Hill Agenda, March 3, 2017

The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Tues. Apr. 4 for the Apr. 7 issue. Email listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


Ruggles Station Commuter Rail Platform Project, public information meeting. Mon. Mar. 6, 5pm open house, 6pm presentation. The Ruggles Station Commuter Rail Platform Project involves the construction of an 800-foot long commuter rail platform to service Track 2, allowing commuter rail passengers direct access to the station. Construction is slated to begin this summer and will affect traffic and transit users in and around Ruggles Station. Join MassDOT, the MBTA, and project team members to learn about the project, construction schedule and staging, traffic management, and to answer questions. BCYF Tobin Community Center, 2nd floor conference room, 1481 Tremont St. Info: [email protected].

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.

Ward 10 Democratic Caucus, to elect delegates to state convention where Democrats across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Party Platform. 735 Huntington Ave, Levinson Multi-purpose room on Sat. Mar. 18 at 10:30am. Info: [email protected] or [email protected].

Community Calling with Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, join Sanchez for an event to discuss priority issues and learn the results of the community survey. Mon. Mar. 20, 6:30-8pm, MCPHS University, 800 Huntington Ave. and Thurs. Mar. 23 6:30-8pm. Info: [email protected]. or 722-2430.

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 Crime Committee meets on the last Thursday of each month at 7 pm, Mission Church Music Room, 1545 Tremont Street.

Councilor Zakim Neighborhood Office Hours, Fridays 8-9:30am at Mike’s Donuts, 1524 Tremont St. Mar. 24, Apr. 28, May 26.

Annual Meeting of Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and lecture by Dr. John Francis: “Walking the Earth: Steps toward Sustainability.” Please join us as we come together to recognize volunteers, celebrate our parks community and share a vision for the Emerald Necklace. Weds. Mar. 22, 6pm, MassArt’s Tower Auditorium, 621 Huntington Ave. RSVP by Mar. 15 at emeraldnecklace.org. Reception to follow program, free.

Special Events

42nd Annual Gardener’s Gathering, Sat. Mar. 18, 11am-4pm. Northeastern University, Shillman Hall. Free and open to all. City’s largest educational forum for urban gardeners, and an opportunity for people to network, learn, and share ideas.

Free Training, The Community Benefits Office of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is offering a free one-day training for community members interested in becoming Lay Breast Health Advisors. This is a great opportunity for individuals looking for ways to connect with and serve their community by sharing information on breast cancer early detection and prevention. Info/register: call Sarah at 617.632.4291.Sat. Mar. 4, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., 9am-4pm


How are your kidneys? Thurs. Mar. 9 is World Kidney Day. Free screenings for the two leading causes of kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. 10am-1pm. Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing.

$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 advanced 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

Pop Up Origami Book Workshop, In this fun workshop with artist Susan Porter, you’ll put your photos, drawings, poems, or other special keepsakes into an unforgettable book form that you’ll love to keep or share with friends. Sat. Apr. 29, 10am, Parker Hill Branch of BPL. 1497 Tremont St. Register: [email protected].

Students Perform Experimental Music for the Mission Hill community, Thurs. Mar. 9, 6-7pm, Parker Hill Library 1497 Tremont St. Free.

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

         Frederick Wiseman Film Retrospective and Conservation, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Boston native’s filmmaking debut which began in Feb. On May 3, conversation with Wiseman as part of lecture series.

            MEMORY UNEARTHED Mar. 25, the powerful exhibition Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross makes its US debut at the MFA, presenting a moving and intimate visual record of the Holocaust through the lens of Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910–1991).

DARKNESS MADE VISIBLE Derek Jarman’s final feature-length film Blue (1993) and Mark Bradford’s video installation Spiderman (2015) are seen together for the first time in Darkness Made Visible: Derek Jarman and Mark Bradford, an exhibition opening on March 25. Through imageless projection and bold voiceovers, both offer riveting first-person accounts of the AIDS crisis.

NOWRUZ Mar. 18, the MFA celebrates Nowruz, the Persian Year, and welcomes the first signs of spring. Visitors are invited to learn about Nowruz traditions, explore ancient Iranian and Persian works of the art in the galleries and enjoy demonstrations, music and dance throughout the day.

MFA MUSIC Mar. 3, the duo Lowland Hum offers an immersive experience of thoughtful songcraft interspersed with audience Q&A and extemporaneous songs about the day’s happenings. On Mar. 11, the Museum hosts a presentation of Nanook of the North—a show by Arctic-born Tanya Tagaq, an improvisational performer, avant-garde composer and experimental recording artist.

MFA FILM Screenings in March include the Boston Turkish Film Festival (March 16–April 2), the documentary I, Claude Monet (March 12 and March 19) and the continuation of Frederick Wiseman: For the Record, a presentation of the complete oeuvre of Boston’s own Frederick Wiseman, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his filmmaking debut.

THE CITY TALKS On Mar. 8 and 29, the MFA continues its series of free public forums with Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials and artists. Inspired by the exhibition Political Intent, the discussion on March 8, titled “Artivism,” features participants from Company One Theatre.

LECTURES On Mar. 1, renowned Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako discusses her career, including recent work that focuses on images of clothing from the victims of Hiroshima and her series on Frida Kahlo. On Mar. 15, a conversation between noted author Gish Jen and Nancy Berliner, the MFA’s Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, offers a fascinating dive into an important study of the East-West culture gap.

         Art in Bloom, Fri. Apr. 28-Mon. May 1. 50 arrangements on display throughout the museum that are inspired by art from ancient to contemporary. Master classes, lectures, and flower demonstrations available. Tix on sale.


Parker Hill Branch Library Recurring Events, 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].


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

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.

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