Jamaica Plain neighborhoods notes
Walking Tour of Hyde Square | Tour de Hyde Square en Español
The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Hyde Square at
11 a.m. on Saturday, July 31. The tour will be done in English and Spanish.
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. 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.
Landmarks Orchestra: Community Day
Join Boston Landmarks Orchestra for a day of family fun and musical games from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 31 at Mozart Park, 10 Mozart St.
Attendees can try out an instrument at the “Musical Playground” hosted by Johnson String Instruments, learn to conduct at “Maestro Zone,” enjoy a performance by Aashka Dance Company, visit interactive bucket drumming exhibits from the Beat Bus and explore the jungle gym hosted by Knucklebones.
Visit Landmarksorchestra.org for more information on their 2021 concert series.
Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation
The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days in August. Here is a list of the Boston venues:
Aug. 1: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Aug. 10: The Greenway Carousel
Aug. 12: Museum of African American History
Aug. 17: Institute of Contemporary Art/ ICA Boston
Aug. 18: Boston Children's Museum
Aug. 28: Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston
Aug. 31: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
For safety reasons, many of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration.
Available spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Visit www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a downloadable August Adventures calendar, links to the venues and more information.
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:
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.
Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Egg Drop
A Northeastern STEMout workshop will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 on the outdoor terrace of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. for kids in grades 4 through 8.
Students will learn about engineering with the egg drop. They'll design and test a device that can keep an egg intact when dropped from a height.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
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, 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.
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, 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.
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, 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, Aug. 4, Aug. 25, Sept. 15, Sept. 29
– Classic Vinyassa Yoga: Wednesday, Aug. 11*, Aug. 18, Sept. 1, Sept. 8*, Sept. 22
– Pilates with YogaHub: Tuesday, 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.
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:
– 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.
Jazz in Jamaica Plain – Outdoor concerts/fundraisers
JP Centre/South Main Streets has partnered with New England Jazz Connections to present Jazz in Jamaica Plain – a series of outdoor micro-concerts that seek to raise money for JP/Roxbury Mutual Aid.
The concerts will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursdays at three rotating locations as follows:
– at Green St Parklet, 3 Green St. on Aug. 5; Aug. 26; Sept. 16
– at South Street Mall/Tennis Courts on Aug. 12; Sept. 2; Sept. 23
– at First Baptist Church Lawn on Aug. 19; Sept. 9; Sept. 30
Visit www.facebook.com/NewEnglandJazzConnections for more information.
The JPKS Bookclub will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5 to discuss The Boys in the Boat by David James Brown in honor of the upcoming Olympic Games.
All are welcome, whether or not you have read and/or finished reading the book. If you've already read the latter, please feel free to read a different Olympics-related work and report on it.
Visit https://jpknitandstitch.com/events for Zoom ID and Passcode.
Until then, happy reading and knitting and quilting.
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, Aug. 7.
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). The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.
Visit www.jphs.org for more information and (optional) registration.
JP Centre St Farmers' Market
The JP Centre St Farmers' Market, 677 Centre Street will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Saturday through Dec. 18.
Accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-farmers-markets for complete list of farmers markets.
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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Penny Wells at email@example.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.
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.
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.
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. 27 – 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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 email@example.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.