Agenda, 10/7/11

The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Oct. 18 for the Oct. 21 issue. Send listings to [email protected] 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.


Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee, Weds., Oct. 12, 6:30pm, Amory Residences Community Room, 20 Amory Ave. Info: [email protected]

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.

Police/Community Relations, Latino Monthly Meeting, Thurs., Oct. 13, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St.; Quality of Life-Noise & Graffiti, Thurs., Oct. 13, 6pm, District E-13 Police Station, 3347 Washington St; Strategic Planning, Thurs, Oct. 20, 7pm, E-13 Police Station, 3347 Washington St.  Info: 343-5624.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Thursdays, Oct. 13 and 27, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info: [email protected]

Casey Overpass, Working Advisory Group meetings, Tues., Oct. 25, 6-8:30pm, William A. Hinton State Laboratory, 305 South St. Info:

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, Tues., Oct. 25, 7pm, location, agenda TBA. Info:

JPNC Public Service Committee, normally first Tuesday of the month. Info:

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. Nov. 2, E-13 Police Station 3347 Washington St.; Dec. 7 Boston Police Headquarters, Columbus Ave.;  Jan. 4 70 St. Alphonsus St., South End.

JPNC Parks and Open Space Committee, normally third Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm, JP Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: [email protected]

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:

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



City Council Candidates Forum, hosted by the Ward 10, 11, 12 and 19 Democratic Committees , invite you to attend a Candidates Forum featuring candidates from District 7, Tito Jackson and Sheneal Parker, and At-Large candidates,  Thurs.,  Oct. 20, 5:45-9pm,  First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. 
Boston City Council At-Large Candidates Forum, organized by the Hyde Square Task Force and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. All candidates have been invited. Thurs., Oct. 27, 6pm, John F. Kennedy School, 7 Bolster St.

Jamaica Plain Republicans, Wards 11 & 19, first Tuesday of the month, 8pm, Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: Edward Wagner: 524-5352/ [email protected]

Special Interest

Jonathan Steele: Ten years, Cost of War, Steele, an Afghanistan correspondent for The Guardian and author of “Ghosts of Afghanistan: The Haunted Battleground” discusses the impact of the ongoing war in Afghanistan. A JP Forum event. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7pm, First Church in JP, Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St.  Info: 

Olmsted Park Woodlands Volunteer Event, hands-on volunteer event sponsored by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Sat., Oct. 8, 10am-1pm. Info:

The Faces & Places of Affordable Housing, learn about affordable housing in JP, presented by JP Forum, Thurs., Oct. 13, 7pm First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. Info:

Office Hours

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, Weds., Oct. 19, 6-7pm, Ula Café, 284 Amory St. Info: 722-1673.

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Fri., Oct. 7, 8-9am, Ula Café, 284 Amory St., with liaison Val Frias; Fri., Oct. 21, 8-9am, Fazenda, 3710 Washington St., with Val Frias; Sat., Oct. 22, 10-11am, Millenium Restaurant and Grill, 3094 Washington St., with Latino liaison Fernando Mercedes. 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, J.P. 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.


How to Advocate for Children with Special Needs, a five-class workshop designed for people of color. Presented by the Union of Minority Neighborhoods. Mondays, 6:10-8:10pm, 42 Seaverns St. $15 per class, $75 for series. Info: 522-3349/[email protected]

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/[email protected]

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/[email protected]


Run the Boston Marathon, on behalf of the Franklin Park Coalition, Info:

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

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/[email protected]

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.

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:


Understanding the Psychosocial Dramas surrounding Alzheimer patients, a workshop for clinicians presented by Springhouse, Weds., Nov. 2, 8am-9:30am, with breakfast, Springhouse, 44-46 Allandale St. Info/RSVP: Karen Pollack, 971-1678/[email protected]

Meditations of Natural Wisdom and Love/Compassion, taught by a Foundation For Active Compassion meditation teacher, with Q & A, third and fourth Saturday of each month, Omega Theater, 41 Greenough, upstairs, 10am-noon. Donations welcome. Info: [email protected]

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/

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:

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

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.


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., Nov. 10, 10am-noon, Woodbourne Apartments, 6 Southbourne Rd. 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/[email protected]

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.


Union of Minority Neighborhoods workshops for activists of color Oct. 11: Learn How to Build an Organization; Oct. 25: Understand How to Raise Non-Grant Funds, Union of Minority Neighborhoods, 42 Seaverns St. $5 for printed materials. Info: [email protected]/522-3349 x1.

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/[email protected]

ESL Conversation Group, all levels welcome, Mon., Oct. 17 & 24, 6:30pm, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522.1960.

Spanish-English Language Exchange/Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español, English speakers can learn Spanish and Spanish speakers can learn English, Saturdays, 12:30pm, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522.1960.

Spanish-English Language X-Change/Intercambio de Idiomas Ingles y Español, Thursdays, 6:30pm Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. info: 524.2053/

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

Classes at the Arnold Arboretum,

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.


Boston Teachers Union Pilot School, seeks volunteers to tutor middle school students in math, one-on-one or in small groups, Mon., and/or Weds. afternoons, 3-4:30pm. Info: David Weinstein, [email protected]

Curley K-8 School, seeks volunteers to teach ESL to parents, at least through December, preferably twice a week, 8:30-10am, but times are negotiable. Info: Betty Alvardo, Parent Coordinator, 304-6771.

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/[email protected].

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: [email protected]/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/[email protected]

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/

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/

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

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/

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

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:

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

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

Curtis Hall Community Center is currently accepting applications for any programs or/and agencies requesting space usage in its newly renovated state-of-the-art facility. Operating times are 6am-9pm Mon-Fri. and Sat. 9am-5pm. Info: Jeannette Ayala 635-5195/[email protected]

Extend the Life of Your Charliecard, visit and click on “fares and gifts” to learn how to keep your Charliecard from expiring.

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,; DCR,

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:

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

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

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.

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