Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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This open-end car and engineer pose in front of the Forest Hills carhouse (which would later become the Jamaica Loop) about 1896. By 1905, all cars were enclosed. To learn a lot more, visit the Jamaica Plain Historical at www.jphs.org.

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Geography Game

Boston Public Library will host Northeastern STEMout workshops from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for kids in grades 4 through 8.

On July 17, students will learn about geography through a fun game.

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

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.

Guided tours at the Arboretum                                          

A free, 90-minute walk through the Arboretum will be held from 10:30 to noon on Saturday, July 17; from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18; and from 10:30 to noon on Saturday, July 24.

Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent.

The walk is geared toward adults, and starts from the kiosk in front of the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway.

Visit https://arboretum.harvard.edu/events 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.

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 Woodbourne

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour around Woodbourne at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 18.

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.

Reading Frederick Douglass Together 

Gather on the lawn at Loring Greenough House, 12 South St., from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 for “Reading Frederick Douglass Together,” a community reading and post-conversation program based on one of Douglass’ most famous speeches.

 On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, N.Y., at the invitation of the Rochester Ladies’ Antislavery Society, Douglass gave what was promoted as “a Fourth of July Oration.” The speech is now widely called “What to the Slave is Your Fourth of July?” based on a question he posed in his address. “Reading Frederick Douglass Together” will use the speech to highlight the continuing significance of Douglass’ caustic indictment of racism and white supremacy that rebuked slavery.

This program is sponsored by the Loring Greenough House, in conjunction with Historic New England, the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, the Roxbury Historical Society, and the Shirley-Eustis House. Light refreshments will be available.

Visit https://loring-greenough.org for more information.

‘Remarkable Women of Jamaica Plain’ tour

Come along with Boston by Foot to travel through the lovely Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 and discover some truly remarkable women who changed the course of the history of our nation.

The tour will feature a Nobel Peace Prize winner who lost her job at Wellesley College because of her socialist leanings. Attendees will discover a slew of reformers and women who worked for the abolition of slavery and free education for everyone and later, on civil rights causes in the 20th century and will meet a scientist who created new fields of study and coined the word “ecology.”

The tour will also include some pivotal writers who put their words into the world and remain important to this day.

The tour will begin outside the Green Street T Stop (Orange Line), 150 Green St. and end at the Loring-Greenough House, a lovely Georgian mansion that was saved from the wrecking ball thanks to a local women’s club and its formidable members.

This tour was developed by the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, a group that works to restore women to their rightful place in the history of Boston by uncovering, chronicling, and disseminating information about the women who have made lasting contributions to the City of Boston.

Visit bostonbyfoot.org for more information and reservations (Adult: $17; Child: $10; Child under 6: free).

Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series                                                     

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts will host a series of concerts – from jazz to hip hop, harp to steel drum – at 4 p.m. on Sundays at the Eliot Schoolyard, 24 Eliot St. as follows:

July 18: Eduardo Project (Grammy Award-winning Venezuelan fusion)

July 25: Josh Rosen, Giuseppe Paradiso & Brian Friedland (jazz: 2 keyboards + percussion)

Aug. 1: DJ WhySham (Boston Music Awards 'DJ of the Year' 2020!)

Aug. 8: Tempo Rhythm & Steel (Afro-Caribbean percussion)

Aug. 15: David Eure & Brian Friedland (jazz violin & piano)

Aug. 22: Alec Hutson / Naomi Westwater (soul/funk/folk/indie/pop vocals and more)

Aug. 29: Miranda Rae & Shane Dylan (R&B/hip hop vocals & keys)

Sept. 12: Household Items / Olson Pingrey Duo (multi-genre comedic music / jazz sax & trombone)

Sept. 19: Dzidzor / Prateek (Ghanaian & American folk & blues)

Sept. 26: Tarciso Alves (Brazilian folk from Pernambuco)

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

Creative Music Series outdoor concert                                                                  

The Creative Music Series will host an outdoor concert featuring Jim Hobbs’ Fully Celebrated Orchestra: Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet, brass), Timo Shanko (bass), Luther Gray (drums) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 18.

The “Free Form, Jazz-beyond-Jazz and Improv as dictated by the moment, musicians, listeners, environment, atmosphere, everything, everybody present” 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.

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.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park

Invite friends and family, bring a lawn chair and a picnic supper, and celebrate Elma Lewis' 100th birthday.

Morning shows at 11 a.m. - for summer camps and families; Evenings at 6 p.m. - for everyone

Tuesday, July 20

– 11 a.m. - OrigiNation dance troupe

– 6 p.m. - Simpli Whitney & Friends (R&B)

Tuesday, July 27

– 11 a.m. - Youth Music by Monet

– 6 p.m. - Angelina (R&B)

Tuesday, Aug. 3

– 11 a.m. - OrigiNation dance troupe

– 6 p.m. - Caribbean Night (Reggae)

Tuesday, Aug. 10

– 11 a.m. - Youth Music by Monet

– 6 p.m. - E-Water Band (R&B) with friends Elan Trotman and others

In memory of Eric Watson, beloved Playhouse performer

Learn more at www.franklinparkcoalition.org/featured-events/elma-lewis-playhouse-in-the-park.

Arboretum Volunteer Info Session                                                            

The Arnold Arboretum is recruiting volunteers. Join them for a virtual information session from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 to learn about the various volunteer opportunities at the Arboretum.  

The Public Programs staff will give a short series of presentations on volunteering at the Arboretum, from leading tours through the landscape to working with schoolchildren. After the presentations, attendees can enter breakout rooms to ask additional questions and chat with Arboretum staff.  

Visit https://arboretum.harvard.edu/events for more information and registration.

Guided walks at Jamaica Pond

The Boston Nature Center will host a guided nature walk for adults around Jamaica Pond from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18.

While taking a leisurely walk on the paved path around the pond, attendees will learn about the trees that live there, the birds that frequent the pond, the watersheds of Boston and climate change.

The group will meet at the boathouse. Masks are optional for outdoor programs.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/79489-guided-walks-at-jamaica-pond for more information and reservations.

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:

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

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

   – Classic Vinyassa Yoga: Wednesday, 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.

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:

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

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

   – Tai Chi/Qigong Class: Aug. 11, Sept. 8

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

Free Dancing in the Park at English High

Soca in The Park is an open-level Caribbean inspired dance cardio party that brings culture, music and fitness alive together in one space. The events will be held behind English High School, 144 McBride St. from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:

– July 22 – Soca Full Body High Intensity Interval Workout

– July 29 – Soca Whining fundamentals + Mini Performance

– Aug. 5 – Soca Resistance Band Workout

– Aug. 12 Soca Swet Fete: Combo of different workout styles

Rain date for each event will be on the following Friday.

Parks and Recs Arts and Crafts Workshops                                            

A variety of arts and crafts workshops hosted by a local artist in various parks throughout the City of Boston will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays through Fridays through Aug. 13.

On Friday, July 23 and July 30, the workshops will be held at Mozart Street Playground, 10 Mozart St.

These workshops encourage kids to explore their creativity through projects like mask making, crayon art, watercolor and much more. 

Supplies are provided, but you'll need to bring your creativity!

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/arts-crafts-workshops for more information, including a complete list of workshops and reservations.

WITT—What is This Thing?

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 July 24, students will learn to identify unique engineering machines/apparatuses in this fun STEM workshop.

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

Walking tour of Stony Brook / Tour de Stony Brook en español

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Stony Brook at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 24. The tour will be offered in English y Español.

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.

In the 1970s, a coalition of community groups joined together to block construction of the Southwest Expressway through Jamaica Plain and other Boston neighborhoods. Today, the Southwest Corridor Park that runs through the Stony Brook neighborhood stands as a testament to the power of community activism.

The group will meet at the Stony Brook Orange Line T station and follow 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) pre-registration.

Connolly Book Discussion Group

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

The group will discuss Anne Tyler's 2016 book Vinegar Girl.

The book is an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies

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 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).

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.

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.

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.