Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Visitors to the Arnold Arboretum in the early 20th century pass by a display of mountain laurel. To learn more, visit the Jamaica Plain Historical Society at www.jphs.org.

Parkman Playground opening

The grand opening of Parkman Playground at 58 Wachusett St. will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Among the unveiling will be inclusive play structures for children such as a splash pad, embankment slide, musical chimes, mini basketball court, exercise equipment and picnic shelter.

To learn more, visit boston.gov.

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.

Ukranian Independence Day Festival

The annual Ukranian Independence Day Picnic/Festival will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 on the grounds of Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, 146 Forest Hills St.

There will be authentic Ukranian food (purchased a la carte), music, games and more with plenty of free parking to celebrate Ukraine’s 28th year of independence.

Divine Liturgies will be held at 10 a.m.

For more information, email UCCABoston@gmail.com or visit ukrainiancenter.org.

Butterfly discovery walk

The Butterfly Discovery Walk with caterpillar expert Sam Jaffe will take place from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Arnold Arboretum (meet at Hunnewell Bldg.).

Sam will wander the landscape highlighting host plants and the insects they support, focusing on caterpillars, moths and butterflies.

Bring a camera to document your discoveries and a notebook to record identification tips and plant suggestions for expanding the array of butterflies your gardens and parks can support.

This program is for adults and youth, ages 12 and older. Dress for outdoor learning.

Investment: $10 members; $15 nonmembers; $5 youth. The income from this program will help support The Caterpillar Lab’s residency, providing hours of free learning opportunities at the Arboretum.

To register, visit my.arboretum.harvard.edu, phone 617-384-5277.

Sacred harp singing

Sacred harp singing will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Wednesdays at St. John’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Roanoke Avenue and Revere Street (1 Roanoke Ave.).

Participants will sing four-part hymns and anthems using “The Sacred Harp,” an American tunebook.

With strong roots in the early music of New England and the deep South, these songs have spread throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

For more information on singing in Boston can be found at BostonSacredHarp.org.

Stony Brook walking tour

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Stony Brook from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 31. The group will leave from Stony Brook Orange Line T station.

The guide will talk about the tannery and brewery industry, homes of early German settlers and the power of community activism that helped shape the neighborhood as it is today.

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.

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.

Me2/orchestra

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. 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.

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.