JP Agenda, Sept. 9, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 20 for the Sept. 23 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


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.

JPA Meeting Change: The monthly meeting of the Jamaica Pond Association Board of Directors has been re-scheduled from Mon. Sept. 5 to Mon. Sept. 12. This open public meeting takes place at the Jamaicaway Tower Meeting Room, 111 Perkins Street, 7-9p.m. Residents of the Pondside neighborhood are especially encouraged to attend and to learn more about their local neighborhood association.  Rosemary Jones, Chair 617 522-5586

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Next meeting: Mon. Oct. 17, 7-9pm, back room of Doyle’s, 3484 Washington St.  Please join us – all are welcome. More/latest info:

Casey Arborway Project, massDOT office hours, Thurs. Sept. 29, 5:30-7:30pm, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St.

Strategic Planning/NAC, Tues. Sept. 20, 6:30pm, District E-13.

Office Hours

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

Casey Arborway Project, massDOT office hours, Thurs. Sept. 29, 5:30-7:30pm, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St.


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]

Egleston Square Library, free homework help, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, ongoing throughout the school year, 3:30-5:30pm, 2044 Columbus Ave, Roxbury.

BalletRox dance classes at Spontaneous Celebrations, for students grades K-12. Saturdays 8am-12noon; Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-7pm, September 12 to late May. Affordable, on a sliding fee scale.  Ballet, tap, hip hop, street jazz, Caribbean Soca, modern fusion.  Info:; 224-7386.


FAMILY TO FAMILY: free weekly 12-session class for caregivers of individuals with severe mental illness, Monday nights beginning Sept. 26. Family members and friends will gain the knowledge, resources, support, and skills they need to cope effectively. Course sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Info: To register, call 522-7439.

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

Hands to Heart Center – Yoga for the People is providing free Beginner Yoga classes for adults at CityPOP Egleston, 3195 Washington Street, JP, on Saturdays from 11:00 am to noon, September 10th through December 10th. For more information, contact [email protected].

Fitness Walk, Saturdays, 8-9am, Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse parking lot. Info: [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]

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


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

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, scholarships available, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/[email protected]

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: [email protected]

         Free Guided Walking Tour of Green Street will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 starting at 11:00am from in front of Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 640 Centre Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. For more info:

         Free Guided Walking Tour of Woodbourne neighborhood will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 starting at 11:00am from in front of Bethel AME Church at the corner of Walk Hill Street and Wachusett Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. For more info:



Singing our Way to Longevity! JP Jubilee is a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make new friends, promote good health and perform for the community. Meets Friday mornings 10:30-noon Sept. 16 to Dec. 9, 2016 at Curtis Hall, 20 South Street. Instructor: Elizabeth Anker, singer and voice teacher. No registration, audition, or experience necessary. Wheelchair accessible. contact: Janell Fiarman  [email protected]  857 719-3432

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, free workshop focuses on preventing falls and improving balance. Tailored to older adults who wish to improve balance and mobility. Classes meet twice a week for 12 weeks and is designed for beginners. Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-2pm. Sept. 15-Dec. 1. Info: Ann Glora, 477-6616 or [email protected]

         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, Thursdays, 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:

Diabetes Self-Management Program, Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River St., Wednesdays 9:30am-noon. Info: Ann Glora at 477-6616.

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., 12:00-2pm. Info: 524-3992/

On Your Own But Not Alone: Enhancing Health and Wellbeing in Later Life, Thurs. Sept. 29, 7pm, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St. Hosted by JP Forum.


Mentors, to help seniors apply to college. 2 hours a week. Info: Rachek Kirk, [email protected]

Arnold Arboretum School Program Guide, Training for the fall season of school programs at the Arboretum begins September 1. We are looking for outgoing and mature adults who can commit to two years of volunteering. You do not need to know about plants, but experience working with children is preferred. If you are interested, please contact the Manager of Children’s Education by August 19 for an interview. Email: [email protected].

JP Historical Society, seeking volunteers to help in transcribing articles for posting on the JPHS website. Info:

Senior Companions Needed, Ethos is looking for elders to provide friendly visits and companionship to homebound or isolated seniors! Take a walk together, chat over a cup of coffee, play a board game, and develop a new and rich friendship! Volunteers must attend a one-time orientation and make a one hour per week commitment. Opportunities available in Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, West Roxbury, Roslindale and Mattapan. Apply via or call 522-6700.

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

VNA Seeking Hospice Volunteers, VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients and respite for family members in eastern and central Massachusetts. Volunteers are men and women who come from diverse backgrounds and range in age from 20’s to 80’s; the common bond is a desire to share time and compassion with others. A strong need exists for volunteers who are available during the day, are bilingual, or can provide pet or music therapy. No previous experience is necessary. VNA Hospice Care provides training and ongoing support to all volunteers. Info: 781-569-2811,

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

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

Public Notices

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:

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

Teacher Tuesdays, 1/2 price appetizers every Tuesday for teachers at Bella Luna/Milky Way, 284 Amory St.

Pool Services, cleanings, closings, and repairs. Flexible scheduling and competitive rates. Call or text Wil 781-264-2305.

Vacancies on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, People who are interested in the available seats on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council can contact Kevin Moloney, chair of the Council at 522-3988 or [email protected] or come to the regular monthly meeting. There are two vacancies in Area A, one vacancy in Area B, and one vacancy At-Large. The area map is available at

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