Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Sidewalk sale

The annual giant sidewalk sale will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at Centre Street from Jackson Square to Canary Square.

There will be live music, discounts, raffles, food and fun.

For more information, call 617-522-3694, send an email to info@hydejacksonsquare.org or visit www.hydejacksonsquare.org.

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, May 20 and 27.

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 tour will start from the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Stony Brook will be featured the following week and will highlight the area that was home to numerous tanneries and breweries and early German settlers. Today’s Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams, is sited here. This tour leaves from the Stony Brook Orange Line MBTA station.

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

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

Sicilian wildflowers

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “From Sicily to the Arnold Arboretum: Sicilian Wildflowers in Art and Words” by botanical artist Susan Pettee and writer Mary Taylor Simeti, now to July 16 in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

A talk and presentation by Mary Taylor Simeti, “Sicilian Flora from the Grand Tour to the Present” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, followed by a reception with the artists 1 to 3 p.m.

Pettee and Simeti bring their creative vision and exploration of the wildflowers of Sicily for this first look at a watercolor/art and research project that will eventually culminate in a book, “The Garlands of the Gods: Wild Flowers from the Greek Ruins of Sicily.” Working together for almost a decade, they share a passionate admiration for the Sicilian flora producing an exquisite watercolor and rich, articulate text for each plant showcased.

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

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.

Library re-opening

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick St. will officially reopen on Saturday, May 20. The community is invited to an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with Mayor Martin J. Walsh cutting the ribbon.

The $10 million renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library revitalized the branch services and spaces, including a 20 percent increase in space for the community to read, browse the book collection, access computers, attend and host meetings and participate in programming.

Patrons will be able to enjoy artwork by Belmont photographer Steven Edson during May and June. Edson is one of four artists chosen from 50 applicants whose work will be on display at the library this year. He captures abstract selections of paint found on city streets, boiling them down to an essence of line, shape and color. Each photograph carries multiple levels of interpretation, whether viewed literally, figuratively or abstractly.

Call 617-524-2053 or visit www.friendsjplibrary.org for more information.

Southwest Corridor Park tour

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a walking tour of the Southwest Corridor Park from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, meeting at Jackson Square station, 240 Centre St.

The park was the result of protests about the creation of an eight lane highway running through Boston’ southwestern neighborhoods. This historical walking tour will follow the path of the park and examine the changes in landscape to that section of Jamaica Plain and the communities that forced those changes to happen.

The tour is free and open to the public. Following the tour, walkers are invited to continue the conversation at Doyle’s Café, with light refreshments on offer and a cash bar.

Visit www.jphs.org for further details.

Classical concert

An afternoon of classical music will be held at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21.

The duo Pentimento, featuring Eric Haas, recorder and Baroque flute, and Olav Chris Henriksen, lute, theorbo and early guitars, will perform.

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.

Bike ride

The ninth annual “Spring Roll,” a bike decorating and ride, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 21, meeting at South Street and Carolina Avenue.

Spring Roll is a rolling family-friendly bike party through Jamaica Plain. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. for bike decorating, breakfast, door prizes, goodies from the sponsors, balloon artists and a bike rodeo. At 11 a.m. they will roll up Centre Street to Hyde Square and back. Traffic will be cordoned off by the police. All ages are welcome.

For more information, call 617-283-4706 or visit www.jpbikes.org.

Lebanese festival

The eighth annual Lebanese Festival will be held at Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church, 61 Rockwood St., from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 26; 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 28.

The festivities will include dancing, games and children’s activities, Lebanese paraphernalia, country store items and prizes. There will also be a selection of drinks and Lebanese food like kabab, tawook, falafel, hummus, tabbouli and a variety of assorted pastry. Musicians Mitchell Kaltsunas, Marwan Zghieb and Roy Chahwan will provide the live musical entertainment.

Parking is available at the church as well as the Park School, 171 Goddard St. and the Hellenic College, 50 Goddard St., with a shuttle service.

For further information, visit www.ourladyofthecedars.org.

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.