JP Agenda, April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017
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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.

Parkman Playground Community Meeting, Thurs. Apr. 27, 6:30-8pm. Roxbury Prep Charter School. 86 Wachusett St. Info: 961-3167.

ZBA Hearing for 25 Amory St, has been rescheduled to Apr. 25. City Hall room 801. Info: JPNDC, 522-2424.

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Drafting, Mon. Apr. 24 from 6-8pm at the First Church of Roxbury, 10 Putnam St.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee, Weds. May 3, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. The agenda for that meeting will include 1785 Columbus Avenue (construct new social services office building with café space and 157 parking spaces).  After May 3, the Committee’s next regularly-scheduled meetings will be May 17 and June 7.

Networking Group, local chapter of BNI, meets on Wednesdays at the Farnsworth House at 7am. Consists of 30 members of different professions. Through development and trust and relationships amongst the members, objective is to promote each other’s businesses. Members may live outside of JP, but common tie is either living in or servicing the JP area. Info: President of chapter Katelyn Atwater, info: 431-0929.

Urban Edge 43rd Annual Meeting, Food trucks provided. Weds. Apr. 26, 5-8pm, RSVP by Weds. Apr. 19. Info: Mrousseau@urbanedge.org or 989-9363. Under the Tent, Corner of Richie and Columbus, Roxbury.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council monthly meeting Tues. Apr. 25 at 7pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South St. On agenda will be presentation from District City Councilor Matt O’Malley. All residents 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

MBTA construction, through June 2017, all Orange Line train service will arrive and depart from the western side of the Forest Hills platform (towards the Arboretum).   Normal two track operation will continue immediately north of the station.

Call for art submissions for brewery, Jamaica Plain Arts Council, JPNDC, and Samuel Adams are co-hosting PROJECTIONS II: Art on the Brewery Walls. Submissions due by midnight on Apr. 19 – 2D, 3D, and video.

            Airport Noise Complaint Line, Massport’s Noise Complaint line is open 6 AM to 6PM. Call whenever Logan Runway 27 airplane noise disturbs you: 561-3333. Congressman Mike Capuano 621-6208 and Congressman Steven Lynch 428-2000 also asked Jamaica Plain constituents to call their office about aircraft noise.

         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.

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.

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 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

How to Think Like a 21st Century Economist, Sun. May 7, 7-9pm. Talk by Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics. First Church JP. Organized by JP Forum.

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 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.

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.

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

Centre St. Beautification, Spring Hyde Jackson Beautification, Meet at Mozart Park, 10 Mozart Street, Apr. 22 at 9 am. Mulch street trees, plant flowers, spread mulch in municipal parking lot. 617-522-3694. www.hydejacksonsquare.org

Annual JP Spring Clean-Up will be on Sat. May 13 from 9am-1pm. Tools available at 8:30am at Curtis Hall. All interested residents who want to organize a local clean-up should sign up in advance with Alexandra Valdez. At 635-2185 or www.boston.gov/love-your-block-volunteer-signup-form.

Chelsea Jewish Hospice & Palliative Care (CJHPC) is seeking volunteers to offer companionship and support 1-2 hours per week to persons facing terminal illness who reside in Jamaica Plain.  Volunteers can make a difference for patients through activities such as holding a hand, listening to music, running an errand, or even just sitting quietly. Musicians, certified pet therapy teams, and those trained in alternative modalities such as Reiki are also encouraged to apply.  Free training provided.  Info: Aimee, Volunteer Coordinator, at 889-0779 or email afarrell@chelseajewish.org.

Fixit Clinic, Seeking volunteers for a Fixit Clinic event in Jamaica Plain: 

Can you fix broken toys? Can you solder, sew, tinker? Are you good at wood working or fixing lamps and other simple electrical things? Do you enjoy teaching others how to apply your skills? 

Do you want to help the environment and your community? 

If you answer yes to any one of these questions we hope that you will volunteer to organize and participate in an upcoming Fix-It clinic being organized by the Environment, Parks and Energy Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. Please contact jpnc.fixitclinic@gmail.com.

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 Care, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients and respite for family members in close to your home. Training, supervision, and support are provided. Call 781-569-2811 for more information about becoming a hospice volunteer or visit 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

Dean’s List at Nichols College, Oscar Lopez, majoring in Sports Management, has achieved Dean’s List for the fall of 2016.

Resident named Dean at Babson College, JP resident David Abdow has joined Babson College as Dean of Babson Executive and Enterprise Education (BEEE).

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