Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes
Music and poetry
Bright Star Theater will present “Let Freedom Ring: Music and Poetry of Black History” 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 617-524-2053 for more details.
Conifers in winter
The Arnold Arboretum will host a guided walking tour from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Walkers will meet at the Bussey Street gate.
Docent Robbie Apfel will lead this winter walk in an exploration of the arboretum’s conifer collection. Participants will be introduced to the arboretum’s grand gymnosperms, learn the botany of conifers and hear about Hemlock Hill’s evolving ecosystem. This tour will also introduce native and non-native conifers in the winter landscape.
Registration is required for this free tour, by calling 617-384-5209 or online at www.arboretum.harvard.edu.
MusiConnects will present the Roslindale Community Program student recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at Springhouse Assisted Living, 44 Allandale St.
Students have been working hard to prepare for the second recital of the season.
Admission is free. Call 617-522-0043 or visit www.musiconnects.org for further details.
Educators from the New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.
Kids can see and touch hermit crabs, snails, clams, oysters, sea stars and more and learn all about these creatures found in local New England waters. Admission is free.
For more information, call 617-635-5193 or visit email@example.com.
‘Wild Women of Boston’
The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will welcome author Dina Vargo from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.
The Sons of Liberty are celebrated in the history of Boston but equally important were the determined women reformers who made the city what it is today. Vargo will talk about these “Wild Women of Boston,” such as African American abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond, who 100 years before Rosa Parks, refused to give up her seat while attending a play; activists Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall; and Boston Marathon runner Kathrine Switzer.
Jamaica Plain Historical Society, Forest Hills Trust and Boston Women’s Heritage Trail are co-sponsoring this event. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free.
For more details, call 617-524-2053
The inaugural Mary Mulvey Jacobson Families in Need fundraiser will be held at Costello’s Tavern, 730 Centre St, from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.
The Families in Need effort was started by Mary more than 20 years ago giving complete turkey dinners to over 150 families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mary passed in May 2017 and her friends and family want to make sure this effort continues. Admission is $25 at the door.
Please like and share the Facebook Page and Event Page, Mary Mulvey Jacobson’s Families in Need. E-mail WRBPA2@gmail.com for more information.
Folk music afternoon
The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host Danielle Miraglia in concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.
Miraglia will perform tunes from her latest CD “All My Heroes Are Ghosts,” released with her band Danielle M and The Glory Junkies. The music itself blends influences of some of her own musical heroes – The Rolling Stones, Prince, Janis Joplin – along with her lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst. Miraglia was nominated for a 2015 Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.
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.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz will be the guest of the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 26.
Diaz will present his latest book “Islandborn,” his first children’s book about identity and belonging that captures both the joy and hardships of life in an urban, mostly immigrant community.
Diaz is the author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, “This is How You Lose Her” and more. Admission is free.
Call 617-522-1960 to register and for more information.
‘Mars on Earth’ exhibit
The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., is displaying “Mars on Earth,” a photo exhibition by Cassandra Klos. Call 617-524-2053 to register and for more information.
Raised in New Hampshire, Klos studied art and psychology at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her projects focus on manipulating the validity of photography and creating dual realities that breathe life into situations where visual manifestations may not be available.
Call 617-524-2053 for more details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.