Jose Godoy, left, and Sana Hashnani enjoy the U-shaped bench at Jamaica Pond on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Discuss: What is Your Favorite Thing About Jamaica Plain?

There are so many great things about Jamaica Plain -- the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond, the people, the businesses -- so many things you can't put them all in an opening sentence. And at one of Jamaica Plain's best events, the Wake Up the Earth Festival, Jamaica Plain News asked people to submit what their favorite thing is about Jamaica Plain. Here are just some of the options people wrote down. What do you think? What is your favorite thing about Jamaica Plain?

The JP Neighborhood Development Corp.'s booth at WUTE 2016. From left: Executive Director Richard Thal, Francia De Jesus, Anna Waldron and Kelly Ransom.

Wake Up the Earth Nonprofit Roundup: How to Get Help or Get Involved

Dozens of local nonprofits turned out for Wake up the Earth on Saturday to share their messages of caring and activism. Need help? Want to get involved? Here’s how:

The Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine supports Palestinians in their struggle to end the occupation and “raises awareness about Israel’s use of water as a weapon against the people of Palestine.” Sara Driscoll said, “We want the state of Massachusetts to stop aligning with Israel until the occupation ends.” Contact for more information. The Arborway Committee for Public Transit is advocating to extend the green line to Hyde Square.

Map and schedule for 2016 Wake Up the Earth

Here’s Your Map for Wake Up The Earth 2016

The 38th Annual Wake Up The Earth Festival runs noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Here is a map of the live music, vendors and other events you'll experience. If you'd like to be in one of the parades leading to the festival, meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at any of the following three step-off points (yes, three this year!):

The Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Dudley Square Plaza, 2400 Washington St.


Faces of Wake Up The Earth 2015

A parade participant gets a kiss from, a reader tells us, Rhea the Deerhound. Credit: Heather Goldin. One of the joys of Wake Up The Earth is seeing Jamaica Plain's people in all their diverse, goofy and beautiful glory. Here's a sampling of the faces we photographed during this year's parade and festival.