New Biz is Co-working Space with Montessori-Inspired Playspace for Children

Hopscotch Labs recently opened in Jamaica Plain, and while it's unlikely that you'll find a game of hopscotch or labs, you will find a unique business model. Co-founder and Jamaica Plain resident Anna Raborn answered questions about this new business that opened on Brookley Road in October. Q: What is Hopscotch Labs? Raborn: Hopscotch Labs is a co-working community that combines the amenities of an office with a reliable, social-distanced, Montessori-inspired playspace for children. We believe that grownups shouldn't have to choose between raising a family and doing meaningful work.


Parents Date Night with Childcare: by Commonwealth Circus & JP Movie Night

If you have a little between 5-12 years old, affordable childcare - provided by the Commonwealth Circus Center (CCC) in collaboration with JP Movie Night (JPMN) - can now be part of your night out on January 4th from 5-10pm! The cost for the CCC care is only $50 for up to 5 hours of care! While your child engages in circus-play, you the parents can take in "dinner and a movie" at Casa Verde or Little Dipper (10% off if you say that JP Movie Night sent you), and then follow it up by catching a film presented by JPMN at the Centre for Faith, Art and Justice (First Baptist, 633 Centre Street)

To reserve your child's place go to the following:

To get more info about the film being shown by JP Movie Night, and for tickets, go to:


JP Porchfest is July 7th: Get Ready for 170 Performances on 90 Porches!

The 5th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest this Saturday will be more awesome than the previous four as it will include music, theater, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy, circus arts and a politicians' porch. "We have 90 generous porch hosts this year – that is, folks who offer their porches to performers. In some cases, people perform on their own porches, but they often welcome others," said Mindy Fried, co-organizer with Marie Ghitman and Eli Pabon. "And in many cases, porch hosts simply offer their porches to whomever we assign to their porches, of course taking into consideration their available space, and if they have any special requests." Click on the map of porches to see a description of all of the performances (courtesy JP Porchfest).


Don’t Run Away to Join the Circus: Take Classes at JP’s Commonwealth Circus Center

Many people may not be aware there's a place in Jamaica Plain that you can practice superhuman feats -- the Commonwealth Circus Center. Co-founder/co-manager/co-owner Steve Minnihan answered questions about the circus, what classes are like and whether knife throwing is taught (spoiler: it's not). Q: What is the Commonwealth Circus Center? Minnihan: Commonwealth Circus Center (C3) is a recreational circus arts studio for youth and adults. Our mission at Commonwealth is to build an inclusive community where students of any age, experience level, and ability come together to learn self expression, movement arts, and healthy risk-taking through the joy of circus!