Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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This is what Myrtle Street in Jamaica Plain looked like in 1909. Learn more from Digital Commonwealth at www.digitalcommonwealth.org.

Walking tour of Jamaica Pond                                           

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour around Jamaica Pond from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.

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, Pond St. and Jamaicaway and follow the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask). 

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

Fall bike tour

Crisp days and changing foliage beckon.

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a guided, interpretive bike tour from the Arnold Arboretum to the Back Bay Fens, led by a Conservancy docent, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.

The tour begins at the Arnold Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

It’s a great opportunity to learn about and explore Boston’s largest park system.

All attendees must provide their own bicycle. Must be 14 years or older to register.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/fall-bike-tour-4 for more information and registration ($10).

Fashion Week Virtual Teen Talk

Join Boston Fashion Week Executive Director and Founder Jay Calderin from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 for a frank, interactive discussion of Fashion Week's fascinating Augmented Reality exhibits, as well as career opportunities in the fashion world for teens in high school and beyond. For those who have always wanted to try making and designing clothes, here's a chance to speak to a true expert.

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

The Arboretum Experience | Live Performance

A live performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 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.

A Far Cry: Passion and Soul

Join A Far Cry for a program that is sure to lift the spirit and soothe the soul at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.

Passion and Soul pairs two string sextets that epitomize the collaborative, conversational essence of a larger chamber ensemble: Johannes Brahms’s youthful Sextet in B-flat Major, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran’s Lyre of Orpheus.

The program opens with Raimundo Penaforte’s Tango for Seven, a Piazzolla-inspired, nuevo tango-style melding of string quartet and piano trio.

Visit www.afarcry.org/all/passion-and-soul-1 for more information and tickets ($25).

‘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.

Kids Club on the Terrace                                        

Ms. Sherry will help the group make super hero capes from recycled t-shirts and felt from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 outside on the JP Branch Library terrace. Best for children ages four and up.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and reservations.

JP Flea

The JP Flea is a multicultural marketplace in the beautiful Jamaica Plain neighborhood, featuring local artists, zine distros/publishers, vintage and antique dealers, small businesses, community non-profits and artisans of all kinds. ​ ​

Bring some cash or just a good attitude and support the community from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 16 at the First Church in Jamaica Plain.

For more information, visit theJPflea.com.

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.

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.

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.