September 2010 Archives

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Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 9:00 am –11:30 am

Location: Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership (127 West 127th Street • 3rd Floor Conference Room)

Excellence in School Wellness Award

Subcommittee Minutes

September 28, 2010

During the week of September 13th, NYC SAfH met with school and health partners to prepare for the 2010-2011 Excellence in School Wellness Awards.

Subcommittees met to discuss making this year’s Award stronger to further push for standard health and wellness policy change in the Department of Education. Subcommittees met to suggest improvements upon award criteria, the application process, external partnerships, and outreach to key Department of Education staff in promoting this year’s award.

If you are interested in this initiative, please contact Javier Lopez, Director at (646) 672-2403 or

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East Harlem Asthma Walk-In Center at 161-169 E 110th Street

Community Open House on September 28, 2010 from 2pm to 6pm

Join the Free to Breathe Campaign with FREE memberships

Call 1-888-247-8811 for more information

Shared by Dr. Betty Perez-Rivera, EdD, CHES

Club de Ciclismo Dominical de Inwood con Will Teez

September 26, 2010
Every Sunday/ Cada Domingo

(Creator of our favorite neighborhood T-shirts)

Arrive with your bicycle between 11am-12pm.

Meet at 11 a.m. in front of Indian Road Cafe on on West 218th Street andIndian Road. The crew heads out at around 12pm and returns around 2pm


(Creador de nuestras camisetas favoritas del barrio)

Llega con tu bicicleta entre 11am y 12pm.

Nos reuniremos a las 11am en frente del Indian Road Cafe en West 218th Street e Indian Road. El equipo saldra alrededor de las 12pm y regresara a las 2pm.

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Join us on Saturday, September 25th along the banks of the Hudson River in Northern Manhattan's historic Fort Washington Park

NYRP will present its annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival

Held from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

This event will feature a variety of eco-inspired and art-themed programming, ranging from lighthouse cookie decorating to interactive arts and hands-on craft activities to musical instrument making. 

 Special appearance by performers from the Tony-Winning Best Musical BILLY ELLIOT!

NYRP presenta el Festival del Pequeño Farol Rojo

El Sabado 25 de Septiembre en Fort Washington Park

De 11:00am a 4:00pm

Habra decoración de galletas, actividades artisticas, artes manuales y fabricación de instrumentos musicales.

Aparición especial por artistas de la obra ganadora del premio Tony para mejor musical BILLY ELLIOT!

Concert/Concerto: Ekmeles

September 24, 2010

Friday, September 24th, 7:30pm

New Music vocal ensemble Ekmeles presents its first solo show: The Tower of Babel, a concert programmed around settings by Mauricio Kagel of the biblical story about the creation of the world's languages. Musically and textually, the program traces a path from simple and universal comprehensibility through the explosion of text and dissolution of meaning. 

Un concierto programado en torno al escenario creado por Mauricio Kagel sobre la historia bíblica de la creación de los lenguajes del mundo.

Info: FREE. Our Savior’s Atonement 178 Bennett Ave. (@ 189th St.)

From NoMAA enewsletter

 The Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice Breakfast will bring 200-300 community members, faith leaders, advocates, and government representatives gathered to collectively address key food and health disparities threatening the most under-resourced areas of our city.  The gathering will serve as an introduction to the Food, Faith, and Health Disparities Summit for NYC Faith Leaders. They will hear from Dr. Nick Freudenberg) and will receive tips on how they can mobilize their congregations and communities to participate in the Summit.  

Thursday, September 23, 2010 Breakfast @ 8:30am | Program @ 9-11am

The Riverside Church (Assembly Hall)

490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY. 

To RSVP contact Sarah Sayeed at or call 212-870-3519.

Shared by the Strategic Alliance for Health

Historic House Trust Festival

September 23, 2010

September 23rd-25th

The Historic House Trust is hosting “A Moveable Feast,” a three day, city-wide festival from September 23-25! All 23 houses in the Trust will be providing food related events, such as county fairs, flea markets, fishing, and open hearth cooking demonstrations.

Un festival culinario en las 23 casas que pertenecen a The Historic House Trust.


From NoMAA enewsletter

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Free Fitness Walks at Highbridge Park

September 22, 2010
Every Wednesday/Cada miercoles from 9am-11am

"Join JCL Team and Vive tu Vida/Live your Life Member Lina Gonzalez!"

Free Fitness Walks at Highbridge Parks with experienced instructors!

Every Wednesday from 9am-10am

At 2301 Amsterdam Ave. and West 173rd Street


Member Spotlight: Carmen Acosta

Destacando a Nuestros Miembros: Carmen Acosta

September 20, 2010


Carmen Acosta is a Community Organizer at the Healthcare Education Project, which is a joint effort of 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East and the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). Together, the two organizations represent 300,000 nurses and caregivers and over 250 not-for-profit hospitals, nursing homes and home care providers.Carmen has been with the task force since its start. She knows how to mobilize community members into action, especially when it comes to increasing access to healthcare and healthy living resources. She helped organize "Buy Back the Soda" events in the Bronx and Harlem that used the Live your Life message, encouraging kids and families to drink water instead of soda.  Read more by clicking here.

Carmen Acosta es una organizadora comunitaria en el Proyecto de Educación de Salud, que es un esfuerzo conjunto de SEIU 1199 Trabajadores de la Salud Este y la Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). Juntas, las dos organizaciones representan a 300,000 enfermeras y prestadores de cuidado y más de 250 hospitales sin fines de lucro, hogares de ancianos y prestadores de cuidado en el hogar. Carmen ha estado con el Grupo de Trabajo, desde su inicio. Ella sabe cómo movilizar a los miembros de la comunidad en la acción, especialmente cuando se trata de aumentar el acceso al cuidado de la salud y a los recursos para vivir una vida más saludable. Ella ayudó a organizar los eventos llamados “Te Compramos Tu Soda” en el Bronx y Harlem que usó el mensaje Vive tu Vida, animando a los niños y las familias a beber agua en vez de soda. Más

Wednesday, September 20th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

This facilitated artist forum is an opportunity for artists from all disciplines to identify solutions, issues and challenges and share ideas for improving the creative environment in Harlem. Emphasis on collaborations, promotion, visibility and new linkages. Come with your ideas.

Un foro para artistas de todas las disciplinas para identificar soluciones, problemas y desafíos, y compartir ideas para mejorar el entorno creativo en Harlem.

Info: The Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center, 2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (near 148th Street).

RSVP: (include workshop name in the subject line)

Since 1995, Just Food has connected more than 100 NYC neighborhoods with regional farms in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) relationships. Fall is the ideal time to begin planning new CSA groups for the 2011 season. Just Food is reaching out to groups and inpiduals interested in bringing CSA to their community.

Throughout the fall, Just Food will host How to Start a CSA workshops to provide ideas and information on how to start a CSA.  We will answer questions such as what is Just Food's role in CSA development, how to get started with a farmer, how to find a distribution site, how to recruit members, and more! If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about bringing a CSA to their neighborhood please join us.

Shared by: Paula Lukats
CSA in NYC Program Manager

The Kinesis Project dance theatre presents Park Dances the Battery Bosque Gardens for the 4th consecutive year.

Saturday September 18th @ 2pm, 3pm, & 4 pm performances


Bosque Gardens of Battery Park (Southern most tip of Manhattan)

For more information: 212.942.1413

Kinesis Project presenta "Park Dances the Battery Bosque Gardens" por el 4to año consecutivo.

Sábado, 18 de septiembre 2010 @ 2pm, 3pm & 4pm


Bosque Gardens of Battery Park (En la punta sur de Manhattan)

Para más información: 212.942.1413

Saturday, September 18th, 2:00-5:00pm

Hope Community, Inc. Presents POETAS CON CAFÉ hosted by Roger Caban featuring Myrna Nieves and Bobby Gonzalez followed by an Open Mic.

Info: Modesto “Tin” Community Garden E. 104th St. & Lexington Ave. 
212.860.8821 x.162

From NoMAA enewsletter

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Photograph by David McGlynn

Let's give a big cheer for Rafael Gomez Luna and our campaign for being nominated for a Liberty Medal by the NY Post in the leadership for his efforts in mobilizing community around childhood obesity through the work of the Task Force. As mentioned in our last meeting, Rafael is nominated for this award for all the extra efforts he puts into the campaign, but also to accept the award on behalf of all our work as a collective. The article on his nomination and the campaign is in today's NY Post Page 16. Also, you can read it here

Congratulations to Rafael on his nomination!

On October 9th, 2010, Scribble Workshops hosts a benefit art auction at Bread and Yoga (4951 Broadway): the exhibit is tentatively called Scribbles for Scribble. Please consider donating a piece of artwork (or more) for this great cause.  ALL proceeds of the auction will enable neighborhood kids to take the workshop free of charge.  Think about the many factors that led to you being able to become an can make that difference for a child. 

Se solicitan donaciones de arte para una subasta en beneficio de Scribble Workshops. Los fondos recaudados ayudarán a que niños del vecindario puedan participar en los talleres artísticos gratuitamente.


From NoMAA enewsletter

Project Description

The Planning and Parklands pision, together with the Northern Manhattan Parks Administrator, are preparing a long-term conceptual master plan for the parks north of 155th Street in Manhattan.

To give your feedback on park projects, visit

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From THe NYC Strategic Alliance for Health:

Working in partnership with the Transportation Alternatives and Harvest Home Farmer’s Market, NYC SAfH has developed the Harvest Home 104th Street PlayStreet as a means to promote active living by providing free physical activity programming for the children of East Harlem. Community partners will be coming together this Thursday and offering children an array of activities, from yoga to rugby to karate, and more. 


We are also seeking volunteers to support the PlayStreet.

Volunteer shifts run from: 9 am - 12 pm, 12 pm - 3 pm.

Dates: Thursdays, July 15 - Sept 2 (7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26, 9/2)


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We're excited to announce that El Presidente Restaurant on 165th Street and Broadway has joined the campaign and added to its menu a "Vive tu Vida" special for $5.99 as part of "adding green to la bandera. So you can now order a plate of rice, beans, chicken and a half a plate of veggies/salad for that amount. The traditional bandera for a similar price ($5.49) at El Presidente is a plate of rice, beans and meat. So we have added green to la bandera! Each table and counter-top has a sign advertising the special. The special is available (they tell us) 24 hours.

Thanks to Rafael Gomez Luna and Sharon Akabas for initiating the relationship with us and Alejandra and Cinthia for sealing the details of the partnership.

This is is exciting news, and fits with First Lady Michelle Obama's call for restaurants to offer healthier options. Read her remarks here.

Free Yoga at Inwood Hill Park

September 14, 2010
Every Tuesday during the summer

FREE Yoga at Inwood Hill Park/ Yoga gratis en el Parque Inwood Hill

Every Tuesday from 6:45 to 8:15pm

Cada martes a las 6:45p.m- 8:15p.m.

At Indian Road Lawn/En el cesped cerca del Indian Road Cafe.

For more info visit/Para mas informacion: or call 646 645-4112.



Lectura en el Parque / Literacy in the Park

September 14, 2010
Mar y Mié / Tue & Wed 3 pm

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REGISTRATION BEGINS September 20, 2010

Classes are held three times a year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and are for beginner and intermediate levels only.

Space is limited.

Classes are open to adults (age 16 or over).

MATRICULACIÓN empieza el 20 de septiembre de 2010

Las clases son tres veces al año (otoño, invierno y primavera) y son para niveles principiantes e intermedios solamente.

El espacio es limitado.

Las clases están abiertas a los adultos (16 años o más).

For more information/ Para más información:

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The Kinesis Project dance theatre presents Park Dances celebrating its 75th year!

Sunday September 12, 2010 @ 2pm, 3pm, & 4 pm performances


Fort Tryon Park @ 190th Street

For more information: 212.942.1413

Kinesis Project presenta Bailes del Parque celebrando 75 años!

Domingo, 12 de septiembre 2010 @ 2pm, 3pm & 4pm


En el Parque Fort Tryan @ 190th Street

Más información: 212.942.1413

The story of that brave lighthouse and the great gray bridge lives on, and you can explore this landmark and even climb to the top for a scenic view!

Where/Donde: Plaza Lafayette (in Greenstreet-Plaza Lafayette) - W 181st Street and Plaza Lafayette.

When/Cuando: Saturday, September 11 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For all ages – Para todas las edades


From The Manhattan Times and MacaroniKid

¡Hable Ingles en 10 semanas!

September 10, 2010

En Colaboración con NYC We Are New York Practice English

Comenzando 15 de septiembre 2010, y todos los miércoles aprenda y practique Ingles. Asociación de Mujeres Progresistas ofrecerá el programa de conversación libre en su comunidad. “Somos New York” y podemos ayudarle aprender Ingles. Usted también puede aprender acerca de servicios útiles de NYC. Los grupos de conversación se reúnen dos horas cada semana durante diez semanas.

Se llevara acabo en 390 Ft. Washington Ave (177-178 St)  todos los miércoles de 6:30pm-8:30pm

 Inscríbase hoy!

 Asociación de Mujeres Progresistas

P.O. Box 709 New York, NY 10033

Tel: (917) 593-0042

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Researchers from the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College and City Harvest have released a new resource on school food in New York City: Recipes for Health: Improving School Food in New York City

Please check out the full report online at:

Shared by the Strategic Alliance for Health

September 5 – September 30, 2010 Opening Reception: Thursday, September 9th 5:30 to 9:00pm

Art for Change, is pleased to present “Gateway: An Artistic Response to the Immigration Crisis”, a group exhibition showcasing artworks by international and national artists Patricia Cazorla, Esperanza Cortes, Aissa H. Deebi, Roberto De Jesus, Laura F. Gibellini, Marissa A. Gutiérrez- Vicario, Alejandro Endoke Makuendo Guzman, Gabriel Pacheco, Tara Parsons, Michael Pribich, Elisa Pritzker, Gabriel Reese, Christina Stahr, The Border Project and Nancy Saleme, with a special installation by Michael Sherman

Evolving from Art for Change’s 3rd Annual Hacia Afuera Public Arts Festival held on August 28-29, this exhibit will be on display through the end of September at the Harlem Gateway II Building on Lexington Avenue and 126th Street.

Through drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations, artists explore historical and contemporary narratives within immigration, including: acculturation; gentrification; economic inequality; discrimination and racism; the “culture of exile” and plight of refugees; immigration policies, regulations and reform; and the controversial roles played by politicians, activist groups, and privatized media. 

Please contact Eliana Godoy for more information at: 646-240-5986 

Shared by Leah Graniela NYC Strategic Alliance for Health

Harlem Harvest Festival, Famous Friday Garden Party

September 10, 2010
5:30pm – 8pm

The community partners of the Harlem Harvest Festival and Fresh Food Summit invite you to:

The Famous Friday Garden Party

Friday, September 10, from 5:30pm – 8pm

Garden of Love Community Garden: 302 West 116th Street at Fredrick Douglass Blvd. (8th Avenue)

Be a part of this event to learn how the Garden of love got started, how it fits in with Harlem’s food culture and how you can support it. 

For more information, please contact Kamali M. Williams, HARLEM4 Center for CHANGE: 917-288-0731  

Shared by Leah Graniela
NYC Strategic Alliance for Health

Renegade Lunch Lady' and Whole Foods Market® invite schools to apply for grants to fund salad bars at 

Whole Foods Market shoppers help fund initiative for healthier school lunches

BOULDER, Colo. and AUSTIN, Texas. (Sept. 1, 2010) - With an ambitious vision to place a healthy salad bar in every public school in America, Chef Ann Cooper's Food, Family, Farming  Foundation (F3) and America's leading natural and organic foods supermarket, Whole Foods Market®, announced today that the Great American Salad Bar Project's grant application is now open for schools to apply for a free salad bar kit(Note: Chef Ann cooper is on the Advisory Board of New York Coalition for Healthy School Food). The window to apply for the grant at www.saladbarproject.orgis Sept. 1 through Nov. 1, 2010. Applicants must participate in the National School Lunch Program and demonstrate a commitment to sustaining a healthy cafeteria salad bar.  This project is an initiative of which provides tangible solutions for making healthier, fresh and made-from-scratch food available to schoolchildren across the country.

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Nature a Night Walk

September 9, 2010

Explore Inwood's heart of darkness and discover the sights, sounds, and creatures of the park at night.  This is the second of two Nature at Night Walks with Mike Feller, Chief Naturalist for NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, as your guide.

Where/Donde: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan

When/Cuando: Thursday, September 9 from 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

For all ages – Para todas las edades

Meet in front of the Inwood Hill Park Nature Center. Enter the park at 218th Street and Indian Road. Walk west toward the river. The Nature Center is on the northern shore of the salt marsh.


From the Manhattan Times and MacaroniKid

Vive tu Vive/Live your Life task force member Vanny Lantigua presented her delicious catering services on the TV Show Con Minerva and why she's a proud Vive tu Vida member and CHALK supporter. Watch the video in Español. Vanny can be reached at (347) 777-3206. 


Add some green to my bandera!

September 9, 2010

Here's a secret: In September we're promoting eating plenty of vegetables and some fruit every day. If you visit our tent at the Fort Washington 168th Street Greenmarket and say "Add some green to my bandera!" we'll give you $2 in Green Bucks, while supplies last!

En septiembre promovemos comer suficientes vegetales y algo de fruta todos los días. Si visita nuestra carpa en el Green Market de Fort Washington 168th Street y dicen "Agregue verde a mi bandera!", les daremos $2 en Green Bucks.

People's Theatre Project invites you to be a part of

ACTION THEATRE an uptown performance group starring the people of New York City

-Are you interested in the issues around immigration and ending discrimination?
-Do you want to perform for the community?
-Can you commit to 10 evening rehearsals?

--Then come be part of the Action!--

Action Theatre is an ensemble of English and Spanish speaking community members ages 16 and up, working together to create an original play about immigration and discrimination issues.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood

Registration Deadline is September 10th. Space is limited. All English and Spanish speakers ages 16 and up are encouraged to participate.

Please Register at
or call our offices at: 646-398-9062

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CHALK awards an additional $9,000 in community based grants to three Washington Heights/Inwood groups. Part of what we do is strengthen existing community resources by providing small financial grants to interested community organizations, artists and businesses. We are happy to announce that DanceXercise (The Asociación de Mujeres Progresistas, Inc. ), Mami & Me (La Pregunta Cafe) and Girls in Action (All Purpose Room, Inc.) all received minigrants to help engage kids and families "live their life" through their wonderful after-school and Saturday family programs. 2010-2011 grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in October. We'd love to see more businesses apply. Download an application here. If you need help, call Stephanie at 212 305 2771; she'll guide you through the simple process and give you tips on how to strengthen your application. 

Uptown Collective Wellness Writer and WaHI Mom Eileen Z. Fuentes offers some parent-friendly tips to get families on a healthy track for the school year, recognizing the childhood obesity epidemic we face nationally, and in Washington Heights/Inwood (hey, we're on their resource list too!).

A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Scavengers

Presented by Curious Frog's fourth annual Shakespeare in the Parks program

Where/Donde: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan

When/Cuando: Sunday, September 5 at 4:00 PM

For all ages - Para todas las edades


From The Manhattan Times and MacaroniKid

"One of the greatest responsibilities we have as a Nation is to safeguard the health and well-being of our children.  We now face a national childhood obesity crisis, with nearly one in every three of America's children being overweight or obese.  There are concrete steps we can take right away as concerned parents, caregivers, educators, loved ones, and a Nation to ensure that our children are able to live full and active lives.  During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, I urge all Americans to take action to meet our national goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation." Read more.

Shape Up NYC - Zumba!

September 3, 2010

A simple dance workout, that started in Brazil, that infuses Latin, popular music and aerobics together.

Un entrenamiento de baile sencillo, que inició en Brasil, que infunde música Latina y aeróbics

Free! - Gratis!

Friday September 3rd 2010/ Viernes 3 de septiembre
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Harlem Hospital
506 Lenox Ave at 135th St
Contact: (212) 360-3300

Shared by Latin Trends Magazine.

Registration for our next seminar "Principios de Contaduria" (Accounting Principles) that will be held in Spanish will be closing soon.

This seminar will be held on Thursday, September 2nd from 05:30 to 07:30 pm at NYC Business Solutions-Washington Heights Center (4th Floor). 

Yahaira Núñez
Account Manager
NYC Business Solutions
Washington Heights Center
76 Wadsworth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10033
T: 212-453-5366

We don't really use the word obesity in the campaign that much (we talk about healthy lifestyles), but since it is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month we'll remind you... Some surveys done in the neighborhood have found that close to 50% of Washington Heights/Inwood children can be classified as overweight or obese. Good thing Washington Heights/Inwood has dedicated community members and institutions working together on this issue!

Here is the national awareness website, it looks brand new.

The 2010 Edition of the Washington Heights & Inwood Youth Council Membership Application if for the youth in Northern Manhattan, New York.

The incoming youth for the 2010-2011 calendar year will embark on an exciting journey of community assessment, organizing and empowerment.

Hope you'll join the Washington Heights & Inwood Youth Council. Tomorrow's Leadership Starts Today!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact or 212-942-0043 Ext.118

Visit us online

Shared by George Espinal - Program Director Washington Heights & Inwood Youth Council

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From Governor David A Paterson.

My Fellow New Yorkers,

I am writing to you today to let you know about a new temporary statewide insurance option for uninsured legal residents who have medical conditions.  This new plan, called the NY Bridge Plan, is New York’s version of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan that was created under federal health care reform.  The NY Bridge Plan is a valuable product of health care reform in that it provides health insurance coverage at a lower price than other options currently available in the inpidual market.  Through the NY Bridge Plan, premiums will be $362/month for residents of upstate counties and $421/month for residents of downstate counties. A list of upstate and downstate counties is available in the NY Bridge Plan brochure.