JP Agenda, Sept. 15, 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.

District E-13, Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Tues. Sept. 19, 6:30pm at E-13 at 3347 Washington St.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Sept. 20 at the Farnsworth House, 7pm, 90 South St.

The Housing and Economic Development Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Tues., Sept 19 at 7 pm at the Bowditch School, 82 Green St. (Community Room – entrance on sidewalk level, left of front stairs).  On the agenda will be a discussion of cooperative housing with a representative from the MA Association of Housing Cooperatives.  All meetings are open to the public.

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.

*The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council(JPNC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. On the agenda will be a request from the Massachusetts Patient Foundation to establish a medical marijuana facility at 54 Hyde Park Avenue (near Weld Hill Street). Also on the agenda will be reports from the Working Committees. All interested residents are invited to attend.

Office Hours

            State Rep. Liz Malia, monthly office hours in the newly renovated JP Library (South St. branch) in the conference room (or on the patio during warmer months) on the 3rd Friday of each month from 9-10:30am. Info: 722-2060 or liz.malia@mahouse.gov.

Public Notices

         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 at First Church will be closed during July and August, and will resume on Sept. 21. Alternate food sources are listed on church website: www.firstchurchjp.org.

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

Bike JP’s Parks & Paths. Sat Sept 16. Meets 8:15am at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St, JP.  Free. Ages 12 & up. Limited rentals available, call ahead. 617-524-BIKE

Registration for Turkey Trot 5k, Franklin Park’s 5th Annual Turkey Trot will be on Thanksgiving Day. Early bird pricing is $25 for adults and $10 for youth age 6-17 if you register by Sept. 31. Info: turkeytrot@franklinparkcoalition.org.

Brookside Community Health Center Celebrates National Health Center Week!, August 14 – 18. There will be activities for patients and the community during the whole week in August. FREE Event, Daily activities schedule will be posted on our FB page and website. Contact Yovanny at 522-4700.

Pickleball Saturdays, 9-12 every Saturday morning at the South Street Tennis Courts, corner of Carolina and South St. Aged 16+. Balls and paddles provided. Info: info@mccormackscanlan.com or Coleen at 529-5012 or Karen at 306-7804, or just stop by Saturdays through Sept.

Yoga Franklin Park, Saturdays, 9:15-10:15am, On Schoolmaster Hill, midway along the park road, look for signs. Borrow a mat or bring your own. 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.

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.

Seniors

         Monthly Memory Café, Are you an individual with memory loss? Are you a caregiver to someone with memory loss? Are you looking for an enjoyable way to spend time together? Come and enjoy coffee, creative arts, refreshments and conversations with new friends of all ages. Amory Street Housing Development, 125 Amory St., in the community room. Meets the last Thursday of every month from 1:30-3pm. Free to all. Call Brittany McLaren at Upham’s Elder Service Plan at 440-1615 or email bmclaren@uphams.org for more info.

JP Jubilee, a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make friends, promote good health and perform for the community. Meets Friday mornings, 10:30-noon from Sept. 15-Dec. 15. Class is held at the JP Branch of the Boston Public Library, 30 South St. Wheelchair accessible. Instructor: Elizabeth Anker, singer and voice teacher. No registration, audition, or experience required. Made possible, in part, from a grant form the Boston Cultural Council. Info: Janell Fiarman: 857-719-3432 or email jfiarman@gmail.com.

         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.

         Community Arts Music Program for Seniors, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., Fridays 10:30-noon. Info: 983-3638.

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

Annual Connolly Branch Book Sale, Sat. Sept. 16 from 10-4. Seeking volunteers to help with setup (8-10), to assist with selling (10-12, 12-2, or 2-4), or breaking down the sale (4). If you are interested in volunteering, and we hope you are, you may sign up with Jane at the library. Also still accepting and encouraging book donations.

         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.

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

         Graduates Azra Preiner, Boston, MA (02130), earned a Bachelor of Applied Health in Applied Health from University of Minnesota Crookston.

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