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Events in the Neighborhood this Week

Hudson Heights
Fort George, Inwood
and Lower WaHi

Monday




     Get outside and get active with Bread and Yoga, the Inwood studio that’s offering a series of free classes this summer.
     One of them is West African drumming and dancing, focusing on the rhythms of Guinea and Mali.
     Free. Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 through August 18 on the Indian Road Lawn in Inwood Hill Park.




Tuesday



     Come enjoy the summer in Roger Morris Park with a series of drop-in garden family workshops at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
     Each session will include storytelling, an art project and hands-on garden work in our beautiful Sunken Garden or vegetable garden. The program is appropriate for children ages 5-12 with an adult learning partner.
     Free with museum admission. Tuesdays through August from 11 to 2 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi.




Wednesday



     Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece, Rhinoceros, closes out the Inwood Shakespeare Festival this year. Bring a blanket and some wine and toast the end of the 14th season of Moose Hall’s outdoor performance series.
     Free. Wednesday through Saturday nights at 7:30 on the peninsula in Inwood Hill Park.





Thursday




     Join the Sherman Creek Garden Crew for an evening of weeding and garden maintenance around the park. Learn about the various projects the garden crew works and how these efforts support New York Restoration Project’s approach to sustainable horticulture.
     Free; tools provided. Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6:30 at Sherman Creek. Through October 30.





Friday



     Get your Wii on with your friends. The 5-to-12 set will meet neighborhood enthusiasts at this session to exercise minds and bodies. 
     Registration required at (212) 927-3533.

     Free. Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 at the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library on 179th Street between Audubon and St. Nicholas Avenues in Fort George.






Saturday



     The Inwood greenmarket is a year-round neighborhood favorite.
    People of all ages, backgrounds, and tastes gather each Saturday to meet and greet their friends and neighbors and do their weekly shopping. Even on the coldest, darkest winter Saturdays, loyal Inwood shoppers come out because they know they can’t get products like this anywhere else.
     A core group of 15 farmers attend every week of the year, and during the peak of the season, five more join to round out the offerings with the summer's bounty.
     Saturdays from 8 to 3 on Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street.






      It’s a firefly pajama party when Julia Attaway, educator and local mom, leads you and your child on a trip to see if you can catch the last fireflies of the season.
     During this hands-on program kids will have a chance to learn about fireflies in a light-hearted and playful atmosphere. Feel free to get ready for bed before you come out and chase fireflies in your pajamas.
     Bring a jar or container and you can use your fireflies as night lights. (Just remember to let them out before bedtime.) They have important work to do finding a mate and lighting the summer evenings.
     Designed for children ages 4 through 8. Children must be accompanied by adults.
     Free. Saturday night from 7:30 to 8:15; meet at the Jacbon Javits Playground at the northern end of Fort Washington Avenue.



Sunday


     Want to learn to kayak? The Inwood Canoe Club is ready to help.
     The club's weekly open house lets beginners get in the water and paddle along the Hudson. They supply a life vest, kayak and paddle. You supply clothes you don't mind getting wet.
     You must be able to swim; 18 and under must have parent present; you will be required to sign a waiver. No pets, please. Information at (212) 810-9597.
     $4 or summer pass for $15. Sunday mornings through August 31, from 10 to noon at the boathouse where Dyckman Street meets the Hudson River.








      Join the Fort Tryon Park Trust, NYC Parks and the Michels family in celebrating the late Council Member Stan Michels at the sixth annual memorial jazz concert.
     The jazz is hot and the setting is cool, underneath the majestic elms on the Stan Michels Promenade alongside the beautiful Heather Garden.
     Stan Michels represented northern Manhattan in the City Council for 24 years from 1978 through 2001. He was chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, and his legislative record was notable for his work to expand the city’s recycling program, protect our water supply, and against childhood lead poisoning. He also was a steadfast advocate for parks, allocating over $50 million for park improvements in Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem, including virtually every playground in his district.
     The promenade where this concert is being held was named in his honor shortly before he passed away on August 1, 2008.
     Free. Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3:30 on the Michels Promenade in Fort Washington Park.





     Have a drama queen living with you? She will want to see The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre’s summer showcase. It features the neighborhood kids who spent the last five weeks in a program of acting, singing, monologue study, dance, stage combat and more.
     $12; children and seniors $10. Sunday afternoon at 4 at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.





Continuing in the Neighborhood



     Become part of history at a drop-in colonial craft family workshop.
     Each week there will be a different project to create, such as: paper making, tricorne hats, tea making and candle making. For the schedule call (212) 923-8008. The program is appropriate for children ages 5-12 with an adult learning partner.
     Free with museum admission. Wednesday afternoons through August from 1 to 3 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi.






     Учимся, играем и заводим новых друзей. Классы для русско-говорящих детей от 2.5 до 4 лет.
     Brush up on your Russian in a weekly enrichment class.
     Free. Thursday afternoons at 12:30 in the community room of the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library on 179th Street between Audubon and St. Nicholas Avenues in Fort George.







Visions of Spain, Joaquin Sorolla, at the Hispanic Society of America


     In 1911, Joaquin Sorolla was commissioned by Archer Milton Huntington (1870—1955), founder of The Hispanic Society of America, to paint the mural Vision of Spain, which was completed in 1919 and installed at the Society in 1926.
     Unprecedented in both scope and scale, the massive painting cycle represents eleven regions of the country and focuses on rural life and its customs, emphasizing traditional dress. Sorolla dedicated eight incredibly productive years to this ethnographic study. The resulting work has become an important map of diverse regional identity, representing Spain in all its glory.
     Free. Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4:30, and Sunday from 1 to 4 in the Bancaja Gallery of the Society, on Audubon Terrace, between 155th and 156th Streets off Broadway in Audubon Park.






      Clean out your closets and recycle at the same time.
     Bring clean and dry textiles like clothing, paired shoes, towels, sheets, scarves, hats, bags and belts for reuse or recycling. Sponsored by Grow NYC.
     Free. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Inwood Greenmarket (in Inwood Hill Park) on Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street, in Inwood.










     Find your inner peace with Bread and Yoga, the Inwood studio that’s offering a series of free classes this summer.
     One of them is outdoor yoga, in sessions appropriate for all ages and abilities.
     Free. Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 through August 19 on the Indian Road Lawn in Inwood Hill Park.







     The power of art to make an emotional connection is on display every Sunday afternoon in Apartment 3F—that’s Marjorie Eliot’s place, where she invites veteran musicians to play along.
     Famous and up-and-coming artists perform at Eliot’s weekly sessions and her free concerts are legendary among jazz aficionados.
      Free. Sunday afternoons at 4 at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, Apt. 3F, in Lower WaHi.





     One of the few independent book stores in Upper Manhattan hosts a weekly event open to all. The American Folk Heritage Circle features storytellers from a wide array of backgrounds and traditions.
     Free. Tuesday nights at 7 in Sister’s Uptown Bookstore, at 1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street) in Lower WaHi.







     Every Saturday (weather permitting), Northern Manhattan Parks Inwood Astronomy Project offers free star and planet gazing in Inwood Hill Park. These free, family-friendly events aim to spread the joys of the evening sky, and help you to learn more about the nature of our Solar System and current happenings in Astronomy.
     Saturday nights from 8 to 10 on the ball fields near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street. A map is here.







     Take a tour of the Park for All Seasons. This walking tour of the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park reveals which plants are in bloom in each of the seasons, even in the dead of winter. Learn about the gardens’ history, future and secrets from a member of Fort Tryon’s expert horticulture staff.
     These tours are wheelchair accessible but persons with mobility issues may find them challenging because of the park’s many steep paths.
     Free. Sunday afternoon from 1 to 2. Meet at the Heather Garden entrance to Fort Tryon Park at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.








     An orchestra for young people aged 7 to 23 seeks new members. The WHIN Youth Orchestra collaborates with the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of the Arts to produce an innovative learning environment.
     Classes are taught in three 12-week sessions.
     $5 per week. Saturday afternoons from 3 to 6 in the United Palace Theatre on Broadway at 176th Street in Lower WaHi.






     Catch up on Upper Manhattan happenings with the Washington Heights & Inwood Radio Show. Your hosts are Carolina Picardo and Claudio Cabrera.
     You don’t even need a radio to listen—it's a webcast that you can also download as a podcast.
     Every other Friday.



     Residents seeking help in preparing for the naturalization exam have a new resource. Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights is offering free Citizenship Classes three times a week.
     Those interested in participating must bring lawful permanent resident card and social security card to register.
     For more information, please call (212) 781-0355 or send an e-mail to info@NMCIR.org.
     Thursday nights from 6 to 8, and twice on Saturdays: in the morning from 10 to noon and in the afternoon from 1 to 3, at the coalition’s offices at 665 West 182nd Street (between Broadway and Wadsworth Avenue) in Fort George.





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Planning Ahead


     Join Sidney Horenstein, geologist and Educator Emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, as he leads his geology, history, and natural history walk through Fort Tryon Park.
     Stroll through the park with Sid and discover its historical features, still visible today, as well as its outstanding rock exposures and trees.

     Free. Wednesday evening, August 6, from 6 to 8; meet at the entrance to the park at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.







     Join the Sherman Creek Garden Crew for an evening of weeding and garden maintenance around the park. Learn about the various projects the garden crew works and how these efforts support New York Restoration Project’s approach to sustainable horticulture.
     Free; tools provided. Thursday afternoon, August 7, from 4 to 6:30 at Sherman Creek.





     The Jeffrey’s Hook lighthouse, built in 1880 and moved to its current location in 1921, has become widely known from the children’s literary landmark The Little Red Lighthouse.
     The Urban Park Rangers open the lighthouse several times a year for those who want to climb to the top for a special view of the Hudson. This time, the Rangers are hosting a candlelight visit.
     Registration required: sign up starting July 30 here.
     Free. Saturday night, August 9, at 8 in Fort Washington Park; enter from Lafayette Plaza in Hudson Heights.




     Take an insider’s tour of Fort Tryon Park’s creatures and habitat with expert naturalist Mike Feller. Find out why the park is so beloved by skunks, groundhogs and an abundance of birds, especially at night.
     Free. Wednesday night, August 13, from 8 to 9:30; meet at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.



      Wear long pants and sturdy shoes and join the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust at our monthly beautification days.
      Depending on the weather and the needs at the time, activities will include some or all of the following: painting, planting preparations, planting, weeding, and more.
     Free; tools provided. Sunday, August 17, from 10 to 2; check in at the table at the park entrance on Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights. Also on September 14.



      Take a hands-on look at what, exactly, is under a log. The answer is more alive than you probably think.
     Educator and mom Julia Attaway is back again with her popular series, Nature Discovery for Kids. During this hands-on program, kids will learn about the critters and plants of their park in a light-hearted and playful atmosphere.
     Accessible to people with disabilities. Designed for children ages 4 through 8 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
     Free. Sunday, August 24, from 1:30 to 2:15 at the Margaret Corbin Circle entrance to Fort Tryon Park in Hudson Heights.
     Also from 3 to 3:45 at the Anne Loftus Playground on the Inwood edge of Fort Washington Park.



     Learn about the complex relationship among trees, animals and humans with Leslie Day, author of Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City and Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City.
     It’s your chance to learn about the rich diversity of plants on the streets we walk every day.
     Free. Saturday morning, August 30, from 9 to 10:30. Meet at the entrance to Fort Tryon Park at Margaret Corbin Circle.





    
     Few experiences compare with being on the open water. Even though we’re island dwellers, we don’t get the chance often enough to feel the rhythm of the waves and the exhilaration of slicing through the water.
     The Urban Park Rangers will provide advanced training in this session for experienced canoers. Participants chosen by lottery. Sign up staring August 20 here.
     Free. Saturday, August 30, at 10 in Inwood Hill Park; location will be sent to the lottery winners.








     When people think of the habitues of Manhattan night life, they probably arent’t thinking of the four-legged ones.
     Come see them for yourself with the Urban Park Rangers on this nocturnal excursion. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.
     Free. Sunday night, August 31, at 8 in Inwood Hill Park; meet at the park entrance at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue.







     Help process food scraps collected from the neighboring Inwood Greenmarket and learn about how the Sherman Creek Compost Site keeps nutrient–rich compostable materials from ending up in landfills.
     You can even sift finished compost so that it can be used to amend poor soils and help new plantings around New York Restoration Project’s parks and gardens.
     Free; tools provided. Saturday afternoon, September 13, from 1 to 3:30 at Sherman Creek.






     You’ve heard how plants were used for survival long ago. The Urban Park Rangers will show you which plants helped Native Americans flourish and which were key to the lives of early settlers.
     Join them on an ethnobotany hike. This is a light excursion for most anyone. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a light snack.
     Free. Saturday morning, September 14, at 11 in Inwood Hill Park; meet at park entrance at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street.







     The New Zealand singer Lorde comes to Manhattan for two performances.
     $59 and up. Monday and Tuesday nights, September 15 and 16, at 7 at the United Palace Theatre on Broadway at 175th Street in Lower WaHi.




     A staged musical of Wind in the Willows is a wonderful way to introduce your children to acting.
     Pied Piper Children’s Theatre holds auditions for the classic children’s book by Kenneth Grahame. This version is for kids ages 5 through 11.
     Rehearsals start October 20, with performances on the second and third weekends of December.
     Tuesday evenings, September 16 and 23, at 5 at the theater in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.






     The British singer & songwriter Sam Smith brings his soulful performance to WaHi.
     $90 and up. Thursday night, September 18, at 8 at the United Palace Theater on Broadway and 175th Street in Lower WaHi.





 

The Morris-Jumel Mansion, left, and the Hamilton Grange.

     The storied Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill plateau overlooking upper Harlem developed around the historic 18th- and 19th-century country estates of such notable figures as Alexander Hamilton and Madame Eliza Jumel, whose houses in Harlem and Washington Heights still bookend the district.
     On this walking tour you can learn about Black Harlem’s fashionable and cafe society as you walk through the northern section of the Sugar Hill Historic District and Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi. For more information, click here.
     $25. Saturday morning, September 20, at 10. Also on October 5 and 19 at 10.






     One of the most strenuous sporting activities in Upper Manhattan takes place right under our noses.
     The Little Red Lighthouse Swim puts athletes in the Hudson at 79th Street and has them swim upriver to La Marina, in Inwood. Along the way they pass Jeffery’s Hook and our favorite lighthouse. The race is the largest 10k event in the country.
     $135 to enter (by September 18); free to cheer. Saturday afternoon, September 20, at 3:45 with the swimmers passing Fort Washington Park as soon at 5. Next year on Sept. 19.




Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa (1871-1959)
Muchachas de Burriana (Girls of Burriana)
1910-11, Oil on canvas, 146.6 x 208 cm.

     Cuéntame un cuadro is a new educational program offered in Spanish at the Hispanic Society of America for families and children from 5 to 14 years old. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different works of art from the museum’s renowned collections. 
      To kick off the series, the Spanish painter Hugo Fontela will talk about Girls of Burriana (Muchachas de Burriana) by Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa.
     En Espanol. For information or to reserve a spot, contact  Education@hispanicsociety.org or (212) 926-2234 ext. 209.
     Free. Saturday morning, September 27, at 11 at the society’s museum on Audubon Terrace, off Broadway at 155th Street in Audubon Park. Continuing on the last Saturday of each month.



     Can you believe it’s been thirty years since the RING garden got its start?
     Come celebrate three decades of community plantings, get-togethers and the fish pond.
     Saturday, September 27. Details to follow.






     Ladies, lords, knights and falconers welcome you to the Medieval Festival, the largest party in all of Upper Manhattan.
     This year is the 30th annual festival, and as always will be replete with food, drink, jousting and merriment.
     Free. Sunday, September 28, from 11 to 6 in Fort Tryon Park.






     Join the New York Restoration Project as it continues its ongoing reforestation of Highbridge Park. As part of our effort to reestablish a native forest in Highbridge Park we will be planting native trees, shrubs and perennials and removing non-native invasive plants.
     Free. Sunday afternoon, October 5, from 1 to 3:30; meet in Sherman Creek Park.






     Introduce your children to Shakespeare through children.
     Pied Piper Children’s Theatre presents Rome0 & Juliet, in an adaption by Kincaid Burby. The cast is neighborhood kids ages 12 through 18.
     Saturdays and Sundays, October 18, 19, 25 and 26, at the theater in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced later.







     The Los Angeles indie band Foster the People plays two nights in Manhattan.
     $76 and up. Friday and Saturday nights, October 24 and 25, at 8 at the United Palace Theater on Broadway at 175th Street in Lower WaHi.









     Dress as your favorite historical figure--maybe a queen?--for the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s Masquerade Ball.
     It’s a special celebration to mark the beginning of the mansion’s 250th year. Elizabeth II and Philip visited in 1976, but you can dress as anyone you like.
     Late October; details to be announced later.




     Mark All Soul’s day with an evening of chamber music, scenes, dances, and costumes.
     The masquerade will include a mask competition and will feature a short lecture by the Rev. Rebecca A. Barnes on the history of All Hallows’ Eve with its
Christian, Celtic, Pagan, and Gaelic traditions.
     Saturday, November 1, at a time to be announced later.




     It’s Paris in WaHi when the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre presents Singin’ in the Rain.
     This version will be staged by children ages 12 to 18, and auditions are open to all children in that range. Rehearsals start on January 5 with four performances in mid-March: 14, 15, 21 and 22.
     Tuesday evenings, November 11 and 18, at 5 at the theater in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.






     Test your talent in front of a live audience of New Yorkers at the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre’s Open Mic Night.
     Welcoming improvs, singers, actors, poets, story tellers, stand-up comics, jugglers, magicians, dancers, instrumentalists and more.
     Saturday, November 15, at the theater in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain time to be announced later. Also on April 25 and June 20.






     A staged musical of Wind in the Willows is a wonderful way to introduce your children to acting.
     Pied Piper Children’s Theatre holds auditions for the classic children’s book by Kenneth Grahame. This version is for kids ages 5 through 11.
     Rehearsals start October 20, with performances on the second and third weekends of December.
     Fridays and Saturdays, December 13, 14, 20 and 21, at the theater in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced later.


     Dance night is back by popular demand.
     A fun family event in which people of all ages are led in short group dance routines in different styles, from square dance, to salsa dance, and hip-hop. Hosted by Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.
     Saturday, February 7, at a time to be announced later.



     Raggedy Ann and Andy come to life in the play by Patricia Thackray, based on the Bobs-Merrill books. The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre is looking for kids age 5 to 11 to form the cast.
     Auditions: Tuesday evenings, February 20 and 27, at 5.
     Rehearsals begin: March 16, with performances May 9, 10, 16, and 17.





     A theatrical exploration of multicultural scenes, songs, and dances make up the Multicultural Musical Revue, produced by Pied Piper Children’s Theatre. For kids age 5 to 11.
     Auditions: Monday evening, June 1, and Thursday evening, June 4, at 5
     Rehearsals begin June 15, with performances on July 9, through 12.




     Have a drama queen living with you? Enroll her in An intensive, five-week program for children (ages 12 to 18) who have a special interest in theater arts.
     Participants take classes in acting, singing, scene & monologue study, musical theater interpretation, dance, and stage combat.
     Applications available December 15.
     Monday, June 29, through Sunday, August 2, at the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre in Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.
     Students in the class will put on the Summer Showcase on Sunday, August 2.





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