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Community Events 2-5-14

Community Events 2-5-14

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Dear Neighbor,

It’s impossible to list everything in the district, but here are 60 ways to get informed, inspired, involved +/or entertained. Please make special note of Sunday’s press conference at the George Washington Bridge (Feb. 9th @ 2pm) over the PANYNJ’s broken promises in their bus terminal redevelopment project regarding traffic management, community space, and local hiring.

Scroll down for information about things happening: · · · · · · · Tonight, Tomorrow & Friday (12 items) This weekend (11 items) Next week (8 items) Next weekend (3 items) Looking ahead (10 items) How You Can Help (2 items): help your neighbors with your time, your money, your stuff Educational & vocational opportunities (7 items)

· News, information, opportunities & ongoing events (7 items) including FREE Tax Assistance, DCA grants, what to do if you get the ‘flu, and more!

Feel free to share this e-mail with friends/neighbors. If you know someone who’d like to subscribe, have them e-mail me with their ZIP code.

Best, Liz Ritter

-------Elizabeth Lorris Ritter Community Liaison State Senator Adriano Espaillat, 31st SD 5030 Broadway, Suite 701 NYC 10034 (212) 544-0173 ph) (212) 544-0256 (fx)

***TONIGHT, TOMORROW & FRIDAY*** (12 items)

WEDNESDAY Small Business Forum for Northern Manhattan: Do you own or manage a small business uptown? Do you have questions about regulations, licensing or other interactions with NYC agencies? Council Member Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and uptown elected officials are bringing the answers to you! Join representatives of NYC Departments of Health, Consumer Affairs, Environmental Protection, and Small Business Services; the FDNY; Con Edison; and the New York State Liquor Authority to learn more. Wednesday, February 5th, 6pm – 8pm at the Isabella Center (515 Audubon Ave. @ W. 190th St.).

Housing Workshop on non-Primary Residence: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Goddard Riverside's SRO Law Project, and The Urban Justice Center host a monthly housing clinic. There will be a presentation, followed by a question and answer session, and an opportunity to meet with a staff attorney to provide free, bilingual legal advice on specific issues. The event is free and open to the public. At the Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (between 88th & 89th Streets). Wednesday, February 5th, from 6pm to 8pm. For questions, call the Urban Justice Center at 646-459-3017.

Community Board 4 General Meeting: Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30pm, at 119 9th Ave., btw. W. 17th & W. 18th Streets.

District 3 Community Education Council meeting: Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30pm, 154 West 93rd Street, (Joan of Arc Building) Room 204.

Fiction workshop with Danielle Lazarin. The Level 1 Fiction Workshop is an 8-week class for short story writers who are ready to give and receive feedback on their work in a respectful and constructive environment and who wish to develop further their understanding of the fundamentals of fiction. Eight Wednesday evenings (7pm-9pm), beginning February 5th. $350. All classes take place at the Bread & Yoga/Scribble Art Studios in Inwood. Info at icebergwriting@gmail.com.

Ethics in Film: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble with the law. To escape labor duties in prison, he pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once there, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. Discussion moderated by Chris Everett. At the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages. Wednesday, February 5th at 7pm.

THURSDAY Preschool Crafts and Stories Kids ages 3-6 will hear a story and then do a related craft project. Free and open to the public. At the Bloomingdale Library (150 W. 100th Street). Thursday, February 6th at 4pm. Note: this activity is limited to 25 kids; sign up at children’s info desk starting at 3pm. Info: 212-222-8030.

Skraptacular Trashion Fashion Classes winter/spring semester Thursdays from 4:30pm – 6pm, January 23rd through April 10th. Design garments, jewelry, hair accessories and purses! Learn to hand sew and use a sewing machine! Explore with unconventional materials such as woven plastic, shredded candy wrappers, Tyvek and unique scraps of fabric! Work with guest designers in the business! And THEN: showcase your best work in the Skraptacular Pop-up Fashion Show!! At the Skraptacular Studios: 454 Fort Washington Ave #7, just south of W.

181st St., at Growing Minds Therapeutics. 10 class session $300; space is limited. Call or e-mail to register: info@skraptacular.org / 917 699 8136

Learn more about Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget You are invited to a presentation by Darryl C. Towns, NYS Homes & Community Renewal Commissioner. At the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital McIntosh Conference Room, 3959 Broadway @ W. 165th Street. If you missed this presentation at last week’s CB12 general meeting, don't miss this interesting evening, with Q&A. Thursday, February 6th at 5:45pm. Call 212-681-1850 to RSVP.

Manhattan ADD/ADHD general support and discussion group Members discuss the challenges they face as a result of the subset of symptoms they have & fellow meeting attendees share the success strategies they’ve employed to help them manage and improve their daily lives and routines. We also share community resources with one another. $5 donation requested to defray the group’s expenses. At the West End Collegiate Church, School Annex, 245 West 77th Street. Thursday, February 6th, 6pm - 8:30pm.

Is there a Job for You in Today’s “Post-Industrial” Workplace? Come to CB12’s Health & Human Services Committee meeting to discuss this and other issues, including a resolution for CB12 to join the NYC Alliance to Preserve Public Housing, planning for an upcoming legal forum and housing workshop, a review of the Rent Guidelines Board’s tenant composition, and a review of the Committee’s goals for 2014. 530 W. 166th St. @ St. Nicholas Ave. February 6th at 7pm.

FRIDAY AARP Tax Aid Bring last year’s returns and government ID. At the Bloomingdale Library (150 W. 100th Street). Friday, February 7th, 10:30am-2:30pm. For more info, call 212-222-8030.

***THIS WEEKEND*** (11 items)

SATURDAY Citizenship Drive hosted by the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, in collaboration with the Office of New Americans, the Hispanic Federation, Univision 41, UniMas New York, Sen. Espaillat and his uptown partners in Government. This is an excellent opportunity for those legal residents seeking to naturalize. Applicants must be 18+ years of age with a minimum of 5 years legal residency (3 if married to a US citizen), and must bring residence & Social Security card; all passports with travel history; selective service registration card (if male, 18-26 years old); two passport style photos; $680 fee for Immigration (USCIS); documentation regarding employment, marital status, children; if you’ve been arrested or detained, you must bring a copy of the case disposition. At NMCIR’s offices: 665 W. 182nd Street (btw Broadway & Wadsworth), 1st floor. Saturday, February 8th, 10am-3pm (doors close at 2pm). For more information, call 212-781-0355.

Play ball! Register your 4-18 year old (as of May 1st, 2014) child for the Inwood Little League: · Saturday, February 8th, 10am-3pm in the IS52 Gym (Broadway @ Academy St.) · Thursday, February 13th, 6pm-9pm (647 W. 207th St.) For boys and girls. Visit http://www.inwoodbaseball.org or more information.

Open House Weekend – An Apollo 80th Anniversary Celebration: In celebration of AfricanAmerican History Month and our 80th Anniversary, the Apollo Theater will open its doors for a FREE WEEKEND to give visitors an understanding of our rich history, a preview of our future activities, and an honoring of a few of the “family members” that have helped us get to this point. The afternoon will showcase dancers from the Harlem Swing Dance Society; doo-wop from Winter Wonderland’s Acapella Soul; cast members from Motown: the Musical; a preview of our Tribute to La Guarachera de Cuba: The Queen Celia Cruz with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute; All The Way’s Brandon J. Dirden as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; performers from the Harlem Arts Alliance and Harlem Jazz Shrines; hip-hop from RhythmAndSoulRadio.com’s DJs and rappers Loaded Lux and JSWISS; R&B from Apollo Live; Latin music and spoken word from Amateur Night artists; and more! Saturday, February 8th, 1pm-5pm; doors open at 12:30pm. Free; no tickets or reservations required. General admission until seating capacity is reached. The Apollo is located at 253 W. 125th St. (btw Adam Clayton Powell & Frederick Douglass Blvds.).

New York Turtles Meet & Greet Come meet the turtles of New York with Lorri Cramer, NYSlicensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and Turtle Specialist. Lorri will be joined by some of her shelled friends as she speaks about what makes turtles so special and what you can do to help them. Saturday, February 8th, 2pm - 3:15 pm at Inwood Hill Park’s Payson Playground House (Dyckman Street @ Payson Avenue).

Black History Month Program: Anne Northup, Slavery & the Birth of American Cuisine In conjunction with the Oscar©-nominated movie, “12 Years A Slave,” learn the untold story of Solomon Northup’s wife, Anne. An innovator in American cuisine, Anne was an ambitious, independent and free African-American woman in 19th-century New York. Historian Greg Washington will lead a tour of the Mansion and the local neighborhood as Anne would have experienced them in the 1840's. Professor Jane Lancaster will discuss the relationship of Anne Northup and Eliza Jumel in Saratoga Springs and New York. Finally, food historian, Tonya Hopkins, will recreate some of Anne Northup's recipes for a three-course formal dinner, while leading a conversation about Anne's life and career. Tickets are $10 per person for scholar talks only, $65 sit down dinner. Pre-paid advanced registration is required. At the Morris-Jumel Mansion, btw W. 160th & W. 162nd Streets just east of St. Nicholas Avenue. Saturday, February 8th, 2pm-7pm (scholar Talks, 2pm-5pm; dinner 5pm-7pm). Info: 212-923-8008.

Shakespeare Saturdays is proud to celebrate its 10th season of bringing free Reader's Theatre to the Inwood community, presenting readings of all of Shakespeare's plays, all his sonnets, and half of his longer poems. This season will be a mix of Shakespeare's poetry, the Sign-Up, and Shakespeare Saturdays Cinema; in 3 weeks we'll be continuing the Epic Poems cycle. Please join us! It's all free and all are welcome to attend! Next up: A Lover's Complaint and The Phoenix and the Turtle. Saturday, February 8th, 3pm - 4:30pm at the Inwood Branch of the New York Public Library (4790 Broadway, just north of Dyckman Street).

Projections: All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, presented with Ducat Media All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert is a documentary about an AfricanAmerican artist, originally from Georgia, who spent seven years on a chain gang in the 1960s and '70s, and who now tools large leather tableaux with scenes of the Jim Crow South of his childhood. Artist Winfred Rembert, Washington Heights–based film director Vivian Ducat, and co-producer Ray Segal will be present for the screening. Free; no preregistration required. At Word Up Community Bookstore, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ W. 165th Street Saturday, February 8th, 6:30pm – 9pm.

SUNDAY Historical Bloomingdale Walking Tour FREE monthly walking tour led by Jim Mackin. Meet at the corner of 96th & Broadway. Sunday, February 9th at 1pm. Please RSVP! 212-666-9774 / info@columbusamsterdambid.org.

Rally for improvements to the GWB Bus Station project <rescheduled!>: Although work has been ongoing within the terminal since last fall, construction recently moved onto Ft. Washington Avenue, encroaching into the street and wreaking havoc with northbound and Jersey-bound traffic. Sen. Espaillat continues to push the PANYNJ for more a long-promised traffic study and for uniformed traffic control agents around the GWB, as well as increased community space within the bus station itself, but the Port Authority continues to be unresponsive. Join Sen. Espaillat and his uptown partners in government to protest! Sunday afternoon, February 9th at 2pm. For more information, please email eventsRSVP@adrianoespaillat.org.

Learn how to help your neighbors in an emergency: The JCC Washington Heights/Inwood will be partnering with JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging) to train a cadre of local volunteers in how to best help our seniors in the face of another crisis such as Hurricane Sandy. If you'd like to be part of this special opportunity, contact info@jccwhi.com. Sunday, Feb. 9th.

Peace & Justice Film Series: Slavery by Another Name The “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II. The lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today. Sponsored by the Northern Manhattan Neighbors for Peace & Justice, and the People’s Theatre Project. At the Holyrood Church, corner of W. 179th St. & Ft. Washington Ave. (enter on W. 179th St.). Sunday, Feb. 9th, 4pm-7pm. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served.

***NEXT WEEK*** (8 items)

Department of Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Development Fund deadline is Monday, February 10th; see “News, Info & Opportunities” section, below.

CB12 Youth & Ed Committee Monday, February 10th @ 7pm @ CB12 offices (530 W. 166th St. @ St. Nick.).

Fracking: Peace Action Manhattan's Monthly Community Forum presents Eric Weltman of Food & Water Watch to discuss the Campaign to Ban Fracking in New York. Free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided. Contact Eric at eweltman@fwwatch.org or 718-9439085 with any questions. Monday, February 10th at 7pm at the Goddard Riverside Community Center, 595 Columbus Avenue (@ W. 88th St.).

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer at the Surrogate’s Courthouse, 31 Chambers Street. Wednesday, February 12th, 6pm – 8pm. To RSVP, email rsvp@comptroller.nyc.gov or call 212-669-4466.

How do NYC media report on immigration and local immigrant issues? The New York Immigration Coalition and the Center for Community & Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism team up to host a panel featuring members of ethnic and local media to discuss what goes into crafting a story, what kinds of stories work and don't work, and how to further relationships between journalists and advocates. Advocates, community members, and journalists are invited to attend a targeted discussion and Q&A to further relationships between journalists and advocates. At the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 West 40th Street (Room 308), Thursday, February 13th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Visit https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/376/personal2.asp?formid=Events&c=2421618&aacwc =371563761481678033270103766111 to RSVP.

Play ball! Register your 4-18 year old (as of May 1st, 2014) child for the Inwood Little League. For boys and girls! Thursday, February 13th, 6pm-9pm (647 W. 207th St.) Visit http://www.inwoodbaseball.org or more information.

Uptown Fashion Week returns to northern Manhattan’s most spectacular setting with 12 international designers showcasing their new fall/winter collections. VIP seating ($75 onlilne, $100 @ door) will be on the Palace’s mezzanine; general admission seating ($25 online, $50 @ door)in the foyer allows guests to see the models descend the Palace’s grand staircase before promenading a second runway. There will be no standing room. Thursday, February 13th; 6pm doors, 7pm show. At the United Palace, 4140 Broadway @ W. 175th St. Buy tickets at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9879485.

Valentine’s Day / Black History Month Celebration honoring outstanding members of our community, with Sen. Espaillat and NYC Councilmember Mark Levine. Live music, and surprises! At the Hamilton Grange Senior Center, 430 W. 145th St. @ Convent Ave. Friday, February 14th, noon-2:30pm.

***NEXT WEEKEND*** (3 items)

1st Annual Fitness Marathon Please help us spread the word! This is a free event for adults 18+. Activities will include yoga, spinning, kettleball, kickboxing, and zumba. Refreshments will be provided. At the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (18 Mount Morris Park West) on Saturday, February 15th from 10am-3pm. For more information, call LaSharn at 212-860-1380.

Family Winter Nature Hike Urban Park Rangers are role models who encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe, supportive atmosphere. Bring the whole family and take a leisurely hike through Central Park’s North Woods. Meet at the Dana Discovery Center (110th & Lenox). Saturday, February 15th, 1pm-3pm. For more info, go to the NYC Parks Department website or call 212-628-2345.

6th Annual Chocolate Day: Eliza’s “Miss Havisham” Tea Mrs. Jumel invites guests for a Valentine’s Day soiree they’ll never forget. We’re all a little mad at this tea party, as guests will interact with “Madame Jumel” and her friends. Be sure to come in your finest attire, Eliza is very particular about her tea parties. The event is appropriate for adults, and families with children aged 10 and up. Tickets are $40 per person. Pre-paid advanced registration is required. Call 212923-8008. At the Morris-Jumel Mansion, between W. 160th & W. 162nd Streets just east of St. Nicholas Avenue. Saturday, February 15th 3PM - 5PM

***LOOKING AHEAD*** (10 items)

Free SNAP (food stamp) Application Assistance from the Council of Senior Centers & Services, at the Morningside Retirement & Health Services, 100 LaSalle St., 1st floor (ring bell 144). Tuesday, February 18th, 10am-2pm.

The People’s Theatre Project's Uptown Action community actors present “Domestic Disturbance / Disturbio Doméstico” an interactive and bilingual theatrical event about housing rights and domestic violence in our communities. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can. Conceived, written and performed by your neighbors. Friday, Feb. 21st & Saturday, February 22nd at 7:30pm at The United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway @ W. 175th St.); Sunday, February 23rd at 2pm at The Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 W. 166th St., btw St. Nicholas & Audubon Aves.)

George Washington’s Birthday Celebration: Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday with the Morris-Jumel Mansion! Tour the Mansion, try on colonial costumes and complete a scavenger hunt. NEW this year: at 1pm meet author Christine Wade who will read from her new novel “Seven Locks,” a story of one woman whose husband mysteriously disappears, at the dawn of the American Revolution. The event is FREE and no advanced registration is required. The Mansion is just east of St. Nicholas Ave., between W. 160th & W. 162nd Streets. Saturday, February 22nd, 11am-4pm.

Sunday Movies at the Palace With Lin-Manuel Miranda: The first slate of classic NYC films at the United Palace of Cultural Arts is all lined up for the next six months. Join us Sunday, February 23rd for “West Side Story (1961, 152 min.) as well as Manhattan (1979, 96 min) on March 23rd; King Kong (1933, 100 min) on April 27th; The Warriors (1979, 92 min) on May 18th; and Ghostbusters (1984, 105 min) on June 22nd! Doors will open at 4pm, with a 5pm stage show, and a 5:30pm movie. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Guests wearing tuxedos or gowns get a free bag of popcorn. At the United Palace of Cultural Arts, 4140 Broadway at W. 175th Street.

Learn about the latest advances in Dental Medicine at Columbia University’s “GCA Connections,” a community forum about cutting edge research and innovation at the medical center. Good health starts with your teeth and gums. Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. RSVP at 212-305-8060 or cumcgca@columbia.edu. For more info,

visit bit.ly/cumcgca. Monday, February 24th, 6pm-8pm, at the Russ Berrie Pavilion (1150 St. Nicholas Ave. @ W. 168th St.). College Guide for Immigrant Parents / a “Train-the-Trainer” Workshop Barriers to college for children-of-immigrants are systemic in nature and not isolated personal problems related to their specific family. This workshop will help to develop a sense that, despite these barriers, college is attainable for their family; and will help them to view their fellow parents as resources to collectively address the systemic barriers. Facilitators will learn how to train parents in the basics of financial aid and college selection; create a team for support and help; visit some colleges with your children; ask for specialized help from your school or an outside organization. Trainers will receive a Guide, developed in partnership with many member community organizations, which provides immigrant parents with an easy-to-read entry point into a complicated process. The Guide addresses immigrant parents’ specific concerns raised in focus groups conducted across the City, and presents expert advice in the format of engaging personal stories of immigrant families together with action-oriented guidance that shows parents how to do what is recommended. The guide is written at the 6th grade reading level and will be available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Bengali, Arabic, & Haitian Creole. At the New York Immigration Coalition (137-139 W. 25th St., btw 6th & 7th Aves., 12th fl), Tuesday, February 25th, 9:30am - 12:30pm. Breakfast will be served. RSVP (required for attendance) to Tea at ttammistu@thenyic.org.

Dominican Heritage Awards Luncheon: in association with the American Dream Service Center will present a tribute to Dominicans in Washington, DC. At Marisco Centro, 1490 St. Nicholas Ave. (btw. W. 184th & W. 185th Streets). For information, sponsorship opportunities and tickets call Victor Butierrez at 646-499-4493 or email globalspanishlatinoawards@gmail.com. Thursday, February 27th, 11:30am – 2pm.

17th Annual College Fair presented by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historical Preservation Riverbank State Park. Open to Middle School and High School students seeking to pursue a degree from a Junior or Senior College, including Masters’ programs and trade schools. 60+ national colleges and universities represented. Free workshops in Admissions Prep, SAT, financial aid, careers in medicine, opportunities in the music industry, and more. This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP helpful for planning purposes, but not required. For additional information please call Pat Vitucci, College Fair Coordinator, 212-694-3656. Saturday, March 1st, noon-4pm. Riverbank State Park is located at 145th Street & Riverside Drive.

Help Plan for the Highbridge Reopening! Save the date: Planning meeting Thursday, March 6th. Details to follow.

6th Annual Gala for the Friends of PS187: Save the Date! Saturday, March 8th, 7pm-10pm. Get ready for a fabulous night of food and drink, entertainment, silent & live auctions - all to benefit PS / IS 187! In the Mother Cabrini High School Gym (enter on Cabrini Boulevard). Advance “early bird” tickets only $50 now through Feb. 22nd at http://friendsof187.org/the-gala/; $65 thereafter. All funds go to Friends of 187, a 501(c)3, funds school-day enrichment programs and part-time teachers in everything from science to art to architecture. Programs and teachers funded by Friends of 187 reach every student in every grade.

***HOW YOU CAN HELP*** (2 items)

NYPD Coat & Food Drive ***LAST FEW DAYS *** Ongoing through Friday, February 7th. Not surprisingly, requests for coats have risen as temperatures have dropped. Please help! Local drop-off sites include the 26th, 28th, 30th, 32nd, 33rd & 34th Precincts, the lobby of 5030 Broadway, Brazen Lingerie (5000 Broadway @ W. 212th St.), the Municipal Credit Union at 280 St. Nicholas Ave., Pinkberry at 93rd & Broadway, 414 Amsterdam or 2041 Broadway, NY Kids Club at 601-644 Amsterdam or 169 Amsterdam, and Janovic Plaza at 159 W. 72nd St. (http://www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive/map.) If you need a coat, call the Coat Drive Hotline: 646-801-4022.

Mother Cabrini High School: As many of you already know, Mother Cabrini High school, a community treasure with a tradition of excellence since 1899, has announced that they will be closing their doors at the end of the academic year. Earlier this month, more than 200 members of the MCHS community, including alumnae from as far back as 1967, came out to show their support, and to figure out out they can help save their beloved school. Sen. Espaillat, in partnership with other uptown electeds, has reached out to the school’s administration and is working to provide the community and MCHS students and parents the information they need to make informed choices. He has also is exploring possible rentals or co-locations to help MCHS remain open. The alumnae and current students also have started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise $100,000 in a month. Since Jan 18th, they already have raised more than $55k. Learn more, and help them reach their goal by going to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-cabrinimovement.

***EDUCATIONAL & VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES *** (7 items)

Free ESL Classes: The YM/YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (54 Nagle Avenue) is now offering free ESL classes for the entire community every Tuesday and Thursday. Advanced ESL Class: Tu/Th from 1pm-3pm; intermediate class from 3pm-5pm. If you have any questions, please contact Deborah at 212-569-6200 x219.

Beginning Computer Classes @ SUNY ATTAIN Lab: This class is designed for the total beginner who wants to learn how to negotiate computers, basic software, and the internet. Exact scheduling details TBD, but the class is set to start Monday, February 24th at 2pm. The class will meet weekly for 6 weeks, for about 2 hours per session. Anyone who is interested in registering should contact Joseph Contreras, Instructional Technology Coordinator at the SUNY ATTAIN Lab, 212-923-1803 x7038 or jcontreras@armorytrack.com. (Note corrected email address; apologies for previous error.) (If you call and no one picks up, please leave a detailed voicemail so he knows how to contact you.) All classes are FREE but pre-registration is required, and will be held at the SUNY ATTAIN Lab in the Armory: 216 Fort Washington Ave. @ W. 168th St., 2nd floor. Word Up Community Bookstore offers a “School Shares” option of our CSB program, a membership system modeled after Community Share Agriculture (CSA) that gives members their pick from our crop of used books. We offer CSB School Shares for teachers and schools in order to encourage your students to participate in the store. For $50, every kid in your class will get a wooden nickel, redeemable for any used book between $1-$5, and the teacher will get a free tote bag. This means that you'll get far more value than you pay for, because your students can all choose $5 titles from our shelves. We want to inspire young readers! More info about the CSB is here: http://wordupbooks.wordpress.com/csb/.

Bronx Community Board 7 seeks District Manager to maintain day-to-day operations of this 50-person Board of volunteers with an advisory role in the City’s land-use and budgeting processes, community advocacy, etc. Education and experience required, as well a a history of strong managerial, organizational and supervisory skills, cultural sensitivity, excellent communication and computer skills, and the ability to meet strict deadlines. Spanish-speaking a plus. CB7Bx serves the communities of Bedford Park, Fordham, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge Heights, Mosholu, Norwood and University Heights. Please submit resume by postal mail ONLY (no fax, no email) by Friday, February 21st to: Search Committee, Bronx CB7, 229-A East 204th St., Bronx, NY 10458.

ESL instructor: The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights is seeking a teacher who has experience educating adults and has an interest in social justice issues! NMCIR is a nonprofit organization that has been providing high quality, trustworthy immigration-related legal services (including consultations, citizenship and naturalization application assistance, ESL and citizenship classes) to the immigrant community for almost 30 years. The position requires advanced knowledge of ESL instruction and support for the three levels of ESL classes currently offered at NMCIR. Most of the students are of Latino background and come from predominantly Spanish-speaking households. You will work with the Program Director, Executive Director and another instructor on the management of the program. Students are all adults, including seniors. This fun and rewarding experience gives you a chance to make a difference in the lives of others. Qualifications: BA required, Masters and/or teaching credential preferred; classroom teaching experience and training in ESL is a must. You should be available to work 15-20 hours per week, including evenings, and Saturdays. Compensation is $20/hr. To apply, send your cover letter and resume via email to the Program Director, Almirca Santiago at asantiago@nmcir.org.

John Jay College Spring ’14 Job & Internship Fair SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, March 6th, 1pm-5pm. At John Jay’s Centers for Career & Professional Development, 524 W. 59th St. For more information call 212-237-8754 or email recruit@jjay.cuny.edu. To register, visit https://jjay-cuny-csm.symplicity.com/employers/

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. (NMIC) Training Opportunities NMIC has variety of training and educational programs for young adults (16-24, depending on the program) who are unemployed and not in school. Call them at 212-453-5381 or 212-453-5399 for more information or to apply for the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) or the Youth Empowered to Succeed (YES) Program, which are FREE, and occur at NMIC’s offices, 76 Wadsworth Ave. btw. W. 176th & W. 177th Streets.

***NEWS, INFORMATION & ONGOING EVENTS*** (7 items)

Department of Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Development Fund: In order for a cultural group to be eligible to receive discretionary City Council funding through DCA as part of the fiscal 2014 budget adoption process, all groups must submit a FY ‘15 CDF Application. Please note that organizations can apply for funding via CDF and Discretionary funding via their Council Member (or only one type), however in order to apply for discretionary funds via their Council

Member, they must also complete the CDF application by the deadline. Deadline: February 10, 2014

Information about the ‘flu: Getting an annual ‘flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. It's recommended for most individuals, ages six months and older. In addition to the flu vaccine, there are steps you can take to avoid getting and spreading the ‘flu: · · · Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid close contact with sick people.

· Practice good health habits (get adequate sleep, exercise, and nutrition; and manage stress). · · Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Stay home if you have the flu.

Learn more about the flu, including symptoms (http://www.flu.gov/symptomstreatment/symptoms/index.html) and treatment (http://www.flu.gov/symptomstreatment/treatment/index.html).

NMIC free tax assistance provided by the Food Bank for New York City in partnership with the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation. Bring your Social Security card or Tax ID # for everyone to be claimed on your return; a photo of yourself and spouse (if applicable; W-2s for all jobs you held in 2013 and any other tax-related documents; a sample check or deposit slip with routing number and account number if you want direct deposit of your refund. Now through April 15th, Mon-Thurs noon-7pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm. (Closed on Mondays in March.) You may also use our self-prep tax program on Saturdays. We also offer assistance to seniors and the disabled (limited to 25 people/day): Mon-Thurs, 8am-noon; Tues-Thurs, 8am-noon during March. NMIC is located at 76 Wadsworth Avenue (near W. 177th St.), First floor. Info: (212) 453-5391

Fort Tryon Fitness Continues through the Colder Months! Join us Saturday, Tuesday & Thursday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises. All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Fitness walks are year round but heavy rain and snow or air advisory cancels. Fitness programs are cancelled if the temperature is lower than 20 degrees.

Keep an eye on Facebook to get the latest news on cancellation. Saturdays @ 8:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:30am. Free; no RSVP required. Meet at the entrance to the Heather Garden at Margaret Corbin Circle.

Arts Stroll Poster Contest **Deadline EXTENDED to February 21st!** Show us what will make the 11th Stroll a special one. For more information go to:http://www.nomaanyc.org/2013/11/call-for-submissions-2014-uptown-arts-stroll-postercontest/.

Uptown Games Return on Saturday March 29th. Enjoy a day of competitive track-and-field events for elementary- and middle-school children (3rd-8th grades) in the historic Washington Heights Armory. Register solo, or as part of your school’s team. For more information and registration forms, call 212-544-0173 or email eventsRSVP@adrianoespaillat.org.

Welcome to New NYC Councilmember Mark Levine. His new District Office at 1638 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of W. 141st St.) is now open: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; phone: 212-928-6814. Satellite Office (to be open on February 18th): 991 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of W. 109th St.): Tuesdays 2pm-6pm; phone 212-666-9774 or by appointment. City Hall Office: 250 Broadway, Rm. 1747, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; phone: 212-788-7007. To reach the entire office, email District7@council.nyc.gov

-------Elizabeth Lorris Ritter Community Liaison State Senator Adriano Espaillat, 31st SD 5030 Broadway, Suite 701 NYC 10034 (212) 544-0173 (ph) (212) 544-0256 (fx)

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