Agenda, 11/18/11

November 18, 2011
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Meetings

Casey Overpass Community Meeting, Mon., Nov. 21, 6pm, William A. Hinton State Laboratory, 305 South St. Community Meetings. Agenda Includes discussion about traffic; Weds., Dec 14, 6pm, Curtis Hall Community Center, 50 South St. Info: massdot.state.ma.us/caseyoverpass.

JPNC Whole Foods Negotiating Committee, Mon., Nov. 21, 6:30pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Info: www.jpnc.org.

JPNC Executive Committee, Tues., Nov. 22, 7pm, Doyle’s Café, back room, 3484 Washington St. Info: Ben Day, 777-3422.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, Tues., Nov. 29, 7pm, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Agenda Includes: JPNC appointments to fill the vacant council seats in Area A and Area B. Candidates may be nominated at the meeting. Info: Ben Day, 777-3422.

Police Community Relations, Thurs., Dec. 1, 7pm, District E-13, 3347 Washington Street; Latino Monthly Meeting, Thurs., Dec. 8, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Info: 343-5624.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Thursdays, Dec. 1 and 15, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info: zoning.jpnc@gmail.com.

Washington St. Complete Streets Discussion, learn about the Boston Transportation Department’s Complete Streets Initiative and what it could mean for Washington St. The Boston redevelopment Authority will also be on hand to discuss urban design issues, Weds., Dec. 7, 6-8pm, English High School Library, 20 McBride St. Info/RSVP: verdopolis_now@yahoo.com.

Southwest Corridor Parkland Management Advisory Committee, First Wednesday of every month, Dec. 7 Boston Police Headquarters, Columbus Ave;  Jan. 4, 70 St. Alphonsus St., South End; Feb. 2, E-13 Police Headquarters, 3347 Washington St.

Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee, Weds., Dec. 14, 6:30pm, Amory Residences Community Room, 20 Amory Ave. Info: Rodneysing@gmail.com.

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 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.

Special Interest

Curtis Hall Community Center Re-Opening Ceremony, with Mayor Thomas Menino and others. Brief speaking program followed by tours, children’s activities, refreshments and more, Sat., Nov. 19, 11am, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St.

Nira Rock Neighborhood Home Energy Fair, meet your neighbors and learn about low-hassle, low-cost ways to lower your energy bills from Renew Boston. Presented by the Nira Rock Neighborhood Association, Sat, Nov. 19, 10am-noon, Chevrus School, 365 Centre St. Info: hello@nirarock.org.

Occupy JP General Assembly meeting, Sun., Nov. 20, 6pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St.

Vacant JPNC Seats, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council seeks candidates for 5 vacant seats following last month’s election. There are 3 vacancies in Area A and 2 in Area B. Candidates should present themselves at the Nov. 29 meeting of the JPNC. Info: www.jpnc.org/info.jpnc@gmail.com.

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, Sat., Nov. 19, 10-11am, El Oriental de Cuba, 416 Centre St., w/ 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.

Youth/Families

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.

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

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: jprunningclub.com.

Health/Fitness

Stroke Support Group, last Weds. of every month, 1-2pm, Faulkner Hospital 1153 Centre St. info: www.faulknerhospital.org.

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: jamaicaplain.fac@gmail.com.

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

Crossroads Café, free lunch and social event for seniors and their guests, often featuring live music and educational presentations. Food made with local produce and other healthy ingredients. Bread, produce, milk, and leftovers to take home as available. Saturdays, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St., 12:30–2pm. Info: 524-3992/ian@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

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.

ESL Conversation Group, all levels welcome, Mon., Nov. 28, 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/bpl.org.

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.

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

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, dweinstein.math@gmail.com.

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.

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

Canned Food Drive, state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez asks JP residents to donate non-perishable food-items at three location: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace; ABCD in JP, 295 Centre St; Whole Foods Market, 413 Centre St. before Dec. 31.

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/jeanette.ayala@cityofboston.gov.

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

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.

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.