Sights and Sounds, Dec. 23, 2016

December 23, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Jan. 10 for the Jan. 13 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Run for All, respond to the Trump inaugurations by standing up to civil liberties and raising money for the ACLU. Join members of your community and the Field Director of the Massachusetts ACLU in a gathering followed by a run/walk around Jamaica Pond. Free, accepting donations (every penny goes directly to ACLU). Jan. 22, 10am, Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Info: runforall.net.

Nehar Shalom Chanukah Party, Tues. Dec. 27, 5:30-7:30pm, 43 Lochstead Ave. Join us for an evening of celebration with latkes, dreidels, candle lighting and live Klezmer music. $10/adult. Info: www.neharshalom.org

Music/art

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

Old time music, Southern/roots music, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7.30pm, back room at Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: peggyconant@gmail.com.

BNN Neighborhood Art Gallery, Winter in New England, viewing and artist reception at BNN’s media center and TV studios. Free and open to the public. RSVP required. Mon. Jan. 9 at 5:30-7pm. 3025 Washington St. 2nd Floor. Egleston Square. www.bnntv.org or 708-3224.

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.

Concert Series at Loring-Greenough, Jan. 15 Jay Psaros, Jan. 29 Martin & Susanne.

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: songbeatcircle@gmail.com, 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.

Youth/Families

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

Connolly Branch Library. High school mentors for grades K-8 Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm. 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.

         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: htsinine@gmail.com.

         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

         Life and Legacy of Emily Greene Balch, Sun. Jan. 8, 2-4pm, First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

         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.

The Hidden Half of Nature, The microbial roots of life and health. By David R. David R. Montgomery, PhD, University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences, and Ann Bikle, MLA, Biologist and Environmental Planner. Sun. Jan. 8, 2–3:30pm. Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum. $10; Free to Arnold Arboretum members and students. Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or 384-5277.

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: mary.sacksteder@gmail.com.

         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: narrativesboston@gmail.com.

         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/umnunity@gmail.com.

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