News Briefs

Learning for the Love of It

With all of the uncertainty that currently surrounds us, it’s time for good news. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston announces that its full fall course schedule will continue not on campus but using zoom online video conference technology.

No fighting traffic, no more parking fees, and no more worrying about what clothes to wear; just taking courses and interacting with your peers in the comfort of your own home. Some 50 classes on a variety of subjects will be offered Monday thru Saturday. These courses offer a chance to connect with the facilitator and fellow students on Zoom to learn new knowledge and exchange comments and ideas. Classes will be offered during the mornings and afternoons and begin on September 14th.

Class subjects will include Introduction to Opera; History; Beginning Yoga; Tai Chi; Creative Writing; Poetry; and Current Events to name a few. Somerville resident and OLLI member Anne Kelly sums it up: “OLLI offers such a wide variety of interesting courses and activities for its members. There’s something for everyone! The best part of being a member of OLLI is the friends I’ve made who share common interests with me. As I always say, there are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met.”

Approximately 50 classes across a variety of subjects will be hosted Monday through Friday at 10am and 1:30pm with Brown Bag presentations scheduled at noon.

For more information about the OLLI program and its course listings, please visit our website: https://www.umb.edu/olli.

Historic walks

Free Guided Walking Tour of Green Street  will take place on Saturday, August 29 starting at 11:00 am from  in front of Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 640 Centre Street.

Pre-registration for tours: https://forms.gle/ZR7ofkvEwuLJnv988.

Please note: tours will be given based on the COVID 19 directives from the City of Boston and the Commonwealth. Please wear a mask and follow all required actions. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. 

Free Guided Walking Tour of Woodbourne neighborhood will take place on Saturday, September 5 starting at 11:00am from in front of Bethel AME Church at the corner of Walk Hill Street and Wachusett Street.

Pre-registration for tours: https://forms.gle/ZR7ofkvEwuLJnv988 Please note: tours will be given based on the COVID 19 directives from the City of Boston and the Commonwealth. Please wear a mask and follow all required actions. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Meetings announced

Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thursday, September 3 at 6:30pm via Google Meet. To obtain the link to the meeting, please call the Boston Police E-13 station at (617) 343-5623.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 via Google Mee

The Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00pm and will utilize Zoom. On the agenda will be a request by On The Edge Nutrition – OTEN Surprise for a common victualler (restaurant) license at 7 Burroughs Street. Also on the agenda will be continued discussion on how to reform the police. 

All meetings will remain open to the public and are accessible either from a computer or telephone. The link to access the meeting can be obtained at www.jpnc.org or by email at [email protected]

All interested residents are invited to attend via Zoom.

Vigil in support of Black Lives

The September Vigil in Support of Black Lives will be held Thursday, September 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre St.  Our guest speakers will be Toiell Washington and Hodan Hashi, two of the co-founders of Black Boston.  Everyone is invited to participate in this monthly stand out for racial justice and human rights.  For further information, contact Mary Lenihan [email protected], or Penny Wells at [email protected]

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