2005-03-17 / Community Guide

Community Guide

  • Mill Basin Civic Installation Mar. 31
  • The next meeting of the Mill Basin Civic Association 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.

    Community Board 18

    The next meeting of Community Board 18 will be on Wednesday, April 20 at 8 p.m. at the Kings Plaza Community Room, Flatbush Avenue and Avenue V. The board meets on the second Wednesday of each month. For further information, call (718) 241-0422.

    United Canarsie South Civic

    The next meeting of the United Canarsie South Civic Association will take place at the HES, E. 95 St. and Seaview Avenue on Tuesday, April 12 at 8 p.m.. For information, call Elliot at (718) 531-8130.

    BayView Residents Assoc. Meeting

    The next BayView Houses Residents Association meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 in the BayView Center, 5985 Shore Parkway. The room is wheelchair accessible. Speakers will be Assemblyman Frank Seddio and Cheryl Suggs, a representative from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). The topic of her talk will be “Teach a Child, Touch the Future.”

    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 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.

    P.S. 233 Looking For Gifted Students

    Public School 233 is seeking qualified students for its in-house gifted students program called Stimulating Outstanding Achievement through Reading (SOAR). Applicants must be able to read 1 to 1 1/2 years above grade level and possess higher level thinking skills in mathematics and reading. There are openings in grades kindergarten through five. Applications for testing are available in the school, 9301 Avenue B, until March 18, 2005.

    Blood Drive At St. Jude’s

    On April 10, St. Jude Parish will sponsor a blood drive for the New York Blood Center. Officials ask that you call the rectory at (718) 763-6300 to set up an appointment.

    Donate Computer For Tax Break

    A group called the Association of Widows With Dependant Children says you can get a tax deduction if you donate your laptop computer to them. They do all the paperwork and will arrange for a pickup of the computer. For information, call (718) 974-9428.

    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.

    Baseball, Softball Teams Registration

    The Athletic Association of St. Simon & St. 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.

    Safe Boating Course

    The Brooklyn Power Squadron is offering a Safe Boating Course open to men, women and teenagers, with classes starting this week at Floyd Bennett Field and at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Downtown Brooklyn. For information, call Joe McCarthy at (718) 768-6764 or Mike McCaffrey at (718) 680-2050.

    Education/Employment Program

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

    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.

    Kingsborough’s Author Series

    Kingsborough Community College will continue its free women’s author series 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.

    Purim Carnival At H.E.S. Sunday

    The Hebrew Educational Society, 9502 Seaview Avenue, will hold a Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. Carnival booths, costume contest, food, plenty of prizes and family entertainment. For further information, call Sarit at (718) 241-3000, ext. 31.

    And A Purim Party For Women, Too!

    The HES will also hold a Purim Party For Women on Tuesday, March 22 at 8:30 p.m. Singing, dancing, costumes contest and games will be featured, as well as light dinner and dessert. For further information, call Sarit at (718) 241-3000, ext. 31.

    Purim Party at Seaview Jewish Center

    A Purim Party featuring singing, dancing, food and plenty of camaraderie will take place at Seaview Jewish Center, 1585 East 98th Street, on Thursday, March 24th at 6 p.m. For further information, call (718) 251-1900.

    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.

    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 who 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.

    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.

    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. 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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