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Jamaica Plain gentrification

Wee the People will host “Story Time: Talking about Gentrification” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. Families can come explore the meaning of neighborhood, community, history and equity through stories, activities and games. This free program is best for kids 5 and older. Little Voices, Big Change is presented by Wee the People, a Boston-based social justice project for kids. For more details, call 617-524-2053.

Art workshops

Spontaneous Celebrations will host “Wake Up the Earth” art workshops from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. Families can get ready for the annual Wake Up the Earth Parade by creating art to bring to the parade with an artist from Spontaneous Celebrations. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, May 4. For more information about the festival, visit Call Connolly at 617-422-1960 or Jamaica Plain at 617-524-2053 for more information about these free workshops.

Celebrating Olmsted

The Friends of Jamaica Pond will celebrate the 197th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted in a free program at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the First Church of Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, Centre and Eliot Streets. The community will hear about the future of the Arborway, including: honoring the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted; presenting the timeline of Jamaica Pond Park Spring renovations by State and City officials; and announcing plans for the Olmsted Nature Center at the Jamaica Pond Boat House. In attendance will be State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Rep. Nika Elugardo, Chris Cook, Boston Environment and Energy, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley and “Frederick Law Olmsted” portrayed by Gerry Wright. Registration is recommended for this free event. Olmsted 2022, Friends of Olmsted Park, Friends of Jamaica Pond and the Arborway Coalition are sponsoring this program. For more information, visit or call 617-524-7070.

Story of trees

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer “Around the World in 80 Trees” with author Jonathan Drori from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in the Hunnewell Building. Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable, to the downright ridiculous. Stops on this literary journey include the lime trees of Berlin’s Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in 19th century London, which were paved with Australian jarrah wood, and the Japanese Lacquer tree, whose sap has been used not only for some of the world’s most beautiful man-made objects but also by a sect of monks to mummify themselves while still alive. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. Visit or call 617-384-5277 to register and for more information.

JP fundraiser

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation will host its fourth annual “Friend-raiser” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Bella Luna Restaurant, 284 Amory St. Festivities will include pizza, drinks, a photo booth, board games, music, raffles and an opportunity to hear more about the JPNDC and how to make a difference in the community. Admission is free. Visit or call 617-522-2424 for more details.

Jazz concert

Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St. Rosen on piano and Strickland on vocals and woodwinds will perform Rosen’s jazz compositions and improvised music. A wine and dessert reception will follow the concert. Admission is $15, and reservations are recommended. Further information can be found at or by calling 617-983- 9334.

High yield gardening

The Trustees of Reservations will host a workshop on high yield gardening from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the Minton Stable Community Garden, 110 Williams St. This free workshop will help students get the most out of their gardens, by learning about intensive spacing, succession planting, interplanting, vertical growing and season extension. They will get tips and ideas for their own plots or raised beds and get their hands dirty with some planting and trellising demonstrations. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins will be welcome. To register, visit or call 617-542-7696, ext. 2115.

Spring bird walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a spring bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, meeting at the main Arborway gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of migrating birds as they fly to breeding grounds. This 90- minute walk is good for beginners as well as more experienced birders. Some binoculars will be available to share; if possible, participants should bring their own. Registration is requested for this free program. Call 617-384-5209 in case of inclement weather. Visit or call 617-384-5277 for further information.

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will resume the guided tours of the house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays starting on April 21. Tours will begin on the hour at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The last surviving 18th century residence in Sumner Hill, a historic section of Jamaica Plain, the Loring Greenough House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated both a Massachusetts Landmark and a Boston Landmark. Visitors will learn about the rich history of this well-preserved mid-Georgian mansion. They will see the newly acquired portraits of David Greenough II and his wife Maria, as well as other historic treasures. Reservations are not needed, but visitors can contact a docent with any special inquiries at A donation of $5 is suggested. For further information, visit or call 617-524-5138.

New art on display

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., is hosting an installation from local artist Gail Jerauld Bos, “A Woman’s Voice” now until April 30. The installation features painted planks depicting women activists, writers, scientists and teachers from across history. Art by Jerauld Bos has been exhibited in galleries, museums and public art spaces. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Board of Trustees of the DeCordova Museum, the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission and the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists. She is the recipient of numerous awards including “Best of Show” for paintings and mixed media works. More information can be found at