Sights and Sounds, Sept. 23, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Oct. 11 for the Oct. 14 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Franklin Park’s Run Wild 5k, Sept. 24. All ages invited to participate in the race, which includes prizes for the top runners in each category. Race entry fee includes admission to the Zoo and a post-race party.

Franklin Park Coalition’s 5k Turkey Trot, Nov. 24, 9am. To run, walk, or become a sponsor, contact Franklin Park Coalition at 442-4141 or [email protected]

Octoberfest Fiesta, annual fundraising spectacular for JPNDC, Oct. 27, 6-9pm, Samuel Adams Brewery, 30 Germania St, JP. JPNDC.org.

Music/art

         Uforge Gallery’s Last Show, opening reception with featured artist, Beverly Arsem, 767 Centre St. Thurs. Oct. 6, 6-9pm. Exhibition dates through Oct. 30; Artist talk on Thurs. Oct. 27.

         ArtsCommons and Community, free ArtWeek Boston event at Mildred Hailey Apartments, 30 Bickford St. Sat. Oct. 8 1-6pm. BostonAPP/Lab will create a temporary “art-maker space” through adaptive reuse of various materials.

         Danza Organica Open Rehearsal, free ArtWeek Boston event, Weds. Oct. 5, 10am-12pm at Tony Williams Dance Center, 284 Amory St. Participants invited to join dance warm up and witness first hand the creative process with Q&A after rehearsal.

         Art Grove kickoff, meet Art Grove artists, enjoy music, poetry, visual art, and community. Oct. 1, 12-6. Franklin Park Art Grove. Info: artgrove.org.

         Benefit recital, benefiting the Step By Step School for Children with Autism in Georgetown, Guyana. Mark Richardson on violin and James Staples on piano. Sat. Oct. 1, 4pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, One Roanoke Ave.

         Metal Casting and Sam Adams tour, learn the basics of metal casting and leave with an aluminum object, ArtWeek Boston tour of Sam Adams brewery to follow. Minimum age 10 years old. $50, Stonybrook Fine Arts, 24 Porter St. Sat. Oct. 8, 10:45-3:45pm.

         Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Fri. Oct. 14, 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Jim Lafond-Lewis, Lynne Potts, and Lisa C. Taylor. Suggested donation $5.

         The Why, a Chamber Jazz Quartet, Fri. Sept. 30, 7:30pm, The Parish Hall at First Church in JP. 6 Eliot Street. $15 advance, $20 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2585902.

         Book Party, “Born on Third Base” by Chuck Collins. Fri. Oct. 21, 7pm, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St.

         Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Wednesdays: Coffeehouse Wednesdays, acoustic acts, 6-8:15pm, free; Thursdays: Queeraoke lesbian night; Fridays, 6-8:30pm: Hippie Hour, free; Sundays 9pm-2am.

Old time music, Southern/roots music, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7.30pm, back room at Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: [email protected]

First Fridays Youth Open Mic with renowned feature artists, first Friday of every month, 7pm at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Free for performers and those under 25, $10 suggested donation for those 25 and over.

SongBeat Circle, a song & drum circle hosted monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30p.m. in the Parish Hall at First Church in Jamaica Plain.  Facilitated by a board-certified music therapist, SongBeat provides the community surrounding Jamaica Plain a place to sing and drum together. Participants will hopefully gain a sense of connection with others, experience the healing of live music-making, and find some joy in their busy lives.  All ages welcome. Donation of $5 to $10 is encouraged.  No musical experience or talent required. Info: [email protected], 524-1634 or 775-7602.

Dance

         Free salsa class, open to the public, all ages welcome. Franklin Park, in front of White Stadium gates, 429 Walnut Ave. Sept. 24, 4-7pm.

         West African dance classes, taught by Zucan, a principal dancer with the Drum and Spirit of African Society. Mondays, 7:30-9pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: 359-1552.

         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.

BalletRox dance classes at Spontaneous Celebrations, for students grades K-12. Saturdays 8am-12noon; Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-7pm, September 12 to late May. Affordable, on a sliding fee scale.  Ballet, tap, hip hop, street jazz, Caribbean Soca, modern fusion.  Info:  www.balletrox.info; 224-7386.

Youth/Families

         BNBL Pee-Wee Basketball, boys and girls ages 6-10, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Franklin Park. Info: franklinparkcoalition.org.

Connolly Branch Library. Homework Help with Boston Public School teacher, Mondays 4-6pm, Homework help with high school mentor grades K-8, Mondays-Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm; Children’s films, Wednesdays, 10:30am.

         Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340. Mon.-Thurs., 3:30pm-5:30pm: homework help. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am, preschool storytime. Fridays, 10:30am: baby/toddler music time. Baby/Toddler music time, Fridays, 11:15am, for ages 0-2 and their caregivers.

         Tiny Tots World Music and Movement, music classes for kids age 2-5 by Helder Tsinine, Mondays 11-11:45am; Saturdays, 10-10:45am, $17 per class or $90 for 6 weeks, Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: [email protected]

         Family art class, wheelchair accessible, Tuesdays 10:30am-11:30am, ages 3-5. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5+. Family Resource Center, 1542 Columbus Ave. Info: 522-1018.

         Learn to stiltwalk with Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Sundays, 11am-1pm, $5. Info: 857-498-2438.

Classes/talks

         Stonybrook Fine Arts, teen & adult classes in welding, foundry and mold-making ongoing, 24 Porter St. Info: stonybrookfinearts.com.

Community Arts Music Program for Seniors, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., Fridays 10:30-noon. Info: 983-3638.

Free guided walking tour of Jamaica Pond, Sat. Sept. 24 starting at 11am in front of the bandstand. Conducted by the JP Historical Society.

Meet-Ups

         Support For Vegetarian/Vegan Lifestyles, 2nd and 4th Fridays at Spontaneous Celebrations 6:30-8, see movies, enjoy potlucks, discuss scientific research, swap recipes and discuss challenges. Info: [email protected]

         Narratives Boston, queer activist-writers group open to LGBTQ-identified adults interested in creative expression and social justice, first and third Wednesday evenings of the month, 7-9pm, Haymarket People’s Fund, 42 Seaverns Ave. Info: [email protected]

         Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Spanish/English language exchange, Saturdays, noon-1:45pm. ESL conversation groups, Mondays 6:30pm, Thursdays, 2:30pm.

         Party for the Helping Hand Fund, hosted by Haymarket People’s Fund, every 3rd Friday of the month, 5:30-8pm, 42 Seaverns Ave. Info: 522-3349/[email protected]

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