2005-09-22 / Community Guide

Community Guide


Bay View Houses Tenants To Meet

The Bay View Houses Residents Association General Membership meeting will take place tonight, Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. in the Bay View Center, 5985 Shore Parkway. The agenda will include the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bay View Houses and Family Day on October 1 at 11 a.m. All former residents are invited, according to Residents Association President Sylvia Whiteside.

69th Precinct Community Council

The next meeting of the 69th Precinct Community Council will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27 at St. Alban’s Church, at East 95 Street and Farragut Road. The civic group meets the last Tuesday of every month.

Weekly Chess Club

Seaview Jewish Center, 1585 East 98 Street, between Seaview Avenue and Avenue N, hosts a free chess club every Saturday at 1 p.m. and on Sundays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Beginners to advanced players are welcome. For details, call (718) 251-1900.

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.

Everyone’s Welcome To Judo Club

The Starrett Judo Club and Saturday Academy invites the public to join them at their Judo Club (martial arts, the gentle way) and Saturday Academy (the cool school). Learn and train with the best! To learn about program schedules and fees, call (718) 240-4530.

Donate To Katrina Fund

At Free Dance Event

The Urban Park Rangers and the Brooklyn Dance Center will present “Autumn Beats,” a free dance and musical event on Saturday, September 24 at 6 p.m. at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Avenue U (between Burnett St. and E. 33rd Street. Featured performance will include Native American drumming, inspiring singing and other special presentations for the whole family. You may (but you don’t have to) donate to the Red Cross and donations for animal rescue will be collected (canned items only). For information, call 311 and ask for Urban Park Rangers.

Ronald McDonald House Benefit

A music benefit, including dinner, dance and show, for the Ronald McDonald House and hosted by FDR Lodge 613 Knights of Pythias will be held on Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 1880 Rockaway Parkway. Entertainment will feature a Frank Sinatra Tribute, featuring Bo Wagner (formerly of the “Vogues”). Music by DJ Ken Kojak and Margaret Williams of the “Cookies Motown Revue.” For information, call Ken Kojak at (516) 816-3045.

Katrina Rescue Fund For Animals

The Animal Care & Control of NYC has established the Katrina Rescue Fund For Animals. Concerned residents who wish to contribute to shelters and rescue agencies providing help to animals in the impacted areas should call (212) 442-2063 and they will be given instructions on how to support the fund.

Jewish Holiday Meals Sponsored

Seaview Jewish Center, 1440 East 99th Street (entrance on East 98th Street near Seaview Avenue), will sponsor holiday meals this year for Rosh Hashanah and Succos. For information, call (718) 251-1900.

No Child Left Behind Hearing

The Public Education Network and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity will host a citizen hearing on the topic of the No Child Left Behind Act on Thursday, September 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. John’s University Manhattan campus. For information, visit www.givekidsgoodschools.org.

Free GED or ESL Programs

The fall registration for GED or English as a Second Language classes at Bildersee Beacon/I.S. 68 will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 28. Classes will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Bildersee/ I.S. 68 is located at 956 East 82nd Street Between Flatlands Avenue and Avenue J. For further information, call (718) 622-3000 or (718) 241-3847 (4 – 8 p.m.). The classes are sponsored by the City Department of Education and are for adults 21 years and older.

After School Program At

Salt Marsh Nature Center

This month the Salt Marsh Nature Center Urban Park Rangers will present a fun-filled program for youths ages 11 to 14 at their Marine Park Center, Avenue U and East 33rd Street on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Programs will feature homework help, environmental education, science and nature studies, hiking, games and more. For information, call (718) 421-2021.

Apple Festival At Wyckoff House

No, we’re not talking about your Apple computer. This is the real thing! Celebrate the magnificent, mystical apple with country music, games and crafts, cider pressing and a canning and food preparation workshop on Sunday, September 25 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum is located at 5816 Clarendon Road (near Ralph Avenue). For information, call (718) 629-5400.

East New York Farmers Market

Every Saturday through November 12, the East New York Farmers Market, at New Lots Avenue and Barbey Street, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market includes homemade food, handmade arts and crafts and raw, unfiltered honey. Upcoming events are as follows: October 1, Children’s Day; and October 29, a pumpkin festival. For more information, call 718-649-7979 ext. 29.

Holy Family Class Reunion

The 1970 graduating class of Holy Family School will hold its first reunion on Sunday, October 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. If you know someone who graduated from this class, please forward the information to (917) 836-8556 or contact Class1970reunion@yahoo.com.

“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.

Fujifilm Blimp Sweepstakes

Win a ride in the Fujifilm blimp and a trip to Orlando, Florida for your entire family through Fujifilm and SeaWorld’s Sweepstakes. It’s running now through December 15, 2005, with the winners to be announced on or about January 4, 2006. To participate, enter by mail via in-store displays or on line at www.Fujifilm.com/blimp.

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.

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 lan guage. For more information, call (718) 531-0932.

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 718-648-470.

Brooklyn College Retiree's Institute

The Brooklyn College Institute for Retiree's in Pursuit of Education (I.R.P.E.) has started fall classes. Members can choose from a program of 65 courses in a wide range of subjects, including the arts and literature, bird watching, nutritional enlightenment and aerobics, among others. For a catalog and to receive further information, call (718) 951-5647. There are no entry requirements, no exams and no tuition or registration fees.

Active Seniors On The Go

Registration is taking place throughout for a fall program for seniors 60 and older at Marine Park called Active Seniors On the Go. Registrations are held Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Avenue U. For more information, call Jackie or Joe at (718) 444-0101, ext. 10.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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 through out 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, interestd individuals can 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.

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 cases of domestic violence, contact the CADV Hotline, 24 hours a day, at 1-718-439-1000.

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. To volunteer, call (718) 780-2526 or write to: Thomas Lione; ROR Program Coordinator; L. I. 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.

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.

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