JP Agenda, March 25, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Apr. 12 for the Apr. 15 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


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.

JP Moniker Discussion, Boston City Council Committee on Arts, Culture, and Special Events will hold a hearing on designating the Hyde-Jackson Square neighborhood of JP as “Boston’s Latin Quarter.” Mon. Apr. 4 at the Connolly Branch Library at 433 Centre St, 6pm.

District 13 Monthly Meetings, Strategic planning/NAC Tues. Mar. 29 at 6:30pm at Curtis Hall. Police monthly meeting: Thurs. Apr. 7 at 7pm at District E-13. Latino Monthly Meeting Thurs. Apr. 14 at 7pm at Nate Smith House.

Jamaica Pond Association, Mon. Apr. 4, 7-9pm, Jamaicaway Tower meeting room, 111 Perkins St., Open public meeting, all are welcome.

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

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Mon. Apr. 11, 7-9pm, Doyle’s back room, 3484 Washington St. Info:

Parkside Neighborhood Association (PNA) Tues. April 5th, 7:00 at Doyle’s. On the agenda: discussion of pros and cons of City Realty’s plans for 1393 Washington St. (old Jackson Glass site). Developer Jay Walsh will present from 7:30-8:00. Info: [email protected].

Public Service Committee JPNC, Tues. Apr. 5, 7pm at Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Update on cigarette butt recycling program, crosswalks that need repair, and removal of billboards. All interested residents 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.

State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, legislative aides will hold office hours to meet on behalf of the representative. Joshua McFadden, Fridays Apr. 15 and May 13 at Caffe Nero, 733 Centre St, 9-10:30am. Constituents who are unable to attend may contact Rep. Sanchez at 722-2430.


THE RHYTHM OF OUR STORIES: SONGS, MOVEMENT, GAMES – Mar. 28, Apr. 4, 11, 25, May 2, 5:30–7:30pm at Jamaica Plain Community Center (Curtis Hall), 20 South Street. FREE workshops from Families Creating Together with award-winning teaching artist and drummer Cornell Coley who mashes up storytelling with drums and percussion – songs, movement, games. Experience stories with a live pulse and ambient sound. Find your storytelling rhythm! Presented in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (upon request). Wheelchair accessible. Child care provided. FCT is a program of Community service Care/Tree of Life Coalition. Info: 522-4832 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]

Egleston Square Library, free homework help, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, ongoing throughout the school year, 3:30-5:30pm; After school Art Play, Tuesdays, Mar. 29 & Apr. 5, 3:30-5:30; Baby/toddler music time, Fridays Mar. 25, Apr. 1 and 8, 10:30-11:00; Stories from the Nature Fairy, Tues. Apr. 5, 10:30-11:30am; Tween Writing and Storytelling Group, Weds. Apr. 6, 5:30-6:30pm; Family board games, Weds. Apr. 6, 6-7:30pm; 2044 Columbus Ave, Roxbury.

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]


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

Yoga for older adults, by Earthseed Yoga, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Saturdays, 10-11am, April 2-May 28 (no class on May 14). InfoL 427-3840 or [email protected]

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:

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


Arnold Arboretum, Magnolias for New England, by Andrew Bunting, asst. director of the garden and director of plant collections at Chicago Botanic Garden, Tues. Apr. 12, 7-8:30pm, Hunnewell Building, $5 member, $10 nonmember. Register at or 384-5277.

Images of America: Arnold Arboretum by Lisa Pearson, head of library and archives, Arnold Arboretum. Sat. Apr. 16, 3-3:45pm, Hunnewell Building, Free, registration required. Register at or 384-5277.

Botany Blast: Buds, Leaves, and Flowers, Mon. Apr. 11, 5:30-7pm, Hunnewell Building, free but registration required. Register at or 384-5277.

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.

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]

Neighborhood maps with Ed McCarthy, an amateur Boston historian and EMT working for Boston Emergency Medical Services for 24 years. His historical information is crafted into comprehensive detailed maps that tell the history of Boston neighborhoods. Free. Sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Mon., Apr. 11 6:30-8PM, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre Street.

This Changes Everything, View the documentary based on Naomi Klein’s book of the same name that weaves together threads of climate, racial and economic injustice and the movement of movements already rising for a new, non-extractive economy. Film screening, refreshments, and discussion, Sun. Apr. 3, 5-8pm, First Church UU JP, 6 Eliot St.

Soil: The Rising Star of the Climate Movement, Thurs. Apr. 28, 7-8:30pm, First Church UU JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: [email protected]

JPHS Presents: The Women of Brook Farm, Tues. Mar. 29, 6:30-8pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club.

The History of Forest Hills Cemetery, hosted by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco, noted historian and author of over 60 books on Boston. Sun. Apr. 3, 2-3pm, $10, 95 Forest Hills Ave.

Franklin Park Walking Tour, a “quiet season” jaunt, Sat. Mar. 26 at 2pm, 90 min. tour by park ranger, Advance registration required by Thurs. Mar. 24, Email [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:

“The Women of Brook Farm” Celebrate Women’s History Month and learn more about the women who resided at the Brook Farm, the utopian Transcendentalist community that was located in West Roxbury in the 1840s. Seven of the remarkable women who visited the Farm will be portrayed. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Jamaica Plain

Historical Society, New Brook Farm, Inc. and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail. Tues. Mar. 29 6:30-8PM at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street.


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. 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]


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

JPNC Election, to elect 5 members in each area (A,B,C, and at large). Sat. Apr. 30, 10am-5pm, polling locations TBA.

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.

Vacancy on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, People who are interested in the available seats on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council can contact Kevin Moloney, chair of the Council at (617)522-3988 or [email protected]. There is one vacancy in Area C. The area map is available at

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