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Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on July 21and 28.

The July 21 tour will cover Hyde Square with a visit to an 1813 farmhouse, the homes of German and Irish immigrants, the home of musician Maud Cunney Hare, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and more. Walkers will meet at Sorella’s, 388 Centre St.

Walkers will tour Green Street the following week, an area that played a key part in the development of Jamaica Plain. The tour will include the Bowditch School and the Post Office on Green and Cheshire streets. The tour will meet at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 640 Centre St.

The tours take one hour and reservations are not required.

Visit www.jphs.org for more information about these and other tours.

Barnyard dance

Wheelock Family Theatre’s Story Trouperswill present “Troupers’ Barnyard Dance” at  the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24.

WFT Story Troupers is a select ensemble of advanced teenage actors. They rehearse an original show based on children’s picture books, poems, music and dance, that ranges from silly slapstick to touching drama.

This year they will be performing “Troupers’ Barnyard Dance” which will include the following stories as well as music by Sandra Boynton and others: “The Three Horrid Little Pigs,” “Guji Guji,” “Sheep out to Eat,” “Hen Hears Gossip,” “Pigsty,” “Big Chickens” and “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?”

Admission is free. For more details, call 617-524-2053.

Music of Melba Liston

Historic New England will host a free program on the music of Melba Liston from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.

Using the book, “Little Melba and her Big Trombone,” students will meet Liston, an extraordinary jazz trombonist who faced numerous challenges in her life to create toetapping tunes. They can look at instruments from the past, listen to Melba’s music, and create a musical instrument to take home with them.

Call 617-522-1960 for further information.

Fun Friday

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will host a free family day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 27 as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program.

Kids can enjoy free activities like the building lab, water coloring, caterpillar lab, Story Board Walks and more.

Free Fun Fridays invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions on Fridays this summer with free admission and free activities. No registration or tickets are required.

For more information, email arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu or call 617-384- 5209.