Community Notebook

The United Church of Spring Valley, 11 East Church Street in Spring Valley, is celebrating Easter with free worship services for Holy Week:
Palm Sunday Service is on March 29 at 10AM.
Maundy Thursday Service will be held on April 2 at 7:30PM.
Good Friday Service is on April 3 at 7:30PM.
Easter Sunday Service is on April 5 at 10AM, and will feature United Church’s Chancel Choir, the Sounds of Praise Gospel Choir, and guest musicians.
For more information call 845-356-2863.

The Adult Learning Center of Rockland, located at Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, Inc., 121 West Nyack Road in Nanuet, is an organization of retired Seniors who volunteer to teach other Seniors (and over 50s) how to use computers. They are a program of Meals on Wheels. They are now accepting applications for our March/April 2015 classes. Classes are 2 hours, once a week for 6 weeks at a cost of $60 for the course. More advanced classes are 4 weeks at a cost of $40. They teach Introduction to Computers, Word Processing, Excel, Internet and E-Mail, Digital Imaging, Picasa, Genealogy and Using Windows 8. More advanced classes will be given if requested. They also teach one-time only 2-hour classes on How to Use Your Digital Camera, Computer Maintenance, How to use E-Bay, How to make full use of your Cell Phone and Tablet, How to use Kindle, How to use Skype, Safe shopping online and How to use your iPad and iPhone. These classes cost $20.00 each. Classes are small – only 8 students per class, with 1 instructor and 2 coaches. Their Open House is the first Thursday of each month, 1PM to 3PM. They will answer computer questions and fix laptops and PCs. For more information, call 845-623-5467 or 845-356-4198.

On Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30PM, The National Council of Jewish Women, Rockland Section presents “Healthy Skin, Beautiful You” with Dr. Heather Hamilton, board certified dermatologist, at Temple Beth El, 415 Viola Rd., Spring Valley. Dr. Hamilton will share secrets for protecting your skin and discuss the latest non-invasive, non-surgical techniques to look your best!. Refreshments, Free, Open to the Public.

The 2015 Penguin Plunge is hosting a Psychic Fair on Thursday, April 2, from 6-10PM at the OBT Pub (the former Orangeburg Tavern), 325 Rt. 303, in Orangeburg. On hand will be 6 Psychics, 2 Massage Therapists, and a Nutritional Consultant for your entertainment. Admission is free, but there is a donation of $25 for each 15 minute reading or massage. Vendors tables and Tricky Tray Raffles will also be featured. Proceeds from the event will go towards medical expenses for the families of three seriously ill children here in Rockland County. For further information, see and like their Facebook page, or visit their website

The Pearl River United Methodist Church is holding a Rummage Sale, on Friday, April 10 from 9AM-1PM, and Saturday, April 11 from 9AM-1PM. Featured will be clothing, toys, household items, and more. Refreshments will be available. The church is located at 130 Franklin Avenue in Pearl River. For more details call 845-735-2241.

On Sunday, April 18, Volunteer Hose Company #2, in West Haverstraw, is hosting its “Night of Comedy and Wings”. For $35, this Annual Comedy Night features great comedians who have appeared on national TV, a DJ, food and drinks. Doors open at 7:30PM; Food starts at 8PM; and the show begins at 9PM. 18 to Laugh and 21 to Drink. For tickets call 845-548-2392 or 914-589-1627.

The Rockland County Dept. of Health will offer free rabies vaccinations for cats, dogs and ferrets on Sunday, April 26, from 10AM until 1PM, at the Rockland County Fire Training Center, 35 Firemen’s Memorial Drive in Pomona. Aditional clinics will be held on Sunday, July 12 and Sunday, Oct 4. For more information call 845-364-2594.

The East Ramapo Central School District is now accepting applications for next year’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program. The UPK is a special Early Childhood program established by the New York State Education Dept. and contracted school districts, to provide an early learning experience for children who will be 4 years old on or before Dec 1, 2015. The UPK program is conducted with a qualified teacher and an assistant in every class. The children attend 5 days a week, for 2 1/2 hours a day, for 180 days per school year, at no cost to you. If you are an East Ramapo resident wishing to register your child, contact the UPK office at 577-6158, or visit the UPK office at 461 Viola Road, Spring Valley. Registration ends April 23, 2015.

The Stony Point Ambulance Corps is seeking vendors for its 3rd Annual Mother’s Day Boutique to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The event will be held at the Stony Point Ambulance Corps Building located at 47 South Liberty Drive, Stony Point, NY. They will accept vendors on a first come, first application and fee paid basis. Vendor goods may be crafts, Home Party, or new goods for sale. They will not accept any Flea Market type items. All items must be new and/or homemade. For further information and to receive an application, please call The Stony Point Ambulance Corps Auxiliary Chairperson at 845-786-5990. Remember to send the applications back quickly as vendors will be accepted on a first come, first paid basis. Advertising in local markets and through flyers guaranteed.

On Sunday, May 3, the OJC Sisterhood presents “Bagels, Baubles and Bling!” Nosh a free bagel, then shop at the Sisterhood Gift Shop or browse the new and gently used jewelry and handbags. The event takes place at 8 Independence Avenue in Orangeburg, from 10AM until 1PM.

On Saturday, May 16, the Hillburn Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary presents its 5th Annual Street Fair. The event takes place Rain or Shine, from 10AM until 3PM on Fifth Street in Hillburn, and will feature vendors, food and more. Vendor space is available for $30/Residents and $35/Non-Residents. For more information call 845-304-3697.

On Wednesday, May 27, the Rockland County Office for the Aging and Rockland Community College are sponsoring “A Celebration of Rockland County Seniors” at the Rockland Community College Fieldhouse. Visit with over 50 vendors and agencies, and enjoy a continental breakfast between 9AM-11AM, and attend a series of workshops between 11:30AM-12:45PM. For more information call 845-364-2105 or 845-786-2360.

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).

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.

The Rockland Audubon Society is offering the following Field Trips and Nature Programs in 2015:

*** Audubon in the Parks***
Sunday, April 5: First Sunday Walk at Piermont Pier – Meet at 8AM in the parking lot by the ball field at the Piermont Pier entrance.
Saturday, April 18: Celery Farm, Allendale, NJ – Meet at 8AM at the Celery Farm parking lot on Franklin Turnpike.
Sunday, April 19: Spring Stroll at Mt. Ivy Swamp – Meet at 9AM in the Pomona Middle School parking lot.
Friday, April 24: Weekday Walk at Elk Pen – Meet at 9AM in the parking area for the Elk Pen section of Harriman State Park off Arden Rd. (0.3 mi. east of Rt 17)
Sunday, April 26: Lord Stirling Park, Great Swamp, NJ – Meet at 8AM at the Joseph St. Lawrence Community Center, Torne valley Rd and Orange Ave.

***Monthly Nature Programs / First Friday of the Month***
Community Center, Congers Lake Memorial Park, 6 Gilchrist Rd, Congers
April 10 at 7:30PM (SECOND Friday) : Fungi of the Palisades Park Region with speaker Ray Clyne.
May 1 at 7:30PM : Enhancing Wildlife Habitat Through Ecological Landscaping with speakers Anne Putko and Laurie Seeman.
June 5 at 7:30PM : Nighttime in the Animal Kingdom with Representatives of “Animal Embassy”. Live Animals! Bring the kids!

For more info visit:

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

Thomas Roberto presents Tablets, Phablets & E-Readers, April 2, 6:30 pm. Get an introduction to iPad, Android, and Kindle technologies so you can shop for a tablet like a pro.

Cornell Cooperative Extension presents a free workshop Save Energy, Save Dollars, April 9, 7 pm. Learn how to save money by reducing home energy consumption. Attendees will receive 3 compact fluorescent light bulbs (3 per household).

Watch the movie “A Hard Day’s Night”, April 13, 6:30 pm. 87 minutes. Movie is part of the “April is All Things Beatles” program at the Library.

The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library Board of Trustees meets for their monthly Board Meeting, April 14, 7:30 pm. Open to the public.

Literacy Volunteers of Rockland County conducts a 2-session information workshop on How to Become a US Citizen . Session 1 (Wednesday, April 15, 6 pm) covers the process of becoming a US Citizen, forms, requirements, cost, interviews the 1-912 waiver, and more. Session 2 (Thursday, April 16, 6 pm) covers line-by-line completion of the N-400 citizenship application and what to expect going forward. Program sponsored by the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

Art historian Irene Wisoff presents Painters in Provence: Artists & Their Museums, a slide-lecture on 20th century artists Matisse, Picasso, Leger, and Chagall, and the museums created to celebrate their masterpieces, April 15, 1 pm.

The Elder & Health Law Sections of the NY Bar Association sponsors a National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, 11 am & 6:30 pm. Healthcare, financial and guardianship issues, wills, and probate will be discussed.

Something – Beatles Tribute Band performs favorite Beatles songs, April 19, 2 pm. Come and sing along with this 4-piece acoustic tribute band. Event is part of the “April is All Things Beatles” program at the Library.

Have a Conversation with May Pang, April 20, 7 pm. Rock ‘n’ roll maven May Pang had a close association with John Lennon, get your questions answered about John and the Beatles in this Q & A session. Event is part of the “April is All Things Beatles” program at the Library.

Attend Lunch & a Movie, April 21, 1 pm. Bring lunch and watch a new-release movie on our big screen. Popcorn and beverage provided.

Learn all about Ornamental Grasses, April 22, 2 pm. Get facts on purchasing, planting, maintaining, and more. Presented by Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County.

Take a Wine Lovers Journey to Greece and taste what the Greeks believed to be the “nectar of the gods”, April 22, 7 pm. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION, $3 non-refundable fee due at registration. MUST BE 21. Bring your wine glass!

Attend 3D Goes to the Movies, April 26, 2 pm, and learn about the music that accompanies great films. This is a live performance of songs and scores from Hollywood’s biggest hits.

Watch the movie “Let it Be”, April 27, 6:30 pm. 81 minutes. Movie is part of the “April is All Things Beatles” program at the Library.

James Coll explores the Beatles’ roots and story behind their first recording at Ladies & Gentlemen: the Beatles, April 28, 7 pm. Event is part of the “April is All Things Beatles” program at the Library.

Watch the movie “Help!”, April 29, 6:30 pm. 92minutes. Movie is part of the “April is All Things Beatles” program at the Library.

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.

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

Saturdays at 2PM – Directors Picks – Movies You Might have Missed.

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

Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 7PM: Learning Intarsia Knitting – Learn this technique with Crafter Linda Lichtenstein. Registration required. Call 634-4997 ext 139. Participants must bring their own supplies. A list will be furnished at registration.

Tuesday, April 7 at 7PM: The Ten Commandments for Organizing Your Home – Tips from professional organizer Jocelyn Kenner on how to manage the contents of your home.

Sunday, April 12 at 2PM: Concert: The History of Rock & Roll with a cappella group Memories of You.

Wednesday, April 15 at 7PM: Hawks, Eagles, Owls, Oh My! Birds of Prey of Rockland – with Lorrie Pallant from the Rockland Audubon Society.

Tuesday, April 21 at 11AM: Living With Alzheimer’s For The Caregiver – Early Stages. Debra Kagan-Birkeland of the Alzheimer’s Association will discuss the physical and emotional effects of the onset of this disease. Registration required. Call 634-4997 ext 139.

Tuesday, April 21 at 7PM: Great Rockland Poets – Enjoy the work of some of our best local poets and share some of your own.

Wednesday, April 22 at 7PM: Understanding The Music Business – with musician Steve “Bag” Weissberg.

Thursday, April 23 at 7PM: Introduction To Drawing Comics – with cartoonist, illustrator and writer Summer Pierre. Teens are welcome. Registration required. Call 634-4997 ext 139.

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, April 10, at 12:00 noon: Gina Liberti, Functional Nutritionist at RCC, will speak about Genetically Modified Organisms: Separating Fact from Fiction

Friday, April 24, at 12:00 noon: Mr. Bert Dahm will talk about Rock Quarries in Rockland County.

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: March 12, 2015
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: March 8, 2015…and the Easter Bunny will be there with gift baskets for the children.

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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