Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

From seed to trees

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “From Seed to Trees” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 in the Dana Greenhouse classroom, meeting at the bonsai collection.

Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree. Admission is free.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu to register and for more information.

Benefit performance

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host a special night of art and history from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

Attendees will enjoy refreshments, drinks and merriment at the Loring-Greenough House from 6 to 7:30 p.m. before taking a leisurely stroll to Eliot Hall for a performance of “Pride and Prejudice” based on the classic novel by Jane Austen. The Footlight Club will present this fundraising performance at 8 p.m.

This unique opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors and then enjoy a show supports the missions of both the historic Loring-Greenough House and the Footlight Club.

Tickets are $40 inclusive and will be on sale at www.footlight.org.

Cultural sites tours

The Common Boston Festival, offering free and open access to dozens of architecturally, culturally and historically significant sites throughout Boston, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4.

Sites in Jamaica Plain will include Eliot Hall and the Footlight Club, 7A Eliot St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; the Eliot School of Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Common Boston is part of the BSA Foundation, a charitable organization providing design awareness programs that showcase the ways in which design improves the quality of life.

Further information can be found at www.commonboston.org.

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, June 3 and 10.

The tour on 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.

Walkers will tour Green Street on June 10, an area that played a key part in the development of Jamaica Plain, and will include the Bowditch School and the Post Office on Green and Cheshire streets. The tour will meet at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 640 Centre St.

The tours take one hour, and reservations are not required. Visit www.jphs.org for more information about these and other tours.

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.

Children’s theater

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will present “The Pineapple Project” at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 5.

Actor Mal Malme and colleagues Becca Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt have created a theater piece for children, ages 3 to 8, that looks at gender, creativity and each child’s freedom to be who they are.

Admission is free.

For more details, visit www.bpl.org or call 617-524-2053.

Tea and chocolate

Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations Gourmet will host an evening of tea and chocolate from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Participants will sample a variety of tea and chocolate pairings and learn the history and health benefits of both.

Call the library at 617-524-2053 for further information.

Photography exhibition

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

Science and beauty

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “Science and Beauty in the Arboretum Collections” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 meeting at the Hunnewell Building.

Docent Florrie Wescoat will lead the tour looking at magnolias, lindens, maples and other trees along Meadow Road. She will explain how they are organized by scientific plant classification and offer insights into how the plants are classified, where they came from and how each collection has its own unique beauty.

Registration is requested for this free walk, online at www.arboretum.harvard.edu or by calling 617-524-1718.

‘Pride and Prejudice’

The Footlight Club’s 2017 season will conclude with a production of “Pride and Prejudice” at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, now through June 17 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

Adapted from the classic novel by Jane Austen, the story follows the fortunes of Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters as they look for love in Regency Britain.

Visit www.footlight.org or call 617-524-3200 to purchase tickets and 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 June. 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 June.

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.