Dance: Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance in Brooklyn kicks off the fall semester of youth programming with a special Pay-What-You-Wish. Students and parents are welcome to come try any class for a donation of any amount. To see the full schedule of classes, visit www.cumbedance.com/youth-program-fall-2014. Advance registration is highly recommended, as space is limited.
fri., sept. 12
Variety show: “No Name … & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy-variety show will feature comics Kevin Avery (head writer FX Networks “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell”), Jeff Kreisler (author “Get Rich Cheating”), and Brandon Scott Wolf (“Saturday Night Live Weekend Update) at Otto’s. Showtime 7 pm No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St (Cross Street: Between Avenue A and Avenue B).For more info, call (212) 228–2240.
Free CREDIT SCORE AND ANALYSIS PROGRAMS: Ridgewood Savings Bank is deeply committed to the Bronx community’s financial health and security and is hosting a free credit sc0ore program from 10 am – 2 pm This program provides information which is critical in planning a successful financial future, including possible home ownership and business investment. 31626 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx, NY; Please RSVP by calling (718) 589–1323.
Insurance Policy: Are you covered adequately by your homeowner’s insurance? Are you paying too much? NHS 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, a not-for-profit housing organization. www.nhsnyc.org.
Block Party: Berean Community and Family Life Center hosts its Ninth Annual “Takin’ It to the Streets” block party from 11 am – 5 pm The party will be held on Bergen Street between Utica and Rochester Avenue. Join us for free health screenings,entertainment, and school supplies. It’s a family affair!
Health: The Alzheimer’s Association NYC Chapter will host a free educational meeting, “Understanding Dementia” from 6 pm — 7:30 pm The meeting will cover what you need to know and where to go. 57 Willoughby St. Fourth floor. Please register by calling (800) 272–3900.
thurs., sept. 18
Book Festival: World-renowned author and journalist, Gail Sheehy and Girls who Code founder Reshma Saujani discuss the need to embrace risk and failure and to boldly chart your own course. Sheehy’s new memoir, Daring: My Passages, chronicles the obstacles she encountered when she blazed a trail in the male-dominated world of journalism in the 1960s. Her earliest book, Passages, was named by a Library of Congress survey one of the ten most influential books of our time. Saujani, a former New York City Deputy Public Advocate, founded Girls Who Code to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. Saujani’s new book is Women Who Don’t Wait in Line. This event starts at 7 pm Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238)
Music: New York-based blues favorites Renee and the Derelicts perform classic and original blues, rock and soul tunes featuring the vocals of the multitalented actress/playwright Renee Flemings, the band Sal Carolei (blues harp), Paul Bauman (guitar), Trevor Brown (bass), and Bernard Devlin (drums) will kick things off at 9 pm No cover, great Mediterranean food and drink available. LURA Restaurant NYC is located on the upper West side (949 Columbus Ave) between 106th & 107th street. For more information, call (212) 866–7500.
Variety show: “No Name … & A Bag O’ Chips” comed -variety show will feature Liam McEneaney (Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”), comedian -pundit-blogger Leighann Lord (Fox News “Strategy Room”), Sharon Spell (“The Moth”), and sketch comedy collective Kokomo (“Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre”) . The show starts at 7 pm and will feature “No Name” house band The Summer Replacements featuring Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St (Cross Street: Between Avenue A and Avenue B)
Low Impact Yoga: Join us for a dance-fitness class that’s friendly and fun from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm The class 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 you’ll be taking part in an exercise class. RSVP by calling (866) 539–0999.
sat., sept. 20
SAT Prep: Kaplan is hosting a free SAT practice test at the Brooklyn Kaplan Center at 1602 Kings Highway from 2 pm – 6 pm. Taking a practice test is one of the best ways to get ready for the real thing. You will learn exclusive strategies to improve your score and know exactly what to expect on test day. Limited seats available, sign up today using this link: http://bit.ly/freeseptember.
Free CREDIT SCORE AND ANALYSIS PROGRAMS: Ridgewood Savings Bank is deeply committed to the Bronx community’s financial health and security and is hosting a free credit score program from 10 am–2 pm This program provides information which is critical in planning a successful financial future, including possible home ownership and business investment. 3824 White Plains Rd., Bronx, NY; RSVP by calling (718) 882–0440
Summer Workout: Join EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care for a cardio workout that can enhance your overall health and improve circulation and endurance from 2:30 pm–3:30 pm We’ll also work on building muscle with strength training. Please let your doctor know you’ll be taking part in an exercise class. Please RSVP by calling (866) 539–0999.
chca clothing drive: Crow Hill Community Association will be conducting a clothing drive every Saturday from noon to 3 pm during September for Georgia’s Place, located at Prospect Place and Bedford Ave. Georgia’s Place is an innovative supportive housing residence for 48 formerly homeless and low-income adults. Georgia’s Place staff are committed to the health of their residents in a holistic way: mental, physical, emotional. The drive will take place in front of the former site of the CHCA Community Garden (730 Franklin Ave) between Sterling Place and Park Place. Alternatively, drop offs can also take place on Tuesdays from 5pm – 7pm at Georgia’s Place during Farmshare pick-up. New and slightly used men’s and women’s clothing. For more information, contact Mr. Frank at (718) 230–1447.
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. Checks and money orders are welcomed and should be made out to “SVG Community Inc.” 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.”
passport application center: Brooklyn Public Library 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 am–3 pm from Monday through Friday and Sunday by appointment. The Center is closed on Saturdays until further notice. 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.
Featuring Home REpair: 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, 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.
Home Help for disabled: If you are a disabled homeowner living in Brooklyn or have someone disabled living in your household, you may qualify for up to $5,000 in home repair grants. Repairs must be geared toward making the home accessible and convenient for the disabled person. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not-for-profit housing organization, and the New York State Housing Trust Corporation. For more information, please call (718) 469–4679.
Donations: St. Robert Bellarmine Church is joining efforts with the Diocese of Trenton to bring relief to victims in the hardest hit areas. The church has organized a sorting sub station in the parish and will be delivering donations to various locations shortly. The church is seeking donations of cardboard shipping boxes for packing or rubber bins for storage for victims. Donations are tax deductible and the church will provide you with a receipt upon request. Feel free to contact St. Robert Bellarmine Church at any time Attn: SRB Hurricane Relief Effort, 61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Pam Stengel (732) 580–0075, Linda Altini (917) 578–4852. Phone: (732) 462–7429 or Fax: (732) 409–3496.
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— compiled by Natalie Y. Henry