JP Agenda, Nov. 25, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Dec. 6 for the Dec. 9 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.

Egleston Square Neighborhood Association, Mon. Nov. 28 at 6:30pm (doors open at 6), Egleston Y, 3134 Washington St.

Boston Police, Police Monthly meeting Thurs. Dec. 1 at 7pm at District E-13. Latino Monthly Meeting, Thurs. Dec. 8 at 7pm at Nate Smith House. Strategic Planning/NAC meeting on Tues. Dec. 20 at 6:30pm at District E-13.

Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, monthly meeting on Tues. Dec. 6 at 7pm at Curtis Hall, 20 South St.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Weds. Dec. 7 at Farnsworth House. Includes on agenda the return of 5 McBride Street and possibly 4 Weld Ave.

Hyde Square Tree Removal Hearing, Thurs. Dec. 1 at 11am on a request to remove one public shade tree in Hyde Square. Hearing held by City of Boston’s Tree Warden in the 3rd floor conference room of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 1010 Mass Ave, Roxbury. Public Testimony may be submitted in writing to [email protected]  or call 635-7275.

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Holiday meeting/potluck on Mon. Dec. 12. Location TBD-check website. All are welcome. Info:

Office Hours

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

Casey Arborway Project, Tues. Nov. 29, 5:30-7:30pm, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St.


Creating Art at Home, Dec. 14 10am–12 noon at Jamaica Plain Community Center (Curtis Hall), 20 South Street.  FREE WINTER CELEBRATION ART WORKSHOP where parents, grandparents, caregivers learn ways to use recycled and simple art materials in imaginative ways, celebrating winter and the holidays. Presented in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (upon request). Take home a bag of recycled materials and art supplies after each workshop. Led by creative teaching artist team. Wheelchair accessible. Bilingual child care provided upon request. FCT is a program of Community Service Care/Tree of Life Coalition. Register/info: 522-4832 or [email protected].

WINTER CELEBRATION/HOLIDAY TRADITIONS: Dec. 7 5:30–7:30 pm with light supper at 5:30pm at Jamaica Plain Community Center (Curtis Hall), 20 South Street.  JOIN US for a FREE family workshop and time of sharing. Children (ages 5–13 with and without disabilities), parents, grandparents and friends create greeting cards, wrapping paper, ornaments, decorations and gifts. Presented in English, Spanish and American Sign Language upon request. Wheelchair accessible. Register/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, 2044 Columbus Ave, Roxbury.

BalletRox dance classes at Spontaneous Celebrations, for students grades K-12. Saturdays 8am-12noon; Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-7pm, September 12 to late May. Affordable, on a sliding fee scale.  Ballet, tap, hip hop, street jazz, Caribbean Soca, modern fusion.  Info:; 224-7386.


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

Hands to Heart Center – Yoga for the People is providing free Beginner Yoga classes for adults at CityPOP Egleston, 3195 Washington Street, JP, on Saturdays from 11:00 am to noon, through Dec. 10. For more information, contact [email protected].

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 (617) 983-4226.

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

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:


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.

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


Singing our Way to Longevity! JP Jubilee is a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make new friends, promote good health and perform for the community. Meets Friday mornings 10:30-noon Sept. 16 to Dec. 9, 2016 at Curtis Hall, 20 South Street. Instructor: Elizabeth Anker, singer and voice teacher. No registration, audition, or experience necessary. Wheelchair accessible. contact: Janell Fiarman  [email protected]  857 719-3432

          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/


Mentors, to help seniors apply to college. 2 hours a week. Info: Rachek Kirk, [email protected]

JP Historical Society, seeking volunteers to help in transcribing articles for posting on the JPHS website. Info:

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 or call 522-6700.

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

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.

Jamaica Plain Students Earn Boston College High School Honors: Peter Desisto 2017, Declan Hayes 2017, Patrick Bole 2020, Frederick Littell 2020 and Zachary Sherritt 2020 of Jamaica Plain achieved High Honors for the First Quarter at Boston College High School. For High Honors an upperclassman must have at least a 3.8 quality point average and all grades C+ or higher.

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