Help the community looking good this Saturday as there will be cleanups in four different neighborhoods. Volunteers are wanted and there will be various things to do, so if you can't do heavy lifting -- that's fine! Tools and gloves will be provided, just be ready to get down and dirty for JP. JP Centre/South Main Streets' will be cleaning just what their name indicates -- along Centre and South streets. They will start at 9 am at the South Street Tennis Courts, and then head over to the municipal parking lot across from the Curley School. Tools and gloves will be provided, but you can certainly bring your own.
A new tour with a Jamaica Plain foodie focus is making its way through the neighborhood while encompassing history, dessert, beer and delicious food. "We truly believe JP has the freshest, yummiest food in town," said Lizzie Bell, co-owner of Off The Beaten Path Food Tours and Experiences. With her husband Sam Schlussel, the duo launched the tour company, which has featured food tours in Harvard Square, Davis Square and Union Square. They launched their Jamaica Plain tour in March, and it's given on weekends. "Time and again, I found myself visiting Jamaica Plain because there is an incredible food scene here with lots of unique stories and history as well as a strong, neighborly culture that shines through," said Bell.
Boston has an additional $20 million this year to fund affordable housing, parks, open space and historic preservation thanks to the Community Preservation Act. On April 3rd, the Jamaica Plain community is invited to a public forum to share their ideas on how to spend that money. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) organized and will lead the forum with a host of elected officials sponsoring the event and local organizations as co-sponsors. Boston adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA) by voting in support of it in November 2016. More than 170 Massachusetts municipalities have adopted the CPA, according to the Community Preservation Coalition.
Jamaica Plain loves it's Little Free Libraries and a local JP resident created a Google Map pinpointing where many of the free book depositories are located around the neighborhood. People are also welcome to add locations of Little Free Libraries not shown on the map. View and add libraries to the Google Map of Little Free Libraries in Jamaica Plain here. "Every time I passed one on the street, I'd always think that it would be cool to have a map showing where all of them were -- I had a general sense that there were a lot, but wanted to be able to quantify that," said Hillary Corbett to Jamaica Plain News, a librarian at Northeastern University. "I think the map can be used in a bunch of different ways -- at least one person has mentioned that she has a lot of books to share and plans to use the map to spread them around to different LFLs in the neighborhood.
A crew of trivia geniuses representing the Jeannie Johnston Pub & Grill are looking to defeat 170 other trivia teams from around the country in Geek Bowl XII, which is being held in Boston for the first-time ever. This year's Geek Bowl is being held at the Agannis Arena on Feb. 17th from 7 to 11 pm and it will be a raucous time! But our local JP representatives, with a team name of Allegedly Attorneys, in this bowl for geeks aren't exactly confident in their abilities to win the whole darn thing. When Jamaica Plain News asked two of the members if they were going to win.