Next Jamaica Plain Forum: ‘We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now’ on March 15th

Join the Jamaica Plain Forum to welcome author Annelise Orleck and photographer Liz Cook for "We Are All Fast Workers Now" on March 15th. The result of over 140 interviews, “We Are All Fast Food Workers Now,” traces the evolution of a new global labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from Manila to Manhattan, from Baja California to Bangladesh, from Capetown to Cambodia. This is an up close and personal look at globalization and its costs, as seen through the eyes and told whenever possible through the words of low-wage workers themselves: the berry pickers and small farmers, fast food servers, retail cashiers, garment workers, hotel housekeepers, home health care aides, airport workers and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, safety and a living wage. This is a powerful look at neo-liberalism and its damages, a story of resistance and rebellion, a reflection on hope and change as it rises from the bottom up. Liz Cooke's compelling photos will be displayed at the event.

JP’s Petro Receives Eckerd College Barbas Alumni Award

Dr. Jane A. Petro, a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon from Jamaica Plain, received Eckerd College’s Carlos F. Barbas III ’85 Alumni Award during the college’s annual Reunion Weekend from March 2–4. The Barbas Alumni Award is given to an alumna/us who has demonstrated significant career achievement in, or contributions to, the medical or scientific research field. Petro is known for her pioneering work in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, including the reconstruction of neonatal cleft palates. She maintains a commitment to providing the best available care for burn patients and is increasingly involved in the rapidly developing world of cosmetic surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon, she was named to the Castle Connolly 2002 Edition of the “Best Doctors in New York” and in a Spotlight Magazine poll, was elected by her peers as the top plastic surgeon in Westchester, N.Y. In October 2008, she was listed in Westchester Magazine as one of the “Best Doctors.”

Petro graduated from Florida Presbyterian/Eckerd College in 1968 with a B.S. degree in Biology.

Free FrogWatch Training at Franklin Park Zoo Starts March 10th

Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo is calling for volunteers of all ages to become FrogWatch Citizen Scientists! Why frogs? Frog species around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate and to recover, frogs must fight an uphill battle against pollution, climate change and habitat loss. Zoo New England is home to a Massachusetts chapter of FrogWatch USA, a program of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums that provides the opportunity for volunteer citizen scientists to get out in the field to listen for and report the calls of local frogs and toads. The data collected in this long-running program is used to develop strategies for frog and toad conservation.

Update: Celebrate Talented Youth — An Evening with Margarita Muñiz Academy Now on March 15th

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather this event has been moved to March 15th. 

The public is invited to hear and see students of the Margarita Muñiz Academy present a free night of musical performances and poetry readings on March 8th. This is a free event at the Loring-Greenough House (12 South St.) on Thursday, March 8th from 6:30 to 8 pm. Click here to register. About Margarita Muñiz Academy

Margarita Muñiz Academy (20 Child St.) is the only dual language high school in the
New England region. The school implements a college preparatory, culturally relevant two-way bilingual curriculum that provides students with the 21st century skills necessary for success in higher education and beyond.

JP Restaurants Hosting ‘Dining for a Difference’ to Support Immigrant, Refugee Advocacy Coalition March 6-9

This coming week you can eat at some of the best restaurants in Jamaica Plain during the first Dining for a Difference Week, which will support the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Vee Vee, Tres Gatos, Casa Verde and The Frogmore, will each will donate a portion of proceeds from a night of business from March 6th through March 9th, as part of Dining for a Difference Week. The following is the schedule for Dining for a Difference:
Tuesday, March 6 - Tres Gatos
Wednesday, March 7 - The Frogmore
Thursday, March 8 - Vee Vee
Friday, March 9 - Casa Verde

This is the third event organized by Boston For All, a grassroots group of local neighbors inspired by the 2016 presidential election to raise money for civil liberties and civil rights organizations. Jeremy Fischer founded Boston For All and with other local parents, he organized Run for All, a benefit fun run weeks after the election, raising $6,000 for the Massachusetts ACLU. Months later, Fischer created Rock for All, a rock concert for kids in Jamaica Plain that raised another $8,000 for the ACLU.