What’s Up, May 4-31, 2012

May 4, 2012
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The deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, May 29 for the June 1 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

Meetings

Community Alliance of Mission Hill annual meeting and elections, Wed., May 16, 7-8pm, Harvard School of Public Health, Kresge Building, Room G-2, 677 Huntington Ave. Info: RJohnson@camhonline.org.

Art Park site redevelopment meeting, hosted by Boston Redevelopment Authority and Department of Neighborhood Development, Weds., May 23, 6pm, Mission Church, 1545 Tremont St. Info: John Dalzell, 918-4334.

Mission Hill Crime Committee, a chance to meet and discuss crime issues with police, elected officials and college administrators, fourth Thursday of the month, 7pm, Mission Church Music Room, 1545 Tremont St. Info: 442-0080.

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, recurring meeting to discuss real estate developments in the LMA. Location, date & agenda TBD. Info: lfogerty@masco.harvard.edu.

Special Interest

SMFA Spring Sidewalk Sale, artworks by School of the Museum of Fine Arts artists, May 11 and 12, Museum Road. Info: smfa.edu.

Zoning Board of Appeal, Boston City Hall, Room 801, 635-4775. Tues., May 8, 9:30am, Pam & Stone LLC seeks variances for lot area, lot width, lot frontage, side yard and floor-area ratio to subdivide lot at 775 Parker St.; and seeks variances for floor-area ratio, building height and side and rear yard to erect a four-story, nine-unit residential building with 13 parking spaces at 30 Alleghany St.

Prep for Success Dinner, Roxbury Preparatory Charter School fund-raiser, Tues., May 22, 6pm, Roxbury Prep, 120 Fisher Ave. Info: 212-844-3584/prepforsuccess@roxburyprep.org.

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.

Exhibits

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 The Fenway, 267-6100/smfa.edu/exhibitions. Anderson Auditorium: “SMFA Traveling Scholars,” through May 5; Mission Hill Gallery (160 St. Alphonsus St.), “Art Education Festival,” through May 5; “Award Recipients + Graduating Students Exhibition and Senior Thesis,” May 19-June 2.

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

Book discussions at the Parker Hill Library. Adults Monthly Book Discussions, through June 2. Thursdays, 1:30-2:30pm. Inspirational Book Discussions, Jan.-May, fourth Tuesdays, 1-2pm. Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/ ParkerHillLibrary@gmail.com.

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. BPL Penpal Program, write to kids at other BPS branches, ongoing; 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-noon, 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, 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.

ESOL and citizenship classes, offered by RTH. Beginning ESOL, Mon. & Fri., 7:30-9pm. English for workplace, Tues. & Thurs., 7:30-9pm. Advanced ESOL, Fri 5:30-7pm, Sat. 7:30-9pm. Citizenship class, Tues. & Thurs., 2:30-4pm. Flynn conference room, 805 Huntington Ave. Info: 232-0400/hhui@roxburytenants.org.

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.

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., April. 23, 10am-noon, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Shapiro Building, 10th Floor, 10 Binney St. Info/Registration: 667-3429.

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, Shaina Aubourg, 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 3:30-5:30pm, Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. Info: 635-2679.

Programs at the Tobin Community Center

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

Drop-in art classes, collage, drawing, printmaking, group projects. Fridays through April 27, 4-6pm. Info: 780-9765/ekua.holmes@massart.edu.

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.

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

The Problem Properties Task Force deals with student-related issues occurring Thurs.-Sat. between 11:45pm and 3:45am, report to 504-7003. For immediate issues at other times, call 911 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.

Brigham Green development documents, available at the Parker Hill Branch Library, 1479 Tremont St. Info: Rebecca Manos, 427-3820.

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