Capoeira is an exuberant martial art that combines high energy rhythms with exciting acrobatic movements. The art was created by Afro-Brazilians slaves during Brazil's colonial period. Because they were not allowed to practice any form of self-defense nor to use weapons, enslaved Afro-Brazilians disguised their training to look like a dance.
Join us for an afternoon of dance, martial arts and traditional songs and rhythms.
What is your largest organ? Your skin! Join aesthetician Cathy Malanix to learn simple ways to care for and pamper your skin. The class will include discussion of skin facts, demonstrations, and hands-on preparation of a body oil for you to take home.
Please join author Nadia Hashimi for a discussion of her new book, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell. Ms. Hashimi will be joining us via Skype. Ms. Hashimi grew up in Warwick and graduated from Warwick Valley High School. She is now a pediatrician and resides in Maryland with her family.
Join Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Trio for a review of classic Rhythm & Blues and Soul music of the 1960s and '70s. Celebrate a time when this primarily African-American genre crossed over to mainstream audiences. Featured songs were made famous by The Supremes, Mary Wells, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and others. Through the music, the magic and the message, there is something for everyone!
Members of The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be on hand to help attendees make lovely traditional lotus flower lanterns using colorful paper and wire frames. All materials will be provided; participants may choose the color of their lotus flower. Traditional Korean refreshments will be served.
Nature educator Russell Brust will introduce you to the black bears that live in the forests and backyards of our community. You’ll learn about the bears’ lifestyle, how you can help protect them, and what to do if you meet one! You’ll also learn about aversive conditioning and ways to keep both humans and bears safe. Mr. Brust has been a Bergen County Zoo educator for more than 15 years, and brings a wealth of experience to his presentation.
Author L. Lloyd Stewart will give a presentation from his book "A Far Cry from Freedom," which details the convoluted laws and politics of gradual emancipation in New York State. While New Yorkers often pride themselves on the early law of 1799 for abolition of slavery, most do not realize that its elaborate provisions actually extended slavery for twenty eight years. The month of July thus became a bitter one for New York's enslaved African Americans, for the emancipation date was twenty eight years in the future -- July 4, 1827.