Event Calendar

WBAI publishes this calendar of events that we think might be of interest to our listeners and members. As a community service, we also offer the on-the-air Community Bulletin Board to help not-for-profit organizations publicize their events to the community at large.

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May 29, Thursday - November 8, Saturday Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center Information Sessions (Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center)
at Various Locations
None: Free to the Public   Tickets: None

Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC) is organizing a series of five informational sessions throughout 2014 for those who are seeking innovative facts and information concerning Alzheimer’s Disease. The sessions will review vital information, such as new Alzheimer’s Disease research, musical stimulation, and brain exercises to prevent memory loss. They include:

Ask the Expert: Update on Newest Alzheimer’s Research presented by Ana C. Pereira, M.D. Session will be held 6:30-8:00 PM on May 29th at Atria Senior Living, located at 165 Beverly Road in Huntington. 

Forever Love: A Thousand Tomorrows presented by Maureen Clinton, FACCS, LMFT. Session will be held on 6:30-8:00 PM on June 4th at The Bristal, located at 129 Lakeland Avenue in Sayville.

Training the Brain: Preventing Memory Loss presented by Joan Lewis, MA. Session will be held 2:30-4:00 PM on September 10th at the Atria Senior Living, located at 112-50 72nd Avenue in Forest Hills.

A Drive Through The Ages: Safe Driving For Seniors presented by Mr. Chuck Conroy. Session will be held 6:30-8:00 PM on October 15th at the Hampton Bays Senior Center, located at 25 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays.

Project Far From Home: Using Rescue Dogs to Address Wandering and At-Risk Behaviors for Persons with Alzheimer’s presented by Kimberly R. Kelly, Retired Law Enforcement Reserve Lieutenant. Session will be held 2:00-4:00 PM on November 8th at Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc., located at 45 Park Avenue in Bay Shore. 

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August 9, Saturday - October 1, Wednesday Persian Story Time for Children (Weltch Media)
2:30 PM at Book Culture on Broadway, 2915 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Admission: Free To The Public

In collaboration with independent Manhattan bookstore Book Culture, the New York-based ethical toy brand, Dr. Bashi™ is branching out with a new educational venture, which aims to bring families together to share delightful Persian children's stories and learn about ancient Iranian culture.

The weekly 1-hour Persian Story Time is a partnership between Dr. Bashi™ and Book Culture, a free program for the advancement of Persian literacy, language and heritage. Dr. Bashi™ is a Professor-Mom's children's company that makes durable multilingual and artistically-exciting educational toys based on eco-friendly, gender/race conscious and socially-responsible principles. Company founder and owner Dr. Golbarg Bashi: "Book Culture is a New York institution, one of the city’s top ten independent bookstores which has for years hosted free story-times in world’s major languages. Our children’s story time in Persian will be first of its kind in New York, and possibly the US..." Bringing Persian tales to the heart of New York, Dr. Golbarg Bashi explains:  "What parents can expect for their children from Persian story time is engaged and playful readings from a carefully selected list of beloved Persian children’s stories, both modern and medieval. It will also be a time for families and our children to come to Columbia University campus where Book Culture is located, and get to know each other, and have fun."

Persian Story Time at Book Culture will be held on Saturdays at 2.30pm, starting on August 9th, 2014. The stories will appeal to children of all ages and are completely free of charge, so no need to sign up. Find them on 114th Street and Broadway, New York. For more information visit: http://www.drbashi.com

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August 25, Monday - September 3, Wednesday New York Choral Society-AUDITION NOTICE (New York Choral Society)
6:00 PM at Nola Studios
None: Free to the Public   Tickets: None

Join a unique and diverse community of people who have come together to share their passion for music. Join the New York Choral Society! The 150 voice New York Choral Society, led by music director David Hayes, has been widely recognized for its outstanding performances at prestigious venues around the world for over 50 years. Auditions for the 2014-2015 season will be held on August 25, 26 & 28 and September 2 & 3, 2014. We are looking for experienced choral singers in all voice parts, with good reading ability, musical skills and the desire to be moved, inspired and challenged. The 2014-2015 concert season includes an appearance at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala in Avery Fisher Hall, an appearance with superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli in Madison Square Garden and a series of Christmas concerts performed in several boroughs throughout the City including Manhattan and Staten Island. We will return to Carnegie Hall on Sunday January 25, 2015 for a matinee performance of Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Saint Paul  and on April 8, 2015 for a performance of John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls and Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in The Dooryard Bloom’d. 

In addition the New York Choral Society will join the New York Youth Symphony for two performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on Sunday May 3 at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights and in Carnegie Hall on Sunday May 24, 2015. In addition there is a Chamber Chorus for those who wish a more intimate choral experience. Auditions for the Chamber Chorus will be held at a later date. 

If you are interested in joining this unique family of singers for an exceptional musical journey you can find more information about scheduling an audition and membership by calling 212-247-3878 or e-mail info@nychoral.org.

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September 12, Friday - September 14, Sunday FALL CRAFTS AT LYNDHURST (Artrider Productions Inc.)
9:00am at Lyndhurst- 635 S. Broadway Tarrytown NY 10591
Admission: $12 Adults   Tickets: At The Door

Re-awaken your spirit at this beautiful Hudson Valley event. Crafts at Lyndhurst has been held semi-annually for 30 years and it is among the best-known, best-attended outdoor craft festivals in the nation.

Set on the grounds of the grand and historic Lyndhurst, come discover the unique designs and creative artistry of over 275 leading artists and crafts people as they exhibit, sell and talk about their work amidst the unique beauty of the Hudson Valley.

Collectors, art enthusiasts and discerning shoppers will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet these visionary artists and purchase their latest work. Lyndhurst is just 20 miles north of Manhattan and is easily accessible by car or train. Proceeds benefit the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

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September 13, Saturday 2014 Lupus Trials Fair (Lupus Research Institute)
10:00 a.m. at The Roosevelt Hotel
None: Free to the Public   Tickets: None

You hold the power to improve lupus treatment! Take part, and find out about the latest studies to improve lupus treatme nt!  Panel presentations by lupus experts and patient participants will provide background on the different types of lupus trials and what to expect if you take part in one.

The goal is for anyone to find out how they can help in studies. The Trials that need volunteers don’t have to have l lupus. Meet representatives from leading research institutions conducting clinical trials.

Free event includes light refreshments. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 5.

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September 14, Sunday LONG ISLAND WALK FOR LIFE (The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation)
10:00 AM at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY
Admission: $30-$35   Tickets: support.giftoflife.org

The Gift of Life Foundation is encouraging anyone to walk for a cause for their upcoming event, 'The Walk of Life 9; in Long Island. This event is the only one in the area that is solely dedicated to raising awareness for bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants. Any early registrations will have an admission of $30 or $35 on the day on the walk. Gather your friends and family to form a team as well! 

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September 19, Friday - September 20, Saturday Above and Beyond Dance presents DREAMSCAPES (Above and Beyond Dance)
8:00 PM at The Muse
Admission: $20 in advance   Tickets: Click Here For Tickets

Above and Beyond Dance incorporates dynamic stilt dancing, aerial artistry, and dance theater choreography in its world premiere of Dreamscapes.  Appearing as part of the full-length production, "Dreamscapes and Other Imaginings," Dreamscapes carries the viewer through six otherworldly vignettes depicting the ethereal wonder of dreams and the surreal terror of nightmares.  

Performances: Sept. 19 & 20 at 8pm; Sept. 21 at 4pm at The Muse 32D S. 1st St. (btw Kent & Wythe), in Williamsburg Brooklyn Tickets:  $20 in advance; $25 at the door To purchase, visit:  http://aboveandbeyonddance.com/company/performances.htm Presented by: 

Above and Beyond Dance, in a co-production with The Muse Artistic Director:  Chriselle Tidrick Performers:  Kailee Combs, Fernando Francisco, Alicia Gerstein, Tomomi Imai, Fran Sperling, and Chriselle Tidrick Composer:  Brian Questa (additional compositions by Lauren Buchter and Reinaldo Moya) Costumes:  Juanita Cardenas * Dreamscapes is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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September 27, Saturday St. Francis Fall Festival (St. Francis of Assisi Church)
11:00 AM - 7:00 pm at 114 Mt. Vernon Street - Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Admission: Free

St. Francis of Assisi Church is hosting its Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 am – 7pm on the grounds of St. Francis Church located at 114 Mount Vernon Street in Ridgefield Park, NJ. The outdoor Fall Festival will feature crafts, games, prizes, music, food, baked goods and a plant sale. 

Special attractions will be Pony Rides from 12 pm to 3 pm along with pumpkin painting, face painting and a Bungee Run. A big part of the Fall Festival will include vendors who specialize in selling arts, crafts, jewelry, candles, soaps and other handmade items throughout the day.

For additional information about the St. Francis Fall Festival, call the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Center at 201-641-6464.

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September 29, Monday - October 1, Wednesday Impugning Impunity: ALBA's Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives)
4:00 PM at Instituto Cervantes NY, 211 E. 49th Street, New York, NY 100
Admission: $5   Tickets: At The Door

Over the course of three days, a selection of cutting-edge human rights documentaries will challenge, educate, and inspire audiences at IMPUGNING IMPUNITY: ALBA's Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.  Now in its fourth year, and featuring films produced since 2013, this annual film festival brings human rights struggles to life through storytelling. The festival will run from September 29 to October 1, 2014 at the Instituto Cervantes NY.  

With almost 100 films in competition, the Official Selection features thirteen independent documentaries from nine different countries, including seven New York premieres and five world premieres. This year’s program focuses on consumption and capitalism, in addition to historical memory and governmental abuse of power.  

 In an effort to support the promotion of independent human rights documentary filmmaking, ALBA has established the Harry Randall Award to recognize the best film from the Official Selection. The award is named in memory of Harry W. Randall, Jr. (1915-2012) who served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War as Chief Photographer of the Photographic Unit. The 2014 jury is composed of accomplished actor and Emmy-Award winner Peter Coyote, human rights advocate Bryan Stevenson, and filmmaker and activist Pamela Yates.  

Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for students. Festival passes with access to all the screenings, Q&As and closing reception, are available for $20.   ALBA is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights through educational programs. 

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October 11, Saturday Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra – Music from 5,000 Years of Civilization (Shen Yun Promotions International)
1:00PM at Carnegie Hall – Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Admission: $38 - $118   Tickets: Click Here For Tickets

Be a part of a grand musical experience! Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra delivers a breakthrough in classical music with the perfect harmony of East and West. Ancient Chinese instruments like the two-stringed erhu and plucked pipa lead the melody on top of a full Western orchestra, creating a refreshing new sound.

The program includes Shen Yun’s all-original compositions inspired by 5,000 years of China’s rich cultural heritage, celebrated classics from Berlioz and Dvořák, the world’s top Chinese tenors and sopranos, and more. Carnegie Hall: October 11, 1 & 7 p.m. “Beautiful sound… strikingly intricate melodies.” -NYTheatre.com  “A pleasure to the ear” -Opera Online

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October 20, Monday - October 24, Friday Grantsmanship Training Program, New York, NY, Oct. 20-24 (The Grantsmanship Center)
8:30 am at 254 West 29th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001
Admission: $895   Tickets: Click Here For Tickets

The Grantsmanship Training Program is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop that covers the complete grant development proc ess, from researching funding sources to writing and reviewing grant proposals.

During the course of the workshop, participants will be involved in a proposal writing exercise. To register for this training call 800-421-9512, or visit http://www.tgci.com/event_details/48522/29365

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November 13, Thursday - November 14, Friday RESTORATIVE RESPONSES TO GRIEF, TRAUMA, AND ADVERSITY (International Institue for Restorative Practices)
9:30 am at Stepping Out Studios, 37 West 26th Street, New York, New Yor
Admission: $300

The International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School is helping individuals explore the techniques and employ restorative practices. The objective is to gain the ability of responding effectively to serious incidents and address trauma and grief.

These new techniques work with traumatized people or those who have experienced significant emotional distress. These practices will view and discuss videos of powerful true stories that illustrate the emotional dynamics and healing potential of restorative practices.

Another goal for the IIRP is to address the essential issue of self-care when working with traumatized clients in high stress environments. This event may be used for optional IIRP Graduate School credit by adding online coursework. 

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December 3, Wednesday Hidden In Plain Sight: The Engines That Drive Human Trafficking (L.O.V.E. Task Force on Non-Violent Living)
7:00 PM at 316 East 88th Street, New York, NY 10128
None: Free To The Public   Tickets: None necessary

The L.O.V.E. [1]  Task Force on Non-Violent Living will present a panel discussion on human trafficking, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Engines That Drive Human Trafficking,” during the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58). The discussion will be preceded by a drama, dance and song performance by Girl Be Heard.

Panelists participating in “Hidden in Plain Sight” will include: The Hon. Nana Oye Lithur, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection of the Republic of Ghana; Ms. Linda Oalican, Co-founder, Damayan Migrant Workers Association; Dr. Pam Rajput, Chairperson of the Government of India’s High Level Committee on the Status of Women; Ms. Deborah S. Sigmund, Founder/Director, Innocents at Risk; Ms. Jessica Greer Morris, Executive Director of Girl Be Heard, a non-profit theatre company that brings stories of trafficking to light through performance; and Ms. Melanie Thompson, Performer/Writer, Girl Be Heard. Academy Award-winning actress Ms. Mira Sorvino, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking, has been invited to participate on the panel. The panel’s moderator will be Janelle T. Marshall, Esq.

The organizers of “Hidden in Plain Sight” believe that the theme of the upcoming CSW session – “The challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls” – as well as the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) themselves must directly address the human rights of victims of human trafficking. "There is no better voice to activate MDG promises than that of a girl,” says Jessica Greer Morris, executive director of Girl Be Heard. “Giving a girl a stage to speak out for change is the first step in stopping the cycle of gender-based silence and violence for future generations."  

[1] Liberate Ourselves, Value Everyone

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December 12, Friday - December 14, Sunday Holiday CraftMorristown (Artrider Productions Inc.)
at The Morristown Armory
Admission: $9   Tickets: At The Door

Holiday CraftMorristown returns December 12, 13, 14 to the Armory on Western Avenue for its 24th year, displaying contemporary work by 165 artists and crafts people from across the country.  These exceptional, jury-selected artists infuse each piece with their distinctive creative vision. Their outstanding craftsmanship of handmade masterpieces make extraordinary gifts loved ones will never forget. Collectors, art enthusiasts and discerning shoppers will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet these visionary artists and purchase their latest work at New Jersey’s most unique shopping event of the holiday season. 

The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, fashion and accessories, furniture, and home décor pieces, as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media. Visitors should be sure to plan on visiting the gourmet specialty food section to fully experience hand-crafted delights.

The show hours for Holiday CraftMorristown are Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $9 (includes unlimited re-entry); seniors are $8; children under 6 are free. The Morristown Armory is located on Western Ave. in Morristown, NJ and is most accessible from Route 287. Visit www.artrider.com or call 845-331-7900 for more information.

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