Video: 3-Year-Old Gives Amazing Tour Highlighting Jamaica Plain!

A young boy (and his mother) made an incredible one-minute video highlighting all of his favorite things about Jamaica Plain -- the restaurants, train stations, barber shop, libraries, bicycles, karate classes -- and more! Holding a toy train to start, Santiago Arroyo begins in front of the Egleston Square mural across from the T and makes his way to the Egleston Community Garden, and then moves on to restaurants by highlighting the original Chilacates, JP Licks (what kid doesn't like ice cream?), Pikalo, and Exodus Bagels. He shouts out all the bicycles to ride, neighborhood libraries and playgrounds, mentions he takes karate classes with his mother and grandmother(!), and talks up the firefighters of Engine 28. Then he really gets into the action -- by getting a trim at Flaco's Barber Shop, and a teeth cleaning at the Brookside Community Health Center. He ends by showcasing JP's T stops.

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Holiday Open House to kick-off Urbano Project’s 10th Anniversary

Urbano Project kicks off its 10th Anniversary Celebration with a FREE Holiday Open House, sponsored by State Street Bank. There will be live music, art workshops and demonstrations, drinks, holiday snacks, and lots of cool prints created by Urbano’s artists for sale!  All happening at Urbano's gallery in the Brewery Complex, 29 Germania Street.  FREE admission. Join us at our studio/gallery for behind-the-scenes exhibition tours, a family-friendly drop-in origami workshop with Artist-in-Residence Erin Genia, a bookmaking class demonstration by Artist-in-Residence Rachel Allenand her Youth Artist Project students. The first in a series of events celebrating Urbano’s 10th Anniversary, this day-long event gives you a rare opportunity to take part in our organization’s daily projects and to hear firsthand from youth, staff, and artists about their current conversations around land and social issues. Plus, find out about volunteering and work opportunities at Urbano!

Fall Festivities at the Egleston Square Peace Garden

Hosted by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and Egleston Square Main Streets, this event will have pumpkin-decorating, fall foods, and other arts & crafts! Get involved and learn more about resources right here in Jamaica Plain! It is also JPNDC's monthly volunteer meet-up, so please reach out to nomadik@jpndc.org if you would like to help out with this event or get involved otherwise!

Help Send 30 Underprivileged Jamaica Plain Youths Go to Summer Camp

A local organization that works to empower residents and engage service providers to support Egleston Square is working with the local Boston Police Department to send 30 youths to a two-week summer camp. And they need your help! Tree of Life and the Boston Police Department's E-13 Community Service Youth Officers are hoping to raise $6,000 by May 31. That funding will provide food, transportation, and activities for 30 local youths -- which would double the amount of youths served by the camp last summer. Any donation is welcome, but here's a breakdown of specific activities and costs:

Sponsor a youth for a day, includes breakfast, lunch and an activity $30
Sponsor a youth for a week $150
Sponsor a youth for two weeks $300
Special ice cream trip for 30 campers $160
Trip to see a movie $400
Day of bowling and two meals for 30 campers $690

Please click here to donate to help local youth enjoy two weeks of camp this summer.

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Egleston Square Main Street Seeks Executive Director

The Egleston Square Main Street organization is seeking an executive director. The application deadline is Jan. 11, 2019. During the past 20 years, Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS) has become one of the leading Main Street organizations in the City of Boston and is now poised for growth. ESMS seeks an energetic and resourceful director to implement our economic development and community organizing program.

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