The defunct Jamaica Plain World Fair will be returning to the neighborhood after a 10-year hiatus, and is being renamed as the Latin Quarter World's Fair (LQWF). The new version of the fair is scheduled to be on September 15 and will be on Creighton Street to Bynner Street, and also scattered throughout the Blessed Sacrament Campus. The multicultural celebration will kick-off National Latinx Heritage Month, and recognize the neighborhood’s designation as a Cultural District by both the Mass Cultural Council and Boston, according to a press release. “The Latin Quarter Cultural District’s new take on the JP World’s Fair will focus on celebrating the neighborhoods long, rich history of Afro-Latin art, culture, food, and music,” said Cisnell Baez, LQWF Committee member and former resident. “By creating spaces and events that are led by the community who lived, work, and own businesses there, we are empowering them to make decisions about their neighborhood.”
Through the years residents and merchants have wanted the fair to return.
Boston is conducting several neighborhood and ethnic-focused presentations to discuss communities' economic impact in the city. On June 13 in Jamaica Plain, there will be an exploration of the Dominican Republic community, and its economic impact on Boston. The goal of the series is to engage residents, and to see their reactions about data that will be presented from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey, REMI Economic Impact Analysis, and BPDA Research Division Analysis. The Jamaica Plain meeting will be conducted in Spanish and English interpretation will be provided. The meeting will take place at the Curtis Hall Community Center (20 South St.), from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on June 13.
Starting June 8th and every week thereafter the Jamaica Plain Parkrun will take place at the Arnold Arboretum. The Jamaica Pond path that Jamaica Pond Parkrun uses as its course has played host to runners, walkers, and all manner of outdoor enthusiasts for more than 100 years now. So maybe it comes as no surprise that from time to time, the Boston Department of Parks and Recreation has to perform some upkeep so it remains smooth, beautiful, and welcoming for future generations. That’s the situation for JPparkrun right now. You may have even noticed the construction equipment and fencing that’s been popping up lately.
The warmer weather means there are a lot more enjoyable outdoor activities such as the First Thursday Scavenger Hunts and Screen on the Green movies. Participants in the Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Street's First Thursday Scavenger Hunts can use StriveOn -- JP's Mobile App -- for the Scavenger Hunt, and throughout the year to find special deals, events, discounts, and more at local businesses and shops. Each Scavenger Hunt features treats and discounts for users who find the hidden locations. Upcoming dates and themes for the Scavenger Hunt are:
June 6 - RELAX
Aug 1 - ENJOY
Sept 5 - FOCUS
Oct 3 - REMEMBER
Nov 7 - FEED
There will not be a First Thursday Scavenger Hunt in July due to Independence Day. This summer Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Street's Screen on the Green will be at two rotating locations.
Starting June 9 there will be a week of Boston For All events, including a free run and walk, a restaurant week, and an art sale will raise money for girls' empowerment, refugees, and legal advocates for immigrants. “We know our community is looking for a chance to help our neighbors, and the variety of opportunities to get involved offers everyone easy entry to be a part of the movement for an inclusive nation,” said Boston For All organizer Jeremy Fischer, about the week that is being organized in partnership with District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley and state Rep. Nike Elugardo, D-15th. The events will benefit three different organizations promoting justice for vulnerable people. The beneficiary organizations are:
Redesen Accion Venezuela - a local organization focused on providing assistance to Venezuelan refugees settling in the Boston area;
Komera - an organization working for the education and empowerment of girls in Rwanda;
The Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network - a volunteer organization for legal advocacy supporting neighbors targeted and detained by ICE. With a focus on offering in-court support, connecting those in custody to legal aid and helping them to make bond, BIJAN is an important force in the local movement for immigration justice.