Fri., Aug. 22
ZUMBA: Join us for a dance-fitness class that is friendly and fun from 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. RSVP: 1-866-539-0999.
Jazz panel: The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will include a panel discussion, entitled “The Marriage of Latin Music & Jazz,” led by Joe Conzo Sr., Latin music historian and publicist of the late Tito Puente, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The panel will explore the historical background and cultural significance of these two movements and pay specific homage to Parker’s influence. The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, 55 W. 13th St..
sat., aug. 23
writers coalition: The 10th Anniversary Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival will present a free outdoor reading at 2:00 p.m., featuring young writers (6-18 years) reading alongside an electrifying line up of Brooklyn-based writers, headlined by Sapphire (author of PUSH). The master of ceremonies will be Gaylord Fields, music journalist and community radio deejay at WFMU-FM. This unique event brings several generations of writers together to build on the literary traditions of the neighborhoods surrounding Fort Greene Park. Afterwards, the public is invited to Greenlight Bookstore (located at 686 Fulton St.) for an after-party where they can mingle with the day’s readers.
Sat., Aug.23 – Sun., Aug. 24
jazz: City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 22nd edition of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Saturday’s Jazz concert will feature The Wallace Roney Orchestra / Lionel Loueke / Melissa Aldana / Kris Bowers with special guest Chris Turner. Showtime: 3:00 p.m. Marcus Garvey Park:18 Mt. Morris Park W., New York, NY 10027. Sunday’s concert will feature Kenny Barron / Cindy Blackman Santana / Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith / Brianna Thomas. Showtime 3:00 p.m. 500 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009. Both events are free to the public.
Fundraiser: All Souls’Epsicopal Church is having their annual summer fundraiser. It will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. Both dinners, homemade cake, and raffles will be sold. For more information, call(212) 663-2351. 88 St. Nicholas Ave. (bet. 114th & 115th streets) New York, NY 10026.
mon., aug. 25
sitting exercise: Join us for a sitting Zumba workout that can improve your stability and balance and help you stay mobile from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. It’s designed to develop strength and enhance your ability to perform the activities of everyday life, making it perfect for seniors. RSVP: 1-866-539-0999.
healthy eating: Learn the benefits of eating for your health, especially if you are dealing with a chronic illness or condition. You will also discover how to eat right while still enjoying your meals. Topics will include: healthier versions of popular foods, healthy eating on a budget, how to read food labels, and food demos. 215 W 125th St., New York, NY 10027. RSVP: 1-866-539-0999.
wed., aug. 27
Support group: The Alzheimer’s Association NYC Chapter can be a great support to caregivers and family members. There will be a free educational meeting, “Understanding Dementia” covers what you need to know and where to go. 57 Willoughby St., 4th Floor (registration required, 800-272-3900).
Now – fri., Aug. 29
summer meals: Kids 18 years and under can receive free summer meals. Find out more by calling 311, texting NYCMeals to 877-877 or visiting www.schoolfoodnyc.org.
now – sun., aug.31
church without walls: Summer is here and that means it is time once again for Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Perfecting Faith Church of Freeport, N.Y., to return outdoors and take the church to the people! Church Without Walls, the congregation’s annual summer crusade will be hosting an outdoor service each Sunday at 3:00 p.m., weather permitting, in the parking lot of the Western Beef Shopping Center, located at the corner of Nassau Road and Babylon Turnpike in Roosevelt.
MAs: Roy Pierre & Associates present J’ouvert 2014 “Running of the Bulls.” The mas camp’s new venue is Café O’mar (1744 Nostrand Ave. (Corner of Clarendon Rd.), Brooklyn. Open nightly from 6:00 p.m. – midnight. Come register and join us for J’ouvert 2014. For more information, call: (718)282-1229; (718) 462-5164.
Insurance policy: Are you covered adequately by your homeowner’s insurance? Are you paying too much? NHS will review your policy free of cost. We also speak to community groups about how the changing flood maps will impact your policy and flood insurance. For more information, call (718) 469-4679. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not-for-profit housing organization. www.nhsnyc.org.
flood relief: Donations are being accepted at the Friends of Crown Heights Center located at 671 Prospect Place, 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 Colon 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) has 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. – 3:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday and Sunday by appointment. The Center is closed on Saturdays until further notice. The library is located at 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.nhsofeastflatbush.org.
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 [email protected], Pam Stengel (732) 580-0075, Linda Altini (917) 578-4852. Phone: (732) 462-7429 or Fax: (732) 409-3496.
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Compiled by Natalie Y. Henry