Agenda, 9/9

September 9, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Sept. 20 for the Sept. 23 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Meetings

Casey Overpass, Public Information Meeting, Tues., Sept. 13, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: massdot.state.ma.us/caseyoverpass.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Thurs., Sept. 15, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Agenda includes: 3815 Washington Street – formerly known as Parcels ‘W’ and ‘V’ in Forest Hills (WCI Corp. seeks drive-through window for prospective bank tenant); 187 Heath Street (proposal by laundromat owners to build single duplex apartment above existing laundromat for their own residence); 215 Forest Hills Street (MATCH Charter Public School seeks variances to renovate existing three-story building and exterior parking/drop-off area for occupancy as a charter public school). Info: dave_baron@mindspring.com or jpnc.org.

Tower/Woodlawn Streets Neighborhood Crime Watch, Third Monday of every month, 6:30-7:30. Sept. 19: Fazenda Coffee Roasters Cafe, 3710 Washington St.

Southwest Corridor Parkland Management Advisory Committee, First Wednesday of every month, 7pm. Oct. 5, 70 St. Alphonsus St., South End. (Nov. 2, E-13 Police Station 3347 Washington St.; Dec. 7 Boston Police Headquarters, Columbus Ave.)

Police/Community Relations, Monthly Meeting, Thurs. Oct. 6, 7pm, E-13 Police Headquarters, 3345 Washington St. Info: 343-5624.

Redistricting Hearing, City Councilor Bill Linehan hosts a public hearing on City Council redistricting, Thurs., Oct. 13, 6-8pm, Franklin Park Golf Course, 1 Circuit Drive. Info: 635-3203.

JPNC Public Service Committee, first Tuesday of the month, various locations. Info: jpnc.org.

JPNC Parks and Open Space Committee, normally third Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm, JP Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: posc.jpnc@gmail.com.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, last Tuesday of the month, 7pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Info: jpnc.org.

Sumner Hill Association Annual Meeting, Weds., Sept. 21, 6-8pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., sumnerhillassociation.org.

Jamaica Pond Association Board of Directors, first Monday of the month, 7pm, Jamaicaway Tower, 111 Perkins St.

Egleston Square Organizations, including JPNDC, the YMCA, 826 Boston, Teen Empowerment, St. Mary of the Angels and more meet at 1pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Info and Egleston Square Events Calendar: eglestonsquare.mainstreets.org.

Jamaica Hills Association, second Wednesday of every month, 7:30pm, Springhouse, Allandale Rd. Info: jamaicahills.org.

Public Hearings

Zoning Board of Appeal, Boston City Hall, Room 801, 635-4775, Tues., Sept. 13, 9:30am, Eve Kazimiera-Rosa Belfer-Ahern seeks variances for floor-area ratio, side-yard, rear-yard and usable space to erect a three-story addition, change legal occupancy from one-family to three-family and conduct renovations at 68 Boynton St.; 10:30am, Anna Villegas seeks to create off-street parking for one vehicle at 28 Paul Gore St.

Special Interest

Tar Sands Action Report Back, JP residents who participated in recent Washington, D.C. protests against a proposed pipeline that would connect Canada’s “tar sands” fields with Texas oil refineries discuss the actions, Fri., Sept. 9, 7pm, First Church in JP, Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

Moving the Planet, a global day of protest to spur action to slow climate change, JP Rally, 2-3pm, First Baptist Church 633 Centre St., followed by bike/T rides to citywide protest on the Boston Common.  Two pre-rally “art parties” to make costumes and signs: Sat., Sept 17, 2-7pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St; Weds., Sept. 21, First Baptist Church. Info: moving-newengland.org

Breakfast Reception, to welcome new E-13 Police Capt. Paul Russell, Weds., Sept. 21, 9-10am, El Oriental de Cuba, 416 Centre St. Info: Robert Torres/RSVP, robert.torres@state.ma.us.

Jamaica Plain Republicans, Wards 11 & 19, first Tuesday of the month, 8pm, Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: Edward Wagner: 524-5352/ Edward59@earthlink.net.

Office Hours

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, 8-9am. Sat., Sept. 17: El Oriental de Cuba, 416 Centre St. with Latino liaison Fernando Mercedes. Fri., Sept. 23: J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St. with liaison Val Frias. Info: 635-4220.

Congressman Mike Capuano, members of Capuano’s staff, fourth Tuesday of each month, 4-5pm, Ula Café, 284 Amory St. Info: 621-6208.

State Rep. Liz Malia, third Friday of each month, 8-9:30am, JP Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: 722-2060.

Jullieanne Doherty, JP Coordinator from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, 4th Monday of the month, 2-6pm, JP branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St.

Youth/Families

Swim League, Boston Center For Youth & Families seeks youth participants seeks youths ages 6-17 for a competitive swim league. Experience not necessary, but participants must be able to swim one length of the swimming pool, Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath Street. Info: Bladimil Pujols, 635-5198/Bladimil.Pujols@cityofboston.gov.

Sports

Hub on Wheels, citywide bike ride. Route includes Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park. Sun., Sept. 25., from City Call Plaza, $45. Info: hubonwheels.org.

Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon, a race through the Emerald Necklace park system. Most numbers have been claimed, but the Emerald Necklace Conservancy has 25 numbers available for its team. Sun., Oct. 9, 8:30-11am, White Stadium, Franklin Park. Info: 522-2700/ahelie@emeraldnecklace.org.

Weekly Bike Rides, Community Rides (Beginners), Saturdays, 8:30am; Mountain Bike Rides (Intermediate), Sundays, 4pm; Paceline/Roadtraining Rides, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7am, leaving from Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St. Info: 524-2453.

William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park, is now open for the season, Info/Reservations: 364-2300.

JP Running Club, 4- to 5-mile runs, all ages welcome, 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 6:30pm., Doyle’s Café, 3834 Washington St. Info: jprunningclub.com.

Health/Fitness

Caregivers Support Group, monthly programs for family caregivers, with focus on providing care for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, second Wednesday of every month. First topic, “successful visits.” Sept. 14, 6:30-7:30pm, Springhouse, 44 Allandale St. Info/RSVP: Meredith Griffiths, 522-0043 x140/mgriffiths@springhouseboston.org.

Support Group for Young Parents, a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, open to all faiths, for parents with children from birth to one-year, registration not required. Thursdays, 10:30am-noon. Info: 781-647- 5327/info@jfcsboston.org.

Overeaters Anonymous, No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Newcomer friendly group, Wednesdays, 4-5pm, Farnsworth House 1st Flr. Library, 90 South St. (on-street parking only). Info: Kristen, 857-244-1664/oa.org.

Free Nicotine Patches, the Boston Public Health Commission is offering Boston residents free nicotine patches to help them quit smoking. Residents who are 18 and older can call 1-800-784-8669.

Al-Anon, are you troubled by someone else’s drinking? Newcomer friendly group, Fridays., 8-9:30pm, Faulkner Hospital 2nd Flr. Atrium Conference Room, 1153 Centre St. (validation for free parking in garage behind hospital); Al-Anon Women’s Meeting, Tuesdays 7-8:30pm,  Hope Church, Seaverns Avenue and Elm Street. Use the back door. Info: ma-al-anon-alateen.org.

Faulkner Hospital Stroke Support Group, meets first Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm Faulkner Hospital, Atrium 2, 1153 Centre St. Info: faulknerhospital.org.

LGBT Caregiver Support Group, join other caregivers for refreshments and discussion in a relaxed, confidential setting. Please contact group leader for times in Boston. Info: Joanne Peskowitz, 271-4182.

Seniors

Transportation Alternatives for Seniors presented by the JP/Egleston Elder Care Network. Info available about The Ride, MBTA Senior T Passes, elder taxi coupons, the Senior Shuttle and more. Spanish interpretation available. Thurs., Sept 22, 2-4pm, Brookside Community Health Center, 3297 Washington St. Info: Stacey Miller: 983-7907.

Crossroads Café, a free lunch and social event for senior citizens. Lunch made with local produce, Saturdays, 12:30–2pm. Info: 524-3992/churchoffice@firstbaptistjp.org.

Retired? An informal coffee & conversation group is starting at a local coffee shop. Info: 971-9419.

Community Cafes, entertainment, good company and a tasty, hot meal, sponsored by Ethos. 3 JP locations: Mon-Fri, 11am-1pm, Farnsworth, 90 South St; Weds.-Fri., 11am-1pm, Soul & Salsa café, Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford St.; Weds. & Fri., 9:30am-1:30pm Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Reservations required, $2 suggested. Info: 522-6700.

Workshops for Older People Raising Children, support and training for child caregivers where at least one caregiver is over 55 and child is not Department of Children and Families-involved, 10am-12pm, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 157 Green St; 10am-2pm, 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford St. Info: MSPCC, 983-5850.

LGBT Bereavement Group, a project of Ethos and the LGBT Aging Project, call 522-1292 to find the group closest to you.

Classes/Workshops

Boston Neighborhood Network Open House, learn about trainings and broadcasting opportunities available through Boston’s cable access station, first and third Thursday of every month, BNN Studio, 3025 Washington St. Info: 708-3224/agoodwin@bnntv.org.

Spanish-English Language X-Change/Intercambio de Idiomas Ingles y Español, Thursdays, 6:30pm Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. info: 524.2053/bpl.org. Saturdays, 12:30pm, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

The Center of Light, offers workshops and opportunities for prayer and meditation, 200 Amory St. Info: centersoflight.org.

Classes at the Arnold Arboretum, arboretum.harvard.edu.

Meet the Lenders Seminar, learn about mortgage lenders, led by the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development. Mon., Sept. 12, 5-7:45pm.  Info/registration: 635-4663. Connolly Library, 433 Centre St.

Practice speaking English and Spanish, ESL conversation group for new adult learners. Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

GED Program, register for GED, pre-GED and ESOL classes. Small groups, individual tutoring, computer-assisted learning and other opportunities available. Placement testing, Mondays, 5:30; ESOL registration, 11am-7pm, JP Community Centers Adult Learning Program, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: 635-5201.

Volunteers

Network/La Red Volunteer Open House, survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities seeks volunteers.. Dinner will be provided. Children are welcome. Weds, Sept. 7, 5:30–8pm, 89 South St.

Faulkner Hospital seeks volunteers to staff its gift shop. Gift shop hours, 9:30am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri. Training provided. 1153 Centre St. Info: 983-7424.

The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain seeks volunteers for the Crossroads Cafe, its Saturday lunch for seniors. Volunteers needed for set-up, cooking, serving, performing, or teaching a subject of interest to seniors. 633 Centre St. Info: 524-3992/ian@firstbaptistjp.org.

Tutor Adults, 2 hrs. a week, AM or PM. JP Adult Learning Program seeks volunteers to help students work toward their HS diploma or learn English as a Second Language. Free training begins mid-September. Info: jptutors@gmail.com/635-5201.

Ethos on Amory Street is looking for volunteers in the following areas: friendly visitor, medical escort, shopping assistant, telephone reassurance caller, office assistant, ombusman, money management, internships and other group projects. Info: 477-6623/volunteer@ethoscare.org.

FriendshipWorks for Elders seeks friendly visitors, medical escorts, pet pals (to visit elderly people with pets), walking partners, and volunteers to provide one-time and short-term assistance. JP chapter volunteers offer friendship and care in English and Spanish. Info: JP chapter, 277-5248/fw4elders.org.

Volunteers Needed to Help Seniors Understand Their Medical Bills, Action for Boston Community Development seeks volunteers for Serving the Health Information Needs of Seniors (SHINE) program. Info: Elaine Cronin, 348-6226.

Horizons for Homeless Children, seeks volunteers for its playspace programs at locations throughout the state, including JP. Info: 445-1480.

Boston Partners In Education, seeks volunteers to tutor and mentor BPS students. Info: 451-6145/bostonpartners.org.

Bikes Not Bombs, seeks volunteers and interns to help with administrative work, events-planning and curriculum development. Info: bikesnotbombs.org.

Dare Family Services is recruiting foster parents in JP to provide safe, loving homes for local foster teens that have been abused or neglected, especially ages 10-18. Info: 427-6500/darefamily.org.

Local Residents Needed, to drive cancer patients to and from treatment. Info: American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345/cancer.org.

Help Seniors Navigate the Complicated World of Healthcare, 12-day training qualifies volunteers to staff hotline for seniors with questions about Medicare. A program of Action for Boston Community Development. Info: Emily Shea, 348-6380.

Friends of Jamaica Pond seeks volunteers, Info: friendsofjamaicapond.org/524-7070.

826 Boston Writing Program, Egleston-based program has oodles of opportunities for volunteers to work with BPS students. Info: 826boston.com.

Jumpstart Community Corps., seeks volunteers (ages 55+) to work one-to-one with preschool children in Boston neighborhoods including JP. Volunteers serve 6 hours a week during the school year. Comprehensive training and $800 stipend provided. Info: Katharine Gamer, 542-5867 x515.

Public Notices

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council election, any JP resident 16+ can vote, polls at Forest Hills T Station, J.P. Licks on Centre St. and Stop & Shop in Jackson Square, Sat., Sept. 24, 10am-7pm. Info: jpnc.org.

Saturday Hours, resume at Boston Public Library branches Sept. 10.

Affordable Housing Campaign, launched by the Boston Tenants Coalition. Info: yestoaffordablehomes.org.

Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 4-7pm, through Oct. 19, Community Servings Parking Lot, 18 Marbury Terrace.

Street Sweeping, City of Boston and state Department of Conservation and Recreation programs, Info/Schedules: Boston, cityofboston.gov/publicworks/sweeping/; DCR, mass.gov/dcr/sweep.htm.

Boylston Congregational Church Thrift Store, open first Saturday of each month, 10am-2pm, Boylston Congregational Church, 207 Amory St.

Old and Unwanted Telephone Books, can be recycled with the city’s recycling program.

Former Employer Contesting Your Unemployment Claim? Harvard Legal Aid bureau student attorneys may be able to represent you at your hearing. Spanish, Portuguese, Creole support available. Info: 495-4408.

Rebuilding Together Boston, a nonprofit that provides no cost home renovations currently seeks new applicants for its services Homeowners and non-profits unable to pay for needed renovations are eligible for programs. Info: rtboston.org/971-0058.

College Scholarships Available for Formerly Homeless and Low Income Mothers, through One Family Inc. Info: onefamilyinc.org.

Pay by Plate, a new option is available for Boston parking ticket payment on the City of Boston’s website, cityofboston.gov.

Donate Gently Used Blankets to the Elizabeth Stone House, for the women and children being served at its domestic violence shelter and transitional housing program. Info: Amanda Green: 427-9801.

Large Apt. Building Recycling, if you are a Boston resident living in an apt. bldg. with 6+ units, have your landlord call 635-4959 to set up recycling.