Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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This is the Captain May House at 61 Arborway in Jamaica Plain as it as in 1940. It was originally owned by Captain Lemuel May. According to his granddaughter, Margherita Emmons, the home was built in 1841. She wrote, “It has known only two families in the one hundred and nine years.” After Captain May, it was inherited by his four daughters.

Guided tours at the Arboretum

Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent during a 90-minute walk through the Arboretum.

Geared for adults, these tours will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

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

Jamaica Plain Porchfest                  

The Jamaica Plain Porchfest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 and Sunday, Aug. 22. This two-day festival will celebrate the arts, community, and live performance scattered among porches around the JP neighborhood as well as online.

Visit https://jpporchfest.org for more information.

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, Aug. 21.

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 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.

Yoga for Caste Abolition: JP Centre Yoga x Kalama Mutual Aid

Join Rach Junard and Kalama Mutual Aid Collective for a BIPOC-centered yoga class from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 21 at JP Centre Yoga, 670 Centre St.

All proceeds will go to Dalit mutual aid efforts.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-for-caste-abolition-jp-centre-yoga-x-kalama-mutual-aid-tickets-164150559743 for more information and registration (suggested donation $20).

Gardening Together: Flower Hours

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. will host a family-oriented event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22 where kids can craft flowers from tissue paper and other materials at different stations around the Lawn. Come explore the garden, craft a bloom, go on a garden scavenger hunt and more.

This event is part of the Gardening Together Series. Participants must be masked and respect social distancing guidelines.

Visit loring-greenough.org for more information and registration.

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. 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.

Eat Local Month - Tour of ReVision Urban Farm                                  

Join the Sustainable Business Network on a tour of ReVision Urban Farm, 42 Fabyan St. – an urban farm that works to make healthy, culturally appropriate food accessible to the community – from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22 as part of Eat Local Month campaign.

Since 1990, ReVision Urban Farm, a program of Victory Programs, has been growing food for homeless families and the community while also offering job training and working to support a food system that is inclusive and diverse.

Ticket proceeds will go towards ReVision Urban Farm and the Sustainable Business Network.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/eat-local-month-tour-of-revision-urban-farm-tickets-160815329981 for more information and reservations ($5). Additional donations welcome.

Webinar: LTO Success Stories                                          

What makes for a successful local tenant organization?

Residents of public housing are invited to join the MLK Institute online from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23 to learn from three resident leaders who’ve got the answer.

They’ll talk about how to connect with residents in your development to build a powerful network that can make changes to benefit everyone. Residents are often held back by “The Big 4” – fear, hopelessness, confusion and division. But through building trusted relationships, people can overcome these barriers and improve the quality of life.

Visit www.melkinginstitute.org/event/6439 for more information and registration.

Crossword Puzzle Lunch Club                                                       

Join the Boston Public Library from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 7 for a lunchtime crossword puzzle.

People can put their crossword puzzle skills to the test while also learning something new along the way as the group collectively solves a crossword puzzle together.

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

Tuning in to Summer Night Sounds - Online                                            

Summer evenings are accompanied by a natural soundscape that changes with the season, peaking in late summer.

This online presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24 will focus on the creatures making all that racket, why and how they are sounding off, and who is listening. It will consider sound production and the specialized anatomy involved in it, along with unique behaviors of sound producing insects.

Learn to differentiate and recognize common night sounds, and the timing when you're most likely to hear them.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79537-tuning-in-to-summer-night-sounds-online for more information and registration (Members: $15 | Nonmembers: $20).

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. 25, Sept. 15, Sept. 29

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

   – Classic Vinyassa Yoga: Wednesday, 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:

– POUND WORKOUT: Aug. 25, Sept. 22

– Tai Chi/Qigong Class: Sept. 8

   – Yoga in the Garden: Sept. 15

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

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:

– Green St Parklet, 3 Green St. on Aug. 26; Sept. 16

– South Street Mall/Tennis Courts on Sept. 2; Sept. 23

– First Baptist Church Lawn on Sept. 9; Sept. 30

Visit www.facebook.com/NewEnglandJazzConnections for more information.

Twilight Music Series                                  

Take in the sights and sounds of a warm summer evening accompanied by a live musical performance in three Emerald Necklace parks: Charlesgate Park – corner of Beacon St. and Charlesgate East (Back Bay); Olmsted Park – Allerton Overlook (Brookline) and Jamaica Pond – Boathouse Bandstand (JP).

Performances will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/twilight-music-series for more information, including the artists.

‘Collages and Constructions’ Juried Exhibition          

The Menino Arts Center will showcase the “Collages and Constructions” juried exhibition through Tuesday, Sept. 27. The mixed media exhibition features 44 pieces from the 38 artists juried by Ekua Holmes and curated by Sasja Lucas.

There will be an in-person reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27.

This exhibition will be viewable both in person at the Menino Arts Center, 26 Central Ave., Hyde Park and in a virtual 3D gallery that you can stroll through at www.hpaa-mac.org/ exhibits.

Friday Nights at the Movies: ‘Hairspray’ (2007)

Hairspray (2007) will be shown on the Loring-Greenough House Lawn, 12 South St. on Friday, Aug. 27. Curtain up at 8 p.m.

Set in Baltimore in 1962, this reimagining of the Broadway musical follows teenager Tracy Turnblad as she pursues stardom as a dancer on a local television dance show and rallies against racial segregation in the US.

The movie will feature English subtitles for the benefit of the deaf or hard of hearing.

Tickets purchased will benefit the LGH.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/hairspray-film-screening-tickets-154869592119 for more information and tickets (Members: $5; Non-members: $7; children aged 3-12-years $3; free for children under three-years.).

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. 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.

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, Aug. 28.

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.

Teen Bridge/Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

"Feel the Flow" which features work created by Teen Bridge students and inspired by Chanel Thervil’s artist residency at the Eliot School will be on view at the Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St. through Sunday, Aug. 29.

Visit https://eliotschool.org/programs/events for more information.

‘Ghost City - Avenue S’ online exhibition 

“Ghost City - Avenue S,” an online exhibition by Jody Zellen, is on view through Sept. 9 at www.bostoncyberarts.org.

Family and Friends Living Healthy (FFLH) Walking Group

The Family and Friends Living Healthy walking group will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 25. The group will meet at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse.

Email Rakiem Strickland at rstrickland96@yahoo.com to join. 

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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                                          

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.