2005-02-10 / Community Guide

Community Guide

  • Mill Basin Civic Meeting March 31
  • There will be no general membership meeting of the Mill Basin Civic Association in February. The next meeting, therefore, will take place on Thursday, March 31, when the group holds its annual installation at the Glen Terrace. For further information, call (718) 209-0934.

    69th Pct. Community Council

    The next meeting of the 69th Precinct Community Council will take place on Tuesday, February 22 at the HES, 9502 Seaview Avenue. For information, call (718) 257-6205. The Council meets at 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month unless otherwise specified.

    Community Board 18

    The next meeting of Community Board 18 will be on Wednesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. at the Kings Plaza Community Room, Flatbush Avenue and Avenue V. In addition to the regular agenda, a public hearing will take place with responses being heard on the proposed capital and expense budget for FY2006. The board meets on the second Wednesday of each month. For further information, call (718) 241-0422.

    Informed Voices Civic Meets Feb. 15

    The next meeting of the Infornmed Voices Civic Associationwill be held on Tuesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Jude School, 1696 Canarsie Road. For further information, call (718) 251-1670. The active organization meets the second Tuesday of every month.

    United Canarsie South Civic

    Meetings of the United Canarsie South Civic Association take at the HES, East 95 Street and Seaview Avenue. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call Elliot at (718) 531-8130.

    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 and on Sundays at 7:30 p.m.. Beginners to advanced players are welcome. For details, call (718) 251-1900.

    Another weekly chess club meets at the Burger King at Flatbush Avenue and Utica Avenue every Wednesday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. 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.

    Canarsie Bridges Essay Contest

    Officials of Canarsie Bridges are currently accepting entries for their Essay Contest. The topic this year is “We Are All Canarsie,” which should depict visions of caring, respect, positive change, compassion, courage and heroism, friendship, unity and bringing people together in our community. The deadline is Friday, April 8. Entries should be submitted to: Canarsie Bridges Essay Contest; Office of State Senator John Sampson; 9114 Flatlands Avenue; Brooklyn, N.Y. 11236.

    Sampson To Host Children’s Info Fair

    State Senator John Sampson will host his Fourth Annual Children’s Information Fair on Thursday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Blvd. The event includes games, giveaways, refreshments and a chance for the kids to meet their peers from around the district. For information, call (718) 345-2706 or (718) 649-7653.

    Coast Guard Aux. Boating Course

    The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct a six-week Boating Skills and Seamanship Course beginning this evening, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field. The course costs $75 per person. For information and to register, call (718) 258-7687 or contact www.yaw21380@aol.com.

    Kingsborough’s Best-Selling Authors

    Kingsborough Community College will begin its free women’s author series on March 3 with the appearance of the popular suspense writers Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter Carol Higgins Clark. The series will continue on April 6 with Susan Isaacs and on May 17 with Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin. All, presentations are free and will commence at 7 p.m. in the MAC Playhouse. For information, call (718) 368-5051.

    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.

    Local Blood Drive

    Brooklyn- Staten Island Blood Services will host a blood drive at Kings Plaza on Sunday, February 12 from noon to 5:30 p.m. For information, call 1-800-933-BLOOD.

    Baseball, Softball Teams Registration

    The Athletic Association of Sts. Simon & Jude Church, 185 Van Sicklen Street, Gravesend, will hold baseball and girls’ softball registration for the 2005 season every Monday night through March 21 at 294 Avenue T. Registration is open to all children from ages 6 through 16. For information, call (718) 375-9600.

    In-School Education/

    Employment Program

    Attention parents and youths ages 14-18 — Register now for theIn-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.

    Outreach R.E. At Carib Bridal Expo

    Be sure to visit Outreach Real Estate’s booth when you’re attending the giant African American & Caribbean Bridal Expo at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan on Saturday, Feb. 19 from noon to 6 p.m. The Expo will feature one-stop shopping, two spectacular fashion shows, the latest designer gowns and tuxedos and a bunch of great, great vendors. For information, call (718)531-3995.

    Synagogue Food Drive

    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.

    Theatre Company Auditions

    The Rockaway Theatre Company, in Rockaway, Queens, is seeking performers and tech people for the summer production of “My Fair Lady.” Auditions will be held at the Post Theater in Breezy Point on February 12 and 13. For information, call (718) 850-2450.

    Volunteer To Help Readers

    Reach Out And Read, a national group that promotes early literacy by bringing books and advice about the importance of reading into the pediatric exam room. Doctors give books to children and give appropriate advice to parents about reading aloud with their child. If you would like to volunteer, call (718) 780-2526 or write to: Thomas Lione; ROR Program Coordinator; Long Island College Hospital; Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201.

    Free Community Concert

    The famous Interschool Orchestra of New York (ISO) Symphony, conducted by Jonathan Strasser and featuring the music of Brahms and Dvorak, will be presented on Friday, February 18 at 8 p.m. at Mary Queen of Heaven Church, 1395 East 56 Street (at Avenue M). No tickets will be required. For further information, call (212) 410-0370.

    BAC’s Folk Feet Dance Festival

    The Brooklyn Arts Council will present its 2nd Annual Folk Feet Dance Festival on Sunday, February 20 at the Brooklyn College Whitman Theater from 2 to 7 p.m. The free program will showcase more than 100 Brooklyn-based traditional dances, followed by free workshops taught by Brooklyn dance masters. For information, call (718) 625-0080.

    Seddio Welcomes MetroCard Bus

    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.

    Weinstein Welcomes MetroBus Too

    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.


    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.

    Yarn Donations Needed

    Knit-Net: Scarves For The Homeless is seeking new and used yarn donations. Pickups in some parts of Brooklyn can be arranged. The organization is entering its 7th year supplying crib blankets, lap blankets, hats and mittens to homeless shelters for adults and children. For further information, call (718) 680-4084.

    Hospitals Need Volunteers

    Volunteers are needed to assist in hospitals and nursing homes in the five boroughs. If you can read a story, hold a hand, dry a tear or share a smile, you’ll be a great volunteer. Flexible hours. Call the United Hospital Fund at (212) 675-6644 for information.

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