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.
This year's First Thursdays at the Loring-Greenough House is going to be different than past years as there will be a beer garden. The beer garden will be run by Hive, which will be bringing its silver large Airstream trailer starting June 6. Hive is a local business that is a full-service bar for events such as weddings, company meetings, and birthday parties. Hive was created by Lance Davis and Graham McKissock, who met in 2006 while living as neighbors in Jamaica Plain. The beer garden will be in a designated roped-off area in the front of the lawn with picnic tables and lawn games.
Celebrate spring with JP Bikes' annual family-friendly bike tour of the neighborhood on May 19. This is a free bike tour of Jamaica Plain geared for kids to be able to ride. Before the ride there will be bike decorating, fun stuff for the kids (and adults), music, and refreshments. Please meet at the South Street Mall (South Street and Carolina Avenue) at 10 am and the ride gets rolling at 11 am.