The 2014 edition of the Bergen County Model Railroad Club’s Train Show runs for 1 more weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 8 & 9. The show is open Saturday, March 8 from 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, March 9 from Noon-5PM, and takes place at the United Methodist Church, on the corner of John Street and Franklin Avenue in Pearl River.
Help your child prepare for Kindergarten. The East Ramapo Central School District has 25 openings for This Year’s UPK (Universal Pre-Kindergarten.) UPK is a free, 2 ½ hour daily program. If your child’s birth date is between 12/2/08 and 12/1/09, you can enroll them for March, April, May, and June in UPK. Call 845-577-6158, or visit the UPK office at 461 Viola Road, Spring Valley..
On Saturday, March 8, The Historical Society of Rockland invites you to join them for a new season of guided “Walks through History,” with a tour of Rockland Lake. The two-hour walking tour will begin at 10:30AM (rain or shine) from the Josephine Hudson Room in the Pavilion at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers. Admission and Parking are free, but reservations are required. Further information and a downloadable registration form are available at www.RocklandHistory.org/event.cfm?page=341 or call 845-634-9629.
On Saturday, March 8, from 11AM until 4PM, the 11th Annual Ramapo Winter Carnival will take place at the Joseph T. St. Lawrence Community, Health & Sports Center, 115 Torne Valley Road in Hillburn. Admission is free and there will feature inflatable rides for kids, a DJ, dancing, games, crafts and the second annual Rockland Boulders Winter Blast. The Rockland Boulders Winter Blast will provide fans the opportunity to “meet and greet” Boulders players, the Boulder Bird, attend a free Baseball Clinic, a Card Show and to win Boulders tickets and merchandise. Free hot dogs will also be served to all Boulder fans who attend! For further information call 845-357-6100 or 845-364-0009.
On Sunday, March 9, the Ladies Club of the Haverstraw Elks will hold their Spring Breakfast and Boutique. The event takes place at the Lodge, 877 Elks Drive in Haverstraw, from 9AM until 12:30PM. Adults/$10; Senior Citizens/$8; Children under 12/$5; and Children under 5/free. Join them for Breakfast, then browse the Boutique.
On Sunday, March 9, The Ramapo Valley Ambulance Youth Corps, with the New York Blood Center, are sponsoring a Community Blood Drive. The event takes place at the Ramapo Valley Abulance Corps, 235 Route 59 in Suffern from 9AM until 3PM. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended by calling 1-800-933-2566 or 845-357-7822. You can register online at www.nybloodcenter.org . Hi-Tor Animal Shelter will also be there to present dogs and cats for adoption. For more information call 845-222-1497.
On Friday, March 14, at 7PM, support Meals on Wheels at Levity Live at the Palisades Center, West Nyack, with an evening of laughter. The show will feature Loni Love, a well-know comedienne. Loni is co-host of “The Real”, a Fox daytime show, a frequent guest DJ on the Ellen Show, has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has her own Comedy Central special. Tickets are $50 each and include admission, a drink of your choice and a snack (gratuities not included). A portion of the ticket cost will be donated by Levity Live to Meals on Wheels of Rockland. Call 845-624-6325 to reserve your tickets. These special tickets will not be available at the door on March 14 but only through the Meals on Wheels office.
On Sunday, March 16 at 3PM, The Rockland County Concert Band will perform a live concert at the Arts Auditorium of the Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Road in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Some of the selections that will be heard will be music from the movie, “The Incredibles,” selections from the B’way Show “Carousel”, a medley of Glen Miller Hits, and a rousing version of the “Beer Barrel Polka” as only a 50 piece band can perform it. Tickets are $12/Adults, $10/Seniors, and $6/children. For more information call 845-429-1096.
On Friday, March 21, the Ladies Club of the Haverstraw Elks will hold it’s 6th Annual “Fish Fry.” The event takes place at the Lodge, 877 Elks Drive in Haverstraw, from 5 until 8PM. Adults/$15; Seniors/$12; and Children 10 and under/$6. Cash Bar. For more information call 845-942-0429.
On Wednesday, March 26, the Rockland County Office for the Aging is sponsoring “Prevent Financial Exploitation,” a free workshop where you will learn important points to consider in planning for a more secure financial future. Topics include recognizing and guarding against identity theft, reducing the risk of elder financial exploitation, and how to prepare financially for unexpected life events and what to have ready in case disaster strikes. A free workbook is included. The workshop takes place at The Fire Training Center, 35 Fireman’s Memorial Drive in Pomona, from 10AM until 12 noon. Registration is required by calling 845-364-2110.
On Saturday, April 5, The Village of Suffern is sponsoring a trip to a matinee performance of “Newsies” at The Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st Street in New York City. Tickets are available for the mezzanine section at a cost of $95.00 per ticket, including bus transportation. 11AM/Depart from Suffern Village Hall; 2PM/Show Time; 4:30PM/Depart NYC. All sales are on a first come first served basis. No refunds or exchanges. For more information call 845-357-7943.
On Thursday, April 24 at 6:30PM, the Nyack Branch of the NAACP presents its 55th Annual Membership Renewal, Recruitment and Freedomfund Dinner. This year’s theme is “Calling Conscience to Action.” The event takes place at the Pearl River Hilton, 500 Veterans Memorial Drive in Pearl River. Adults/$80; Youth Non-Members/$60; Youth Members/Compliment of the Chapter. For ticket information call 845-268-6626. Your contribution is tax deductable.
On Saturday, April 26, the Stony Point Police Dept, Stony Point Fire Dept and Stony Point Volunteer Ambulance Corps are hosting the “Stony Point First Responders Blood Drive.” The event takes place at the Stony Point Fire Dept on Central Highway, across from our Police Station.
Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteer Drivers – Please consider volunteering to deliver meals to your homebound neighbors. Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals in Suffern, Nanuet, New City, Sparkill and Orangeburg Monday through Friday. Delivery of the meals ONLY TAKES ONE HOUR OR LESS between the hours of 10a-1p. You can volunteer for any single day of the week, every other week or for multiple days. For more information please call 624-6325.
On the First Tuesday of Every Month, Jimmy’s on Main in Nanuet will donate 10% of all Lunch, Dinner and Take-Out Sales to Hi Tor Animal Shelter in Pomona.
The New York State Office for New Americans, 24 West Street, Spring Valley, is offering FREE Citizenship/Naturalization Application Assistance. To apply for U.S. Citizenship you will need to have had a Permanent Resident Card for 5 years or be married for 3 years to a U.S. Citizen. For more information and to apply call 845-352-5897 ext 24 (English & Spanish) or 845-352-5897 ext 14 (English & Creole).
Northern Manor, a skilled nursing facility in Nanuet, NY is looking for a few volunteers to play chess with a bed bound male resident who is on a ventilator. He has chess moves and strategies memorized. Northern Manor is an affiliate of Northern Services Group, a not-for-profit organization in Rockland County. Anyone interested in filling this request should contact Brenda Greenberg, Director of Volunteer Services, at 845-426-6757 or by email at email@example.com.
On Thursdays at 5:30PM, Reach One presents “Nights Out”, a free, weekly social gathering program at the Palisades Mall at 1000 Palisades Center Drive in West Nyack. “Nights Out” welcomes those who want to meet new people and try new things. Activities will be presented each week to stir the curiosity of participants and introduce them to different pastimes, potential hobbies, and other fun or interesting things to do. The goal is to awake the passions of participants as well as providing a venue in which they can mix with others in a safe and friendly environment. The only requirement for admission to “Nights Out” is a desire to meet new people and a willingness to try new things at one’s own pace. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost. For more information, call The Mental Health Association of Rockland at 845-267-2172, x292.
Rockland Jewish Family Service announces new therapy groups for women and adolescents with eating disorders, and their families. The Eating Disorder Therapy Groups are forming now at the Jewish Community Campus in West Nyack. The therapy groups will be led by licensed mental health professionals from Rockland Jewish Family Service. The RJFS therapy groups for females with eating disorders will meet twice per week for eight weeks. Clients will participate in group therapy with their peers in a safe and supportive environment where they will develop strategies for healthy coping, work on issues related to self-esteem and body image, and deepen their understanding of the disorder through education about physical and emotional health. During this eight-week program, family members will learn how to support their loved one during and after the therapeutic process. For more information call 354-2121 ext. 160.
The Mental Health Association of Rockland holds a monthly support group in Valley Cottage for individuals age 18 and older who have lost someone to suicide. The SOS (Survivors of Suicide) group will be professionally facilitated and will offer participants a welcoming place to discuss their loss and discover how they can re-engage with those parts of life that hold meaning for them. The SOS Group will meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 7PM until 8:15PM, 140 Rt 303 in Valley Cottage. For more information call 212-267-7172 ext 465.
Meals on Wheels Programs and Services of Rockland, Inc. (MOW) has opened it’s Mutts n’ Meows Pet Food Pantry. In addition to delivering healthy meals to homebound clients, MOW now, whenever possible, also delivers food for their pets. To help fund the many programs and services of MOW, please make your donation directly to Meals on Wheels Programs and Services of Rockland, Inc., 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, NY 10954.
The Adult Learning Center of Rockland, 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, is an organization of retired Seniors who volunteer to teach other Seniors (and over 50s) how to use computers. They are hosted by Meals on Wheels.
They are now accepting applications for our March/April, 2014 classes.
Classes are 2 hours, once a week for 6 weeks at a cost of $60 for the course. More advanced classes are 4 weeks at a cost of $40.
Classes include Introduction to Computers, Word Processing, Excel, Internet and E-Mail, Digital Imaging, Picasa, Genealogy and Using Windows 8.
More advanced classes will be given if requested.
Also available are one-time only 2-hour classes on How to Use Your Digital Camera, Computer Maintenance, How to use E-Bay, How to make full use of your Cell Phone, How to use Kindle, and How to use your iPad and iPhone. These classes cost $15.00 each.
Classes are small – only 8 students per class, with 1 instructor and 2 coaches.
Open House is the first Thursday of each month, 1:00 to 3:00 PM. We will answer computer questions and fix laptops and PCs.
For more information, call Eileen Herkes, Director of Education, at 845-623-5467 or 845-356-4198.
Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, 10 West Ramapo Rd. in Garnerville, has the following events:
Students in grades 3 – 12 from Rockland Country Day School will exhbit a variety of artwork at the Library during the month of September. On display will be: “Personal Labyrinth”, a painting collection; “Creative Visualization: Internal Landscape Self-Portraits”, a collection of masks, ceramics, charcoal drawings, collages and more.
The Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut St. in Spring Valley, has the following events:
Call to Artists: The Library’s Art Advisory Committee is seeking artists who would like to show their work at the library. Call 352-5700 X274 for submission deadlines and more info.
The Library is now offering GED classes to help people pass the GED in French or Spanish. For more information visit the Library, go to the Library website or call 532-5700 ext 265.
Call 352-5700 for more information on all events at The Finkelstein Memorial Library.
The Tappan Library, 93 Main Street in Tappan, has the following events:
Wednesdays from 7-8PM: “Share a Book with your Child”. An adult/child book discussion for ages 9 and up.
Pre-register online at http://www.taplib.org or call 359-3877 for more info on all events.
West Nyack Free Library, 65 Strawtown Rd. in W. Nyack, has the following events:
Monthly Scrapbooking Craft Sessions (ages 14 & up) will take place on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 7pm-8:45pm.
Origami (Japanese paper-folding)workshops will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:30am-12:30pm.
Open Knitting and Crochet sessions will take place (ages 14 & up) Wednesdays from 7pm-8:45pm and Thursdays from 2pm-4pm. Adults and teens over age 14 are welcome.
For more info, call 358-6081.
Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Rd. in Mahwah, N.J., has the following events:
The Mahwah Library Writer’s Collective meets every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30PM. The Writer’s Collective is now accepting new members. Call 201-529-2938.
Second Saturday of Each Month: “Classic Book and Film Society” facilitated by Carolyn Epstein and Rich Thieker
Forth Saturday of Each Month: “Knit One, Drop In” with Carolyn Epstein
Tuesdays at 7PM: “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” – Career Transition Support and Networking Group.
Mondays at 7:30PM : Yoga (beginning Jan 7 thru Mar 25) A weekly series to learn the basics of Yoga. Bring a mat, towel, water and a positive spirit. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Space is limited to 25. Registration required.
Tuesdays from 7:30PM-8:30PM : Meditation (beginning Sept 11) Join us for a short meditation session and feel renewed, refreshed and invigorated for the rest of the week. Drop in on as many sessions as you like. Registration required. Seats are available on a “first come” basis.
Thursdays at 1:30PM : Screening of New Movies on DVD.
March 13: “Nebraska” R, 115 mins.
March 20: “About Time” R, 123 mins.
March 27: “Dallas Buyers Club” R, 117 mins.
The Mahwah Library presents “Movies You Might Have Missed” on Saturdays at 2PM.
March 8: “Muscle Shoals” Rated PG, 111 mins.
March 15: “Ondine” Rated PG-13, 111 mins.
March 22: “Broken Circle Breakdown” Unrated, 111 mins.
March 29: “In a World” Rated R, 93 mins.
Sunday, March 9 at 2PM: “The 350+ Year Evolution of Salsa” with The Jose Obando Trio. Fun for the Entire Family.
Wednesday, March 12 at 7PM: “Family First Aid For Children” with Joanne Wendolowski from HARP of HUMC.
Sunday, March 16 at 2PM: The 17 North Band will perform.
Sunday, March 23 at 2PM: Celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month with Irish harpist and Singer Aideen O’Donnell.
Sunday, March 30 at 2PM: Zarzuela with Ricardo Ross and Friends and Pianist Inna Leytush.
Monday, March 31, at 7PM: “Babe Ruth” with Dr. James Kane.
These programs are free. No ticket or registration is needed (except for author receptions). Seats are on a “first come” basis. Doors will be closed when concerts begin. Latecomers at seated at the first possible convenience.
For information on all events call 201-529-READ
The New City Library, 220 N. Main Street in New City, presents the following Programs:
Fridays, 5-6:30PM : Teen Program – Gaming Competition
Call 634-4997 or visit www.newcitylibrary.org for more information on all events.
The Mental Health Association of Rockland Co welcomes new members to its Friendship Club, a socialization program for adults with a developmental disability who are living at home or with family. The Friendship Club meets every Thursday evening from 6-9PM at the Mental Health Association, located at 140 Rte 303, Suite E, in Valley Cottage. To register call 267-2172 ext 284.
Grace Baptist Church, 20 Demarest Avenue in Nanuet, has opened a Food Pantry for anyone in need of non-perishable food items. The pantry is open from 11AM-4PM Tuesdays through Fridays. If you know of anyone who could use some food items please give them the church information. For additional information call 623-3897.
Come visit the Hudson Valley Humane Society Thrift Shop, 200 Quaker Road in Pomona. Open Monday and Thursday from 2-6PM, Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-4PM. You’re sure to find something you need. Donations are accepted during store business hours. Proceeds from sales are dedicated to the care and maintenance of the animals at the HVHS, a no-kill, full service animal welfare organization. Visit www.hvhumane.com for more info.
Come in and browse the Thrift Shop at the Thiells United Methodist Church, 102 Rosman Road in Thiells. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10AM-2PM. You’ll find something for everyone! Donations are gratefully accepted during store business hours. Call 942-1481 or 354-9133 for more info.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Thrift Shop, located in the Rockland Community College Bldg., 185 N. Main Street in Spring Valley, is open on Monday and Thursday from 9:30AM until 2PM. RSVP mobilizes volunteers 55+ and assigns them to assist non-profit organizations. The Thrift Shop, a fundraiser project for RSVP, offers a variety of merchandise including household items, toys, clothing and more. For additional information call 356-6818.
The Rockland Community College Senior Citizens Club, located at the Tech Center Ellipse on the Rockland Community College Campus, will hold the following events:
Biweekly meetings take place on the second and forth Friday of each month at 12 Noon. Meetings are free and open to people of any age.
*Please note change of venue. The Tech Center Ellipse is located at the Rockland Community College campus. Designated parking will be indicated in the staff lot in front of Academic I.
Friday, March 14: Jerry Donnellan will talk about Camp Shanks.
Friday, March 28: Doc Bayne will speak about “From Furnace to Forest:” A history of iron mines in Sterling Forest.
The Seniors Book Club meets every Monday from 1pm-3pm.
For more info, call 356-3482.
The New Hope Christian Church, 57 Main Street in Monsey, holds a monthly Saturday Men’s Breakfast. For all Christian men who want to experience deeper Christian brotherhood, fellowship, and discipline to Christ are invited to join in discussion over a free breakfast. Men who are seekers of truth, whether they are Christian or not, will be warmly welcomed. The breakfast will be held on the third Saturday of every month.
“Harmony on the Hudson”, the Women’s a Capella Chorus, invites women of all ages to experience the joy of singing a capella harmony. Reading music is not required. Rehearsals are held every Thursday at 7PM in the Community Center RHO Bldg, 5 Clubhouse Lane in Stony Point. Call 893-8873 for more information or visit www.HarmonyOnTheHudson.org . Come participate in fun, friendship and song!
Nyack Toastmasters provides a fun, low-pressure environment where adults can enhance their communication and presentation skills. Members build their confidence by practicing before an audience of friendly and supportive peers. Toastmasters learn by doing, polishing their own skills by helping others to improve as well.
Nyack Toastmasters meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7:00 to 8:30PM in the Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway in Nyack.
Call 358-1175 or 548-1769 for more info.
Guests are always welcome.
Parents Without Partners, Pascack Valley Chapter #548 in Park Ridge, NJ is holding the following events:
Singles Dance, ages 50’s & up, every Thursday night, 7:30 – 11:30PM, at the Paramus Elks, Rt 17 North, Paramus, NJ (behind Raymour & Flanigan)
Music by a different DJ every week – 60’s, 70’s, 80’s music as well as Latin, Jitterbug, and Country Line Dancing. Last Thursday night of the month is Jean Night!
Like to dance and meet friendly people? …then this is the place to be. Snacks, Coffee & Cake included in the $10 price for members and $12 for non-members. Call 732-278-6046 after 5PM for more info.
Call for more information.
Orientation is always available for prospective members upon request.
Call 201-391-9440 for further details and directions.
Suffern’s Fromm-Maxwell-DeBaun American Legion Post #859 will hold monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 8pm at the Post Headquarters, located at the top of Pavillion Rd, just off of Rt. 202, in Suffern. Eliglible area Veterans who are not Legion members are invited to “look us over.” Refreshments served after the meeting. Next meeting: Oct 10
Also, they will hold monthly Fund Raising Breakfasts on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 8am-12pm. Proceeds will go towards the Post’s Scholarship and School Awards Program. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 2-12, children under age 2 get in free. Next Breakfast: Oct 13
For more info on all Post events call 357-6707.
The New City office of the Alzheimer’s Association sponsors Family Support Groups:
The first group meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month from 6:30pm-8pm at Sunrise Senior Living, 233 N. Main St. in New City. For more info, call 639-6776.
The second group meets at the Pearl River United Methodist Church at the Corner of Franklin & John Streets in Pearl River on the last Tuesday of each month from 7:30pm-9pm. For more info, call 735-5368 or 639-6776.
The third group meets every Wednesday afternoon from 1-3pm at Meals on Wheels, 121 W Nyack Rd in Nanuet. Registration is required. For more info, call 639-6776.
The fourth group, which is the Association’s Spanish group, meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7pm-9pm at the Community Action of Partnership of Rockland (CAPROC) offices, 37 Clove St in Haverstraw. For more info, call 639-6776.
The Espalanade Assisted Living, 640 Oak Tree Rd. in Palisades, will hold a Support Group on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month at 4pm. For more info, call Kerry Mills at 365-6500.
Information is now available for the Early Stage Patient support group by calling 639-6776.
HANDS (Healing And Nurturing Distraught Survivors), 9 Scott Dr. in New City, sponsors a free bereavement support group for parents who lost a child. It meets on the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8pm. There are also 10 week group sessions available for the newly bereaved. Also, a Grieving Fathers Group is now established for fathers who lost their sons. Call 634-6706 for further information. Finally, a Widows and Widowers Group has also been established, with meetings taking place every Monday night. For more info, call Ann Carucci at 634-6706.
If your non-profit group or organization would like to have your announcements included in WRCR’s “Rockland Community Notebook”, send the information at least 2 weeks in advance – on your letterhead – to:
5 Provident Bank Park Drive
Pomona, NY 10970
Information on your letterhead may also be faxed to: (845) 362-5073 .
You can also send E-mails to: firstname.lastname@example.org , and please type Community Notebook in the header.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK airs seven days a week, on WRCR AM1300, Radio Rockland.