Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Musical comedy

The Footlight Club’s 2017 season continues with a production of the musical comedy “Promises, Promises” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 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.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays, April 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.

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.

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.

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.

History of tea

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will present “Tea: the First Wicked Weed” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

Author and historian Dory Codington will talk about the largely unsung, but key role that women played in fomenting the unrest that led to the Revolution. She will look at how women changed their buying habits to purchase American made goods and reject foreign produced items such as tea that they had come to rely on, and strongly influenced men’s roles in the upcoming conflict.

A donation of $10 is requested. Refreshments, including tea, will be served.

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

Earth Day celebrations

The Friends of Jamaica Pond invite the community to celebrate Earth Day and the 195th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at the First Church Unitarian Universalist, Jamaica Plain, Centre and Eliot Streets.

The evening will feature Gerry Wright performing as Frederick Law Olmsted and speaking about protecting and preserving Jamaica Pond and Hellenic Hills, Mike O’Malley, Boston City Councilor, Christopher Cook, Commissioner of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and more.

Registration is recommended for this free event. Olmsted 2022, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Arborway Coalition and the Jamaica Pond Project are sponsoring this program.

For more information visit www.friendsofjamaicapond.org or call 617-524-7070.

Spring bird walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a spring bird walk from 8 to 19:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, meeting at the main Arborway gate.

Visitors can catch a glimpse of migrating birds as they fly to breeding grounds. This 90-minute walk is good for beginners as well as more experienced birders. Some binoculars will be available to share; if possible, participants should bring their own.

Registration is requested for this free program. Call 617-384-5209 in case of inclement weather.

Visit www.arborteum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277 for further information.

Haydn’s symphonies

A Far Cry, the chamber orchestra in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will perform in concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at St. John’s Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.

The ensemble will perform “From Dawn to Dusk,” Haydn’s “Symphony No. 6 (Matin),” “Symphony No. 7 (Midi)” and “Symphony No. 8 (Soir).”

Visit www.afarcry.org or call 617-553-4887 for further information and to purchase tickets.

Family walk

Arnold Arboretum will offer a free, guided family walk “Barking Up the Right Tree” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Walkers should meet at the Centre Street gate.

Ana Maria Cabellaro will learn about the variety of bark found on many trees in the arboretum, take part in a “mystery bark” game and enjoy a scavenger hunt. One adult may bring a maximum of three children. The walk is suitable for children, ages 4 to 8.

Registration is required for this free program by call 617-524-1718 or online at 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 and May.

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.