Saturday, March 31
Crown Heights Beacon Program is holding its second annual Health Fair at P.S. 138, 760 Prospect Place, between Nostrand & Rogers avenues, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., featuring free blood pressure and diabetes screenings, mammograms, HIV/AIDs testing, health & nutrition information along with free giveaways, Child IDs and library cards. For information, call (718) 771-3105 or (718) 919-0744.
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center presents Manhattan Youth Ballet’s 2012 Spring Workshop from March 31-April 1, including performances on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. & Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Center, 248 W 60 St., between Amsterdam & West End avenues in the Lincoln Center area, N.Y.C. Tickets are available at www.manhattanhyouthballet.org & more information is available at www.manhattanmovement.com.
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Music of the Spirit, presents Lil Phillips/Tribute to Gloria Lynne, 9:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. at Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Ave. at Jefferson St., Brooklyn. For reservations & information, call (718) 398-1766.
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Music of the Spirit, presents the Eric Wyatt Quartet, 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at BAMcafe, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Ladayete Pl. Admission free. For information, call (718) 636-4100.
Blues & Soul
N.Y. based blues favorites Renee & The Derelicts (redux) perform classic & original tunes at American Bar/American Trash on Manhattan’s upper East Side, 1471 First Ave. @ 76 St., 9:00 p.m. No cover. For information, call (212) 988-9008.
LGBT Health Expo
The Staten Island LGBT Community Center is holding a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health Expo, “Take PRIDE in Our Health,” featuring resoruce tables focusing on information on stress management, quit smoking help, massage therapy, yoga classes & healthy food options along with free health screenings for blood pressure & rapid HIV testing, 12 noon – 4:00 p.m. at 25 Victory Blvd, 3rd Fl., Tompkinsville. Free & open to the public. For information or to take part in the exposition, call (718) 808-1364.
Monday, April 2
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Music of the Spirit, presents Sankofa Soulz featuring King Tut, 7:15 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. at For My Sweet, 1103 Fulton St. @ Classon Ave. For information, call (718) 857-1427.
Tuesday, April 3
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Music of the Spirit, presents Eric Frazier Open Mic Jam Session with Danny Mixon, Rome Neal, Sheryl Renee, 8:00 p.m., at Rustik Tavern, 471 Dekalb Ave @ Franklin Ave., Brooklyn. For admission & information, call (347) 406-9700.
Wednesday, April 4
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Music of the Spirit, presents Pucho & his Latin Soul Brothers, 7:00 p.m. at Dweck Center Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza. Admission free. For information, call (718) 230-2100.
Thursday, April 5
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Music of the Spirit, presents a Tribute to Kenny Dorham & Cecil Payne presented by LIU Brooklyn Music Faculty, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Kumble Theater, 1 University Plz., Downtown Brooklyn. Admission free. For information, call (718) 488-1624.
Friday, April 6
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Music of the Spirit, presents three performances: The Houston Person Quartet, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. at JAZZ 966, 966 Fulton St. @ Grand Ave., Brooklyn. For admission & information call (718) 638-8910; Rudi Wongozie Ft. Eric Lemon Band, BrownstoneJAZZ at Sankofa Aban Bed & Breakfast, 107 Macon St. @ Nostrand Ave., 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.. For admission & information, call (917) 704-9237; WMC Allstars Jam Session at the Williamsburg Music Center, 367 Bedford Ave. @ South 5 St., Brooklyn, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. For admission & information, call (718) 384-1654.
Billie Holiday Tribute
Entertainer, vocalist & jazz aficionado Keith Dames pays homage to Billie Holiday at “Happy Birthday, Lady Day” at the Club Room of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians in Manhattan, 322 W. 48 St., between 8 & 9 avenues, 7:00 p.m. For information, call (212) 245-4802.
The S.O.S. Crown Heights (Save Our Streets) program is in search of artists of all ages to particiapte in the second annual “Arts to End Violence Contest & Festival.” Youth artists (19 & younger) are especially encouraged to submit two-dimensional art, video shorts and t-shirt designs. Submissions are due by April 5. Winning artists will be announced during “Increase the Peace” week, June 3-10. Submissions should be sent to Anthony Mohen, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, 256 Kingston Ave, Ground Fl., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11213. For more information, visit www.artstoendviolence.tumblr.com; soscrownheights.org; facebook.com/soscrownheights or call (718) 773-6886 for more information.
Volunteer readers are needed for the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network Reach Out and Read Program at the Mount Vernon, Yonkers and Greenburgh Health Center locations. Bilingual readers are helpful, but not required Just a few hours a week reading to a child can make a difference for the child, the family & the community. For additonal information or to volunteer, contact Ms. Eneida Rivera, director of Reach Out & Read at (914) 699-7200 ext. 1048.
Free Tax Preparation
The Bethex Federal Credit Union is offering free tax preparation every Wednesday, 12 noon – 7:00 p.m. & Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Bronx Independent Living Services, 4419 Third Ave., Ste. 2C, Bronx. For more information & necessary paperwork, call (718) 515-2800 ext. 111 or for an ASL interpreter, call & make appointment with Ms. Saldana at (866) 882-3244.
Free Tax Help
The Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union & the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will be offering free tax help to low-to-moderate-income residents of Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick. In addition to providing free, high-quality tax preparation, the program gives Central Brooklyn residents an opportunity to open credit union accounts. For more information, call (212) 505-EITC (3482).
Food Stamp Outreach
Find out if you are eligible to receive Food Stamp benefits! A representative from the NYC Human Resources Administration will be available to assist you with eligibility pre-screening and to answer any questions every Tuesday & Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Community Board 12, 4101 White Plains Road at 229 St., Bronx. For more information, call (718) 881-4455.
“You Gotta Believe!,” a community based older child adoption agency is looking for families (regardless of age, marital status, gender or income) who would be willing to provide love and nurturing to a child in the foster care system. Classes held on Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 2801 W 8 St., in Coney Island & Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Holy Redeemer, 2424 Linden Blvd. in East New York. For information, call (718) 372-3003.
The Mount Carmel Worship & Outreach Center, 788 East 46 St., between Clarendon & Ave. D, Brooklyn is offering a children’s tutoring/computer training program, standardized test preparation and job skills training program, Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For registration details, call (971) 609-0909.
We all have goals – paying off bills, saving for a home, improving our credit score, etc. The Financial Capabilties & Coaching Program is a personal approach to help reach goals. For more information, call the Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush at (718) 469-4679.
Winter Aches & Pains
Jamaican Fountain Pimento Oil is an all natural, chemical and preservative free herbal medication that relieves sore muscles, stiff joints, nerve damage, circulation issues, fluid retention amongst a host of other ailments. Call Sandra at (866) 223-2414 to book a free massage appointment for your place of worship, senior citizens group or nursing home. For more information, visit www.pimentooil.com.
Stop. Breath. Relax. Join Tai Chi Easy, a wellness practice combining Tai-chi, Qigong, meditation & Chinese healing, taught by Daniel Weicher, certified teacher in Integral Qigong & Tai Chi, every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Moore Street Market, 110 Moore St., entrance on Humbolt St., Brooklyn. Donations are appreciated. Call (914) 673-6016 for information.
Compiled by Ida Eisenstein