Jamacia Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, April 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. Walkers should meet at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Volunteer docents will lead tours of the 285 acres, pointing out seasonal highlights, the science of trees, arboretum history and points of interest. These tours last 60 to 90 minutes and are geared toward adults.

Registration is not required.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu for more details.

Musical comedy

The Footlight Club’s 2017 season continues with a production of the musical comedy “Promises, Promises” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 15, 21 and 22 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

Based on the Billy Wilder comedy “The Apartment,” the music is by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and book by Neil Simon.

The musical tells the story of a rising young executive who allows his apartment to be used by his married superiors for trysts, until he realizes that his crush is one of the women.

Visit www.footlight.org or call 617-524-3200 to purchase tickets and for more information.

New American chestnut

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will welcome Dr. William A. Powell, director of the Council on Biotechnology in Forestry, SUNY, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 17 in the Hunnewell Building.

Much work has gone into attempting to bring back the American chestnut, decimated by the chestnut blight fungus. Powell, involved in transgenic research that has produced a tree that is 99.999 percent American chestnut, will speak about genetic engineering and the possibilities for reviving a species once commonplace in eastern North American forests.

Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, call 617-384-5277 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Boston Ballet story time

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will offer story time with Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18.

Children and families are welcomed to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-522-1960 for further details.

Herbarium tour

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer an indoor tour of the herbarium from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, meeting at the Hunnewell Building

Participants in this special indoor tour will take a look at the historic Arnold Arboretum collection and find out how and why a herbarium is assembled.

Registration is requested for this free tour. For more information and to register, call 617-384-5277 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Rhythms around the world

Children’s entertainer Jeannie Mack will lead a musical program for kids at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.

Kids can clap, sing and dance along to the music in this interactive presentation. Admission is free.

Call 617-522-1960 for more information.

Jazz and creative music

J-Way will perform in concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Faculty and graduates of Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory with a common interest in jazz and creative music founded J-Way. Four accomplished string players with training in the European tradition and the music of various parts of world bring their original compositions and arrangements, music from Argentina and Brazil and other music with African roots.

An afternoon tea will be held after the concert. The Sunday Afternoon at the Greenough House Concerts recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century musical afternoons in the 1760 house.

Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and will be available at the door. Reservations are suggested.

Further information can be found at www.loring-greenough.org or by calling 617-524-3158.

When Boston rode the El

The Forest Hills Educational Trust will welcome author Anthony Sammarco speaking about “When Boston Rode the El” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at the Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave.

Sammarco, author of more than 50 books on the history of Boston and surrounding communities and a teacher at the Urban College of Boston, will share stories of the Boston Elevated Railway that broke ground in 1899 for a new transit system that would provide an elevated railway from Dudley Street in Roxbury to Sullivan Square in Charlestown.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.foresthillstrust.org or call 617-524-0128.

Fitness walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free “Spring into Health” walk from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

This brisk walk along the less-traveled paths of the arboretum will focus on fitness as well as on information about seasonal plants and points of interest. Walkers should dress appropriately and bring a bottle of water.

In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

The walk is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call 617-384-5277 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., offers guided tours of the house from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays during April.

Visitors will see the newly acquired portraits of David Greenough II and his wife Maria, as well as other historic treasures. Adult admission is $5, children $3.

For more information visit www.lghouse.org or call 617-524-5138.

Art of quilting

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Branching Out: The Art of Quilting” by Pamela Goody now to May 7 in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Goody quilts with a painterly eye, using materials with a variety of scale, texture, color and design. She often paints, sponges or stamps her own fabric, translating nature through the medium of fabric. She gravitates toward trees, plants and flowers, as they have a lyrical quality.

Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu for more information.