Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Reading party

JP Reads, Social Artists & Writers and the JP Tuesday Club invite the community to the fourth annual “Silent(ish) Reading Party” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Participants can grab their books or newspapers and settle into a cozy chair or window seat in some of the loveliest, oldest rooms in Jamaica Plain. There will be warm drinks and treats, peace and (not too) quiet, on this special Saturday afternoon.

The suggested donation is $5. Proceeds will be used for public programs and house preservation.

Further information can be found at www.loring-greenough.org or by calling 617-524-3158.

Musical duet

Flame ‘n’ Peach will perform in a free concert from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Flame ‘n’ Peach is a multi-instrumentalist duo featuring Jayme Winell and Tony Hall, who try to inspire hope and motivate action through their music. They perform modern versions of labor movement songs passed down from a union-organizing grandmother who lived in Jamaica Plain. Admission is free.

Visit www.liberatedwaffles.org or call 617-524-2053 for more information.

Welcome back, blackbirds

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free, family fun program to welcome the redwing blackbirds back to the Arboretum from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 10. Participants will meet at the Arborway Gate, Meadow Road.

Manager of Children’s Education Nancy Sableski will help families search for birds with binoculars and identify birdcalls. Children can also participate in a Story Walk, dress up like a redwing blackbird and get a bird tattoo.

This is a drop-in event and registration is not required.

Call 617-384-5277 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu for more details.

Music of the Mediterranean

JP Concerts and Open Theatre Project will present Alma Antigua’s “Alma del Mundo” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at St. John’s Church, corner of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue.

The trio of Marco Pignataro, soprano/tenor sax, John Muratore, classical guitar and Naseem Alatrash, cello, will explore original music and arrangements of existing compositions from the Mediterranean regions, Latin America and the Middle East in a chamber jazz context, while maintaining the connection to its folkloric roots. They will perform works by Pignataro, Roberto Cassan, Richard Galliano, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Teo Ciavarella, Baden Powell and more.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for members, students and seniors.

For more information, visit www.jpconcerts.org or call 617-874-4009.

Story time

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will host Story Time with Wee the People from 10:30 to noon on Saturday, March 10.

Wee the People will host a workshop of kid-powered resistance through stories and activities that explore themes of protest and racial justice. This free program is best for kids, ages 5 and older.

For more information, call 617-522-1960.

Tropical fiesta

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host a “Tropical Fiesta” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

The community is invited to shake off the end-of-winter blues at the fun, family-friendly fiesta with a Puerto Rican theme. Admission is free.

Call 617-524-2053 for more details.

Early music concert

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host the Concordia Consort in concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.

The consort features soprano Eileen Callahan, Sheila Beardslee, recorder, Douglas Freundlich, lute and Alice Mroszczyk, viola da gamba. For more than a decade, this recorder ensemble has contributed period music at more than 200 services in churches throughout New England. They have performed in concerts at the historic King’s Chapel and Old North Church, for the Concord Museum, at Middlesex Community College, MIT Chapel, Williams College and other venues.

A tea service will follow the program and is included in the admission. Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and will be available at the door. Reservations are suggested.

Visit www.loring-greenough.org or 617-524-3158 for further details.

Winter wellness

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free winter wellness walk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

Participants will take a brisk walk and stay healthy and connected to the arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. This walk emphasizes fitness along with information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained arboretum docents. Participants should dress appropriately and bring water.

Call 617-384-5277 or go online at www.arboretum.harvard.edu to register for this free program.

Tree architecture

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will host a guided tour “Tree Architecture” with manager of horticulture Andrew Gapinski, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

Gapinski will show how overall tree form is influenced by three factors: genetics, site conditions and environmental events. Participants will visit actual plant specimens in the arboretum’s collections to learn why a tree is leaning, why it has “knees” or how its shape may be influenced by internal stimuli.

Call 617-384-5277 or go online at www.arboretum.harvard.edu to register for this free program.

Music and poetry

Bright Star Theater will present “Let Freedom Ring: Music and Poetry of Black History” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The ensemble will take the audience on a journey through African American history and culture, from the journey from Africa through slavery to the Civil Rights Movement to the powerful voices of today’s leaders. Speeches, songs and poetry by such notables as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou and more will be performed.

Admission is free.

Call Connolly at 617-522-1960 or Jamaica Plain at 617-524-2053 for more details.

Photography exhibition

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum” by James Reis in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through May 6.

Photographer Reis takes the audience on his journey through the Arboretum by way of images, both unique and close up, in this new exhibition.

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