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Saturday, Jan. 28

MSG Track & Field

Track & Field returns to the Garden with the U.S. Open featuring match-ups in sprints, hurdles & field events to kick off the 2012 Olympic Year, 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave., between 31 & 33 streets, Manhattan. Tickets available at the MSG Box Office, Ticketmaster at (866) 858-0008, all Ticketmaster outlets & via thegarden.com.

Summer Camp

Resources for Children with Special Needs is holding its free 27th Annual Special Camp Fair for children & teens with special needs featuring day camps, sleepaway camps, travel programs, remedial education programs, volunteer & job opportunities & more, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, entrance on Columbus Ave./W. 60 St., Manhattan. For information, call (212) 677-4650 ext. 34, or visit www.resourcesnyc.org.

Open House

Spellbound Conservatory Ensemble, East Harlem’s Center for African American Mystery, Melodrama & Sci-Fi fantasy plays presents its Open House Class & Performances featuring performances from up and coming plays plus free open class, interactive drama & open auditions & refreshments, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the I.S. 99 School at 100 Street between First & F.D.R. Drive, N.Y. Free & open to the public. For information, call Klehotas Tshyre at (917) 553-7230 or email [email protected].

Monday, Jan. 30

Jazzy Mondays

Jazzy Mondays presents Reginald Woods, a Queens native & noted saxophonist bringing his trio (organ & drums) to For May Sweet, 1103 Fulton St., Brooklyn, 7:15 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. For information, call (718) 857-1427, (917) 757-0170, (718) 753-3302 or [email protected].

Tuesday, Jan. 31

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[email protected] presents The Victor Goines Quintet, Tues. – Sun., Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., plus 11:30 p.m. on Fri. & Sat. at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 5th Fl., Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St., N.Y. For reservations & information, call (212) 258-9595 or visit jalc.org.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Caregiver Training

Utopia Home Care provides free caregiver training focusing on each participant’s individual needs, covering fundamental topics & techniques at the Kings Park Office at 1 Village Plaza, Suite 1012, (631) 544-0462 & at the Riverhead Office at 180 Old Country Road (CR 58), (631) 369-5500. Training starts at 9:30 a.m. Please call to reserve a spot. Note that these classes are for personal enrichment only; no certificates will be issued.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Comedy/Variety

Comics Jim Mendrinos, Nancy Lombardo & Hilary Schwartz will be among the performers featured at the No Name Comedy/Variety show at The Pipers Kilt, 4944 Broadway, between 207 & Isham streets, N.Y., 10:00 p.m. No cover; must be 21+. For information, call (212) 569 -7071.

Spoken Word

The Harlem Library, 9 West 124 St., N.Y. presents A Versified Voyage featuring spoken word artists Beverly Chavies & Bob McNeil sharing poems & songs celebrating MLK, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela & more, 2:30 p.m. Come & hear empowering words. For information, call the library at (212) 348-5620.

ONGOING

Auditions

FSF Community Theatre Group, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing is holding auditions for the musical “Gypsy,” Tues. & Wed., 2/7 & 8, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Callbacks Tues., 2/14. Performances 5/12, 13, & 19, 2012. Looking for dancers & singers ages 10 thru adult; Stage Crew 16+. For information, call (516) 354-5210. Log on to www.spotlightonstage.com/fsfctg.htm or email [email protected].

Free Fridays

Jammins Entertainment presents Free Fridays at Pulse 48 where admission is free for everyone before 12:30 a.m. (except on holidays) & free all night for birthday celebrations, featuring music by DJ Noah, DJ Scrappy & others & offering Soca, Reggae, Kompa Hip Hop, R&B at Pulse 48, 1020 E 48 St., Farragut Rd., Brooklyn. ID a must (No ID, no entry). For information & reservations, call (718) 282-8041 or (646) 434-5390.

Free Tax Preparation

The Bethex Federal Credit Union is offering free tax preparation every Wed., 12 noon – 7:00 p.m. & Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m,. at Bronx Independent Living Services, 4419 Third Ave, Ste. 2C, Bronx. Bring the following documents: Social Security card & birthdates for everyone on return, photo ID, W-2 & 1099 Forms for all jobs held in 2011, bank account & routing number for fastest return thru direct deposit, childcare provider information if claiming childcare credit, if filing with a spouse, he/she must be present & any relevant information such as receipts, statements, etc. For more information, 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 & 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 & to answer any questions every Tues. & Wed., 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 & 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 & job skills training program, Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For registration details, call (971) 609-0909.

Foreclosure Services

Are you behind in your mortgage or seeking a modification? Come in for free services & assistance to our Open House every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, call the Neighborhood Housing Service of East Flatbush at (718) 469-4679.

Home Improvement

Did your roof collapse? Does your boiler need replacing? Do you need major repairs done? NHS of East Flatbush can assist you. Ask about the 5-3-5 Program & Emergency Repair Program. For more information, call (718) 469-4679.

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 & 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.

Vendor Registration

Black Christmas 2012, A Holiday Season with a Purpose, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan. For details & fees on early, regular & late vendor registration call Norman Cole at (212) 714-4531.

Compiled by Ida Eisenstein

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