What’s Up

June 3, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, July 11 for the July 15 issue. E-mail listings to news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Meetings

Route 66 bus improvements meeting, hosted by MBTA, Thurs., June 23, 6:30-8pm, Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. Info:  (617) 357-5772 ext.16/cpatton@reginavilla.com

Friends of the Parker Hill Branch Library, Thurs., June 9, 6pm, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: rmanos@bpl.org/427-3820.

Muddy River Project Tour, join the Muddy River Maintenance Oversight Committee for a one-mile walking tour of the phase one area of the muddy River Restoration Project and the Back Bay Fens. Fri., June 24, 5pm, starting from the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Visitors Center, 125 The Fenway. Info: www.muddyrivermmoc.org.

LMA Forum, June 27, time/Location T/B/D. Agenda includes Emmanuel College Institutional Master Plan. Info: lfogerty@masco.harvard.edu.

Community Alliance of Mission Hill, meets at least quarterly, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave. Kresge Building, Room G-2. Info: RJohnson@camhonline.org.

Mission Hill Crime Committee, a chance to meet and discuss crime issues with police, elected officials and college administrators, last Thursday of the month, 7pm, Mission Church Music Room, 1545 Tremont St.

Mission Main Tenant Task Force, the task force board requests residents’ help and input, third Monday of each month 6-8pm, Mission Main Community Room, 43 Smith St. Info: 708-8515.

Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services board of directors, first Monday of every month, 6-7:30pm, Mission Church Parish Center, 1545 Tremont St. Info: 566-6565.

LMA Forum, meeting locations and times vary. Info: lfogerty@masco.harvard.edu.

Public Hearings

Zoning Board of Appeal, Room 801, Boston City Hall, 635-4775, Tues., June 7, 9:30am, Steven Schlom seeks to change the legal occupancy at 246-248 Parker Hill Ave. from a two-family to a three-family dwelling.

Special Interest

Showcase of the Stars, fourth annual event hosted by the Mission Hill Youth Collaborative featuring feature performances from local youth groups, an awards ceremony, and a sit down catered dinner, Tues., June 7, 5-8pm, Mass College of Art and Design, Pozen Center, 621 Huntington Ave. $10 youth and families, $40 institutional partners. Info: MHYCshowcase2011@gmail.com.

Father’s Day Dinner & Health Fair, sponsored by the Mission Main Concerned Residents Committee. District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson is the invited guest speaker. Dinner, raffles, Mobile Black History Museum, vendors, health screenings and resource tables. Call to reserve a vendor/resource table. Thurs., June 16, 5:30-8pm, 43 Smith St. Info: Gloria Murray, 283-5180.

Healthy Mission Hill Food Festival, presented by Sociedad Latina, Sat., June 18, Wentworth parking lot at the corner of Parker and Prentiss streets. Info: 442-4299.

Luncheon for Ron Bell, hosted by the Statewide Black Clergy for Unity, Sat., June 4, 2pm, Roxbury Center for the Arts, Hiberiean Hall, 184 Dudley St. $35 individual, $280 table of eight. Info: Pastor Cutts 272-0291.

Programs at the Tobin Community Center

1481 Tremont Street, Yearly membership:  seniors 55+ free, family & adults $20, teens 13 – 17 $10, 12 and under $5.  Info: 635-5216/www.TobinCommunityCenter.org

Toddler Playgroup, ages 1-3 year-olds and their caregivers. Wednesdays 9:30 -11am and Saturdays 11am-12:30pm. Info/Registration: Rosa, 635-9288.

Preschool, full-day, DEEC-licensed program for 2.9–5-year-olds. Private and subsidized slots available, vouchers accepted.  Info: 635-4920.

Afterschool, ages 6-13-year-olds, $32 per month plus membership.  Homework help, tutoring, sports, arts, computers.

Youth Connection, meet with youth workers and interact with other youth 13-19 years old, plan activities and have your voice heard.  Mon.-Fri., 4-7pm.

Youth Gym Games, ages 6-17, Mon.-Thurs., 4:30-6pm. Flag football, soccer, kickball, floor hockey.

Indoor Baseball/Softball Training, girls ages 9-18, Boys ages 10-18, Saturdays, 4:00-8:30.

Karate, ages 6-17, Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30-6pm. $20 uniform fee.

Skills & Drills Coed Basketball, ages 6-14, Saturdays, 9am-noon.  $25 fee includes breakfast, snack and T-shirt.

Weight Room, 14-17-year-olds, Monday through Friday 4:30-6pm.

Adult Workout Self-defense, stretching, fitness, cardio, abs.  Mondays & Wednesdays 6:15-7pm.

Adult Yoga, Mondays 6:15-7pm

Family Karate, All ages, Saturdays, 9:30am-noon.

Weight Room, Mon.-Fri., 9am-noon & 6-9 pm.

Zumba, Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm, $7 per class for non-members, $5:00 for members.

Senior Fitness, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9-10am.

Adult One-On-One Computer Instruction, Mon.–Thurs., noon–1pm. By enrollment only.

Adult Open Computer Access, Mon.–Fri., 11am–1pm. Check your email, create and work on documents.

Youth Open Computer Access, ages 8-18,  Fridays, 2-5pm.

Senior Computer Class, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am.

Astronomy for Middle and High School Youths runs October-December and February-May. MIT-sponsored programs uses computer-based technology to learn about our universe.

Legacy Project, a grassroots advocacy and education effort.  Join the planning committee and create activities by and for seniors. Info: Carmen, 820-1089.

Theater

Harriet Tubman Performance, by dramatic storyteller Gwendolyn Quezaire-Persutti, In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Thurs., June 23, 6pm, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/rmanos@bpl.org.

Film

Movies at the Museum of Fine Arts, for current listings and ticket prices, visit www.mfa.org. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

Exhibits

Illuminating the Serenissima: Books of the Republic of Venice, take a closer look at seven Venetian manuscripts from the museum’s extensive rare books collection, through June 19, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway. Info: www.gardnermuseum.org.

Watercolor Paintings by Rachel VanWylen, art teacher at Boston Trinity Academy, June 6-30, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/rmanos@bpl.org.

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, an exhibit about Nazi eugenics, through July 17, Harvard Medical School Countway Library, 10 Shattuck St. Info: www.ushmm.org/deadlymedicineboston/.

Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass, is an exhibition of universal appeal that presents works created over the last four decades by Dale Chihuly, one of the world’s foremost artists working in glass, through Aug. 7, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave. Info: www.mfa.org.

Music

Henry Jiménez y Los Homeboys, Turs., July 7, 7-9pm, Sheehy Park, 1545 Tremont St. Info: www.villavictoriaarts.org.

Summer Concerts in the Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts. Outdoor evening concerts featuring a range of music from indie, singer/songwriters and cabaret, to folk and Afrobeat. Wednesday evenings, MFA’s Calderwood Courtyard, 465 Huntington Ave. Info: www.mfa.org.

Recording Studio, Sociedad Latina’s Music Clubhouse has a high-quality recording studio and beatmaking lab available for the community. 1530 Tremont St. Info/Scheduling: Joe Stephen, 442-4299/www.sociedadlatina.org.

Literary

Adult Book Discussions, at the Parker Hill Branch Library. Second Thursdays, 1:30-2:30pm, June 9, “To Kill a Mockingbird, Books available for checkout at the circulation desk. Discussion takes place at an alternate location this month, call for details. Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/ParkerHillLibrary@gmail.com.

Call To Artists

Roxbury Open Studios, open to living or working in Roxbury, including Mission Hill, registration open through July 30. Open Studios runs Oct. 1-2. $40, students $25. Info: 427-1006/info@discoverroxbury.org.

Youth/Families

Music Classes, group classes for ages 8-21 on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Classes are taught by professionals and include drums, voice, keyboard, guitar, bass, and beatmaking. Ensemble opportunities are also available. Sociedad Latina Music Clubhouse, 1530 Tremont St. Info/Registration: Joe Stephen, 442-4299/www.sociedadlatina.org.

ABCD Child Care Choices for Boston, parents looking for quality affordable care for their children, child-care providers seeking technical assistance and parents with special situations like children with disabilities can call 542-5437 for referrals and information.

Seniors

Arts and Crafts Classes at RTH, Weds. mornings, 10am-12pm, Flynn House Kitchen, 805 Huntington Ave, 1st Floor. Info: Laura Adams, 566-4025/ladams@roxburytenants.org.

Classes/Workshops

Library Laptop Classes, learn how to use a laptop, Set up a Gmail Account, Learn how to use Google Docs, Wednesdays, 10:30am,  June 15-July 20, Parker Hill Branch Library 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/rmanos@bpl.org.

Free Computer Classes, About 8 classes, taught by volunteers from the Black Engineering Student Society (BESS), Northeastern University. Topics Include: Email, Internet, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Resume & Job Searches, Paint, Audio Editing, Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm, Timothy Smith Public Internet Center, Madison Park High School, 40 Raynor Circle. Info/Registration: http://tinyurl.com/torchspring2011register/238-2321.

Hooks & Books, bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, repairing, hemming, quilting, sewing, needlepoint, projects. Enjoy the company of others while you work on your projects. We also listen to books on CD or music. Group facilitated by Mary Ann Nelson, Friend of the Parker Hill Branch Library, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, June 3 & 17, 1-3pm, Parker Hill Branch Library 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/ParkerHillLibrary@gmail.com.

Health/Fitness

Free Fitness Classes at RTH, Aerobics: Saturday mornings, 9:00am; Yoga: Saturday mornings, 9:45am, Parks Community Building, 2 New Whitney Street. Info:  Laura Adams, 566-4025/ladams@roxburytenants.org.

Quit Smoking, Dana-Farber Cancer institute is offering inexpensive weekly classes with flexible schedules, Dana-Farber Cancer institute, 44 Binney St.  $10/session. Info: 632-2099/www.dana-farber.org/quit-smoking-class.

Fitness Classes, certified fitness instructor and Hill resident Victoria Nadel teaches classes Mondays, 6:30pm; work on your abs, Wednesdays, 12pm; Yoga, Thursdays, 6pm. Childcare provided. $8 members, $15 non-members, Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. info: 635-5216.

Grief Support Services, Samaritans provide services for community members who have lost loved ones to suicide, including the support group SafePlace, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7-9pm, JCRT radiology conference room, 5th Floor, Shapiro Building at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Info: Kim Kates 536-2460.

Office Hours

Congressman Mike Capuano, members of Capuano’s staff, 4th Tuesday of the month, 4-5pm, Ula Café, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain. Info: Kate.Chang@mail.house.gov.

Neighborhood Coordinator from The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Will Onuoha, 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 3:30-5:30pm, Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. Info: 635-2679.

Volunteers

Boston Partners in Education, seeks volunteers to help out in Boston Public Schools, either in classrooms, one-on-one, or in small groups. One-hour-a-week commitment. Info: 451-6145/www.bostonpartners.org.

Need Volunteers? Non-profit orgs can post listings for volunteer positions at the Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences web site, www.mcphs.edu. Look for “MCPHS In the Community” in the “About MCPHS” section.

FriendshipWorks, matches volunteers with frail elders and adults with disabilities in Greater Boston Visit for coffee, go for a walk, or help with shopping. Info: 482-1510/lwaller@matchelder.org.

Road To Recovery, American Cancer Society needs local residents to drive cancer patients to and from treatment. Info: 800-227-2345/www.cancer.org.

Fund-Raisers

NStar Walk for Children’s Hospital, a two- or seven-mile stroll along the Charles River, Sat., June 12., 9am: registration; 11am: seven-mile walk starts; noon, two-mile. Walk starts from DCR Hatch Shell. Registration, adults $20, under 12 $5. Adult fundraising minimum, $150. Info: www.childrenshospital.org/walk.

Public Notices

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum offers free admission to the museum this summer, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, and Blue Star Families, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway. Info: www.GardnerMuseum.org.

John Gloucester Memorial Presbyterian Church Scholarship, a scholarship fund geared toward minorities, members and descendents of members of the John Gloucester Memorial Presbyterian Church, Mission Hill-area residents, members of the U.S. Presbyterian Church and/or those seeking to attend a Presbyterian Educational Institution. Deadline, May 14. Info/Applications: www.PresbyteryOfBoston.org/resources.

Boston Water and Sewer Commission, accepts payments, processes discount forms, arranges payment plans, resolves complaints and more, Mon-Fri. 8am-5pm; Weds. 8am-7pm, BWSC Headquarters, 980 Harrison Ave.

Renew Boston, Boston Building Resources has been selected as an outreach partner for the City of Boston’s Renew Boston initiative to help connect as many as 3,000 Boston households with no-cost weatherization, through a program for moderate-income owners and tenants access free energy upgrades, such as insulation and air sealing, including a comprehensive home energy assessment. Residents can visit the center at 100 Terrace Street any time during business hours (8:00-4:30 weekdays, 9:00-3:00 Saturdays) to ask questions about Renew Boston and to sign up for the program.

Resident Parking Program Expanded, resident parking only signs are being installed on Bucknam, Lawn, Wensley, Hayden and Estey streets and on Fisher Avenue. Apply for a resident parking permit Mon.-Fri., 9am-4:30pm, Office of the Parking Clerk, Room 224, Boston City Hall. Info: 635-4682/www.cityofboston.gov/parking.

The Problem Properties Task Force has a new cell phone hotline number. Student-related issues occurring Thurs.-Sat. between 11:45pm and 3:45am can be reported to 504-7003. For immediate issues at other times, call 911. Ongoing matters leave a message at the taskforce number or email mhproblempropertytaskforce@gmail.com.

BRA Board Meetings, will now be broadcast live on Boston’s government access channel, Comcast 24/RCN 13, and available for streaming video at www.cityofboston.gov/cable/live.asp.

$5 Million Reward, for information leading directly to the return of 13 works of art stolen 18 years ago from the Gardner Museum. Anonymous tips can be mailed to 280 The Fenway. Info: Anthony Amore, Director of Security: 278-5114.

Purchase Compost Bins and Kitchen Scrap Buckets, from the city at the Boston Building Materials Co-op, Mon.-Sat., 9am-3pm. Buckets-$10, Bins$35 (half of retail price.) Discounts available while supplies last. Info: 635-4959.

To Request a Recycling Bin, or learn more about recycling, go to www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/recycling.

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