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Family hike


The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a free family walk, “What is Beautiful to You?” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20.


Walkers will meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center. Nancy Sableski, manager of children’s education, will lead a guided walk exploring the conifers.


This walk will highlight different plants and natural phenomena while developing observational skills in children. One adult may bring a maximum of three children. This is a free drop-in afternoon suitable for children, ages 4-12, with no registration required.


Call 617-384-5277 or visit for more details.


Introduction to Medicare


The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host an Introduction to Medicare from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23.


The SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program at Ethos will offer free, unbiased Medicare counseling services to guide the audience through the complexities of health care coverage.


Admission is free. Call 617-524-2053 for further information.


Biking through the winter


The City of Boston and the Boston Transportation Department’s Boston Bikes will host a Riding Through the Winter forum from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.


The forum will begin with a short presentation by the Boston Bikes team. They will then open the floor to attendees for a brief Q&A session. This meeting is ideal for those who would like to attempt riding their bicycles in a Boston winter, but don’t know where to start.


For more information, visit, call 617-635-4680 or email


Winter landscapes


A smartphone photography workshop, “Winter Landscapes Enhanced,” will be held at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 and Feb. 9 and 23 in the Hunnewell Building.


Professional photographer Nancy Katz will help students capture the essence of winter, when landscapes present a diluted palette of colors and contrasts are most striking. She will introduce fundamental concepts of landscape photography and then teach techniques for getting the best photographs from a smartphone camera. Students will capture images in color and black and white and then learn to enhance them using a host of editing tools.


The fee is $65 for members and $84 for nonmembers.


Call 617-384-5277 or visit for more details and to register.



State of the Union


The Story Circle of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture will host “People’s State of the Union” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St.


The People’s State of the Union is a national event conceived by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and coordinated in 500 towns across the country.


This informal group will share stories reflecting the nation’s past and immediate future.


Light refreshments will be served.


All are welcome to this free program.


Registration is required, at .


For more information, visit or call 617-524-3313.


Sunday afternoon concert


The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host singer and songwriter Rea in concert from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27.


Rea (Maria White) is a singer-songwriter and music producer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her lyrics have been described as honest and witty, her harmonies smart and natural and she takes her inspiration from Norah Jones, Priscilla Ahn, Corinne Bailey Rae and Emily King. A skillful vocalist and guitarist, she records and produces her own demos of her original songs.


She is a regular solo performer in the Boston area and is also the leader of the band “Rea and the Tugboats.”


A tea service will follow the program and is included in the admission.


Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and will be available at the door.


Reservations are suggested.


Visit or 617- 524-3158 for further details.


Anniversary of First Church


The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will present a program on the 250th anniversary of the First Church in Jamaica Plain at 3 p.m. in the First Church Parish Hall, 6 Eliot St.  The snow date will be Feb. 10.


George Wardle, historian of the First Church, will tell the tale of Suzanna and Benjamin Pemberton and how they doggedly led their neighbors in the long process to carve out a new parish in the middle of Roxbury. Despite opposition by two existing parishes, they persisted in establishing this new parish on the “pond plain in the Jamaica end.”

However, their hard work was almost undone by the economic struggles of the American Revolution and its aftermath. Wardle will also explore what Jamaica Plain was like at the time, the lives of the other founding families and how Jamaica Plain fits into the story of three municipalities: Roxbury, West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.


Further information on this free talk can be found at


Botanical artist on display


The Arnold Arboretum is displaying the artwork of Regina Gardner Milan in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through Feb. 3.


Milan spent a year of discovery at the arboretum and captured the botanical jewels of each season – early larches, spring blossoms, fall acorns, autumn leaves – in her exquisite paintings.


Nature holds an allure to Milan, who finds that observing nature often produces scenes of larger-than-life beauty. The arboretum’s exhibition magnifies nature’s productions, fully illuminating the elegance of plant life as small as a seedpod. Milan received a Certificate of Botanical Illustration with distinction from the Society of Botanical Artists in London, where she also received the President’s Award. She has exhibited in many juried shows throughout the U.S. and the world.


Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to for further information