Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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This is a photo of the Arnold Arboretum from many years ago. To learn more, visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Monument Square walking tour

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Monument Square at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. The tour, which lasts from 60 to 90 minutes, will leave from Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

The tour depicts architecture that spans three centuries, the history of the monument and notable men and women who helped define this area as a National Historic District neighborhood.

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.

Barbados Festival Day

Barbados Festival Day will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Franklin Park Playstead, 25 Peirpont Rd.

There will be food, arts and crafts, poetry, games and lucky dips.

Music will be provided by DJ Ohh.

This event is sponsored by UBIM and Franklin Park Coalition.

For more information, phone Sandra at 617-256-0116, Maureen at 508-631-2681, Atley at 617-620-2497 or Sonya at 617-981-0677.

‘The Forest is Calling’

Arnold Arboretum will host a family hike titled “The Forest is Calling” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Participants will meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, then the group will visit a nearby forest inside the Arboretum and learn what plants and animals live there. Children, most suitable for ages four through ten, will play with forest puppets, get a tattoo and read a StoryWalk ®.

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

To learn more and to register, visit my.arboretum.harvard.edu.

‘Remarkable Women of Jamaica Plain’ tour

The “Remarkable Women of Jamaica Plain” Boston by Foot Tour will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 (as a special preview for BBF Members - Members attend for free and may bring guests for $5 each) and Aug. 25 (General Admission tickets are $15 and BFF members are $5).

The tour will feature a Nobel Peace Prize winner who lost her job at Wellesley because of her socialist leanings; a slew of reformers: women who worked for the abolition of slavery and free education for everyone and later, on civil rights causes in the 20th century; a scientist who created new fields of study and coined the word ‘ecology.’ The tour will also include some pivotal writers who put their words into the world and remain important to this day.

The tour will begin outside the Green Street T Stop (Orange Line), 150 Green St. and end at the Loring-Greenough House, a lovely Georgian mansion that was saved from the wrecking ball thanks to a local women’s club and its formidable members.

For information including private tours and tickets, visit bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345.

Beginners’ yoga

Community Yoga for Beginners with Shirronda will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Parish Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Roanoke Avenue and Revere Street (1 Roanoke Ave.).

Investment: $5.

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.

Children’s Summer Festival

The Children’s Summer Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Franklin Park.

The Festival will feature performing arts, science-related activities using household ingredients, take-home art projects, face painting, a visit from Zoo New England among other activities.

ParkSCIENCE, presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Holly Bruce and H.P. Hood LLC, provides interactive experiments and demonstrations that are fun and educational.

Toddlerbilly riot

Jamaica Plain Branch Library (30 South St.) will be hosting the Toddlerbilly Riot concert with Matt Heaton from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Heaton’s songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and sincere sense of fun.

Call 617-524-2053 for more information.


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.

Caterpillar lab

The Caterpillar Lab (from Keene, NH) will be at the Arnold Arboretum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Aug. 22 through Aug. 26 in the Hunnewell Bldg.

There will be live caterpillars, cocoons, hatched eggs, shed skins and a lot more to amaze the visitors.

For more information, visit my.arboretum.harvard.edu, email arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu or phone 617-384-5209.

‘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 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 will host a free guided walking tour of Sumner Hill at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. The group will leave the Loring-Greenough House 12 South St.

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 ancestral home of the Dole Pineapple Company founder as well as the homes of progressives who were active as abolitionists and women suffragists.

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.

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.

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.