Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Children’s play

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will present “Lollipops for Breakfast” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27.

Local puppeteer Bonnie Duncan will present a confection of friendship, invention and adventure. Young Sylvie decides to make her own amazingly perfect lollipop from scratch for breakfast. She and her trusty pet bird search for missing ingredients, wrestle with a giant candy machine and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook.

The play is for families with children ages 3 and up. Admission is free.

Call 617-524-2053 for more information.

Family day

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will host a free family tour at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 27.

Regina Mission will lead a tour celebrating the buds and blooms in the landscape of the arboretum. This walk will highlight different plants and natural phenomena while developing observational skills in children. One adult may bring a maximum of three children; the walk is suitable for children ages 4 to 8.

Walkers should meet at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway. Reservations are required for this free tour.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu for more details.

Lebanese festival

The eighth annual Lebanese Festival will be held at Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church, 61 Rockwood St., from 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.

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, May 27 and June 3.

Stony Brook will be featured on the May 27 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 tour June 3 covers Hyde Square, with a visit to an 1813 farmhouse, the homes of German and Irish immigrants, the home of musician Maud Cunney Hare, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and more. Walkers will meet at Sorella’s, 388 Centre St.

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

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

Musical evening

The Grey Divas will entertain in a free concert from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The duo will rock with their eclectic mix of songs, from Hawaiian to jazz, from a samba to La Bamba, with a few originals thrown in.

For more information, call 617-524-2053.

Giant yard sale

The fifth annual giant yard sale and car wash will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the South Street Development, 125 South St.

Neighbors can shop for furniture, clothes, kitchenware, toys, games, books, household items, and so much more, while getting their cars washed. Proceeds will benefit the South Street Youth Center.

The yard sale will be the kick-off for the weekly market in Jamaica Plain of The Fresh Truck, a mobile grocery store that works to celebrate food culture and get fresh food to people that need it most. The Fresh Truck will be on site during the yard sale with its selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices, and will subsequently hold markets at 125 South St. on Monday evenings.

Dinner and auction

The First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre St., will host a dinner and auction from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

The church will turn 175 years old this year and the dinner is the first of a number of celebratory events planned throughout the year. The community is warmly invited to attend.

Festivities will include a delicious dinner and auction. Historical items from the church will be on display and items created from the burned church will also be up for auction.

This evening will kick off the fundraising for the second floor of the building. By finishing the upstairs the church will double its capacity to serve neighbors in Jamaica Plain and beyond.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fbcjp175-fundraising-dinner-auction-tickets.

Call 617-524-3992 for further information.

Great Boston fire

Forest Hills Educational Trust will welcome historian Anthony Sammarco in an illustrated lecture “The Great Boston Fire of 1872” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 at Forest Hills Cemetery, Forsyth Chapel, 95 Forest Hills Ave.

Historian 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 talk about the Great Boston Fire of 1872, an event said have changed to the face of Boston forever. The spectacular conflagration destroyed “old Boston” and led to new buildings and architecture.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more details, call 617-524-0128 or visit www.foresthillstrust.org.

Bike festival

The 30th annual Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 at Southwest Corridor Park at Stony Brook MBTA Station, 100 Boylston St.

The bike ride will leave in the morning and the festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Hundreds of cyclists will join together on a ride for social justice along one of the most scenic routes in Greater Boston. Participants will choose between 10, 30, 50 or 100 miles and the ride suits all riding levels. Riders will meet back in the park after the ride and celebrate with free food, music and fun activities such as capture the flag, basketball and hula hoops.

Adult riders must raise at least $150 and riders under age 17 must raise $75 to register. Registration includes a T-shirt, breakfast and lunch.

For more information, visit www.bikesnotbombs.org or call 617-522-0222.

Photography exhibition

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick St. is displaying artwork by Belmont photographer Steven Edson during May and June.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 8.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.