Wednesday, July 2
Free walking tour @ Arnold Arboretum: Let the arboretum staff tell you about the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees on this hour-and-a-half walking tour of the gorgeous grounds. We're pretty sure you'll learn something new; after all, the AA spans 265 acres of land. (I am a big fan of tree trivia, as you probably know.) 12:15-1:45 p.m. (or 1-2:30 p.m. this Sunday).
Al Kooper @ Porter Square Books: Don't know who Al Kooper is? Well, you should. The songwriter and musician has played on records by the Rolling Stones and B.B. King and is more or less responsible for the famous organ riff on Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." He'll be at Porter Square Books to discuss his new memoir, "Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'n Roll Survivor." Dig? 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 3
Jamaica Plain First Thursdays: It's the first Thursday in July, so you know what that means: art exhibits and concerts at the businesses lining Centre and South Streets in the jumpin' J.P. There will also be an artisan fair at the Curtis Hall Community Center and poetry readings at the M.C. First Baptist Church. Polish your slamming skills! 6-8 p.m.
[Al Kooper: "He's a survivor (what) / He's not gonna give up (what)" / Photo by Nick Balkin]
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.