Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Here are the Jamaica Plain High School cheerleaders from 1956. To learn more about the fascinating history of this neighborhood, visit the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Check online at www.jphs.org.

Owl tales

Staff from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum will present Owl Tales at the Kids’ Club from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Children, ages five and older, will find out how owls look, sound, and feel by handling natural artifacts and meeting a live owl.

Visit bpl.org/events, phone 617-524-2053 or stop by the library to pre-register for this event.

‘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.

Charlie King Holiday Concert

The annual Charlie King Holiday Concert will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Haley House Soup Kitchen, 23 Dartmouth St.

Charlie King and Annie Patterson have been performing and recording together for years and make a mighty duet.

Come early for dinner – recommended food donation $10 – and to secure a parking space in the McKinley School lot. Door will open at 5:30 p.m.

Visit haleyhouse.org for other information.

‘A Christmas Carol’

The performance of “A Christmas Carol” will be held at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at the Footlight Club Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

Enjoy the warmth and hilarity of this unconventional Christmas show. A complementary reception for ticket holders will begin at 7 p.m.

This show is a Trustee Season Fundraiser for the Eliot Hall Restoration Fund.

For more information including tickets, visit footlight.org.

Enchanted Trolley Tour

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will take place from Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. The festivities will include holiday performances, visits with Santa, tree lightings and more.

The trolley will stop at Hyde Square at 1:45 p.m. and at J.P. Monument at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Visit boston.gov for a complete list of stops and other information.

JP Craft Fair

The JP Craft Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. featuring hand-made crafts and art, home-made bake table, live music, children’s activities, and lots of other yummy food and festive fun.

For more information including a list of vendors, visit jpsbestcraftfair.com.

Bare Essentials: Winter Trees

The Bare Essentials: Winter Trees guided tour will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Join the docent for a walk on the bare side – notice shapes, textures, even the personalities of plants that are often missed when the land is heavy with green. You will see buds already forming and the dried seeds that are more visible when leaves are gone.

Visit arboretum.harvard.edu for registration and other information.

Holiday book sale

The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. will hold a holiday book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Gently used books for all ages and in every genre and DVDs will be offered with bargain rates, ranging from $1 to $2.

Visit friendsjplibrary.org/events.

Weston Wind Quintet & Friends

The Weston Wind Quintet & Friends concert will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at St. John's Church, 1 Roanoke Ave. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.

The tickets are available on line at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18664 or at the door. The suggested price is $20 or Pay What You Can.

Visit theopentheatre.com or email contact@theopentheatre.com for more information.

Gifting for Good

The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre St. will host a Holiday Fair-Trade Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The Market will feature local artists, alternative gifts, food and more.

Visit firstbaptistjp.org or facebook.com for more information.

Holiday Toy Drive

The annual Holiday Toy Drive in memory of Mark Frattaroli to benefit the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain is accepting donations through Dec. 17.

Drop off new, unwrapped toys and art supplies for boys and girls, ages 4 through 14 to one of these locations: Filippo Ristorante at 283 Causeway St.; Ducali Pizzeria & Bar at 289 Causeway St; Ristorante Lucia at 415 Hanover St.; Ristorante Lucia at 11 Mount Vernon St. in Winchester; and/or Cunard Tavern at 24 Orleans St. in East Boston.

To learn about the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain visit italianhome.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.

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.

Kelly ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Kelly Outdoor Rink at One Marbury Terrace will be open for public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours are Sunday through Friday from noon to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 7:30 p.m.

Phone 617-727-7000 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

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.

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.