JP Agenda, April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014
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Meetings

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

JPNC Housing & Development Committee, agenda to include proposal from potential new large housing complex in Egleston Square, Arborway Yard public presentation follow up, Parcel U followup/updates, Tues., April 15, 6:30pm, 80 Green St. Info: lionettes@gmail.com.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Wed., April 16, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St., agenda to include: 266 Lamartine St. (raze existing building and erect new, three-story dwelling) and 221 Chestnut Ave. (construct new three-story addition on existing three-family dwelling; enlarge basement and extend dwelling into basement).

Boston Police District E-13, strategic planning: April 17, E-13 Police Station. Police-community relations meeting, Thurs., May 1, 7pm, E-13 Police Station, 3347 Washington St. Info: 343-5623.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, Tues., April 29, agenda and location to be announced. Info: jpnc.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.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

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

Races and Inequality, discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Cay Johnston, sponsored by JP Forum, Tues., April 15, 7pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

Toward Collective Liberation, anti-racist organizing, feminism, and movement building strategy with Chris Crass, Wed., April 16, 7pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

Urban Edge 40th Anniversary Bike Ride, Sat., April 19, meet at Urban Edge, 1542 Columbus Ave., bring a bike, helmet & water bottle. Info: 524-2453.

17th Annual Charlie Kelleher Fun Run/Walk, to benefit the Italian Home for Children, Sat., April 26, 9am, Forest Hills Cemetery. Info: 524-4396.

DCR Annual Park Serve Day, spruce up park facilities, clean coastlines, clean and maintain trails, plant flowers, April 26. Register: mass.gov/dcr/parkserve.

Annual Jamaica Plain Spring Clean-Up/Boston Shines, tools available at Curtis Hall, 20 South St., Sat., April 26, 9am-2pm. Sign up in advance with Jullieanne Doherty: 635-4855.

Missing Class, strengthening social movement groups by seeing class cultures, Thurs., May 1, 7:30pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

Jamaica Plain Business Breakfast, learn about the Retail Visioning Technical Assistance Program, a special consulting  program to provide technical assistance in retail best practices, sponsored by JP Centre/South Main Streets, Thurs., April 24, 8-9:30am, Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St.

Annual Hyde Square Task Force neighborhood 5k run/walk, Sat. June 7, 10am, 8:30am registration, 361 Centre St. Info: HydeSquare.org.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation annual meeting, Thurs., May 22, 6-9pm, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 45 Brookside Ave. Info: jpndc.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., April 18, 8-9am, JP Lick, 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

Families Creating Together, puppet-making workshops, Saturdays though 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/info@jfcsboston.org.

Health/Fitness

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

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 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: 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

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

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: legalservicescenter.org.

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/lcenteno@oiste.net.

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

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

English for New Bostonians, looking for volunteers to serve as ESL tutors. Info: 350-5480 ext. 230 / fmartinez@englishfornewbostonians.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.

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

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: jpnc.org/kevinfmoloney@comcast.net.

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

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

Best of JP 2014