Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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‘The Wisdom of Amitayus: Meditation & Tantra’

Gen Kelsang Khedrub, resident teacher of KMC Boston, will present The Wisdom of Amitayus: Meditation & Trantra on Saturday, Jan. 30. Session 1 will take place from 10 to 11:15 a.m.; Session 2 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The meditation practice of Buddha Amitayus is a profound and effective method for improving energy, life force and wisdom. The contemplations and meditations contained in the practice enable people to let go of ordinary conceptions so that they can begin to identify with their pure potential.

Through the practice of Amitayus, people accumulate a vast collection of merit and free themselves from inner and outer obstacles.

Visit meditationinboston.org/amitayus for more information and registration ($25 | Free for members).

#21for2021: 21 Goals for 2021

We’re already one month into the New Year. If you haven’t made any resolutions or goals for 2021, now is the perfect time to get on the #21for2021 goal-setting trend.

Join YA librarian Paul Flagg on Zoom in creating, revising, tracking and discussing 21 goals for 2021 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Whether you want to read, meditate, walk or exercise 21 minutes every day this year or save money to buy a car or move into a new apartment, creating realistic measurable goals with a clear timeframe can be a step in the right direction.

What better way to ensure success than with a group of likeminded young adults to help hold you accountable and cheer you on?

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Taste of Israel 2021

Israeli food, a melting pot of diverse cuisines – Moroccan, Yemenite, French, Bukharan, Russian, Iraqi, Ethiopian, Druze and many others – contributes to the diverse Israeli culinary landscape. To celebrate this diversity of delicious cuisine, JArts (Jewish Arts Collaborative) established Taste of Israel in 2019.

JArts is inviting all Greater Boston-area food enthusiasts to support local restaurants while savoring the many flavors of Israeli food.

Taste of Israel 2021 runs through Tuesday, Feb. 2. Each participating restaurant will feature specials throughout the week. Prices, hours, and ordering information are set by the restaurant.

Visit jartsboston.org/taste-of-israel for more information, including a list of participating restaurants.

Maika & Maritza author talk: ‘One of the Good Ones’

Maika and Maritza Moulite will talk about their new book and will then answer audience questions about writing as a team, where they find inspiration for their stories and more from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

One of the Good Ones follows a teenager named Happi after her sister, Kezi, is mysteriously killed at a social justice rally. While Happi tries to grieve, she struggles as she watches her sister become an idealized symbol of the fight against police brutality. Happi wonders why her sister has to be perfect for her memory to be worth uplifting? And as Happi embarks on a journey to grieve Kezi in her own way, she soon discovers that her sister's story isn't as simple as she thought...

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Meet-the-Scientists career panel

In partnership with Youth Outreach at the Boston Public Library, panelists from the Department of Molecular Metabolism at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will share about their journeys to a career in science and provide advice to those interested in pursuing science careers from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Author reading: Carl Scovel – ‘I Do’

Jamaica Plain resident Carl Scovel will read from his recently published book, I Do: Quotes on Marriage from the Married, the Unmarried and Me. This event will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4.

This small collection of quotations is arranged as a narrative, which begins with someone asking questions about marriage and concludes with someone looking at survival without their partner. Between these two bookends lie the whole range of issues – searching, deciding, marrying, getting to know each other, deciding about children, facing divorce, the best and worst of marriage, and dealing with aging, illness and loss.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

JPKS Bookclub - Virtual

The JPKS Bookclub will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month via Zoom.

The book selection for Feb. 4 is The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone, a biography of noted cryptologist Elizebeth Smith Friedman.

Tied into the book is PBS's American Experience episode "The Codebreaker," that aired on GBH2 on Monday, Jan. 11.

Visit jpknitandstitch.com for the Zoom link.

Souper Bowl XIII

The 13th annual Haley House Souper Bowl will be held virtually on Sunday, Feb. 14.

A ticket will include a quart of soup made by a local chef; a handmade, one-of-a kind, ceramic bowl made by their amazing partners at MassArt CACP and Clay for Change; fresh bread from Iggy's; and a virtual program in the evening. To make a night of it, people will also be able to enjoy add-ons such as beer, wine, Haley House merchandise and their famous chocolate chip cookies.

The fun Souper Bowl packages can be picked up at Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury to enjoy safely in the comfort of your own home.

All proceeds benefit the Haley House Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community, 23 Dartmouth St. in the South End and the Haley House Bakery Café and Catering, 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.

Visit haleyhouse.org/updates/souperbowl13 for more information and tickets ($40) – on sale now.

‘If Winter Comes…The Promise of Each Year’ exhibition

New England seasons extol the virtues of each month, and winter is no exception. If Winter Comes…The Promise of Each Year, an online exhibition by Anthony Apesos, revels in the season through the nuance and attention he brings to his paintings. It is art that is alive and jubilant in its expression and astute in rendering the spirit of the season, capturing the Arboretum and its trees pared down to their beautiful bones.

If Winter Comes will be on view at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway through Sunday, Feb 7.

Go to arboretum.harvard.edu/events/current-and-past-art-shows/if-winter-comes-the-promise-of-each-year-in-the-paintings-of-anthony-apesos for more information.

Ethos Live

Ethos hosts an online Wellness on the Web program. Health and wellness presentations, conversations with elected officials, exercise classes and other activities will be streamed regularly their website and social media platforms.

Visit ethocare.org for more information and quick links to the programs.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston online

The Kadampa Meditation Center Boston (360C Centre St.) offers a multitude of varied and inspiring classes that allow people to learn meditation, bring real meaning to life and access the timeless wisdom of Buddha’s teachings.

KMC Boston is the sister-center of Serlingpa Meditation Center in New Bedford and the centers currently have joined together to provide online classes six-to-seven days a week. Meditation in Maine is a branch of KMC Boston, also streaming along with them.

Whether you have practiced meditation before or are brand new, you will find a range of classes and courses to choose from.

All programs are posted weekly. Prices vary; free for members.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston is a non-profit entity; donations are welcome.

Visit meditationinboston.org for more information.

JP Flea Market

Shop online at the JP Flea Market to support local artists and small businesses.

Go to jpfixandflea.com/upcoming-events.html to view a fine assortment of treasures –

local honey, records, jewelry, pipes, pottery, art, kids’ books, vintage clothing and accessories, teas, hand-printed apparel, candles, printed cards, handmade knits, bags, zines, woodwork, crystals, handmade soaps, organic dog treats, prints, patches, hand-stitched wallets, baskets, home décor, children's clothing, body-care and more – available from the 2020 vendors who are located in a variety of Boston neighborhoods and beyond.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Reverie’

Passionate about teen reads, but having a hard time getting a virtual book group going...?

Join a group of teen librarians for a monthly book discussion with teen patrons of the Boston Public Library as part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge.

The group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 to discuss the fantasy novel Reverie by Ryan La Sala.

Whether or not they have read the chosen book, teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the book synopsis and how to join on Twitch.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information

Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth –

18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston @ Home

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides all after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms in an interactive setting.

Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.

#ZooToYou/Kids’ Corner

Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more.

Visit the Kids’ Corner for more fun at zoonewengland.org.

Thrift shop open

Check out the thrift shop at Christ the King Jamaica Plain + Roxbury, 39 Germania St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays for a great selection of clothing, books, music, furniture, and other hidden gems!

Go to www.ctkjproxbury.org for more information.

Online ESL conversation groups

Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on most Mondays, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on most Tuesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on most Wednesdays, and from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on most Fridays through Aug. 31. The group is led by a native speaker and will take place online.

Online intermediate and advanced ESL classes are also offered at select times.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

BPL New Parent Group (on Zoom)

Looking for a way to meet other parents with infants? Need support from experts while navigating new challenges? Have questions about childhood development, parenting and early literacy?

Join the Boston Public Library’s New Parent group on Zoom. The group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on (most) Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.

Each week a guest speaker will talk about a variety of topics, including diapering, napping, feeding, early communication and general wellness for parents and infants. There will also be time before the guest speaker arrives so people can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from the librarians.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.

Somatic Musicians' Lab

A Somatic Musicians’ Lab will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays via Zoom hosted by the Feldenkrais in Jamaica Plain.

These ongoing weekly sessions are an online space for musicians. Each session consists of a twenty-minute Feldenkrais® movement lesson, an hour of individual musical practice time, and ten minutes of reflection. Less isolation, stress, and pain; more enjoyment, ease, curiosity, community and learning.

Visit feldenkraisjamaicaplain.com/somatic-musicians-lab for more information and registration ($20/month | $5 session).

LRC: Self-Care Series

Self-care is important to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to take care of your mind, body and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances the ability to live fully, vibrantly and effectively. The practice of self-care also reminds people that their needs are valid and a priority.

Join this facilitated living room conversations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 24.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the weekly topics, and Zoom registration.

Jamaica Plain New Parents Group

The Jamaica Plain new parents group hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through March 17. Parents with a baby under the age of one are invited to attend.

The parent groups provide safe and nurturing spaces for parents and their babies to give and receive support.

Visit jfcsboston.org for more information and required Zoom registration.

Online caregiver’s group

First Church in Jamaica Plain (6 Eliot St.) hosts an online support group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month for members and friends serving as the primary caregiver for adult family members.

In the spirit of radical inclusion, they recognize that primary caregivers today are parents, spouses/partners, siblings, cousins and friends.

If you are a caregiver and would like more information, email Rev. Elizabeth Assenza at revelizabethassensa@gmail.com.

Tween Time (on Zoom)

Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week and it’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Community vigil

A community vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter (BLM) 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. Everyone welcome.

These Black Lives Matter vigils have been ongoing since Dec. 2015.

For further information, contact Mary Lenihan at maryfranlenny@gmail.com or Penny Wells at pwells222@gmail.com.

JP Centre Yoga online

JP Centre Yoga (670 Centre St.) offers a variety of Yoga classes live streamed on the Mindbody platform at various time of each day. They also offer workshops.

JP Centre Yoga has implemented tiered pricing to keep increased accessibility and equity measures in place, yet be able to sustain as a business.

Visit jpcentreyoga.com for more information, including online class schedule and a link to register.

Jóvenes en Acción/Youth in Action

Where arts, education and community collide.

Want to explore acting, learn dance or play music? Learn Afro-Latin arts, participate in mentoring and get involved in your community?

Jóvenes en Acción/Youth in Action (JEA) is a free, year-round program for youth in grades 8 through 12 that combines Afro-Latin arts, education and mentoring support, and civic engagement and youth organizing training. Participants also benefit from social-emotional support both 1:1 and in small groups.

Winter Session: Jan. 4 through March 19

Spring Session: March 29 through June 11

Visit www.hydesquare.org for more information. Links will be available for youth in high school and for 8th grade youth.

Jamaica Plain Garden Tour (Virtual)

The Jamaica Plain Garden Tour, now in its third year, is a key fundraiser for The Trustees’ network of 56 community gardens in Boston. Generally, a self-guided walking tour that winds through a section of JP, highlighting beautiful gardens, this year’s tour is a virtual one that features a sampling of exceptional gardens throughout the neighborhood as well as interviews with their owners. This year’s sites range from a productive urban homestead complete with chickens to professionally designed formal gardens.

Experience the tour and be delighted and inspired by a diverse array of gardens from the comfort of your own home.

The video of this year’s tour is available at thetrustees.org/jpgt (Member: $15; Nonmember: $20).

The funds raised by the JP Garden Tour directly support operations and educational programming in the community gardens.

Urbano Works

Urbano is a nonprofit that brings together practicing visual artists, local youth and community members to learn and experiment through place-based projects. They foster public and participatory art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion and social change. Their projects consist of Artists in Residence, youth projects, apprentices and workshops all of which intersect around an annual curatorial theme.

Visit urbanoproject.org for more information, including art exhibitions and links to purchase their works.

Community Fridges in and around Boston

Community Fridges are meant to help people fill gaps for their food-insecure neighbors that are not being addressed by the state. They’re stocked with groceries by members of the community and can be accessed at no cost by anyone who needs food. They operate on a “take what you need, give what you can” basis, but organizers stress that contributing food to a fridge is not a precondition for taking food. The fridges will be stocked through the winter months (or beyond).

Community Fridges in The Boston Area: (www.thebostoncalendar.com)

– Allston Community Fridge at 1 N Beacon, Allston

– Cambridge Community Fridge at 52 Church St., Cambridge

– Dorchester Community Fridge at 1471 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester

– Jamaica Plain Community Fridge at 366 Centre St., Jamaica Plain

– Lynn Community Fridge at TBA

– Mattapan Community Fridge at 1290 Bluehill Ave., Mattapan

– Roslindale Community Fridge at 4140 Washington St., Roslindale

– Somerville Community Fridge at 35 Prospect St., Somerville

Read more about Community Fridges in and around the Boston area at boston.eater.com/2020/10/2/21497298/boston-community-fridges-free-food-aid.

Community meals delivered

The Midweek Dinner on Wednesdays and the Crossroads Café lunch on Saturdays at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. has been canceled. Meals are being delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If you would like to receive these meals, email churchoffice@firstbaptistjp.org or phone 617-524-3992. For more information, visit firstbaptistjp.org.

JP Food Pantry – donations and distribution

The JP Food Pantry is delivering groceries to people in need on Saturdays.

If you would like to donate non-perishable items, cleaning supplies and/or hygiene products or make a monetary donation or need food delivered, email churchoffice@firstbaptistjp.org or phone 617-524-3992. For more information, visit firstbaptistjp.org.

Zoo recent update

With the rising cases of COVID-19 and the continued concern for public health and safety, the Tropical Forest and Bird’s World buildings, the Franklin Farm barn, chicken coop and brooder building will be temporarily closed to the public. People can still visit the Zoo, enjoy the fresh air and see the winter hardy animals such as lions, tiger, red pandas and more.

Online reservations and scannable timed tickets are required for your visit.

Zoo winter hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Oct. 1-March 31)

Virtual tours and activities will continue.

Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before visiting.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston ` `

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.

Please consider donating food, gift cards or hygiene products to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.

Phone their administrative offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.

Visit www.ccab.org for a list of places that they service along with more information.

Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations

Although the Franklin Park Zoo is partially open, donations to the “All Our Animals Fund” can still be made to keep the Zoo’s mission alive, to provide vital care to their animals and maintain the Zoo’s infrastructure.

The Zoo has set up the “All Our Animals Fund” and is asking for donations to continue its mission.

Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including ways to donate.

Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, provides a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

For information and to get involved in the Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network, visit bit.ly/jpmutualaid to find, among other information, links to resources.

Email mutualaidjamaicaplain@gmail.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.

This is one of the surface streetcars at the Jamaica Plain car house in 1906. Learn more from Digital Commonwealth at www.digitalcommonwealth.org.