Community Notebook

The Rockland County Audubon Society Presents the following Field Trips and Nature Programs in May:
Sunday, May 29: Buttermilk Falls County Park – Meet at 8AM in the Buttermilk Falls parking lot, 199 S. Greenbush Rd, West Nyack.
Visit for updates and more information.

The 2016 St. Joan of Arc Church Carnival takes place Thursday, May 26, 6-11PM; Friday, May 27, 6-11PM; Saturday, May 28, 1-11PM; Sunday, May 29, 1-11PM. The fun takes place at the Sloatsburg Community Fields, at the intersection of Orang Turnpike and Eagle Valley Road. Rides, Raffles, Tasty Food, and Fireworks on Sunday at 9:30PM.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County Master Gardener Volunteers have brought high quality gardening education to Westchester communities for over 20 years. The popular Home Garden Lecture Series continues its 2016 season on Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon: “Unlocking Seed Secrets” with author Margaret Roach. John Jay Homestead, State Historic Site 400 Route 22, Katonah, NY.

Also in the 2016 series:

Wednesday, June 8, “Private Garden Tour of the Eideken/Goldfinger Property” Louise Edeiken and Eliot Goldfinger 37 Rolling Way, New Rochelle, NY 10804 No-Walk Ins — 10:00 AM Arrival OR 11:00 AM Arrival

For a brochure with lecture descriptions and locations, please visit us at

The Rockland County Veterans’ Coordinating Council is presenting the following Annual Rockland County Memorial Day Programs:
The first program will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Frederick Loecher Veterans’ Cemetery on Brick Church Road in New Hempstead, NY. It will begin promptly at 12 noon on Sunday, May 29.
The second program will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Gary Onderdunk Veterans’ Cemetery on the Rockland Community College Campus, on College Road in Suffern, NY at 1PM on Sunday, May 29.
After the Ceremony at Gary Onderdunk Veterans’ Cemetery, the participants will walk down a short path to pay respects to the Korean War Veterans
For more information call 845-596-4089.

American Legion. Post 199 of Spring Valley, in conjunction with the Village of Spring Valley, will be honoring our citizens that served our nation and did not return from the wars. The service will be on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 10am. We ask that our citizens come out and take time to reflect on the sacrifices that others have made so that they can enjoy their freedom. Freedom is not free it was paid for by someone who answered the call to defend that freedom.

The Naurashank Post 794 of the American legion and the Nanuet Fire Dept. will be observing Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, beginning at 11AM. Services will be held at the Nanuet Veterans Monument, located on Prospect Street, across from the Nanuet Post Office. The event takes place rain or shine and all residents and community organizations are invited to attend. Refreshments will follow at the Nanuet Fire Station. Parking is available in the commuter parking areas. Anyone wishing to place floral arrangements or have a color guard participate in the ceremony, call 914-420-9801 or 845-623-6831.

The Village of Suffern and The Fromm-Maxwell-DeBaun American Legion Post #859 will hold the Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30. Joining the Veteran’s will be The Ladies Auxiliaries, the Girl and Boy Scouts, Suffern Police and Fire Departments, Suffern High School Marching Band, and Elected Officials. The parade will kick off from Lot A, located at the intersection of Orange and Lafayette Avenues, and will continue on Lafayette Avenue to the Soldiers Monument at Washington Avenue. The Parade is scheduled to begin at 11AM. There will be a ceremony following the Parade at the Soldiers Monument. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Village Hall.

Hi Tor’s Special May Adoption Event is going on now Through May 31st. Adoption fees for all cats and kittens, 6 months and older, and all Pits and Pit mixes, will be 50% off! These special adoption fees include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, a microchip and 1 month of free pet insurance. The shelter is located at 65 Firemen’s Drive, Pomona, NY For additional information please call Hi Tor at 845-354-7900 or go to

On Sunday, June 5, 10am – 5pm, the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce and Verizon Present the 2016 Nanuet Street Fair, from Stop & Shop on Middletown Road in Nanuet to Prospect Street. Over 180 vendors, great entertainment all day long, plenty of food options and this year, old fashioned family games! Plenty of free parking. Booths still available, visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County is celebrating its 6th Annual Golf Outing on Wednesday, June 8, at New York Country Club, 103 Brick Church Road, New Hempstead, NY. They are seeking players, contributors & mentors. This event can change a Life, Build a Future, and you can become a mentor for any child in our community. Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs with a child and starts something incredible. One to One relationship where the child can build trust, and a friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential! For more information call 845-634-2199 or visit

New Hempstead Presbyterian Church, 484 New Hempstead Rd in New City, NY, will be having its annual tag sale on Saturday, June 11, from 9am – 2pm. They will have household items, small appliances, clothing, toys, knick knacks, games, books and more. There will also be refreshments and baked goods for sale. There is plenty of parking, and for more info call 845 354-2372.

On Wednesday, June 15 from 8 am – 10 am, the Rockland Business Women’s Network (RBWN) Annual Women of Achievement Breakfast takes place at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern. RBWN will celebrate Women of Achievement in Rockland Ann Mendelsohn Byne, Founder and Principal, The Byne Group and Diane Coupe Frankel, Founder and Artist Director, Coupe Theatre Studio and Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble. Sponsorships available. Recognition of RBWN Scholarship Recipients Keynote Speaker Vanessa Reggiardo, Principal, The MLN Group and former Group Vice President of Global Marketing at Avon Products. More information at .

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

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 in Pearl River invites families to Yaldeinu, a free early childhood program offered on a monthly basis. Yaldeinu, (our children) is designed for preschoolers as an age appropriate introduction to Judaism. Parents join their children in a variety of activities including music, visual arts, snack, dance, yoga, drama and more. Yaldeinu is scheduled one Sunday each month through 2015 and 2016 from 9:30 am to 11 am. The sessions are set for December 6, January 10, February 7, March 6, April 3 and May 8. Come and discover Jewish learning that is meaningful, fun and engaging for the youngest members of the Jewish community! RSVP’s are requested. Beth Am Temple membership is not required. Please respond or send your questions to Beth Am Religious School Principal Barry Shainker at Beth Am Temple is located at 60 East Madison Ave in Pearl River, NY. Beth Am is a Reform temple, which embraces tradition and draw its congregation from throughout Rockland County and northern Bergen County, NJ. Visit for more information.
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

Sunday, June 5 at 2PM: Summer Music Festival 2016 – The Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company concert production of “The Pirates of Penzance”

Monday, June 6 at 7PM: “Lower Manhattan” Explore the neighborhood where New York began with Marty Schneit.

Tuesday, June 7 at 7PM: Summer Music Festival 2016 – Pianist Paul Posnak in Recital performing works by George Gershwin and others.

Saturday, June 11 at 2PM: Hudson Shakespeare Company Production of “Richard II” by William Shakespeare.

Sunday, June 12 at 2PM: “Rising Stars” Young Artists of the Academy of Music.

Tuesday, June 14 at 7PM: “Rising Stars” Young Artists of the Academy of Music.

Sunday, June 19 at 2PM: The Allegro Singers present “Composers Born in June” featuring music from the Romantic Era.

Wednesday, June 22 at 2PM: “What is it Worth and How Do I Sell It?” with Mark Aiosa, Independent auction consultant and partner at D&E Coin.

Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30PM : “Cookbook Book Club” Facilitator: Carol Heinz

Sunday, June 26 at 2PM: Violinist David Podles “Classical Composers through the Epochs”

Monday, June 27 at 7PM: The Mahwah Library invites you to meet Richard Muti, author of “Cent’ Anni: The Sinatra Legend at 100” for a discussion and book signing.

Tuesday, June 28, 1-7PM: Blood Drive – Help a local student earn a scholarship by donating blood. For information about eligibility call 1-800-933-2566 or visit Walk-ins welcome. Remember to eat, drink, & bring ID.

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.)
May 26 at 10:30AM and 2PM: “Room” Rated R
June 2 at 10:30AM and 2PM: “The Lady in the Van” Rated PG-13
June 9 at 10:30AM and 2PM: “”Joy” Rated PG-13
June 16 at 10:30AM and 2PM: “Son of Saul” Rated R
June 23 at 10:30AM and 2PM: “Carol” Rated R
June 30 at 10:30AM and 2PM: “The 33” Rated PG-13

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:

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 Empire Safety Council conducts a 6­Hour Defensive Driving Class, May 25 & 26, 5:45 pm to 8:45 pm. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $23 fee, payable by check to Ian Prastien, due at registration. Both sessions must be attended to receive credit.

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

Sunday, May 29 at 2PM: “Concert on the Lawn – Big band Sound” 20 piece jazz orchestra recreates the Big Band Era. Bring chairs and blankets.
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, May 27: Ann Marie Palefsky will speak on Cornell Cooperative Extension Programs.

Friday, June 10: Singer Extraordinaire, Karen Lee Beale, will perform.

Friday, June 24: County Executive Ed Day will speak.

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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