The deadline for listings is noon, May 22 for the May 25 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.
Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum, with tours, music and children’s activities. Sun., May 13, 10am-4pm, 125 Arborway. Info: arboretum.harvard.edu/plants/lilac_sunday.html
First Thursdays, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre & South streets. Thurs., June 7. Info: jpcentresouthmainstreets.org.
JPNDC 35th anniversary celebration, Sat., June 9, Blessed Sacrament Campus, 365 Centre St. noon-2pm: Annual Meeting, 2-4pm: Community celebration with live music, food & fun activities. Info: jpndc.org/522-2424.
Lantern Festival, with dance performances and lantern designing. Thurs., July 12, Forest Hills Cemetery lake, 95 Forest Hills Ave. Info: foresthillstrust.org.
JP Music Fest benefit, with theme “Life Is a Carnival: Songs of Levon Helm & The Band,” and open mic, Tues., May 22, 8pm, Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St. $7. Info/RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/308281779248337/
Youth Open Mic nights, rappers, musicians, dancers, comedians, actors, poets, etc. welcome. First Fridays: June 1. First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Info: [email protected]/524-3992.
Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band concert, Sat., May 12, 2pm, Goddard House, 201 S. Huntington Ave. Info: goddardhouse.org.
Jazz concert, with George Garzone & Phil Grenadier. Sun., May 20, 2pm, Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery. Info: foresthillstrust.org.
JP Concerts: Mon., May 28, 4pm: Janus Opera. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., $10. Info: jpconcerts.org.
notloB concert series: May 23: Jim Hurst. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: [email protected]
Taylor House Music & Art series, Fri., May 11, 7:30pm: Ben Schwendener Trio. 50 Burroughs St., $10 suggested. Info: taylorhouse.com.
Collage by Jessica Burko, through May 31, Jameson & Thomson Fine Art Services, 15 Greenview Ave. Info: jessicaburko.com.
Natural Curiosity: A retrospective of images by Gordon Morrison, Through July 1, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway. Info: arboretum.harvard.edu/news-events/art-shows.
Gender-Free/English Country Dance, beginners welcome and encouraged. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays (5th Tuesdays: experienced) of the month, 7:30-11:30pm, First Church, 6 Eliot St. Info: www.lcfd.org/bgfe/512-5554.
Book discussion, Kazi Toure and other former political prisoners will be discussing David Gilbert’s “Love and Struggle.” Thurs., May 17, 7pm, Lucy Parson Center, 358A Centre St. Info: lucyparsons.org.
Poetic Convergence at Forest Hills Cemetery. May 27, 2pm: Boston Poetry Slam with Simone Beaubien, Forsyth Chapel, 95 Forest Hills Ave. $5. Info: foresthillstrust.org.
Book discussions at the Connolly: May 21, 7pm: Unbroken, A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.
Social Justice Book group, Thurs., May 17: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. 6:30pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.
Chapter and Verse reading series: May 11: Gary Duehr, Karen Miller, Margaret Young. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. $5. Info: jamaicapondpoets.com/325-8388.
Speak Out. Act Up. Move Forward. A performance, media, and sound design project about trust, protest, and making your voice heard. Fri., May 11, 6-8pm. Urbano Project, 284 Amory St. Info: 983-1007.
Artes Pa’lante, youth performances. Fri., May 11, 6pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: hydesquare.org.
Over the Line, psychological rock opera about ideology, indoctrination, unwritten rules, and inner transformation. Sat., June 2, 6 & 9pm, $10, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/240824.
Wednesday night Radical Movie Series, May 16: “Libertarias.” May 23: “We Still Live Here/as Nutyauean.” May 30: “XXY.” Lucy Parson Center, 358A Centre St. Info: lucyparsons.org.
Salaam Isfahan, documentary by Sanaz Azari. The director takes the pulse of Iran on the eve of June 2009 elections. Tues., May 29, 7pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 524-3158.
Films at the Connolly Library, Mon., May 14, 6:30pm: Locked Out. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.
Annual Voices & Visions creative writing & art exhibit, featuring artwork from children in The Home’s many programs. Thurs., May 17, 4-7pm, Fri., May 18, 9am-2pm, The Home for Little Wanderers, 161 S. Huntington Ave.
Girls Rock Camp Boston, week-long all-girl music camp. Applications now open, July 16-20, Aug. 6-10. Info: girlsrockboston.org.
Connolly Branch Library: Mon., May 21, 10:30am: family pajama storytime. Tuesdays, 10:30am: reading readiness spring story time. Please register. Wednesdays, 10:30am: Children’s Films. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm; Mondays, 4-6pm: homework assistance. 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.
Egleston Sq. Library: Tuesdays, 10:30am: preschool storytime, featuring puppets, songs games and fingerplays. Wednesdays, 10:30am: Babies and book sat the library. 4pm: homework help. 2044 Columbus Ave. Info: 445-4340.
Jamaica Plain Library: Tuesdays 10:30am: Toddler/preschool storytime. 3pm: Creative Drama Children. Wednesdays, 10:30am, baby and books. Mondays-Fridays, 3:30-5:30pm: homework assistance. 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.
Family art class, wheelchair accessible, Tuesdays 10:30am-noon. Family Resource Center, 1542 Columbus Ave. Info: 522-1018.
Swim League, Boston Center For Youth and Families seeks youth participants ages 6-17 for a competitive swim league. Experience not necessary, but participants must be able to swim one length of the swimming pool, Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath Street. Info: Bladimil Pujols, [email protected]
Playful Paws Playgroups, each class may include storytime, animal encounters, biofacts, crafts. For kids 18 months-3 years with a parent. $8-$10, Wednesdays, 10:15-11am, registration required. Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd. Info: 989-3742/zoonewengland.org.
Art, Woodworking and Sewing, Bookbinding and more at the Eliot School, classes start throughout the year. Days, evenings, weekends. The Eliot School of fine and Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. info/course listings: eliotschool.org.
Learn to stiltwalk with Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Sundays, 11am-1pm, $5. Info: 857-498-2438.
Toddler Drum Circle, a weekly drop-in gathering of toddlers 1-5 and parents to play, dance and drum, coordinated by Cornell “Sugarfoot” Coley, Saturdays, 9:30am-10:30am, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., $8. Info: [email protected]
After-School Teen Welding and Teen Jewelry Workshops now available from 3-5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays at Stonybrook Fine Arts. Info: stonybrookfinearts.com.
Knitting Group, Thursdays, 6-8pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.
Egleston Orchard work days: May 12, 27, June 9, 24, July 7, 22, August 4, 19, Sept. 1, 16, 29. Info: [email protected]
Tours & Talks
Charlie Kelleher Fun Run/Walk, to benefit the Italian Home for Children. Sat., May 12, at Forest Hills Cemetery. Registration 8am, $20, race 9am. Info: 524-4396.
Guided walking tours, conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, Sat., May 12: Monument Square neighborhood. Sat., May 19: Sumner Hill neighborhood. 11am, from the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street. Info: jphs.org.
Guided walk of Olmsted Park, led by National Park Service ranger. Sun., May 13, 1pm, meet at Daisy Field parking lot on Willow Pond Rd., rain or shine. Info: 566-1689.
Bird Walks: May 5, 19: Arnold Arboretum, inside the main gate, 8am, with Bob Mayer and Marc Devokaitis, 90 minutes. Info: www.arboretum.harvard.edu. Sun., May 13: Bussey Brook Meadow, South Street gate, Arnold Arboretum, with Bob Mayer, 8am, 90 minutes. Info: [email protected] Fri., May 18: Franklin Park, 7am, with Stephen Baird, meet at Mother’s Rest picnic area. Info: franklinparkcoalition.org.
Forest Hills Cemetery walking tours, Sun., May 27, 2pm: Answering the call, military figures. Sun., June 3, 2pm: Women who wanted something better. Sun., June 10, 2pm: Anne Sexton & E.E. Cummings. Sun., July 1, 2pm: Independent thinkers. Info: foresthillstrust.org.
Jamaica Pond Walk, guided by a National Park Service Ranger, covering history & design, rain or shine. Sun., May 20, 1-3pm. Meet at Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Info: 566-1689 x216.
Children’s Theater Project offers year-round theater classes for children ages 5-7. Tuesday afternoons, 4-5pm for fifteen weeks during fall and winter/spring terms. 7a Eliot St., Info: Carol Gallagher, 913-8951.
Salsa dancing lessons, Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., $15. Info: 635-5193.
Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate & meditation classes, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: [email protected]
UForge Gallery: “Manipulation,” mixed media. Tuesdays, through May 22, 7-9pm, $175. “Spectrum,” painting, Wednesdays, May 30 – June 20, $205. “Stories,” assemblage, Tues., June 19, 7-8:30pm, $85 or Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am, June 23 – July 14, $175. UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.
Buddhist meditation classes, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, through April 19, $10. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Revere St. Info: meditationinmass.org/meditate-in-boston/508-979-8277.
MindBody/Health Promotion Center offers yoga, meditation and stress reduction classes. 10 Green St. Info: 983-4226.
Spring Flea, vintage clothes, books, crafts. Sun., May 13, 10am-4pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: [email protected]
Friends of the JP Branch Library book sale, Fri., May 18, 10am-4pm & Sat., May 19, 9:30am-1pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.
Walk around Jamaica Pond, fundraiser for Connolly and JP Branch libraries. Suggested donation $5. Registration at Jamaica Pond Boathouse, June 2, 1-4pm. Info: on.fb.me/IGUIJP.
JP Spring Fair, crafts, BBQ, local plants, used books. Sat., June 2, 11am-4pm, rain or shine. First Church, 6 Eliot St. Info: [email protected]
Bikes Not Bombs Bike-a-thon, ride 15-65 miles to raise money to support BNB’s youth programs. Sun., June 3. Info: bikesnotbomb.org.
Hyde Sq. Task Force 5k, to benefit youth community leadership programs. Multiday, June 5-9. Info: [email protected]
Call to Artists
Speak out, act up, move forward, a performance, media, and sound design project and work opportunity for Boston-area public high school students. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-6:30pm, Through May 17. Info: urbanoproject.org/artistsProjects.php.