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Rescheduled Kwanza Event

Due to adverse weather conditions The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) has rescheduled its Kwanzaa & Community Appreciation Event celebrating the spirit & principles of Kwanzaa to Jan. 6 at 3Ten Lounge, 310 Bowery, between East Houston & Bleecker streets in Manhattan, 7:00 p.m. – midnight. Event is free & open to public but all persons attending are asked to contribute age appropriate school supplies for needy school children & are also asked to RSVP to [email protected] or call (718) 421-6927 for information.

Friday, Jan. 7

Be Fit Mall Walk

Westchester County Parks presents Be Fit Mall Walk focusing on the importance of a healthy diet & active lifestyle with Dr. Jean-Pierre discussing tips for a heart healthy diet including how to read food labels, the importance of serving sizes & how to incorporate fruits & vegetables into your everyday diet, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Food Court on Level 4 at The Westchester in White Plains. Admission & parking are free to Be Fit members. For more information on membership & the mall walk program visit or call (914) 864-7077.

Saturday, Jan. 8

Memorabilia Show

To commemorate Black History Month the Music Memorabilia show will feature many rare jazz records of African American legends on LP & 78 rpm featuring Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong & many others as well as blues & doo wop records, rhythm & blues & including comedy LPs of Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx & others & also featuring books, photos, posters & rare sheet music depicting the African American experience, 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Tip Top Shoe Building, 155 West 72nd St., 4th Fl., N.Y. near Broadway. Admission: free. For information, call (212) 579-0689, weekdays.

Sunday, Jan. 9

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The life & works of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 230 Brookside Ave., Roosevelt, L. I., with the theme Yes We Can, featuring a sermon by The Rev. Romeo Dabee & singing with soprano Lauri Williamson-Hollidayas well as the presentation of scholarship awards to those persons studying towards church vocations, 4:00 p.m. Event is free. For more information, contact Mr. Chrichlow at (516) 352-6074.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Business Workshop

CAMBA, Small Business Services, 884 Flatbush Ave., 2 Fl., Brooklyn, corner of Church Ave., is holding a free workshop, Create Your Website & Internet Marketing focusing on information on free or low-cost methods to build a professional site for your business & learn what makes a great small business website & how to promote it, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration required, RSVP to (718) 282-2500 or email [email protected]

Wednesday, Jan. 12

CAMBA, Small Business Services, 884 Flatbush Ave., 2 Fl., Brooklyn, corner of Church Ave., is holding a free workshop, How to Buy A Home, focusing on the steps needed to find a home & pay for it including credit issues, places to look, how much you can afford & mortage options, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Workshop repeated Feb. 9 & March 9. Registration required, RSVP to (718) 282-2500 or email [email protected]

Sunday, Jan. 16

Prayer & Benefit Event

African Refuge, Inc. presents an intercessory prayer & fundraising benefit event to celebrate the African immigrant population & low-income community of Staten Island featuring gospel musical performances, a sermon & remarks, followed by light refreshments, at the Christ Assembly Lutheran Church, 27 Hudson St., Staten Island, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 to [email protected]

Networking Breakfast

The Greater N.Y. Chamber of Commerce is holding an Open House Networking Breakfast at the Greater N.Y. Chamber, Coffee House 6th Floor, 20 W. 44 St., between 5 & 6 avenues, N.Y., 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Members/$10; Guests/$25. Must RSVP to (212) 686-7220 or register online at


Call for Artists

The Waterfront Musuem & Showboat Barge’s curator, Karen Gersch, is looking for interested artists for an upcoming spring exhibition, Creatures of the Deep, aboard the historic Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge No. 79. Individuals can submit up to two entries; large works are encouraged; all mediums considered; two-dimensional preferred. If interested, send request & images to Karen Gersch,, 2901 Conover St., Red Hook Pier 44, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11231 & for more information, call (7178) 624-4719 ext. 11.

ESOL & GED Classes

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is offering free English as a second language (ESOL) classes, Monday – Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. as well as Pre-GED, GED & Adult Basic Education classes Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Bushwick at 25 Thornton St. (enter Broadway & Flushing Ave.). Call today for information (718) 387-1600.

Workforce Resource Ctr.

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow’s Bushwick Workforce Recource Center is now open offering clerical skills job training; GED classes; job placement assistance, immigrant services, ESOL; internship programs for young adults; youth job trianing & employment & affordable health insurance from Helath Plus at 280 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn. For information on all services & requirements for health insurance, please call (718) 381-3222, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Police Athletic League

Registration is ongoing thru Jan. 10, 2011, for the PAL Cops & Kids Program open in Manhattan for young people ages 14 to 17 to participate in the upcoming winter basketball season. To sign up or for more information, contact PAL;s Operations Dept. at (212) 477-9450 ext. 389.

Jazz Academy

Jazz at Lincoln Center will be accepting applications for its Middle School Jazz Academy Class of 2011-12 beginning Jan. 22, 2011. Promising middle school instrumentalists from N.Y.C. are eligible to apply & audition for the tuition-free intensive jazz instruction program held throughout the school year. For eligibility requirements & for an application visit Application deadline is March 4, 2011. The free showcase will take place Jan. 22 at l:00 p.m. in Irene Diamond Education Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th St., N.Y.C. The showcase is free & open to the public. No reservations, first come, first served. Seating is general admission. For more information, contact Bridget Wilson, (212) 258-9868 or email [email protected]

You Gotta Believe

You Gotta Believe! adoption agency offers free classes to learn more about adopting an older child. Learn how you can help an older child find a permanent home. Classes are held every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in Coney Island at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2801 W 8 St., & every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in East New York at Church of the Holy Redeemer, 2414 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 372-3003.

Foreclosure Prevention

If you’re behind, or just concerned about your mortgage, come in for free services & assistance to the Open House every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. sponsored by Flatbush Development Corp, Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush & the Center for York City Neighborhoods. To RSVP or for more information, call (718) 469-4679 or visit

Home Repairs

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 can assist you. For more information on the Home Improvement Programs, call (718) 469-4679 or visit

Winter Aches & Pains

Try this complete alternative medicine cabinet in a bottle for free. Jamaican Bath Fountain Pimento Oil is an all natural, chemical & preservative free herbal medication that relieves stiff joints, sore muscles, nerve damage amongst a host of other ailments. We will come to your nursing home or church and give you a free massage so you can experience this Jamaican phenomenon for yourself. Call Sandra at (866) 223-2414 or visit for more information.


Comedy School Dropout, the free, stand up comedy show hosted by Joe Rocha & produced by fellow comic Joe Dixon continues its show with drink specials on Monday evenings, 8:00 p.m., at the unique lodge lounge setting of Retreat, 37 West 17 St., between 5 & 6 avenues in Manhattan (Subway: “F” train to 14th St.) For informnation, contact (212)488-6600 or visit

Compiled by

Ida Eisenstein

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