Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes
Spring bird walks
The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer spring bird walks from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, meeting at the Peters Hill gate and Sunday, May 7, meeting at the South Street Gate, Bussey Brook Meadow.
Visitors can catch a glimpse of migrating birds as they fly to breeding grounds. These 90-minute walks are 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.
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.
Art of quilting
The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Branching Out: The Art of Quilting” by Pamela Goody Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7 in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.
An artist gallery talk and demonstration will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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.
The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will offer key information for immigrants and their allies from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, May 8.
Janet Ceja and Monica Colón-Aguirre, professors at Simmons College, will present this workshop on immigrant rights. Attendees will learn how to identify legal records, recognize warrants and document raids. This workshop is designed for immigrants and allies with little to no knowledge about immigration rights.
After attending the workshop participants will be able to identify essential records to prepare in case of detainment, distinguish between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) warrants and judicial warrants and document raids.
This is a free, bilingual presentation in English and Spanish. Call 617-522-1960 for more information.
Birds of a feather
The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present a talk titled “On the Wing” with Dr. Lorna Gibson from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9.
Gibson, a professor of materials science and engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will talk about the microscopic structure of feathers and explain how their structure makes hummingbirds feathers iridescent, ducks feathers water repellent and owl ruff feathers collectors of sound.
Registration is required for this free program, at www.arboretum.harvard.edu or by calling 617-384-5277.
Jamaica Pond Poets will host the Chapter and Verse reading series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.
Featured poets Krysten Hill, Frannie Lindsay and Gary Whited will read from their latest works.
A reception with refreshments and a chance to talk with the writers will follow. A donation of $5 is requested.
Visit www.jamaicapondpoets.com for further details.
Lilacs and more
The Arnold Arboretum will celebrate Mother’s Day with a special program on lilacs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at 125 Arborway.
Participants can enjoy a special walk in the Syringa (lilac) collection with docent Chris McArdle. Within the collection itself, she will give you a thorough view into the history, varieties and horticultural aspects of this well-loved and Arboretum-renowned plant.
Walkers should meet at the map table by the ponds, up from the Forest Hills Gate.
Registration is required for this free tour, online at www.arboretum.harvard.edu or by calling 617-524-1718.
The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free, guided walking tour at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13. The tour will start from the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.
This tour will focus on the Monument Square area, which includes a National Historic District. It also features the country’s oldest community theater company, an 18th century mansion that once served as the nation’s first military hospital, a house dated from 1716 that was once a tavern, the Eliot School and the First Church burial ground.
The tour takes one hour, and reservations are not required. Visit www.jphs.org for more information about these and other tours.
Party in the park
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host the 14th annual “Party in the Park” Justine Mee Liff Fund luncheon to preserve the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17 in Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond.
A cocktail reception will be held at 11 a.m. with the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Ladies are encouraged to wear spring hats and fascinators.
The genius of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed more than 1,100 acres of meadows, woodlands and paths, can be enjoyed more than 100 years after the completion of his work, thanks to the stewardship of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
For more information, visit www.emeraldnecklace.org or call 617-522-2700.
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 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.