Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Storytelling with Milbre

Families are invited to join storyteller, Milbre Burch, in her riveting performance of “Sky Stories from Around the World” from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The performance will feature folktales, myths and lore about the Sun, Moon, Stars, Milky Way and the Aurora Borealis gathered from all over the world.

For more information, visit bpl.org/events.

Taste of Jamaica Plain

The annual Taste of Jamaica Plain will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Our Lady of the Annunciation, 7 VFW Parkway, in West Roxbury.

A Cirque du Mangez-themed experience will feature a variety of fantastic food and beverages, a silent auction and raffle, and loads of family fun including live music, magic, juggling, stilt walkers, balloon twisting and kids games.

The Benefit Tickets, which includes parking, can be purchased in advance (to skip the lines) at eventbrite.com. Adults - $45; Students and Seniors, ages 62+ - $35; Kids, ages 6 through 16 - $15; Kids, ages 5 and under - free.

Visit ESACboston.org for other information.

The Grey Divas

The Grey Divas will rock you with their eclectic mix of songs – from Hawaiian to jazz, from a samba to La Bamba, with some originals thrown in for good measure – from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 30 South St.

For more information, visit bpl.org/events.

Concrete Sounds

Non-Event of Jamaica Plain will host an evening of original site-responsive works in the concrete cavernous confines of the interior mezzanine of Boston City Hall from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 featuring the solo sets of Forbes Graham and Kate Village.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

To learn about the musicians and to reserve a spot, visit nonevent.org.

Pie in the Sky volunteering

Community Servings is looking for volunteers to help make their annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale a success. By signing up for a volunteer shift, you become part of their “secret ingredient” family.

The Pie in the Sky Box Party and Delivery event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 S. Bay Ave. in Dorchester.

With your help, they will make a party out of labeling and packaging thousands of pie boxes for delivery between 10 a.m. and noon and then delivering the pie boxes and tins to participating bakers throughout Greater Boston from noon to 2 p.m.

To sign up, visit servings.org, phone 617-522-7777 or email rievasseur@servings.org.

Book discussion

The Friends of the Roslindale and JP Branch Library will co-sponsor a book discussion from 1:15 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 16 and Nov. 23 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

They will be remember the life and legacy of Toni Morrison by discussing her first novel, The Bluest Eye, which asks powerful questions about race, class and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

To reserve a spot, visit or call the JP Branch Library at 617-524-2053.

‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’

The performance of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will be held from Nov. 19 through Nov. 23 at the Footlight Club Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

A relaxed performance will be presented at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 to accommodate patrons with sensitivity issues and those on the autism spectrum.

This musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams; action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances.

For more information including tickets and other show times, visit footlight.org.

For more information including tickets, visit footlight.org.

A Matter of Balance

“A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays through Nov. 21 at Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St.

Designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults, the classes will include fun videos, group discussion, a safe surroundings survey, and mild exercise to increase strength and flexibility.

For more information and registration, contact Ann Glora at 617-477-6616 or aglora@ethoscare.org.

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., offers guided tours of the house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 24. 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 loring-greenough.org or call 617-524-3158.

Kids cooking

“Kids Cooking with Miss Debbie” will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 25 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The group will bake and cook a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts and side dishes from scratch using fresh and often locally-grown and organic ingredients.

Try new foods and learn the importance of a healthy diet while developing skills in math, reading, science, nutrition, cultural awareness and cooperative behavior.

For reservations and other information, visit bpl.org/events.

Out Salsa Mondays

Out Salsa Mondays is held through Nov. 25 at Urbano Project, 29 Germania St.

Salsa classes will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. with DJ and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m.

There is $10 cover charge.

Visit eventbrite.com for additional information.

Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K

The annual family-friendly Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

Registration and number pick up will start at 8 a.m. at the golf clubhouse (1 Circuit Dr.).

The race will begin at 9 a.m.

The awards, prizes and result will take place inside the clubhouse at approximately 9:50 a.m.

This signature fund-raising and fitness event brings to life the three pillars of the Franklin Park Coalition: Work, Play and Engage. The runner registration will support the coalition’s programs and events including conservation and stewardship, arts and health, and advocacy that happen year-round.

To register, visit racemenu.com.

For other information, contact TurkeyTrot@franklnparkcoalition.org or call 617-442-4141.

Infrared photography reception/exhibition

“The Light You Cannot See: Infrared Photography” exhibition by Betsey Henkels will be on view through Feb. 2 at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.

For more information, visit my.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Community meals

The Mid-week Dinner (a hot meal and fellowship time for families followed by a seasonal program) is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and the Crossroads Café (lunch for seniors and their guests) takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

The meals are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, visit firstbaptistjp.org.

‘Making Change Happen’ Breakfast

The annual “Making Change Happen” Breakfast will be held from 8 to 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at WilmerHale, 60 State St. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Join the Hyde Square Task Force in celebrating their honorees and the amazing accomplishments of their youth.

For more information including tickets, visit hydesquare.org.

Creative drama

Children, ages 7 through 12, are invited to join Creative Drama from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 17 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 30 South St.

This program will include storytelling, theater, acting out scenes from favorite books and lots of imagination.

No previous theater experience is necessary.

For more information, visit bpl.org/events.

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. through May 28 on Mondays at the Connolly (433 Centre St.) and on Thursdays at the Jamaica Plain (30 South St.) Branch libraries.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit bpl.org/events.

Shorts for tots

The Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.) is 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 slugo@bpl.org.

JPKS Bookclub

The JPKS Bookclub will meet the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at JP Knit & Stitch, 461 Centre St.

For more information, visit jpknitandstitch.com.

‘Singing our Way to Longevity!’

“Singing our Way to Longevity!” with the JP Jubilee is held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

JP Jubilee is a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make friends, promote good health and perform for the community.

No registrations or auditions are required. New English speakers are welcome.

For more information, visit facebook.com/events or call the library.

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.

Youth Open Mic

The First Friday Youth Open Mic night will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and dinner will be served.

Open mic will begin at 7:30 p.m. All ages and talents are welcome.

Free for people, age 25 and younger; suggested donation for people, ages 26 and older is $10.

Community vigil

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.

Stitch Night

StitchNight will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays at the JP Knit & Stitch, 461 Centre St.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery or quilting and hang out with others who are passionate about their craft for a night of fun.

Bring your beverages and snacks

For more information, visit jpknitandstitch.com.

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 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.

SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at opeationable.net is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

Homework help

Free drop-in homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 will be provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.) and Jamaica Plain Branch Library (30 South St.) through May 21.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

No registration is required.

For more information, visit bpl.org/events.

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.

JP Food Pantry

The JP Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to noon on the first and third Thursday of each month from Sept. through June at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St.

The Food Pantry is open for people of all ages and circumstances.

If you would like to donate non-perishable items, cleaning supplies and/or hygiene products or make a monetary donation, email firstchurchjpoffice@gmail.com or phone 617-524-1634.

STEAM Saturday

The New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month through May 2.

Come explore family-friendly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. Find out if you are taller than a whale rib. Learn about the ocean, the animals that live there and join in protecting the blue planet.

For more information, phone 617-635-5195.