Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Two men are shown unloading a horse-drawn wagon on Centre Street at the corner with Burroughs Street in Jamaica Plain. To learn more, visit the Jamaica Plain Historical Society at www.jphs.org.

Woodbourne walking tour

Jamaica Plain Historical Society Walking Tour of Woodbourne will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 3. The group will leave from Bethel AME church steps, corner of Walk Hill and Wachusett Streets.

This tour will depict the transformation from 19th-century summer estates into a suburban enclave, with examples of New England architecture.

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

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

Macaw masks and movie

The Hyde Square Task Force will host a craft/movie at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Blessed Sacrament Plaza, 361 Centre St.

The evening will start by creating a macaw mask outside, then the group will move inside to watch “Rio,” the story of Blu, a domesticated macaw, who goes on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Popcorn will be served.

This event is part of the ¡Viva el Latin Quarter! Summer Series being held through Aug. 14.

For more information, contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org or phone 617- 318-6610.

Jamaica Pond walking tour

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a walking tour from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. The group will leave from the Jamaica Pond Bandstand, 500 Jamaicaway, for a walk around Jamaica Pond.

The tour guide will share information about the elite movers and shakers that lived on the shores of the pond, how the pond was used for industry and how the area has been transformed into fashionable parkland.

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

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

‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’

King's Hill Church will be showing “How to Train Your Dragon 3” at Jefferson Playground, 10 Grotto Glen Rd. from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Popcorn will be served. Parking is available.

For more information about this event and the sponsoring church, visit kingshillboston.com.

Hodge-podge of fun

The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston will provide board games, movies, paint nights, basketball, open mic, life skills workshops, arts and crafts, dance and flag football from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 16 at Real Kidz Center, Lorber Playground, 265 Center St.

For more information, visit mass.gov.

Potpouri of fun

Score4More will be offer basketball games, fitness, dance, youth and arts activities plus food for youth, ages 13 through 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 16 at Lorber Playground and Courts (Center St at Columbus Ave.)

For more information, phone 617-935-5306.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

Youth photo exhibition

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 30 South St. is hosting “Summertime: A Youth Photo Exhibition” through Aug. 31.

This show features the work of 19 youth photographers in the Big Picture Art House program.

The young artists range in age from 11 to 15 years old, hailing from Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Roslindale and other Boston-area towns.

The gallery on the Lower Level is supported by the Friends of the Library in partnership with Uforge.

The exhibition is sponsored by Optical Designs, Inc.

For more information, visit bpl.bibliocommons.com, bigpicturehearthouse.com, uforgegallery.com and opticaldesignsgroup.com.

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, Aug. 12. More workshops are scheduled for 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.

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. All dances are taught, no partner necessary; beginners encouraged, come early.

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.