JP Agenda, Dec. 18, 2015

December 18, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 5 for the Jan. 8 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Meetings

JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston, 722-2060.

Resident organized meeting about 64 Allandale St. project, an informational meeting to review the development project proposed at 64 Allandale St, Weds., Jan. 6 at 7pm, Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre St, Roslindale MA, 02131. City officials and the developer have been invited to attend and provide updates. Free and open to the public. Info: J.B. O’Brien, 323-2470.

Jamaica Pond Association monthly meeting, Mon., Jan. 4, 7-9pm, in the Jamaicaway Tower meeting room, 111 Perkins St.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, monthly meeting Tues., Dec. 22 at Farnsworth House. For more info: JPNC.org.

District E-13 Monthly Meeting, Thurs., Jan. 7, 7pm at Curtis Hall; Latino Monthly Meeting is Thurs. Dec. 10 at 7pm at Nate Smith House.

Office Hours

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

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.

RCL Basketball Accepting Applications, for boys & girls ages 6-16 for 2015-2016 season. Free registration with City of Boston Community Center membership. Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath St. Info: Alfredo Liriano, 828-9524.

Health/Fitness

Yoga, Saturdays, 9:15am, Schoolmaster Hill, Franklin Park. Info: franklinparkcoalition.org.

Fitness Walk, Saturdays, 8-9am, Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse parking lot. Info: alison.g.m.brown@gmail.com.

Line dancing with Mz. Rhythm, Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Franklin Park, hill across from Golf Clubhouse. Info: franklinparkcoalition.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.

Forest Hills Runners, several weekly group runs, info/schedule: foresthillsrunners.org.

Classes/Talks

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, scholarships available, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/mushimgum@gmail.com.

Woodworking, sewing, art classes, fiber arts, photography, book arts. Children, teens, adults, year round. Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info: eliotschool.org or 617-524-3313.

Free ESL Classes, every day except Sunday, Boston Academy of English, 38 Chauncy Street, Boston. For levels beginner, intermediate, and advanced. For a schedule of classes, contact Robert Davis: rodavis@staffordhouse.com.

Seniors

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls, a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Free classes meet for 8 weeks. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or snack. Thursdays, 11am-1pm starting Jan. 14. Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Info: Ann Glora, 477-6616.

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.

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.

Ethos on Amory Street is looking for volunteers in the following areas: friendly visitor, medical escort, shopping assistant, telephone reassurance caller, office assistant, money management, internships and other group projects. Info: 477-6623/volunteer@ethoscare.org.

Volunteers

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital at 1153 Centre St. seeking volunteers for gift shop, info desk, radiology, orthopedic center and more. Info: 983-7424 or brighamandwomensfaulkner.org.

FriendshipWorks Music Program, Do you enjoy music? Seeking volunteers to share music and friendship with elders in JP. 277-5248.

Public Notices

Toys for Tots Drop off at enVision hotel Boston, drop off a toy between Fri. Nov. 27 and Fri. Dec. 18 anytime between 7am-8pm. 81 S. Huntington Ave.

Vacancies on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, people who are interested in the available seats in areas A, B, and C can contact Kevin Moloney at 522-3988 or kevinfmoloney@comcast.net.

Food pantry, choose from a selection of non-perishable foods, fresh produce, bakery bread, and personal items, no I.D. needed, everyone welcome, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 11am-noon, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St.

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.

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

Spotholes, pothole reporting tool, 635-4500, Citizens Connect mobile phone app, cityofboston.gov/mayor/24, and using #spotholes on twitter.

ESL Book Donation, Top Notch (2nd Edition), Summit (2nd/3rd Edition), Focus on Grammar (3rd Edition). At average 5-10 books per level. Info: Ishmael Johnson, 426-5979, ijohnson@staffordhouse.com.

Congratulations to Sophie Lapat for winning Most Valuable Player for Varsity Girls’ Soccer at Brimmer and May, Margarita Vargas, a senior at Elizabeth Seton Academy, for earning High Honors; and Beselam Elias for being named to the Chancellor’s List at UMass Dartmouth.

Toy Drive, Mon-Fri thru Dec. 21, 10am-5pm, Hyde Square Task Force office, 375 Centre St.

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