Hill Agenda, Aug. 5, 2016

The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 30 for the Sept. 2 issue. Email listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


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.

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.

Special events

Mission Hill Annual Cider Press Fest, Sun. Aug. 28, 4-6pm, Upper Terrace (4th tier) McLaughlin Playground. Enjoy cider from Roxbury apples and music from the Jack Vaughan Experience. Info: 739-1489 or [email protected]


Free Summer Zumba and Tai Chi classes, at Kevin Fitzgerald Park. For all ages and skill levels. Mondays and Wednesdays Zumba 6-7pm, Fridays Zumba 5:30pm-6:30pm. Tuesdays Tai Chi 6-7pm, Thursdays Tai Chi 5:30-6:30pm. Class will be cancelled if it’s raining. Meet at the hill inside Kevin Fitzgerald Park. Info: 487-8690.

                  Gentle Yoga For Older Adults, Saturdays, 10-11am, July 30-Sept. 3, BPL Parker Hill, 1497 Tremont Street, Roxbury/Mission Hill. Free and open to the public ages 50+, RSVP: Call 427.3820 or visit EarthseedYoga.com

$2 bag of produce, $1 freshly baked loaves of bread, offered by Mission Hill Health Movement, no questions asked; as many bags as anyone wants to take, Wednesdays, 4-6pm, Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. Info: 427-6919.

Walking for Our Health Group, Thursdays 10 AM.  Departs from 1534 Tremont St.  Join the Mission Hill Health Movement’s Walking Group for a weekly walk; for both beginner and advance walkers. Call 427-6919.

Boston Brakers power soccer, practices 1st, 2nd, 3rd Saturdays of the month, noon-2pm, Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. Info: facebook.com/bostonbreakers‎.

Music /Dance/art

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

Ballroom dancing, offered by RTH, Sundays, 7:30-9pm, 2 New Whitney St., 1st floor. Info: 232-0400/[email protected]

Museum of fine arts

Della Robbia, Opening on August 9, Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence showcases glazed terracotta sculptures whose shine and brilliant colors have endured for 500+ years. Della Robbia (1399/1400–1482) invented the glazing technique in the 15th century; exhibition presents 46 works of art by his family and associated workshops, including six rare loans from Italy that have never been seen in the US before.

Preserving Nirvana, Visitors can watch and interact with conservators as the Museum’s Asian Conservation Studio publicly restores Hanabusa Itchō’s rare 16-foot masterpiece, Death of Buddha (1713)—one of the most important Buddhist paintings of its time, which has not been on view in more than 25 years. In partnership with colleagues from the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, a conservation team will actively engage with visitors in a gallery as they work on the large scroll.

MFA Film, Highlights of film screenings at the MFA in August include the Rescued/Restored series (August 7–14), which showcases new digital releases of classic films, and Kamikaze 89 (August 25–September 4), a 1982 cyberpunk thriller set in a dystopian future.

Concerts in the Courtyard, The season-long series continues in August with music by Patty Larkin, Dervish, Edwin Pabon Orchestra, Donny McCaslin Group and Fendika. Inside the MFA’s Calderwood Courtyard, concerts take place on Wednesday evenings throughout the month.

Last chance exhibitions, August is the last month to see two exhibitions, both closing August 14: Kenneth Paul Block: Illustrations and Hiro: Photographs.


Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St., 427-3820. Thursdays, 3-7pm: drop-in art. Tuesdays, 10:30am: preschool storytime. Mon.-Thurs., 3:30-5:30pm: homework help. Third Thursdays, 1.30pm: book discussion group. Info: 427-3820.

Sociedad Latina’s Academy for Latinos Achieving Success (ALAS), a program which provides students with transition coaching through their first two years of college. 1530 Tremont St. Contact Jade Franco, 442-4299 or [email protected]


A Wholistic Approach to Artist Survival/Thrival, Instructor Luanne Witkowski, artist and resident of Mission Hill.
 Sat. Sept. 10, 10am-2pm, Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1497 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA. For workshop content and registration information, email us at [email protected].

Weekly Bilingual Mandarin-English chat, practice Mandarin language skills with native speakers and others, must request Harvard building access permission 2 days in advance, Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, HSPH, 677 Huntington Ave. Info: 615-9672/[email protected]

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 6-7:30pm, Sat. 7:30-9pm. Flynn conference room, 805 Huntington Ave. Citizenship class, Tues. & Thurs., 2:30-4pm, 2 New Whitney Street, 2nd floor. Info: 232-0400/[email protected]

Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St., 427-3820. Second Thursday or the month, 1:30pm: computer classes for beginners.

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

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/ TobinCommunityCenter.org.

After-school, ages 6-12, M-F, Sept.-June, $60 per month plus membership. Homework help, tutoring, sports, arts, computers. Info: 635-5216.

MissionSAFE, leadership program for teens. Info: 319-0679.

Sports Camp, licensed sports for kids 6-13, M-F, 8am-4pm, $65/week. Register: 635-5217.

Adult/Family Fitness, Family kung-fu: ages 6+. Info: 635-5216. Adult tai chi: Mon., 6:30-7:30pm. Info: 635-5216.

Computer Lab, Open Access, Wed., 10am-1pm. Info: 635-5216.

Senior Activities, free for adults 55 and over. Tues. & Thurs., 10-11am. Info: Carmen Pola, 820-1089.

Public Notices

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

Congratulations to Michelle Mu of Roxbury Crossing, class of 2018, for making the dean’s list at Tufts University for the Spring 2016 semester.

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