Phone-Charging Smart Bench Coming to Pond This Weekend

Hello neighbors. Here’s your Morning Memo for all things JP for Thursday, Aug. 21.

Solar Bench to be Installed at Jamaica Pond: This weekend, the brainiacs behind “Soofas,” — solar-powered smart benches that charge phones and act as weather stations — will be installing one at the pond. I, for one, am thrilled anytime more public phone-charging stations appear on my walking beat.

Mr. Marmalade at the Footlight Club: Thursday, Friday and Saturday the nation’s oldest community theater, the Footlight Club, puts on the tale of 4-year-old Lucy, whose imaginary friend is “Mr. Marmalade.” Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, which a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Free for Footlight Club members, $5 for the general public.

Harsher Penalties for Animal Cruelty: The JP-based MSPCA has been among the organizations and people advocating tightening of the laws about animal cruelty. Gov. Deval Patrick has signed the legislation and it will go into effect in 90 days.

Thursdays on the Lawn: As you probably know by know, Thursday is a great day to stop by the Loring-Greenough House. From 3:30 to 8 p.m. you’ll find food trucks, a farmer’s market, live music and special events. 12 South St. Free.

Have a great day, JP!

For more of what’s going on in the neighborhood, visit the Jamaica Plain News calendar. And here’s how to add your group or business’ event to the calendar.