JP Agenda, Aug. 16, 2013

August 16, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 27 for the Aug. 30 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, Tues., Aug. 20, 9:30am: 23-25 Chestnut Sq. (subdivide parcel, erect two-family building), 1 Roanoke Ave. (update legal occupancy), 27 Chestnut Ave. (renovate all units), 356 Arborway (create off-street parking for 2 vehicles), 27 Montebello Rd. (allow use for on-site storage dumpster), 3840 Washington St. (add take-out use to restaurant), City Hall, Room 801, Info: 635-4775.

JPNC Housing & Development Committee, with developers of proposed 280-unit Commons at Forest Hills development at 3593-3615 Washington St., updates on other Forest Hills rumored/proposed developments, Tues., Aug. 20, 6:30pm, 82 Green St. Info: jpnc.org.

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.

Mass. Historical Commission Shea Cir./Sq. meeting, to discuss “adverse effects” on historical protected property as result of Casey Arborway project, Aug. 23, 11am, 220 Morrissey Blvd.

E-13 Police Monthly meeting, Thurs., Sept. 5, District E-13, 3345 Washington St. Latino monthly meeting, Sept. 12, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Strategic planning meeting, Thurs., Sept. 19, District E-13, 3345 Washington St.

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.

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

Special Interest

         JP Shines clean-up, gloves & trash bags provided, bring brrom/rake is possible, Sat., Aug. 17, 10am-noon, rain or shine, meet at at JP Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: JPShinescleanup@gmail.com.

         Is JP Ready for Hurricane Season? forum & potluck, hosted by JPNET, Tues., Aug. 20, 6:30pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Info: info@jamaicaplainforum.org.

Ward 10 Democratic Committee candidate debates, mayoral candidates, Aug. 27, city councilor candidates, Aug. 29, both 6pm, Mission Park, Parks Community Center, 2 New Whitney St. in Mission Hill, Info: 739-9751.

Office Hours

Coffee with Councilor Matt O’Malley, Aug. 16, 8-9am, Café Bartlett Square, 154 Green St. Info: 635-4220.

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.

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

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.

LGBTQ Health & Wellness weekend, hosted by BodyImage4Justice, Mike’s Fitness, Ignite Fitness & Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, Aug. 24, 10am-6pm, Brewery COmplex, 284 Amory St. Info: onetrujus@gmail.com.

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

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. 19, 26, 6:30pm, 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.

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

Nomination packets for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council neighborhood election are available at the Boston Public Library branches (12 Sedgwick St., 433 Centre St. & 2044 Columbus Ave.) & Curtis Hall (12 South St). The election will be Sat., Oct. 19. Info: jpnc.org.

Community composting, Saturdays, 10am-2pm, Egleston Square Farmers Market, 45 Brookside Ave. Info: geenovateboston.gov.

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.

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