2005-06-30 / Community Guide

Community Guide

United Canarsie South Civic

The next meeting of the United Canarsie South Civic Association will take place on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the HES, Seaview Avenue and East 95th Street. There will be no meeting in August and the meeting after that will take place on September 13. For information, call Elliot at (718) 531-8130. Have a happy summer!

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.

Guyanese American Family Day

Join, celebrate and enjoy a friendly atmosphere and fun day with the Guyanese American families at the largest fun day in New York on Saturday, July 5 from noon to 2 a.m. at the Floyd Bennett Field Ryan Visitor Center. There will be entertainment, music, DJ, steel pan bands and artists. For information, email: GuyaneseAmericana@yahoo.com.

Fresh Air Fund Registration

There is still time to register your child for a free summer vacation. The Fresh Air Fund will host open registration days for its camp and host family programs at their mid-town Manhattan office on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout July. The Fund office is located at 633 Third Avenue, 14th floor. Registration is free. For information, call (212) 897-8900.

“Kitten Kaboodle” Cat Rescue

The city’s Animal Care & Control Adoption Centers have announced an urgent need to place an abundance of rescued cats and kittens. For information, call (212) 788-4000.

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.

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 Training For Adults

The Brotherhood Christian Life Community Center, 9626 Avenue N, will offer free computer courses that train and educate adults in basic computer software. For information, call (718) 531-0932.

Adult English As

2nd Language Course

The Brotherhood Christian Life Community Center offers free English as a Second Language classes to people who are of Caribbean, Latin American, Eastern European, Asian and African origin who do not speak English. They provide ESL education to all who want to improve their speaking, reading and writing skills in the English language. For more information, call (718) 531-0932.

History Series At Canarsie Pier

Join a National Park Ranger for an in-depth look at the natural and cultural history of Canarsie and its relation to Jamaica Bay on Saturdays, July 2, and August 6 at 2 p.m. The program will explore the ecology of the bay and help explain current National Park Service stewardship efforts there. Meet at the Ranger station. For information, call (718) 338-3827.

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. For information, call 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 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.

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.

Self-Help For 40+

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.

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. Glenwood Senior Center invites all grandparents to bring their grandchildren to Grandchildren Fridays at the center. Call Eve Vaval. For further information, call (718) 241-7711.

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.

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.

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. 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 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. The New York Self-Help Center is a joint program of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and the Graduate School and University Center/CUNY. For information, phone (212) 586-5770.

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.

Get Free Or Low-Cost Mammogram

Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline is reaching out to New Yorkers and asking them to urge their loved ones to get mammograms. 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.

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!

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, is looking for volunteer high school students to read 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.

Donate Some Yarn

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.

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.

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