Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Summer kitchen opens

In celebration of Boston Preservation Month, the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host the opening of the summer kitchen from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

Visitors are invited to the historic 1811 Ell to see the restored summer kitchen, the drying room and the collection on exhibit. Free refreshments will be served while a fiddler performs classic American tunes.

The summer kitchen of the Loring-Greenough House features the original cooking fireplace, Rumford stove and laundry room that have survived intact from the 19th century.

Admission is free; donations are always appreciated.

Visit www.lghouse.org or call 617-524-5138 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 13. The festival parade will leave at 11:30 a.m. from Curtis Hall, 20 South St.

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.

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, May 13 and 20. The tours will start from the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

The May 13 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 May 20 tour will stroll through Sumner Hill, home of 19th century Victorian houses and the homes of several early feminists and anti-racism activists. This area was designated a National Historic District in 1987.

The tours take one hour, and reservations are not required.

Visit www.jphs.org for more information about these and other tours.

Lilac Sunday

The Arnold Arboretum will celebrate the 109th anniversary of Lilac Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 14 at 125 Arborway.

Visitors will enjoy an array of more than 165 kinds of lilacs with free tours of the lilac collection; Morris dancing; art exhibit; live music; food; science station; puppet shows; children’s activities; arts and crafts and more. Picnicking is allowed in the arboretum only on this special day.

Further information can be found at www.arboretum.harvard.edu or by calling 617-524-1718.

Immigrant rights

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will offer “Know Your Rights as an Immigrant” from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, May 15.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project will conduct a presentation on immigrant rights. Topics covered will include rights when interacting with immigration officials, understanding legal status and the court process, where to find trusted legal resources and what programs are available to immigrants.

This is a free, bilingual presentation in English and Spanish. Call 617-522-1960 for more information.

Hidden in plain sight

Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann will give a guided tour of unusual plants hidden in plain sight at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

Dosmann will introduce participants to some plants in the arboretum’s collections that easily escape notice, as do their compelling back-stories.

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.

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.

Jazz concert

Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St.

Rosen on piano and Strickland on vocals and woodwinds will perform Rosen’s jazz compositions and improvised music.

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

Spring bird walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a spring bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, meeting at the 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.

Arboretum tours

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.

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 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.