JP Agenda, July 5-18, 2013

July 5, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 16 for the July 19 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Meetings

Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, room 801, Tues., July 9, 9:30am: Alpine Advisory Services at 27 Lamartine St., looking to extend living space into basement, erect a roof deck & create off street parking for 3 vehicles; Sprint Spectrum at 111 Perkins St., looking to modify existing wireless communications equipment. 10:30am: John Mehan at 378 Centre St., looking to remove proviso & grant take-out license. Info: 635-4775.

Casey Arborway design meeting, to provide overview of project’s status, Thurs., July 11, 6pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Thurs., July 11, 7pm, agenda to include 76 Day St. (including finished attic in living space), 6-8 Thomas St. (confirm legal occupancy), 27 Montebello Road (Urban Edge seeks to use premises for on-site dumpster storage in conjunction with curb cut application), Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info: jpnc.org.

E-13 Latino monthly meeting, July 11, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Police strategic monthly planning, Thurs., July 18, 7pm, District E-13, 3345 Washington St. Monthly meeting, Thurs., Aug. 1, District E-13, 3345 Washington St.

Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition meeting, agenda to include strategies for strengthening connections among neighbors in JP, Thurs., July 25, 6:30pm, Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: info@jptransition.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.

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.

JP Local First Steering Committee meeting, all local business owners and/or representatives invited, second Thursdays of the month, 8:30am, Egleston Square YMCA, 3134 Washington Street.  Info: jplocalfirst@gmail.com.

Special Events

Town hall meeting with mayoral candidate Marty Walsh, moderated by Erin O’Brien, July 15, 7:30-9pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: martywalsh.org.

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.

Youth/Families

Fit Kits, mesh bag filled with sports equipment, available for loans at BCYF Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath St. Info: 635-5198.

FDIC’s Money Smart for Young Adults, teaching youth ages 13-18 the basics of handling their money and finances, Tuesdays & Fridays 12:10-1:10pm, July 23-Aug. 23, Curtis Hall Public Computing Center, 20 South St. Info: 617-635-5193×116.

Summer crafts program registration, Eliot School, 24 Eliot St. Info: eliotschool.org 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/info@jfcsboston.org.

Health/Fitness

Tennis lessons, for kids & adults, sponsored by the Franklin Park Tennis Association, Shattuck Picnic Grove Tennis Courts, through August 10, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-11am (adults), Saturdays noon-1pm (5-10 yrs), 1-2pm (10+), 2-3pm (adults). White Stadium Tennis Courts, July 10-August 8, Thursdays, 5-6pm (5-10yrs), 6-7pm (10+), 7-8pm (adults). Info: http://bit.ly/WStennis.

Community walking program, Wednesdays, 2-3pm, through August, meet at Arnold Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building. Info: 983-7451.

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/mgriffiths@springhouseboston.org.

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

Seniors

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

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.

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

Classes

Computer classes, internet, email, resume writing, weekday mornings starting June 4, 10:30-12:10pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 635-5193 x117.

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 6:30pm, Thursdays, 10:30am & 4pm, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

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

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.

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

Volunteers  

Tutor adults, 2-3 hours/week, JP Adult Learning Program seeks volunteers to help students work toward their GED or learn English as a second language. Info: jptutors@gmail.com/635-5201×111.

Girls Rock Campaign Boston, 100% female volunteer-run, needs musical and non-musical volunteers for summer sessions, July 22-27 & Aug. 12-17. Info: girlsrockboston.org/get-involved/volunteer.

Docents wanted at Loring-Greenough House, training offered, work in teams of two Saturdays or Sundays noon-2pm. Info: docent@loringgreenough.org/383-1256.

Hyde Square Task Force seeks volunteers to tutor high school students in any subject at JP youth center, evenings and afternoons available. Info: sara@hydesquare.org/318-6640.

Jamaica Plain Ecology Advocates, seeking volunteers for litter cleanups and more. Info: on.fb.me/GKO1em.

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 jkatz@springhouseboston.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.

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.

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

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

Public Notices

“City Hall to Go,” mobile city hall services, July 5 & following first Thursdays, 12:30pm @ Egleston Sq., 4pm, location tba. Info: twitter @CityHallToGo/635-4500.

Boston Public Libraries have shifted to reduced summer hours. Sunday hours return in the fall. Info: bpl.org.

Rain barrels, on sale by Boston Natural Areas Network, $25. Info: 542-7696/bostonnatural.org.

Spotholes, pothole reporting tool is now available from the City. Report through 635-4500, Citizens Connect mobile phone app, cityofboston.gov/mayor/24, and using #spotholes on twitter.

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

Open Space Plan survey, provide input on park use & preferences, bit.ly/BOSopenspacesurvey2015.