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Upcoming Events 2-20-14

Upcoming Events 2-20-14

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Upcoming events in the community from Senator Espaillat
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Dear Neighbor, It’s impossible to list everything in the district, but here are 69 (!!

) ways to get informed, inspired, involved +/or entertained, including Uptown Fashion Week, grants opportunities, FREE classes and citizen application workshops, free concerts, free programs for kids in NYC Parks during next week’s school break , and how YOU can get involved in the fight against LG’s proposed development across the River. Scroll down for information about things happening:  Tonight & Tomorrow (x items)  This weekend (x items)  Next week (x items)  Next weekend (x items)  Looking ahead (x items)  How You Can Help (x items): help your neighbors with your time, your money, your stuff  Educational & vocational opportunities (x items) including  News, information, opportunities & ongoing events (x items) including Please share this e-mail with friends/neighbors. If you know someone who’d like to subscribe, have the m e-mail me with their ZIP code. If you have an event you’d like to list here, email the details (text or .doc format, please, not .pdf or .jpg) to elritter@adrianoespaillat.org.

***TONIGHT & TOMORROW*** (x items) TODAY / THURSDAY th Kindergarten registration deadline **EXTENDED** to Thursday, February 20 . Families with questions about the new system can email KindergartenConnect@schools.nyc.gov, call 718-935-2009 or visit an Enrollment Office (see below for addresses/phones) to meet with a counselor. Families can still visit their zoned school for assistance as well. To help families narrow down schools of interest, hardcopy directories are available at elementary schools and enrollment offices, as well as online here: www.nyc.gov/schools/ChoicesEnrollment/Elementary/Resources. Parents wishing to apply online using Kindergarten Connect can visit www.nyc.gov/schools/kindergarten or search NYC.gov for “Kindergarten Connect.” For those who want to apply over the phone, the number is 718-935-2400. Families can still apply in person, with translation services, by stopping by the Borough Enrollment Office: 333 th th Seventh Avenue (12th Floor) New York, 10001 for Districts 1, 2 & 4 (718-935-2383); 388 West 125 Street (7 Floor) New York, 10027 for Districts 3, 5 & 6 (718-935-2385). Arts Stroll Poster Contest **Deadline EXTENDED to February 21 !** Show us what will make the 11 Stroll a special one. For more information go to:http://www.nomaanyc.org/2013/11/call-for-submissions-2014-uptownarts-stroll-poster-contest/.
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Debating Affordable Housing: Inclusionary Zoning and Alternative Housing Strategies As most New Yorkers will tell you, the lack of affordable housing is one of the formidable problems facing the city. Mayor de Blasio has promised to deliver 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade and is relying on “mandatory inclusionary zoning” to achieve that aim. But affordable housing in NYC is far from an open -and-shut case. Housing justice activists and scholars will address these questions at an open-discussion-style event: What is the state of affordable housing in New York? Could mandatory inclusionary zoning work? What are the other alternatives that the city could pursue? What would a more radical approach to affordable housing look like? With speakers from th Picture the Homeless, Met Council, ANHD, and others. At Pratt Manhattan, 144 W. 14 Street. RSVP to michael.mintz@outlook.com. Thursday, February 21st at 6pm. TOMORROW / FRIDAY th st Urban Park Rangers Kids’ Week / February 17 – 21 The kids are out of school, now get them out of the house. Head to the park and join Urban Park Rangers FREE "Kids Week" programs. Immerse your kids, and yourself, in the natural world. Experience history, wildlife, birds, bugs, and more. Ages 12 and under. Program in Manhattan are run twice daily, at Inwood Hill Park in the Payson Park House at 10am and outside Belvedere Castle in Central Park at 2pm. For more information call Urban Park Rangers Sergeant Sunny Corrao or Eric Handy 212-628-2345. THURSDAY: Maps & Orienteering (IHP’s Payson Park House, 10am; CP’s Belvedere Castle, 2pm) FRIDAY: Music in Nature (IHP’s Payson Park House, 10am; CP’s Belvedere Castle, 2pm) Kindergarten registration deadline **has been EXTENDED** to next Thursday, Feb. 20 . Valentine’s Day / Black History Month Celebration Black History Month is a time to celebrate the history, culture and accomplishments of the African-American community. Join me this Friday as Sen. Espaillat and NYC Councilmember Mark Levine celebrate Valentine's Day and Black History Month at the Hamilton Grange Senior Center, located within the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in the historic Sugar Hill neighborhood. We will be honoring outstanding members of our community. Live music, and surprises! At the Hamilton Grange Senior th st Center, 430 W. 145 St. @ Convent Ave. **rescheduled** Friday, February 21 11am-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, st th February 21 at 7:30pm at The United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway @ W. 175 St.).

***THIS WEEKEND*** (x items) SATURDAY Free Citizenship Application Assistance through the CUNY Citizenship Now project, and Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, Senator Adriano Espaillat & Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa. Experiences lawyers and immigration professional will assist you with your application. Applicants must reside in the US as a permanent resident for 5 years (3 years if living with and married to the same US citizen); meet US residency requirements, and be at least 18 years old. You must bring your green card and all passports since obtaining a green card; home address for the last five years; children’s information (date of birth, A#, address), school/employment history for the last five years (three years, if applicable); marital history; criminal history. Applicants must pay a $680 filing fee to USCIS, though you should NOT bring this fee to the event. For more information, visit cuny.edu/citizenshipnow. You must preregister by calling 212-568-4679; NO walk-ins. There are about 120 Slots available. At ARC Fort Washington, 4111 th nd Broadway (use W. 174 St. entrance). Saturday, February 22 , 11am-2pm. 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

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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 th nd is required. The Mansion is just east of St. Nicholas Ave., between W. 160 & W. 162 Streets. Saturday, February nd 22 , 11am-4pm. SUNDAY 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. Saturday, nd th February 22 at 7:30pm at The United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway @ W. 175 St.); Sunday, February rd th 23 at 2pm at The Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 W. 166 St., btw St. Nicholas & Audubon Aves.) Dominican Heritage Celebration in collaboration with Dominican Sunday and the Office of Councilmember Mark Levine, cordially invites you to join the Manhattan Valley Community for Dominican food, folklore, recognitions, th rd surprises and more! 220 W. 108 St., btw. Broadway & Amsterdam Ave. Sunday, February 23 , 2pm-5pm. Info/RSVP: 212-749-0781. Sunday Movies at the Palace With Lin-Manuel Miranda: The first slate of classic NYC films at the United Palace of rd Cultural Arts is all lined up for the next six months. Join us Sunday, February 23 for “West Side Story (1961, 152 rd th min.) as well as Manhattan (1979, 96 min) on March 23 ; King Kong (1933, 100 min) on April 27 ; The Warriors th nd (1979, 92 min) on May 18 ; and Ghostbusters (1984, 105 min) on June 22 ! 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 th get a free bag of popcorn. At the United Palace of Cultural Arts, 4140 Broadway at W. 175 Street.

***NEXT WEEK*** (x items) 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 th cumcgca@columbia.edu. For more info, visit bit.ly/cumcgca. Monday, February 24 , 6pm-8pm, at the Russ Berrie th Pavilion (1150 St. Nicholas Ave. @ W. 168 St.). College Guide for Immigrant Parents / a “Train -the-Trainer” Workshop Barriers to college for children-ofimmigrants 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 th shows parents how to do what is recommended. The guide is written at the 6 grade reading level and will be available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Bengali, Arabic, & Haitian Creole. At the New York Immigration Coalition th th th th th (137-139 W. 25 St., btw 6 & 7 Aves., 12 fl), Tuesday, February 25 , 9:30am - 12:30pm. Breakfast will be served. RSVP (required for attendance) to Tea at ttammistu@thenyic.org. Precinct Community Council meetings: 33 Precinct meets at the River Terrace Community Room, at 6:30pm. 34 th Precinct meets at La Puerta Estrecha (161 Sherman Ave.) at 7pm on Wednesday, February 26 .
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No Name Comedy & Variety turns 20! “No Name” co-founder Eric Vetter celebrates two decades of producing “NYC’s Best Damn Comedy / Variety Show” with an anniversary blowout. Known for bringing a multicultural mix of

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comedy, music and fun to alternative performance spaces throughout Manhattan, Vetter brings an all-star selection of “No Name’s” best performers uptown plus special guests. $15 online, $25 at door. At the United th th Palace, 4140 Broadway (@ W. 175 St.). Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 (doors open at 7). Info: 212-568-6700 x41 / mikef@unitedpalace.org. Dominican Heritage Awards Luncheon: in association with the American Dream Service Center will present a th th tribute to Dominicans in Washington, DC. At Marisco Centro, 1490 St. Nicholas Ave. (btw. W. 184 & W. 185 Streets). For information, sponsorship opportunities and tickets call Victor Butierrez at 646-499-4493 or email th globalspanishlatinoawards@gmail.com. Thursday, February 27 , 11:30am – 2pm. Concert at the Hispanic Society of America: Musica Ficta is one of Spain’s leading early music groups, founded in 1992 and having released 18 albums and toured internationally. In their Music of the Americas debut, the ensemble will perform vocal and instrumental music written in Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Spain during th th th th the 16 & 17 centuries. At the Hispanic Society of America, Audubon Terrace (Broadway btw. W. 155 & W. 156 th Streets). Reservations required. Free for members; $20 for non-members. Thursday, February 27 , 7pm. Purchase tickets online: http://www.as-coa.org/events/musica-ficta-%E2%80%93-columbus-gateway-new-world.

***NEXT WEEKEND*** (x items) 17 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 st additional information please call Pat Vitucci, College Fair Coordinator, 212-694-3656. Saturday, March 1 , noonth 4pm. Riverbank State Park is located at 145 Street & Riverside Drive. Free concert @ The Shrine: Mark your calendars and make sure you know how to get to the Shrine (2271 Adam rd th Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., btw. W. 133 & W. 134 Streets)! Singer songwriter James Tristan Redding arrived in New York City last fall with an acoustic guitar, a laptop, and 4 changes of clothes. He's since released a debut solo st album, and he's going to sing it for you live at the Shrine on Saturday, March 1 , 8pm - 9pm, FREE. Salsa, Shamrocks & Blues 5k Race Formerly known as the “Coogan’s Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 5k,” we’ve changed the name of this race to truly celebrate the vibrant neighborhood in which it takes place. Upper manhattan’s divers and picturesque Washington Heights neighborhood provided the backdrop for this 5k. On a hilly course that circles Fort Tryon Park and the historic Cloisters, runners are serenaded by musical groups playing – you guessed it! – salsa, blues and Irish folk music, plus gospel, meringue, and jazz! A race within the race honors Captain Frederich Ill, Jr., a local firefighter who lost his life on 9/11. Races for youngster ages 2-12 between 25 yards and a half-mile on Ft. Washington Avenue are held after the 5k. They’ll sprint to the finish banner, where every kid will receive a nd medal from NYC firefighters and police officers. Sunday, March 2 at 9am; Registration deadline is Thursday, th February 27 : http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2014/washington-heights-salsa-blues-and-shamrocks-5k. The entry fee for kids’ races is $6 in advance, $8 on race day, payable at the number pick -up/registration. Kids race times are as follows: 10:15 a.m. – Ages 2–4 10:30 a.m. – Ages 5–9 10:45 a.m. – Ages 10–12 Parents: To pick up your child's race number, please report at least 20 minutes prior to posted starting time. To ensure the safety of our participants, kids’ races are run in small groups, and actual start times may vary slightly depending on the number of children in each age bracket.

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Use the posted times as a guideline for when to report to the race start line for your child’s age bracket.

***LOOKING AHEAD*** (x items) Help Plan for the Highbridge Reopening! Save the date: Planning meeting Thursday, March 6 . Details to follow. The Museum of Tolerance invites you to a book launch and discussion with Washington Heights Author Ed Levin: A Child of Christian Blood / Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre. Despite a complete lack of evidence linking the accused to the crime, Beilis was imprisoned for more than two years before being brought to trial, to be found not guilty. FREE, but advanced nd nd rd th reservations required; seating is limited. 226 E. 42 Street (btw. 2 & 3 Avenues). Wednesday, March 5 at 7pm . For more information or to reserve a seat: http://www.museumoftolerancenewyork.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=lkIYLdMMJpE&b=6768723&ct=13 645739&notoc=1, Labor Rights Forum Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and his Labor Bureau Chief Terri Gerstein will be joined by a panel of Labor Rights experts to discuss important issues impacting our community including minimum wage, overtime, laws related to tipped workers, new laws, and immigrant workers. At the Gregorio Luperon High School, th th 501 W. 165 Street at Amsterdam Avenue. Thursday, March 6 at 6:30pm. To confirm your attendance or for more information, please email Lilliam.Perez@AG.NY.GOV or call 212-416-8754. 6 Annual Gala for the Friends of PS187: Save the Date! Saturday, March 8 , 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 nd School Gym (enter on Cabrini Boulevard). Advance “early bird” tickets only $50 now through Feb. 22 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. Shakespeare Saturdays presents The Shakespeare Saturdays Sign-Up: Scenes, Sonnets, Soliloquies and Songs, with guest emcee Lela Frechette and keyboardist-composer Donna Kendall Stearns. Audience members can sign up to perform anything Shakespearean. It's like an open mic variety show. At the Inwood Library, 4790 Broadway near Dyckman Street. FREE and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ShakespeareSaturdays.com. th Saturday, March 8 , 3pm-4:30pm. Uptown ArtStroll Poster Contest: help choose the winning design! Join us for our annual voting party & from the 5 finalists choose the design for the 2014 Arts Stroll Poster. Snacks & drinks will be served. Open mic. At the th Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center, 3940 Broadway @ W. 165 Street. Monday, th March 10 , 6pm-8pm. Info/RSPV: nomaaprog@nomaanyc.org
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***HOW YOU CAN HELP*** (1 item) Blood Drive: As


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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 th start Monday, February 24 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 th nd Armory: 216 Fort Washington Ave. @ W. 168 St., 2 floor. John Jay College Spring ’14 Job & Internship Fair SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, March 6 , 1pm-5pm. At John Jay’s th Centers for Career & Professional Development, 524 W. 59 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. Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) can help you take the next step to explore, expand and evolve. This is a PAID INTERNSHIP opportunity. Earn up to $2,500 in this 14-week program for young adults, aged 17-24 who are currently unemployed and not enrolled in school or GED/HSE program, and do not have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Learn resume revision, interviewing skills, resume revision, education/training planning, time management, financial planning, professional communication skills, and more! Call NMIC at 212-453-5381, 5366 or 5394 for more information or to apply, or visit NMIC’s offices, 76 Wadsworth th th Ave., between W. 176 & W. 177 Streets. Bring state-issued ID, birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of th th address. Application deadline is March 10 ; program starts March 17 . THIS PROGRAM IS FREE. The Edward McFadden Scholarship Award was established to benefit community youth. The Fund provides college scholarships in the range of $1k - $3k, to outstanding students who have participated in voluntary th community service and reside in the greater Washington heights / Inwood area (north of W. 155 St. to the tip of th Manhattan) or Marble Hill (10 NYC Council District). Open to all HS seniors. You must submit a completed application questionnaire signed by a parent/guardian and a school official, current school transcript, SAT scores, 2 recommendations (one from a teacher, and one from a volunteer program supervisor) , and a personal essay. All finalists will be interviewed by the Scholarship Committee. For questions or to get an application, email scholarship@isabella.org, or download the application at http://bit.ly/McFaddenScholarship2014. Applications are st due by Friday, March 21 .

***NEWS, INFORMATION & ONGOING EVENTS*** (x items) Venus Theater Festival announces the “Venus / Adonis Competition,” running NOW through April 1 . First prize, $2,500; Best Actor: $500; Best Actress: $500. Twenty-four plays, with evening and weekend performances. At the th Cabrini Repertory Theater, in the Mother Cabrini High School campus, 701 Fort Washington Ave. (near W. 190 St.). For more information and program schedule, visit venustheaterfestival.com. Mermaids: Visual Art by Jane LeCroy & Shari Elf at the Indian Road Café (W. 218 Street & Indian Road, two th th blocks west of Broadway.) Now through March 29 . Free. Live music and reception, Monday, March 24 , 6pm10pm. 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 taxrelated documents; a sample check or deposit slip with routing number and account number if you want direct
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deposit of your refund. Now through April 15 , 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 th at 76 Wadsworth Avenue (near W. 177 St.), First floor. Info: (212) 453-5391 Uptown Games Return on Saturday March 29 . Enjoy a day of competitive track-and-field events for elementaryrd th and middle-school children (3 -8 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. Ongoing Events for Seniors at Isabella’s Institute for Older Adults:  Fitness Gets personal: An energetic senior fitness program including aerobics and dancing to upbeat music. Monday, 11am-noon. 515 Audubon Ave., Recreation Hall.  Tai Chi Course: join instructor Pin Pin Su for a weekly routine of Tai Chi, Qigong and Brainercise to help improve your balance and exercise your barin. This program will improve your memory, concentration and may even delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. Activate your brain and center your emotions. Tuesdays, 9:30am-10:45am. 525 Audubon Ave., room 1412.  Walking Works Wonders: Join Coach Nick for a morning of walking at your own pace, followed by light weight exercises to help keep you fit and full of energy. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 8am-9am. 515 Audubon Ave., Recreation Hall.  Wednesday Green Market: Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at low prices through the YUM Program. We welcome cash, checks, and SNAP/EBT. Wednesdays, 11am-4pm. 515 Audubon Ave., Larson Library. The Cornerstone Chorale is a community chorus in the Washington Heights/Inwood neighborhoods. We rehearse on Monday nights in season and performs several concerts annually. We are hoping to do as our next project Mozart’s soaring and moving Requiem, but to do so we need a large choir to balance out the orchestra which will accompany the singers. The Chorale especially needs tenors, basses and sopranos, but all are welcome to audition. For more information or to arrange for an audition, please call or email Musical Director Richard Stout: richstout@aol.com, musicdirector@cornerstonechoralenyc.org, 212-795-5738. Visit the Cornerstone Chorale at www.cornerstonechoralenyc.org.


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