JP Agenda

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. January 21 for the January 24 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Meetings

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association. Next meeting Monday, January 13, 7-9pm, English High School Library, 144 McBride St. More/latest info: www.sna-jp.org

The Jamaica Pond Association will meet from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, February 3, in the community room at the Jamaicaway Tower, 111 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain.  This is an open public meeting; Pondside residents who would like to take an active role in this neighborhood organization are encouraged to attend and consider joining the association.  There is limited guest parking to the right of the main entrance; the site is a five-minute walk from the #39 bus stop at South Huntington Ave. and Perkins Street.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thursday, February 6 at 6:30pm at Curtis Hall, 20 South 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.

The Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00pm  at Curtis Hall, 20 South Street. 

All interested residents are invited to attend.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee:  The Committee’s next upcoming meetings will be January 22 and February 5.   The agenda for that meeting will include 35 Brookley Road/10 Stonley Road (demolish existing structure to erect a new 46 unit residential development); and 91 Green Street (construct an addition on the rear of the existing house to create an additional dwelling unit and a garage).  The Committee’s next upcoming meetings will be February 5th and February 19th.  Additional materials on the above matters, including plans and photographs, may be accessed here.  If you have any trouble accessing or viewing items on the JP Zoning Google Drive, please reach out to Kyle Smith with questions – [email protected] 

The Housing & Development Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7:00 pm at the Bowditch School, 82 Green St. (entrance on sidewalk level, left side of front stairs). On the agenda will be discussion of how we review Article 80 development projects.  

All meetings are open to the public.  

 Vacancy on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council People who are interested in the available seats on  the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council can contact Kevin Rainsford, chair of the Council at (617) 866-7672 or [email protected] or come to the monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. 

There is one vacancy At-large.  The area map is available at http://www.jpnc.org/jpnc-map/.

Please visit our website JPNC.org for updates

The Egleston Square Neighborhood Association will meet on Monday, February 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The meeting is in the YMCA Building at 3134 Washington St.  Agenda to be determined.         

JP Problem Properties Committee, first Thursday of the month, 10:30am, Egleston Library, 2044 Columbus Ave. Info: Office of Rep. Malia, 617-722-2380

Youth/Families

Children Dance Classes: JP Dance Co-op is hosting two new classes this Fall: Parent & Child: Intro to Movement for ages ~3-4 on Sundays, 10-11 a.m., to Dec. 8 (Full course: $100 / Drop in: $15); and Pre-Ballet & Modern: Dance Basicsfor ages ~5-6 on Sundays, 11am-12pm, 10/6-12/8 (Full course: $100). Classes held at Spontaneous Celebrations (FYI: no classes December 1 for holidays). Email Caitlin Fisher to register: [email protected] 

Kids on Wheels:  Play and learn, every Sunday, 3  to 5 pm – Ferris Wheels Bike Shop helps kids learn and practice safe riding skills while having lots of fun at the South Street Mall and tennis courts! Free helmet adjustments and free bike adjustments available. Heavy rain cancels.  At the tennis courts at South Street and Carolina Avenue. 617-524-2453.

Tuesday & Thursday a.m. bike training rides:  Paceline ride, great for training for charity rides or general conditioning. Leaves from Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St. (1/2 mile from Forest Hills) at 7:00 a.m. sharp. Rain cancels. Call 617-524-2453.

The Roberto Clemente 21 Sports program is now accepting applications (boys and girls ages 6-16). Location: The Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath St., Jamaica Plain. Info: 617-828-9524 or [email protected]

Spanish-English Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español, Saturdays / sábados, 12 – 1:45 p.m. Connolly Branch Library.

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]

Tiny Tots World Music and Movement, music classes for kids age 2-5 by Helder Tsinine, Mondays 11-11:45am; Saturdays, 10-10:45am, $17 per class or $90 for 6 weeks, Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: [email protected]

Family art class, wheelchair accessible, Tuesdays 10:30am-11:30am, ages 3-5. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., ages 5+. Family Resource Center, 1542 Columbus Ave. Info: 522-1018.

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

Health/Fitness

Parkrun is a grassroots, community running event, run by volunteers for the local running and walking community. We hold free timed 5k events every week. Everyone is invited to run, jog or walk for 5k (two laps around the pond). We are very proud to be the first parkrun in Boston, MA. It’s been a very successful initiative for getting people of all ages outside to exercise, and to meet members of their local community. We meet on Saturdays at 8:45 a.m. at the top of the Sugarbowl. Run starts at 9:00am. All welcome, all ages, all abilities.

     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, 8-9 a.m., Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse parking lot. Info: [email protected]

Care to Care, a support group for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, second Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Springhouse, 44 Allandale St. Info: Meredith Griffiths, 522-0043/[email protected]

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

Seniors

Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain (617) 524-2053

Monthly Memory Cafe. December 30. 10:30-noon. Please join us for conversations that allow time to share memories, laughter and concerns. Participants experiencing memory lapses are welcome to attend –and anyone requiring special assistance should be accompanied by a caretaker.  We will be working with collages.  Refreshments will be provided by Laurel Ridge Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center.  The Memory Cafe is held the last Monday of every month so plan on, January 27 and February 24.

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 1:30-3 p.m. Free to all. Call Brittany McLaren at Upham’s Elder Service Plan at 440-1615 or email [email protected] for more info.

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, 10 a.m., 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

Tutor Adults, two hours a week, PM. Jamaica Plain Adult Learning Program seeks volunteer tutors to help students work towards their H.S. Diploma or learn English as a Second Language. Work in innovative student centered program with motivated adults from all over the world. Free Orientation and Training. Contact Eric at [email protected] or 617 635-5201.

Volunteer Tutors Needed, The Boston Teachers Union School is looking for volunteers to tutor middle school students one-on-one or in small groups Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Contact:  David Weinstein, 7/8th Grade Math Teacher, Boston Teachers Union Pilot School, [email protected], 857-334-9855.

Volunteer as a mentor or tutor, help students explore career and college opportunities. Tutor students in a range of subjects including math, science, history, English, foreign languages, SAT, and more. Tues, Weds, and Thurs, 3-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. To apply: www.hydesquare.org/get-involved/join-our-programs/

 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 [email protected]

 Serve with Franklin Park Coalition, Seeking board members, committee members, and volunteers. Info: [email protected] (Board of Directors and Committee) or [email protected] (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 / [email protected]

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. 

  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 Steven Lynch 428-2000 also asked Jamaica Plain constituents to call their office about aircraft noise.

Free Community Meal Program: These are free walk-in meals for all ages with vegan options always available! Come in, eat all you want or take a plate to go!  Our Chef Allan McClendon provides a healthy home cooked experience to every meal! Community dinner every Wednesday @6:30 pm. Crossroad Café lunch every Saturday @12pm

For More info contact Church office Phone 617-524-3992 / Email:  [email protected]

Just Cookin’ Kitchen is a partnership between FBCJP and caterers in need of quality kitchen space. We offer a commissary kitchen for less money, available to small businesses interested in catering, food truck prep and/or culinary educational experiences. We provide an opportunity to let your business grow so you can save & spend less on start-up cost. For More info contact Church OfficePhone: 617-524-3992 / Email: [email protected]

Seeking Interested Local Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs for New Mentoring Program, In response to feedback from local small businesses and entrepreneurs, JP Centre/South Main Streets is excited to kick off a new mentoring program this year. The program will provide a valuable mentoring network to local small business owners and entrepreneurs. There will be opportunities to connect participants with entrepreneurs from other local university and business associations. Renee Wong, a local JP resident with extensive economic consulting background, is volunteering with JPCSMS to spearhead this project. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in participating in the program, as a mentor, mentee, or both, please reach out to Renee Wong or Ginger Brown.

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.

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