Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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A bus operated by the Boston Elevated Railway sits outside the Forest Hills station in 1930. To learn more, visit the Jamaica Plain Historical at www.jphs.org.


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.

Fitness walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free “Spring into Health” walk from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

This brisk walk along the less-traveled paths of the arboretum will focus on fitness as well as on information about seasonal plants and points of interest. Walkers should dress appropriately and bring a bottle of water.

In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

The walk is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call 617-384-5277 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Life and music of Amy Beach

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail will host “Why Amy Beach Matters” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at the Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave.

Beach rose to fame in the late 19th century and was praised as among the most important American composers, but after her death she fell into obscurity. A rediscovery of her work began in the 1970s, peaking in 2017, the 150th anniversary of her birth.

Dr. Liane Curtis, president of Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy and a resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University, will explore Beach’s musical legacy, with special attention to the groundbreaking works she composed while living in Boston. After the talk a string quartet from the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform several of her pieces.

Admission is free. For further details, visit www.jphs.org or www.foresthillscemetery.com or call 617-524-0128.

Decorating eggs

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St., will offer a free Easter egg decorating workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.

Families should bring their own hardboiled eggs and decorate them with the art teachers and family and friends. (White eggs work best with dye.) Dye, markers, wax crayons, stickers, stencils, rubber bands, tape, collage materials and glitter will be provided. This event is an open house format and all ages are welcome. A donation of $5 is suggested.

For more details, call 617-524-3313 or visit www.eliotschool.org.

Easter egg hunt

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. will host its annual Easter egg hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. The rain date will be March 31.

There will be coloring pages and shiny eggs full of treats for the kids. Families should bring their own baskets. Visitors are encouraged to bring their picnic baskets and blankets to make a fun field day on the beautiful two-acre grounds.

Admission is free. Visit www.loring-greenough.org or call 617-524-3158 for more details.

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.

Author visit

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.

Latina women’s history

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will host a Latina Women’s History story time at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27.

Children are invited to hear stories and make crafts about the life and work of inspiring Latinas in this free story time.

Call 617-522-1960 for more details.

Open house

Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts will host an architects/users open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at Farnsworth House, 90 South St.

The community is invited to join the conversation and meet the team from designLAB architects and G2 Collaborative Landscape Architects as part of the feasibility study for possible space expansion of the Eliot School. They will learn about the Eliot School's needs and vision and weigh in with ideas about what could work best for the school and the site, faculty and students.

The Eliot School needs more space for all of its functions; programs, administration and storage. It wants to achieve handicapped accessibility and better landscaping while remaining a treasured neighborhood resource.

Registration is requested for this free event.

Further information can be found at www.eliotschool.org or by calling 617-524-3313.

Trees with attitude

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will host a walking tour “Trees with Attitude” from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31. Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

Docent Colin McArdle will look at trees that are pungent, prickly, poisonous or show other characteristics that may not always be welcoming. Participants will learn about the mechanisms that some trees have developed to thrive in the environment.

Registration is required for this free tour. For more information and to register, call 617-384-5277 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

‘Mars on Earth’ exhibit

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., is displaying “Mars on Earth,” a photo exhibition by Cassandra Klos now until April 30.

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.

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.