Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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Gardening Together: The Harvest

The season of the harvest is here. Please join in a pop-up festival celebrating the harvest and reaping the rewards of sowing seeds in the community and neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 on the Loring Greenough House lawn, 12 South St.

Scheduled events include: Garden bulb sale, kids’ activities, community recipe digital cookbook release (submit your favorite plant-based recipe), mini shop full of locally made wares and food.

This event coincides with JP’s Open Studios which also shares space on the lawn.

Visit https://loring-greenough.org/house-event/the-harvest for more information.

Jamaica Plain Open Studios

The Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS) will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26.

The free event showcases the artwork of more than 100 artists at 40 sites, including artists’ studios, the historic Eliot School, Jameson & Thompson Framers, among others.

During JPOS, visitors can experience locally created art, clothing, jewelry and home accessories, and can buy directly from the artists.

The artists include a mixture of newcomers, emerging student artists as well as more established artists - many with quite high profiles in their field.

Free maps will be distributed at local JP businesses and are available at the information booths during the event at JP Licks, 659 Center St. and can be downloaded at www.jpopenstudios.com.

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, Sept. 25 and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26.

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). 

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

Girl Scout in-person open house                

Discover how the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA can support girls – from building strong relationships and developing their sense of self to growing their confidence and leadership skills – at the fall open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Schoolmaster Hill at Franklin Park, Jewish War Veterans Drive.

Girl Scouts is open to all girls K-12 and provides the framework for an almost unending range of opportunities to make a difference, learn new skills, make new friends, get outdoors and explore the world.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-scout-in-person-open-house-for-new-families-tickets-168760369809 for more information – including incentives, such as free uniforms and a one-of-a-kind birthday bash invitation – and registration.

The Arboretum Experience | Live Performance

A live performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection (on Meadow Road near the ponds) as part of The Arboretum Experience, a collaboration between the Arboretum and the American Repertory Theater. Registration is not required.

Go to https://arboretum.harvard.edu/events for more information.

Caterpillar Lab guided tour

Join a free, hourlong walk through the Arboretum with Caterpillar Lab experts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 and Monday, Sept. 27.

Explore the Arboretum's plant collections and look for caterpillars, moths, and butterflies.

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

Garden concert with Kina Zoré                             

Join the Trustees for a family-friendly Afropop concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Minton Stable Community Garden, 110 Williams St. 

Kina Zoré unites vibrant, danceable rhythms, rich instrumental colors, and lyrics of social change, creating music that delights as much as it moves.

Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/65004 for more information and tickets (Member Adult: $9 | Nonmember Adult: $15 | Child: Free).

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 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26 and at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

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

Caterpillar lab

Visit the Hunnewell lawn from noon to 4 p.m. through Tuesday. Sept. 28 for an immersive, interactive exhibit featuring hundreds of native caterpillars at every stage in their life cycles. The Lab offers something for every age group, and will give new insight into the world around us.

Go to https://arboretum.harvard.edu/events 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:

– 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.

‘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.

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:

   – Pilates with YogaHub: Tuesday, Sept. 28

   – Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga: Wednesday, 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.

Kids Club on the Terrace: Birdfeeders

Ms. Sherry will show the participants how to make different kinds of birdfeeders using natural and recycled materials from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29 on the outdoor terrace at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Best for children, ages four and up.

Visit bpl.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 final concert will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the First Baptist Church Lawn.

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

Forest bathing walk

Experience the healing benefits of The Emerald Necklace on a forest bathing walk through Franklin Park from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Listen to the migrating birds and explore the textures of the puddingstone in this urban woodland as we slow down and awaken our senses.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/forest-bathing-10-02 for more information and registration.

Walking tour of Woodbourne                                                        

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour around Woodbourne from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 2.

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). 

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

'Twist & Shout!' An evening of dance, music & spoken word

OrigiNation is celebrating their 27th anniversary season with their virtual benefit performance on Saturday, Oct. 9.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a private virtual VIP reception where guests will hear remarks from their honorees and mix with OrigiNation's artistic director and special guests. The reception will include: A live spoken word performance by Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga; Virtual 'Meet and Greet' with the artistic and executive directors; and a silent auction.

The VIP reception will be followed by performances by members of their professional dance division and an awards presentation honoring individuals who are making a positive impact in the communities. This portion of the evening, which starts at 8, will be free and shown across all their social media platforms.

Proceeds from the event will help the organization recoup financial losses brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic-induced shutdown.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/twist-shout-an-evening-of-dance-music-spoken-word-tickets-156803871601 for more information and registration (VIP Reception: $35 | Promotions: $50 to $200).

BLAA group exhibition “TBD” at Boston Cyberarts Gallery

The Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., will feature the Boston LGBTQIA+ Artist Alliance in a group exhibition “TBD” through Sunday, Oct. 10.

Queerness refuses absolutisms. "TBD" is an exploration of the versatility of queer new media and the tenderness of technology. The works are in their own respects transitory, breaking binary through new formats and within new code. In an age of surging updates and information, these works become fluid in their indeterminate process.

Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org/exhibitions and/or www.blaa.us for more information.

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.

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.

JP Chess at the Library

Play chess on the outdoor patio of Jamaica Plain Library, 30 South St. from 5:45 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays in September.

All players are welcome. Chess sets, boards and clocks will be provided. The event is weather permitting.

Visit www.facebook.com/groups/jpchess for more information.

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.

JPKS Monthly Knit & Stitch Night

JPKS Knit & Stitch Night will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month via Zoom.

Until then, happy knitting and stitching.

Visit https://jpknitandstitch.com/jpks-monthly-knit-stitch-night-now-via-zoom for more information, including the Zoom link.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.