Sights and Sounds, Oct. 14, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Oct. 25 for the Oct. 28 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Latino Heritage, at Connolly Branch Library, Mon. Oct. 17 at 6pm. La Pinata presents Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, and Latin Zumba music and dances. Decorate faroles (lanterns) to use at the JP Lantern Parade. All ages. 522-1960.

Shop JP Style, Oct. 27 4-8pm. Includes over 25 participating style merchants along Centre and South St.

         Antiques Appraisal Night, hosted by [email protected], Thurs. Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30pm at Footlight Club. Antiques and collectibles appraised by Patrick Byrne, proprieter of Cobwebs. $15 Tickets for general publics, $10 for [email protected] members. Each ticket includes appraisal of one item.

Annual Costume Dog Parade and Fashion Show, Sat. Oct. 29, 1pm. Registration and check-in will begin at 12 noon at First Baptist Church. Entry fee is $10 with proceeds o the City of Boston Animal Shelter. Info: [email protected]

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.

Zoo Howl, Oct. 29-30 at Franklin Park Zoo. Children are invited to trick-or-treat throughout the zoo, compete in costume contests and enjoy other Halloween related games and crafts.

Music/art

         The Power of our Stories Oct. 18, 25 & November 1, 5:30 – 7:30pm at Jamaica Plain Community Center (Curtis Hall), 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain. FREE workshops from Families Creating Together with teaching artist Ayisha Knight Shaw. Families create “identity boxes” sharing how they see themselves, inside and outside, using sign language, interpretation, movement and visual arts. Presented in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Wheelchair accessible. Light supper provided. FCT is a program of Community Service Care/Tree of Life Coalition. To register and for more information call 617-522-4832 or email [email protected]. Additional information at www.familiescreatingtogether.org

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

         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.

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

Music as a Second Language (MSL), free bi-weekly workshop series that explores various elements of music through collaborative improvisational games. Whether you’re an experienced musician looking to refresh your perspective, or you’ve always wanted to play but never knew where to start, MSL could be for you! Join the conversation every 2nd and 4th Sunday 1-3pm until Dec. 11 at CityPOP Egleston, 3195 Washington Street. Email [email protected] for registration and more information. Walk-ins welcome.

         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 JP 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

         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; 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.

Sole Train 5k and Kids Fun Race, Sat. Oct. 15, Jamaica Pond. Registration is $35 for adults and $25 for youth. On-site registration available prior to the race 7-9am. Proceeds support Sole Train: Boston Runs Together. Info: www.soletrain5k.com.

         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

         Women and Children First, Sun. Oct. 23, 2pm. Hosted by author and historian Susan Wilson. Follow the lives and burials of Dr. Susan Dimock and Dr. Marie Zakrzewska of New England Hospital for Women and Children. Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery’s main entrance. $10.

         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.

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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