Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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The blooming trees always add to the beauty of the Arnold Arboretum in the spring.

Webinar: Traditional indigenous use of plants

Take a virtual nature walk with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26 in this presentation on the traditional uses of both indigenous plants and the invasive species that became staples in Native communities.

Register at www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/traditional-use-of-plants.

Walking in the Right Direction                                          

A walking group led by Family and Friends Living Healthy will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 25.

The group will meet at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse. For more info email Rakiem Strickland. 

Learn more at https://franklinparkcoalition.org.

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Forensic Science

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 26, students will learn about analyzing the evidence at the scene of a crime.

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

Jamaica Plain Book Tour

A free guided walking tour of Jamaica Plain’s quirkiest spots as highlighted in 111 Places in Boston That You Must Not Miss, with authors Kim Windyka and Heather Kapplow as guides will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 26.

The tour concludes at Papercuts JP with a book signing.

The tour is free and open to the public, although reservations are required. Registered participants will receive instructions on where to meet to start the tour.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/jamaica-plain-book-tour-that-you-must-not-miss-tickets-156778178753 for more information and registration.

Walking tour of Woodbourne                                                        

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour around Woodbourne at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26.

This neighborhood developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. It contains examples representative of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders. It also contains an unusual garden city model housing development by the Boston Dwelling House Company which was founded in 1912.

The group will meet at the Bethel AME Church steps, corner of Walk Hill and Wachuett streets

and follow the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask). The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

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

Creative Music Series outdoor concert

The Creative Music Series will host an outdoor concert featuring Brittany Karlson (bass), Matt Delligatti (guitar) and Nick Neuburg (drums) as Letter Castle at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 26.

The concert will be held at SW Corridor Park off of South Street and Hall Street near the Orange Line, Forest Hills MBTA Station. Free (donations gratefully accepted).

Learn more at www.creativemusicseries.com/events.

Connolly Book Discussion Group                                                                                      

The Connolly Branch Library book group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 26.

The group will discuss Colson Whitehead's debut novel, The Intuitionist.

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

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 Monday, June 28 through Friday, 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).

Supporting youth artists in the virtual realm       

Join the Boston Public Library for this inclusive program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 about providing music events for and by teens.

Panelists will talk about the importance of running effective programs as well as the need for innovative and creative programming for teen audiences with special attention given to virtual spaces. They will also provide guidance to community and library representatives on how to interpret and promote the wants and needs of teen musicians, performers, artists and all-around visionaries.

BPL President David Leonard and BPL Teen Technology Coordinator Christopher Jacobs with serve as moderators for this informative, instructive, and inspiring discussion. 

Following the conversation, there will be a Q&A session and musical performances by teens.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy summer fitness series (online/onsite)

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host a summer fitness series from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Sept. 29. The perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.

All classes will be led by YogaHub instructors on Zoom, unless otherwise *noted:

– Pilates with YogaHub: Tuesday, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31, Sept. 28

– Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga: Wednesday, June 30, July 21, Aug. 4, Aug. 25, Sept. 15, Sept. 29

– Classic Vinyassa Yoga: Wednesday, July 14*, July 28, Aug. 11*, Aug. 18, Sept. 1, Sept. 8*, Sept. 22.

*Zoom + Arnold Arboretum Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden

All classes will be recorded and posted to the Conservancy’s YouTube Channel for all to enjoy after the live event.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/events for more information and registration.

BCYF Summer Programs and Classes                                          

Arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips and workshops will be among the many options that will be offered both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across Boston.

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston summer camps

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston runs full-day fun-filled camps for children, ages 6-12. Campers participate in a diverse roster of activities, including arts and crafts, science and technology projects, sports, field trips and lots of swimming.

Visit www.bgcb.org/what-we-do/summer-programs for more information and registration.

First Fridays Virtual Open Mic

First Fridays 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.

On July 2, the featured artist will be Bebé Machete.

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

Walking tour of Jamaica Pond                                                       

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour around Jamaica Pond at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 3.

Once a district that only included the houses of Boston’s elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman and James Michael Curley who made their homes on the Pond’s shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland we know today. 

The group will leave from the Bandstand (507 Jamaicaway at the corner of Pond St.) and follow the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask). The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

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

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 Thursday, July 8.

Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org for more information.

Reading the Rainbow Book Group                                    

Reading the Rainbow – a Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 9 for a lively discussion of Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration.

Creative Movement Pop Up Class

Join Ms. Shaumba-Subira at OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, 3708 Washington St. from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 10 for a Creative Movement Class Pop Up for boys and girls ages 4-6. There will be storytime, arts & crafts, dance and lots of other fun. Masks required.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-movement-pop-up-class-with-ms-shaumba-subira-tickets-157353278893 for more information and registration ($15).

Walking tour of Monument Square                                              

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Monument Square at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 10.

Tour a residential area that includes a National Historic District. View architecture that spans three centuries; the oldest community theater company in the United States; and an elegant 18th-century mansion that once served as the country’s first military hospital. Learn about the monument that commemorates fallen Civil War soldiers from West Roxbury and about Pauline Agassiz Shaw who established the class that became the model for free, public kindergarten education. The group will visit a house dating to 1716 that once served as a tavern, the Eliot School dating back to 1689, the home of the first woman to graduate from MIT and the First Church Burial Ground. 

The group will meet at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. and follow the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask). The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

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

Parks Fitness: Carnival Fit with Teneesha                                                           

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

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

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 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).

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 Tuesdays through June 29 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.

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

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

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

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

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’               

The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 to discuss Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

In this memoir, Woodson tells the moving story of her childhood in verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. She shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

This teen librarian led monthly group is part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge. Teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations whether or not you have read the chosen book.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Twitch 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 meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

#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.