Footlight Club’s ‘Tuck Everlasting’ Opens Saturday and Asks: What Would You Do If You Had All Eternity?

The Footlight Club closes its 147th season with the musical Tuck Everlasting, which opens on Saturday. The musical is based on the best-selling children's classic novel by Natalie Babbitt, and the musical poses the question: What would you do if you had all eternity? The musical is about 11-year old Winnie Foster, who learns about the Tuck family's unending youth, and she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey. “I think everyone will enjoy Tuck!

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Taiko Drumming at Cherry Blossoms in Arnold Arboretum on April 24

The Arnold Arboretum is inviting you to come celebrate Japanese culture among the beautiful cherry blossoms with Taiko drumming on April 24. Karen Young and KASA Taiko will perform, and there will be calligraphy and Japanese games by the Showa Boston Institute. The Taiko drumming will be taking place from 6 to 6:30 pm, with Showa activities before and after. Seating for the performance will be on the ground, but you are welcome to bring a blanket to sit on. This program will take place on mowed grass in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection.

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bb.q Chicken Restaurant Franchise Coming to Centre Street

The worldly popular bb.q Chicken restaurant chain will be opening a new Boston location on Centre Street where Cafe Beirut used to occupy. bb.q Chicken has more than 4,000 restaurants across 59 countries in the world, with several franchises in Massachusetts including in Allston, Kenmore, and on Boylston Street, as well as in Lowell, Quincy, and Cambridge. The menu includes 14 flavors of fried chicken including honey garlic, secret sauce, galbi, Caribbean spice, gangnam style, hot mala, and more. The menu also includes kimchi fried rice, spicy bowls of ddeok-bokki, assorted sides like French fries, pickled radish, cheesling fries, and more. The space (654 Centre St.) is currently undergoing renovations before it opens.

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5-Story, 37 Units, Mixed-Use Building Pitched for Service Station’s Spot on Washington Street

The public is invited to offer their comments regarding a mixed-use five-story building that would replace a one-story service station on Washington Street. Boston Pinnacle Properties LLC, and its principal owner, Adam Burns, submitted plans to the Boston Planning and Development Agency for their proposed building at 3458 Washington St. Currently, Keegan's Service Station is at the location, and adjacent to Hatoff's Gas Station, which may also be redeveloped. The proposed building would have 37 units, primarily marketing rate according to the filing, with eight affordable units. There would be 807 sq.

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Peters Named New Jamaica Plain Liaison for City Hall

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu recently named Caroline Peters as Jamaica Plain's new neighborhood liaison. “I’m excited to get to know the city and neighborhood I love through a new lens, not only as a Jamaica Plain resident but also as an extension of City Hall,” said Peters via press release. “The opportunity to contribute to efforts small and large in JP and help deliver on Mayor Wu’s goals is a privilege I take seriously and look forward to embarking on.”
Peters majored in Spanish at Macalester College and received a Fulbright English teaching assistantship grant in Colombia after graduating. Upon returning to the U.S., Peters worked at local universities in Boston including Boston University’s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs where she supported international students. Peters earned a certificate in Spanish/English translation from UMass Boston.

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Wenham Street Cinema 2024 Season Schedule 

The Wenham Street Cinema released their 2024 season schedule, and the first showing is a Boston Marathon Watch Party on April 15. The following was provided by Matt Shuman of the Wenham Street Cinema. Wenham Street Cinema 2024 Season Schedule 

Wenham Street Cinema builds community through free film screenings, concerts, and other events. If you are able, please bring your own chair, and help contribute to the sense of community by bringing food or drink to share. If you’d like to get on the email list please send an email to matt.shuman@gmail.com.

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Half Half Half Half Half Marathon at Jamaica Pond on April 11 to Support Free Youth Literacy Programs

One of the shortest marathons will be ran at Jamaica Pond on April 11 -- and it'll be for a very good cause -- supporting free youth literacy programs.

Nonprofit 826 Boston's Half Half Half Half Half Marathon is an (almost) .826-mile marathon to raise money for its free writing, after-school tutoring, and publishing programs offered to Boston K-12 students. Last year, 826 Boston worked with nearly 3,000 students, provided a total of 20,622 program hours, and published 19 books that featured 505 student authors. "As someone who visits the pond regularly, I find it’s a real treat to be able to participate in the 826 Boston Halfx5 Marathon together with neighbors and friends, all while supporting a uniquely important organization," said Jamaica Plain resident Jill Berg, an 826 Boston board member. "I love participating alongside student authors, learning about their writing projects, and having a chance to purchase their publications in the spot." The marathon is family-friendly so kids of all ages are welcome to run/walk/jog/piggyback to the finish line.

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Jamaica Plain-Focused ‘Reimagining’ White Stadium Meeting Discussing Transportation Concerns on April 10

Transportation is one of the biggest concerns about the redevelopment of White Stadium. With that in mind, the city is hosting a public meeting on April 10 that is focusing on the aspect of transportation in regards to redeveloping the stadium. The redevelopment plan includes making the stadium the centerpiece of Boston Public Schools athletics, as well as the home field for a professional women's soccer team. In this workshop, the city will present a detailed transportation plan for the Jamaica Plain neighborhood to guide discussion and feedback. The meeting is open to the public, but is intended for Jamaica Plain residents.

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Who Wants to Buy the Defunct Hollow Reed School?

The Hollow Reed School never reopened after shuttering due to COVID, and now the 8,000+ sq. ft. building is for sale -- but there's a few catches. The Victorian style house situated between Sedgwick Street and Carolina Avenue is for sale for $2,225,000, and is listed as having one bedroom, and six bathrooms (four full). The inside of the building still looks like a preschool with little toddler toilets and more.

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Johnson Baseball Field Closing April 15 Thru June 30 for Renovations

The Johnson Baseball Field on Lamartine Street by Green Street will be closed for renovation work on the field starting April 15 and going through June. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close the baseball field and the adjacent walking path connecting Lamartine Street and Oakdale Street at Johnson Park to perform renovation to the field, infield, and site. The playground, spray deck, basketball courts, seating areas, and associated walking paths nearest Green Street in Johnson Park will remain open for use.  

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