JP Agenda, March 28, 2014

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JPNC Zoning Committee, April 1, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., agenda to include: transfer of Ban Chiang House, 707 Centre St., license to new owners; Ula Café, 284 Amory St., seeks to add live entertainment to its license. Info:

Boston Police District E-13, police-community relations meeting, Thurs., April 3, 7pm, E-13 Police Station, 3347 Washington St. Latino monthly meeting: April 10, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Strategic planning: April 17, E-13 Police Station, 3347 Washington St. Info: 343-5623.

Massachusetts Historical Commission, Casey Arborway consultation meeting with MassDOT discussing plans to alter Shea Circle at the Arborway and Morton St., Fri., April 4, 2:30pm, MHC Office, 220 Morrissey Blvd. Info: 727-8470.

Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, Room 801, 635-4775. April 8, 9:30am: 349 Centre St., Juan Tejeda seeks to add take-out license.

JP Branch Library Renovation community meeting, April 9, 6:30pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., Second Floor. Info:

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Mon., April 14, 7-9pm, back room of Doyle’s, 3484 Washington St. Info:

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:

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

Tour the Blessed Sacrament Church campus, with Mayor Martin Walsh, with Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street Executive Director Gerald Robbins. Sat. March 29, 1pm, 365 Centre St.

JP Shines at the Centre/South Streets Clean-Up, Sat., March 29, 9-11am, meet at the Monument. Info: [email protected]

Earth Hour Volunteer Day, at Franklin Park, March 29, 10am-1pm, meet at Valley Gates parking lot. Info:

Science and Conservation Day, day focused on conservation and research, Sat., March 29, 10am-2pm, $35. Info: 989-3742.

Jobs Not Jails, information session on campaign to end jail construction and put money to social programs, sponsored by JP Forum, Mon., April 3, 7-8:30pm, First Church in JP, 6 Eliot St. Reservations required. Info: [email protected]

Durable Economies, discussion with author Bruce Seifer, sponsored by JP Forum, Wed., April 9, 7pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info:

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation annual meeting, Thurs., May 22, 6-9pm, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 45 Brookside Ave. Info: [email protected].

Hyde Square Task Force Neighborhood 5K Event Crew, first meeting April 2, 6:30pm, 375 Centre St. Info: [email protected].

Franklin Park Coalition annual meeting, Sat., April 12, 10am-noon, Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse. Info:

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.


Summer resource fair for Curley K-8 families, Fri., April 4, 9-11am, Curley School upper school gym, 40 Pershing Road. Info: 304-6771.

Families Creating Together, puppet-making workshops, Saturdays April 12-May 17, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 875-3619.

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/[email protected]


Faulkner Hospital weight loss class, Registered Dietitian-led weight management education program, Thursdays through April 17, 1153 Centre St. Info:

NAMI Family to Family classes, for family members, partners and friends of individuals with major mental illness, weekly classes Monday evenings through April 7. Info: 522-7439/[email protected]

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/[email protected]

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

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.


ABCD Good Life Healthy Living Club, monthly wellness sessions, for adults 50+, wednesdays, 10am. My Life, My Health, class for adults 50+ with chronic health conditions, weekly classes, Thurs., 2pm. Computer classes for adults 50 and older, Mondays, 3pm. 30 Bickford St. 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:

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/[email protected]

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


The Work That Reconnects workshop, facilitated by Samantha Wechsler, Aravinda Ananda and Joseph Rotella, Sat. March 29, 10am-5pm, Snate Smith House, 155 Lamrtine St. Registration:

Yoga 101: Back to Basics, Wednesdays through April 30, 6:45-8pm, The Cave, Bromley-Heath housing development, 30 Bickford St. Free. Info:

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. ESL Conversation Groups, Spanish-English Language Exchange, Saturdays, noon-1:45pm.

People’s Law School, workshops on basic legal information and self-help on such topics as tenant’s rights, small business law and tax law, Sat., March 29, 1-5pm, Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, 122 Boylston St. Free. Info:

La Voz Del Pueblo, civic education workshops for Latinos, sponsored by Oiste?, Thursdays through April 24, 5:30-8pm, 30 Bickford St. Registration required. Info: 426-6633/[email protected]

Work that Reconnects, facilitated “group work” event on reconnecting to people and Earth, sponsored by JP Forum, Sat., March 29, 10am-5pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Registration required by March 21. Info:

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:

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,


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 [email protected]

English for New Bostonians, looking for volunteers to serve as ESL tutors. Info: 350-5480 ext. 230 / [email protected]

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

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: [email protected]/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: [email protected]/318-6640.

Jamaica Plain Ecology Advocates, seeking volunteers for litter cleanups and more. Info:

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 [email protected]

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/[email protected]

Boston Partners In Education, seeks volunteers to tutor and mentor BPS students. Info: 451-6145/

Bikes Not Bombs, seeks volunteers and interns to help with administrative work, events-planning and curriculum development. Info:

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/

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

Friends of Jamaica Pond seeks volunteers, Info:

Public Notices

Needle disposal, City of Boston reminds residents medical needles/syringes cannot be put in household trash; drop-off location: AIDS Action Committee, 75 Amory St. Needle exchange program for IV drug users available via AHOPE Boston at 534-3963. If needle found in public area, call Mayor’s Hotline: 635-4500.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council vacant seats, seeking nominees for two vacant Area A seats. Info:[email protected]

Free tax preparation site, for Earned Income Tax Credit, sponsored by ABCD, 30 Bickford St. Info: 348-6586/

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

Rebuilding Together Boston no-cost home repairs applications now open to Boston homeowners. Info:

“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/

Spotholes, pothole reporting tool, 635-4500, Citizens Connect mobile phone app,, and using #spotholes on twitter.

Open Space Plan survey, provide input on park use & preferences,

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