JP Porchfest is July 7th: Get Ready for 170 Performances on 90 Porches!

The 5th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest this Saturday will be more awesome than the previous four as it will include music, theater, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy, circus arts and a politicians' porch. "We have 90 generous porch hosts this year – that is, folks who offer their porches to performers. In some cases, people perform on their own porches, but they often welcome others," said Mindy Fried, co-organizer with Marie Ghitman and Eli Pabon. "And in many cases, porch hosts simply offer their porches to whomever we assign to their porches, of course taking into consideration their available space, and if they have any special requests." Click on the map of porches to see a description of all of the performances (courtesy JP Porchfest).

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Diane Ivey, right, and Jessica Bucci "yarn-bombed" the sign at the Eliot School on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

Open House to Discuss Possible Renovations at Eliot School on March 28th

The Eliot School is holding an open house focused on users of the school to determine what they want to see for the school's possible expansion and renovation. Architects from designLAB architects and G2 Collaborative Landscape Architecture will be present to talk with faculty, staff and students about what they'd like in a renovation and expansion of the school on Eliot Street. Those who are not current or active users of the Eliot School are also welcome to attend the open house. This event will be on Wednesday, March 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Farnsworth House (90 South St.). Refreshments will be served, but it is unknown what type of refreshments.

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Update: BYOB Easter Egg Hunt at Loring-Greenough House Postponed

Update: The Easter Egg Hunt has been postponed to March 31st at 1 pm. The annual Easter Egg Hunt on Loring-Greenough's Lawn this coming Sunday is BYOB -- Bring Your Own Basket. The annual egg hunt is free for all to attend and starts at 1 pm and you'll want to get there on time because the toy- and candy-filled eggs go quickly!  Also, bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to enjoy on the law after the egg hunt. Update: The egg decorating took place on March 25 and will not occur on March 31.

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BYOB Easter Egg Hunt at Loring-Greenough House, Preceded by Egg Decorating

The annual Easter Egg Hunt on Loring-Greenough's Lawn this coming Sunday is BYOB -- Bring Your Own Basket. The annual egg hunt is free for all to attend and starts at 1 pm and you'll want to get there on time because the toy- and candy-filled eggs go quickly!  Also, bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to enjoy on the law after the egg hunt. Before the egg hunt, kids of all ages are welcome to stop by the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts (24 Eliot St.) to decorate real eggs from 10 am to 12:30 pm, and then head over to the egg hunt on South Street. This is a BYOE event -- as in Bring Your Own Eggs, and hard boiled eggs work best. This is also a free event with a suggested donation of $5, and registration is requested by clicking here.

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Eliot School Announces New Annual Artist in Residence Program, Issues Call for Proposals

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, the 341-year-old Boston-based art center, is launching its new annual Artist in Residence program with a call for artists’ proposals by January 31, 2018 for residencies in 2019 and 2020. Artists in Residence will partner with the Eliot School’s Teen Bridge program, which brings a small group of passionate teens from Boston schools to its Jamaica Plain schoolhouse, where they participate in a rigorous arts program that combines skill building, mentorship, employment and intensive art enrichment opportunities. Application details can be found here: https://eliotschool.org /artists-residencies/proposals. Sculptor Nora Valdez will kick off the first residency in 2018 on the theme of home. Through this project, Nora and Teen Bridge youth will initiate a public dialogue by exploring the questions: What makes a place home?

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