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Saturday, March 24

Health Workshop

The Health Guild of St. Alban’s Church presents a community workshop “Empower Yourself to Heal Your Body and Ward Off Diseases” at the church, 9408 Farragut Rd., between East 94 & East 95 streets. Registration 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. For information, call (718) 444-4351.

Dance Theatre

The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Rd., presents The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica featuring the lore, music & dance of Jamaica, Africa & the American South, Saturday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, March 25, 3:00 p.m. Tickets available online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org or call the Box Office at (718) 951-4500.

Thursday, March 29

Women’s Health

Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes is accepting applications for Start Your Engine, Investing in Nutrition & Fitness Education for Women, a 24-week program that will teach new strategies to living a long & healthy life. An introduction & orientation will be held 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at SUNY Downstate Medical Center at LICH, 339 Hicks St., Brooklyn. Application is required to enroll. Class size limited to 12-15 women. Session dates are Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., April 12 – Sept. 27. To RSVP for orientation class, call (917) 648-2039.

Bread & Roses Strike

Radical Women is hosting the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the “Bread & Roses” strike: The Bravery of Immigrant Women Workers of the Lawrence Textile Mill, at Freedom Hall, 113 W 128 St., Harlem, between Malcolm X Blvd. & Seventh Ave., 7:30 p.m. Admission free. A Beyond Borders Buffet with vegetarian option served at 7:00 p.m. for $8 donation. Childcare provided. For information, call (212) 222-0633.

Business Workshop

CACCI is holding its annual salute to women history-makers and small business membership power breakfast featuring information on how to become certified in order to do business with the City of New York and enhance business growth and development, 9:00 a.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., downtown Brooklyn. For information and reservations, call (718) 834-4544.

Friday, March 30

Stroke Club

The Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition is holding a free Stroke Club/Support Group focusing on education and support for those who have or had a stroke, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, University Hospital of Brooklyn, 445 Lenox Rd., Nursing Station 71, Patient Lounge, 7th Fl., Brooklyn. For information, call (718) 270-3739.

Saturday, March 31

Health Fair

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.

Youth Ballet Workshop

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.

ONGOING

Dinner Dance

The Meadowbrook High School (Kingston, Jamaica) Alumni New York Chapter presents its third annual Dinner Dance at The Elegant Rose Hall, 4848 White Plains Rd., Bronx, on Saturday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. For tickets & information, call (732) 874-3788 or (347) 414) 4284.

S.O.S. Program

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.

Volunteers Needed

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.

Adoption

“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.

Children’s Program

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.

Financial Coaching

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.

Tai Chi

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

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