Community Notebook

The Friends of Harmony Hall will be hosting a Holiday Market on Saturday, Nov 22 and Sunday, Nov 23 at the Town of Ramapo Senior Center, located on the corner of Rt 202 and Mayer Drive, from 10AM – 4PM. For more info visit .

The Village of Hillburn’s 35th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held on Tuesday, Nov 25 at 7PM. The service will be held at the Lighthouse Workshop Center, 17 Chestnut Avenue, in Hillburn.

On Sunday, Nov 30, the West Clarkstown Jewish Center, 195 W. Clarkstown Rd. in New City is holding a Vintage Jewelry and Smalls Sale at 12 noon. Call 845-352-0017 for more information.

The Village of Sloatsburg will hold a special ceremony on Tuesday, December 2, to be held at the Municipal Building commencing at 7:30PM. At that time the Village of Sloatsburg will recognize and honor ALL VETERANS. This is the 70th anniversary of D Day – the Normandy anniversary. Those who served in WW II always will receive special recognition as they are members of what has been considered America’s greatest generation. We must never forget those courageous individuals who have defended our nation and its way of life. The veterans of our community have served the nation, state and community with distinction, valor and honor. Sloatsburg wishes to thank them for all of their contributions.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Rockland Section will sponsor a meeting to raise awareness about Human Trafficking, a form of modern day slavery whose victims are often invisible and silent. The featured speaker is Beatrice Kahn, Vice President of NCJW, Inc. and chair of the Trafficking Advisory Board promoting the national anti-trafficking initiative called Exodus. The program starts at 7:30PM on Dec 3, at Temple Beth El, 415 Viola Rd., Spring Valley. Refreshments, Free, Open to the Public.

On Saturday, Dec 6 at 1PM, Christopher Bell and the Board of Directors of Good Counsel present A Free Concert for Life to benefit the Mothers and Babies of Good Counsel’s Spring Valley Home. The concert takes place at Albertus Magnus High School, 798 Rt 304 in Bardonia and will feature the St. Joeseph’s Regional High School/Broadway Theater Workshops, Monica Peterson-St. John, Marty Rotella, the No Boundaries Band, and more. RSVP by Dec 3 by calling 201-795-0637. At the concert, a free will offering will be suggested for a one time gift and an annual pledge.

The Brick Church Ladies Guild will be holding their annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10AM until 2PM at the Parish House, 220 Brick Church Road in Spring Valley. There will be Vendors, White Elephant Table, Book Table, Bake Table, Basket Raffle and lunch will be available featuring our home made soup, sandwiches, hot dogs and other home made goodies. For more information call 845-354-6131.

On Sat, Dec. 6, The Catholic Daughters of the Americas #2571 are holding a Christmas Boutique from 10am until 3pm at St. Paul Parish Center in Congers. Featured will be a Crafts and Gift Market, Food, Raffles, and their Famous $300 Cash Money Tree and Lottery Wreath. For more info call (845) 721-5784.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Orangetown Fire Company #1 will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 7, from 8AM until 12 noon, 90 Depot Place in South Nyack. Menu includes Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Orange Juice, Coffee & Tea. Adults/$8, Seniors/$6, Children under 10/$5.

Hi Tor Animal Shelter will hold its annual Holiday Boutique on Sunday, Dec 7, from 10am – 4pm, at the Rockland County Fire Training Center, 35 Firemen’s Memorial Drive, Pomona, NY. Bring the kids for this fun-filled shopping extravaganza, featuring: hand-crafted wreaths; bake sale; face painting; photos with Santa (for the kids); Hi Tor pets for adoption — and vendors galore. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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).

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

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 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.

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

Michele Squibb exhibits Water Color Paintings at the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library during the month of November.

Empire Safety Council is offering a 6-Hour Defensive Driving Class on November 24 and 25, 5:45 pm – 8:45 pm. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION. $23 fee, payable by check to Ian Prastien, due at registration. Both sessions must be attended to receive credit and save on your insurance.

Jane Aguilar Murphy exhibits Wildlife and Nature Photography at the Library during the month of December. She will host an Opening Art Reception on December 7, 2 pm to 4 pm, in the Library’s Community Room.

Explore the multitude of wines from Australia in Wines from Down Under, December 2, 7 pm. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION, $3 non-refundable fee payable at registration. Must be 21.

Take a Zumba class and have fun and burn calories with body-energizing easy-to-follow dance moves set to Latin American and international music. December 3, 7:30 pm.

Attend a hands-on workshop on Holiday Flower Arranging, December 8, 6:30 pm. Learn how to create wreaths & centerpieces using fresh evergreens, natural materials, seasonal ribbons, and ornaments. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION, $10 non-refundable fee payable to Cornell Cooperative Extension payable at registration.

The Library Board of Trustees holds their monthly Board Meeting December 9, 7:30 pm. Open to the public.

Take a Wire-Wrapped Beaded Bracelet Class , December 10, 6:30 pm. 2-hour beginner-friendly class, all supplies provided. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION, $8 non-refundable fee payable at registration.

The New York Blood Center sponsors a Blood Drive, December 11, 1 pm to 7 pm. All donors will be entered in a drawing to receive a football jersey of the player of their choice.

Take a Zumba Gold class and have fun and burn calories with body-energizing easy-to-follow dance moves set to Latin American and international music. December 13, 12 pm. Zumba Gold is for active older adults and people who are new to an exercise program.

The Rockland County Choir performs a concert of Baroque, Classical, and contemporary inspirational music December 14, 2 pm.

Attend Chocolate Truffles Simplified, December 15, 6:30 pm. Kim Hendrickson demonstrates the making of a variety of chocolate ganache, and participants receive an assortment of chocolate coatings to roll them in. Bring a container – each participant takes home a pound of truffles. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION, $6 non-refundable fee due at registration.

Attend Lunch & a Movie, December 16, 1 pm. Watch a new-release movie on the library’s big screen. Bring lunch, popcorn and beverage provided.

Attend the Third Annual Wine Lovers Food Pairing , December 17, 6:30 pm. Presented by Chef Shawn Hubbell & Sommelier Joanne DeGaglia. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION, $5 non-refundable fee payable at registration. Must be 21.

Naomi Miller performs From Klezmer to Broadway , December 21, 2 pm. The program showcases music and comedy originating in Eastern Europe, journeying to Second Avenue’s Yiddish theatre & the Broadway musical.

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.

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.

Saturday, Nov 29 at 2PM: A Great Thanksgiving Family Program “Music of Vaudville – A Celebration of American Music with Banjo and Washboard” with Cracked Walnuts.

Sunday, Nov 30 at 2PM: Six decades of country music with NashEast in concert.

Sunday, Nov 23 at 2PM: Ritmo, Color, y Pasion – Spanish and Flamenco Music and Dance

Friday, Nov 28 at 2PM: Thanksgiving Family Matinee Movie – “Frozen: Sing-Along Edition”

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

Sunday, Nov 23 at 2PM: Rat Pack 2 – The Ladies and Gents. Celebrate the golden days of Las Vegas with Joel Zelnik and Francine Evans in concert.

Monday, Dec 1 at 2PM: Medication Safety – with Peter Fella, RN.

Saturday, Dec 6 at 1PM: Book Angels – Create a lovely winter decoration by repurposing an old library book. Limited registration begins Dec 1. Call 634-4997 ex 139.

Tuesday, Dec 9 at 7PM: Civilian Preparedness Training – The New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs presents this 2 hour course. Limited registration begins Dec 2. Call 634-4997 ex 139.

Friday, Dec 12 at 2PM: The Image of Jews in American Film.

Wednesday, Dec 17 at 2PM: The Borsht Belt – Virtual Tour

Saturday, Dec 20 at 2PM: Memory Lane with Jeff Sherer.

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:

Friday, December 12: Fred Messner will accompany us in a holiday sing-a-long.

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 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.

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