Sights and Sounds, Feb. 24, 2017

February 24, 2017
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Special events

         Frederick Law Olmsted’s 195th Birthday, April 26, 6-8pm. First Church Unitarian Universalist Jamaica Plain, Eliot and Centre Streets. Wheelchair accessible. Call for action to protect and preserve parks and open spaces. Info: www.olmsted2022.org, 524-7070, fredericklawolmsted@yahoo.com.

Haffenreffer Chimney Restoration Project, official unveiling of chimney, project restores historic signage on the Haffenreffer Brewery’s chimney to its full name and height for the first time in 30 years. Thurs. Mar. 2, 3:30pm: ribbon cutting (Bella Luna Patio), 4-6pm: Reception, 284 Amory St.

Music/art

         China Fox mixtape release party, Mar. 23, 10pm-1am at Bella Luna & The Milky Way Lounge. Free with suggested donation.

         Palaver Strings: Lover’s tears, Palaver Strings, a musician-led string orchestra is giving a classical music concert of works by Nina Rota, Janacek, Arensky, Prokofiev and Dowland tied together in a celebration of love. Feb. 25, 8-10pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain. Info and tickets: palaverinfo@gmail.com or www.palaverstrings.org.

Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Fri. Mar. 10, 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. $5 Suggested Donation or whatever you can afford. Info: Jamaicapondpoets.com.

         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.

Elena Passarello will read from ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES, answer questions, and sign books at La Rana Rossa (154 Green Street) at 7 pm on Mar. 1. Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Tickets $5, purchase in-store or online at papercutsjp.com/events.

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: 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

         Fundraiser for JP KidsArts, Join us for dinner and OpinioNation, a Family Feud-style trivia game that’s perfect for all ages. Free admission. La Rana Rossa will donate 15% of the day’s proceeds to JP KidsArts. 154 Green St. Tues. Feb. 28, 6-9pm. Info: info@jpkidsarts.org or info@laranarossapizza.com.

         JP Regan Youth League, Annual Meeting, Weds. Mar. 1, 6:30-8pm at Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Learn about volunteer opportunities, league calendar and updates, board elections. Registration for Softball and Baseball: Sat. Mar. 25 and Sat. Apr. 1.

         Club Girls Rock Campaign Boston, for girls grades 7-12. Workshops, instrument instruction, jam sessions, and more. Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm at Spontaneous Celebrations Jan-May. Info: girlsrockboston.org/programs/club-grcb.

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

         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.

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960, www.bpl.org.

            Baby Story Time, Stories and songs for babies up to 18 months. Fridays, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.

Children’s Films, Short, fun films for preschoolers. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Book Discussion for Adults, Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan. Mon. Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

ESL Conversation Groups: Practice Speaking English, Mondays, February 27, 6:30 p.m., Fridays, Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m.

Homework Help Programs, Boston Public School teacher: Mondays, 4 – 6 p.m.

High school mentors for grades K – 8: Mondays – Thursdays, 3:30 –

5:30 p.m.

Spanish-English Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español, Saturdays / sábados, 12 – 1:45 p.m.

Egleston Square Branch Library,

2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340.

Free Drop-In Homework Help, Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm, ongoing. Free, drop-in afterschool homework help for students in grades K-8, provided by trained, high-achieving high school students.

Preschool Storytime & Craft; Tuesdays, Feb. 28 & Mar. 7, 10:30-11:30am. Join the children’s librarian for stories, songs, activities, and a craft related to a different theme each week. For children ages 2-4, accompanied by a caregiver. Siblings and groups are welcome.

Art Play: Tues., Feb. 28 & Mar. 7, 3:30-5:30pm. Create freestyle, three-dimensional art and construction projects with a new set of surprise materials every week in this drop-in program. Your imagination is the limit! For children ages 5 and up.

Family Board Game Night, Weds. Mar. 1, 6-7:30pm. Let the library become your living room for a night of fun and competition. We’ll have games for ages 5 and up, and snacks to share. For children, teens, and their families.

Baby/Toddler Music Time, Fridays, Feb. 24, Mar. 3 & 10, 10:30am
Sing, dance, read, and play in these interactive musical storytime, followed by a play group. For children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers.

Classes/talks

         The Contributions of Women’s Clubs in Boston, Tues. Mar. 28 and Tues. April 4, both at 6:30pm, programs are identical. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Free and open to the public.

         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 Sunday Afternoon Lecture Series in the historic Forsyth Chapel. Carved in Stone:  Inscriptions with Real Meaning— with author and historian Dee Morris, Sun. Mar. 5 at 2PM. Discover the splendid variety of messages carved on the monuments of Forest Hills. Just the right words have captured life stories, documented extraordinary events and celebrated greater Boston residents. More importantly, these inscriptions immortalize profound sentiments. Admission:  $10 per person for advance tickets; $12 at the door. Tickets available at http://foresthillscemetery.eventbrite.com

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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