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Thursday, May 12, 2011 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW

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Track & Field games at Van Cortlandt Park

Kids ages 9 to 14 can compete in the Hershey Track & Field Games Local Meet, which will be held on Saturday, May 14 in Van Cortlandt Park. Registration at 9 a.m. The meet begins at 10 a.m., on Broadway and West 242nd Street. The participants with the top three times in each event will advance to the State Final, to be held at Red Hook Park, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, June 7 (rain date June 8). Children can compete in the following events: • Boys & Girls (ages 9-10): 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, softball throw and standing long jump. • Boys & Girls (ages 11-12): 11m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x100m, Standing long jump and softball throw. • Boys & Girls (ages 13-14): 100m, 200m, 800m, 1600m, 4x100m, standing long jump and softball throw. For more information, call 212-3601311.

Walking tour along the Old Bronx River Parkway

Bronx River Ramble along the Old Bronx River Parkway will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. (rain date Sunday, May 15). Meet at #2 Train Gun Hill Road Station promptly at 10 a.m. This walking tour will lead you along the Bronx River through Shoelace Park

and following the old Bronx River Parkway from Gun Hill Road to E. 233rd St. at Muskrat Cove (~1.5 miles). As you walk through Wakefield, Williamsbridge and Woodlawn, you will note the collection of 1920s and 1930s apartment buildings along Bronx Boulevard. Tour leaders, Mike Gupta and Hank Stroobants, are volunteers with the Bronx River Alliance and the Wakefield, Williamsbridge & Woodlawn History Project and members of the East Bronx History Forum. Join in for some walking, some talking, some facts, some stories, some amazing old photos, and some handouts. Free and no reservation required. For more information, call 718-430-4665 or visit www.bronxriver.org.

Sephardic Jewish History to be discussed at Hebrew Home

In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month and Bronx Week, the Derfner Judaica Museum at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is sponsoring an illustrated lecture by Shelomo Alfassá, which will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the Museum. Mr. Alfassá will give an overview of the history of Sephardic Jews - from Spain and Portugal to New York City. Alfassá is a writer, author, editor, curator and historian, whose focus has been on Iberian and Ottoman Jewish history, culture and Jewish law. He comes from a family of Ladino-speaking Spanish Jews

from the Ottoman island of Rhodes and Ottoman Edirne, Turkey. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to eoleary@hebrewhome. org or call 718-581-1596. The lecture is being held in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Micaela Amato: Exile Traces,’ on view at the Derfner Judaica Museum through May 22 and Jewish American Heritage Month held annually in May.

Bronx Week 2011 kick off weekend events

To kick off Bronx Week 2011, the following activities have been scheduled: • Bronx Urban Farms Tour: The Bronx is an award-winning leader in the national phenomenon of urban farms. Hop aboard the trolley for this narrated group tour of some of the borough’s most amazing working farms, where community farmers tend to their plots of land, micro entrepreneurs harvest honey, and chickens roam freely and enjoy lunch with locally-grown produce. We’ll visit ‘casitas,’ small country homes reminiscent of the Puerto Rican countryside which have been featured at the Smithsonian, and where we’ll be treated to a jam session by local musicians who gather there. To join this tour, come to the NYC Visitors Information Bureau, 810 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan, on Saturday, May 14. Departure from Manhattan is 10 a.m., returning at 3 p.m. Admission: $40. RSVP: 718-590-3518. • Fair @ The Square: The Bronx Business Alliance and Bronx Council on the Arts present the 3rd annual multicultural celebration at Westchester Square, featuring an all-day concert, kids’ rides and carnival games, giveaways, vendors, food, and an Art Walk & Artisan Craft Exhibit. This will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 12 to 6 p.m. at Westchester Square (between Westchester Avenue and St. Raymond Avenue). • South Riverdale Avenue Spring Festival of the Arts: Art’s the thing at this spring celebration of various art forms blooming in Riverdale, including ‘A Summer Splash’ from the Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery, ‘Lyrical Abstraction: Works from the Permanent Collection by Natvar Bhavsar and Robert Natkin’ from the Derfner Judaica Museum and Art Collection, and children’s art from P.S. 24. Kids’ activities include a scavenger hunt, story time with

Alison Bartlett O’Reilly of Sesame Street, author events with Maryrose Wood and Daniel Goldfield, whose photography book of the world’s children was shot in NYC, Free Bronx trolley pickups at Kingsbridge and Marble Hill. This will be held on Sunday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on South Riverdale Avenue (West 235th-238th Streets). Admission: Free. • Bronx Veterans Appreciation Day: Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and his Bronx Veterans Advisory council pay tribute to men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Admission: By invitation; call 718-5903914 for information. Bronx Hip-Hop Block Party: Celebrate the Boogie Down Bronx at this family-friendly event featuring interactive activities to inspire creativity in youth through the power of music. This special event honors hip hop culture, including art, dance, rap, dj mixing and fashion in the place where it all began. There will be face painting, dancing and kid-oriented entertainment, and music by DJ K Swift. This will be held on Sunday, May 15, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse. Admission: Free.

Einstein orchestra to perform in concert

The Albert Einstein Symphony Orchestra, under conductor/music director Stephen Moshman, will present an AllBeethoven Program. The program will consist of Beethoven’s Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 42; Paino Concerto no. 3 in C minor, Op. 37; and Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93. The performance will be held on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at Robbins Auditorium, Forchheimer Building, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Avenue. Contributions suggested. It will be an All-Beethoven Program. Featured soloist is pianist Ronald Wharton.

Vintage Artists Gallery holds opening reception

The opening reception of the 32nd Annual Vintage Artists Gallery Art Show will take place on Sunday, May 15, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Riverdale Senior Center, located in the Century Building, 2600 Netherland Avenue. Artists from all over the Bronx, all over the age of 60, will display their artwork in the categories oil/acrylic, watercolor, photography, graphics and sculpture. The reception is open to the public. A light lunch and refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be available for viewing until mid-June, Monday-Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Sandy Brass at 718-884-5900.

Student Sponsorship Breakfast at Riv. Temple

Riverdale Temple is inviting the public to join in honoring Rabbi Judith S. Lewis and presenting the Rita & Charles L. Tenenbaum Hebrew Chair Award to Rabbinic Intern, Steven Altarescu. Partake in singing, music, and the joy of community on Sunday, May 22, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A complimentary breakfast will be provided! Please respond by May 15th, 2011. Call 718.548.3800 or email rivtemple@aol.com. Contributions may also be made online at: www.riverdaletemple.org (write ‘Student Sponsorship’ and the number of people attending, in the notes section)

Riverdale Review, May 12, 2011  

Weekly newspaper published in Riverdale, NY 10471