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Latin heritage celebrations

The Hyde Square Task Force, 30 Sunnyside St., will host the annual Latin Quarter Fiesta from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Families can make a Día de los Muertos sugar skull mask and then grab some popcorn and Mexican candy and watch “The Book of Life,” which follows the journey of a young man through the Land of the Remembered and the Forgotten as he chooses between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart.

Admission is free.

Call 617-524-8303 or visit for further information.

Open studios

The 25th annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, at more than 40 locations in Jamaica Plain.

Open Studios is a fun and unique way for the public to meet the artists, see where artwork is created, explore the interesting neighborhoods in JP and purchase wonderful works of art.

More than 200 artists will open their studios in homes, barns and lofts and also share their work at group shows at the Samuel Adams Brewery, 30 Germania St.; the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.; the Eliot School, 24 Eliot St.; the Footlight Club, 7A Eliot St.; the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St.; as well as churches, restaurants and businesses.

Work to be showcased will include photography, jewelry, paintings, furniture, ceramics, sculptures and fiber arts.

For additional information and a complete list of venues, visit or call 617-943-7819.

Music in the woods

Maria Finkelmeier and the Kadence Ensemble will perform “Flow Through,” Finkelmeier’s 15-minute composition for large ensemble to be played in an outdoor setting, at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building lawn, 125 Arborway. The rain date is Sept. 23.

Featuring 30 brass players, singers and percussionists, the work is inspired by the fluidity and importance of water to living organisms and reflects the power that brings awe, serenity, catastrophe and breath to the planet. The musicians will mingle their music with artist Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculpture as both descend the hillside and flow among the trees and the audience.

Attendees should bring a blanket or low lawn chair to sit on. Admission is free.

Further information can be found by calling 617-524-1718 or online at

Poet e.e. cummings

Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave., will present “Unfettered Originals: e.e. cummings, His Relatives and Other Offbeat Spirits, a walking tour with historian Dee Morris, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, meeting at the visitors’ circle.

Innovative poet cummings loved to play with words, syntax and punctuation and readers enjoyed his defiance of convention. The stroll will celebrate this exuberant non-conformist who is buried with his third wife and other family members. Cummings’ ancestor Susanna Rowson, a best-selling author, is also memorialized. The tour will also honor Boston originals such as reformer Abby W. May and artist turned surgeon Lucius Manlius Sargent.

Participants should bring water and wear comfortable shoes. The fee is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

For more information and to register, visit or call 617-524-3354.

Documentary film

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will screen “Conservation of Matter: The Fall and Rise of Boston’s Elevated Subway” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The film explores the rise and ultimate fall of Boston’s elevated subway that served the city for nearly a century. Spanning two continents, the subsequent reuse of the subway’s steel takes us on a surprising journey of architecture, history and even astrophysics.

Tickets are $5 general admission and free for members. Popcorn and beverages will be served.

Visit or 617- 524-3158 for further details and to purchase tickets.

Bird walks

The Arnold Arboretum will host free fall bird walks from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 13, meeting at the Arborway Gate on Sept. 29 and Peters Hill Gate on Oct. 13.

Bob Mayer of the arboretum will help birders glimpse migrating birds as they fly to wintering grounds as well as year-round birds feasting on the fruits and seeds in the arboretum. All experiences of bird watching are welcome. Birders should bring binoculars if possible; a small number will be available to borrow.

Registration is recommended.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit for more details and to register.

Book launch

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., together with Papercuts J.P., will celebrate the Oct. 2nd launch of “Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

In this children’s book by Francie Latour and illustrated by Ken Daley, a young girl flies to Haiti to visit her Auntie Luce, a painter. The girl has always loved the paintings, the houses tucked into the hillside, colorful fishing boats by the water, heroes who fought for and won the country’s independence. And when the time comes to have her own portrait painted, she begins to see herself in a new way, tracing her own history and identity through her aunt’s brush.

This free event will feature a reading, book signing and activities celebrating Haiti’s heroes, colors and culture.

Call 617-524-2053 for further details.