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Playdate & Politics: Fighting for Universal Pre-K

It’s time for universal pre-kindergarten to be a reality in Massachusetts. Join us for a discussion with State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz about how we can make this happen. KIDS ARE WELCOME. Coffee will be served. This discussion is being organized by a group of local JP parents and friends. Continue Reading →

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Octoberfest ¡Fiesta! 2017

Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie down on Thursday, October 12 from 6 to 9pm at Samuel Adams Brewery! At this year’s Octoberfest ¡Fiesta! we are throwing it back to 1977, the year JPNDC was founded, in honor of our 40th anniversary! Join us for an evening of celebrating community, enjoying Sam Adams beer, eating dishes from top local restaurants, and dancing to classic salsa and 70’s tunes (provided by Eric German Orchestra) all while raising funds to benefit JPNDC’s programs and initiatives. If you are interested in volunteering, becoming a Community Partner, donating an item to our silent auction /raffle or have any questions please contact Kelly at kransom@jpndc.org. Continue Reading →

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This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal

Every private journal tells the story of a self, and Henry David Thoreau kept one of the most faithful, thoughtful, and provocative journals in American history. His everyday companion, the journal was an essential tool for mindful living, and grist for one of the world’s most influential books–Walden, or Life in the Woods. Two hundred years after Thoreau’s birth, his thoughts on the value of introspection, simple living, and self‐sufficiency continue to challenge and inspire us. David Wood, curator of This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal, will discuss how the first major exhibition devoted to the life of one of America’s most influential citizens will bring contemporary audiences face to face with a man whose life continues to impact our modern world. This Ever New Self, a joint exhibition with The Morgan Library & Museum, New York will be on view at the Concord Museum, September 29, 2017 – January 21, 2018. Continue Reading →

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A talk with Robert Thorson, author of The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Year

​Thoreau was known for Walden Pond, but in his new book The Boatman, Henry David Thoreau’s River Year, Robert Thorson says he was a man of the river. As a backyard naturalist and river enthusiast, Thoreau was keenly aware of the way humans had altered the waterways and meadows of his beloved Concord River Valley. And he recognized that he himself—a land surveyor by trade—was as complicit in these transformations as the bankers, lawyers, builders, landowners, and elected officials who were his clients. Robert Thorson, PhD, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut, shares a compelling story of intellectual growth and scientific understanding, as Thoreau moved from anger, to lament, to acceptance of the way humans had changed the river he cherished more than Walden Pond. Robert Thorson’s book, The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years, will be available for purchase and signing. Continue Reading →

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JPNC Fixit Clinic

Come join your neighbors at this free event. You bring your broken items, and we’ll provide the tools and volunteer coaches with expertise fixing a wide variety of things, including:

Bikes and skateboards

Clothing and fabric items

Computers and phones

Toys and wooden items

Small kitchen appliances

Small electrical devices


Lamps and anything else!*
Pre-register at http://goo.gl/qTzh9J

* Carry in only: no oversized items. Also, no firearms, gasoline engines, or other dangerous items.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Fixit Coach, please contact jpnc.fixitclinic@gmail.com

Fixit Clinic is an all-ages, do-it-together activity where people bring their broken household things and learn how to assess, disassemble, and repair them instead of sending them to landfill. For more information, go to www.fixitclinic.org. Continue Reading →

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Discuss: What is Your Favorite Thing About Jamaica Plain?

Jose Godoy, left, and Sana Hashnani enjoy the U-shaped bench at Jamaica Pond on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

There are so many great things about Jamaica Plain — the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond, the people, the businesses — so many things you can’t put them all in an opening sentence. And at one of Jamaica Plain’s best events, the Wake Up the Earth Festival, Jamaica Plain News asked people to submit what their favorite thing is about Jamaica Plain. (more…) Continue Reading →

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