What’s “Time Banking,” and Should it Come to JP?

Good morning, Jamaica Plain! Here’s what there is to know in the neighborhood today, Monday, April 28.

Hearing on Affordable Housing: City officials are hosting a hearing on housing affordability in the city. The hearing will take place on Monday at 4:30 p.m. on the 5th floor of City Hall (Christopher Iannella Chamber). All residents are welcome to come and give public comments on the issue.

What’s Time Banking? The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition is hosting a potluck and discussion on the benefits of mutual aid, or “time banking” tonight. The idea is you offer up the skills you have to your neighbors in return for the skills they have. The potluck takes place at 7pm at the Nate Smith House (155 Lamartine St.) More information here.

Make JP Shine: The city of Boston’s annual “Boston Shines” volunteer event was postponed at the last minute on Friday afternoon. It has been rescheduled to May 17th due to weather. JP residents can register with the city as official volunteers, or just go outside and make a difference by doing a little spring cleaning. Read more here.

Note from the Editor:

New Feature of Jamaica Plain News — Add Your Event to the Calendar: I’m thrilled to announce Jamaica Plain News is now set up so you can add your own events to the calendar. As more people use the site, I hope the calendar becomes your first stop when you want to know what’s happening in our neighborhood. It’s easy to do. Here’s the link. Please note that while we offer free event listings for non-profit and community organizations, we charge $5 for businesses to list events. We waive that small fee as a perk to our advertisers.