Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes
Northeastern STEMout Workshop
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. 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.
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, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Nov. 4 and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.
Visit https://arboretum.harvard.edu/events for more information and reservations.
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).
Everyone could use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.
Join Boston Public Library YA librarian Paul to discuss mindfulness, dedicate some time to meditation and practice a few exercises that will help you live more fully in the now.
The program will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17. Suitable for teens and young adults.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Community Servings ‘Pie in The Sky’ Fundraiser
When you purchase a $30 pie for the holiday table or a Community Servings client, you also provide a week’s worth of scratch-made medically tailored meals for a neighbor in need.
Thanks to ScrubaDub, everyone who purchases a pie for one of Community Servings clients will receive a free Express Wash coupon after Thanksgiving.
Visit www.pieinthesky.org for more information on how to become a Pie Seller, a Pie Sponsor and/or a Volunteer and/or to order apple and/or pecan pies.
Day of the Dead
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. invite families and organizations to make their own Day of the Dead altar to celebrate and remember the life of deceased loved ones.
Bring for altar: A photo of your deceased loved ones, flowers, candles, cinnamon, chocolate, incense and some of your loved one’s favorite things.
To share: A poem, song or dance
Altar building will be held at 9 a.m. and the event will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6.
6x6-foot space for altar building; Community fire offering
Outdoor activities: Traditional Aztec honoring dances, meditation circle, sharing of community art.
Visit www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/calendar/la-piata-day-of-the-dead-celebration for more information.
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.
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 email@example.com. Write "400 Souls Discussion" in the subject line and specify Morning or Afternoon group.
Reading the Rainbow: An LGBTQ 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, Nov. 12 for a lively discussion of Mean by Myriam Gurba.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Slack 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Penny Wells at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
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 email@example.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.