Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Here's the Curtis House at 463 Centre St. during the winter of 1939. According to the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, the house was built in 1722 for Joseph Curtis by his father, Samuel Curtis. Learn more at www.jphs.org/people/2005/4/14/curtis-family-homestead.html.

Northeastern STEMout Workshop: Morse Code

Boston Public Library will host Northeastern STEMout Workshops from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for kids in grades 4 through 8.

On Saturday Feb. 13, students will learn how to communicate with Morse Code.

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

Virtual Pandemic Partner Yoga

Find connection and embodied presence in this virtual partner yoga workshop, designed for partners, friends, roommates and/or family members who are able to safely share physical space with each other.

Yoga Therapist Alex Bauermeister will guide a gentle sequence of beginner-friendly partnered yoga poses and some assisted restorative poses to exchange grounding touch and nervous-system-soothing touch from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.

People will move together, breathe together and reflect on the experience together with Bauermeister's verbal prompts.

This JP Centre workshop will be hosted virtually live through Zoom and will be recorded and shared with all registrants, with unlimited access for 7 days.

Go to jpcentreyoga.com/calender-events//virtual-pandemic-partner-yoga for more information and registration (tiered pricing $30-$50 with optional 50 percent BIPOC discount).

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.


During ZOOcation week – Monday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 19 – get close to some amazing ambassador animals, right from the comfort of your own couch.

Join the zoo virtually from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a wild week of animal encounters and educator-led crafts and activities (themes change daily), live from both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.

Go to zoonewengland.org/engage/zoocation-week for more information and daily tickets ($40 member; $45 nonmember).

‘The Year We Thought About Love’

JP Movie Nights will feature the documentary The Year We Thought About Love. Rolling screening starts on Monday, Feb. 15; Q&A with the filmmaker takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18.

TYWTAL focuses on a Boston-based group of LGBTQ youth of color as they band together and dare to be 'out' on stage about their lives and their loves.

The cast of True Colors: OUT Youth Theater transforms their struggles into performance for social change. The film's cast members include a transgender teenager, Alyssa, who is kicked out of her home, a devout Christian, Chi, who challenges his church's homophobia, and a genderqueer individual, Ayden, who likes to wear masculine clothing, even as they model dresses on the runway. After the Boston Marathon bombs explode yards from their rehearsal space, the troupe becomes even more determined to share their stories of love to help their city heal.

Go to eventbrite.com/e/the-year-we-thought-about-love-tickets-137703927153 for more information and tickets ($10).

Castle of Our Skins: ‘My Favorite Things’

Taylor Lena McTootle and Castle of Our Skins (Boston’s concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry) will present "My Favorite Things,” a delightful way to introduce young learners (elementary-school-aged) to various genres and styles of music from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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

Virtual Animal Adventure

Staff at Animal Adventures Family Zoo and Rescue Center will show some of their amazing animals and give some great facts from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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

Character workshop with Petey Gibson

Do you love making up characters, doing voices, writing stories? Are you wishing to be more creative and have more fun during this Stay-at-Home time? Want to get the blood moving and the creative juices flowing?

Petey Gibson will lead a fun workshop in character building to set you up to write your own original story from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Participants (ages 7-12) will do some improv movement exercises, learn about building characters and talk about story structure so when the workshop is over, they’ll be set to build their own original story. Class comes with the option to send finished stories to Gibson for personal feedback.

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

FB Live Kids Club: ‘The Oldest Student’

Kids Club features virtual stories, crafts, and STEAM activities for children, ages 4 and up, and meets from 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 on Facebook Live.

The group will read about Mary Walker, who was born into slavery in 1848 and learned how to read when she was 116 years old. Ms. Barbara will also demonstrate how to make a collaged writing journal.

Visit bpl.org/events for the more information and a quick link to facebook.com/bpljamaicaplain.

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.

‘The Woman in White’

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, presented by The Footlight Club, will Live Stream at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27.

Synopsis: When a young man encounters a ghostly woman dressed all in white on a moonlit road, he is drawn into a web of intrigue that will transform his life forever. Offering his assistance to this distressed, spectral woman, he is later shocked to discover that she had just escaped from a nearby insane asylum.

Visit footlight.org/blog/2021/woman-in-white for more information and tickets

(Member/Subscriber: $0 | Non-Member: $10).

‘In the Future Everything Will Be Perfect’ exhibit

In the Future Everything Will Be Perfect, a solo show by Anne Spalter, will be on view in the windows of Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St. through Monday, Feb. 21.

In the Future Everything Will be Perfect includes a series of interactive work (that can be accessed through Cyberarts’ windows) featuring rotating abstract crystal balls in a sea of kaleidoscopic color.

When viewers approach the screens, the previously empty crystal balls fill with hopeful animated imagery hinting at better times ahead. Experience tropical settings with palm trees waving in the wind, astronauts floating in space, confetti cannons firing, flocks of birds flying over puffy white clouds, diamonds raining down, energy flashes, butterflies and more.

In addition, smaller screens will display a selection of Spalter’s blockchain-based works. QR codes presented with the videos will link to the works online.

Check online at bostoncyberarts.org/exhibitions.

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.

BPL Reading Challenge

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.org 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 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.

#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.

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 20-minute Feldenkrais® movement lesson, an hour of individual musical practice time, and 10 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

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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