JP Agenda, Feb. 26, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Mar. 8 for the Mar. 11 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


Egleston YMCA, meeting discussing plans to develop the area around Egleston Sq. through the City’s JP/Rox initiative. Residents have the opportunity to make their voices heard. Mon. Feb. 29 at 6:30 at Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St.

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.

Zoning Committee, agenda for meeting includes 5 Round Hill St, at Farnsworth House, 90 South St. 7pm. Info: [email protected].

District 13 Monthly Meetings, Police monthly meeting Thurs. Mar. 3 at 7pm at Curtis Hall; Latino monthly meeting Thurs. Mar. 10 at 7pm at Nate Smith House; Strategic planning/NAC Thurs. Mar. 29 at 6:30pm at Curtis Hall.

Plan JP/Rox Community Workshop #5, seeking community feedback on early recommendations and future building scenarios. Open house 8:30am, presentation 9:30am. Mar. 5, Anna M. Cole Community Center, Bromley-Health, 10 Lamartine St. Boston. Info: Marie Mercurio: 918-4352, [email protected].

Hyde Jackson Square Main Streets Annual Meeting, to announce community asset mapping project and report on accomplishments from the past year. Tues. Mar. 8, 5pm networking and appetizers, 6pm program. The Frogmore Restaurant, 365 Centre St. RSVP to [email protected] or 522-3694.

Urban Edge, 42 Annual Meeting, Weds. Apr. 27, 5pm, “Under the Tent”, 1542 Columbus Ave., Roxbury.

School Committee FY2017 Budget Hearing, Mar. 7, 6pm. The English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: 635-9014, [email protected].

JPNC Public Service Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Tues., Mar. 1, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. On the agenda will be an update on a cigarette butt recycling program, making a list of crosswalks needing painting and streets needing repair in JP, discussion of removal of billboards in JP. All interested residents are invited to attend. Info: Michael Reiskind: 522-1150.

Police Community Relations Meeting, Thurs., Mar. 3, 7pm, 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.

Office Hours

State Rep. Liz Malia, third Friday of each month, 8-9:30am, J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: 722-2060.

Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, JP office hours on Mar. 2, 8-9am, Curley K-8 School, 493 Centre St. Info: 617-722-1673 or [email protected].


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].

JP Children’s Soccer, for kids aged 3.5-6.5. Registration deadline is Fri. Apr. 15. Spring season begins April 27, ends June 27, and consists of weekly one-hour practices at Jamaica Pond/Pinebanks Field. Register at Fee: $25. Info: [email protected].


Managing Time Mindfully, a free workshop Mar. 1 6:30-9pm, Old Oak Dojo, 14 Chestnut Place. Join author/leader Pam Kristan to make the most of your moments. Exercises, discussion and reflection help you learn new ways for being and dissolve old patterns that no longer serve. Info: 522-4956.

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

Fitness Walk, Saturdays, 8-9am, Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse parking lot. Info: [email protected].

Line dancing with Mz. Rhythm, Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Franklin Park, hill across from Golf Clubhouse. Info:

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/[email protected].

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


Civic Ecology: Healing and Growing in Community, Marianne Krasny, PhD professor at Cornell University, will share stories of an emerging grassroots environmental stewardship, $10, Register at 384-5722. Mar. 3, 7-8:30pm, Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum.

Zumba classes, led by Gerardina Arias-Halloran, starting Mar. 7, Mondays and Wednesdays 7-8pm, Youth Community Development Center, 361 Centre St. Suggested donation $5.

Woodworking, sewing, art classes, fiber arts, photography, book arts. Children, teens, adults, year round. Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info: or 617-524-3313.

Sundays at the Forsyth, SS Pierce, a Boston tradition, hosted by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco. Learn about a popular and successful grocer and promoter, Forsyth Chapel at the main entrance on 95 Forest Hills Ave. 60 min., light refreshments available, $10.

Free ESL Classes, every day except Sunday, Boston Academy of English, 38 Chauncy Street, Boston. For levels beginner, intermediate, and advanced. For a schedule of classes, contact Robert Davis: [email protected].

LGBTQ Bereavement Support Group, provided by Care Dimensions, a free 8-week support group for LGBTQ identified adults of any age who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Runs until February 29 at The Meeting Point, 3464 Washington St. 6-7:30pm. Info: [email protected].

Emerald Necklace Speaks Out, series runs through April and is designed to inform, inspire, connect and engage audiences in the protection and preservation of the environment. Info:

Learn to Observe: Tree Spotters Citizen Science. Sat. Feb. 27, 3-5:30pm at the Hunnewell Building (the Arnold Arboretum Visitor Center). Free, but registration requested: Info: [email protected].


A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls, a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Free classes meet for 8 weeks. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or snack. Thursdays, 11am-1pm. Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Info: Ann Glora, 477-6616.

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, scholarships available, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/[email protected].

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:

Diabetes Self-Management Program, Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River St., Wednesdays 9:30am-noon, starting Jan. 13. 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/

English for New Bostonians, looking for volunteers to serve as ESL tutors. Info: 350-5480 ext. 230 / [email protected].

Free Swim Lessons offered at BCYF Pools for Boston adults and children 4+ during February school vacation week. BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, Jamaica Plain, 635-5193; BCYF Hennigan Community Center, Jamaica Plain, 635-5198,


Ethos on Amory Street is looking for volunteers in the following areas: friendly visitor, medical escort, shopping assistant, telephone reassurance caller, office assistant, money management, internships and other group projects. Info: 477-6623/[email protected].

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,

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

FriendshipWorks Music Program, Do you enjoy music? Seeking volunteers to share music and friendship with elders in JP. 277-5248.

Arnold Arboretum School Program Guide, training for the spring season of school programs at the Arboretum begins March 24. Seeking outgoing and mature adults who can commit to two years of volunteering. You do not need to know about plants, but experience working with children is preferred. Contact the Manager of Children’s Education by March 11 for an interview. Email:[email protected];  Website:

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:

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

5th State of Our Neighborhood event, Thurs. Apr. 7, 2016, 6-9pm, location TBD, stay tuned for more details.

Honor Roll: Jamaica Plain resident Kate Eastwood ’16, and Gabriela Maynard ’19 made High Honor Roll at Brimmer for Semester 1.  Declan Hayes ’17 achieved high honors at Boston College High School. Peter Desisto ’17, Jack Nee ’17, and Michael Greene ’18 achieved honors at Boston College High School.

Dean’s List, Beselam Elias and Aleena Hill-DaCosta of Jamaica Plain named to UMass Dartmouth’s 2015 Fall Dean’s List.

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