JP Agenda, Aug. 2, 2013

August 2, 2013
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Meetings

Zoning Board of Appeals, Tues., Aug. 6, 10:30am: 36 Greenough Ave. (erect addition & roof deck), City Hall, Room 801, Info: 635-4775.

JPNC Public Service Committee, agenda to include Bukhara restaurant (701 Centre St., add liqueurs to menu), America Legion Post 76 (280 South St., change in bar manager), Tues., Aug. 6, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 12 South St. Info: jpnc.org.

Casey Arborway Design Advisory Group, hosted by MassDOT, Thurs., Aug. 8, 6pm, English High School, 144 McBride St., 2nd floor library. Info: 857-368-8828/mass.gov/massdot.

JPNC Zoning Committee, agenda to include 1 Roanoke Ave. (Pine Village Preschool seeks to change use from 36 to 46 children), 19-21 Chestnut Sq. (subdivide existing lot & build new 2-family house), Thurs., Aug. 8, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info: jpnc.org.

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Mon., Aug. 12 (2nd Monday every other month), Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: sna-jp.org.

E-13 Police Strategic planning meeting, Thurs., Aug. 15, District E-13, 3345 Washington St. Latino monthly meeting, Sept. 12, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St.

BRA meeting on Commons at Forest Hills, proposed development of 280 housing units at 3593-3615 Washington St., Aug. 21, 6:30pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: TylerN.bra@cityofboston.gov.

Jamaica Pond Association Board of Directors, Sept. 9, usually 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.

Special Interest

Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on Parks & Open Space, sponsored by Boston Park Advocates, with confirmations from most of the 12 candidates. Thurs., Aug. 15, 7-9pm, reception at 6:30. Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, One Circuit Drive. Info: bostonparks.org/442-4141.

‘Invest in Boston’ plan town hall, City Councilor Felix Arroyo holding open forum on his proposal to require banks to show local investments to become customers of City of Boston, Tues., Aug. 13, 7pm, YMCA Egleston Square, 3134 Washington St. Info: 635-4205/diego.huezo-rosales@cityofboston.gov.

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

JP Children’s soccer, for kids 3.5 to 6.5, registration deadline Aug. 30. Season begins Sept. 11 & ends Nov. 9,  Jamaica Pond/Pinebanks Field, with weekly one hour practices.  Registration fee $25, $20 for siblings. Register: jpchildrensoccer.org.

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, through 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

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

Tennis lessons, for kids & adults, sponsored by the Franklin Park Tennis Association, Shattuck Picnic Grove Tennis Courts, through Aug. 10, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-11am (adults), Saturdays noon-1pm (5-10 yrs), 1-2pm (10+), 2-3pm (adults). White Stadium Tennis Courts,  through Aug. 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.

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

The Good Life Healthy Living Club, club promoting healthy and active aging for adults 50+, beginning at the end of the summer at 30 Bickford St, Lower Level. Funded by the Tufts Health Foundation. Info: 522-4251.

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, 10:30-12:10pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 635-5193 x117.

ESL conversation groups, Aug. 5, 19, 26, 6:30pm, Aug. 8, 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  

Arnold Arboretum school program guide, training for the fall season begins on August 29, looking for adults who can commit to one year of volunteering, experience working with children is preferred. Contact the Manager of Children’s Education by August 16 for an interview. Info: arboretum.​harvard.​edu/​support/​volunteer.

VNA Hospice Care seeks volunteers to provide companionship to patients, respite time for family members, or help with errands. Info: vnahospicecare.org.

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, 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

The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation seeking tax-deductible donations of lightly used clothing and small household items, JP pick-up Wed., Aug 7. Info: 800-483-5503/donate@bbbsfoundation.org.

Rebuilding Together Boston no-cost home repairs applications now open to Boston homeowners. Info: rtboston.org/971-0058.

City’s annual door-to-door census starting, officers will be wearing photo identification badges issued by the City of Boston as well as orange mesh vests indicating that they are working for the Election Department. Info: cityofboston.gov/elections/635-4634.

“City Hall to Go,” mobile city hall services, first Thursdays, 4pm, Centre & South Sts. Second Thursdays, 12:30pm, 3091 Washington St. 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.