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Catch and Release

The third annual “Catch and Release with the Boston Police” Kids Fishing Derby will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Jamaica Pond, 507 Jamaicaway. This free event is for children, 14 years old and younger. Registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. The derby will run from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with awards, giveaways and recognitions following. The first 500 kids to the derby will receive a t-shirt. The first 300 kids will also receive a Boston Police “Welcome bag.” Each child present will receive a free raffle ticket for prize giveaways at the end of the fishing derby. Bring a fishing rod and your best bait to catch the big one! Some fishing equipment and bait will be supplied on a first come first served basis. Food, prizes, trophies, fishing instruction and community partners will be onsite. For more information, contact E-13 Community Services Office at 617-343-5623.

Jamaica Pond walking tour

Meet the Jamaica Plain Historical Society at the Jamaica Pond Bandstand, 500 Jamaicaway, for a walk around Jamaica Pond from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. During the walk, learn about the elite movers and shakers that lived on the shores of the pond, how the pond was used and how the Pond has been transformed into a fashionable parkland. No reservations are required. This 90- minute tour will be canceled in the case of heavy rain. For more information, visit

Walk the Emerald Necklace

Led by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek, a seven-mile walk from the Back Bay Fens to Franklin Park will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. Brief stops along the way will allow participants to learn from several of the Conservancy’s Park Overseers who will share recent park improvements and many exciting things to come for the Emerald Necklace. The day begins and at the Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway, and ends at the Franklin Park Playstead. Registration is required and there is a $10 suggested donation. Bring a refillable water bottle and wear comfortable walking shoes. Register at

Gender-free contra dancing

The Lavender Country and Folk Dancers – the community for gender-free dancing – meet at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. (by the monument). Fragrance-free dances normally run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month Sept. through June and the fourth Saturday in July with some exceptions. All dances are taught, no partner necessary; beginners encouraged, come early. The next scheduled dances are on June 22 and July 27. The fee is sliding scale ($5 to $15). A bucket is passed to cover the live music fund. For more information, including the music lineup, visit

Watch Spider-Man

Church on a Hill Brookline will be showing Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” and serving pizza from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 28 at Pagel Playground, 365 Hyde Park Ave. Register on line at to reserve a spot and get free pizza.

‘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 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

Walking tour

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. The tour leaves from Loring- Greenough House, 12 South St. and lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. Tour a residential area that includes a National Historic District. View architecture that spans three centuries; the oldest community theater company in the United States; and an elegant 18th-century mansion that once served as the country’s first military hospital. Learn about the monument that commemorates fallen Civil War soldiers from West Roxbury and about Pauline Agassiz Shaw who established the class that became the model for free, public kindergarten education. Participants will visit a house dating to 1716 that once served as a tavern, the Eliot School dating back to 1689, the home of the first woman to graduate from MIT and the First Church Burial Ground.

Abstract landscapes

Local artist Ruth LaGue is displaying “Landscape in its Barest Form,” her abstract landscapes, at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., through June 30. LaGue credits her childhood in Alaska as well as her later travels through India for her interest in landscape, where she sees both the limitless interior universe that lives within and the outer vastness of the physical environment. Working with palette knives on canvas, she strives for economy in her work, combining textures, colors and patterns. Her large-scale paintings capture various seasons and environments, seeking to welcome her viewers into her landscapes, perhaps jogging a memory or a simple moment of introspection. Admission is free. Call 617-524-2053 for further details.