What’s Up, Nov. 11-Dec. 8

The final, last-minute deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, Dec. 6 for the Dec. 9 issue. Email listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


         Boston City Council Public Meeting, on the creation of a new Fenway Cultural District. Breakfast provided, Mon., Nov. 14, 10am, Mass College of Art and Design Trustees Room, 621 Huntington Ave.

         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

SPARC ArtMobile Unveiling, Thurs, Nov 17, 4-7pm, Mass College of Art and Design, Tower Lobby, 621 Huntington Ave. Info/RSVP: [email protected]/879-7330.

Teach In on the Economy, hosted by Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Featuring Barry Bluestone, Chuck Collins, Michael Dukakis, Bob Kuttner and more, Sun., Nov. 13, 9am-4pm, Northeastern University Blackman Auditorium, 342 Huntington Ave.

Savor the Flavor of Mission Hill, silent auction, raffle, live music, refreshments from local vendors, and more. Fundraiser for Mission Hill Main Streets, Weds., Nov. 16, 6-8:30pm, Mission Church Parish Center, 1545 Tremont St. $30, students $25, tables of ten $300. Info: 427-7399/[email protected].

DIY Holiday Craft Fair, arts, crafts, music, snacks, Sun., Dec. 11, 12am-6pm, Mass. College of Art and Design Gym, 621 Huntington Ave. Info: masscraftmarket.org.

Mission Hill Health Movement Annual Meeting, Weds., Dec. 14, 6pm, 1534 Tremont St. Info: 427-6919.

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.


         Events at MassArt, 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, through Nov. 26. Visiting Artist Lecture, British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, Weds, Nov. 30 6pm. Selections 11, 16 new and returning MassArt faculty members present multidisciplinary, multimedia works, through Dec. 7, Mass College of Art and Designl, 621 Huntington Ave. Info: 879-7333/massart.edu. 

         Museum School Art Sale, New England’s largest contemporary art sale, a fundraiser for School of the Museum of Fine Arts scholarships, Thurs.-Mon., Dec. 8-11, 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: [email protected].


         New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band, Fri., Dec. 2, 8pm, Northeastern University, Blackman Theater, Eli Hall, 360 Huntington Ave. $20 General, $12 seniors/students. Info: 373-4700/centerforthearts.neu.edu.

         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.


Adults Monthly Book Discussions, Thursdays, 1:30-2:30, Dec. 8, “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh; Jan. 12, “The Kitchen Daughter” by Jael McHenry, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/[email protected].

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/[email protected].


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


          Mission Hill/Fenway Bucaneers Cheerleading Squad Fundraiser, to support the squad’s trip to the nationals, WEds., Nov. 23, 6-10pm, Che Vous Roller Skating Rink, 11 Rhoades St., Dorchester. $8. Info: 792-4906/eteamz.com/mhb.

          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. 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].


         WordJam! Creative Writing Workshop, prose and poetry, all writing times welcome, MFA instructors provide feedback, Thursdays, Nov. 17 & Dec. 1-15, 6:30-7:30pm, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/[email protected].

         Weekly Drop In Laptop Classes, Fridays, 10-11:30am, Parker Hill Branch Library 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/[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, 1-3pm, Parker Hill Branch Library 1497 Tremont St. Info: 427-3820/[email protected].


         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

Mission Hill/Fenway Lady Buccaneers, Pop Warner cheerleading squad raising funds for Dec. 5 national championship. Info: 201-8356.

         America Recycles Day, sponsored by Mission Hill Health Movement and Stop & Shop, recycle your plastic bags and plastic wrapping materials at One Brigham Circle, Tues., Nov. 15, 2-6pm.

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.

         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.

Call To Artists

Submit Art for the Parker Hill Branch Library’s November Mission Hill Artists show. Submissions due Oct. 19. Info: 427-3820/[email protected].

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