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.
Local Blood Drives
Blood drive schedules for the local area issued by Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services include the following: Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at the 69th Precinct, 9720 Foster Avenue, from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 15 at Kings Plaza Shopping Center from noon to 4 p.m. Blood donors may also give at Kings Plaza on January 15 and January 29. For more information, call 1-800-933-BLOOD.
MulchFest Set For Marine Park
City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe has announced the 10th Annual MulchFest will take place during the second weekend in January. The service allows New Yorkers to drop off their holiday trees and wreaths at designated places for mulching. All lights, ornaments and decorations must be removed from the trees prior to drop-off and participants will be able to take wood chips and/or mulch home from designated chipping sites. In the local area, the site will be the Avenue U entrance to Marine Park. For more information, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/parks.
After School Youth
An exciting new ten-week program from the Italian American Civil Rights League called the After School Youth Program offers help for youths 14-18 years of age in creating resumes, job etiquette, computer training and internships. Call the League for more information at (718) 642-2180.
After School Program At
Salt Marsh Nature Center
The Salt Marsh Nature Center Urban Park Rangers currently 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 feature homework help, environmental education, science and nature studies, hiking, games and more. For information, call (718) 421-2021.
“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.
Need Volunteers At Floyd Bennett
Friends of Gateway, a volunteer organization, has been conducting various projects and programs with the National Parks Service for more than 20 years. They dedicate themselves to improving and enhancing public awareness of Gateway’s natural and historic areas. Currently, they have volunteer openings for adults interested in working with either school children or disabled adults to teach them how to grow plants. They are also looking for retirees who are interested in volunteering to help maintain tools and machines for their workshop. For information on either position, or just general information, call (212) 228-3126.
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.
Arts & Crafts Wanted
The Urban Park Rangers at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, Avenue U and East 32 Street, Marine Park, are seeking fine crafts for a weekend show to be held on the weekend of February 25 and 26. For information, call Ellen Hoyt at (718) 338-7281.
Brooklyn College Retirees’ Institute
The Brooklyn College Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education (I.R.P.E.) has started 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 for seniors 60 and older at Marine Park called Active Seniors On the Go. Registra-tions 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 Shola Bolarji. 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. They meet daily at the temple at 1880 Rockaway Parkway.
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. 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.
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) 283-717
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 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.
Computer Training For Adult
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.
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