fri., jan. 10
concert: In celebration of 40 years of Community Service, The Fort Greene Council, Inc. presents Wynton Marsalis. There will be two shows, 8:00 p.m (Doors open at 6:30 p.m) and 10:30 p.m. (Doors open at 9:45 p.m). Admission: $40 in advance ($70 both shows), $50 at the door ($90 for both shows), and limited front-row reserved seating: $60 ($100 both shows). 966 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY (between Grand Avenue & St. James Place).
zumba: Join us for a dance-fitness class that is friendly and fun 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. It uses the Zumba formula, with modified moves and pacing for active older people and those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to let your doctor know that you will be taking part in an exercise class. Each event is open to the public and is being held at 206-20 Linden Blvd., in Cambria Heights, Queens. RSVP: 1-646-476-1294.
sat., jan. 11
performance: New York-based blues favorites Renee & The Derelicts perform classic and original blues, rock and soul tunes at popular Brooklyn nightspot The Branded Saloon (603 Vanderbilt Ave.). Featuring the vocals of the multitalented actress/playwright Renee Flemings, the band - Sal Carolei (blues harp), Paul Bauman (guitar) Jent LaPalm (bass) and Bernard Devlin (drums) - will kick things off at 9:00 p.m. No cover, great food and drink available. Located in Prospect Heights, the Saloon - on the corner of Bergen and Vanderbilt. For more information, call (718) 484-8704.
winter workout: January is Family Fit Month, which should catapult you and your family’s drive to be healthier. It does not take a genius to realize the consequences of inactivity and loads of unhealthy foods, so why not use your family as support in becoming a more fit and active unit! The workshop is from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m and will include information on the importance of staying healthy as a family through health and nutrition and a family exercise class. There will be give-aways and light refreshments. Each event is open to the public and is being held at 206-20 Linden Blvd., in Cambria Heights, Queens. RSVP: 1-646-476-1294
sun., jan. 12
performing arts: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2013-14 Target Storybook Series with Theatreworks USA’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at 2:00 p.m. The centerpiece of BCBC’s 2013-14 family programming, the Target Storybook Series features performances based on classic and contemporary children’s literature and aims to encourage the development of strong reading skills at home in children ages four to eight. Each performance is accompanied by a Parents’ Guide, with literacy-based activity sheets, reading tips, and discussion topics, giving parents the opportunity to engage their children both pre- and post-performance. Brooklyn All tickets are $7 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.), or online at BrooklynCe
mon., jan. 13
cabaret: The multi-talented Alex DeSuze returns to the Indian Road Café to host the “No Name Uptown Cabaret Second Monday” monthly singers showcase. Indian Road Café, located at 600 West 218th Street, offers an excellent wine, beer and coffee selection as well as great food from paninis to lobster mac and cheese, all amidst a warm and casual atmosphere. The next Uptown Cabaret show starts at 7:00 p.m. with sign up beginning at 6:45 p.m. No cover, no minimum and for additional information, call 212 942-7451.
Movement Monday: Join us for a fun walk-in-place workout from 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. No complicated steps and no equipment needed. This DVD workout is safe for all ages and fitness levels, so lace up your walking shoes and join the movement! Wear comfortable shoes and workout wear. Water will be provided. Participants will be required to fill out an emergency form on the first day of class. Be sure to let your doctor know you’ll be taking part in an exercise class. Each event is open to the public and is being held at 215 West 125th St., in Harlem. For more information, please visit www.ehnc.com or call 866-469-0999.
tues., jan. 14
City Stories: Author and storyteller Tom Pryor’s next show “City Stories: Stoops To Nuts” is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the Cornelia Street Café in Manhattan. Pryor has had articles published in The New York Times and has been featured on public radio’s “This American Life” and PBS’s “Baseball: A New York Love Story.” This month’s performers include: storyteller Melissa Caminneci, poet Annette Estevez, award-winning journalist / writer Natasha Gural and comedian / storyteller Maggie Nuttall. The $8.00 admission includes a free drink. The Cornelia Street Café is located at 29 Cornelia St., New York, NY.
mon., dec.30 - wed., jan.15
Tree Collection: It may be time to take the tree down, but you can keep up the Christmas spirit by giving back to the city’s “tree-cycling” program. The Department of Sanitation will collect any Christmas tree left out on the curb. The trees will be turned into mulch and will be spread among the city’s fields, parks and gardens. Residents taking their trees to Mulchfest on Jan. 11 and 12, will be entitled to one bag of free mulch. Remember to take off any lights and ornaments. To find out more information about Mulchfest locations, visit nyc.gov/parks or call 311.
flood relief: Donations are being accepted at the Friends of Crown Heights Center located at 671 Prospect Place in Brooklyn. Donations will also be accepted by Mirtha Colon, a Garifuna from Honduras, who operates Hondurans Against Aids out of Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Casa Yurumein is located at 874 Prospect Ave in the South Bronx, corner of Westchester Avenue. Checks and Money orders are welcomed and should be made out to “SVG Community INC.” Anyone in the Long Island area who wishes to make a donation, but cannot drive to Brooklyn please call 347-488-4395 to arrange a drop off or to arrange for me to pick up the donation. Items needed include medical supplies, non-perishable food, clothes, shoes, candles. Monetary donations can be made in the form of checks or money orders addressed to “SVG Community INC.”
passport application center: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) launched a second Passport Application Center at the Kings Highway Library providing a convenient facility for Brooklyn residents and new immigrants to apply for passports. Hours are temporarily set for 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday by appointment. Saturdays are currently closed until further notice. 2115 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11229. To make an appointment, call (718)230-2292 or (718)375-3037 ext. 128.
Featuring Home REpair: Is your boiler, water main or roof in need of fixing? Do you need major repairs done but lack the finances? Now is the best time to fix it. Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not-for-profit housing organization can assist you. For more information on the Home Improvement Programs, call (718)469-4679 or visit www.nhsofe
Foreclosure: Are you behind in your mortgage or seeking a modification? Come in for free services and assistance. We will help you as much as possible to keep your home. Referrals for free legal assistance are also available. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (718)469-4679. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, not-for-profit organizations. www.nhsnyc.org.
Home Help for disabled: If you are a disabled homeowner living in Brooklyn or have someone disabled living in your household, you may qualify for up to $5,000 in home repair grants. Repairs must be geared toward making the home accessible and convenient for the disabled person. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not-for-profit housing organization, and the New York State Housing Trust Corporation. For more information, please call (718) 469-4679.
Community Center: Are you looking to improve your life? Take a class at Community Learning Center: How to Write a Book or Script, Create a Resume, How to Create Wealth, Get/Keep a Spouse, Start a Business. Classes for everyone. Community Learning Center, 147-12 Archer Ave., Queens. For more information/RSVP, call (718) 291-1094.
Donations: St. Robert Bellarmine Church is joining efforts with the Diocese of Trenton to bring relief to victims in the hardest hit areas. The church has organized a sorting sub station in the parish and will be delivering donations to various locations shortly. The church is seeking donations of cardboard shipping boxes for packing or rubber bins for storage for victims. Donations are tax deductible and the church will provide you with a receipt upon request. Feel free to contact St. Robert Bellarmine Church at any time Attn: SRB Hurricane Relief Effort, 61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728 or srbwelcome
Farmers Market: Seeds in the Middle is sponsoring The Crown Heights Farmers Market offering fresh fruits and vegetables, including calaloo and Caribbean favorites and accepting EBT, WIC, Snap, FMNP, Health Bucks, and Fresh Connect. The market will be operating every Thursday from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton Metz Park at Albany and Lefferts avenues, Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.seedsi
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