JP Agenda, Jan. 27, 2017

January 27, 2017
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Meetings

JPNDC Zoning Committee, public presentation on project to create 44 new affordable homes at 25 Amory St., Jackson Square Site III. Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Weds. Feb. 1, 7pm. Info: Giovanny Valencia, 522-2424.

Jamaica Pond Association will meet Mon. Feb. 6, at the Jamaicaway Tower meeting room, 111 Perkins Street 7-9pm.  Open meeting; all are welcome.  The JPA Board will consider a recommendation to request a Neighborhood Design Overlay District in the Centre Street business district between Pond and Eliot Streets.  The recommendation came from the community meeting on Jan. 5, 2017, co-sponsored by the Jamaica Pond Association and Centre/South Main Streets. If the Board approves, the JPA will act in concert with any other neighborhood organizations that have decided to support the idea. Info: Rosemary Jones, Chair. 522-5586.

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.

Parkside Neighborhood Association will hold a meeting on Tues. Feb. 7 at 6:30pm.  Guest speaker will be Corey Allen, Executive Director of the Franklin Park Coalition. Please email rlevin@live.com for location.

         Support Legal Defense for Allandale Woods, All invited to attend. Learn the latest on efforts to protect Allandale Woods. Kelleher’s Bar & Grille, 1410 Centre St., Roslindale. Sun. Jan. 29, 4-6pm. Suggested donation: $40. Admission includes refreshments. All proceeds will go towards the Allandale defense fund.

Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thurs. Feb. 2 at 7pm at Station E-13 at 3347 Washington Street corner of Green Street. Commanders from Boston Police Area E, MBTA Police and State Police will deal with all issues of public safety raised by          the community. All interested residents are invited to attend.

Office Hours

         State Rep. Liz Malia, third Friday of each month, 8-9:30am, La Rana Rossa Pizza, 154 Green St. Info: 722-2060 or liz.malia@mahouse.gov.

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: greenovateboston.gov.

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

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 kevinfmoloney@comcast.net 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 http://www.jpnc.org/jpnc-map/.

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.

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

Bilingual story time, join us for stories and songs in English & Spanish. For children 2-4 with an adult. Tues. Jan. 31, 10:30am. Connolly Branch Library.

Spanish English Language Exchange, Saturdays, 12-1:45pm. Connolly Branch Library.

Health/Fitness

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

Yoga, meditation and stress reduction classes at the MindBody Center (SJPHC-HPC) @ 10 Green Street.  Low cost or free, in English and Spanish. For more information call (617) 983-4226.

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

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

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.

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.

Drop the MIC (Military Industrial Complex) Campaign of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Feb. 9. First Baptist Church 633 Centre St.  7-9 pm.  Speakers:  Maggie Martin and Matt Howard of IVAW,  Mike Prokosch of Dorchester People for Peace.

Managing Mindfully, a “new story” time management workshop Sat. Jan. 28, 10am-4pm at First Church UU in Jamaica Plain. Come when you can, pay as you are able. Strengthen the new story of cooperation, connection, and plenty for all rather than the old story of competition, separation, and scarcity. Get new models and hands-on techniques to take you through this uncertain time between stories. Info: Pam, 522-4956.

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, 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: ethoscare.org.

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

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, Chronic pain and discomfort limit activities adults may enjoy. This FREE 6-week workshop teaches adults suffering from chronic pain simple techniques to better manage their pain, improve sleep, increase energy, eat healthier, and more. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and successes build a participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health, and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Includes a mild, strength and flexibility exercise routine and a lifestyle manual with exercise DVD. BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Thursdays 9:30am–12:00pm. Jan. 12 thru Feb. 16. Info: Ann Glora, 477-6616 or aglora@ethocare.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., 12:00-2pm. Info: 524-3992/www.firstbaptistjp.org.

Volunteers

Arnold Arboretum Field Study Guide, We will train you to lead science programs in our landscape with elementary school groups.  Contact the Manager of Children’s Education at 384-5239 by Mar. 17 for an interview for spring training.  Info: http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/programs/fieldstudy_guides.html

Serve with Franklin Park Coalition, Seeking board members, committee members, and volunteers. Info: admin@franklinparkcoalition.org (Board of Directors and Committee) or volunteer@franklinparkcoalition.org (volunteer) or call at 442-4141.

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 www.ethocare.org/volunteer/application or call 522-6700.

English for New Bostonians, looking for volunteers to serve as ESL tutors. Info: 982-6864 / fmartinez@englishfornewbostonians.org.

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, www.vnacare.org.

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.

Announcements

Abigail Raisz, the daughter of Malka and Jonathan Raisz of Jamaica Plain, MA, has been named to the dean’s list of Macalester College for academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2016-17 school year.

Ayanna Hudson of Jamaica Plain was named to the Emmanuel College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.

Erwin Fuentes and Thomas Parker attained Dean’s List in Fall 2016 at Lehigh University.

Anna Mbengam has been named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s List at American International College.

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