JP Agenda, Oct. 11, 2013

October 11, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Oct. 22 for the Oct. 25 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Meetings

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee meeting, Weds., Oct. 16, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St., Info: Jesse Abair, 794-1631.

Police Strategic Planning Monthly Meeting, Thur. Oct. 17, 7pm, District E-13. Community Room, 3347 Washington St., 343.5624.

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Oct. 21, 7-9pm, Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: sna-jp.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.

Special Interest

          Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council neighborhood election, Sat., Oct. 19, 10am-7pm, JP Licks on Centre Street, Stop & Shop near Jackson Square, and Forest Hills MBTA station. All JP residents (16 years and older) are encouraged to vote. Info: jpnc.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

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.

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.

Ethos 40 Year Celebration, Oct. 23, 5-8pm, 555 Amory St., rsvp@ethocare.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.

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  

Franklin Park Fall Volunteer Day, cleanup and clearing of invasive species, Sat., Oct. 19, 10am-noon, meet at Valley Gates, Franklin Park. RSVP required: franklinparkcoalition.org.

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

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.

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.