Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes
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 – select from a variety made by local chefs; a handmade, one-of-a kind, ceramic bowl made by MassArt CACP and Clay for Change; fresh bread from Iggy's; and the Zoom link to the virtual program at 5 p.m.
Enjoy add-ons such as beer, wine and their classic chocolate chip cookies to round out the meal, as well as Haley House merchandise.
The fun Souper Bowl packages can be picked up at Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury at a pre-selected time to enjoy safely at home.
All proceeds benefit the Haley House Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community, 23 Dartmouth St. in South End and Haley House Bakery Café and Catering, 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.
Visit haleyhouse.org/updates/souperbowl13 for more information and tickets (starting at $40) – on sale now.
‘How to have a happy mind around difficult people’
Clare Morin, Buddhist teacher of KMC Boston will present “How to Have a Happy Mind Around Difficult People” on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Session 1 will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and Session 2 will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Perhaps there is a difficult person at work or a challenging neighbor or family member. Although daily interactions with this person may be small, the experience can nonetheless create enormous stress.
Buddha taught healing meditations for dissolving this negativity – not by changing the other person, but by transforming how to respond to them – can be extremely beneficial.
The group will explore practical meditations on equanimity and loving-kindness. With these teachings, difficult people can actually start to become our greatest teachers – in how they inspire us to develop resilient new habits of love, patience and compassion.
Everyone is welcome.
Go to meditationinboston.org/happymind for more information and registration ($25 | free for Members).
Creating a picture book with Katia Wish
In this fun and interactive story time slated from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, author-illustrator Katia Wish will share the secrets of making her picture book - Raccoon’s Perfect Snowman.
After an engaging slide presentation and story reading, the kids will enjoy a draw-along activity. The kids will learn that every book goes through many stages to become a real published book.
Visit emeraldnecklace.org/event/creating-a-picture-book-with-katia-wish for more information and Zoom registration.
JP Centre ‘Weathering Winter’ workshop
Join Nina Reis for a “Weathering Winter” workshop from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Using Katonah Yoga methodology and QiGong, this workshop will include physical practices that cultivate winter’s organs (kidneys and bladder). Expect vigorous and calming pranayama and quieting, contemplative postures.
Visit jpcentreyoga.com/calender-events//weathering-winter for more information and Zoom registration (Investment: $25 to $40 with optional 50 percent BIPOC discount).
A Far Cry: ‘By Heart’
A Far Cry will present By Heart at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7. The full orchestra program will include Arvo Pärt | Silouan’s Song; Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges | Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, Op. 13 No. 1; and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48, performed from memory.
Visit afarcry.org for more information and Event Pass (0 to $40).
Remarkable photos of Leon Abdalian
Aaron Schmidt of the Boston Public Library’s Prints Department will talk about Leon Abdalian and his amazing photographs from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, hosted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.
Leon Hampartzoum Abdalian was born in 1884 in what was Cilician Armenia, then located in the Ottoman Empire (now modern Turkey). He migrated with his family to the United States in April of 1896 and they eventually settled in Jamaica Plain.
It is believed that he was largely self-taught as a photographer. For most of the time he was photographing (1913-1967), he also worked full-time as a conductor on the Boston Elevated Railway. Abdalian retired as a conductor in 1951, but continued his career as a photographer, primarily with large formats, into the 1960s almost to the year of his death in 1967.
Go to eventbrite.com/e/the-remarkable-photos-of-leon-abdalian-tickets-132681408665 for more information and registration.
‘The Purpose of Power: We Are All Trayvon’
The Boston Public Library, in partnership with the GBH Forum Network, welcomes author Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, for an online conversation moderated by BPL President David Leonard from 6 to 7:30 on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Years after his tragic death at the age of 17 during the violent confrontation in 2012, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera.
But who was Trayvon Martin before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one Black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade?
Through real life stories and compelling experiences, Sybrina Fulton answers those questions. Fulton’s experiences goes beyond the news cycle and familiar images to give the account that only she can offer: the story of the beautiful and complex child she lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and an inspiring journey from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to purpose.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Toddlerbilly Riot with Matt Heaton
A virtual Toddlerbilly Riot concert with Matt Heaton will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 on www.facebook.com/bpljamaicaplain.
His songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and sincere sense of fun.
‘Love - Free from Suffering’
Emotional dependency. Miscommunication. Conflicts with loved ones. How can we become aware of unspoken expectations? How can we free ourselves from suffering?
In “How to Transform Your Life,” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says "Love is the real inner protection against suffering."
The mind of love is THAT powerful. It can eradicate every suffering appearance.
Gen Kelsang Khedrub, resident teacher of KMC Boston will present “Love - Free from Suffering” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Explore how to increase the power of love in a way that only brings happiness and joy. This course will offer new approaches and help you develop new insights into your experience of caring about and loving others.
This session will have time for teaching and time for contemplation with Q&A at the end. Everyone is welcome.
Visit meditationinboston.org/love-free for more information and registration ($25 | free for Members).
Operation Swag Bag for homeless teens
OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center is collecting monetary donations to help stuff and distribute backpacks for teens in Boston's homeless shelters.
Go to originationinc.org/events for the link to donate.
‘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.
Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Reverie’
The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 to discuss the fantasy novel Reverie by Ryan La Sala.
Teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations whether or not you have read the chosen book. This teen librarian led monthly group is part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the book synopsis and how to join on Twitch.
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 on their website and social media platforms.
Visit ethocare.org for more information and quick links to the programs.
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.
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 younger. 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.
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.
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 of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
New Parent Group
The Boston Public Library’s New Parent 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 Zoom 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 email@example.com.
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. It’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Penny Wells at email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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 vendors who are located in a variety of Boston neighborhoods and beyond.
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 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 per 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. have been canceled. Meals are being delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
If you would like to receive these meals, email firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or phone 617-524-3992. For more information, visit firstbaptistjp.org.
Zoos are open
Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are open for a roarin’ good time following COVID guidelines.
At each park, guests will be invited to experience an Outdoor Safari Walk, a one-way trail through many of the zoo exhibits. Some of the buildings may be closed. The playground and play stations are open.
Online reservations and timed tickets that can be scanned 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 you visit.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.