February’s Speaker

Basu Guragain will be our guest speaker at the February 17th, 2018 BPT meeting. He is the youngest new BPT member as of November 2017. He is an Intern at Fenway Institute of Health. Basu Guragain hails from Kathmandu, Nepal and is also part of the Boston University MSW program. He completed his undergraduate study at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He has previously worked for several non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations in Nepal, primarily in the fields of LGBTQ rights and advocacy, and in health programs to promote HIV awareness and prevention among at-risk.

Inman Sq. LGBT Luncheon

The first luncheon has been postponed and will be Monday, March 19th, 2018, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The cost of the luncheon will be $11 (or you may order from the menu). The January date listed previously has been cancelled. The third Monday was chosen as there were no other LGBT events on that day. This will be held at S & S Deli until further notice, depending on projected attendance. (If there are 30 or more people, it will be at Ryles.) S & S Deli is at 1334 Cambridge Street, Cambridge; Ryles is across the street (to the south) at 212 Hampshire Street.

Should you need to get there by T, take the Red Line to Central Square, then catch either the 83 or the 91 at the bus station on Magazine St. just south of Mass. Ave. Both buses stop on Hampshire St. between S & S and Ryles (just before the intersection with Cambridge St.). Alternately, you can take the Green Line to Lechmere and take the 69 bus down Cambridge St. to the intersection with Hampshire St.

Join us and bring a friend!

JP Jubilee December Concert

On Saturday, December 2nd at 3:00 PM, JP Jubilee (who performed at October’s meeting) will host a concert at Hope Central Church (85 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain) with the Parkway Community Orchestra. Please support Boston Prime Timer Jim Flavin and the rest of the chorus who graciously entertained us!

The easiest way to get to the show by MBTA is via the Orange line; get off at Green St. and go northeast on Gordon St. which becomes Seaverns Ave. after you cross Elm St. The church will be on the right, just after Elm.

JP Jubilee is a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make friends, promote good health and perform for the community. They meet weekly at the JP branch (at 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain) of the Boston Public Library (Fridays 10:30 AM-noon). There are no auditions, nor fees required. After the December concert, further performances start again in February for another 12 weeks. Contact lizanker@comcast.net or visit her website for more information.

January Mt. Vernon Dinner

On Wednesday, January 10th at 6 PM, we will be dining at the Mount Vernon Restaurant & Pub. For $25, you have the choice of boneless stuffed chicken, traditional roast beef dinner or baked haddock dinner. Unfortunately, we do not have a vegetarian option for this dinner, but we will try to arrange one in the future.

If you would like one of the choices above, please get your tear sheet in with your selection by January 2nd, or you can come and order off the menu.

The restaurant is at 14 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145 and you can view their website here. It’s located just a short walk from Sullivan Station (Orange line, buses) or the following buses stop in front of the restaurant: 89, 89/93, 90, 92 and 101. For more information, you can call them at (617) 666-3830.

October & November’s Program

Our October Program will by Elizabeth Anker, singer, and voice teacher. She had been the director of the Platinum Singers from the Harriet Tubman House until the building was closed to seniors on June 30th. BPT member Jim Flavin and other seniors have sung with her. She will be bringing a singing group with her. Currently she is conducting classes in Jamaica Plain and Central Square, Cambridge.

Contralto Elizabeth Anker sings Baroque oratorio, art songs, new music, opera, and a variety of non-classical styles. She has recorded Bach, The Shakers, and many songs written for her deep contralto. Performances as a soloist include national tours with Sequentia of Köln, Boston Camerata, and Magnificat Baroque of San Francisco.

She has created opera roles for Francine Trester and Larry Thomas Bell, as well as modern revivals of Baroque operas by Handel and Cesti. She was a soloist in the world premiere of John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music with the San Francisco Symphony and with Boston institutions such as Emmanuel Music, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Cecilia, Chorus Pro Musica, as well as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco and festivals in Europe. Needless to say, she has sung Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B minor many, many times. For more information, visit her website at elizabethanker.com.

There will be no November speaker. A complete turkey dinner with all the fixings (or fish or a vegetarian plate, should you wish) will be served from 3-5:30 PM. The cost of this dinner is $22.