BYOB Easter Egg Hunt at Loring-Greenough House, Preceded by Egg Decorating

The annual Easter Egg Hunt on Loring-Greenough's Lawn this coming Sunday is BYOB -- Bring Your Own Basket. The annual egg hunt is free for all to attend and starts at 1 pm and you'll want to get there on time because the toy- and candy-filled eggs go quickly!  Also, bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to enjoy on the law after the egg hunt. Before the egg hunt, kids of all ages are welcome to stop by the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts (24 Eliot St.) to decorate real eggs from 10 am to 12:30 pm, and then head over to the egg hunt on South Street. This is a BYOE event -- as in Bring Your Own Eggs, and hard boiled eggs work best. This is also a free event with a suggested donation of $5, and registration is requested by clicking here.

Local Artist MAR’s ‘Black Book Sessions’ Gives Space Safe for Graffiti Artists and More

The Boston Cultural Council recently handed out more than $32,000 in Opportunity Fund grants with 33 artists and organizations receiving individual $1,000 grants. Local artist MAR, who leads Black Books Sessions -- a safe space for graffiti artists -- is often held at Spontaneous Celebrations in JP, was a recipient of a grant. Paul Chapman, aka MAR, fielded questions from Jamaica Plain News about the organization, safe spaces for graffiti artists, Spontaneous Celebrations and more. Q: The grant you received will go to a free event in Jamaica Plain -- please describe the event. When and where will it take place?

Q&A: Owner of Hatched on Gender Neutral Clothing, Toys and Sustainability

One thing that Jamaica Plain has been known for is its independent businesses. One of the great independent businesses on Centre Street is Hatched. The owner of Hatched, Liz Vittori Koch, spoke with Jamaica Plain News about being an independent brick and mortar business,  kid toys and how she makes sure she's working with ethical companies. Q: Hatched has been a store in JP for 13 years. How has the store changed since its inception?

REPS Fitness Studio Now Cycling on Centre Street

REPS Fitness Studio celebrated its opening on Saturday by hosting an open house with free classes, raffles, deals and more. The studio offers different styles of workout classes incorporating cycling, strength training with kettle balls, exercise bands, yoga and other methods. Personal training programs are also offered for individuals, couples/buddies -- to "share the strong work that goes into staying fit and healthy with a friend" -- and parents are encouraged to bring their children in to understand the value of being healthy and some good parental-child bonding time. The JP location is currently the second REPS studio for Renvil Doman, who opened the first REPS Fitness Studio in 2011. The other current location is in Beacon Hill,  and he also owns Beacon Hill Yoga.

Storms Take Toll on Arnold Arboretum Trees

Around 30 trees at the Arnold Arboretum have been removed or will be removed after sustaining substantial damage by the recent nor'easter storms.

The first storm on March 2nd caused major damage to more than 30 accessioned trees. An accessioned tree means its been documented as part of the arboretum's collection of more than 15,000 plants. Arboretum staff determined the following day that 22 specimens -- mostly pine, spruce, fir and hemlock species, would require being removed, according to the Arnold Arboretum's website. The March 8th storm affected another handful of trees with the bulk of the damage in the conifer collection, said Jon Hetman, Associate Dir. of External Relations and Communications for the Arnold Arboretum, to Jamaica Plain News.