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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First Thursday: Enjoy Art (Beer & Wine Tastings) at Local Bizs + Screen on the Green

Soooo we got a little excited about Jamaica Plain's First Thursday last week -- so much that we said it was last Thursday -- the last Thursday in May. But we promise First Thursday is happening this Thursday! June's First Thursday will include the ArtWalk among South and Centre streets businesses, beer and wine tastings, a movie screening on the Loring-Greenough House's lawn, food trucks and more. Screen on the Green is a super kid-friendly event that takes place on the lawn of the Loring-Greenough House with a large outdoor screen, and is hosted by JP Centre/South Main Streets. This month's movie is "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," which starts 6:30 pm.

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#JPLocalFirst Contest: Win $500 to Spend at Jamaica Plain Businesses

Every time you visit a JP Local First member business use the hashtag #JPLocalFirst and you may win one of three prizes in the Love Your Local contest. Anyone can use the hashtag #JPLocalFirst on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter to earn points. You can also use points by commenting, sharing, reposting, retweeting or tagging other people's #JPLocalFirst posts. The person with the most points will win $500 to spend at JP Local First member businesses. The second place finisher will get $300 and there will also be a wild card raffle for someone to win $2o0 to be spent at local businesses.

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Screen on the Green Returns Next Thursday with ArtWalk, Food Trucks and More

The very popular Screen on the Green returns next week, June 7, to the Loring-Greenough House as part of First Thursdays ArtWalk -- and the food trucks are back, too! During First Thursdays ArtWalk, local artists have their works displayed at Centre and South streets businesses. The artists are often at the businesses and refreshments are usually being offered. The displayed art is usually for sale, too. Screen on the Green is a super kid-friendly event that takes place on the lawn of the Loring-Greenough House with a large outdoor screen, and is hosted by JP Centre/South Main Streets.

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Derby Day & Drinks

Join us for a stylish soirée and delicious cocktails, as we watch the Kentucky Derby live. Enjoy our custom cocktail - the JP Julep, with bourbon supplied by Roxbury's own Bully Boy Distillers - and complimentary refreshments, as we stream the Kentucky Derby live on our large projector screen. We will also feature a parade of hats and a hat contest, a silent auction, a photo booth, lawn games, and our own version of betting on the races in our tented garden party. Derby attire – seersucker suits, bow ties and over-the-top Derby hats - are strongly encouraged. All proceeds to benefit JP Centre/South Main Streets programs and events.