mon., dec. 8
music: The multi-talented Alex DeSuze returns to the Indian Road Café to host the “No Name Uptown Cabaret Second Monday” monthly singers showcase. DeSuze, will be joined by a guest musical director. Producer Eric Vetter calls the Cabaret an opportunity to enjoy and share your art with your fellow singers, composers and lyricists in a safe and fun place! Indian Road Café, located at 600 West 218th St., offers an excellent wine, beer and coffee selection as well as great food from paninis to lobster mac and cheese, all amidst a warm and casual atmosphere. The next Uptown Cabaret show will start at 7:00 p.m. with sign up beginning at 6:45 p.m. No cover, no minimum and for additional information, call (212) 942-7451. For more “No Name” information, go to www.nonamenyc.com.
Low-ImPact Zumba: Join us for a dance-fitness class that’s friendly and fun from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. It uses the Zumba formula, with modified moves and pacing for active older people and those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to let your doctor know that you will participating in an exercise class. RSVP:(866)539-0999 206-20 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights, NY 11411.
Healthy eating: Learn the benefits of eating for your health, especially if you are dealing with a chronic illness or condition from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., 215 West 125th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10027. You will also discover how to eat right while still enjoying your meals. Topics will include: healthier versions of popular ethnic recipes (with recipe handouts), healthy eating on a budget, how to read food labels (can I eat it?) and fun-interactive cooking demos.
wed., dec. 10
literary showcase: The next edition of “At The Inkwell,” the popular East Village monthly literary showcase, will take place at KGB Bar at 7:00 p.m. Created and curated by Monique Antonette Lewis, the event “Anthology Night” will feature readings from the acclaimed nonfiction and poetry collections “Becoming: What Makes a Woman” & “Being: What Makes a Man.” Scheduled writers / poets will include: SJ Sindu, Bibi Wein, Maria Terrone and Gregory Fletcher. Founded in 2013, At The Inkwell is a New York City-based service to promote authors through feature articles, book reviews and public readings, which are held every second Wednesday of the month. KGB Bar is located at 85 E. 4th S., 2nd Floor, in Manhattan. Admission is free and for additional information, call (347) 955-5240 or go to: www.attheinkwell.com.
thurs., dec. 11
Cell phone literacy: A cell phone can help you connect with loved ones and friends. Join us from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m for a hands-on demonstration to learn about: cell technology basics, text language, how to send messages and photos and other helpful features of your cell phone. RSVP:(866) 539-0999 206-20 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights, NY 11411.
Fri., dec. 12
comedy:“No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy / variety show producer, Eric Vetter closes out 2014 with a show at Otto’s in Manhattan with the first – a Winter Reading Show Early Bird Special at 6:30 p. m. The show will feature alt-folk singer-songwriter Jessica Delfino (“Good Morning America”), author / blogger / storyteller Thomas R. Pryor (“I Hate The Dallas Cowboys: Tales of A Scrappy New York Boyhood”) and and more. The “No Name” house band “The Summer Replacements” including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) and Morales Gonzalez will also be present. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St. (Cross streets: Between avenues A and B). Take the “L” subway train to First Avenue. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: www.ottosshrunkenhead.com; Performers subject to change, For more “No Name,” information, contact (347) 885-3466 /NoNam[email protected]hotmail.com.
college prep: NAACP Youth & College Division, Brooklyn NAACP and Princeton Review in partnership with YWCA of Brooklyn & Bedford Stuyvesant YES Task Force will host a free practice SAT test and provide strategies to help boost their scores. After the test, students will receive a detailed score report that gives a detailed score breakdown of their individual strengths and weaknesses. Open to all High School Students grade 9-12. Parents and caregivers can also attend the free workshops “Paying for College” and “Preparing Your Child to Graduate.” Space is limited by visiting www.brooklynnaacp.org.
Canned food drive: Councilman Jumaane D. Williams and students seek help assisting needy families this holiday season. Donations will be given to local food pantries and charitable organizations. Donations will be collected at district office at 4517 Ave. D in Brooklyn until Dec. 22, 2014.
flood relief: Donations are being accepted at the Friends of Crown Heights Center located at 671 Prospect Pl., Brooklyn. Donations will also be accepted by Mirtha Colon, a Garifuna from Honduras, who operates Hondurans Against Aids out of Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Casa Yurumein is located at 874 Prospect Ave. in the South Bronx, corner of Westchester Avenue. Anyone in the Long Island area who wishes to make a donation but cannot drive to Brooklyn, please call (347) 488–4395 to arrange a drop off or to arrange for Colon to pick up the donation. Items needed include medical supplies, non-perishable food, clothes, shoes, candles. Monetary donations can be made in the form of checks or money orders addressed to “SVG Community Inc.”
Insurance policy review: Are you covered adequately by your homeowner’s insurance? Are you paying too much? Nieghborhood Housing Services will review your policy free of cost. We also speak to community groups about how the changing flood maps will impact your policy and flood insurance. For more information, call (718) 469–4679. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush is a not-for-profit housing organization. www.nhsnyc.orgSponsored by Neighbor Works of America, Neighborhood Housing Services and Freddie Mac.
passport application center: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has launched a second Passport Application Center at the Kings Highway Library providing a convenient facility for Brooklyn residents and new immigrants to apply for passports. Hours are temporarily set for 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday and Sunday by appointment. The center is closed on Saturdays. The library is located at 2115 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11229. To make an appointment, call (718) 230–2292 or (718) 375–3037 ext. 128.
Home REpair: Is your boiler, water main, or roof need 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, a not-for-profit housing organization can assist you. For more information on the Home Improvement Programs, call (718) 469–4679 or visit www.nhsofeastflatbush.org.
Foreclosure: Are you behind in your mortgage or seeking a modification? Come in for free services and assistance. We will help you as much as possible to keep your home. Referrals for free legal assistance are also available. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (718) 469–4679. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, not-for-profit organizations. www.nhsnyc.org.
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— compiled by Natalie Y. Henry