Saturday, April 7
Spoken Word/Music The Center for Culture, The Afrikan Poetry Theater, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Queens, N.Y., presents “Jammin’ the Realness” featuring poet and painter Danny Simmons, writer and performer Bob McNeil, poet and spoken word artist Beverly Chavies & rapper DiE$eL E, 7:00 p.m. Donation $10.00. For information, call (718) 523-3312.
Jazz Festival The 13th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival presents Kenyatta Beasley Quintet/Tribute to Frank Foster, 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., at Jefferson St. For reservations, call (718) 398-1766.
Sunday, April 8
Sunday Service Church of God of East Flatbush presents Resurrection Sunday Service 2012, 9:00 a.m. Prayer; 10:00 a.m. Service featuring Voices of Redemption, Voices of Holiness and Voices of Hope & more at Tilden High School 5800 Tilden Ave., between East 58 and 59 streets. For information, call (718) 385-1043.
Jazz Festival The 13th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival presents Steve Cromity & his Trio, TC III, Open Mic Jam, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Two Steps Down, 240 Dekalb Ave., at Vanderbilt Ave., For information, call (718) 399-2020.
Birthday Celebration Jammins Entertainment presents Wayne Goodas: 12th Annual Soul to Soul Dinner & Dance Birthday Celebration featuring music by Super Claude, Glamour Wayne & Jagga B & hosted by T.C. Supa Flex at Pulse 48, 1020 East 48 St., corner of Farragut Rd., Brooklyn. For information & tickets, call Pulse 48 at (718) 282-8041.
Monday, April 9
Jazz Festival The 13th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival presents Bilal Sunni Ali & The Singing Chef Ras Chemash Lamed with Song of Life Ensemble, 7:15 p.m. & 9:15 p.m., at For My Sweet, 1103 Fulton St., at Classon Ave. For information, call (718) 857-1427.
Wednesday, April 11
Lecture & Conversation The N.Y. Historical Society will host “The Invisible Line: Three American Families & the Secret Journey from Black to White,” unraveling three families who represent the complexity of race in America and about who we are, 6:30 p.m., in The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the N.Y. Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, N.Y. For information and to purchase tickets, call (212) 485-9268.
Job Skills Training Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is holding an orientation session for a new 12-week program, “Job Skills for English Language Learners (JSELL)” focusing on computer and job readiness skills while advancing spoken and written English language skills and preparing for Microsoft Office Specialist & National Retail Federation customer service national certification exams, 5:30 p.m. at 25 Thornton St., Brooklyn. Classes, beginning April 16, will be held Mon. – Thurs., 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more detailed information, call (718) 387-1600 or (718) 381-3222.
Thursday, April 12
Comedy Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey holds its 13th Annual “Laugh Off” comedy showcase featuring performance by comedian Joey Kola & emceed by Bill Ervolino, humor columnist, 7:00 p.m. at Bananas Comedy Club, 283 Rt. 17 South, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. For tickets & more information, call (201) 457-1670.
Friday, April 13
Jazz Festival The 13th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival presents three shows: The Bob Cunningham Quartet, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at JAZZ966, 966 Fulton St., at Grand Ave. For information, call (718) 638-8910; Pucci Amanda Jhones and The Eric Lemon Trio, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at BrownstoneJAZZ at Sankofa Aban Bed and Breakfast, 107 Macon St., at Nostrand Ave. For information, call (917) 704-9237; and WMC Allstars Jam Session, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. at the Williamsburg Music Center, 367 Bedford Ave., at South 5 St. For information, call (718) 384-1654.
Benefit Concert The Hope Center Benefit Concert 2012, featuring Bridget Blucher-Simms, Evangelist Eleanor Riley, Maestro Gest, The Spirit of David Choir & more, will be held at the Church of God of East Flatbush, 409 E. 95th St., Brooklyn. For tickets and information, contact The Hope Center at (718) 385-7305.
Historical Documents The New York Historical Society Museum and Library, 170 Central Park West, N.Y., as part of “Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn,” will have on display thru April 15, three revolutionary documents – The Stamp Act of 1765, British Parliament’s act enforcing tax on the colonies; The Louisiana Purchase, Napoleon’s authorization to sell the Louisiana Territory to the U.S. in 1803 as a consequence of the Haitian Rebellion and The Haitian Declaration of Independence, the only known surviving copy of the first printing of the document in 1804. For hours and admission, call (212) 873-3400 or visit www.nyhistory.org.
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 and 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. and Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Bronx Independent Living Services, 4419 Third Ave., Ste. 2C, Bronx. For more information and necessary paperwork, call (718) 515-2800 ext. 111 or for an ASL interpreter, call and make appointment with Ms. Saldana at (866) 882-3244.
Free Tax Help The Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union and 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).
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 and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Holy Redeemer, 2424 Linden Blvd. in East New York. For information, call (718) 372-3003.
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