Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Here is the first Egleston Square Fire Station near Atherton Street, which was built around 1880.

JP Porchfest

JP Porchfest will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July13.

JP Porchfest, now going into its sixth year, is a vibrant music and arts festival that takes place on porches, as well as patios, stoops, driveways, church/community center yards, among other places, all over the neighborhood. A huge audience roams all corners of the neighborhood, taking in the wonderful diversity of performances.

The JP Porchfest mission is to bridge the divides of race, class, culture and immigrant status through the power of the arts. JP Porchfest welcomes performers of all kinds, including music, dance, theater, spoken word, storytelling, circus arts and comedy from anywhere (no need to be or know a JP resident).

Check the website for a full list of porches and performers at https://jpporchfest.org.

Free movie night

The King’s Hill Church will be hosting the movie, “Incredibles 2,” from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at the Jefferson Playground, 10 Grotto Glen Rd.

Parking is available.

For more information about the church sponsor, visit kingshillboston.com.

Arboretum morning yoga

Practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum while improving your health and well-being with yoga.

Four sessions, co-sponsored by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays, from July 14 through Aug. 4 at the Arnold Arboretum Hunnewell Building Lawn (125 Arborway).

In case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall).

Visit my.arboretum.harvard.edu, for more information and to make required reservations.

STEAMing in the park

Boston Center for Youth and Families will be hosting STEAMing in the Park from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays from July 16 through Aug. 15 at the Lorber Family Playground near the Anna M. Cole Community Center (closest MBTA Station is Jackson Square on the Orange Line).

There will be fun, hands-on-activities that show the creative possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math blended with art and design.

These programs are open to all people of all ages, weather permitting.

For more information, visit steamingit.weebly.com, email MeninoCC@boston.gov or phone 617-635-5256.

‘Thursdays on the Lawn’

The Loring Greenough House and the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club invites friends and neighbors from near and far to come to “Thursdays on the Lawn” to eat, socialize and enjoy music. Meet on the grounds and gardens of the Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. in Jamaica Plain from 3:30 p.m. to dark for this free event.

There will be rotating musicians, food trucks, special events, community organizations and kids’ activities. Donations are welcome.

Musicians include Ron Goldman (July 19), the Desperate Measures Street Band (Aug. 2), The Mighty Silverbacks (Aug. 9), Emma and Micah (Aug. 16) and Melissa Vining - flutes (Aug. 23).

For further information, see http://loring-greenough.org/events/thursdays-on-the-lawn.

Fun at the Arnold Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 19 for Free Fun Friday. No registration or tickets will be required.

Some of the day’s activities will include talking with and learning about an Arboretum arborist, trying on their protective gear and checking out their special tools; creating a nature-inspired watercolor masterpiece; reading a book while exploring the Arboretum; and creating a one-of-a-kind fort under the lindens using nature objects.

To learn more about the day, visit arboretum.harbard.edu, call 617-524-1718 or 617-384-5209 or email arbweb@harvard.edu.

Free Fun Fridays is supported through the Highland Street Foundation.

ParkARTS for kids

The ParkARTS Children's Artists in Residence Workshop Summer Series will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on July 19 and 26 at Mozart Street Playground, 10 Mozart St.

The arts workshops give kids the chance to express their creativity while working on fun projects with local artists. Among the artists’ selections for children, ages three through10 (accompanied by an adult) are painting, mask and jewelry making plus treasure creations.

For more information, or a full schedule of events, call 617-635-4505 or visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation or email parks@boston.gov.

JP Flea

The JP Flea will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 20 and July 21 outside the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts (24 Eliot St.).

This summer market will feature more than 100 local and Latin American artists, vintage/antique dealers, small businesses and various artisans from the area. To learn more, visit www.JPFlea.com.

Mendi's Boston, which offers both drop off and on-the-spot local repair services will also be on site. To learn more, visit www.MendisBoston.com.

The Eliot School is located right between Jamaica Pond and the JP Monument (on Centre and South Streets). Entrances to the school yard are from Eliot Street or Holbrook Street.

Parking is free, but limited.

To learn more about the Eliot School, visit www.EliotSchool.org.

Angiosperms and Gymnosperms

A guided tour will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 at the Arnold Arboretum. The docents will talk about the differences between angiosperms (plants that flower and have enclosed seeds) and gymnosperms (plants with "naked seeds," including conifers, ginkgos and others), describe the characteristics and point out trees in each category.

This tour will meet at the Arnold Arboretum Centre Street Gate, 1032 Centre St.

For a map, go to arboretum.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/basic-map-b+w.pdf.

Although the event is free, registration is requested at my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=2052&DayPlannerDate=7/20/2019.

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

Hyde Square walking tour

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Hyde Square from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 20. Walkers will meet at Brendan Behan Pub at 378 Centre St.

The guide will talk about the two major transformations that the neighborhood went through in the 1840s and again in the early 1960’s and stop at several sites of prominent 19th century people.

No reservations are required. The tour will be canceled in heavy rain.

This tour will be given in Spanish on Sept. 14

For more information about this and other tours, including tour maps, visit www.jphs.org.

Help fight climate change

The BCAN Action Team will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

BCAN is working towards fighting climate change through improved energy policy and education at the local level.

Meet the Communications Team, the Arts Team and other dedicated climate campaigners to help plan outreach for the Community Choice Energy campaign.

To learn more about Community Choice Energy, visit bostoncan.org

For more information email bostonclimateaction@gmail.com or phone Andy Wells-Bean at 617-971-8568.


Me2/Orchestra is a welcoming, multi-generational, inclusive classical music organization. The focus is on a supportive music-making environment and stigma-erasing performances for all ability levels. There is no audition and no participation fee to join.

New members are accepted at various points throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, email info@me2orchestra.org, call 802-238-8369 or visit www.Me2orchestra.org.

Arboretum trees

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Drawn to Paint,” paintings of Arboretum trees by Paul Olson, in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, through July 21.

Olson has been discovering the nuances of the arboretum’s collections since he first visited in 2011. A landscape painter for decades, he explores the grounds with sketchbook in hand, typically in the early morning hours. In this new show, Olson brings his on-site observations into the painting studio to work in color, reflecting on his real-world experience, but searching for that sense of childlike discovery found in nature. These works on paper and canvas also feature paintings of bonsai from the Bonsai and Penjing collection at the arboretum.

Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.

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

Gender-free contra dancing

The Lavender Country and Folk Dancers – the community for gender-free dancing – meet at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. (by the monument).

Fragrance-free dances normally run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month September through June and the fourth Saturday in July with some exceptions. All dances are taught, no partner necessary; beginners encouraged, come early.

The next scheduled dance is July 27.

The fee is sliding scale ($5 to $15). A bucket is passed to cover the live music fund.

For more information, including the music lineup, visit lcfd.org.

Sumner Hill walking tour

Jamaica Plain Historical Society Walking Tour of Sumner Hill will take place on Aug. 24. The group will leave the Loring-Greenough House 12 South St. at 11 a.m. sharp.

The tours take 60 and 90 minutes and will be canceled in heavy rain. No reservations are required.

Developed as a suburb by General William Hyslop Sumner in the mid-nineteenth century, this National Historic District includes one of the finest collections of Victorian houses in the area. The tour includes the ancestral home of the Dole Pineapple Company founder as well as the homes of progressives who were active as abolitionists and women suffragists.

Check out https://www.jphs.org/2019-walking-tours if you wish to see a tour map.

Yoga with Wellness Warrior

An outdoor Yoga series with Linda, the Wellness Warrior, is held under the trees on School Master Hill, 1 Circuit Dr., in Franklin Park from 9 to 10:15 a.m. through Sept. 28. Bring a mat, water and some friends. Mixed levels welcome.

In the event of rain, classes will be canceled. Check https://facebook.com/lindawellnesswarrior for notices posted by 9 p.m. the night before for morning classes.

The classes are co-sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series and Franklin Park Coalition.

For more information, go to lindawellnesswarrior.com.

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., have resumed the guided tours of the house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tours will begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

The last surviving 18th century residence in Sumner Hill, a historic section of Jamaica Plain, the Loring Greenough House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated both a Massachusetts Landmark and a Boston Landmark.

Visitors will learn about the rich history of this well-preserved mid-Georgian mansion. They 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 617-524-3158.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. on Mondays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. 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.

‘Sustainable fashion’

"Map This: Sustainable Fashion," an exhibition featuring JMag’s fashion collections exploring design futures, green urbanisms and climate change culture, will be on view through Aug. 30 at Urbano’s Jamaica Plain gallery, 29 Germania St.

The exhibition launches a Youth Artist Project collaboration with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's exhibition "Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform" through Sept. 15. The gallery is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Riday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday or by appointment.

Artist-in-Residence Nathalia JMag is a Colombian-American contemporary fashion designer who believes in sustainable and ethical approaches to apparel. Her work centers the intersection of design and eco-sustainability alongside an internal reimagining of the factory-labor driven fashion industry.

For more information on these exhibits, visit www.urbanoproject.org and gardnermuseum.org.

For personal appointment, contact iinfo@urbanoproject.org or phone 617-983-1007.

Jamaica Pond parkrun

The Jamaica Pond parkrun, a free, weekly timed 5-km run around the pond, is held every Saturday at 9 a.m.

The group meets at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway.

All ages, all abilities, all paces welcome to join in the weekend fun.

After the run, the group goes out for coffee and chat at City Feed & Supply on Centre Street, Jamaica Plain.

Visit www.parkrun.us for information including the latest run results, photos and the weekly Run Report.

ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.

The next workshop is at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29. More workshops are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).

For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.

Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.