Free Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Master Class with Hyde Square Task Force This Friday

Don't miss an opportunity to learn and perform Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba with Sasi Marcelino this Friday. Join the Hyde Square Task Force for a Master Class on Friday, May 24 from 6 to 8 pm at Hyde Square Task Force where you will have the chance to learn both Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance, as well as its rich history. All levels are welcome. The next day, join Hyde Square Task Force youth for a culminating performance on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St.). Rain Location: Hyde Square Task Force (30 Sunnyside St.).

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Inside Out Sidewalk Fair

Explore food and shopping along Centre Street from Jackson Square to Hyde Square at our 5th annual Inside Out Sidewalk Fair & Sale on Saturday, May 18. We’ll have street musicians, a face painter & balloon artist and more to keep it lively, and businesses will have an array of products on display for sale as well as street food provided by our local restaurants. The Fair will be from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. The rain date is June 1.

Mulch-ca-pade & Centre Street Beautification

Have fun and work along other volunteers to ensure that street trees between Jackson Square and Canary Square get the love they need, public spaces are beautiful and ready for spring, and steel bollards are removed of rust and painted. A free community lunch will follow your dedication. We'll meet at Mozart Park at 10 Mozart Street at 9:00 am.

No Reefer Madness in JP, Mostly Just Parking Concerns

Earlier this week, a recreational marijuana company, Core Empowerment, gained approval by Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals, bringing it one step closer to opening in Jamaica Plain. The next step is for Core Empowerment to appear in front of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) to get a license to open. Co-owner Tomas Gonzalez said no date has been set for a CCC meeting. Core has also signed a lease to go into a long-vacant basement level commercial space in Hyde Square. And for the most part there hasn’t been much reefer madness about a recreational marijuana company opening in Jamaica Plain.

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Recreational Marijuana Company Signs City Host Agreement to Open in JP

The city recently signed host agreements with five recreational marijuana companies, including Core Empowerment, which plans on opening a 6,000-plus sq. ft. commercial business on Centre Street. Tomas Gonzalez, one of the co-owners of Core Empowerment, answered Jamaica Plain News' questions about parking, when the business plans on opening, security, the company's Good Neighbor Agreement and local organizations Core Empowerment will be supporting with donations. Q: What stage is Core Empowerment in the application process for opening a recreational marijuana dispensary in Jamaica Plain?

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