Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

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This tree is in full autumn colors, adding beauty to the area this season.

Introduction to animal tracking                                                     

In this fun guided walk through Franklin Park from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 23, attendees will look at animal tracks, scat and other signs they leave behind, and learn how to identify which animal left them. Suitable for families and children, age 12 and up.

Go to www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/introduction-to-animal-tracking-10-23 for more information and registration.

Northeastern STEMout Workshops

The Northeastern STEMout Workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays for students in 4th through 8th grade.

– Oct. 23: Reverse Egg Drop

Students will experiment to construct a device that will safely catch an egg that will be dropped from a pre-determined height.

– Oct. 30: Halloween Oobleck

Students will learn about slime chemistry and create their own oobleck.

The program will take place on Zoom. Kits with supplies will be provided and can be picked up at the JP Branch Library on Wednesday through Friday during library hours before the Saturday workshop. If you can't pick up a kit, you can still participate online.

Visit bpl.org for more information and registration.

Sacred Rest with Brenna Matthews

Why is deep, intentional rest so important? There is a long list: It can help balance the pace of life, has a positive impact on the nervous and immune systems, can offer more regular sleep and digestion patterns, and may improve memory and brain function, to name a few.

The Yogis, however, had yet another reason for exploring deep, trustful surrender: to experience Turiya or pure consciousness. This is the state beyond waking, sleeping and dreaming, where there are no limitations or conditions.

Brenna Matthews will lead people through two hours of asana, pranayama, restorative postures accompanied by a short sound bath, closing with yoga nidra as a way to explore this process of trustful surrender and sacred rest.

This hybrid workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at JP Centre Yoga, 670 Centre St. and via livestream. The recording will be available for 48 hours for all participants.

Go to www.jpcentreyoga.com for more information and registration (tiered pricing).

Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade

The annual Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade will be held at dusk on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24, starting at The Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway.

Visit www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/calendar/jamaica-pond-lantern-parade for more information.

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 Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 7 and at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Nov. 4.

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

Connolly Book Discussion Group                                      

The Connolly Branch Library book group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 to discuss The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones.

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

Canine Costume Parade and Cornhole Tournament

Join the family- and pet-friendly fun, including a beer garden, snacks, games, music and more from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

– Canine Costume Parade (noon to 2 p.m.):

Register at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. between noon and 12:30 p.m. The parade will begin when registration closes. Pets will parade from First Baptist Church to Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. ending with a Fashion Show and judging.

All of the $10 registration fee to enter the Canine Costume Contest to be eligible for prizes benefits the City of Boston Animal Shelter.

– Cornhole Tournament (2 to 4 p.m.):

Register at Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. starting at 1:30 p.m. Cornhole Tournament takes place on the grounds of Loring Greenough House.

The $20 registration fee to enter the Cornhole Tournament to be eligible for prizes benefits JP Centre/South Main Streets.

Visit https://jpcentresouth.com/upcoming-events for more information (Admission to the general event: Free | Contest registration fees: $10 to $20).

Online Race and Inclusion book discussion: ‘400 Souls’

Local educator Josh Frank will lead a discussion of the collaborative book, Four Hundred Souls, a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans on Saturday, Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 on Zoom. There will be two sessions offered: from 9:15 to 11 a.m. or from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

The group will also discuss the controversial debate around including antiracist education in schools, especially recent pushback against Kendi's books and the 1619 Project.

About the book: The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled 90 writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that 400-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library and the Roslindale Branch Librarian.

To register, email librarian Jennifer Hawes at roslindale@bpl.org. Write "400 Souls Discussion" in the subject line and specify Morning or Afternoon group.

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 St., 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.