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Talking the Bronx 01.09.13

Talking the Bronx 01.09.13

A Tropical Paradise in The Bronx 

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

The New York Botanical Garden invites Bronx residents to escape this winter and attend their “Tropical Paradise” event, a showcase of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory’s permanent collection of tropical trees, flowers, and foliage, including orange-yellow crotons, fuschia bromeliads, and rosy-red hibiscus.  The showcase is open from Sat., Jan. 19th through Sun., Feb. 24th. Through self-guided strolls, use of a virtual smart phone tour, or participation in docent-led tours of the Conservatory offered daily at 12:30 p.m., visitors can explore many exhibits inside largest Victorian-style glasshouse in the country.

Visitors can also enjoy a display of tropical photos from the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and partake in photography lessons on Sundays. Children can participate in a scavenger hunt that begins in the Conservatory and continues in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

For more information, please call 718.817.8700 or visit

Free career information sessions at Lehman College

Lehman College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies is offering the first of its spring semester free career/information sessions on Sat., Jan. 19th at 10:30 a.m.

Expert guidance will be provided on several of its non-credit certificate programs.

These sessions are designed for those who wish to change jobs or upgrade skills.

Programs covered include Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC); Business; Finance (CFP); IRS Enrolled Agent and Tax preparer; Computer Information Technology including basics, Microsoft Office Specialist Certification,  graphic design and multimedia, Web design, A+ computer technician, Health IT Technician and Cisco certification; Medical Billing and Coding; Pharmacy Technician; Dental and Medical Assistant; Home Health Aide; CNA; EKG and Phlebotomy Technician and PCA (Nurse Technician; Child Care and Family Child Care; and Small Business Development (Entrepreneurship).

The sessions will be held on the Lehman College campus in the Music Building.

The information seminars will be repeated on Thurs., Jan. 31st at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, an Information Session for the apring semester of the Lehman Academy: Programs for Children and Teens is being offered by the Lehman College School of Continuing and Professional Studies on Sat, Jan. 19th at 10:30 a.m.

Expert guidance will be provided on a wide range of academic, creative arts, recreational and sports classes to be held on Saturdays.

Information about the licensed summer day camp will also be given.

The session will be held in the Music Building on the Lehman College campus.

For additional dates, more information or a catalog of all spring semester adult and children’s classes, call 718.960.8512 or visit

The Unity NYC Grant Awards

The UnityNYC Grant Awards will award grants up to $3,000 to faith-based or neighborhood-based immigrant and non-immigrant groups that collaborate on community projects.  The grants will support the City’s ongoing commitment to sustaining healthy communities through high impact service projects. UnityNYC Grant Awards will tap into New York City’s diverse neighborhood groups to proactively address critical needs and promote opportunities that directly contribute to the public good.

UnityNYC is accepting applications from resident-led volunteer groups in all five boroughs. Groups will be selected based on their demonstrated ability to unite residents from diverse backgrounds, mobilize at least 20 volunteers, and execute a well-planned project. Preference will be given to groups operating in low-income, underserved communities. Partner with one or many groups, come up with an idea, and apply.

For more information, please visit 

Bronx Community Board Join Up

Learn about how to join a local Community Board.
Learn about how to join a local Community Board.

Bronx Health REACH and Transportation Alternatives invite all community residents to attend their “Bronx Community Board Join Up” Thurs., Jan, 10th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The event will explain how to apply to become a Community Board member, especially for those who have concerns and ideas about their neighborhoods. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP please call 212.633.8000 x 1249 or visit   

“All Jazzed Up” with Sinfonietta

On Sun., Jan. 13th, the world of jazz and the world of classical music join together for the Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s groundbreaking program “All Jazzed Up.”

The event will take place 2:30 p.m. at the Riverdale Temple, 4545 Independence Avenue at 242nd St.

In 1927, composer Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht created a daring, provocative new blend of opera, song and musical play with Mahogany, which will be performed in its entirety. The Sinfonietta will be joined by the Byars Jazz Quartet for the world premiere performance of a new work composed by saxophonist (and Riverdale resident) Chris Byars. The new project is called the “Riverdale Suite” in honor of the neighborhood that generated this exciting combination.
The Sinfonietta’s season will continue in June with “Viennese Classics” on June 2nd. Pianist Benjamin Hochman will perform Mozart cellist Wilhelmina Smith will perform Haydn. The Sinfonietta will also perform a Serenade by Robert Fuchs.  

For more information, please call 917.689.1211 or visit

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