A happy crowd at the reopening of the JP Branch Library on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Summer Solstice Potluck to Celebrate 1st Anniversary of JP Branch Library Renovations

Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library with Mayor Marty Walsh with a potluck on Saturday. The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library (30 South St.) are hosting the potluck on Saturday, June 16 from 12:30 to 2 pm. But come early at 11 am to hear a musical performance by Cardamom Quartet in the library's community room. Please bring a food item to share with your fellow library lovers. No word on what Mayor Walsh plans on bringing to the potluck.

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Traffic Advisory: Celebrate Boston Pride at Jamaica Plain Block Party on Sunday!

The 2018 Jamaica Plain Boston Pride Block Party is on Sunday and it will feature the 6th Annual Divas, Dogs & Drag Show and a whole lot of dancing! Before we get into the fun stuff. Please note that from Centre Street to South Huntington Avenue will be closed to traffic from 6 am to 11 pm. And there will be Tow Zone in effect on Perkins Street from South Huntington Avenue to Centre Street. Now for the party!

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First Thursday: Enjoy Art (Beer & Wine Tastings) at Local Bizs + Screen on the Green

Soooo we got a little excited about Jamaica Plain's First Thursday last week -- so much that we said it was last Thursday -- the last Thursday in May. But we promise First Thursday is happening this Thursday! June's First Thursday will include the ArtWalk among South and Centre streets businesses, beer and wine tastings, a movie screening on the Loring-Greenough House's lawn, food trucks and more. Screen on the Green is a super kid-friendly event that takes place on the lawn of the Loring-Greenough House with a large outdoor screen, and is hosted by JP Centre/South Main Streets. This month's movie is "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," which starts 6:30 pm.

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Drag Queen Story Hour for Kids at JP Branch Library on June 2nd

In honor of LGBT Pride Month the Jamaica Plain Branch Library will be holding a Drag Queen Story Hour this Saturday. The story hour is a program for children ages 3 to 8, which will raise awareness of gender diversity, promote self-acceptance and build empathy through an enjoyable literary experience, according to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library's Facebook page. Ramona Mirage will direct the event by singing songs, reading picture books and leading craft activities that are about Pride Month. The Drag Queen Story Hour will be at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library (30 South St.) from 11 to 11:45 am on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

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Screen on the Green Returns Next Thursday with ArtWalk, Food Trucks and More

The very popular Screen on the Green returns next week, June 7, to the Loring-Greenough House as part of First Thursdays ArtWalk -- and the food trucks are back, too! During First Thursdays ArtWalk, local artists have their works displayed at Centre and South streets businesses. The artists are often at the businesses and refreshments are usually being offered. The displayed art is usually for sale, too. Screen on the Green is a super kid-friendly event that takes place on the lawn of the Loring-Greenough House with a large outdoor screen, and is hosted by JP Centre/South Main Streets.

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