This bee is busy working on the flowers at the Arnold Arboretum.

President’s Walking Tour of the Emerald Necklace

Lace up your walking shoes and join Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek for a six-mile walk through Frederick Law Olmsted’s masterpiece from Franklin Park to Charlesgate Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 12.

There will be brief stops along the way to take in the scenery and talk about the history of the park and current efforts to restore, improve and advocate for this historic parkland. (Rain date: Sunday, June 13)

Register at www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/presidents-walking-tour-of-the-emerald-necklace.

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 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.

Celebrate Boston Pride                    

Celebrate Boston Pride Month this June.

The LGBTQ+ event series’ mission is to promote love, acceptance, inclusiveness, identity and support while bringing people together in a colorful celebration of community.

Some events include:

– Pride Illumination throughout the month of June

– 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

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

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 5 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. 

Yoga at Jamaica Pond | Sunday Summer Series @ Pinebank Promontory

Join Marlene Boyette of Leela Yoga + Wellness* from 11 a.m. to noon on (most) Sundays from June 13 through Sept. 26 and enjoy yoga practice surrounded by the beauty and peacefulness of Jamaica Pond at Pinepank Promontory. Suitable for all levels.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-at-jamaica-pond-sunday-summer-series-pinebank-promontory-tickets-156354379157 for more information and registration (free; donations welcome).

Teen Open Mic: ‘This Is Not the End of Us’        

The annual Teen Open Mic will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

In a supportive environment, teens, ages 12 to 19, will gather to celebrate their creativity and speak their words out into the world and cheer each other on. They’ll also celebrate with random giveaways and treats.

Hosted by JR Mahung, beginners and experienced writers/performers are welcome to share their work or have their work presented by a moderator. Other teens are welcome to join in the celebration as well.

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

Juneteenth Celebration                                                         

Juneteenth was long celebrated as a regional holiday, but now is being celebrated across the country and as an official holiday right here in Boston. Not sure what Juneteenth is?

Join Librarian Maija as she shares a brief explanation and a booklist. She will also share a story and a treat to celebrate Juneteenth. 

This program will be livestreamed on the Children's Library Facebook page from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18.

Friday Night at The Movies: ‘Miss Juneteenth’

A series of outdoor movies will be shown on the Loring Greenough House Lawn, 12 South St.

On Friday, June 18, the feature will be Miss Juneteenth. Curtain up at 8 p.m.

A soulful American drama about Turquoise, a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her rebellious daughter Kai into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant; a title commemorating the day slavery was abolished in Texas on June 19, 1865.

All movies will feature English subtitles for the benefit of the deaf or hard of hearing.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/miss-juneteenth-film-screening-tickets-154869148793 for more information and registration (Members - $5 | Non-members - $7 | Not suitable for children).

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Protect the Pill

The 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 19, students will learn how to develop a pill coating that can withstand the acidic environment found in the stomach.

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

Walking tour of Green Street                                                                     

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Green Street at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Laid out in 1836, the street played a key role in Jamaica Plain’s development, functioning as a residential, commercial, and transportation conduit in the lives of the district’s residents. Although Green Street was subdivided as early as 1851 for stores, factories and houses, it was not extensively developed until the late 1870s with construction continuing until the early 1900s. The Bowditch School was completed in 1892, and early in the 20th century the United States Post Office moved from its location on Call Street at Woolsey Square to its new location at the corner of Green and Cheshire Streets.

The group will leave from the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 640 Centre St. and follow the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask). 

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

In the Groves

Enjoy the deep beauty of trees in this story and music journey through the Arnold Arboretum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Led by Oracle award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, this unfolding performance of ancient tales and songs from cultures around the world takes place in a variety of groves - birch, cherry, and evergreen - at some of the Arboretum’s loveliest spots.

Register at https://arboretum.harvard.edu/events/#in-the-groves.

BCYF Community Center offerings                      

The BCYF community centers are offering a limited menu of programs and classes for pre-registered participants. They will continue to expand the menu of offerings in accordance with public health guidelines. 

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

The Window Show: Here and Back Again                                  

"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 www.bostoncyberarts.org 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 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 through Sept. 27 at Mclaughlin Playground, 239 Parker Hill Ave.

Visit boston.gov/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.

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.

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 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 www.boston.gov/news/registration-now-open-boston-parks-summer-sports-centers 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 – 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 – 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).

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.kidstogetherinthearts.com 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).

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 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 www.feldenkraisjamaicaplain.com/somatic-musicians-lab 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.

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.