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Swing era jazz

 

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host the ensemble “440” in a jazz concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

 

The ensemble expands on the tradition of gypsy jazz established by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. They perform irresistible toe-tapping snappy arrangements of swing-era hot jazz standards from the era of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Benny Goodman as well as original songs by the band.

 

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 www.loring-greenough.org or 617- 524-3158 for further details.

 

Urban gardening

 

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer “Getting Rooted in Urban Gardening” from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 3, 10, 17 and 24. Catherine Chamberlain of Trinity College Dublin and PhD student at Harvard University and Wayne Daly, assistant property manager, Habitat Sanctuary, will introduce basic gardening concepts. The class will include: basic botany and gardening; site analysis, soil preparation and irrigation; growing goals and identifying the plant palette and horticultural care and maintenance.

 

The fee is $120 for members and $150 for non-members.

 

Call 617-384-5277 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu to register or for more details.

 

Native bees

 

Nick Doran, PhD student at Tufts University, will be the special guest speaker at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5.

 

Urban environments support a high diversity of native bee species. In this workshop, attendees will learn about the biology and diversity of native bees and why they are important pollinators; the city lifestyles of bees and the strategies they employ to be successful. The second part will focus on native bee decline and conservation, why bees are dying and what can be done to help them. Attendees will explore the fundamentals of gardening for bees and build and leave with a mason and leafcutter bee hotel. This workshop will extend interest in native pollinators and equip attendees with the knowledge essential to supporting populations of native bees.

 

Admission is $15. Registration is required, by calling 617-384-5277 on online at www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

 

Poetry readings

 

The Jamaica Pond Poets will host the Chapter and Verse reading series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

 

Poets Mary Birnbaum, Heather Derr-Smith and Helena Minton will read from their latest works. A reception with refreshments and a chance to chat with the writers will follow. A donation of $5 is requested.

 

For more details, visit www.jamaicapondpoets.com.

 

Jazz sax and piano

 

JP Concerts and the Open Theatre Project will present Mark and Glenn Zaleski in concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 8 at St. John’s Church, corner of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue.

 

Brothers Mark and Glenn Zaleski, saxophone and piano respectively, originally hail from Boylston. This musical family doubled when Glenn met violinist Tomoko Omura and Mark met singer Greta DiGiorgio. The four musicians will perform three jazz and folk duo sets featuring jazz standards and originals, Japanese folk music, original singer-songwriter tunes and American pop music.

 

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for members, students and seniors.

 

For more information, visit www.theopentheatre.com or call 617-874- 4009.

 

Filmed in Jamaica Plain

 

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will screen the movie “Made Up!” from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

 

The community is invited to an evening reception and showing of the film that was filmed on Myrtle Street in Jamaica Plain.

 

The film is a look at how the cultural obsession with youthful good looks affects women who are told their value is dependent on their appearance. Brooke Adams plays a 40-something mother who allows her sister to videotape her makeover and subsequent date with a restaurateur played by Tony Shalhoub. The film stars and was directed by Shaloub.

 

Hors d’oeuvres will be served before the screening with dessert afterwards. Local businesses focusing on health and wellness will be showcased. There will be five-minute chair massages for $10.

 

Admission is $30. Proceeds will benefit the historic house and includes a raffle ticket for prizes given at the end of the evening.

 

Visit www.loring-greenough.org or 617- 524-3158 for further details.

 

‘Winter into spring’

 

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Transitions: Winter into spring,” photographs of the Arboretum by Chris Morgan in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through May 5. Morgan’s goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees and in the movements of birds.

 

The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for more than 15 years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. He has photographed on five continents for more than 40 years; however, he is currently to be found, year-round, photographing in the arboretum.

 

Admission is free.

 

Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu for further information.