JP Agenda, Jan. 17, 2014

January 17, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 28 for the Jan. 31 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Meetings

Parcel U community meetings, Urbanica discussing plans for mixed-use redevelopment of parcel along Hyde Park Ave., Mon., Jan. 20, 6:30pm, Woodbourne Apts. community room, 6 Southbourne Road; JPNC Housing & Development Committee, Tues., Jan. 21, 6:30pm, changed venue to Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St.; Thurs., Jan. 23, 7pm, State Lab, 305 South St.; Wed., Jan. 29, 6:30pm, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St.; and Wed., Feb. 5, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info: urbanicaboston.com.

Forest Hills T Station bus changes, MassDOT discussing expansion of Forest Hills MBTA station upper busway & consolidation of school bus drop-off, Tues. Jan. 21, 7pm, State Lab, 305 South St., Info: 524-0685.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Wed., Jan. 22, 7pm, Farnsworth House; agenda to include 251 Lamartine/30-32 Chestnut Sq. (erect a two-family dwelling with parking for four vehicles on rear of lot with existing two-family dwelling, creating two dwelling structures on one lot) and 45 Cranston St. (convert attic to master bedroom suite, including full bathroom and roof deck). Info: jpnc.org.

CPCAY meeting, to discuss the Arborway bus yard plans and possible alternative site, Wed., Jan. 22, 7pm, State Lab, 305 South St. Info: mgsouthwick@gmail.com.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, to discuss gas leaks in JP & nominate & elect members for empty seats, Tues., Jan. 28, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info: jpnc.org.

Monthly E-13 meeting, Thurs., Feb. 6, 7pm, District E-13, 3345 Washington St. Latino monthly meeting, Thurs., Feb. 13, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St.

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, unless posted otherwise, 2nd Monday of every other month, 7-9pm, back room of Doyle’s, 3484 Washington St. Info: www.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

An Evening with Charles Eisenstein, author of several books, including Sacred Economics and Ascent of Humanity, Sun., Jan. 26, 4pm, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

JP Centre/South Main Streets annual meeting with keynote speaker state Rep. Liz Malia, Wed., Jan. 29, 6-8pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 971-8078.

Blood Drive, Thurs., Jan. 30, 9am-3pm, 284 Amory St. Info: blooddonr@partners.org.

Durable Economies, discussion with author Bruce Seifer, Wed., Feb. 5, 7pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

JP Progressives, political advocacy group, to discuss committees, endorsement process & the upcoming caucuses, Thurs., Jan. 30, 6pm, Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington St. Info: JPprogressives.com.

State of our Neighborhood Forum, community conversation about racial justice and equity, Thurs., Feb. 27, 6-9pm, Kennedy Elementary School, 7 Bolster St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

Office Hours

State Rep. Liz Malia, third Friday of each month, 8-9:30am, J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: 722-2060.

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Fri., Jan. 24, 8-9am, Jp Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: 635-4220.

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.

Water fitness classes, offered at Curtis Hall Mon – Fri 9-10am, Sat 10-11am and Tues – Thurs 6-7pm. Classes offered at Hennigan Mon, Wed & Fri 6:30-7:30PM. $5 drop in or 14 class punch card for $50.  Discount for seniors. Taught by certified instructors.  First class is free and all levels are welcome. Curtis Hall: 635-5193; Hennigan: 635-5198.

Seniors

ABCD’s Good Life Healthy Living Club, for those aged 50+, Mon., Nov. 25, 2pm, 30 Bickford St. Info: 522-4251×208.

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

Omega Theater workshops, Feb. 7-11, 9am-6pm: Psychodrama intensive, $150/day-$900/5 days. Sat., Dec. 14, 9:30am-5:30pm: Action methods with children & adolescents. Info: omegatheater.org.

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

Day of Service to honor Martin Luther King Jr., organized by Franklin Park Coalition, tools, gloves, snacks and hot cocoa will be provided, Mon., Jan. 20, 10am-1:30pm, meet at Valley Gates parking lot. Info: 442-4141.

Franklin Park Coalition 2014 Marathon team kick-off party, Wed., Jan. 22, 6-9pm, Bella Luna, 284 Amory St. Info: franklinparkcoalition.org/event/2014-marathon-team-kick-party.

Middle School Math Tutors Needed, Local BPS school is looking for adults to tutor grades 7 and/or 8th grade students after school, Tuesdays 3-4:30, in Math, throughout school year. Comfort with pre-algebra and teens important. Call David Weinstein at 857-334-9855 or email dweinstein.math@gmail.com

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.

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 Hall to Go,” mobile city hall services, first Thursdays, 4pm, Centre & South Sts. Third Saturdays, 10am, 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, 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.