What’s Up, Dec. 9-Jan. 12

December 9, 2011
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The deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, Jan. 10 for the Jan.13  issue. Email listings to news@missionhillgazette.com.

Meetings

         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, no December meeting. 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: lfogerty@masco.harvard.edu.

Special Events

Mission Hill Health Movement Annual Meeting/Openhouse, Weds., Dec. 14, 5:30pm, short business meeting; 6:30-8pm, open house, 1534 Tremont St. Info: 427-6919.

         Sociedad Latina’s Three Kings Day and Annual Meeting, including 2012 board of directors vote, Sat, Jan 7, 10am-noon, Mission Church Parish Center, 1545 Tremont St. Info: 442-4299.

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.

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

         Afterschool, ages 6-13, $42 per month plus membership.  Homework help, tutoring, sports, arts, computers.

         School Vacation Week Programs, child-care for ages 6-13, December, February, April, 9am-5pm, $20.00.

         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/Fitness, gym games including flag football, soccer, kickball, floor hockey, ages 6-17, Mon.-Thurs., 4:30-6pm; Karate ages 6-17, Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30-6pm, $20 uniform fee; Skills & Drills Coed basketball, ages 6-14, Saturdays 9 am-noon beginning in November. $25 includes breakfast, snack and T-shirt; Weight Room 14-17 year-olds, Mon 4:30-6pm.

         Adult/Family Fitness, Adult Workout: self-defense, stretching, fitness, cardio, abs.  Mondays & Wednesdays 6:15-7pm; Family Karate All ages, Saturdays, 9:30-noon; Men’s Basketball League, Starting January. Wednesdays, 6-9pm, $20 plus membership; Weight Room Mon.-Fri., 9am-noon & 6-9pm.

         Computer Lab, Adult 1-on-1 instruction Mon.-Thurs., noon-1pm, by appointment; Adult Open Access, Mon.-Fri., 11am-1pm. Check your email, create and work on documents; Astronomy for Middle School and High School Youths, MIT-sponsored programs uses computer-based technology to learn about our universe, Oct.-Dec. & Feb.-May, Info: 635-5216; Youth Open Access ages 8-18 years old.  Friday, 2-5pm.

         Senior Activities, free for adults 55 and over. Legacy Project: A grassroots advocacy and education effort. Join the planning committee and create activities by and for seniors.  Info: Carmen, 820-1089.

Exhibits

         Jedediah Caeser: Soft Structures, 1998 School of the Museum of Fine Arts  alumnus sculpture, through April 1, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. Info: www.mfa.org.

         MassArt Annual Holiday Sale, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, photography, sculptures, fibers, jewelry, proceeds go to artists and to support MassArt scholarship programs, through Sun., Dec 10, 10am-7pm, Mass College of Art and Design Tower Building Lobby, 621 Huntington Ave. Info: inside.massart.edu/holidaysale.  

         Museum School Art Sale, New England’s largest contemporary art sale, a fund-raiser for School of the Museum of Fine Arts scholarships, through Mon., Dec. 11, 10am-8pm, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 The Fenway. Info: 369-3204.

         Mission Hill Artists Fall Exhibition, view original new art from artists in the community, through Dec. 30, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Parker Hill Branch Library. Info: ParkerHillLibrary@gmail.com.

Music

         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

Adults Monthly Book Discussions, Thursdays, 1:30-2:30, Jan. 12, “The Kitchen Daughter” by Jael McHenry, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/ParkerHillLibrary@gmail.com.

Inspirational Book Discussions, Jan.-May, fourth Tuesdays, 1-2pm. Jan. 24: “Bathsheba” by Jill Eileen Smith, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/ParkerHillLibrary@gmail.com.

Theater

         Urban Nutcracker, through Dec. 18. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30pm; matinees, Saturdays-Sundays, 1:30pm, Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 The Riverway, $25-50. Info: 879-2300/wheelockfamilytheatre.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.

Youth/Families

         Parker Hill Branch Library, Creative Drama, ages 8-11, Tues., 2:45-3:45pm; Homework Assistance Program, with trained mentors, Mon.-Thurs., 3:30-5:30pm; with BPS teacher, Thursdays, 3-5pm. Special Events: BPL Penpal Program, write to kids at other BPS branches, ongoing; MassArt Program, break dancing for kids, Thurs., Dec. 15, evening (call for details), Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: Becky Manos, 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.

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

         Classes at the Parker Hill Branch Library, WordJam! Creative Writing Workshop, prose and poetry, all writing times welcome, MFA instructors provide feedback, Thurs., Dec. 15, 6:30-7:30pm; Weekly Drop In Laptop Classes, Fridays, 10-11:30am; Hooks & Books, bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, repairing, hemming, quilting, sewing, needlepoint and other projects, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 1-3pm. Parker Hill Branch Library 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/ParkerHillLibrary@gmail.com.

Health/Fitness

         Look Good…Feel Better, a free program that teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Mon., Dec. 19, 10am-noon, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Shapiro Building, 10th Floor, 10 Binney St. Info/Registration: 667-3429.

         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?  Nonprofit 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.

Public Notices

         Renew Boston, Boston Building Resources offers no-cost weatherization to moderate-income owners and tenants, Info: 442-2262.

         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 mhproblempropertytaskforce@gmail.com.

         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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