Community Notebook

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Rockland Section presents Dr. Irwin Elkins, retired school principal and Musicologist. Dr. Elkins will present a trip down memory lane as he shares selections from a vast collection of Radio Shows, from a time when listening to radio was more popular than watching TV! The program starts at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, Sept 9, at Reform Temple of Rockland (formerly Temple Beth El), 415 Viola Rd., Spring Valley. Refreshments, Free, Open to the Public.

On Friday, Sept 11, The Village of Spring Valley will hold a September 11 Remembrance Memorial Service in front of the Village Hall at 1PM.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, from 4 – 7PM, The New City Rotary Foundation will host The Second Annual Wine & Food Festival to help Rockland County Food Banks fight hunger. The event will take place at Rockland Country Day School, 34 Kings Highway in Congers, and feature live music and entertainment. Sponsorships are available at where individuals can also sign up to attend as a guest for $40 or pay $50 at the door.

On Sunday, Sept 13, the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Nam Knights of America is holding its 16th Annual Family Benefit Picnic at the Leo Laders American Legion Post 130, 130 American Legion Way, from 12 noon until 5PM. Your support and attendance will help raise funds for people in need in Rockland County through various charitable organizations. For information on how to donate or any other questions call 845-359-4005 during regular business hours, or find them on Facebook at Hudson Valley Nam Knights.

Nyack College will host its 2015 Opportunity Golf Classic on Thursday, Sept 17 at The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, America’s oldest golf venue located at 10 Old Jackson Avenue in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. For more than a decade, Nyack College has sponsored this vital fundraising event to benefit deserving young men and women pursuing higher education at Nyack. Details on participation and sponsorships are available on the College’s homepage at For more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Nancy Gates via email at or phone 845.675.4431.

On Saturday, Sept 19, The Rockland County Coordinating Council invites the public to attends its POW/MIA Program. The program takes place at the Theater at Rockland Community College at 7PM. For more information call 845-596-4089.

On Saturday, Sept 19, from 10AM until 4PM, The Sloatsburg Public Library and the Friends of The Sloatsburg Public Library will present a Fall Festival and Flea Market. The event takes place at the Sloatsburg Public Library , 1 Liberty Rock Road, in Sloatsburg, NY. Rain or Shine. Live music and Free Family Fun for all ages. Vendors are also needed: $25 per 6 ft Space. For information call 845-753-2001.

The Friends of Harmony Hall are seeking craft vendors for their 6th Annual Bluegrass Festival and Outdoor Crafts Fair, to be held on the Great Lawn of the Historic 1848 Jacob Sloat House in Sloatsburg on Sunday, Sept 20, from 1-6PM. For more information call 845-712-5220 or email .

The Vincent Linguanti Lodge #2212 of the Order of the Sons of Italy in Suffern, NY, will hold its Annual Golf Outing on Monday, Sept 21, at Spook Rock Golf Course. Enjoy a full day of golf, lunch, dinner, prizes, and more. Donation is $165 per player. For more information contact Linguanti Lodge of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America, PO Box 155, Suffern, NY, 10901.

On Friday, Sept 25, the Ladies Club of Haverstraw Elks Lodge #877 are sponsoring a Penny Sale. The event takes place at the Lodge, 877 Elks Drive in Haverstraw, NY. Doors open at 5PM. Drawing at 7PM. Great prizes. Food available. Admission $3. For more info call 845-354-2347.

Sunday October 11, The Alzheimer’s Association is sponsoring The Walk To End Alzheimer’s at 9am at Provident Bank Ballpark in Pomona, NY. For more information please visit

On Friday, Oct 16, The Spring Valley NAACP presents its Annual Freedom Fund Membership Gala, at the Colonial Inn, 545 Tappan Road, Norwood, NJ. Social Hour: 6:30-7:30PM; Program: 7:30-8:30PM; Dinner/Gala: 8:30-11:30PM. For ticket information call 845-362-6227, or email

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 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.

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

Mike Goscinsky exhibits his Hand Printed Woodcuts at the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, 10 W. Ramapo Rd., Garnerville, during the month of September.

Attend Creating Compost: A Gardener’s Gold, September 8, 7 pm. Presented by Master Gardener Mary Lukens Compost benefits plants and vegetables, saves money, and keeps the environment green ­ learn how to make and use it.

The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library Board of Trustees holds its monthly Board Meeting September 8, 7:30 pm. Open to the public.

The NY Blood Center and Girl Scout Troop 40683 sponsor a Blood Drive at the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, September 9, 1 ­ 7 pm. One lucky donor will win a sports jersey of the player/team of their choosing.

Nyack Hospital and the Rockland County Dept. of Health sponsor Lose to Win, an 8­week program that teaches how to lose weight safely, make healthy food choices, and exercise correctly, Thursdays, September 10 through October 29, 10:30 am. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $10 fee due at registration.

Jim DeFelice shares his experience co­authoring the bestseller American Sniper with Chris Kyle, September 17, 7 pm. A Q & A and book signing follow the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Robert Spiotto presents The Joy of Oy, a one ­man show celebrating Jewish humor and song, September 20, 2 pm.

Attend a Woodcut Demonstration by Mike Goscinsky, September 21, 6:30 pm. See the preparation and hand painting of a woodcut, which will be raffled off at the end of the program for free.

Walgreens of Stony Point will hold a Flu Shot Clinic at the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, September 21, 3:30 ­ 5:30 pm. Bring your insurance card, Medicaid and Medicare welcome.

Introduction to Mah Jong classes are being offered, Tuesdays, September 22 ­ October 27, 11 am. Learn the fundamentals of the game that dates back centuries. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, space is limited.

Cornell Cooperative Extension presents Save Energy, Save Dollars, September 24, 3:30 pm. Learn how to save money by reducing home energy consumption. Attendees will receive 4 CFL bulbs (per household).

The Empire Safety Council will hold a 2­part 6­Hour Defensive Driving Class at the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, September 28 & 29, 5:45 pm ­ 8:45 pm. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $23 fee payable to Ian Prastien due at registration. Both sessions must be attended to receive credit.

Take a Heartsaver® CPR AED Course at the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, September 30, 5:30 pm. Learn adult and infant CPR, AED use, and how to aid a choking adult or child. Participants earn a Heartsaver CPR AED card. IN-PERSON REGISTRAITON, $32 fee, payable by check or cash due at registration.

The workshop Better Choices, Better Health: Managing Ongoing Health Conditions will be presented by the Rockland County Dept. of Health, Wednesdays, September 30 ­ November 4, 10:30 am. Gain the skills needed to better manage your health conditions and improve the quality of your life. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, call 845­364­2501 to register.

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.

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

Fridays, Sept 11 – Oct 30, 1:30-3:30PM: Mahwah Board of Health in conjunction with the Health Awareness Regional Program of HUMC present “A Matter of Balance.” 8 two-hour sessions.

Wednesday, Sept 9 at 7PM: Manhattan Bridges – with author and photographer Kevin Woyce.

Sunday, Sept 13 at 2PM: Cornucopia Quintet featuring Steve Badalamenti.

Wednesday, Sept 16 at 7PM: Craft Workshop – Glass Fusion with Sorin Lungu from Creatively Yours. Adults only.

Sunday, Sept 20 at 2PM: Pianist Garret Ross in Recital.

Monday, Sept 21 at 7PM: Consumer Fraud Education and Protection with a Representative from the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs.

Monday, Sept 21, from 6:30-8PM: “Singing Bowls: A Very Special Drop In Yoga” with Joan Tarrant and Mary Ann Gebhardt.

Wednesday, Sept 23 at 7PM: Amtrak: Staying on “track” with America’s Railroad with Travel Writer David E. Kriso.

Saturday, Sept 26 at 2PM: Back to the Big Band Era with Bob Mensch.

Sunday, Sept 27 at 2PM: The M&M Productions Acting Company presents “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.” By Nora Ephron and Della Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman.

Tuesday, Sept 29 at 7PM: The Unknown Palisades – A Slideshow through Time with Eric Nelsen.

Wednesday, Sept 30 at 6:30PM: DIY – Home Pickling with Tamika Adjemian.

The Library is showing movies, just released on DVD, on Thursday mornings and afternoons.
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

Wednesday, Sept 9 at 7PM: Look Up To The Stars – with award winning astronomer and former NASA consultant Kevin Manning. After the presentation, view the stars through a high powered telescope. (weather permitting)

Wednesday, Sept 16 at 7PM: You Were Born To Shine: Finding Confidence, Internally, Externally, Eternally – Author Meryl Hartstein will help you to live a life of positivity.

Friday, Sept 18 at 2PM: Letters To The Dead: Beyond Words – Jennie Chien will guide you in writing your letter to a departed loved one during this workshop. Registration required, starting Sept 8. Call 845 634 4997, ext 139.

Thursdays, Sept 24 – Oct 29 at 10AM: Introduction To Canasta – Learn the basics of the game with Sharyn Gropper. Registration required, starting Sept 9. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Mondays, Sept 21 & 28 at 10AM: Writing Your Life – Author Howard Whitehouse inspire you to put your experiences on paper! Registration required, starting Sept 8. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Mondays & Fridays, Sept 21 – Oct 9 at 1AM (no class Oct 5): Introduction To Mah Jongg – With Jill Rosenfeld. Participants must have a 2015 Mah Jongg card. Beginners only. Attendnce at first class is required. Registration required, starting Sept 11. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Friday, Sept 25 at PM: American Musical Theater Series – Fiddler on the Roof. With Art Aldrich.

Sunday, Sept 27 at 2PM: Classical Piano Concert – with Kyle P. Walker. Registration required, starting Sept 14. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Tuesday, Sept 29 at 7PM: Returning To College As An Adult – What You Need To Know. with Patricia Laprey.

Wednesday, Sept 30 at 7PM: Brain Fix: Aphasia Plus Remedies. With stroke survivor Claire Winkler

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.

Friday, September 11: “The Faces of Terrorism” will be presented by Dr. Kevin Barrett, Chair/Assistant Director of Criminal Justice at RCC.

Friday, September 25: “Around Rockland” will be presented by historian Craig Long.

*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. Next Monthly Meeting: 9/10/15
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. Next Monthly Breakfast: 9/13/15
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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