Upcoming Events Around Jamaica Plain

Vigil for BLM on August 6

The August Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter (BLM) will be held Thursday, August 6, from 5:30-6:30pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre St.  Everyone is invited to participate in this monthly stand out for racial justice and human rights.  For further information, contact Mary Lenihan at [email protected] or Penny Wells at [email protected]

Take a Stroll with Connolly Branch Staff

The Connolly Branch of the BPL invites you to take a stroll down Centre Street and enjoy reading the pages from the children’s book A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara. This is our fifth story walk in as many years! Story walk maps/activity sheets are located at the Connolly Branch, JP Laundry Centre, and the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza, and the program will run until July 31, 2020. 

Some instructions/information: 

  • Start at the branch and grab a map/activity sheet

  • Follow the pages of the book, read the book, and complete the activity sheet while reading it

  • Remember to maintain social distancing and follow Boston Public Health Commission guidelines

  • Make sure to take and gather pictures and thoughts, and share them with us on our FB page or via email to  Sujei Lugo, the children’s librarian at [email protected] 

  • Once you share this with us, kids have the opportunity to pick up a prize (activity/care packages, books, and more!). Coordinate pick-up with the children’s librarian or when you pick-up your holds. 

Hope you enjoy reading the story, strolling around the neighborhood, and also supporting local businesses! 

Returning Books to the Connolly Library

FYI! You can return your books without an appointment. You may need to wait if there is a line. Returns are accepted M-Th, 2-6 p.m., and on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. Email us at [email protected] or call 617-522-1960 and press 0 if you need help returning books or have a question.

JPNC to Meet on July 28           

The next Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) meeting will be on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00pm and will be held as a virtual meeting, and will utilize Zoom. On the agenda will be a request from Apothca, Inc. for a change to a retail marijuana sales facility at 54A Hyde Park Avenue. 

Also on the agenda will be updates from the committees. All meetings will remain open to the public and are accessible either from a computer or telephone. The link to access the meeting can be obtained at www.jpnc.org. We want to ensure that our neighbors have an opportunity to respond to all upcoming issues and comments will be accepted by email at [email protected] up until the JPNC Meeting on July 28. Additional Information about community events and future virtual meetings are also being posted at www.jpnc.org.

JPNA Public Service to Meet on Aug. 4

The Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00pm and will utilize Zoom. 

  On the agenda will be continued discussion on how to reform the police. Also on the agenda will be an update on the proposed Columbus Avenue bus lane that will run from Walnut Avenue to Jackson Square.

  All meetings will remain open to the public and are accessible either from a computer or telephone. The link to access the meeting can be obtained at www.jpnc.org or by email at [email protected]

All interested residents are invited to attend via Zoom.

Police Community Relations Comm. To Meet August 6

Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thursday, August 6 at 6:30pm via Google Meet.

To obtain the link to the meeting, please call the Boston Police E-13 station at (617) 343-5623.

Commanders from Boston Police Area E, MBTA Police and State Police will deal with all issues of public safety raised by the community. All interested residents are invited to attend via Google Meet.

JP Centre/South Main Street Fundraiser

Join us for our ONLINE Zoom fundraiser with a Wine Tasting and Art Auction on July 30 from 8 – 9:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit JP Centre/South Main Streets.

Join us on Zoom as we sample wines from Streetcar Wines in Jamaica Plain and share the finer notes of their wine selection, while you taste along with us at home. Wines will be available from Streetcar PRIOR to the event, and ready for pick-up or delivery. A portion of their sales of these wines will go to JP Centre/South Main Streets.

Celebrity host Matt O’Malley will start off our online Zoom fundraiser! We will feature also an art auction of local artists and vintage photographs of Jamaica Plain. Enjoy the wine, see a review of our year, and bid on art, all from the safety of your own home. You won’t need to worry about who is driving!

Purchase your ticket to receive the Zoom link (zoom-cocktail-hour.eventbrite.com) AND a list of wines for tasting from Streetcar Wines. You can choose to purchase as many or as few wines as you want. We will include instructions on ordering your wine in your confirmation email. REMEMBER: a portion of the Streetcar Wines sales will go to JP Centre/South Main Streets.

Conolly Friends Book Sale Cancelled

We will not be holding our annual book sale in September of 2020.  Instead, we will continue to accumulate books and look forward to September 2021.  If you have books to donate, I will be happy to accept them at my house. E-mail me and I will give you my address. I will e-mail again when the library is able to accept  donations.  At this time, we are unable to pick up books.  

Many thanks to the people who have already dropped off books!

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