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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Dear Neighbor,
Please note many new free art and performing arts classes for children and continuing ed opportunities
for adults, as well as many cultural events and meetings this weekend and next week. Also note:
Kindergarten Connect application deadline is **TODAY** The deadline for the NoMAA ArtStroll Poster
Contest is Monday. (See Next week section.) Applications for the Community Education Council are
now being accepted, and there are several blood drives tomorrow, and in the coming weeks. And be sure
to check out the many events next week to celebrate Black History and Dominican Heritage Month.
Please also note free tax preparation assistance at several venues throughout the district.
Kudos to uptowns own Lin-Manuel Miranda on his critically acclaimed new musical, Hamilton, about
the US Founding Father who graces the $10 bill. Who knew US history could be this cool?!
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/18/theater/review-in-hamilton-lin-manuel-miranda-forgesdemocracy-through-rap.html
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***TONIGHT & TOMORROW*** (7 items)


FACE OUT & Story Circle: Crossing Broadway by Robert W. Snyder Crossing Broadway: Washington
Heights and the Promise of New York City by Robert W. Snyder, is a book about the civic and social
history of Washington Heights from the 1930s to (nearly) the present. In a chapter that begins at the
dawn of integration, he examines pivotal moments in the histories of George Washington High School,
PS 187, and the community school board to explore the triumphs and challenges that activists,
principals, teachers, and students have confronted in our neighborhood's schools. On February 19th at
Word Up, Robert will read a short excerpt from his book and then open up a discussion about education
uptown in the form of a story circle. Bring and share your own stories about going to school in
Washington Heights! Thursday, February 19th, 7pm9pm.
NYC Prevention Resource Center Brown Bag Series / Session 1: Photovoice Pack your lunch and
come to the NYC PRCs monthly mini-trainings that will cover a variety of topics. Session 2 will be 90
minutes devoted to Photovoice. Photovoice is a community-based research tool that integrates
photography and discussion to examine issues from the perspective of resident experts aka the people
that live there. The essentials of photovoice will be covered and examples will be shown. Additional
sessions will cover strategic prevention framework (assessment & capacity; planning & logic models;
implementation & evaluation) and sustainability, and will be held at the same time, usually on the 3 rd
Friday of each month, through June. At 105 E. 22nd St., suite 517. RSVP to Karla Bueno
(kbueno@childrensaidsociety.org / 917-286-1540) by the previous Wednesday. Registration will be
limited to approximately 10-15 people. Light refreshments will be provided to accompany your lunch.
Friday, February 20th, noon 1:30pm.
Selling to Government Workshop Each and every day, the government buys from private and non-profit
firms. This workshop offers an introduction to government contracting and prepares businesses to
locate opportunities in their area of expertise. Come and learn how your business can begin to pursue
contracts at the city, state and federal levels, including: purchasing practices, how to register with
various government agencies, how to identiy your target market, where to find procurement
opportunities, the bidding process from beginning to end, and how to assess your companys potential
for success in government contracting. 1524 Amsterdam Ave. Free, but space is limited! RSVP to
Lawrence Miles, 212-491-9640 x103 or lmiles@nywcc.org. Friday, February 20th, noon 2:30pm.
Blood Drives: Help Out with an Emergency Blood Shortage! To schedule an appointment visit here:
https://drm.nybloodcenter.org/PublicScheduler/GroupLanding.aspx?DonationGroupID=2560 or call
800-933-2566. Please bring identification with photo or signature. At the bus mobile at Barnard College,
3009 Broadway, Friday, February 20th, 11am 5pm. (See How you can help section for additional
dates/venues.)
KidCinemaFest Monthly Film Series: Animal Channel (Dir. Maite Ruiz de Austri, Spain, Animation, 78
min, in English. ) Cathy the stork, Nicols the mouse and his family must close the cinema where they
work for a living. TV's time has arrived and a lot of the viewer's prefer staying at home watching the new
TV programs. They're brave and imaginative so they decide to become the new reporters of Pap
Ratn's new TV channel. They get a camera and all the needed material and they try to find the program
that will let them be the new TV stars. It will not be easy. FREE! Recommended for all ages. For more

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info: www.kidcinemafest.com / kidcinemafe@gmail.com / 917.242.0811. At the Alianza Dominicana


Cultural Center, 530 W. 166th St., at St Nicholas Ave. Friday, February 20th at 4pm.
Audition for Alice in Wonderland, a new production by the Pied Piper Children's Theatre of NYC. For
ages 5-11. Children auditioning do not need to prepare anything, just show up! There are no
appointments, please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to 5pm in order to fill out paperwork. The
audition will be held in group format and should last approximately one hour. Rehearsals begin March
16th for performances May 9, 10, 16, & 17. To learn more, visit us at www.piedpipertheatre.com or
email info@piedpipertheatre.com. At the Theatre Space at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming St. (corner
of Seaman Avenue, one block north of Dyckman Street A train station). Fridays, February 20th & 27th at
5pm.
DEADLINE for NYC Council Discretionary Expense / Capital Project applications. See Loans, grants,
scholarships, contests, awards & exhibitions section, below.

***THIS WEEKEND*** (9 items)


Birding: Eagles with the Urban Park Rangers Meet at the Payson Center, Dyckman Street one half block
west of Payson Avenue. This program will be mostly outdoors, but we will use the Center as a place to
warm up before and afterwards. Saturday, February 21st at 9am.
Immigration Clinic - Apply for Naturalization and DACA. One-to-one appointments. Sponsored by
Councilmember Mark Levine. At the Manhattanville Community Center, 530 W. 133rd St., btw
Amsterdam & Broadway. For more information or to RSVP, call 212-928-6814 or email
district7@council.nyc.gov. Saturday, February 21st, 10am - 4pm.
Story Time for Kids (ages 3 and up) Story Time is back! Bring your kids to hear their favorite stories read
out loud by experienced, trained readers. At Word Up! Community Bookstore, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. at
W. 165th St. Saturdays, noon 1pm.
e r a Dance Collective presents F / / / You, Socrates "F / / / You, Socrates" rejects mind-body dualism
and the idea that bodies are a prison in which the soul is trapped. It is a multimedia art installation, a
marriage of visual art and movement, in celebration of bodies and the people inside them. e r a Dance
Collective is a group of movers passionately committed to exploring improvisation and, through it,
discovering identity and authenticity through physical, intimate, and neurotic movement. The Collective
has performed in the WAXworks choreographic showcase at Triskelion Arts in Williamsburg and Fertile
Ground at Green Space in Long Island City. They held their own open showings at Gibney Dance Center
and at Barnard College in April 2013. Saturday, February 21st, 2pm8pm.
Artists Talk: La Lucha / Quisqueya & Haiti, One Island An exhibition by Yelaine Rodriguez in
collaboration with Haiti Cultural Exchange (www.haiticulturalx.org). At the Rio Penthouse Gallery I, 10
Fort Washington Ave., btw. W. 159th & W. 160th Streets. Exhibit runs through February 27th. Free!
Saturday, February 21st.
Macy's Sunday Story Time at the New York Historical Society. Hear a different tale every Sunday of NYC
and the people who made it great from the seventeenth century to present day. Ages 3-7. Free with
Family pass from cool culture (to obtain info on how to register your family for the family pass reach out

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to your school's staff). The New York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West at W. 77th St.
Sundays at 11:30am.
Gag Pa'l Pueblo Usually taking place every Sunday in the summertime at Anne Loftus Playground at
Fort Tryon Park, Gag pal pueblo is a gathering of folks preserving, enhancing, and practicing AfroDominican traditional music. Now that its winter, we're bringing the celebration indoors once a month.
Sunday, February 22nd, 3pm6pm.
Marjorie Eliot & Parlor Entertainment Present The 3:30 pm Sunday Concerts, a series of jazz concerts in
Marjorie Elliot's apartment which have taken place for the past 23 years. Marjorie has now added
Theatre-At-Six-Thirty, Plays Written by Marjorie Eliot at 6:30 pm. Both jazz and theatre performances
will take place every Sunday through the end of the year. No charge, but donations are appreciated. 555
Edgecombe Avenue, 3F (Ring #107). Info: 212-781-6595. Sundays at 3:30p, & 6:30pm.
New York Youth Symphony Named one of the Future Fifteen by Latina Magazine, Elena Urioste joins
the Symphony for Beethovens Violin Concerto. At the United Palace, 4140 Broadway at W. 175th St. For
more information, call 212-568-1157. FREE! Sunday, February 22nd at 5pm (doors open at 4:30pm).

***NEXT WEEK*** (17 items)


Blood Drives: Help Out with an Emergency Blood Shortage! To schedule an appointment visit here:
https://drm.nybloodcenter.org/PublicScheduler/GroupLanding.aspx?DonationGroupID=2560 or call
800-933-2566. Please bring identification with photo or signature. At NYP/The Allen Hospital, 5141
Broadway at W. 220th St., Thayer Conference Room. Monday, February 23rd, 11am 5pm. (See How
you can help section for additional dates/venues.)
2015 Uptown ArtStroll Poster Contest The central theme is How do we get uptown? Take the
___ uptown. (i.e. train, bus, etc.). The image should include elements of uptowns diverse arts and
cultural scene and must include Uptown Arts Stroll in the design. Artist must be a Washington
Heights-Inwood or West Harlem resident (West 135th W. 220th Street); artist may submit only one
image for consideration. A panel of distinguished judges, drawn from the local arts community, will
select the finalists. Consideration will be given to eye-catching original and unpublished images
that reflect the elements identified above. Selected finalists agree to bring a hard copy of the
image (do not include artists name), on foam or paperboard, 24 x 18, to exhibit at the NoMAA
Artists Salon on Monday, March 16th at 809 Restaurant, 112 Dyckman Street, where the winning
image will be selected by community vote. Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 honorarium and
exclusive graphic representation throughout the 2015 Uptown Arts Stroll For details on submission
requirements please email nomaaprog@nomaanyc.org or visit nomaanyc.org. **EXTENDED**
Deadline: Monday, February 23rd at 5pm.
Community Meeting on Police-Community Relations Last year, the country witnessed events that
shook the foundation of our police-community relations. From Ferguson to New York, we were left with
questions on how to bring about the changes necessary to improve interactions between officers and
our communities. While the flash-points that drove this issue into the public eye have subsided, we
must continue to seek ways to improve these community bonds, lest we allow injustices to go
unaddressed. Please join the Barack Obama Democratic Club for this important discussion on the
current conditions of police-community relations in our community and our city with a focus on

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strategies toward strengthening them. The evenings format will include a panel discussion and smaller
breakout groups. At the Church of the Intercession (550 W. 155th St., just east of Broadway. Monday,
February 23rd at 6:30pm.
Hey knitters (and crocheters), come to the library on Tuesday mornings and join our new knitting circle!
A great way to meet your neighbors! At the Inwood Branch Public Library, 4790 Broadway. Every
Tuesday at 11:30am.
Immigration Attorney For residency, visas, and sponsorship. One-to-one appointments. At the office of
Councilmember Mark Levine, 500 W. 141st St. (corner of Amsterdam Ave.). For more information or to
RSVP, call 212-928-6814 or email district7@council.nyc.gov. Tuesday, February 24th, 1pm - 8pm.
Nutrition for Breastfeeding Moms, with Guest Speaker: Shoshana Werber. Join us for a special
presentation on nutrition for new and breastfeeding moms. Topics will include: nutrition tips and how to
increase calorie, fluids, vitamin/ mineral and fiber intake; snacking and eating on the go; food safety;
babys introduction to solids; childhood obesity prevention. At the Nagle Ave. Y Community Room (54
Nagle Ave.) Free, and open to the public. For more information contact Kelly at: kswails@ywashhts.org.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2:30pm3:30pm.
Black History & Womens History Month Art Exhibit Variety of paintings, drawings, sculpture and mixed
media works from a variety of NYC artists, on display through the end of March. Opening reception will
honor Ronald Cook of Convent Ave. Baptist Church, Jean Chulmers of the 144th Street block Association,
and State Committeewoman / District Leader Theresa Freeman (posthumously). Free and open to the
public. Co-sponsored with Senator Adriano Espaillat and Councilmember Mark Levine. At Castle
Gardens, 625 W. 140th St. For more information or to RSVP, call 212-928-6814 or email
district7@council.nyc.gov. Tuesday, February 24th, 6pm 8pm.
CB12 Public Hearing on Mayors Preliminary Budget (as part of the CB12 General Meeting) Give us your
comments on the Citys responses to the Community Boards priorities for the FY 16 (7/1/15-6/30/16)
expense and capital budgets including the following services: police, fire, health and mental health,
education, housing, economic development, libraries, subways, street repaving, sanitation,
environment, job training, homeless services, domestic violence, and more. By providing your input and
voicing your concerns, you help to ensure that the community is heard. Please call 212-568-8500 for
more information and for a copy of the FY16 Preliminary Budget Register for Community Board 12. At
the Myrna L. Daniels Auditorium of NY-Presbyterians Milstein Hospital Building, 173 Ft. Washington
Ave., btw. W. 165th / 168th Street. Tuesday, February 24th at 7pm.
Hearing on Ensuring English Language Learners Receive Appropriate Educational Services and Res. 388
The City Councils Education Committee will hold an oversight hearing on Ensuring English Language
Learners Receive Appropriate Educational Services as well as to consider Res. 388. This hearing would
examine the current supports and services for ELLs as well as the impact of implementation of the new
Common Core standards on ELL students. We invite members of Community Education Councils,
parents, students, educators, advocates, and all other stakeholders and interested members of the
public to testify at this hearing. Testimony will be limited to 2-3 minutes per person to allow as many as
possible to testify. Although the hearing starts at 1pm, the Administration (Department of Education), as
well as other witnesses (such as elected officials) have been invited to testify and answer questions from
Council Members at the outset, so we do not expect to hear from others until sometime after 3pm.
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you plan to bring written testimony, please bring at least 20 copies. If you are unable to attend the
hearing and wish to submit written testimony, please email your testimony to jatwell@council.nyc.gov.
In the Council Chambers at City Hall. Wednesday, February 25th at 1pm. (Public testimony is estimated
to begin sometime after 3pm.)
Hearing on the PANYNJ Bus Stations The City Councils Committee on Transportation will hold an
oversight hearing on Oversight Examining the State of the Port Authoritys New York City Bus
Stations, Progress of Renovations, and Impacts on Surrounding Communities. Please make sure you fill
out a witness slip on the desk of the Sergeant-at-arms if you wish to testify. If you plan to bring written
testimony, please bring at least 20 copies. If you are unable to attend the hearing and wish to submit
written testimony, please email your testimony to lacosta@council.nyc.gov. In the Councils Committee
Room at 250 Broadway, 16th floor. Wednesday, February 25th at 10am. (Public testimony is estimated to
begin sometime after 11:30am.)
Inwoods Changing Forest: Tree Inventory, Social and Ecological Assessment A partnership among the
Natural Areas Conservancy, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and the USDA Forest Service.
Speakers from all three will present preliminary results from the Inwood Hill Park project at the Payson
Center. The presentation will include maps and measurements on the trees that have been surveyed for
the project thus far, as well as an overview of social and ecological data collection citywide, with an
emphasis on Inwood Hill Park's unique natural areas. In addition, preliminary data from the ongoing
four-season survey of park users will be presented. At the Payson Center, Inwood Hill Park, near the
corner of Dyckman St. and Payson Ave. Space is limited -PLEASE REGISTER at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inwoods-changing-forest-tree-inventory-social-and-ecologicalassessment-tickets-15497068148. Wednesday, February 25th at 6pm.
Park West Policy Forum February Meeting: Housing Daniel Marks-Cohen, Vice President Housing
Partnership Development Corporation, will present the New Broadway Plan which proposes to rezone
portions of Broadway from W. 125th to W. 155th Streets to build 3,000 units of new housing in West
Harlem. With mandatory inclusionary housing, 50% or 1,500 apartments would be permanently
affordable. When completed, this would be the largest creation of affordable housing in Manhattan
since 1959, when Baruch Houses (2,391 units) was completed. At Saint Michael's Church, 225 W. 99th St.
Wednesday, February 25th, 6:30pm 9pm.
Harassment in the Halls: A Conversation About Teen Sexual Harassment and Violence Join us in honor
of Teen Violence Awareness Month to explore the persistent problem and learn how some amazing
advocates are jumping in to stop it! The developers and producers of Slut, Katie Cappiello and Meg
McInerney, alongside youth organizers and activists Jennifer Loubriel and Imade Ojo from Girls for
Gender Equity and Destiny Mabry from Day One come together for an honest conversation about the
everyday acceptance of violence in schools that should be anything but "normal." Research shows that
approximately 85% of girls and 76% of boys report sexual harassment as a part of life at school, and 20%
of adolescent girls experience dating violence. Teens, parents, teachers, and advocates are welcome to
join the discussion! Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but please
consider joining NOW NYC ($15 and up) to support our work. At the LeRoy Neiman Art Center, 2785
Frederick Douglas Blvd, Click here to RSVP: http://nownyc.org/events/activist-night-teen-datingviolence-panel. Wednesday, February 25th at 6:30pm.
The R3 (Real Rent Reform) Coalition is a city-wide coalition fighting to improve the rent laws, has begun
having its monthly meetings in different parts of the city. This year is a big one for tenants since the rent

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crisis is worse than ever and we need put massive pressure on the legislature and the governor. The
January meeting will be in Northern Manhattan, since Northern Manhattan has a huge percentage of
rent-regulated tenants. 1199 is supporting this effort as well. We would like to have as major a
participation as possible. So far, the Barack Obama Democratic Club, Riverside Edgecombe
Neighborhood Association (RENA), Mirabel Sisters, and Community Boards 9 & 12, will be co-sponsoring
the meeting together with the R3 Coalition. We need to all unite, since the Republicans are in control of
the Senate, we need a huge effort to improve the rent laws! The meeting will be held at 99 Fort
Washington Ave. (btw. W. 163rd & 1644th Streets). Wednesday, February 25th at 6:30pm. (Rescheduled
from snow cancellation earlier this month.)
Meet Us at La Galeria Join us for a discussion on negritud/blackness in the Dominican Republic and the
Diaspora. Using articles, social media, and other resources, we will discuss what it means to be black in
the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora. La Galera is the place in which family, neighbors, and guests
gather to discuss everything from the latest chisme to social and political issues. It is the place where
dialogue and debate are welcomed and encouraged. Galeras are not exclusive to a particular class;
some are built-in, others are an impromptu creation. We are recreating galeras to provoke
conversations on topics that affect Dominicans in the Diaspora. Thursday, February 26th, 6:30pm9pm.
A of Celebration Dominican Classical Composers & Musicians with Maestro Leonardo Ivan
Dominguez. Featuring the Camerata Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra & Conjunto Folklorico
Dominicano. Admission is free for all concerts, but registration is required due to limited seating
capacity: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fifth-concert-series-a-celebration-of-dominican-classicalcomposers-and-musicians-tickets-969665295. Presented by the Association of Dominican Classical
Artists, and co-sponsored by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute and the Honorable NYC
Councilmember Ydanis Rodrguez. At Aaron Davis Hall, Theater B, Convent Ave., between W. 133rd & W.
135th Streets. Thursday, February 26th at 7pm.
Audition for Alice in Wonderland, a new production by the Pied Piper Children's Theatre of NYC. For
ages 5-11. Children auditioning do not need to prepare anything, just show up! There are no
appointments, please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to 5pm in order to fill out paperwork. The
audition will be held in group format and should last approximately one hour. Rehearsals begin March
16th for performances May 9, 10, 16, & 17. To learn more, visit us at www.piedpipertheatre.com or
email info@piedpipertheatre.com. At the Theatre Space at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming St. (corner
of Seaman Avenue, one block north of Dyckman Street A train station). Friday, February 27th at 5pm.

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Know Your Educational Rights Workshop Series: Students Curriculum and Personnel An excellent
education begins with knowledgable parents. Translation and lunch provided. FREE for all District 6
parents. At the CEC6 offices in PS 48: 4360 Broadway (near W. 187th St.), 5th floor conference room. For
more information, call 917-521-3793 or email cec6@schools.nyc.gov. Tuesday, February 24th orSaturday, February 28th, 10am noon.
Dominican Heritage Month Celebration Dominican Sunday, in collaboration with the office of NYC
Councilmember Mark Levine invite you to join the Manhattan Valley Community to celebrate Dominican
Heritage month. Featuring Dominican food, folklore, recognitions, surprises, and more! In the Senior
Center at 211 W. 107th St., (btw. Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.). For more information, email

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info@dsinc.org, call 212-749-0781 or 718-663-9546 or visit Dominicansunday@hotmail.com. Sunday,


February 28th at 5pm.
Malcolm X Rock Those Reads Literacy Across Harlem Day is a day on which we ask Harlemites to carry
reading materials proudly and publicly as an example to all of the power of reading. This month we will
remember Malcolm X, a voracious reader who used both his book knowledge and his street knowledge
to fight for justice here in Harlem and beyond. Community members young and old will gather in front
of the Hotel Theresa (7th Ave. between W. 124/125th Streets), and will take turns reading their favorite
passages from The Autobiography of Malcolm X. In addition, we're asking folks to stop by during that 90minute block to donate a new or gently used copy of The Autobiography, which we will pass on to teens
and young adults caught up in the criminal-justice system. Sunday, March 1st, 3:30pm 5pm.

***LOOKING AHEAD / SAVE THE DATE*** (15 items)


Exhibits at the Hebrew Tabernacle's Gold Wing Coming to an end on Monday: Siberiana by Irene
Nedelay, oil paintings of magical family stories from Siberia. Beginning on March 2nd: Moments of
Contact by Diana Schmertz. Diana Schmertz paintings of hands and fingers enfolded or in their own
little bubbles, invites the viewer to engage at a distance as well as at close range, simultaneously to
understand relationships from both the subjective and the objective, the ordered and the chaotic.
Artist's 551 Fort Washington Avenue at W. 185 th St. Call 212-568-8304 for open hours. Opening
Reception, Monday, March 2nd, 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
Albany Lobby Day for Immigration Reform The New York Immigration Colaition (NYIC) invites you to
join immigrant advocates from across New York State for the New York Immigration Coalition Day of
Action in Albany. The purpose of the day is to bring immigrant voices to Albany and to share the NYICs
Immigrant Equality Agenda with policymakers in the state capitol. Buses will be leaving from locations in
Manhattan, Long Island, and Westchester. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, visit
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mX-xZZQ6bsMiPW6Vqytu1MGtATrFRF30gqk_-iJym9k/viewform.
Tuesday, March 3rd.
James Tristan Redding in Concert For listeners of intelligent and sometimes funny singers like John
Prine, Bob Schneider, Steve Goodman, and Loudon Wainwright, to discover a new artist is surpassed in
joy only by learning that your new favorite songwriter is performing close by in the near future. Well,
have you met James Tristan Redding? With songs equally poignant and playful, you won't want to miss
this newcomer's upcoming concert in Harlem. At the Shrine World Music Venue, 2271 Adam Clayton
Powell, Jr. Blvd. Free! www.jamestristanredding.com. Wednesday, March 4th, 10pm.
International Women's Day Award Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia is honoring our own Deputy
Director Cynthia Carrion at their annual International Women's Day Dinner! This dinner is a wonderful
chance to not only congratulate Cynthia on all her efforts, but support a fellow organization working to
improve the lives of Northern Manhattan residents. Tickets are $30 each, and they can be purchased in
advance at or 212-568-2115. At 809 Restaurant & Lounge, 112 Dyckman St. Thursday March 5th, 6pm
9pm.
Jo Mikals-Aldachi @ Indian Road Caf An exhibition (through March 21st) of gouache and oil paintings,
curated by Jeff Hoppa. For more information, visit www.mikals-adachi.com, or www.jeffhoppa.com, or
call 212-942-7451. At the Indian Road Caf, 600 W. 218th St., across from Baker Field. Artists reception
Thursday, March 5th, 6:30 8:30pm.

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Housing Workshop Applying for affordable housing, legal advice, organizing tenants. Open Forum. At
MS 54 Booker T Washington Beacon Program Auditorium, 103 W. 107th St. For more information or to
RSVP, call 212-928-6814 or email district7@council.nyc.gov. Thursday, March 5th, 6:30pm 8:30pm.
Natures Music Workshop with the Urban Park Rangers Learn about what trees and natural materials
are used to build modern day and tribal musical instruments. Examples of instruments including log
drums, native American flute will be on display. Participants will construct an authentic Native American
Instrument. Registration required. At Inwood Hill Park's Payson Center, on Dyckman Street, one half
block west of Payson Avenue. To register visit www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday,
February 25th. Saturday, March 7th, noon - 2 pm.
18th Annual College Fair This is an opportunity to visit 60+ universities and colleges across the United
States under one roof. In addition to the college information booths, workshops will be available on a
variety of topics, such as choosing a college, scholarships and admissions, financial aid, test prep, and
other pertinent issues and information for parents and students alike. The cost of the college fair is free
and the information is priceless. Representatives from colleges across the country will be on hand to
help students and parents learn about their option to help better equip the executives, doctors and
lawyers of tomorrow on how to succeed in college today. For further information, call Patricia Vitucci
contact me at 212-694-3656. Saturday, March 7th, noon - 4pm.
Save the Date for the 7th Annual Friends of PS/IS187 Auction Fundraiser The annual Auction
Fundraiser, hosted by Friends of 187, features silent and live auctions of really good stuff, and delicious
food & beverages. Its always a great evening out (without kids) that you don't want to miss. Tickets on
sale now at http://www.friendsof187.org/auction-tickets.html. (Discount if you buy in advance.) In the
Hebrew Tabernacle Social Hall, 551 Fort Washington Ave. @ W. 185th St. Saturday, March 7th, 7pm
9:30pm.
The 2015 Y Purim Festival is here! Bring your entire family and take part in the festivities at the Ys
premier annual event! Entertainment for kids and adults, good food, and great fun! Featuring face
painting, gaga, inflatable play areas, live music, hammentaschen decorating, kosher food, arts & crafts
photo booth, and a special Purim Show, the Mystery Bear by Main Stages. Come dressed up in your
favorite costume! Buy your tickets in advance and save! ($5 in advance; at the door: :$10/first ticket,
$5/each additional ticket; kids <2 are free. )Visit www.ywashhts.org/purim-festival-2015 for more
information. At the Y, 54 Nagle. Ave. Sunday, March 8th, 11am 2pm.
Rear Window New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick will introduce one of Alfred Hitchcocks
best, starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Raymond Burr. At the United Palace, 4140 Broadway at
W. 175th St. For more information, call 212-568-1157. Sunday, March 8th, 4pm doors; 5pm introduction;
5:30 movie.
Small Business Seminar How to open a small business or receive help for your business. Open Forum. At
Broadway Housing Rio II Gallery, 583 Riverside Drive at W. 135th St., 9th floor. For more information or to
RSVP, call 212-928-6814 or email district7@council.nyc.gov. Thursday, March 12th, 8am 10am.
State of the District Address Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez cordially invites you to attend his annual
address: Lifting our Community Together through the Power of Education, Economic Development,
Affordable Housing and Quality Health. At the George Washington Educational Campus, 549 Audubon

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Ave. RSVP to cmrodriguezevents@gmail.com. Sunday, March 22nd at 2pm (doors open; program starts
at 2:30pm).
Save-the-Date: the Uptown Games Return! 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 schools team. For more information and registration forms, call 212544-0173 or email eventsRSVP@adrianoespaillat.org. Saturday March 28th, 10am 3pm.
Save-the-Date: Fort Tryon Park Trust Gala This year we will honor Lynden Miller, a tireless advocate for
New York City's open spaces and a designer of beautiful gardens in NYC parks, raising the standard for
horticulture in public spaces throughout the City. Mark your calendars now! Tickets will soon be
available for purchase on our website: http://www.forttryonparktrust.org/. Thursday, May 28th at 6pm.

***HOW YOU CAN HELP*** (8 items)


NYPL Oral Histories Project The Washington Heights and Inwood Neighborhood Oral History Project will
begin in January 2015 and they need interviewers. Interview your neighbors, family or friends and
preserve stories and memories about our community. Sign up for an interviewer training session at one
of our participating neighborhood libraries. Visit http://oralhistory.nypl.org/neighborhoods/washingtonheights-inwood website for training session dates and times at all three WH/I library branches, or
contact Alexandra Kelly: alexandrakelly@nypl.org / 212-621-0552. For information on the Harlem Oral
Histories project, visit http://oralhistory.nypl.org/neighborhoods/harlem or contact Ms. Kelly.
Volunteers needed for upcoming United Palace of Cultural Arts events Here are the next few events
we have planned (more to come). These are all free admission so we won't need ticket sellers or takers,
but there are certainly other tasks that we always need extra sets of hands to complete. All events at
the United Palace, 4140 Broadway at W. 175th St. Please contact Mike Fitelson (212-568-1157 /
MikeF@unitedpalace.org) if you are available to pitch in.
New York Youth Symphony Concert, Sunday, February 22nd at 5pm
Rear Window Sunday, February 22nd, 4pm doors; 5pm intro with Lou Lumenick; 5:30pm movie.
Missing Person We thank you in advance for whatever help or assistance you
can give my classmate. Timothy Hamlett left his home Friday, Dec. 26th, and
did not go where he said he would go. His phone was pinged in our
neighborhood and found by a couple of kids. He may have been spotted in
the 157th train station and the 170th McDonalds. The family is extremely
concerned because he has been using sports supplements and they have
been affecting his personality. Timothy is a 20-year-old black male, 6 tall. He
was wearing True Religion jeans, zip-up Adidas sneakers (blueish/purplish). If
you have seen Timothy Hamlett or have information on his whereabouts,
please call 917-686-0087 or 201-406-6990.

What happens between Pop Ups? Where can you bring your broken stuff? Please take this quick
survey (https://sandra30.typeform.com/to/IFt5pF) to help us help you more often. Thank you! We'll let
you know our next Pop Up dates and locations when we have them. With all the best, from everyone at
Pop Up Repair
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Book Drive: Project Cicero Donate new or gently used childrens and young adult books for Project
Ciceros delivery to classroom libraries in under-resourced NYC public schools. The donation bin is in the
JCCs lobby at 334 Amsterdam Ave. (@ W. 76th St.). For more information, call 646-505-5708 or visit
www.JCCmanhattan.org. Cant make it to the JCC in time? Donate an item from our wish list:
http://projectcicero.org/wish-list/. Through February 28th.
Bronx Theatre High School Career Day Share their educational and professional journeys with rapt
audiences of high-schoolers, and let them know some of the many career paths that are available to
them! If you are interested in sharing your expertise or professional journey and helping to inspire our
young people, please contact Alison Ritz: nyritz@yahoo.com. Save the date! Friday, May 8th, 9:15am 12:15pm.
Parent Engagement Opportunity: 2015 Community Education Council Elections The Community and
Citywide Education Councils provide parents a voice in public education and an opportunity to make a
grassroots-level impact on education policy. Elections take place every two years, and this year, the DOE
is engaging in a citywide effort to reach all parents and raise awareness of these leadership roles,
reflecting the Chancellors ongoing commitment to engaging parents and families in the important work
of educating our children. Parents serve two-year terms on 36 Councils throughout the City, including
the Community Education Councils (CEC), Citywide Council on High Schools, Citywide Council on English
Language Learners, Citywide Council on Special Education, and the Citywide Council for District 75. CECs
in each of the Citys 32 school districts are responsible for approving school zoning lines, holding
hearings on the capital plan, and providing additional input on important policy issues. Citywide Councils
evaluate and advise on school policy concerning their areas of focus. Parents interested in becoming
members of a Community or Citywide Education Council should visit NYCParentLeaders.org or email
CCECinfo@schools.nyc.gov or call 212-374-1936 for more information. Application deadline is
Wednesday, March 11th.
Blood Drives: Help Out with an Emergency Blood Shortage! To schedule an appointment visit here:
https://drm.nybloodcenter.org/PublicScheduler/GroupLanding.aspx?DonationGroupID=2560 or call
800-933-2566. Please bring identification with photo or signature.
Barnard College, Bus Mobile at 3009 Broadway, Friday, February 20th, 11am 5pm.
NYP/The Allen Hospital, 5141 Broadway at W. 220th St., Thayer Conference Room. Monday,
February 23rd, 11am 5pm.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Milstein Hospital Building, Wednesday, March 4th, 9am 6pm

***CLASSES & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES/INFORMATION*** (9 items)


Experience the Power of Music! WHIN Music Project will offer beginner guitar classes taught by
Adrian Bridges, a versatile guitarist with experience performing everything from classical and jazz
to rock, bluegrass, and hip hop both in the United States as well as abroad. Adrian brings with him
more than ten years of experience teaching guitar, composition, and music theory at institutions
such as New York University and New York City Guitar School. Wednesdays after school for ages
12 and up starting this fall at 178 Bennett Ave, Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church. To
register, contact Kathryn Tomlin, Program Director of Washington Heights & Inwood (WHIN)
Music Project: 917-921-3429 /info@winmusicproject.org.

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Introduction to Community Based Participatory Research (Free Course) As part of the mission of the
Columbia University Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research to foster community engaged
research between academic and community stakeholders, the Community Engagement Core Resource
(CECR) offers an introductory course on Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The course is
open to Columbia University faculty and high level administrators of community and faith-based
organizations in northern Manhattan. Participants will gain an appreciation of all the components
involved in CBPR and sound health research through co-learning and practicing various parts of the
research process in community-academic partner pairs. These partnership pairs will develop a research
proposal with a CBPR approach for funding consideration by the Irving Institute. Topics covered include:
definitions of community, issues of power and control, engagement and participation, the appropriate
use of qualitative and quantitative methods, and research design. The course is free to all admitted
participants. Applicants must: hold the title of Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director, or other
high level administrator at an organization serving northern Manhattan (Harlem, Washington Heights,
Inwood); commit to attend all 10 class sessions and stay for the entire duration of the class session; and
commit to submitting a proposal for pilot funding with an academic partner. Classes will be held at
Columbia Community Partnership for Health, 390 Ft. Washington Ave. , on Tuesday afternoons from
4pm 6:30pm (March 3, 10, 24, 31; April 7, 21; May 5, 19; June 2, 16). For more information or to
request an application contact Alejandra N. Aguirre: ana2104@columbia.edu / 646-697-2272.
CLOTH Heiskell Technology Center This center offers free technology training for adults including basic
computer classes, after school programming, and even ESL. Theyre open Monday-Friday from 10am5pm. and are located at 2113 Amsterdam Ave at 165th Street. Visit their website
(http://www.cloth159.org/education.htm) to learn more.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers Discoveries Workshops for Visitors with Developmental and
Learning Disabilities and Those on the Autism Spectrum. Discoveries workshops take place one Sunday a
month and last for 90 minutes. Each one focuses on a theme and includes a gallery tour followed by a
related art activity in the studio. The program is free, but reservations are necessary. Receive a schedule
and/or make a reservation at 212-650-2010 or access@metmuseum.org
The Spring 2015 NYPD Citizen's Police Academy Course shares training and tactics used by the NYPD,
and fosters working relationships with the NYPD. This is a 14 week (1x/week) training at the Police
Academy (235 E. 20th St., between 2nd & 3rd Avenues) taught by NYPD Instructors. Transportation will be
provided every Tuesday at 5pm from the 34th Precinct to the Academy and at 9pm from the Academy to
the 34th Precinct. The training curriculum includes Penal Law Procedures, Patrol Guide Procedures, Stop
Question and Frisk, Firearms Simulation Training, Civilian Complain Review Board, Counterterrorism,
and hands-on training. There will be a graduation at One Police Plaza at the conclusion of the course.
Enrollment is limited so please submit an application as soon as possible. (Call or email Det. Haydee
Pabey; see below.) A name check will be conducted. When approved, please bring valid ID and a wallet
size photo of yourself on the registration date. Business or casual attire may be worn; no jeans or
sneakers permitted. For more information, contact Detective Haydee Pabey, 34th Precinct Community
Affairs, at 212-927-0576 or haydee.pabey@nypd.org. Course meets Tuesdays beginning March 17th,
6pm 9pm; mandatory registration on Wednesday, March 11th at 6pm.
FREE Childrens Art Classes at the United Palace: The UPCA Performing Arts Academy For children in
6th - 8th grades. This new program is designed to bring more advanced arts training to mature students
who show a commitment to a high level of performance. Space is limited.
Hip Hop Dance (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:30-6pm)

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Theatre (Mondays & Thursdays, 4:30-6pm)


Circus Arts (Mondays & Thursdays, 4:30-6pm)
West African Drumming (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:30-6pm)
Email Keith Fasciani at keithf@unitedpalace.org or call 212-568-1157 to learn more. At the United
Palace, 4140 Broadway at W. 175th Street.
Visual Arts: Harlem Renaissance, Part 2 Thanks to funding from City Council Member Mark Levine, we
will also continue our Saturday arts classes with Creative Art Works. These drop-in classes will explore
themes from the Harlem Renaissance through a variety of visual art projects. Targeted to children ages
8-11 years old. FREE! At the United Palace, 4140 Broadway at W. 175th St. For more information, call
Keith Fasciani at 212-568-1157 or email keithf@unitedpalace.org. Every Saturday, February 28th - May
9th, 10am-noon.
Dance Project of Washington Heights Dance Project of Washington Heights now offers classes for
ballet, modern, and jazz techniques three days a week for young children, including a range of classes
for 3-4-year-olds, 3-5-year-olds, and 5-7-year-olds; 18-month 3-year-old Caregiver & me classes; and
an infant movement session. A donation is requested for each class. At the United Palace, 4140
Broadway at W. 175th St. Classes meet at various morning times on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Visit www.danceprojectwh.org for schedule and other details.

***JOBS, VOCATIONAL RESOURCES & TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES*** (5 items)


Opportunities for Youth Sponsored by the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
Youth Build Northern Manhattan Calling out of school 17-24 year olds: work toward your GED
or high school diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing in your own
community. The program also includes leadership development and other trainings. For further
information, call Edwin at 212-453-5381 or visit https://youthbuild.org/siteview/72146/info .
(Note: NMIC recently moved down the block to 45 Wadsworth Ave.)
Young Adult Internship Program YAIP is a 14 week intensive internship and job training program
for young adults between the ages of 17-24 living in New York City who are currently
unemployed and do not have a bachelors or associates degree. The program pays a stipend of
$2,800 and is designed to help young adults get on track for a new and exciting career. To apply,
visit NMIC at 45 Wadsworth Avenue at W. 176th Street between noon - 4pm. Visit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dycd/html/jobs/internship or call 212-453-5381 for more
information. Application deadline March 9th for program beginning March 23rd.
The Youth Empowered To Succeed (YES) program for Out-of-School Youth (OSY) at NMIC
empowers disconnected young adults ages 16-21 to upgrade their occupational skills through
construction training (HBI PACT & OSHA 10-hr). Job placement assistance is provided upon
completion of the program.
CCNY Continuing & Professional Studies: Spring 2015 Media Arts & Production Courses
How to be a Broadway Producer: This course is designed to help you take a theater project from
conception to the Broadway stage. Included is a comprehensive overview of the business of first
class theater on Broadway, as well as an introduction to the key figures and institutions in the
industry.

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Entertainment Reporting: This course will teach the techniques of conducting an effective
interview in the broadcasting and print medium. Students will also analyze and critique
interviews done by professionals in the business. Publicist and reporters will be guest speakers
throughout the class.
Audition & Scene Study Workshop: We begin by working on the actors instruments through
exercises and relaxation. As students progress, scenes and monologues will be chosen specific to
each actor. In the final weeks, students will polish scenes for an invited showcase.
Behind the Mic: Voice Acting: This course will focus on the essential elements to become a
voice-over artist and help you to discover your authentic sound that is conducive to your
personality. You'll get the inside scoop on current trends in a fun and supportive workshop
environment.
Register NOW to secure your seat! For more information on any of these courses, c all 212 6507312, visit www.cps.ccny.edu or stop by Shepard Hall, room 2 (Convent Ave. near W. 140th St.)
Get Qualified Quickly for Higher Paying Jobs! CCNYs Continuing & Professional Studies is offering job
training certification courses which will enable you to enter the labor force quickly. Certified graduates
qualify for higher level jobs. Areas of study include construction management, food service
management, security guard officer, paralegal studies, and community interpreter, as well as many
Allied Health professions (electronic healthcare records specialist, medical billing & coding, pharmacy
technician, certified nursing assistant, certified clinical or medical admin assistant) as well as adult &
pediatric CPR. . For more information on any of these courses, c all 212 650-7312, visit
www.cps.ccny.edu or stop by Shepard Hall, room 2 (Convent Ave. near W. 140th St.)
Free Health Certification Courses Hostos community college is now offering free health Certification
Courses. The Classes are set to begin in March; a second class begins in June. Seats are limited. Anyone
interested in applying must provide the following requirements: Proof of unemployment, termination or
being laid off for more than 20 weeks. For more information please call 718-664-2532 or email
dlennon@hostos.cuny.edu.
SBA Bi-Monthly Entrepreneurship Program The United States Small Business Administration will be
having a Bi-monthly Entrepreneurship Program for start-ups and Early growth Entrepreneurs. The
program will be hosting a series of workshops to better educate business owners and prospective
business owners on how to improve their businesses.
The workshops will be held on the following dates:
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March 10 , 9:30am - 11:00am- Establishing and Repairing Personal Credit-Establishing and
maintaining good personal credit is essential to qualifying for a buisness loan and establishing
credibility. Come and learn how to establish and repair.
th
March 24 , 9:30am - 11:00am-Crowdfunding- An Alternative to Lending.Funding on a project,
cause or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically
via the internet.
Please include date and program in your RSVP. RSVP to: NewYorkDO@sba.gov (info: 212-264-4354).
Downtown Manhattan location 290 Broadway (btw. Duane & Reade) 30th floor, room 2. Photo ID
required for entry; allow 10 Minutes for entry.

***LOANS, GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, CONTESTS, AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS*** (13 items)

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Jo Mikals-Aldachi @ Indian Road Caf An exhibition of gouache and oil paintings, curated by Jeff Hoppa.
For more information, visit www.mikals-adachi.com, or www.jeffhoppa.com, or call 212-942-7451. At
the Indian Road Caf, 600 W. 218th St., across from Baker Field. through March 21st; reception Thursday,
March 5th, 6:30 8:30pm.
Dyckman Institute Scholarships for WH/I High School students interested in attending Columbia
University. CU encourages all outstanding HS seniors from WH/I to apply for admission to Columbia
College or the FU Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. There are over 300 individuallynamed need-based scholarships available to Columbia students. One of these, the Dyckman Institute
Scholarship, provides financial support exclusively to students from Washington Heights/Inwood who
would not otherwise be able to afford the full cost of attending Columbia. Last year 18 undergraduate
students from WH/I received $739k in need-based scholarships from Columbia Collage & SEAS. Learn
more about CU and the Dyckman Institute Scholarship by contacting the Undergraduate Admissions
Office at 212-854-2522 or visiting http://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/.
Mellon Scholarship from CUNYs Dominican Studies Institute Just in case you have not seen this
amazing opportunity for doctoral candidates, enclosed, please find information about a new scholarship
at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) at the City College of New York and at Centro de Estudios
Puerorriqueos at Hunter College. For more information, visit
http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/dsi/upload/IUPLRMellon_CallforPapers.pdf. This is a significant step in the
life of DSI and for the entire CUNY family; CCNYs Communications Office highlighted such an
accomplishment in recent news coverage: http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/dsi-mellon-fellowships.cfm.
Summer Library Travel Research Award The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library is pleased to
announce its first Summer Library Travel Research Award. This award will enable faculty researchers
from colleges and universities across the globe to take advantage of the unique resources of the CUNY
Dominican Studies Institute Library collections. The CUNY DSI will provide three awards of $3,000 to
help grantees defray travel and housing costs in New York City. Awardees are expected to remain in
New York City for at least two weeks and, following their stay, submit a brief (2-3 pp.) report on how
their work at the CUNY DSI Library enriched their research project and offer suggestions for
improvements on the Librarys collections. Proposed research may be conducted any time between June
1, 2015 and July 30, 2015. Any publications resulting from research undertaken during the award period
should acknowledge CUNY DSI for its support. Applicants can hail from any college or university in the
world, given they have proper documentation to reside in the U.S. for a month, or hold permanent
residency status or are US citizens. Application deadline: March 16th. All applications must be filled
electronically. Please send a letter of intent, a brief library research proposal, a travel budget, and a CV
to: Prof. Sarah Aponte, Chief Librarian, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute: aponte@ccny.cuny.edu.
2015 High School Internship Manhattan DAs Office The NY County District Attorneys High School
internship program is a rigorous six-week internship that provides students with an insiders view of the
criminal justice system and law enforcement. Every intern is assigned to a unit within the office and
helps Assistant District Attorneys and other staff members with their work. Interns also attend
presentations and trips and prepare for a mock trial competition. Open to Manhattan residents only;
must be a rising junior or senior (i.e., currently a sophomore or junior); must commit to attend entirety
of program from July 6, 2015 August 14, 2015, Monday-Friday, 9am 4:30pm. Email completed
application to HSIP@dany.nyc.gov: include completed form, proof of address, current resume, essay of
500 words or less, and a letter of recommendation for school. For more information call Denise Liriano
at 212-335-3055 or Jennifer Cario at 212-335-9064). Applications due Friday March 27th.

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FY 2016 NYC Council Discretionary Funding applications are now available! Please note deadlines.
FY 2016 Expense funding is allocated to eligible not-for-profit organizations to fund the
programmatic and or operational expenses of carrying out their scope of service. Please follow
this link to retrieve the application and instructions:
http://council.nyc.gov/html/budget/application.shtml. Deadline: Friday, February 20th
FY 2016 Non-City Capital is only for non-profit and cultural organizations interested in applying
to the City Council for funding of Non-City Capital Projects. Please follow this link to retrieve the
applications and instructions: http://www.nyc.gov/html/capgrants/capgrants.html. Note:
Capital allocations to city agencies (for example, for city-owned parks and recreation facilities,
city streets, branch libraries, CUNY projects) are not required to submit this application.
Deadline: New York City Council applications are due by Thursday, March 26th. (Thursday,
February 26th if applying to both the Council and the Manhattan Borough President.)
FY 2016 Capital for Schools/ Reso A for NYC DoE schools: Schools interested in applying for
capital improvements or Reso A grants do not need to fill out the non-city capital application.
Schools are asked to contact Council Members individually and write a proposal letter for
projects they wish to have considered for funding. Send to: Carmen De La Rosa, Chief of Staff,
Office of Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez: cdelarosa@council.nyc. Deadline: Thursday, March
26th.
Other Sources of Funding:
Manhattan Delegation: Please note that in order for groups to be considered for expense and
capital funding through the Manhattan Delegation, groups must submit the supplemental
applications below. The Manhattan Delegation supplemental applications are accessible online.
Expense Application:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13_TsQqSQjSecYEw0MWkRCoYH2nOyglxZUspWcxYMlU0/vie
wform. Deadline: Friday, February 20th at 5pm.
City Capital Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SuqfvC6VKHqHc9uotQz5DrAoOKcv4UigL8Eo8TFOno/viewform. Deadline: Thursday, March 26th at
5pm (Thursday, February 26th at 5pm if also applying to Manhattan Borough President.)
If you have additional questions or concerns please contact to Carmen De la Rosa, Chief of Staff to
Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez (212-788-7053 / cdelarosa@council.nyc.gov. or Amy Slattery,
Legislative & Budget Director (aslattery@council.nyc.gov / 212-788-7007).
MBPO Capital Grant Program The Manhattan Borough Presidents Office is pleased to announce that
applications for Fiscal Year 2016 capital grants are now available. If you are applying for capital funding,
it is highly recommended that you meet with the MBPO budget staff to discuss your project before
applying. If you have not yet scheduled a meeting, please email budget@manhattanbp.nyc.gov. If you
have questions regarding our capital grant process contact Sam Levine, First Deputy Director of Budget
(slevine@manhattanbp.nyc.gov / 212-669-4814) or Luisa Gonzalez, Deputy Director of Budget
(lgonzalez@manhattanbp.nyc.gov / 212-669-2969). Deadline is Thursday, February 26th at 5pm. (Late
applications will not be considered.)
4th Thespis Theater Festival/Competition 2015 All Genres of shows are welcome. If your show has
already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals) you can still participate, but only with a completely
new cast and crew. This is a long festival (12 weeks) that allows all shows prime performance times, the
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professional guidance for playwrights staging their first show to help them make their performance a
success; knowledgeable staff; a professional lighting (42 lights) and sound system; a free tutorial on how
to use the projections system and expert technical guidance. All plays get a five-hour tech rehearsal, free
box office management/venue handling during performances, storage for your props and set pieces
during the length of your run, free use of props and set pieces owned by the theater (an incredible
collection- not just chairs and rehearsal blocks, but real furniture), and an extremely low participation
fee. Theres a piano available to all during rehearsals/performances , and a wonderful Award Ceremony
at the end of the festival. NO FEES REQUIRED TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY. Prizes for Best Play ($3,500); Best
Actor / Actress / Director ($500 each); Best Original Play ($200). For more information on how to
submit, visit thespisnytheaterfestival.com. Festival runs from June 15th - August 31st; submissions due by
June 1st.
Call for Art (Ongoing): Tribute to the Disappeared: an art project in homage to victims of violence and
injustice around the globe. We have images from over 200 international artists and we invite everyone
to participate in this important project by sending images on the theme, "Tribute to the Disappeared,"
and related themes, such as solidarity, peace/war, human rights, loss and hope, etc. New and existing
images welcome, literary works up to 200 words. Preferred Image format: 8x8" 300dpi, jpg (max file size
2MB). Artists will allow the use of their images in the context of the project, but keep the copyright and
original art. Please email images to: tributenow@gmail.com. (Please include artwork information, such
as artist's name, title, date, media and size. Feel free to send a one-paragraph bio and a link to your
website.) For more info: https://www.facebook.com/tributetothedisappeared /
https://www.facebook.com/events/775870205813395/?ref=22. Deadline: Ongoing.
Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award We are excited to announce that the 2015 award will be taking
place at Court Square Park in Long Island City, Queens! The $10,000 award is granted to one emerging
artist who submits the most compelling proposal for an outdoor sculpture in Court Square. The location
changes annually and is determined based on the sites visibility and proximity within a neighborhood
underserved by public art. For more information including RFP and application procedure, visit:
http://www.nycgovparks.org/art-and-antiquities/clare-weiss-award. The deadline for applications is
March 22nd.
Inwood Film Festival Announcing the first annual Inwood Film Festival! Sponsored by the Indian Road
Cafe, and funded in part by private donations, the IFF is designed as a chance to showcase the sights,
sounds, people and talents of Inwood! The festival dates will be in February, 2016. Submission is free by
mail, with a nominal fee for online submissions. We are focusing on films SHOT BY Inwood residents or
SHOT IN Inwood. Got an iPhone? Got a DSLR? Got a video camera? Got some old home movies? Make a
movie!! Competition for 5-minute-max short-short films, and a non-juried exhibition of films under 25
minutes. Prizes, awards, and celebrity guest judges! Check out the details at
www.inwoodfilmfestival.nyc
2015 DDC High School & College Summer Internship Programs The NYC Department of Design &
Construction (DDC) is looking to create a pipeline program that will introduce students from middle
school through high school and college to careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering,
Architecture/Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). We will be using DDC projects for holistic educational
programming and to develop curriculum, internships, job readiness programs and mentorships. This
summer, DDC will be running two internship programs designed for high school and college students
interested in pursuing careers in architecture, engineering, building trades, public administration,
business administration or information technology. For information about the Summer Internship

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Program (SIP), contact Ruby Saake, Internship Manager ; SCAinternships@nycsca.org / 718-752-5047.


For the college internship application process, go to www.nyc.gov/jobs, go to Search for Open NYC Jobs
and click on Non-Employee Login, and select Job ID #180596 for Public Buildings Division, #180601 for
Infrastructure Division, or #180606 for Safety & Site Support. Please indicate in your cover letter
whether you will be an undergraduate or graduate level student for the upcoming Fall 2015 term.
Deadlines are Friday, February 27th for the High School Internship Program, and Friday, March 20th for
the 2015 College Internship Program.
Above the Bridge: Calling All Writers Our February Writers Cafe was an extraordinary evening! And we
think the March one will be, too. The theme for the month is "On the Verge." As always, interpret it as
you will. Above the Bridge is a playground for writers. It is a place to encourage and cultivate
neighborhood writers and provide them with an audience for their work. Here's How It Works: a theme
is chosen for each month. Writers may submit five minutes of material of any genre or style (poetry,
plays, fiction, non-fiction, blogs, etc.) that reflect the month's theme. Pieces will be chosen by the Above
the Bridge selection team to be read by the author at the next reading series. There will be a short
rehearsal immediately prior to the event. Writers must live in Washington Heights or Inwood. Please
attach your name, address and phone number with your submission. Pieces should be no longer than 5
minutes, but all work will be considered. You do not have to be a professional writer. New and existing
works accepted. Send all submissions or inquiries to abovethenbridge@gmail.com; please write
"February Submission" in the subject line. Also, please make sure that your name is also attached to
your piece. We're just looking out for you and your precious work! Writers Cafe is on Monday, March
9th; submissions are due on Sunday, March 1st.

***HEALTH, RECREATION & FITNESS*** (5 items)


YOGA at "Manhattan's Oldest House" RESUMES ITS REGULAR SCHEDULE: Vinyasa Flow Yoga on
Thursdays; Gentle Flow Yoga on Sundays. At the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Jumel Terrace between W. 160th
& W. 162nd Streets, one block east of St. Nicholas Ave. Classes are $5; mats are free to borrow.
Thursdays & Sundays, 1pm 2pm. (Please arrive 10 minutes early.)
Ongoing Weekly Fitness, Health & Lifestyle Programs at Isabella:
Fitness Gets Personal: Mondays, 11am noon (Recreation Hall)
Tai Chi: Tuesdays, 9:30 am 10:45 am (525 Audubon Ave., Room 1412)
La Salud Mental y el Bienestar: Mircoles de 9:30 am 10:45 am. nase a este grupo de apoyo
para obtener la salud mental que usted necesita. Se requiere un compromiso de 12 semanas.
(525 Audubon Ave., 1er Piso. Marketing Conference Room.) Es necesario inscribirse.
Walking Works Wonders: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 8am 9am (Rec. Hall)
Mental Health and Wellness Group: Fridays (beginning 9/26), 9:30am 10:45am. Join this
support group as a continuation of the How to Control Your Life series. Vonalis Pina will
continue weekly discussions on how to better manage daily stresses in a more intimate setting.
A 12 week commitment is required. Light breakfast will be provided. (525 Audubon Avenue, 1st
floor Marketing Conference Room.)
All classes at 515 Audubon Ave. @ W. 190th St., unless otherwise noted. For more information and to
register, call Marilyn Pacheco at 212-342-9224 Se habla Espaol
Saturday Night Lights Weekend Professional Sports Training and weekday academic support for kids
ages 11- 18. Drill & Play (Basketball) at George Washington High School (549 Audubon Ave. at W. 192nd
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St.) Saturdays, 5pm 7pm and 7pm 9pm. & Manhattanville Community Center (530 W. 133rd St. btw
Amsterdam Ave/Bway). Fridays, 5pm 7pm & 7pm 9pm. AllStarr Volleyball at the PAL Armory (218 Ft.
Washington Ave., enter on W. 169th St.), Saturdays, 5pm 7pm & 7pm 9pm. For information call
212.678.0647 or visit www.manhattanda.org/saturday-night-lights.
Free Zumba Classes There will be Free Zumba classes for all Northern Manhattan residents in IS 52 on
Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 6-7pm.
Hudson Cliffs Baseball League! Registration is now OPEN This is a wonderful community-based parent
run league organized through the YM-YWHA in Washington Heights, for all kids aged 3-12. Season
begins on April 12th and runs through June 21st. All games and practices will be on Sunday mornings at
Dyckman Fields. For the registration form and additional information, please visit:
http://ywashhts.org/sites/ywashhts.org/files/HCBL%202015%20Registration%20Form%20YM%20YWHA
.pdf.

***GENERAL INFORMATION, ONGOING EVENTS & NEWS-YOU-CAN-USE*** (7 items)


IDNYC is here! This new city ID is a free way to get a year's membership at 33 of the city's cultural
institutions, including Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of
Natural History, and it's available to all New York City residents age 14 and over. You can find the
application, enrollment locations, and documentation requirements at nyc.gov/idnyc. Due to
overwhelming demand, you much book an application appointment at a center near you by calling 311.
(No walk-ins.)
Free Tax Preparation Assistance Its tax time: go get your refund! The New York Public Library can help.
You can prepare and file your tax return electronically with some help from a tax assistant...all for free.
To participate in this free program, you must: earn less than $60,000 (per tax return); have a valid e-mail
address and basic computer skills; bring all necessary documentation and information. For more
information on participating libraries and the information youll need to file your taxes, go to
http://www.nypl.org/taxhelp or call 311 and ask for free tax preparation assistance. At the Inwood
Branch Library, 4790 Broadway near Dyckman St. Wednesdays, 11am 1pm; Fridays & Saturdays,
10am 1pm, through April 15th.
More Free Tax Preparation Assistance provided by the Food Bank for NYC for single adults making
$20,000 or less and adults w/ children making $53,000 or less. Bring your Social Security card or Tax ID
number for all family members, W-2s for all jobs you held in 2014 & any other tax-related documents,
and a sample check or deposit slip with routing number and account number if you want direct deposit
of your refund. Note: you also may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit! Two locations in our
District through April 15th:
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC), 45 Wadsworth Ave. (between W. 175th
& W. 176th Sts.), 1st fl. For more information, call (212) 212-822-8300 or visit www.nmic.org.
Tuesday Thursday, noon - 7pm and Saturdays, 9am - 5pm.
Centro Evangelistico Pantry, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) 148 Post
Ave. (between W. 207th & 10th Ave.). Tuesday Thursday & Saturday, noon - 7pm (also Mondays,
noon-7pm in February).

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Fund for Jewish Child Survivors A new fund has been negotiated by the Claims Conference with the
German government to provide reparations exclusively to Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust.
Survivors who were born January 1, 1928 or later, and were in concentration camps, ghettos, or for at
least 6 months under Nazi occupation in hiding or under false identity, will be eligible to receive a onetime payment of approx. $2,500. This fund became operational on January 1, 2015. Many Survivors will
receive the application in the mail. If you have not received an application in the mail by the end of
January, and you believe you are eligible, please contact The Jewish Community Council of Washington
Heights at 212-568-5450.
Dolphin Park The Port Authority is currently in the process of renovating Dolphin Park located on Cabrini
Boulevard. To date, we have spent $265,000 of the anticipated total project cost of $550,000. During the
past few months, we have installed playground equipment, benches on Cabrini Boulevard, wood fiber
surface for play equipment, and have relocated the play elephant. As it gets warmer, play surfaces and
bluestone pavement will be installed as well. Tentative start date is Monday, March 2nd. Weather
permitting, the contractor will try to improve schedule and start earlier. The renovations are scheduled
to conclude in June of 2015.
Salute the Arts Initiative This program WNYC and WQXR Radio provides free on-air announcements and
website promotion to NYC cultural groups with annual marketing budget under $500,000 and annual
operating budget under $1 million. Organizations must be 501(c)(3). For more info people would
contact:www.wnyc.org/star.
The Hudson Community Project: Safe at Home A community service of the YM&YWHA of Washington
Heights/Inwood, the Riverdale YM-YWHA, the JCC of Washington Heights/Inwood, and the Hebrew
Home at Riverdale. Services include: Case Management, Housing Advocacy, Kosher pantry, Kosher
meals, Social Adult Day care, In-home support, Health Maintenance, Rehabilitation,
Benefits/Entitlements counseling, and Transportation. For more information, contact Rina Hennes,
LMSW at 212-569-6200 x233 or rhennes@ywashhts.org.

-------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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