Thursday, Nov. 18
CAMBA Economic Development Corp. is holding a workshop offering loans to Central Brooklyn based entrepreneurs looking to start up or expand their existing business. If you have bad or no credit, no business plan, or no financial records CAMBA has resources to assist you. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 884 Flatbush Ave., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn. For information, call (718) 282-2500 or visit www.camba.org.
The Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush is sponsroing a Free Homebuying Seminar focusing on government sponsored mortgages, closing cost assistance & more, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at HSBC Bank, 815 Flatbush Ave., corner of Caton Ave., Brooklyn. To reserve space, call (718) 469-4679.
Friday, Nov. 19
Something Good in the World presents Energy of Youth Benefit Concert & Potluck, featuring world music performed by children ages 8-18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Building A at Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St. in Yorktown Heights. Suggested donation: $25/adults; $10/students; $5/children under 12. For information, call (914) 217-9249.
Farmers & Gardeners
Join growers, activists, students & leaders from across the nation to help build networks & cultivate ideas at the Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference, Nov. 19-21, at Brooklyn College, Student Center, 1 Campus Rd., between East 27th St. & Amersfort Pl., Brooklyn. For directions, cost & more information, visit www.blackfarmersconf.org.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is inviting every N.Y. & N.J. parent & educator to the premier of a new documentary, Dead Wrong: How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child, featuring personal stories, health experts, drug counselors & doctors focusing on the effects psychiatric drugs have on children & families. The documentary will be shown at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at the Church of Scientology of N.Y., 227 West 46th St. Admission: free. For more information & reservations for groups & school classes, call (646) 222-9102.
Music & Dancing
The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor, 53 Prospect Park West at 2 St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn is hosting the PSFC Swing Band with Barry Brysen bringing his hit swing band back to the Coffeehouse for an evening of music & dancing, 8:00 p.m. Admission: $10/door; $6/children. For information, call (718) 768-2972.
Saturday, Nov. 20
Soul Legends Concert Series present a pre-Thanksgiving Showcase featuring The O’Jays & Friends, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave. Doors open 7:00 p.m. For BAM Box Office information, call (718) 636-4100 or visit www.BAM.org.
The E.N.Y. United Concerned Citizens, AARP E.N.Y. Chapter 5413 & George Gershwin I.S. 166 present their 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Intergenerational Community Dinner, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the school, 800 Van Siclen Ave., between Linden Blvd. & Stanley Ave., Brooklyn. For information, call (347) 240-3049.
The Queens Library New Americans Program & The Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans present Pathway to U.S. Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen & Building Your Civic Knowledge, 2:00 p.m., 11/20 (necessary documents), 12/4 (common barriers) & 12/11 (the naturalization interview & more) at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. For information, call (718) 990-0700.
Sunday, Nov. 21
Film & Discussion
The N.Y. Chapter of The Ntl. Assn. of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO) presents a community education forum: Film & discussion about Banished, a documentary on ethnic cleansing in the late 19 & early 20 centuries against African Americans, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the African Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Queens. Admission: free; suggested donation $5. For information, call (718) 523-3312, (718) 789-3264 or [email protected]
The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West at 2 St. in Park Slope presents Wamponoag! with Remi Gay, an intergenerational festival of appreciation inspired by Native American tradition, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the main hall of the Meeting House. Free & open to the public. For information, call (718) 768-2972.
Tuesday, Nov. 23
Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St. in Yorktown Heights is offering Thanksgiving Vegetable Box where you can purchase all the vegetables for your Thanksgiving feast in one place on Tues., 11/23, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & Wed., 11/24, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For information, call (914) 962-2368.
MAG & N.Y.S. Senator Shirley Huntley are holding a Tots-2-Seniors Toy, Book, Clothing & Coat Drive calling for donations to be taken to the office of the senator at 133-24 233rd St. in Laurelton, N.Y. as well as the Rochdale Village Senior Center, 169-65 137 Ave., Jamaica, in preparation for the Tots-2-Seniors Holiday Celebration on Sat., Dec. 11, in the Senator’s office, 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. Refreshments, entertainment & gifts for all. For information, call (718) 949-1601 or (718) 712-2061.
Help the Ina Dillon TV Show & Simms Tax Services put smiles on needly children’s faces in the Flatbush neighborhood for the holiday season by donating a toy today to be dropped off at Simms Tax Services, 1478 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. For information, call (917) 349-8948 or (718) 859-5800.
Donations for Seniors
The Carter Burden Center for the Aging is asking for donations for its senior citizens in the way of craft supplies, especially yarn & knitting supplies, unopened holiday gifts for men & women such as sweaters, socks, hats, gloves & scarves, large print edition books, etc. as well as volunteers to assist with filing, telephone coverage & delivering meals to the homebound. Donations can be sent to the center at 1484 First Ave., N.Y. 10075. For information, visit www.burdencenter.org or call (212) 879-7400 ext. 204.
Holiday Food Drive
Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St. in Yorktown Heights is holding a Holiday Food Drive, Tuesday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in November & December where you can drop off non-perishable canned & dried goods for distribution to local food pantries at the Farm Stand or Building C. For information, visit hilltophanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.
The Institute for Community Living is holding a drive to donate a wrapped gift of a new toy, book, clothing item or even a gift card with a minimum value of $20 for a child in need. Contact Sharon at [email protected] or leave a message at (212) 385-3030 ext. 3226 & she will send you a gift tag that includes the gender, age & clothing size of a child. Gifts should be dropped off in Manhattan at 40 Rector St., 8th Fl. or in Brooklyn at 161 Emerson Place, near Pratt Institute between 9:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. weekdays until Dec. 3.
The annual Grand Central Holiday Fair, featuring vendors of one-of-a-kind jewelry, handmade women’s & children’s clothing, holiday ornaments, home accessories, glass sculptures, hand loomed knitware, art & books, imported African crafts, toys & more, will be open thru 12/24, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday thru Saturday (except Thanksgiving Day) at Vanderbilt Hall & Bridge, Grand Central Terminal, Lexington Ave, at 42 St. For information, call (212) 340-2345.
Health & Wellness
How safe is the water you drink? Are you aware that there may be harmful substances in your drinking water with the potential for contributing to illness & disease. Call Chudi at (917) 751-3571 for a free analysis of your drinking water & a consultation on how to change your water to enhance your health and well-being.
Winter Aches & Pains
For anyone suffering from rheumatism or arthritis symptoms try this massage with Jamaican Bath Fountain Pimento Oil, a “complete alternative medicine cabinet in a bottle,” an all natural, chemical & preservative free herbal medication that relieves stiff joints, sore muscles, nerve damage & a host of other ailments. Call Sandra at (866) 223-2414 to arrange for an appointment to come to your nursing home or church for a free massage so you can experience this Jamaican phenomenon for yourself.