Community Notebook

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
The Mental Health Association of Rockland will offer free Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Monday, May 11, 9AM-1PM, and Tuesday, May 12, 9AM-1PM, at the Mental Health Association , 40 Route 303 in Valley Cottage. Participants will learn to recognize signs of mental health stress in youth. Both sessions must be attended to receive certificates.
Call 845 267 2172 for more information.

On Thursday May 7, beginning at 6pm, the Rockland Community Foundation will host a Dine & Jam Open Mic Night at UNOODLES Snack Bar in Haverstraw. Not only is there free admission, they’ll have prizes and giveaways, plus other special activities throughout the evening. It promises to be a fun-filled event, with celebrity bartenders (to be announced), Seth Cantor of the Rockland Boulders as emcee, and some of Rockland’s great local talent performing. Boulder Bird will be making a special appearance with Boulders Baseball giveaways and photo ops. Come early for dinner with the kids, or later for drinks with friends. All tips given to our celebrity bartenders, and a portion of all food and drink sales, will benefit the Rockland Community Foundation and our efforts to support our local non-profits. For more information visit

On Saturday, May 9 at 8AM, Meals on Wheels will sponsor the 5th Annual Bill Fortune Memorial 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk at Rockland Lake State Park. On-line registration is now open through May 5th. Please visit to register on line. Early Bird Rates Good Through May 8th: Rockland Road Runner Members- $25; Non-Members- $30. For more information, email . Please note that Mother’s Day is the day after the race, and for your convenience, there will be lovely Mother’s Day plants for purchase at race registration!

The women of Trinity Episcopal Church in Garnerville are holding their annual Mother’s Day Tea and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9, in the Parish Hall at 4PM. There will be various teas and light fare to enjoy, plus a brief talk on new and interesting books to read. Admission is $10. The address is 28 Chapel Street, Garnerville, NY. Call 845- 947-1090 for more information.

The Woman’s Club of Suffern will hold a “Heirloom Tomato and Vegetable Plant Sale” on May 9, from 10AM until 4PM, at the Suffern Farmers’ Market, located at Lafayette and Orange Avenues. Preorder at up to 3 days before, for pick up on May 9. For more info call 973-970-3276.

On Sunday, May 10, The United Church of Spring Valley is presenting a special Mother’s Day concert. The concert takes place at the church, located at 11 East Church Street in Spring Valley and begins at 2:30PM. All are welcome and the suggested donation is $10. For more information call 845-356-2863.

On Saturday, May 16, from 9am until 2pm, the New Hempstead Presbyterian Church, 484 New Hempstead Rd. in New City is holding its Annual Tag Sale. They will have housewares, appliances, knick knacks, games, toys, books, clothing and much more! Food and baked goods will be sold so you can have lunch as you shop. For more information call 845-354-2372.

On Saturday, May 16, the Hillburn Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary presents its 5th Annual Street Fair. The event takes place Rain or Shine, from 10AM until 3PM on Fifth Street in Hillburn, and will feature vendors, food and more. Vendor space is available for $30/Residents and $35/Non-Residents. For more information call 845-304-3697.

On Sunday, May 17, the Mahwah Chamber of Commerce will host the first MRCC Trail Conference 5K Race and 1.5 Mile Walk. There will be Food, Prizes, an Awards Ceremony, and Darlington Schoolhouse Tours. The first 200 5K registrants will get a free t-shirt. You’ll have fun and help preserve a great historic building to serve generations to come. Registration starts 7:30 am; Races begin at 9:00 am; Program ends at 12:00 pm. Event takes place at 600 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ. For more information, contact MRCC at 201-529-5566

On Monday, May 18 at 7:30PM, the Sloatsburg Historical Society presents “History and Memories of the Hamlet of Ramapo”, with Dr. Chuck Stead, Harmony Hall Curator Geoff Welch and some present and former residents of the Hamlet of Ramapo. The program takes place at the Sloatsburg Public Library, 1 Liberty Rock Road, in Sloatsburg. If you have any photographs, historic material or memories you would like share, please bring them along. For more information call 845-712-520.

The St. Joan of Arc Church Carnival takes place Thursday through Sunday, May 21 through May 24 at the Community Fields in Sloatsburg, at the intersection of Orange Turnpike and Eagle Valley Road. Times are Thursday & Friday, May 21 & 22 from 6PM until 11PM; and Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24from 1PM until 11PM. There will be rides, games, food, raffles, and Fireworks on Sunday at 9PM.

The Mental Health Association of Rockland, with support from Senator David Carlucci, is offering a free 3-hour suicide prevention “safeTALK” class to the general community on Thursday, May 21, from 9AM until noon, with breakfast and registration starting at 8:30AM. SafeTALK is a model of teaching adults how to recognize warning signs of suicidal thinking and to engage in meaningful conversation with someone who may be at risk with he ultimate goal of connecting that person to more expert help. The safeTALK training will be offered at the Mental Health Association in Valley Cottage. To register call 845 267 2172 ext 320.

The Village of Hillburn’s Annual Memorial Day Parade and Service will be held on Monday, May 25 at 9AM. The Parade will originate at the Ramapo Central School District Administration and will proceed through the Village to the World War I Monument (corner of Lake Ave. and Fourth St.) for the Memorial Day Ceremony.

On Wednesday, May 27, the Rockland County Office for the Aging and Rockland Community College are sponsoring “A Celebration of Rockland County Seniors” at the Rockland Community College Fieldhouse. Visit with over 50 vendors and agencies, and enjoy a continental breakfast between 9AM-11AM, and attend a series of workshops between 11:30AM-12:45PM. For more information call 845-364-2105 or 845-786-2360.

Garner Arts Center, 55 West Railroad Avenue in Garnerville.
Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, 2015; 11am – 6 pm
Open Artist Studios & Demonstrations – Live Music- Film
Children’s Workshops –Textile & Crafts Marketplace – Dance
Exhibitions – Creekside Sculpture Trail – Delectable Foods
Organic Coffee Bar – Lagunitas Beer Garden
Admission: $7 Per Person; Senior Citizens $5; Children under 14 are free.

On Sunday, May 31, from 1:00 – 4:30PM, join Hi-Tor Animal Shelter for its second annual Kitten Shower fundraiser. The event takes place at The Nyack Seaport, 21 Burd Street in Nyack. Cost is $40 per person, which includes lunch, unlimited soda, coffee and tea. There will be a tricky tray, 50/50, door prizes and raffles. For more information call 845-535-9762.

Join the Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland annual dog walk – “Wags for Wheels”, sponsored in part by Pet Nutrition Center , Inc. and the Catherine C. Reiley Charitable Foundation. Walk with your family and favorite dog on May 31 (rain date is June 6) at The Children’s Park located on Grotke Road in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Registration begins on May 31 at 9 am, or you can register online until May 28 at All funds raised will support the programs & services provided by Meals on Wheels of Rockland for members of the Rockland Senior community. There will be contests and demonstrations. For more information, call 845-624-6325.

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.

Hi-Tor Animal Shelter has announced that, to be more accessible to the public and volunteers, it is extending its hours of operation. The animal shelter will be open to the public on the following schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Closed (except to volunteers)
The shelter is located at 65 Firemen’s Memorial Dr., Pomona, NY 10970. All of Hi-Tor’s adoptable animals can be seen on its website:

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).

The Mental Health Association of Rockland is looking for new volunteers to help out at The Friendship Club, a social program for adults with developmental challenges. They meet on Thursday nights at 140 Route 303 in Valley Cottage from 6PM until 9PM. To find out how to became a volunteer call 845-267-2172 ext 296. You must be 18 years or older.

The Bereavement Support Group at Rockland Jewish Family Service provides a safe space to grieve the passing of a spouse or partner, in an understanding and supportive community. Six weekly sessions, open to people of all faiths and led by a licensed, experienced bereavement therapist. Held at the Rockland Jewish Community Campus, 450 West Nyack Road in West Nyack. Sessions are insurance reimbursable. For more information call 845-354-2121 ext. 142 or visit

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 Rockland Audubon Society is offering the following Field Trips and Nature Programs in 2015:

*** Audubon in the Parks***
Sunday, May 10: Winding Waters Trail (Wallkill River NWR) – Meet at 7AM at the commuter parking lot on Rt 9W in Stony Point (just south of Hogan’s Diner).
Monday, May 11: Doodletown – Meet at 7AM at the pull-off on Rt 9W, south of Bear Mtn, just north of Iona Island causeway. Some uphill walking.
Saturday, May 16: Doodletown for Beginners – Meet at 8AM at the pull-off on Rt 9W, south of Bear Mtn, just north of Iona Island causeway. Some uphill walking.

***Monthly Nature Programs / First Friday of the Month***
Community Center, Congers Lake Memorial Park, 6 Gilchrist Rd, Congers
June 5 at 7:30PM : Nighttime in the Animal Kingdom with Representatives of “Animal Embassy”. Live Animals! Bring the kids!

For more info visit:

Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, 10 West Ramapo Rd. in Garnerville, has the following events:

Simon Jeruchim exhibits The ABCs of Imagination in the Art Gallery of the Library during the month of May.

Take a 2 ­session 6 ­Hour Defensive Driving class, May 5 & 7, 5:45 pm -­ 8:45 pm. Sponsored by Empire Safety Council. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $23 fee payable by check to Ian Prastien due at registration. Both sessions must be attended to receive credit.

The Rockland County Dept. of Health conducts an 8 ­session program A Matter of Balance, May 6, 13, 20, 27, & June 3, 10, 17, and 24, 10:30 am ­ 12:30 pm. For adults 55 and older. Learn how to reduce fall risks, raise your activity level, and exercise to increase strength and balance. TO REGISTER CALL 845­364­2501.

Author of the NY Times best­selling memoir Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan speaks Library, May 11, 6:30 pm. Suffering from post ­traumatic stress disorder, he bonded with Tuesday, a service dog who had difficulties connecting with people. Books will be available for sale.

The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library Board of Trustees meets for their monthly Board Meeting at the library, May 12, 7:30 pm. Open to the public.

A representative from Rockland County Adult Protective Services will be available to answer your questions, May 13, 12 ­ 2 pm.

Bob Spiotto presents Ooh La La, Tra La La, his French­American Songbook, May 17, 2 pm. Join him for an informative and entertaining performance of French­ themed songs.

Learn all about solar energy at Solar Energy 101, May 18, 7 pm. Presented by Chris Patak of Hudson Solar.

Attend Lunch & a Movie, May 19, 1 pm. Bring lunch and watch a new-release movie on our big screen. Popcorn and beverage provided.

Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library conducts an Introduction to Canasta class, May 21 & 28, 11 am. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For beginners and those who want to brush up on their skills.

Attend a Wine Lovers Journey of the Finger Lakes, May 27, 7 pm. Learn all about this center and soul of the NY wine industry. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $3 non­refundable due at registration. MUST BE 21. Bring your wine glass!

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 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.

Tuesdays from 7:30PM-8:30PM : Meditation – 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.

Sunday, May 10 at 2PM: The Levins in concert. Harmony-driven acoustic music.

Wednesday, May 13 at 7PM: “John Singer: Master of the Portrait” with Suzanne Altman.

Sunday, May 17 at 2PM: The Richard Reiter Swing Band salutes the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII.

Wednesday, May 20 at 7PM: “The History of Diners in New Jersey” with NJ historian and author Michael C. Gabriele.

Tuesday, May 26 at 7PM: “I’ll Knock a Homer for You: The Timeless Story of Johnny Sylvester and Babe Ruth” Screening Event of a New Documentary by Producer, Director, and Editor Andrew Lilley.

Wednesday, May 27 at 7PM: “Visiting Gardens in the New York Area on Day Trips” with Dr. Edith Wallace from Master Gardeners.

The Library is showing movies, just released on DVD, on Thursday mornings and afternoons.
May 7 at 10:30AM & 2PM: “Whiplash” Rated R, 107 mins.
May 14 at 10:30AM & 2PM: “Selma” Rated PG-13, 128 mins.
May 21 at 10:30AM & 2PM: “Still Alice” Rated PG-13, 101 mins.
May 28 at 10:30AM & 2PM: “Big Eyes” Rated PG-13, 106 mins.
These films are free. The Library will provide snacks. No tickets necessary. Seats are available on a “first come” basis. (Movies may change due to availability so call first.)

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

Monday, May 11 at 11AM: Staying Safe at Home – Peter Fella, RN reviews ways that seniors can prevent the risk of falls in their homes.

Tuesday, May 12 at 7PM: Share, Listen, Learn: Growing Up In Rockland County. Listen to stories of local residents as they talk about our county during the Mid-20th Century.

Wednesday, May 13 at 7PM: How to Eat an Elephant (Or Tackle a Resource Management Plan) Simplify your life through waste minimization and help leave a better planet for the next generation.

Sunday, May 24 at 2PM: Outdoor Concert wit ha 20 piece Big Band.

Friday, May 29 at 2PM: 100 Years of Musical Theater with Art Aldrich.

Call 845-634-4997 or visit 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 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.

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 . 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 Monthly Meeting: Thursday, May 14.
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 Monthly Breakfast: Sunday, May 10.

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.

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