Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Here is what 701 and 703 Centre St. at the corner with Burroughs St. looked like at the beginning of the 20th century. This building housed C.B. Rogers & Company pharmacy, which remained through the mid-1970s. To learn more, visit the Jamaica Plain Historical at www.jphs.org.

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.

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will resume the guided tours of the house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays, starting April 1.

Visitors will see the newly acquired portraits of David Greenough II and his wife Maria, as well as other historic treasures. Reservations are not needed, but visitors can contact a docent with any special inquiries at docent@loring-greenough.org.

A donation of $5 is suggested.

For further information, visit www.lghouse.org or call 617-524-5138.

Creating art at home

Magical Environments will host “Families Creating Art Together” from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 2 at Jamaica Plain Head Start, 315 Centre St.

Art and special needs educator Ed Pazzanese will introduce “process-oriented art,” an approach to art activities that develops children’s creativity and self-confidence. They will practice using simple, recycled material in imaginative ways with the children in their lives and receive art material to continue adventures with their families.

This workshop is provided free of charge for parents, grandparents, relatives and friends of children with and without disabilities. A light breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m.

To register, call 617-522-4832 or email familiescreating@gmail.com. More details can be found at www.familiescreatingarttogether.org.

American women in history

Bright Star Theater will present “American Women in History” at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April. 3.

Bright Star Theater will present an inspiring exploration of the lives and work of notable American women. From Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls Wilder to Sacajawea and Susan B. Anthony, the play will celebrate the courageous, confident women who have helped shape the nation, with their perseverance, integrity and patriotism.

Call 617-522-1960 for more information.

Slavery in colonial Massachusetts

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will welcome historian Nyadenya Inyagwa in a talk “Colonial Slavery in Massachusetts” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3.

Inyagwa will explore the different “hierarchies” of slaves found in law. The audience will join in a discussion on the oddities of slavery laws found in Puritan and colonial Massachusetts.

Inyagwa is an independent researcher with a degree in history from the University of Massachusetts. He has worked as an interpreter for the Paul Revere House, the Museum of African American History and the National Parks System, covering a wide breadth of history and material culture.

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

Community preservation forum

The public is invited to attend a forum on the Community Preservation Act at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at the Anna M. Cole Center, 10 Lamartine St.

Boston voters approved joining the Community Preservation Act in 2016, which dedicates funds for three areas: affordable housing, parks and open spaces and historic preservation. Attendees will learn more about how these new Community Preservation funds can improve Jamaica Plain. A light dinner will be served.

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is one of many co-sponsoring organizations for the free forum and they hope to see great results from CPA funds used to preserve JP’s rich history in the future.

Visit www.jphs.org for further details.

Arboretum hidden treasure

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free indoor tour of the herbarium of cultivated plants from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 meeting in the lobby of the Hunnewell Visitor Center.

Curatorial assistant Irina Kadis will lead a special indoor tour that will take a look at the historic Arnold Arboretum collection and find out how and why an herbarium is assembled.

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.

‘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.