What’s Up

The final, last-minute deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, Oct. 11 for the Oct. 14 issue. Email listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


                 800 Huntington Ave. Project, monthly meeting for neighbors to check in with developers about any issues, questions or concerns related tot he construction, Tues., Oct. 11, 6:30pm, Parish Room, Mission Church. Info: [email protected].

                Redistricting Hearing, City Councilor Bill Linehan hosts a public hearing on City Council redistricting. Tues., Oct 18 6-8pm, Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont St. Info: 635-3203.

         Community Alliance of Mission Hill meets at least quarterly, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave. Kresge Building, Room G-2. Info: [email protected].

         Mission Hill Crime Committee, a chance to meet and discuss crime issues with police, elected officials and college administrators, normally 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: [email protected].

Special Events


         Mission Hill 5K Road Race, a benefit for the Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park, with food and entertainment following the race, Sat., Oct.,1, Registration: 8am; Walk: 9am; Run: 10am, starting from the St. Alphonsus St. Gate of Fitzgerald Park. Info: 566-6565/[email protected].


Solar Saturday, behind-the-scenes tours of  Boston Building Resources’ solar electricity system, Sat. Oct. 1, 10am-1pm, on the hour, Boston Building Resources, 100 Terrace St.  Info: 318-6051/ bostonbuildingresources.com.

Cider Pressing and Neighborhood Social, local apples, live music, bake sale, guided woodland tours. Sponsored by McLaughlin Stewards and the Boston Natural Areas Network. Sun., Oct. 2, 2-4pm, McLaughlin Playground, lower tier, stairs across from 34 Fisher Ave. 739-1489/[email protected].

Walking Tour, of the future sites of the first phase of the Muddy River restoration project. Part of the Fenway Alliance’s “Opening Our Doors” festivities, Mon., Oct. 10, 1pm, starting from Evansway Park. Info: fenwayalliance.org.

4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Luncheon & Health Fair, celebrate the rich diversity of the Latino culture with an afternoon of fellowship and networking. Free cultural lunch and resources from community-based organizations. Presented by the Mission Main Concerned Residents Committee. Weds., Oct. 12, 12-4pm, Mission Main Community Room, 43 Smith St. Free vendor tables are available. Info: Gloria, 283-5180 to reserve a table.

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. 


         New Contemporary Art Wing, the Linde Family Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts opens Sept. 17, 465 Huntington Ave. Info: www.mfa.org.

         Shahzia Sikander: The Exploding Company Man and Other Abstractions, working in painting, drawing, animation, installation, video, and film, Sikander’s works are intended as physical manifestations of the momentum of a globalized world, Sept. 19-Nov. 26; Mon., Oct. 3, 5:30pm Artist Talk and opening reception with musical performance by Dun Yun, Mass College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave Info: 879-7333/MassArt.edu.

         Selections 11, 16 new and returning MassArt faculty members present multidisciplinary, multimedia works, Oct. 10-Dec. 7; Artist Reception: Thurs., Oct. 20, 6-8pm, Mass College of Art and Design South Hall, 621 Huntington Ave. Info: 879-7333/[email protected]. 


         Dan Bowden Group, plays a free concert Sun., Sept. 18, 3pm, Riverway Park. Info: 566-9720/www.muddyriver.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.


One City, One Story, this years story, “The Whore’s Child,” now available at the Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. A town hall-style meeting with the author Ralph Russo will take place at the Boston Book Festival, Oct. 15. Info: www.bostonbookfest.org.

Adults Monthly Book Discussions, Thursdays, 1:30-2:30, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/[email protected].


         Waste Land, a documentary about the transformative power of art, screened as part of Roxbury Open Studios, Thurs., Sept. 29, 6-9pm, Mass College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave. Info: www.discoverroxbury.org.

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


         Parker Hill Branch Library, Toddler and Preschool Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30am; Homework Assistance Program, with trained mentors, Mon.-Fri., 3:30-5:30pm, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: Kathy Kire, 427-3820. 

         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.


         Arts and Crafts Classes at RTH, Weds. mornings, 10am-12pm, Flynn House Kitchen, 805 Huntington Ave, 1st Floor. Info: Laura Adams, 566-4025/[email protected].


         Hooks & Books, bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, repairing, hemming, quilting, sewing, needlepoint and other projects Group facilitated by Mary Ann Nelson, Friend of the Parker Hill Branch Library, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, July 15, Aug 5 &19, 1-3pm, Parker Hill Branch Library 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/[email protected].


         Feet First, Mission Hill Health Movement walking group, join a walk through the Fens that terminates at Brigham Circle Farmers Market. Participants receive a $5 Farm Fresh coupon redeemable at the market for every walk completed, Thursdays, 10am, from 1534 Tremont St. or RTH’s Flynn Kitchen, 835 Huntington Ave.  Info: 427-6919.

         Diabetes Self-Management Group, open to people with diabetes and also to the families and friends of those with diabetes, healthy meal served, sponsored by the Mission Hill Health Movement. Participants receive a $10 Farm Fresh coupon redeemable at the Mission Hill Farmers Market for every workshop attended, Third Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm, 1534 Tremont St. Info: 427-6919.

         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/[email protected].

         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: [email protected].

         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.


         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/[email protected].

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

Public Notices

Harmony on the Hill Scholarship, $500 available for Mission Hill residents pursuing any form of post-high school education or training. Application deadline, Sept. 23. Applications available at the Mission Hill Health Movement office, 1534 Tremont St. or mhhm.org.

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.

         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 offers no-cost weatherization to moderate-income owners and tenants. Residents can visit the center at 100 Terrace St. 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 task force number or email [email protected].

         BRA Board Meetings, 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 two decades 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. 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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