In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Attend an enchanting evening of Tree Myths, Songs and Summer Solstice Legends. Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain spin tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance travels through the Arnold Arboretum with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants. Appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above.

Beautify Center Street

Join you neighbors and make Centre Street look and smell amazing. We'll be planting daffodil bulbs and shrubs, and we'll spread mulch on street trees. If you can, please come with a wheelbarrow and/or a shovel. Meet at Mozart Park. RSVP to info@hydejacksonsquare.org so that we have enough coffee and breakfast snacks for you.

Coffin Wild Flower Reservation

This sanctuary is one of seven owned by the Society. Hilly woods, a brook, and 1,256 feet of sandy shore and tidal marsh make up the 177-acre sanctuary, which borders lovely Merrymeeting Bay, well-known for its diversity of waterfowl. This hike along the trails will take us through woodlands that border the east side of the bay to a large, old stand of bigtooth aspen and fascinating freshwater estuary plants that are limited to this rare habitat type. Bring binoculars if you have them; be prepared to get your feet wet! Habitat: estuary and mixed hardwood-conifer forest
Known For: freshwater estuary plants
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Program Code: FDT8029
Instructor: Ted Elliman, botanist and author of "Wild Flowers of New England"

File photo: Christine Poff, right, enjoys Franklin Park with a Franklin Park Coalition board member.

‘Christine is Always Ready for a Fight’ — Franklin Park Boosters Fete Longtime Park Advocate Christine Poff

More than 100 people turned out Wednesday to honor the 10-year tenure of JP's Christine Poff as executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition. Poff stepped down from her longtime post in the fall, but Wednesday's party marked a homecoming as a roomful of folks who love the city's largest park celebrated her energy and accomplishments. "She's done incredible work as head of the Franklin Park Coalition," said Mayor Marty Walsh, who brought with him as a gift a reproduction historical map of the mammoth park that connects JP, Roxbury and Dorchester. Walsh and others cataloged Poff's series of accomplishments, ranging from reinvigorating youth programs to pushing City Hall to invest in Franklin Park. She saw to the re-invigoration of the Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park concerts and performances and revived the Kite & Bike Festival, among many other efforts.

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Letter to the Editor: Report on JPNC Left Out Key Information

The report in Jamaica Plain News as to the Neighborhood Council’s decision at the suggestion of the Jamaica Pond Association to direct $5,000 of the 161 South Huntington Ave. litigation settlement funds to the Fund for Jamaica Pond Park, is not accurate as it does not mention the good works of the fund, which is under the supervision of the Park Department. (“The $5,000 voted for the Fund ... would double [its] assets ... In its past four IRS filings it has never had a balance of more than $5,000”).

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