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Watercolor Painting

The ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshop for children, ages nine and up, will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (weather permitting) on Saturday, June 8 at Jamaica Pond Boathouse 507 Jamaica Way. The workshops welcome artists of all skill levels to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces, with instruction and materials provided. For more information on this workshop and other programs ParkARTS, visit, call 617-635-4505 or email

Rose family in bloom

The Arnold Arboretum at 125 Arborway in Jamaica Plain will host a “Rose Family in Bloom” guided tour from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. The group will meet at the Bradley Rosaceous Collection (BRC)/Map Table. The rose family (Rosaceae) contains more than 3,000 species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Roses, spireas, mountain ash and many more are at peak bloom in June. Experience the beauty, breadth and depth of the BRC while learning about the Arboretum’s role in discovering and disseminating understanding of this large family of plants. Although the event is free, registration is requested at For cancellations due to weather, call 617 384-5209.

Pride Week schedule

Boston Pride Week continues the celebration of LGBTQ communities with multiple festivities, parties and celebrations around the city. Two block parties are slate for June 9: The Back Bay Block Party on St. James Ave. is from 1 to 8 p.m. and the JP Block Party at 1 Perkins St. (entrance is at Hyde Square) is from 1 to 8 p.m. Other highlights include: Pride Night at Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m. on June 11, (Red Sox ticket information); and “If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It” Open Mic from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on June 13 at Bela Luna Milky Way in Jamaica Plain. For more events and information visit

Drama at the library

Children, ages 7-12, are invited to join Creative Drama at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 30 South St. from 4 to 5 p.m. on June 10 and 17. Ann Adams of Library Creative Drama directs this program that includes storytelling-theater, acting out scenes from favorite books and lots of imagination. No previous theater experience necessary. Please note: groups cannot be accommodated. For more information, stop by the library, call 617-524-2053 or email

ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Boston Children’s Hospital offers a 90- minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child’s diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips. The next workshop is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. Others will follow: 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29 and Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. The workshops are held at Boston Children’s Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance). For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999. Parking validation is provided for the main Children’s Hospital parking garage.

Smartphone photography

A smartphone photography workshop will be held at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on June 12, meeting at the Hunnewell Building. Lilacs, azaleas, horse chestnuts, redbuds and more will be flowering and leaves will have recently unfurled, providing a perfect venue for close-up photographs. Professional photographer Nancy Katz will show the class that fancy equipment and lenses are not needed to come in close to shoot these exquisite plants. Attendees will need their smartphones and an understanding of shooting macro (close up) and how to enhance the images with the phone’s editing capabilities and the app, Snapseed. Most of the time will be spent outdoors, except when working on Snapseed in small groups. Visit or call 617-384-5277 to register and for further information.

‘A Night with Friends’

“A Night with Friends” is a fundraiser to support the Boys and Girls Club of Boston’s summer camp programs. The Friends Council’s 10th annual summer benefit party will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at the Hyatt Regency at 1 Ave de Lafayette. Join youth supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston for a celebratory evening with a silent auction, fun games, DJ dancing and a special performance by the Boys and Girls Club members. Proceeds will support affordable summer camp for 2,300 Boston and Chelsea youth. The Friends Council is a young philanthropy group that supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. For sponsorship opportunities and additional information, contact Gena Ricciardi at For more information, including ticket prices, check on line at

‘Thursdays on the Lawn’

The Loring Greenough House and the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club invites friends and neighbors from near and far to come to “Thursdays on the Lawn” to eat, socialize and enjoy music. Meet on the grounds and gardens of the Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. in Jamaica Plain from 3:30 p.m. to dark for this free event. There will be rotating musicians, food trucks, special events, community organizations and kids’ activities. Donations are welcome. Musicians include Meg Abramowitz/Lisa Goddard on violin (June 14), Back Bay Drumming and JP Jazz (June 21), Rachel Lipson (June 28), Julie Flint (July 12), Ron Goldman (July 19), the Desperate Measures Street Band (Aug. 2), The Mighty Silverbacks (Aug. 9), Emma and Micah (Aug. 16) and Melissa Vining - flutes (Aug. 23). For further information, see

‘Importance of Being Earnest’

The Footlight Club will conclude its 2018- 19 season with a production of Oscar Wilde’s biting comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, through June 15 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St. Wilde’s most enduring play is a farcical comedy set in late Victorian era London, in which two friends use the same pseudonym “Ernest” on the sly. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country, and their deceptions are discovered, threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits. Visit or call 617-524-3200 to purchase tickets and for more information.