Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes
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.
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.
Kids’ Club: Back-to-School
Kids’ Club (for children, ages five and up) will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.
Read and listen to back-to-school themed-stories and make and take a duck-tape Ziploc pencil case.
For more information, phone 617-524-2053.
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, Sept. 7.
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.
The group will meet at Brendan Behan Pub at 378 Centre St. 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.
JP Music Festival
The JP Music Festival will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Pinebank Baseball Field at Jamaica Pond (Perkins Street at Jamaicaway).
There will be two stages filled with seven hours of non-stop JP music highlighting all genres along with kid’s activities.
A tent will be set up to sell band merch and music, t-shirts and hats, water and more, plus food trucks will be available.
For the line-up, visit jpmusicfestival.com.
Shorts for tots
The Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.) will be hosting short and fun films for preschoolers based on children’s books from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.
For more information, phone 617-522-1960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
A community vigil will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month on the lawn of the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.
The purpose of the vigils is to stand out and speak up for racial justice and human rights while speaking out against white supremacy and will include speakers amidst moments of silence.
These Black Lives Matter vigils have been ongoing since Dec. 2015.
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.).
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 802-238-8369 or visit www.Me2orchestra.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. A donation of $5 is suggested.
For further information, visit www.lghouse.org or call 617-524-3158.
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.
"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 firstname.lastname@example.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.