JP Agenda, March 23, 2018

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Apr. 10 for the Apr. 13 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


Jamaica Pond Association meets Monday, April 2, 7:00 -9:00 p.m. at the Jamaicaway Tower community room, 111 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain.  Kim Foltz, Program Manager of Boston Bikes, will present information on two new Hubway bicycle sites proposed for the area near Jamaica Pond.  Plans will be finalized for the combination monthly and annual meeting and the social hour to take place Monday, May 7th at the Loring -Greenough House in Jamaica Plain.  Open meeting: all are welcome. Rosemary Jones, Chair 617 522-5586

Egleston Square Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting, Monday April 2, 6:30pm, Egleston Y, 3134 Washington St. Updates, Police report, financial literacy presentation, and discussion on improving public safety regarding drug and alcohol usage.

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.

Boston Police Department Meetings, The Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be held on Tues. April 17 at 6:30pm at 3347 Washington St. Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00pm at Station E-13 at 3347 Washington Street corner of Green 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.

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association. Meetings on April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 15, November 19 — 7-9pm, back room of Doyle’s, 3484 Washington St. More/latest info:

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. On the agenda will be a presentation from City Councillor Matt O’Malley. Also on the agenda will be reports from the Working Committees. All interested residents are invited to attend.

JP Open House on Bike Share Expansion will be on Saturday March 31 from 10:00am – 12noon at Curtis Hall, 20 South Street. Give your feedback on locations for new bike share stations. For more information:

The Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:00pm at Curtis Hall at 20 South Street. On the agenda will be a discussion about more bicycle racks and other bicycle issues. Also on the agenda will be a discussion about improperly disposed syringes around the Shattuck Hospital and ways to increase the safe disposal of needles. All interested residents are invited to attend.

JP Zoning Committee, next meetings on April 4 and April 18. April 4 meeting agenda: 26 Clive Street (create off-street parking for two residential vehicles) and the return of 29 Goldsmith Street (change occupancy from two-family to three-family dwelling; renovate interior and raise height of the rear of the building to match the existing height facing on to Goldsmith Street on existing footprint; building to have three residential units on four floors). Meetings held at 7pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South St.

Urban Edge 44th Annual Meeting and Celebration, Weds. Apr. 25. 5-8pm on corner of Ritchie and Columbus. Roxbury.

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 Mike Capuano 621-6208 and 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! We recently hired a new cook, Elaina Smith & She 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 Kennia 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 Kennia Phone: 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:

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


FAMILIES CREATING TOGETHER presents CREATING ART AT HOME: Magical Environments with art and special needs educator Ed Pazzanese on March 26 and April 2 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Jamaica Plain Head Start, 315 Centre St., Jamaica Plain (with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m.) In this introduction to “process-oriented” art, adults will learn an approach to art activities that develops children’s creativity and self-confidence; practice using simple, recycled art materials in imaginative ways with the children in their lives; and receive art materials to continue adventures with their families. The two-part workshop series is provided FREE OF CHARGE for parents, grandparents, relatives, friends of children with and without disabilities. Presented in English & Spanish. American Sign Language upon request. Wheelchair accessible. FCT is a multigenerational arts program for children of all abilities and their families and a program of Community Service Care/Tree of Life Coalition. To register call 617-522-4832 or email [email protected]. SPACE IS LIMITED – register today! More info:

         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.

Spanish English Language Exchange, Saturdays, 12-1:45pm. Connolly Branch Library.


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. Its

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 8:45am 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, 8-9am, 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, 6:30-7:30pm. Springhouse, 44 Allandale St. Info: Meredith Griffiths, 522-0043/[email protected]

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


Caregiver Support Workshop, Savvy Caregiver is a training program for caregivers who care for someone with Alzheimer’s or related Dementias. It assists family members (or friends) in their new role as caregiver, a role for which they may be unprepared. The program builds information and knowledge about the illness, helps to develop skills to manage daily life, and creates an outlet to share challenges and experiences with others. The program is offered at no charge and meets 1 day per week for 6 weeks. *If you would like to attend the class, but need someone to care for your loved one while you do so, respite care can be arranged. For more information or to register contact Ann Glora at 617-477-6616 or [email protected]

Location: Rogerson House, 30 Beaufort Road in Jamaica Plain. Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dates:  April 5th through May 10th, 2018

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

JP Jubilee, “Singing our way to Longevity”, a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make friends, promote good health and perform for the community. Meets Friday mornings 10:30-noon from Feb. 23-May 11. Class is held at JP Branch of Boston Public Library, 30 South St. 524-2053. Wheelchair accessible. Instructor is Elizabeth Anker, singer and voice teacher. No registration, audition or experience required. New English speakers welcome.

         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, 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/


Centre St Beautification, Volunteers wanted for annual, spring Centre Street Beautification. Saturday, April 21 from 12:00 – 12:30. Join neighbors in mulching street trees and planting shrubs and flowers. Lunch for those participating. RSVP to [email protected] or call 617-522-3694.

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will offer a Docent Training Program this spring for individuals who are interested in becoming Emerald Necklace Conservancy Docents. Docents are volunteers trained to lead interpretive walking tours of the Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park and Jamaica Pond for the general public and special interest groups. Docents also assist with visitor programming and lead or host activities at the Shattuck Visitor Center or on site in the Emerald Necklace parks. 

The program is free and open to the public. No experience necessary. Those interested in the parks, history, landscape design, the environment or horticulture and enjoy interacting with the public and walking outdoors are encouraged to apply. The training program will be held at the Shattuck Visitor Center at 125 The Fenway in Boston. A series of  evening classes, on April 2,4 9, 16, 23 and 25 will be taught by Conservancy staff and guest instructors and cover topics such as park history and design, the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and the ongoing work to restore and improve the parklands.

Applications are available online at Class size is limited. Applications will be processed as they are received until March 15, or earlier if slots are filled.

Make a difference as an Arnold Arboretum Field Study Guide!  Training for the spring season of school programs at the Arboretum begins March 29. We are looking for 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. If you are interested, please contact the Manager of Children’s Education by March 9 for an interview. Email: [email protected]   Website:

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 PM. 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, 3-8pm, Saturday 10am-2:30pm. To apply:

         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 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

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.


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