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.
The Boston Police E-13 District is hosting its annual Halloween Block Party on Saturday and will be a great time for kids with games, facepainting and more. The event is free to attend and is from 2 to 5 pm at the E-13 Police District at the corner of Washington and Green streets. If it gets rained out the party will take place the following day (October 29th).
The 12th Annual Cape Verdean-Jewish Passover Seder was celebrated by 200 Cabo Verdeans, Jews and guests to share their cultures, explore what they have in common, and, this year, to pledge solidarity with one another. Led by Jamaica Plain resident Ted Behr and Adelia Rocha, the event featured speakers from the Jewish and Cabo Verdean communities addressing the themes of this year’s event: Solidarity and Sanctuary. A highlight of the evening's events, which took place at the Hibernian Hall in Roxbury on April 4th, was the presentation of the Community Commitment Award to Project Health CV, an organization based in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that has brought life-saving health care, equipment and training to the people of Cabo Verde. This year's Seder also featured performances of Cabo Verdean music by Vanuza and Jewish music by the 10-piece Workmen's Circle Klezmer Jam and a dramatic reading of a poem by high school students from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School. While this unusual cultural occurrence has taken place for the past 11 years, this time it was different. In recent months, both groups and many others have been faced with unprecedented threats – restrictions on immigration, increased deportations splitting apart families, demonization of immigrants, heightened racism and a wave of anti-Semitic hate crimes.
Ninety-two Jamaica Plain businesses on Centre and South streets have holiday decorations this year and the Polka Dog Bakery and Boomerangs won first and second in a local holiday decorations contest. Three judges decided the winners of the Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association Business District Holiday Decorations Contest for the 2016 holiday season after checking out storefronts on two days in mid-December. The businesses were awarded points in three categories: most artistic, most festive, and most inviting to customers. The points for each business were added -- and the winners are:
$50.00 winner for first prize - Polka Dog Bakery (42 South Street)
$30.00 winner for second prize - Boomerangs (716 Centre Street)
McCormack & Scanlan (68 South Street)
40 South (40 South Street)
Salmagundi (765 Centre Street)
Station 8 Salon (761 Centre Street)
JP Seafood (730 Centre Street)
Cobwebs (703 Centre Street)
On Centre (676 Centre Street)
Boing! JP's Toy Shop (667 Centre Street)
Blue Frog Bakery (3 Green Street)
Fancy Schmancy (610 Centre Street)
Caramelo Clothing Company (606 Centre Street)
New Leaf Flores (601 Centre Street)
Do you like hot chocolate? Are you opinionated? Then join one of the neighborhood's business development groups for a stroll through Hyde and Jackson squares to pick the best-decorated holiday windows. Meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Il Panino, 268 Centre St., to warm up with hot chocolate, get your judging sheets and start the walk. For more information, please visit the Hyde Jackson Square Main Street site.
As 2015 comes to a close, we're looking ahead to what 2016 holds for our neighborhood. What are your 2016 predictions for Jamaica Plain? How will this winter compare to last? What areas might be redeveloped? Are there restaurants you hope will open?