Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes
Cocktails in the Park
Party in the Park, a unique cocktail party at Pinebank Promontory overlooking the picturesque Jamaica Pond, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22. RSVP by Sept. 1.
All proceeds support the revitalization of Charlesgate Park, a critical link in the region’s park network.
Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/party-in-the-park/purchase-tickets for more information and tickets.
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. 28 and Sept. 4 and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.
Visit https://arboretum.harvard.edu/events for more information and reservations.
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.
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.
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.
JP Chess – and folk music – at the Pond
JP Chess will gather from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug 29 at the Jamaica Pond bandstand (at the boat house, 507 Jamaicaway). Tables, chairs and chess sets will be provided. All are welcome.
Play chess, admire the view and listen to some live folk music (offered from 2 to 4 p.m. by a separate group).
Visit www.facebook.com/events/336236068077721 for 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. 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.
Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center
The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.
When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.
Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.
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, Aug. 31, Sept. 28
– Classic Vinyassa Yoga: Wednesday, Sept. 1, Sept. 8*, Sept. 22 *Zoom + Arnold Arboretum Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden
– Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga: Wednesday, Sept. 15, Sept. 29
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.
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:
– South Street Mall/Tennis Courts on Sept. 2; Sept. 23
– First Baptist Church Lawn on Sept. 9; Sept. 30
– Green St Parklet, 3 Green St. on Sept. 16
Visit www.facebook.com/NewEnglandJazzConnections for more information.
The JPKS Bookclub will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2 to discuss Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips.
All are welcome, whether or not you have read and/or finished reading the book.
Visit https://jpknitandstitch.com/events for Zoom ID and Passcode.
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, Sept. 4.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com or Penny Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, Sept. 10 for a lively discussion of Carly Usdin's Heavy Vinyl.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Slack registration.
BCYF programs and services
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.
Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.
Visit www.bgcb.org 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.
‘Ghost City - Avenue S’ online exhibition
“Ghost City - Avenue S,” an online exhibition by Jody Zellen, will be on view through Sept. 9 at www.bostoncyberarts.org.
‘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.
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.
FBCJP Meals/Groceries delivered
Due to the COVID-19 virus, First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain will be 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.