2004-12-09 / Community Guide

Community Guide

  • United Canarsie South Civic Meetings
  • The next meeting of the United Canarsie South Civic Association will take place on Tuesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the HES, Seaview Avenue and East 95 Street. The civic group, which covers the area west of Rockaway Parkway and south of Seaview Avenue, meets the second Tuesday of each month.

    Education Council 22 Meeting Dec. 21

    The next meeting of the Community District Education Council 22 will take place on Tuesday, December 21 at P.S. 236, 6302 Avenue U. The public meeting will follow a working session, which commences at 7 p.m.

    CHS PTA Meeting And

    Raffle This Evening

    The next meeting of the Parent-Teachers Association of Canarsie High School, at which they will hold their monthly raffle drawing, will take place tonight, Thursday, December 9 at 6 p.m. at the school. The PTA will have their monthly fundraiser to enable them to purchase a signpost. For further information, call the school at (718) 290 8600.

    Two Weekly Chess Clubs

    Seaview Jewish Center, 1585 East 98 Street, between Seaview Avenue and Avenue N, hosts a free chess club every Saturday at noon. Beginners to advanced players are welcome. For details, call (718) 251-1900.

    Another weekly chess club meets at the Burger King Restaurant at Flatbush Avenue and Utica Avenue every Wednesday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. All chess players are invited to join free of charge. For information, call (718) 968-9827.

    Canasta Players Wanted

    The Brooklyn Canasta Club now meets six days a week at various locations to play either Classic or American Canasta. There are openings in most groups, but reservations are needed, since space is limited. For information, call (718) 680-4084.

    Musicians Wanted

    Brass and woodwinds (all levels) needed for American Legion Concert Band. You don’t have to be a Legionnaire to be in the band. For information, call Irwin at (718) 769-2818 or Elliot at (718) 531-8130.

    Adult Workshops At HES

    Some of the workshops for adults at the Hebrew Educational Society, 9502 Seaview Avenue, include Makeup Application, Belly Dancing and more. For further information, call Sarit at (718) 241-3000, ext. 31.

    Computer Workshops

    The Hebrew Educational Society, 9502 Seaview Avenue, presents morning and evening classes for their Computer Workshops, including Internet, Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint and Photoshop. Each workshop is two hours. For further information, call Sarit at (718) 241-3000, ext. 31.

    In-School Education/

    Employment Program

    Attention parents and youths ages 14-18 — Register now for the 2004-05 In-School Youth Education/Employment Program. We offer “free” after-school academic classes with bonus money, exciting field trips and career workshops. Call the Italian American League at (718) 642-2180 in Starrett City.

    Synagogue Food Drive

    For City Harvest

    City Harvest is conducting its annual Food Drive, with plans to collect an estimated 23,000 pounds of needed food from area synagogues and deliver it to community food programs. For information on organizing a food drive, log on to www.city harvest.org or call (917) 351-8700. To make a donation, call 1-800-77HARVEST.

    Gala Chanukah Dinner

    The annual Gala Chanukah Dinner at Seaview Jewish Center, 1585 East 98th Street, will be held on Saturday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m. This is the fifth night of Chanukah. Call the office at (718) 251-1900 for further information.

    Santa To Appear At Gift Shoppe

    Santa Claus (himself) will appear at Rogers’ Gift Shoppe, 5112 Avenue N, in the heart of Old Mill Basin, on Saturday, December 11 from noon to 3 p.m. The jolly old fella will pose for pictures, give out candy canes and take requests for the holiday season. For info, call (718) 692-4509.

    Other musical events will take place on March 13 and March 30. For information, call (718) 368-5596.

    Candlelight Tours At Wyckoff

    Experience the Wyckoff House in candlelight, learn about traditional holiday customs and warm up with hot cider and cookies at New York’s oldest house on December 10 and 17 at 4 p.m. Admission $3. For more information, call (718) 629-5400.

    Toys For Tots Event Thursday

    Since 2001, the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club and City Councilman Lew Fidler have played an increasingly sizable role in the special Toys for Tots program, headed by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Once again this year they will do the same, inviting all residents to bring new and unwrapped toys to the 41st A.D. Club at 2952 Avenue R (at Haring Street) on Thursday, December 16 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (hearty holiday refreshments will be served too!). Santa’s helper Mr.Met will also be on hand. For information, call Bryan Lee at (718) 241-9330.

    MQH Children’s Christmas Fair Sunday

    Mary Queen of Heaven Church, 1395 East 56 Street, will hold a special Children’s Christmas Fair on Sunday, December 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The event will feature gifts, prizes, refreshments, games and pictures taken with Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2 p.m.

    Holiday Flea Market At MQH

    The public is invited to a special Holiday Flea Market at Mary Queen of Heaven School, East 56 Street between Avenues M and N, on Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors are welcome. For information, call (718) 907-3478.

    Santa At The Marsh

    Join the Marine Park Civic Association and the Urban Park Rangers as they welcome Santa for his annual visit to the Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Ave. U, at noon on Saturday, Dec. 11. For information, call (718) 336-7343.

    Kingsborough’s Salute To Cole Porter

    The Kingsborough Community College Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Bruce McKinney and Mark Mangini, will present a Salute To Cole Porter on Sunday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center. The performance is free. For further information, call (718) 368-5596.

    Seddio Welcomes MetroCard

    The MetroCard Bus will be at Assemblyman Frank Seddio’s district office, 2424 Ralph Avenue between Avenue N and Avenue O, from 10 AM till 12 PM on the third Friday of every month as a regular service to area residents. The Assemblyman’s staff will also be available to help anyone with other problems.

    The district office is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM to assist local residents. For further information call 718-968-2770.

    MetroCard Bus

    Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-41st A.D.) will be bringing the special Senior Half-Fare MTA MetroCard Bus to her community office, located at 3520 Nostrand Avenue (Corner of Avenue V) on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m.- noon. Seniors over 65 years of age are invited to come to her community office to obtain a Half-Fare MetroCard.

    Individuals with questions about the MetroCard Program should contact Assemblywoman Weinstein’s office at: 718-648-4700.

    Abe Stark Senior Center

    Sponsored by Millennium Development, the Abe Stark Senior Center, 103-15 Farragut Road, offers a nutritious breakfast & lunch program plus daily activities, including beginning computer time, billiards, bingo and more. Transportation provided. For information, call 1-718-272-9515.

    JASA Canarsie Senior

    Center At Temple Emanu-El

    If you are 60 years or older and would like to join other seniors for a hot lunch made in our kitchen, exercise, arts & crafts, painting and parties, call (718) 451-0779.

    JASA Senior Center At HES

    Join seniors that are 60 years or older for painting, crafts, current events, creative writing, line dancing, yoga, sing-a-long, choral group, parties and trips. For information, call (718) 251-3700.

    JASA Brooklyn Friendship House

    A Social Adult Day Program, funded by the Department of Health, offers a program of exercise, music, socialization, creative activities, support groups and games in a warm, friendly environment. Located at 650 Remsen Avenue, open to seniors, 55+ who struggle with mental health issues. Kosher lunch and transportation provided. For more information, call (718) 922-5079.

    Glenwood Senior Center

    All seniors are invited to join the nutritional and recreational program at the Glenwood Senior Center, located at 5701 Avenue H in the Glenwood Houses complex. The program includes breakfast and lunch and offers a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities, including arts & crafts, tai chi, aerobics, bingo, pool, field trips, computers and much more. For further information, call (718) 241-7711.

    Glenwood Senior Center invites all grandparents to bring their grandchildren to Grandchildren Fridays at the center located at 5701 Ave H. Call Eve Vaval. 718-241-7711.

    Support Group For

    Jewish Women With MS

    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NYC Chapter, is offering a phone support group for Orthodox Jewish women with MS. The group is free and is an opportunity for people with MS to learn more about the disease, treatments and support services. The phone group meets each Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 14 weeks. Participants are called in their own homes in area codes 212, 718, 646, 347 and 917. No special equipment is needed. To register, or for more information, call (212) 463-7787, extension 3057.

    Self-Help

    Forty Plus of New York, a self-help organization, welcomes managers and professionals who are looking for work. Since 1939, thousands of members have used their Forty Plus skills and techniques to land worthwhile jobs. To arrange an orientation and tour of the Forty Plus offices on Seventh Avenue, telephone 212-947-4230.

    HELP LINE Helps In Crisis

    Have you ever had a crisis or problem that overwhelmed you? Have you ever felt lonesome or depressed, or even suicidal? Did you have someone to talk with? Do you wish you did? HELP LINE, a Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services program, is a non-profit telephone service program offering emotional support and information through a 24-hour hotline at (212) 532-2400. To volunteer, call (212) 684-4480.

    Single Parent Support Group

    Come and join the Single Parent Support Group at the Hebrew Educational Society (HES). This professionally led mutual support group gives single parents a place to share their challenges and successes. Bring your children and have them join our children’s support group at the same time. For more information, call Orna Neutra at the HES at (718) 241 3000, ext. 60.

    Learning Disabled Adult Group

    The Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue, sponsors a learning disabled adult group that meets every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For further information, contact Bernie Rubin at (718) 648-7703, ext. 230.

    Self-Help Center

    The New York City Self-Help Center provides free, confidential telephone information and referral to people seeking self-help/mutual support groups. Hundreds of different groups meet for a wide variety of concerns throughout the five boroughs. Phone (212) 586-5770.

    Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support

    Fairview Adult Day Care Center, 1444 East 99th Street, sponsors a support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers. Meetings are twice a month. For information, call Laura Schlatter, M.A. at (718)251-5600.

    Alzheimer’s Helpline

    The Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter, has opened its new 24-hour helpline: 1-800-272-3900. It’s available for people living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family members, students and professionals living with the aged.

    Center Against Domestic Violence

    Is your partner controlling you? Threatening you? Degrading you? Yelling too much? Throwing things at you? Hitting or hurting you or your children? Forcing you to do things against your will? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, or if you know someone that may be caught up in casesd of domestic violence, contact the CADV Hotline, 24 hours a day, at 1-718-439-1000. THEY CAN HELP!

    Free Or Low-Cost Mammogram

    Low income women who feel they may not be able to get a mammogram are urged to call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at 800-877-8077 to learn about where they can get a free or low-cost mammogram.

    Donate Cord Blood Free

    Expecting a baby? Donate your baby’s cord blood, which is rich in stem cells and can be used for transplantation in place of bone marrow. It is absolutely free! Please go to www.leukemiafoundation.org and fill out the application or call the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation at (718) 251-1222. Ask for Steve Shor.

    Maimonides Needs Blood Donors

    The blood bank at Maimonides Medical Center, like all blood banks in the region, is currently experiencing a severe blood shortage, especially of Type O-Positive and O-Negative blood. Other blood types are also needed. Please visit the Blood Donor Center on the 3rd floor of the administration building. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, or to arrange a blood drive, call Christine Clark at (718) 283-7179.

    “Samaritan” Volunteers Needed

    Help others while improving your own personal and professional communications skills. The non-religious Samaritans seek caring and responsible people who can follow directions and are available one weekday morning or afternoon a week and one overnight per month to volunteer on their 24-hour suicide prevention hotline. Intensive training began September 25. Must be at least 21. Call (212) 673-3041 for an interview.

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