Funeral Mass for The Hon. Olga A. Mendez to be Held on Monday, August 3rd from 9:00 – 10:30 am at the Church of the Holy Agony, 1834 Third Avenue @ 101st Street
While she raised lots of eyebrows with controversial political alliance, everyone agrees that the former New York State Senator was a trailblazer for Puerto Rican women and a popular fixture in East Harlem. Click here to learn more.
Governor Paterson Announces RFP For Healthy Food/Healthy Communities Initiative
A request for proposals from potential program administrators has been issued for the $10 million Healthy Food-Healthy Communities Revolving Loan Fund program to help develop food markets in underserved communities in NYS and increase availability of nutritious foods in areas lacking access to fresh food markets. Deadline: September 3rd. Click here to read the press release.
Youth Action Programs and Homes, Inc. AmeriCorps Class of 2009-2010 Recruitment
Youth Action Programs and Homes is recruiting young people for its 2009-2010 program. The objective of the full-time, 10-month program (late September-June) is to facilitate the transformation of unemployed, out of school, low-income young adults, ages 18-21 by providing an incentive to continue on to post-secondary education as part-time AmeriCorps Volunteers. Participants will have the opportunity to earn an $1,800 education awards for college or trade school. Click here to download an application. For more information, call Oshea Patrick, AmeriCorps Program Director at 2121860-8170.
Young Bucks Inc. Free Stickball Institute August programs for youth ages 8 – 16, Saturdays from 10AM-12 Noon at the 108th Street playground (between Third And Second Aves.)
Free handball tournament Singles and doubles Saturdays from 2pm – 6pm 108th street playground. Click here to download flyer. For more information contact Alex Sabater at 917-340-1117 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harlem Meer Performance Festival Continues! Sundays, August 2 through September 6th (2 – 4 pm) Charles A. Dana Discovery Center Inside Central Park @ 110th Street (Between Fifth & Lenox Aves.)
Join the Central Park Conservancy at its popular concert series featuring the best in local emerging and established Latin, Jazz, World, and Gospel artists. All performances are FREE. Click here to see full schedule or call (212) 860-1370 for more information.
City Planning Commission Public Meeting on NYC’s FRESH Food Store Program, August 5th, 10:00 am, Spector Hall (22 Reade Street, Manhattan).
The City Planning Commission will consider proposed zoning changes for the city’s Food Retail Expansion to Support Health program (FRESH), designed to attract and retain neighborhood supermarkets in undeserved areas of the city. Click here for the Public Meeting Calendar.
2009 Giglio di Sant’ Antonio Festa Schedule of Events (August 6-9), 114-115 Street on Pleasant Avenue
Thursday, August 6th at 8:00 PM Entertainment by The Brooklyn Keys
Friday, August 7th at 8:00 PM Entertainment by Tony Sal & his DooWop Revue
Saturday, August 8th 12:00 P
Sant’ Antonio Procession throughout the Neighborhood 7:00 PM: Dancing of the Children’s Giglio 9:00 PM: Entertainment by Dee Jay Megan Z
Sunday, August 9th – 12:30 PM Paranza Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine Church 2:00 PM: First Lift and Dancing of the Giglio di Sant’ Antonio Subsequent lifts until dark
Food/games of chance/rides, music and socializing available every night of the feast until 11:00 PM.
Museum for African Art & SummerStage Present Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and nathantrice/RITUALS dance theater, Friday, August 7 (8-10pm), Rumsey Playfield in Central Park Enter @ East 69th Street / 5th Avenue
DCDC grounds their work in the African American experience. Choreographer Nathan Trice employs a diverse ensemble to create neo-noir dance theater works. nathantrice/RITUALS dance theater performs a new work loosely inspired by the cross culture movement of “Abstract Expressionism and Film-Noir” to ultimately create a sort of neo-noir dance theater piece that takes a witty, messy, sexy look at courtship. This event is FREE.
Metropolitan Hospital “Family Day” Annual Health Fair, Saturday, August 8th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on East 106th Street (between Third and Lexington Avenues)
You are invited to attend the fair and receive free blood pressure and glucose screenings, Asthma education, men’s and women’s health education, HIV education, games, giveaways, and much more! For information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Community Health Education & Outreach Department at (646) 672-3203.
Cuento Que Me Cuentan (A Tale I’ve Been Told), Tuesday, August 11th, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 103rd Street Garden – between Lexington & Park Avenues (FREE)
A tale of adventures in the open seas, the quest for good fortune, and the thrill of moving out into a brand new world. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a cargo steamboat carrying hundreds of Puerto Ricans detains its course. Turmoil erupts, the captain is held hostage and the passengers raise their voices above the ocean’s roar. Performed in Spanish & English. Lunch will be provided.
7th Annual Groove With Me Summer Spectacular, August 11, Harlem Meer in Central Park
All Groove With Me Summer Grooves classes will demonstrate what they’ve been learning during their summer with us! Don’t miss it! For more information about this performance, email Meredith at email@example.com.
Free Sandbox Dance Program, August 11, 2009 2:00pm – 3:00pm, at Robert Bendheim Playground (East 100th Street)
Michael Wimberly teaches us to play electrifying rhythms on hand percussion instruments and to create your very own African-inspired dance. This six-part program was made possible by the Mitsui Foundation as part of the 2009 Mitsui Family Days. No music or movement experience required; just bring your sense of adventure and imagination! The Sandbox Series is sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy.
Street Art is not a Battle! Public Forum on Outdoor Murals, Thursday, August 13th @ 6 pm, Modesto Flores Community Garden on Lexington Avenue @ 104th Street
Hope Community invites you to celebrate the restoration of the “Spirit of East Harlem” at a public forum on the historical and cultural significance of outdoor art in East Harlem. Meet community artists from various genres: graffiti, murals, posters, mosaics, and learn how to get involved in neighborhood arts projects. Click here to read David Gonzalez’s New York Times report on the vandalization of the world-renowned “East Harlem Spirit” mural.
24 Hours, 24 Million Meals: Feeding New York – Film Screening, Sunday, August 16th @ 2:00 PM, The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
In 1609, the plants and animals living on Mannahatta could fill all of the requirements for sustenance locally. But how does NYC, today the nation’s largest and densest city, feed itself? Join us for a screening of “24 Hours, 24 Million Meals: Feeding New York City,” a documentary produced by The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that examines the complex choreography of distribution—from luxury restaurants to soup kitchens, from City Harvest to New Fulton Fish Market—that keeps New Yorkers fed. Free with Museum admission; free to East Harlem residents! For more information call (212) 534-1672, ext. 3395.
Bomba + Plena with Alma Moyo Thursday, August 20 from 6:30 – 8:30pm El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue @ 104th Street
Rooted in African traditions, Bomba y Plena is a political and spiritual expression through percussion, song and dance. The bomba was played and danced in clearings of Puerto Rico’s sugar cane fields, town plazas, and during Catholic festivals. Today the music lives on in the work of Alma Moyo, a 13-member musical group whose electric rhythms invite hours of non-stop dancing. FREE ADMMISSION for all audiences. Space is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Second Annual Family Back-to-School Kickoff, Saturday, August 22nd, 10 AM – 3 PM, Central Park Band-shell Area (72nd Street & 5th Avenue)
Start the school year off right and prepare for the upcoming school year! Free resources; foreign language and sign language interpretation services will be provided. For more information call: (212) 374-7625 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hacia Afuera “Taking Back Our Streets Through The Arts,” Saturday, August 22nd at 11:00am Through Sunday, August 23rd at 5:00pm, 104th to 111th between Lexington and 1st Avenue
Art for Change is hosting its 2nd annual public art festival in East Harlem. AfC is inviting artists to take part in the festivities with dance and music performances, art workshops for kids and adults, site specific art installations and interactive media pieces. Interested? Email: email@example.com.
Young Lords Party 40th Anniversary and Reunion, August 23rd @ 12 pm, First Spanish Methodist Church on Lexington Avenue and East 111th Street
From Vicente (Panama) Alba – On July 26th, 1969 the Young Lords officially held it’s first event as an organization of young Puerto Rican revolutionaries. Although the overwhelmingly majority of the young women and men who founded the organization, or subsequently joined, did not understand it at the time, “the rest is history.” Former members of the NYC branch invite you to commemorate the 40th anniversary. “Visions of Action, Impact and Legacy,” is the theme for the event. Other events to follow.
Behind the Lens: New York City’s Shelter Dogs Sunday, August 23 • 2:00 PM at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
Photographer Charlotte Dumas will speak about her portraits of NYC shelter dogs, followed by a discussion with handlers from Animal Care & Control of NYC about their work in rescuing, caring for, and finding homes for homeless and abandoned animals. The event will be preceded by a “meet and greet” with several shelter dogs (available for adoption) on the Museum’s front terrace. For more details call (212) 534-1672, ext. 3395.
Picture the Homeless Set Up Tent City in Vacant Lot; 10 Members Arrested During Protest Action
On July 23rd, members and supporters of Picture the Homeless people orchestrated a spirited occupation of a warehoused (vacant) property inEast Harlem, turning a fenced-off grassy lot into a “vibrant Tent City – a place to call home.”
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