Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes
Music and art in the park
As part of ArtWeek Boston, Tamar Heritage will host an afternoon of music, art and food from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.
Visitors can learn about the variety of date palm fruits, their nutritional value and how they supported civilizations throughout history. They can walk in the park and see the “Faces of Qatar” photography exhibit and bring their drawing and painting kits to draw the trees in the arboretum and date palms in an interactive art class with an artist from Saudi Arabia. Russian and Tajik musicians will perform music to help different cultures find a common language.
Admission is free, but reservations are required, online at www.artweekboston.org.
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.
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.
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.
Musician Mariana Iranzi will perform in a free concert at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Iranzi will visit from New York with a fun and interactive show for children and families, with singing, dancing and learning some Spanish to the beat of original and classic songs for all ages.
For further information, call 617-522-1960.
Art and poetry
First Thursday open art events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, on Centre and South streets.
The evening will include an artisan fair on the lawn of the Curtis Hall Community Center, 30 art openings in businesses along Centre and South streets and “Word on the Street” poetry readings at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.
Admission is free. Call 617-522-0300 or visit www.jpcentresouthmainstreets.org for more information.
Children’s illustrator to visit
The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will welcome Pura Belpré Award winner Raúl González III in a free program from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 4.
González is the illustrator of the graphic novel series “Lowrides in Space.” He will talk about his experience as an illustrator and teach art techniques.
Registration is required, by calling 617-522-1960.
A fundraiser for the newly reopened Jamaica Plain branch library will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the library, 12 Sedgwick St.
Attendees can have a sneak peek at the new renovations and raise funds for the teen area, maker space and the art gallery.
The fundraiser will feature a performance by members of A Far Cry, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s resident chamber orchestra. There will be an array of delicious appetizers and a bar serving beer and wine. Each event ticket includes two complimentary drinks (alcohol is only available for those age 21 or older with I.D.). Tickets are $100 and must be purchased in advance.
For further details and to purchase tickets, visit www.friendsjplibrary.org.
An evening of classical music will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St.
The evening will feature Andrew Arceci on the viola da gamba, soprano Teresa Wakim and ensemble.
A wine and dessert reception will follow the concert. Admission is $15, and reservations are recommended.
Further information can be found at www.taylorhouse.com or by calling 617-983-9334.
Wake Up the Earth
The 39th annual Wake Up the Earth festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. The festival parade will leave at 11:30 a.m. from Curtis Hall, 20 South St. The rain date is May 13.
The festival will feature four stages with live music, dance performances, members of Popular Theatre, stilt walkers, children’s games and entertainment, art shows, storytelling, drum circles, crafts, food and much more. The festival begins with a parade that starts with branches in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, with several thousand people walking.
For more information, visit www.spontaneouscelebrations.org or call 617-524-6373.
Forest Hills Educational Trust will welcome historian Dee Morris in an illustrated lecture “Beautiful Wings: Forest Hills Angels and Their People” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at Forest Hills Cemetery, Forsyth Chapel, 95 Forest Hills Ave.
Morris will explore the diverse array of angels who represent spirit messengers in human form, popular in Victorian times. The cemetery is home to many beautiful examples of angels in memorial art.
Morris is an independent scholar and educational consultant specializing in the 19th century history of Greater Boston.
Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more details, call 617-524-0128 or visit www.foresthillstrust.org.
Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and at 1 p.m. on Sundays during May. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.