Sights and Sounds, June 9, 2017

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. June 20 for the June 23 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Yard Sale & Raffle Fundraiser.  Benefit for The New Garden Society. Sun. June 11 10am-2pm. Lawn at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street. Sweet second-hand goods, plant lovers goods and gardening advice from experts on site. TNGS – A JP Non-Profit Organization providing horticulture training for incarcerated adults and youth in Greater Boston.

5K Franklin Park, June 10 at 9am. Walk or run – proceeds will benefit patients at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. Register online.

Arts and culture

         Unity Day, Mildred C Hailey jazz, art, and unity day- free jazz concert by Makanda Project, community mural painting, live performances for the community, face painting, cook out, bouncy house, water sprinklers, ice cream truck. Sat. June 10, 1-4:30pm, 10 Lamartine St. Ext. Rain or shine.

         Lisa Mullins, host of All Things Considered, will join national bestselling author Beth Macy to discuss her latest book, Truevine at 7pm at Papercuts (5 Green Street, Boston) on June 22. Tickets are $5 in-store or at and become credit towards a book on the evening of the events.

         A Home for Every Writer Join GrubStreet writers Katie Bayerl, Denise Delgado, Annie Hartnett, Eson Kim, Sara Rivera for a reading and discussion about the places that inform them as writers. Purchase signed copies of recent releases, A Psalm for Lost Girls (Katie Bayerl) and Rabbit Cake (Annie Hartnett), and enter a raffle to win a one-day writing class at GrubStreet. Proceeds to support scholarships for underrepresented writers. June 18, 3-4:30pm, Tres Gatos Restaurant. More info:

Book Reading, Finn Murphy will read from and discuss his book THE LONG HAUL: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road at Papercuts J.P. (5 Green Street) at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 in-store or online at Tickets bought in advance will become a $5 credit toward a book purchase on the evening of the event. June 14.

         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).

JPAA Spring Members Show, visual art by more than 25 Boston artists featured in Eliot Hall at the Footlight Club at 7 Eliot St. 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.

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

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.


         Line Dancing with Mz. Rhythm, Weds. 6:30-8pm starting June 5. On Refectory Hill in Franklin Park – up the hill from the golf clubhouse overlooking Blue Hill Ave. All ages welcome!

         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:


Family Fun at the Arnold Arboretum, Bee-come a pollinator on Sun. June 11 – explore the mutually beneficial relationship between bees and trees. Also, Lets Get Journaling on Sat. June 17 encourages budding naturalists to pay close attention to the sights, sounds, and smells of the natural landscape by nature journaling.

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.

Parkarts Watercolor Workshops, for budding artists ages 9+, free workshop Sat. June 10 at the Jamaica Plain Boathouse, 507 Jamaicaway. Also held on Fridays July 14, 21, and 28 at the Mozart St. Playground from 10am-1pm. New England Aquarium will be at Mozart Park on Fri. July 28 at 10am. Hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.

         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.

Cheese & Cheesemaking, Mon. June 12, 6:30p.m. Learn the science behind cheese from Adam Shutes of the Boston Cheese Cellar, and see a demo of how to make whole milk ricotta and pressed queso fresco.

Introduction to Home Canning, Mon. June 19, 6p.m. Afton Cyrus of Jam Sessions (and a Test Cook at America’s Test Kitchen) presents a workshop on the basics of canning and preserving  at home. Learn about the equipment you need and food safety basics, too.

Bilingual Story Time / Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe, Stories, songs, rhymes, and other activities for children ages 2 – 4, with an adult. Please register. Cuentos, canciones, rimas, y otras actividades para niños 2 – 4, con

un adulto. Por favor, registrarse. Tues. June 13, 10:30 a.m.

Boston Ballet Story Time, This story time and movement class is for ages 2 – 10, with ballet themes. Tues. June 20, 10:30 a.m.

Historic New England: Summer in the City, Explore the unique architecture of Boston in this presentation for ages. 5 and up. Thurs. June 22, 10:30 a.m.

Museum of Science:  Rockets!  There and Back Again, Become a rocket scientist! Design, build, and test balloon rockets and re-entry parachutes. Please note: Latex balloons will be used. For ages 5 and up.

Thursday, June 29, 10:30 a.m.

Baby Story Time, Stories, songs, and movements for babies up to 18 months old. Fridays, June 9 & 16, 10:30 a.m.

Adult Book Discussion, “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier. Mon. June 26, 7 p.m.

ESL Conversation Groups, Mondays, June 12, 19, & 26, 6:30 p.m.

Thursdays, June 15, 22, & 29, 3 p.m.

Egleston Square Branch Library

2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340.

Youth Programs

Kids Cook, Thursday, June 15, 4-5pm. Measure, mix, cook, and enjoy. Children learn to read directions and work together to create simple, tasty dishes. Groups must sign up in advance. Please notify the librarian if your child has a food allergy. For ages 6-12.

Preschool Storytime & Craft, Tuesdays, June 13 & 20, 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, June 9, 16 & 23, 10:30-11:15am
Sing, dance, read, and play in these interactive musical storytime, followed by a play group. For children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers.


Emerald Necklace Conservancy Free Tours, all tours start at the Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 the Fenway. Evening Garden Stroll, 
Tues. Jun 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.

Warren Manning: Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner, Thurs. June 15, 6pm, Weld Research Building, 1300 Centre St. Talk given by Robin Karson about his book. Free, but registration required. Register at

Free Guided Walking Tour of Green Street will take place on Saturday, June 10 starting at 11:00am from in front of Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 640 Centre Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Woodbourne neighborhood, will take place on Saturday, June 17 starting at 11:00am from in front of Bethel AME Church at the corner of Walk Hill Street and Wachusett Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Can you identify the 25 most common trees in Boston? Sun. June 11, 9am-1pm. Join  Manager of Plant Records Kyle Port for an in-depth look at some of Boston’s most iconic trees. Beginning in the classroom, learn the characteristics to look out for to identify certain trees, then continue on a walk with Kyle through the Arboretum to observe mature specimens in our landscape. Arnold Arboretum.

In the Groves: A summer solstice journey, Fri. June 16 or Sat. June 17 6:30-8:30pm, Celebrate the summer solstice in musical style with storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic Harpist Margot Chamberlain, as they take you on a journey with songs, stories, and legends around the age-old human connection with trees. Register early for one of two sessions of this popular event! Arboretum.

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

         How do we get to net zero? Thurs. June 15 @ 7:30pm. (co-hosted with Boston Clean Energy Coalition) First Church UU JP, 6 Eliot Street.


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]

         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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