Sights and Sounds, May 26, 2017

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Special events

Komera Global Run Boston, a global movement of people around the world coming together to move in support of girls’ education and empowerment. June 4, 1.5 mile fun run, Jamaica Pond Boathouse, registration at 8:15am, run at 9am, kids fun run begins 9:30am. Info: [email protected]., register at

5th Annual Giant Yard Sale and Car Wash: June 3, 10am-2pm, at the South Street Development, 125 South Street, Jamaica Plain. Shop for furniture, clothes, kitchenware, toys, games, books, household items, and so much more, while getting your car washed. Proceeds will benefit the South Street Youth Center.  The yard sale will be the kick-off for the weekly market in Jamaica Plain of The Fresh Truck, a mobile grocery store that works to “impact community health by celebrating food culture and getting fresh food to people that need it most”. The Fresh Truck will be on site during the yard sale with its selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices, and will subsequently hold markets at 125 South Street on Monday evenings.

First Baptist Birthday, this year First Baptist JP turns 175 years old!  We will be having a number of celebratory events throughout the year and our first is a Dinner and Auction on June 3. You are warmly invited to attend.

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Bikes not Bombs Bike-a-thon, Sun. June 4, 100 mile ride leaves in the AM, festival goes 12-5:30pm, park across from Stony Brook MBTA station, 100 Boylston St. Three other ride offerings (10, 30, or 50 miles). Adults raise at least $150 and riders under 17 must raise $75 to ride. Register today.

First Church JP Annual Spring Crafts Fair, Sat. June 3, 11am-4pm. Vendors welcome to set up beginning at 9:30am. Spaces are rented at $10/foot. Info: [email protected] or 524-1643.

Arts and culture

         Disrupting the Cannon, Cardamom Quartet performs a concert of music by women. Fri, June 16, 7:30pm at Taylor House B&B. $15 donation (includes dessert reception).

JP Jubilee, “Singing our Way to Longevity” in concert, Sat. June 3, 2pm (short and sweet). JP Branch of Boston Public Library, 30 South St. Elizabeth Anker, conductor. Music from Hamilton, Monteverdi, Billy Joel, and others. Wheelchair accessible. Concert is free, voluntary donations are gratefully accepted to keep this voice class for elders free!

Book reading, June 7, Jessie Chaffee, author of FLORENCE IN ECSTASY will read at Papercuts (5 Green Street) at 7pm. Jessie Chaffee was awarded a Fulbright Grant to complete Florence in Ecstasy and was the writer-in-residence at Florence University of the Arts. Tickets $5, available in-store or online at

JPAA Spring Members Show, visual art by more than 25 Boston artists featured in Eliot Hall at the Footlight Club at 7 Eliot St. Opening on June 1 with a reception from 6-8pm. Show runs through June 23. Info:

         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.

Violin concert, Goddard Violin Studio, violin students ages 5-8. Weds. May 31, 5:30pm, St. John’s Church, 1 Roanoke Ave. (440) 935-5426.

Steve Edson at JP Library, photographer, Jamaica Plain Branch of Boston Public Library’s debut show on view thru June 30, public reception on Thurs. June 8, 6-8pm. Info: [email protected].

Story Slam at Doyles Café, third Sunday of each month. Starts at 7pm (doors at 6:30). $10 ticket. 3484 Washington St.

Canary Square Movies, Every Sunday evening throughout May, Canary Square will be hosting a movie night featuring a blockbuster hit, complimentary popcorn, and a $10 specialty cocktail inspired by the featured movie. Movie Night will take place at 10 p.m. May 28: Toy Story. 435 S Huntington Ave. 524-02130 /

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.


         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:


Go Wild at ZooCamp, Have a blast while learning about the amazing world of animals during Franklin Park Zoo’s summer ZooCamp! During one or two weeklong sessions, children ages 6 – 11 will learn exciting new things, make new friends, and get to explore the natural world around them! Animal encounters, outdoor games, arts and crafts, and tours are just some of the many unique activities campers will experience at ZooCamp. June 26-Aug. 18, Childrens ages 12-13, all programs from 9am-3pm daily. Visit

         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: Also, applications available now for Girls Rock Summer Sessions (July 17-22, and Aug. 7-12). Apply to participate or intern.

         Roberto Clemente 21 Sports Program, accepting applications for the 2017 Little League Baseball Season. For boys & girls ages 5-18 years old. Info: Contact Alfredo Liriano at 828-9524 or [email protected].

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

         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.

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

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.

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

Egleston Square Branch Library

2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340.

Youth Programs

Little Voices, Big Changes: Social Justice Storytime, Sat. May 27, 10:30am. Wee the People, a social justice project for kids exploring activism through art, offers this storytime to help kids learn about what it means to fight for change and how we can use our voices – even the littlest ones – to make the world more fair for everyone. Ideal for children ages 4-7, accompanied by a caregiver.

The Pineapple Project, Mon. June 5, 10:30-11:30am. In honor of Pride Month, please join us for the Pineapple Project, an original play about gender, creativity, and every child’s freedom to be who they are. For children ages 3-8, accompanied by a caregiver. Daycare and preschool groups are welcome but should call ahead.

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

Preschool Storytime & Craft, Tuesdays, May 30 & June 6, 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.

Baby/Toddler Music Time, Fridays, May 26, June 2 & 9, 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.

Adult Programs

Chyna L. presents Risking It All For My Hustla 3, Weds. May 31, 6:30-7:30pm. Join us as local author Chyna L. reads from and discusses her latest book, Risking It All For My Hustla 3.Chyna L. is a 27-year-old single mother of two with a heart for teenage girls and young women. She was raised in the slums of Boston by a single mother and became a single mother herself at the age of 16. In her stories she strives to set good and bad examples for her readers while giving them a taste of what she’s been through. When she’s not reading, writing, or being a mom you can find her with her hands in many other things, including the fashion world and music industry.

All Ages

Spring Book & Bake Sale, Sat. June 3, 10:30am-1pm. Books for sale! Lemonade! Desserts! Baked goods! Perfect for gifts or treats for you and your family! All proceeds go to benefit programs and resources at the library.


Emerald Necklace Conservancy Free Tours, all tours start at the Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 the Fenway. Evening Garden Stroll, 
Tues. Jun 6 and 20 from 6-7pm. History and Landscape of the Fens, 
Sun. Jun 18 from 1-2:30pm. Bike Tour!
Sat. Jun 24 from 11am-1pm.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Stony Brook/Brookside neighborhood will take place on Sat. May 27 starting at 11am from in front of Stony Brook MBTA station on the Orange Line. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Hyde Square neighborhood will take place on Sat. June 3 starting at 11am from in front of Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

The Great Boston Fire of 1872, talk held by Forest Hills Cemetery and Forest Hills Educational Trust and given by Anthony Sammarco in the Forsyth Chapel at 95 Forest Hills Ave. Sun. June 4 at 2pm, $10 advance, $12 at door.

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

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


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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