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JP Local First Hires Director of Membership and Community Outreach

The Steering Committee of JP Local First is pleased to announce that they have hired a new Director of Membership and Community Outreach, Cyd Charise Jeyes. You may have met her recently at the Local First Fair, or around the neighborhood, where she is a regular patron of many of our members. Cyd grew up in the Egleston Square area and after traveling and living away from JP for several years, moved back with her family five years ago. Cyd has a wealth of experience ranging from teaching to marketing to event production as well as being an accomplished artist. In addition to her love for the neighborhood and its diversity of locally-owned businesses, she brings Spanish proficiency to the job.

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UPDATE: JP Local First Fair Postponed to June 27

UPDATE: The JP Local First Fair has been postponed to June 27 due to inclement weather. There are more than 165 independent businesses in Jamaica Plain and dozens of them will be participating in the 3rd Annual JP Local First Fair. During the free fair you'll have the chance to learn more about locally-owned businesses and nonprofits that will have tables set up with info, products and services. In the past, you've been able to sample food and products, get free massages, learn about volunteering and more. "One of the many remarkable things about our community is its great diversity of local and independent businesses and non profits," said David Warner, Chair of the Steering Committee for JP Local First, and owner of City Feed and Supply, adding that the fair is a great opportunity to make a new connection with a business you may not have known about already.

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Bingo! Win $250 in Gift Cards with JP Local First Shopping Game

Do your shopping in Jamaica Plain this holiday season and you'll be supporting local businesses while also having the opportunity to win gift cards when participating in the JP Local First Bingo Game. First you'll want to download the official bingo card by clicking here. Under the bingo card you can see a list of dozens of JP Local First business members where you can go shopping. When you visit those businesses you need to fill out your bingo card by writing the name of the business and date you visited it on the card. Once you've filled five bingo squares in a row -- bingo!

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JP Local First Fair on Thursday: 50+ Bizs, Live Music, Food Trucks and Bouncy House

What do more than 50 local businesses, poutine, Mexican street corn, a social media contest and a bouncy house have in common? They're all going to be at the 2nd Annual JP Local First Fair this Thursday at the Loring-Greenough House. The JP Local First Fair is a great way to support many of our JP businesses, or get to know new ones. There will be a wide array of businesses with focuses on: bicycling, canines, real estate, financial planning, theater, helping the elderly, acupuncture, music, dance, legal services and more. This year's JP Local First Fair will feature live music from Back Bay Drumming and Evan of Music at the Blissful.

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