Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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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.

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.

Wonders of Wildlife             

Join the Boston Public Library for a virtual visit with the New England Wildlife Center from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13.

Perfect for animal lovers of all ages, this program will provide attendees with an overview of New England Wildlife Center's hospitals and the basics of how a wildlife center operates. The group will take a virtual tour of the Weymouth hospital, see some of the animal patients currently being treated, and meet some of the education animals who live at the center.

The more people have the opportunity to experience a connection with animals and the natural world, the more they understand their individual potential to positively impact themselves, our environment, and all living things.

New England Wildlife Center programs and services provide the critical link between animals and people in order to inspire environmental awareness and to provide the skills necessary to make a significant contribution to preserving nature for future generations.

Visit bpl.org/events for Zoom registration.

Landmarks Orchestra: Lift Ev'ry Voice

The Landmarks Orchestra will present Lift Ev’ry Voice at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16 at

The Bethel AME Church, 38 Walk Hill St. in Jamaica Plain.

Visit Landmarksorchestra.org for more information on their 2021 concert series.

STEAM Team                                                                                  

Boston Public Library invites kids to join the team: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

The group will tackle a different STEAM principle with a hands-on activity that they’ll do together over Zoom from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 27.

STEAM Team is intended for kids, ages five and up, and their caregivers. Sign up for a specific day or for the whole month.

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

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:

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

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

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

*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.

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.

Landmark Orchestra: Lift Ev'ry Voice

The Landmark Orchestra will present Lift Ev’ry Voice at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16 at

The Bethel AME Church, 38 Walk Hill St. in Jamaica Plain.

Visit Landmarksorchestra.org for more information on their 2021 concert series.

Saturday Morning Storytimes                                

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Boston Public Library for a summer series of nature-based story readings in the Emerald Necklace parks for elementary-school aged children and their families.

The first two installments will be held at the Pinebank Promontory at Jamaica Pond on Saturday, July 17 and Saturday, July 24.

Events will include a story reading from 11 to 11:30 a.m. by a Boston Public Library Librarian and a nature-based activity to connect with the parks. After the story time, the Boston Public Library will be giving away books to attendees (11:30 a.m. to noon).

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/venue/pinebank-promontory-at-jamaica-pond for more information and 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, July 17.

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). The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

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

A Summer Group Exhibition: ‘Back Together’

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 460 Harrison Avenue #C7, is proud to present Back Together, a group exhibition curated to showcase strong, new pieces by their represented artists, as well as introduce high quality works by emerging artists. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, July 18.

Featuring primarily local artists, Back Together seeks to open dialogue with the Boston arts community, focusing on work that presents an interesting process or concept. It also serves as a celebration of reconnection after the pandemic. The artists featured represent many different mediums, disciplines, and ideas, and come together to form a full picture of the rich variety in contemporary art today.

Learn more at www.abigailogilvy.com.

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 weekdays 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 on weekdays 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).

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.

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.

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 Pinebank 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 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.

BPL’s New Parent Group                                                                           

The Boston Public Library’s New Parent group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 27 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.

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.

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

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 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. 

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                  

Get your daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more at #ZooToYou and 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 In-Studio, Outdoor and Online classes at various time of each day. They also offer workshops.

JP Centre Yoga has implemented tiered pricing.

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.

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.