Update: Spontaneous Golf Tournament Moved to Oct. 14 + More Spontaneous News

If you’re new to Jamaica Plain, you might not have experienced the Wake Up The Earth Parade and Festival that blossoms on the first Saturday in May each year in the Southwest Corridor Park, brought to life by Spontaneous Celebrations. There's music galore on three stages, food trucks, artists and clothing vendors, non-profit organizations tabling, face painting, mini golf, stilt walking, and toddler drumming.  In just a few weeks, you’ll have a chance to experience the annual Lantern Parade at Jamaica Pond (Oct. 23 and 24 this year), also orchestrated by Spontaneous Celebrations. On those nights hundreds of homemade lanterns bob along the path around the pond, carried by children in Halloween costumes with their parents, and others who enjoy the spectacle each year.

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Watch: This Guy Juggled While Running The Sedgwick Slog

The Sedgwick Slog started off organically 11 years ago with only 12 runners from Sedgwick Street. Now it's a block party and this year was kicked off with a police escort. Sedgwick Street resident Dan Janis started the slog, and it's turned into a fun neighborhood four-person relay race with each runner starting down Sedgwick Street, going around Jamaica Pond and back to Sedgwick. This year 10 teams participated. Darren Rosebrugh has been running the slog since 2012, the day after he moved onto Sedgwick Street.

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Jamaica Plain Youth Selected for Laver Cup Boston Ballkid Squad

Lleyton Warren, 12, of Jamaica Plain has been selected following an intensive recruitment process as one of 30 Massachusetts kids between the ages of 12-15 to be part of the Laver Cup 2021 Boston Ballkid Squad. He participated in a grueling training sessions on Friday, August 13 at Longfellow Tennis Club in Natick, going through a series of training exercises, focusing on their agility, endurance, coordination, ball skills, balance, speed and teamwork—all attributes essential to make it to the Laver Cup Ballkid Squad. As part of the Ballkid Squad, Warren will be quickly grabbing any loose balls throughout the tennis tournament while matches are being played. Warren is a part of Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, and also enjoys participating on a recreational swim team, where he competes in all four strokes. This is the fourth edition of The Laver Cup, which features the best tennis players from Europe against their counterparts from the rest of the world, and will take place at TD Garden from September 24-26.

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Jamaica Plain Has A Brand New Skatepark — And It’s Already Been Graffitied

There hasn't even been an official grand opening for Jamaica Plain's renovated skate park on the Southwest Corridor, and it's already been graffitied. Skateboarders quickly took to the newly renovated skatepark between Oakdale and Amory streets. Before being closed the skatepark had makeshift skate ramps made through the years, but now the skatepark has smooth curves all around it with a landing area for skateboarders, non-motorized scooters, rollerbladers, bicyclists, and more. The renovations cost $75,000, with the Department of Conservation and Recreation providing $50,000 on top of $25,000 from Converse and Wheels of Steel.

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JP Regan Dodgers Complete Undefeated Softball Season

The Jamaica Plain RBI Dodgers completed an undefeated season to finish in first place in the 2021 Boston RBI U18 Softball League on Aug. 4th. The league features teams from Roxbury, Dorchester, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain and other neighborhoods and is organized by The Red Sox Foundation (https://www.redsoxfoundation.org/rbi/). The league features teams from Roxbury, Dorchester, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain and other neighborhoods and is organized by The Red Sox Foundation. 

The majority of the girls are graduates of the JP Regan Youth League’s softball division and have been playing together for several years. After the final game, a victory over the Mission Hill Pirates, players, coaches, and their families celebrated the season and said farewell to five young women who have aged out of the team and are heading off to college in the fall.

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