Monday, November 18, 2019

Queens Library Celebrates: It's Time For Kind

Hunters Point Library*

Join the Queens Library's  It’s Time for Kind  – during this holiday season, they will focus on acts of kindness at the library.  From November 18 to December 31, the library will be hosting a food drive, having kindness story times, and offering ways for you to take action and be kind to your family, friends, neighbors, and everyone you meet.

Activities include making a kindness chain, writing cards for the homebound, participating in a memory kaleidoscope activity and kindness read-alouds on December 4. All Queens Public Library branches, are participating in a canned food drive in partnership with Food Bank from November 18 to December 7.  Share your acts of kindness, and get involved in programs for all ages.

*After much delays and controversy, families can visit and enjoy the newly opened Hunters Point Library

Friday, November 15, 2019

Town Square's Santa Brunch

Town Square's Annual Santa Brunch
Sunday, December 8th | Seatings at 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM
PSC, 176 Java Street, Brooklyn

Hey kids, what's that sound? Is it the jingle of Santa's bells? Yes, kids! Santa's coming to Greenpoint/Williamsburg! So ready your list with all your wishes, to whisper to Santa with all your kisses!

$20 pp online ($30 at door if any are available) includes a delicious homemade pancake brunch with Santa, fun crafts, live music, Queen Elsa and, of-course, precious moments and photos with Santa! Cash bar wtih yummy-licious holiday drinks for moms & dads.

Bring your camera and take your own family photos with Santa for FREE! A fabulously talented professional photographer will also be on hand to take photos for purchase along with gorgeous face paintings. What a fun low-key way to kick off your holiday season.

Tickets sold out last year...and the years before. In fact, there weren't any available for purchase at the door. So hurry and get those tickets before they sell out.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Yayoi Kusama Will Debut A New Ballon At The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Yayoi Kusama the artist known for whimiscal and quirky designs will debut a new ballon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov 28.  Kusama’s Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon will join in the annual holiday spectacle in front of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, as the latest entry in the Parade’s Blue Sky Gallery series, which invites celebrated contemporary artists to contribute artworks to the high flying lineup.

"The Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon was developed by the artist from face motifs that appear in her My Eternal Soul series of paintings—a body of work that she began in 2009. Vibrant and animated, the paintings embody Kusama’s innovative exploration of form and revolve around a tension between abstraction and figuration. " The 90 year old artist will also feature her signature polka dots.

You can also see Kusama's work in the upcoming solo exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery, EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE, which opens on Saturday, November 9, from 6–8 PM at 537 West 20th Street, New York. 

Other new balloons at the parade include the beagle Snoopy, which Macy’s says got an “out-of-this-world makeover” as an astronaut this year, Guy and Sam from Netflix’s “Green Eggs and Ham” and Smokey the Bear celebrating the advertising icon’s 75th birthday.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Support the New York Public Library

Librarians will read stories and sing songs related to New York City, libraries, and civic responsibility at the free outdoor event, happening right outside a New York City landmark on May 29, 2019 at 10:30 am. Kids who participate will receive free "Invest in Libraries" t-shirts (while supplies last).

Right now, lawmakers are debating the city budget, and are proposing a cut to public libraries that would impact hours, programs, and staffing. The story time right outside their door will remind the Mayor and City Council how important libraries are to New Yorkers, including and especially our youngest!

Please RSVP to participate: while the story time will start at 11 AM, it is important to arrive at 10:30 AM to gain admittance to the City Hall plaza.

For more information on how you can support libraries, early literacy programs, children's librarians, and story times, visit

Monday, January 28, 2019

Misty Copeland Shares her Success

Photo: Rebecca Miller/Disney Enterprises  

Misty Copeland continues to electrify the world of classical ballet and provide inspiration to young people of color.  In 2015, she made history when she became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT).  Later she along with Brooklyn Mack became the first Black couple to play the lead roles in a full-length production of "Swan Lake" at the Washington Ballet.

"Beyond my personal goals as a ballerina, I want to celebrate, elevate and give opportunities to talented Black and brown dancers to share the stage with me while I have the power and presence that I do," Copeland told the Los Angeles Times in an email. "And to build a structure which can continue to exist beyond me."

With that goal in mind, Copeland broke another barrier at the American Ballet Theatre when she and Calvin Royal III made their debuts as Pierrette and Pierrot in "Harlequinade" at Segerstrom Hall in California early this month. Taking on the ballet's secondary leads to the main character, this marks the first time in ABT's history that an African American man and woman will dance a lead couple's roles.

Royal, who joined ABT in 2010 and was later promoted to soloist in 2017, said of the feat: "To finally be able to take the stage, two leading dancers in a production with ABT, I see it as such a huge step forward in terms of visibility."

As for Copeland, she plans to continue to spread her good fortune and inspire budding artists through the country.

American Ballet Theatre will present "Harlequinade" at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts -  2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, Washington, D.C., starting Jan. 29- 31 and at Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts - 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023  starting May 13 - 18

Friday, January 25, 2019

One Wellesley Summer

Wellesley Summer Pre-College Discover--2

Discover what's possible in One Wellesley Summer!

If you are a motivated young woman and a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in high school, you are invited to find out what it is like to experience college life.  Enjoy a balance of scholastic and social experiences in a safe, academically challenging, and culturally inclusive environment.  Take thought-provoking undergraduate-level courses from data and mathematics to college writing.  Connect with college staff, explore the Boston area, and form friendships with women from around the world.

Visit Wellesley College

Family Winter Day on January 26, 2019

The Harlem School of the Harlem Arts
645 Saint Nicholas Ave
New York, New York 10030