Community Notebook

The Rockland County Audubon Society Presents the following Field Trips and Nature Programs in July and August:

Sunday, July 3: First Sunday Walk at Stony Point Battlefield – Meet at 8AM in the main parking lot at the end of Battlefield Road, accessed from Park Road, off Rt 9W in Stony Point.

Sunday, Aug 7: First Sunday Walk at Stony Point Battlefield – Meet at 8AM in the main parking lot at the end of Battlefield Road, accessed from Park Road, off Rt 9W in Stony Point.

Sunday, Aug 14: Birds and Cameras at Jamaica Bay _ Meet at 7:30AM at the Commuter Parking Lot Route 303 North, Wesy Nyack for carpooling. Full day trip.

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The Haverstraw Farmers’ Market runs Every Sunday, Now through October, from 9AM – 1PM. Vendors Wanted. For information on becoming a vendor, call 845-947-8532 ext 103. For more info visit

The Suffern Summer Concert Series at the Virginia Menschner Gazebo (Avon Park):

Wednesday, July 13: “Country Fresh” – Country

Thursday, July 28: “Reflections” -Jazz & Swing

Monday, August 1: “Kurt Gallagher – Children’s Concert

Concerts begin at 7PM. In case of rain, concerts will be held at the George J. Parness Suffern Community Center, 41 Washington Ave., Suffern, NY. For more information call 845-357-7943, or email

On Sunday, July 10 at 1PM, The Ladies Club of the Haverstraw Elks Lodge 877 will hold its Annual Deck Party. The event takes place at the lodge, 877 Elks Drive in Haverstraw, NY. Adults/$15; Children/$8. All are welcome. Call 845 942 2277 to RSVP. Bring a dessert for the auction.

The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) invites you to the first ‘Cheers to the Chambers’ Networking Event at Crystal Springs Golf Resort on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Join six Chambers of Commerce from northern/central New Jersey and New York. The Resort is located at 3621 Route 94, Hamburg, NJ. The cost is $25 for YPN FootGolf (40 years and under only, please), and $25 for a Nine Hole Golf Round. The Wine Cellar Tour and Tasting is free. Please contact the Chamber office at 201-529-5566 or for reservations and more information. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn; links available on our website.

On Thursday, July 14, Meals on Wheels will be the Active International Charity Challenge Partner at the Rockland Boulders game at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, NY. Meals on Wheels has tickets for $20 a pair, that include 40 chances at a 50/50. To order tickets call 845-624-6325. Tickets will also be available at the Boulders Box Office the night of the game.

On Monday, July 16, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County, 65 N. Main Street, New City, NY, will hold its Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser at The New York Country Club in New Hempstead, NY. Registration begins at 7:30AM with breakfast. Dinner will be served at 3:30PM. Includes raffles, fun, great company and a tremendous program will be supported by all who attend. $75 per person. For info and details call 845-634-2199 x5.

The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC), partnering with the Westrock Women’s Alliance (WRWA) and the Rockland Business Women’s Network (RBWN), will host a special luncheon featuring Inspirational Women in Business on Friday, July 29, 2016. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, One International Boulevard, Mahwah, NJ. Join members of three important regional business organizations for an afternoon of networking and a luncheon celebrating the many contributions women make to the business world. Men are also encouraged to attend. The cost for the luncheon is $40 for Chamber members and $55 for non-members. Advance registration is recommended, as this event sells out every year. Please contact the Chamber office at 201-529-5566 or for reservations and more information. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn; links available on our website. Limited Exhibitor and Vendor Tables are available to women owned businesses. The fee for an exhibitor table, which includes one luncheon ticket, is $100 for Chamber members and $130 for non-members. Reserve your table at or by calling 201-529-5566.

The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce will provide an immersive day of social media training and modern business communications tips for area business owners, sales and PR professionals and digital marketers at their first Social Media Day on Thursday, June 30, 2016. The day runs from 8:30 am to 7 pm, including a 2 hour networking After Party, at the Sheraton Crossroads, One International Boulevard, Mahwah, NJ. Discover how to use hashtags, learn how to create a well-performing sales funnel via Guest Blogging, Livestreaming, LinkedIn, Facebook groups and more. Amp up your understanding of social media for research, customer service, marketing and sales, learn insider tips, hear success stories, discover how you can leverage the same tactics and tools as the big brands – with brilliant results. Social Media Day is open to Mahwah Chamber members and non-members. Admission for the full day is $129 for members and $179 for non-members, and includes 3 Keynotes, 30 Breakout Sessions and a Business Owner Panel, and breakfast, lunch and After Party attendance and nibbles. Admission for the After Party only (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.) is $20 for members and $35 for non-members. Advance registration is strongly recommended.

The Rockland Lodge 2176 of the Sons of Italy will host the 7th Annual Italian Feast and Carnival this September 15th through the 18th. The four day celebration of all things Italian features excellent entertainment all four days including local performers, a variety of vendor and gift booths, great food, rides for the kids, games for all ages, games of chance for the adults and more. Hours for the festival are Thursday 5pm – 11pm, Friday 5pm – midnight, Saturday 11am – midnight and Sunday will begin with an outdoor mass at 10:30am and the Festival will be open from noon until 9pm. The festival takes place at Masonic Park located at 89 Western Highway in Tappan, New York. Updated information can be found on the Sons of Italy website at

Join the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, 496 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY, for a day of fun with the family at their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 24. The Festival will begin at 10:30 AM and last till 4 PM.

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 or

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 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 West Clarkstown Jewish Center, located at 195 West Clarkstown Rd., in New City, NY, is having it’s Membership Drive on Fridays at 6PM and Saturdays at 9:30AM. They welcome you to visit them on Shabbat and partake in our services. For further information please call (845) 352-0017 and leave your name and phone number.

Beth Am Temple, located at 60 East Madison Avenue, in Pearl River, NY. hosts Bingo on Tuesday and Sunday evenings. The Bingo games are open to the public. For more information, contact the Beth Am Temple office at 845-735-5858.

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, 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 or

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.

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

Mondays at 7PM: Drop In Yoga with Joan Tarrent (10 week series beginning Jan 11)

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

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:

Watch the movie Dave, July 11, 1:30 pm. 110 minutes. Movie is part of the Library’s “Best Election Day Movies” series.

Learn about Edible Landscaping, July 12, 7 pm. Explore ways of adding fruit, vegetables, and herbs to your existing beds, borders, and containers. Presented by Donn DeSousa, Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland.

The Policy Committee of the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library meets at the Library, July 12, 7 pm. Open to the public.

The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library Board of Trustees holds its monthly Board Meeting at the Library, July 12, 7:30 pm. Open to the public.

Watch the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, July 18, 1:30 pm. 130 minutes. Movie is part of the Library’s “Best Election Day Movies” series.

Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library presents Haverstraw 400: Then and Now Through Postcards, July 18, 7 pm. Get a brief history of the town and see what Garnerville, Thiells, Mt. Ivy, Pomona, W. Haverstraw, and Haverstraw Village looked like 100+ years ago.

Watch the movie The American President, Garnerville, July 25, 1:30 pm. 115 minutes. Movie is part of the Library’s “Best Election Day Movies” series.

Attend a performance by the Chorus of the Tappan Zee, July 25, 7 pm. Hear a variety of songs performed in the barbershop style, and learn about this history and techniques of the unique American musical style.

Jeff Sherer presents Summertime with Memory Lane, July 26, 7 pm. Watch video performances and hear songs of summer from years past. Wear your wildest most colorful summertime shirt or dress and win a CD oldies compilation!

Empire Safety Council offers a 6­Hour Defensive Driving Class, July 30, 10:15 am to 4:45 pm. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $23 fee, payable by check or money order to Ian Prastien, due at registration.

The Rockland County Dept. of Health presents a Diabetes Prevention program, Tuesdays, now through June 14, 2 pm. For persons who have been diagnosed with or think they have pre­diabetes. Learn lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk. Call 364­3864 for information and to see if you qualify.

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

Mondays, July 11 through Aug 29 at 10AM: Warm Up America – Crocheters and knitters will create items to be donated to county non-profit organizations. Enjoy the comaraderie of fellow crafters while helping those in need.

Tuesdays, July 12 through Aug 2 at 10AM: Writing Your Life – Author Howard Whitehouse inspires you to put your experiences on paper and shares his expertise to help you complete your own memoir. Registration is required, starting June 30. Call 845-634-4997 ext 139.

Wednesdays, July 13 & 20 at 10AM: Beadweaving 102: The NextLevel – In this two-part workshop, beaders at all skill levels will improve their techniques by learning patterns. There is a $15 materials fee. Registration required, starting June 30. Call 845-634-4997 ext 139.

Thursday, July 14 at 7PM: Five Secrets of How to Meet Your Match Online with certified matchmaker, dating coach and relationship expert Michelle Frankel.

Thursday, July 14 at 2PM: eBook and Digital Library Workshops – Drop in any time during this hour session for help with downloading material onto your device.

Saturday, July 16 at 2PM: Outdoor Concert – Campfire Songs & Sing-Alongs with the Lost Radio Rounders, upstate NY’s premiere acoustic Americana duo.

Saturdays, July 23 & 30 at 1PM: Introduction to Arduino & Programming Arduino Microcontrollers. Registration required, beginning July 11. Call 845-634-4997 ext 139.

Thursdays, July 28 and Aug 4 & 11 at 1AM: Combo Yoga and Pilates with Nancy Doherty. Beginners welcome. Registration required, starting July 14. Call 845-634-4997 ext 139.

Call 845-634-4997 or visit 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:

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.

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:

Friday, July 8, at 12 noon; Paul Martin, President of the Civil War Round Table & Chair of the Pearl River Schools Art Dept., will present a live show on Bob Hope.

Friday, July 22, at 12 noon: Club members’ Talent Show.

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.

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.

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