JP Agenda, March 15, 2013

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Egleston Square Peace Garden redesign meeting, Sat., March 16, 10am, Egleston Sq. YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: 724-554-0632.

JPNC Housing and Development Committee, Tues., March 19, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info:

JPNC Parks and Public Spaces Committee, Thurs., March 21, 6:30pm, JP Licks, 659 Centre St. Info:

E-13 Strategic planning meeting, Thurs., March 21, 7pm, District E-13, 3345 Washington St. Monthly Police E-13 meeting, Thurs., April 4, 7pm, District E-13, 3345 Washington St.

JPNC Zoning Committee, agenda to include 48-50 Seaverns Avenue (Remove old deck, replace with larger deck, new footings, sill, and structure) Thurs., March 21, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info:

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, the agenda includes a presentation from City Councilor Felix Arroyo, Tues., March 26, 7pm, First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre St. Info:

City Board of Appeals, March 26, 9:30am: 420 Pond St. (erect an addition to building for classroom space), 95 Whitcomb Ave. (extend roof dormer over existing foundation & renovate), 74R Spring Park Ave. (erect a sunroom & open deck on roof). City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Room 801, Info: 635-4500.

Martha Eliot Health Center, meeting to discuss end of adult care and future children’s care, hosted by Boston Children’s Hospital, Wed., March 27, 7-8:30pm, Family Resource Center Board Room, Webb Building, 1542 Columbus Ave.

Egleston Square Peace Garden redesign meeting, Wed., March 27, 6pm, Egleston Sq. YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: 724-554-0632.

Jamaica Plain Town Hall, hosted by City Councilor Matt O’Malley, to discuss upcoming city budget process, economic and business development, public safety, education, city services, Mon., April 1, 6:30pm, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 635-4220.

S. Huntington Ave. Corridor Study, final BRA community meeting, April 2, 6:30pm, Hennigan Elementary School, 200 Heath St. Info:

Casey Arborway DAG meeting, Wed., April 3, 6pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info:

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:

JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Robert Torres, 722-2060.

Jackson Square CAC, fourth Thursdays of the month, 6:30pm, 20 Amory Ave JP. Info: [email protected]

Office Hours

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.


Girls Rock Camp Boston, summer sessions July 22-27, Aug. 12-17, applications available April 1. Info:

Support group for LGBT parents with young children, Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm, Parlor Room, St. John’s Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.  $60 for the series, packages available if both partners are participating.  Info: [email protected].

Summer crafts program registration, Eliot School, 24 Eliot St. Info: or 617-524-3313.

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].


JP Children’s soccer, for kids 3.5 to 6.5, registration deadline April 12 for spring season, April 24-June 22, weekly practices at Jamaica Pond/Pinebanks Field. Registration fee $25. Info:

Regan Youth League, softball/baseball league for kids ages 5-14, registration Sat. March 23 & 30, Daisy Field (on Jamaicaway at Bynner Street), 10am-noon; Parkman Field (Wachusett Street), 11am-2pm; Murphy Field (Child Street), 10am-noon. Bring birth certificate & check/money order for $40. Info:


Yoga classes, meditation and stress reduction classes, low cost, some free, English and Spanish, MindBody/Health Promotion Center, 10 Green St. Info: 983-4226.

Care to Care, a support group for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, second Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. Springhouse, 44 Allandale St. Info: Meredith Griffiths, 522-0043/[email protected].

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


Ethos workshops for healthy aging, Chronic disease management Tuesdays, 10am, SJPHC, 640 Centre St., powerful tools, Wednesdays, 4:30pm, Ethos, 555 Amory St. Info:

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/[email protected].

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.


Protect yourself from scams, fraud and identity theft, sponsored by the Better Business Bureau, Thurs., March 28, 2pm, Springhouse Senior Living, 44 Allandale St. Info: 522-0043.

Spanish-English Language Exchange, English speakers can learn Spanish and Spanish speakers can learn English, Saturdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

ESL conversation groups, Mondays after March 11, 6:30pm, Thursdays, 4pm, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Art, woodworking, sewing & craft classes for adults and children year-round. Info:

Study Island, state standards in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies with interactive features and games, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 635-5193×116.

GED Program, GED, beginning to advanced English, Transitions to College classes; plus individual tutoring, computer classes, and college and career readiness advising offered by the JP Community Centers Adult Learning Program. Evenings, English High School, 144 McBride St.; mornings, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Info: [email protected]/635-5201.

Classes at the Arnold Arboretum,


Hyde Square Task Force seeks volunteers to tutor high school students in any subject at JP youth center, evenings and afternoons available. Info: [email protected]/318-6640.

Volunteers to help seniors get around, at least three years of driving experience, a clean record and an insured, registered and inspected car required, about 2 hours per week. Drivers also earn ride credits that can be used for friends or family, or donated to supplement low-income riders’ fares. Info: 508-309-7375/[email protected].

Tutor adults, JP Adult Learning Program seeks volunteers to help students improve their English, pass the GED, gain computer skills, and get into college and career ladders. Minimum two hours a week. Info: [email protected]/635-5201.

Jamaica Plain Ecology Advocates, seeking volunteers for litter cleanups and more. Info:

Springhouse Retirement Community, volunteer activities can include reading to a group. Cooking, playing music or calling a bingo game, 44 Allandale St. Info: Jacki Katz [email protected].

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].

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. 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.

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/

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

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

Citizenship application help, for green card holders, sponsored by Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Sat., March 23, registration at 11am. Info/pre-register:

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, now accepting applications for members to fulfill remaining time on current term through Sept. 2013. Info:

The JP Unitarian Church Food pantry now open, 11am-noon, 6 Eliot St. Info: 524-1634.

Boston Bikes subsidized Hubway memberships, $5 annual Hubway memberships to low income Boston residents who qualify. Info: 918-4458 or 534-5690 (non-English).

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