Here are just a few of the events going in and around our district that I thought might be of interest. I’d like to highlight these four events:
1. FREE SUMMER MEALS: Kids 18 years and under can receive FREE summer meals from June 27- August 29! Find out more by calling 311, texting NYCMeals to 877-877 or visiting www.schoolfoodnyc.org.
2. PROJECT OPEN HOUSE : Project Open House, supported by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is designed to increase independence in the activities of daily living by removing architectural barriers in the home of people with permanent disabilities and providing an opportunity for many people with disabilities to remain in the community. A flyer with more information is attached under Community under Ongoing Events. To apply, visit the website.
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NY Society for Ethical Culture : August Sunday Platforms. Date & Time: 11:00AM, 2 West 64th Street Social gathering with refreshments starts at 10:15AM
Leader Lunch Discussions. on a variety of topics Free. Date: Thursdays at Noon. Location: Elliott Library
Free Lunchtime Concerts. Free Lunchtime Concerts are returning starting July 2nd at Richard Tucker Park (Broadway at 6th Street). For more information, visit the website or call 212-581-3774. Date: Every Wednesday July 2nd through August 27th, noon to 2:00PM
Lincoln Center’s Passport for the Arts Program.The performances are designed for family audiences and are inclusive programs. The Passport Program offers tickets at no cost, supports families by sending visual schedules, music samples and activities ahead of time and facilitates seating requests and accommodations. This fall, our programs will include the New York City Ballet’s Family Saturday performance, the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert, the Chamber Music Society’s Meet the Music program, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People, and Big Apple Circus. See the registration form here.
Project Open House. Project Open House, supported by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is designed to increase independence in the activities of daily living by removing architectural barriers in the home of people with permanent disabilities and providing an opportunity for many people with disabilities to remain in the community. The application process is NOW OPEN. See the flyer below for more information.
Understanding Dementia Seminar: What You Need to Know and Where to Go. Sessions provide family members and friends with information about Alzheimer’s other types of dementia and resources and services available. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please call the 24-hour Helpline at 800-277-3900 to register. All meetings are FREE OF CHARGE. For more information, visit the website. Dates: English: August 7th, 8th, 12th, 20th, 25th Spanish: August 26th
Alzheimer’s Association Legal & Financial Center. An attorney specializing in Elder Law will discuss important topics caregivers should understand before meeting with a personal attorney. Topics include Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Medicaid Eligibility, Long-Term Care Insurance, Health Care Proxy and more. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please call our 24-hour Helpline at 800.272.3900 to register. For more information, visit the website. Dates: English: August 4th, August 18th, August 28th
Alzheimer’s Association Family Caregiver Workshops. During this 10-hour workshop, caregivers learn to view the world from the perspective of the person with dementia. They also learn how to communicate more effectively with the person for whom they are caring and receive new insights on how to manage the challenging behaviors often associated with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the importance of self-care. Attendance is required at all workshops in a series. These meetings are ONLY for family & friends caring for people with dementia. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. PLease call the 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900 to register. Workshops are held on a regular basis, please call the 24-Hour Helpline for upcoming meetings. For more information, visit the website. Upcoming Series Dates: Wednesdays – August 6, 13, 20, and 27
Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, this exhibition explores how public relations, propaganda, and mass media were used to shape and control public opinion about the war. Drawing from collections across NYPL, Over Hereilluminates the country’s debate about whether the U.S. should be involved in the war. For more information, visit the website. Date: Monday, July 28, 2014 through Sunday, February 15, 2015. Location: NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Hunter College COPE and SPELL Saturday English Language Classes Fall 2014 Please find the information for free ESL classes @ Hunter College. Please feel free to share! Encontraran la información y aplicaciones para las clases de inglés en Hunter College. Por favor, compartan con sus amigos y familiares! Visit here for more information. Oficina de COPE y SPELL: (212) 772-4620
Free parent training study: The effectiveness of a parenting training program for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The parent training will provide the parent with tools pertaining to Positive Behavior Support (i.e., conducting a functional assessment of problem behavior and then developing prevention strategies to prevent the problem behavior from occurring, teaching replacement skills to replace the problem behaviors, and developing consequence/response strategies to make the problem behavior less likely to occur in the future) – combined with cognitive behavioral therapy for parents. The weekly parent training sessions will be held during the late afternoon and evenings (between 4 pm and 9 pm) on Monday through Friday, as well as Saturday mornings (9:00 am – 1:00 pm). See the flyer below for more information.
FAMILY & KIDS
Central Park Family Performance Festival. Each summer, the Conservancy hosts a series of eco-education and multicultural performances for the whole family to enjoy. Formerly known as A Clearing in the Forest, this year’s Family Performance Festival is chock-a-block full of fun and learning through music, storytelling, in-Park adventure, puppetry, and more! Programs happen in the Park’s most natural playground, The Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade (located inside the Park near West 106th Street). Pack a picnic, grab your blanket, and get ready to discover Central Park in a whole new way! Advance registration is recommended; All ages welcome. In the case of inclement weather programs will be canceled. For more information, click on the links below. For day-of weather-related changes and accessibility information, call 212-860-1370 or check the event on our online calendar. For more information, visit the website. Date & Time: June 15 – August 31, 2014. Every Sunday, 12:00 pm (Programs are free and between 60 – 90 minutes long.) Location: Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade
The Central Park Circuit. The Central Park Circuit will help you reach your fitness goals in the world’s most beautiful outdoor gym – Central Park! Get fit with innovative exercises designed by top trainers to utilize the Park’s best natural features: rocks, trails, stairs, hills, and gorgeous open lawns. A variety of in-Park classes will help you to maximize your strength and agility, as well as increase flexibility and muscle tone. Free. Ages 18+. Classes are drop-in and open to all fitness levels. Space is limited for each class on a first come, first served basis.Central Park Conservancy Members who bring their membership cards are guaranteed a slot in each class. Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 8- August 28, 2014 6:30PM-7:30PM
Summer Play Activities. Free summer adult-supervised games and activities for all youths on will be held at designated streets, schools, and playgrounds. Weekdays only. Goal of program includes reducing risk-taking behaviors among youth and fostering life skills. Older youths play stickball, volleyball, basketball, skully, and double Dutch, among others, while younger kids have jump rope, hopscotch, and relay races. Also chess, checkers, mancala (a board strategy game) for some mental exercise. For more information, contact Richard Guevera at Rguevara@palnyc.org. To find a Play Street near you see below or call the Police Athletic League at 212-477-9450 ext. 389.
Goddard Riverside Head Start Program Openings. Goddard Riverside Head Start Program is a quality UPK program for 3 and 4 year olds. NY State certified teachers direct a play-based curriculum. There are weekly visits to the American Museum of Natural History. It is part of NYC Early Learn Program. Date: September 2014 through August 2015 Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 3:30PM Location: Goddard Riverside Head Start 70 West 95th Street
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Free Summer Meals for Kids! Comidas gratis de verano para niños! For all kids 18 years and younger; children DO NOT need to show registration, documentation, or an ID to receive their meals. Sites listed current as of June 13th, 2014 but subject to change. Find out more by calling 311, texting NYCMeals to 877-877 or visiting www.schoolfornyc.com Location 1: Matthew Sapolin Playground West 70th St. & West End Ave. Date & Time: Lunch – 12:00-1:00PM – Tu, We, Th, Fr uly 8th through August 22nd Location 2: NYCHA-Amsterdam 218 W 64 St. between Amsterdam & West End Aves Date & Time : Breakfast – 9:00-10:00AM – Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Lunch- 12:00-1:00PM – Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr July 9th through August 29th Location 3: P.S 333 Manhattahn School for Children 154 W 93 St. between Amsterdam & Columbus Aves Date & Time: Breakfast – 8:00AM- 9:15AM – Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Lunch : 11:00AM- 1:15PM – Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr June 30th through August 12th
GRCC Teen Exposure Program The program will run for five weeks, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from July 28th through August 28th is geared towards neighborhood youth and young adults. We will be offering Recreational Activities, a Music Studio, Hip Hop Dance, an Entrepreneurship Class, a Game Room and much more. It is FREE and open to the community, participants, and especially our NYCHA residents. Please print and distribute widely. If you have any questions, contact the Associate Director of Youth Programs, Richard Rivera at (212) 799-9400 ext. 207 or RRivera@goddard.org. See the flyer below for more information.
Hot Fun at Summer Streets. GrowNYC is going to be greening up the Summer Streets event for 3 weekends in August and we need our excellent team of volunteers to help us with recycling bin monitoring and education at our GrowNYC OROE table. Our crew of dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers will encourage New Yorkers to “think before they throw.” T-shirts and light refreshments will be provided. There will be rock climbing, zip lines, free bike rentals, and lots of free giveaways with a 7 mile stretch of car-free Park Ave open to bikes, skates, and joggers. Bring a friend, bring your roller skates, and come enjoy the summer with us! Sign up here. August 25th St & Park Ave, Manhattan Date & Time: Three Saturdays: August 2, 9, and 16 2 shifts: 7am-10:30am or 10am-1:30pm
Monthly Housing Clinics and Workshops. Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Goddard Riverside’s SRO Law Project, and The Urban Justice Center present FREE 2013-2014 Monthly Housing Clinics and Workshops from October 2013 – June 2014 (6:00PM-8:00PM) at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (between 88th and 89th Streets), Manhattan. On the first Wednesday of each month, the clinic will offer a presentation on a variety of topics, to be followed by a question and answer session. The funding is provided by the Housing Preservation Initiative of the New York City Council. Each evening, at least one staff attorney will meet with individuals who are seeking specific legal advice. ( Bilingue: Español) For questions, contact the Urban Justice Center at (646) 459-3017 or the Office of Council Member Rosenthal at (212) 873-0282. Sign-up sheet starting at 6pm each evening. There is no meeting for the month of August, but the they will be resumed in the fall.
HCC Legal Clinic. HCC offers a free legal clinic on Monday evenings from 7pm – 9pm. To meet with a volunteer attorney,visitors must call the front desk (212) 541-5996 to reserve a spot in the clinic in advance. Only the first eight callers will be able to reserve an appointment. Any New York City resident who does not qualify for HCC’s legal services* can visit HCC’s Legal Clinic, regardless of income or address. Our volunteer lawyers provide brief legal information, explain basic legal rights and may refer visitors to other legal resources/organizations/agencies. The Clinic is for 15-minute consultations only. You do not retain the volunteer attorney and the attorney cannot represent you or provide legal advice. While most visitors come for legal information about housing-related matters, attorneys may (at their own discretion) field questions about other basic, legal matters, as well. Visitors are asked to bring all documents relevant to their questions.
SOURCES FOR FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
NYC Housing Connect. Looking for affordable housing? The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) have developed an online portal to portal to search and apply for affordable housing opportunities in New York City called NYC Housing Connect. On the site, you can: Learn how to apply for affordable housing in New York City; View current and upcoming housing opportunities; Start, save, and complete an application for your household; Apply to housing options for which you may qualify. NYC Housing Connect seeks to simplify the application process for you. To visit the site CLICK HERE. Applying and qualifying for affordable housing can be a long process, and you are not guaranteed to receive housing. Your household must not only qualify with detailed criteria on a property-by-property basis, but you must also be selected at random in that property’s lottery. Preferences noted in the advertisement will be given first consideration. For other housing resources for New York City, visit the Affordable Housing Resource Center at www.nyc.gov/housing.
NYC Housing Development Corporation. HDC finances rental properties reserved for households that meet certain income restrictions, commonly referred to as either low-income or middle-income. Each posting specifies how many of each type of apartment is available. To see rental opportunities for low-income applicants, please click here. For middle-income rentals, please click here. To apply, please follow the instructions on the application information or advertisement posted for each development. All apartments are awarded through a lottery; your eligibility is determined by income. There is no application fee, facilitator, outside expediter, or broker involved in this process. Filling out the application for the specific project that is advertising available units is the ONLY way to apply for one of the apartments. See available listings.