Community Notebook

The Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “On Golden Pond”, written by Ernest Thompson and directed by Candy Pittari. “On Golden Pond” is the touching classic about the relationship between father and daughter, husband and wife, and the generation gap.
AUDITIONS: Sunday, March 26th at 7:00 pm and Monday, March 27th at 7:00 pm
CALLBACKS: Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 pm (by invitation only)
PERFORMANCES: Friday July 14th thru Saturday August 5th (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)
For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313 or visit http://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/auditions


On Friday, March 31, The Ladies Club of Elks Lodge 877 are hosting a “Fish Fry” from 5PM-8PM. The event takes place at the Lodge located at 877 Elks Drive in Haverstraw, NY. Adults/$15; Seniors/$13; Children under 10/$6. For more information call 845-786-3908.


The Irony Festival, A collection of paintings by local artist Jeff Spindel, takes place at the V°LITION Gallery and Event Space at Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts, Orangeburg, NY. The Exhibit runs through April 9th. Visit bellans.com for address/information, future events and to subscribe to their newsletter.


The East Ramapo Central School District is now accepting applications for next year’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program (UPK) for children who will be four years old on or before December 1, 2017. The East Ramapo Central School District contracts with more than 50 pre-schools and child care centers in Rockland County to help your four-year– old develop socially, emotionally, physically, culturally, and intellectually. The UPK program is conducted with a qualified teacher and an assistant in every class. The children attend five (5) half days for 2 ½ hours each
day, for 180 school days per school year, AT NO COST TO YOU! (There are also a limited number of 5-hour programs available for those eligible). If you are an East Ramapo resident wishing to register your child or seeking more information, please contact the UPK office at (845) 577-6158 or stop by the UPK office at 461 Viola Road (side entrance, lower level). The deadline for applying is April 7, 2017.


Hi Tor Animal Care Center is currently seeking two additional board members. We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic professionals with expertise in fundraising and public relations. We are a working board, and devote a significant amount of time and energy to improve the lives of Rockland County’s homeless and abandoned animals. If you are interested in joining us in our endeavor please send a cover letter and resume to debbie@hitor.org. Of course, if you are interested in volunteering we have many opportunities as well.


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 7:30 PM: Drop In 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.

Every First and Third Wednesday of Each Month: Current Events Discussion Group with Marialuisa Finardi.

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 11:30AM : Fun and Games- Dominoes

Saturday, April 1 at 10:30AM: “From Banff to Jasper-The Icefields Parkway” A travelogue with Frederick Dammont.

Saturday, April 1 at2PM “That’s Amore – A Tribute to Dean Martin” with Dave DeLuca.

The Library is showing movies, just released on DVD, on Thursday mornings at 10:30AM and Thursday afternoons at 2PM.
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 Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, 10 W. Ramapo Rd., Garnerville, presents the following programs:
Monday, April 10 & 24 at 10:30AM: Morning Meditation with Music & Mindfulness

Wednesdays, April 12 & 19 from 5:45pm – 8:45pm : Empire Defensive Driving Class. In person registration. $23 fee.

Fridays, April 7, 21, 28, and May 5: Gentle Yoga – call for times

Tuesdays, 9:30 – noon: Play On! Open Canasta, Mah Jong, Chess, and Adult Coloring. Bring your games and join in.

Sunday, March 26 at 2PM: The Manaklin Brothers in Concert. Old and New Country, 50’s and 60’s R&R.

Wednesday, March 29 at 11AM: Alzheimer’s Assoc. Hudson Valley – Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Wednesday, April 5 at 1PM: Americans in Paris – Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent. Irene Wisoff presents a slide lecture on their lives and art.


The New City Library, 220 N. Main Street in New City, presents the following Programs:
Fridays, 5-6:30PM : Teen Program – Gaming Competition

Wednesday, March 29 at 7PM: “The Female Gaze” with artist and author Cliff Tisdell.

Call 845-634-4997 or visit www.newcitylibrary.org for more information on all events.


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:
The phone number is 845 – 359 – 3877. Library hours are Monday -Thursday 10:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m. Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 12:00 -5:00 p.m.

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.


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.


Rockland County GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Abuse Passing) provides an outlet to address those tragic deaths from alcohol and other drugs – to ease the pain in any way for those left to cope. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 6:30PM – 7:30PM, at Rockland Council On Alcoholism & Other Drug Dependence, Inc., 25 Smith Street, Suite 101 (Main Entrance) Nanuet, NY. Pre-registration is required for new attendees, call 914-262-0146. For more information visit www.rcadd.org or www.grasphelp.org.


The Tappan Zee Thrift Shop, 454 Piermont Avenue, in Piermont needs volunteers to man the shop. The Tappan Zee Thrift Shop is a huge supporter of Hi Tor Animal Care Center, and a number of other non-profit organizations. Please contact Laurie at laurie@hitor.org if you would like to volunteer. Also remember, your purchases and donations to the shop also help the homeless animals at the shelter. Please visit and support both the pets and Tappan Zee Thrift Shop.


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.


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 Rockland Independent Living Center announces the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Counseling Program. The mission of the program is to reduce or eliminate the negative impact that trauma related symptoms have on veterans and their families. The peer to peer services are free, confidential and available to all veterans and their families residing in Rockland County. For information on the next 15 hour Peer to Peer Mentor training program or information on how interested veterans can take advantage of the services provided by the Peer to Peer Program, call 845-624-1366 ext 112 or 845-608-5154.


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 www.rjfs.org.


The Mental Health Association of Rockland, 140 Route 303 in Valley Cottage, NY, invites you to join their Compeer Program which provides one on one volunteer supportive friendship and mentoring relationships to adults with behavioral health challenges. Change your life and someone else’s by volunteering 4 hours a month or just a friendly call weekly. To find out how to became a volunteer call 845-267-2172 ext 277, or go to www.mharockland.org or www.compeer.org.

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.


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.


Beth Am Temple hosts weekly Tuesday games and monthly Thursday games.
Bingo fans can mark their 2017 calendars for games scheduled every Tuesday and the first Thursday of each month through August at Beth Am Temple in Pearl River. All Bingo games are open to the public. Free food will be provided at the Thursday evening Bingo games, which will have a different theme monthly. Tuesday and Thursday night Bingo sessions both feature10 games. Players can choose from two admission packages. The Gold game board package costs $42 and includes more game boards than the $25 Silver package. Both packages include the $1,000 Jackpot (dependent on 50 full-time equivalent players). Early Bird and Share the Wealth game boards are sold separately. All game boards are paper with electronic verification. Doors open at 5:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the games starting at 7:30 pm. Tuesday night Bingo will not take place on the following dates: April 11th (First day of Passover), May 30th (Memorial Day) and July 4th (Independence Day). Free coffee and tea are provided at Tuesday night Bingo. Players can bring their own food but no pork or shellfish are allowed. Bingo is played in the Pearl River temple’s climate-controlled, ground-level social hall. Cushioned seating is provided. The room is well lit and has its own sound system. The building is handicapped accessible with a brightly lit parking lot. Beth Am is a reform temple, which em-braces tradition and draws its congregation from Rockland County and northern Bergen County, NJ. It is located at 60 East Madison Ave in Pearl River, NY. Learn more at www.bethamtemple.org or call 845-735-5858.


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.


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.
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 $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children ages 2-12, children under age 2 get in free.
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:

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