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“Mean Monster Principal at PS 31 Brooklyn Is Anti-Halloween”

I got two gem emails this morning – one that made me wonder why I blog and the other that made me realize why I blog. The first had the subject line “Hipster” and when I opened it it said in bold “I HATE YOU.” (The fact that I am even protecting the identity of this loser is beyond me.)

Then the sky opened and an anonymous email came from an address named “Be Kind To Children” with the subject line “Mean Monster Principal at PS 31 Brooklyn Is Anti-Halloween” Continue reading

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FREE Scavenger Hunt For Kids in McCarren Park Sunday (9/15)

Via GWAAP:

Scavenger Hunt in McCarren Park
We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world. Children who spend time outdoors develop strong imaginations and learn to socialize better with others. Urban Park Rangers are role models who encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe, supportive atmosphere. Free.
More information

On Sunday, Sep 15 at 1:00pm @ Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street, McCarren Park, Brooklyn

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City Sculpting: A Creative Visual Arts Program For Kids – DISCOUNT!

(SPONSORED)
City Sculpting is looking forward to another spectacular summer beginning July 8th at our Manhattan and Greenpoint locations!

Art teachers Vanessa Solomon, Elaine Carl, Katherine Valentine and Gemma Gibb bring their diverse artistic experiences and talents to our students.

Our 2013 City Sculpting Summer program will explore countless ways of making, building and casting all sorts of sculptural creations. We use life casting to inspire projects around a theme of self portraits. We will make exotic clay creations inspired from Africa and Mexican masks. Children will learn to weave, bead and make endless crafty creations. Not to mention print making and water colors and basic life and fantasy drawing.

Children build on projects one day at a time, expanding their technical skills and creative realms.

Older children are are challenged with more advanced projects and techniques. Our age range is 5 to 12.

We are outward-bound everyday, weather permitting, for free play and outdoor picnics, and our Greenpoint location has a magical garden!

Many children come back for a second week and return with friends to our program every year!

DISCOUNT! 10% OFF IF YOU MENTION GREENPOINTERS!

The classes are small and space is limited, advance registration is advised.

The average class size in Brooklyn is 6; in Manhattan it is 12 to 18. Child teacher ratio is 6 to one.

The program runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Extended days are offered at both venues, pricing will vary according to numbers.

Registration is weekly and only a few spots are available. Hurry to inquire by emailing Vanessa (at) citysculpting.com or call Vanessa at 646-2218450

Go to www.citysculpting.com for details and more information.

Register for the program: http://citysculpting.com/join.html

Check out the images on our blog: http://citysculpting.blogspot.com/

As seen in:
Time out New York Kids

Sponsored post courtesy of City Sculpting.

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Big Brooklyn Toy Drive Tonight! (12/4)

Tonight (12/4) from 7-10pm is the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive Party at Red Star (34 Greenpoint Ave). They will be collecting toys and raising money for local kids affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Many lost almost everything they had. The toy drive will focus specifically on the children affected by the hurricane and attempt to bring them some joy through toys this holiday season.

Open bar/Raffle/50/50
Cover: $20 or a new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more
(all proceeds to go the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive)

If you can’t make the party, you can drop off unwrapped toys on any East River Ferry vessel, from Nov. 25 until December 16th.

RAFFLE PRIZES

-Vacation voucher good for a 3 night cruise, with your choice of destinations including Mexico, the Bahamas and several Caribbean destinations. Airfare included!
-ONE YEAR PASS on the East River Ferry
-$75 gift certificate to Calyer Restaurant
-$75 gift certificate to Anella Restaurant
-At the Corner Barber: Haircut, hot shave, & Amercan Crew Dopp Kit (value $102.00)
-At Mousey Brown Salon: Haircut & Pureoloogy hair care gift box (value $107.00)
-Two pool passes for the King & Grove Hotel in Williamsburg

This looks like so much fun and a really great way to help out this season!

RSVP

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PS 31 Needs Donations for Harvest Fest (*Artists Please Read)

PS 31 is having a Fall Harvest Fest on Tuesday October 30, 2012.  “As you know public schools don’t get much from the NYC Dept of Ed,” so the school is looking for donations for the following items:

* Someone who can create/paint a Fall Harvest Festival theme background/surrounding
• Pumpkins
• Markers
• Stickers
• Ring Toss Game
• Fall Harvest Festival Giveaway

Gosh I wish I could paint, because I’d would be all over that fall harvest background!

*Greenpointers will sponsor an artist to paint the background by paying for the materials – just give me a shout: greenpointers (at) gmail.com.

If anyone can donate any of these items, please contact Maria: sdmla (AT) aol.com.

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Family Dance Party in McGolrick Park – Sat 9/22

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 4pm, marks the first event The Friends of McGolrick Park are hosting for the community. Held in conjunction with Town Square, they have created an event for the whole family to enjoy!
DJ Greg Stare will be spinning records under the pavilion while the promenade will be used as a dance floor. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of American will be on hand to help out.
Plus, a Polish Polka dance troop will be on hand to teach people how to polka! Greenpointers of all ages are encouraged to come out and shake a leg. Bring a picnic to enjoy, the weather is supposed to be amazing. Enjoy it while you can!

The Friends of McGolrick Dance Party
McGolrick Park Pavilion
Saturday, Sept. 22
4:00pm – 7:00 pm

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Lemonade Love

Ginger, Clementine & Nat

Lemonade stands are good for kids. So is viral marketing. With already a keen understanding of the value of social media, Nat asked “are we going to be on Facebook?” So share this post and stop by Norman Ave between Humboldt and Russell to give these little entrepreneurs some love. Ginger, Clementine & Nat are selling fresh squeezed lemonade made with real lemons and homemade simple syrup. It will be hard, but don’t say, “keep the change.” They are learning the value of a buck and how to make change, so even though they are adorable, let them count back your change! Then just dump the rest in the piggy bank, so they learn that being cute helps, too!

Great signage!
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5 Boros Basketball Seeks Sponsors

Local Youth Basketball League Seeks Sponsors

5 Boros Basketball, a youth basketball team based in Greenpoint, is currently seeking one or more local businesses to serve as sponsors. 5 Boros Basketball is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit dedicated to offering youths from low-income families a chance to play competative basketball.

“Our motto is, ‘It’s All About the Kids,'” said 5 Boros Basketball Director Rick Atson. “Our goal is to keep this affordable for the kids.”

Founded in 2011, 5 Boros Basketball has quickly established a reputation for winning tournaments while stressing fair play. 5 Boros Basketball’s all-volunteer coaching staff teaches kids ages 9 to 17 the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork and sportsmanship.

5 Boros Basketball has grown rapidly, but rapid expansion means that access to court time and keeping the team financially stable have been major challenges for 5 Boros Basketball. Coaches have regularly paid for court space and tournament fees out of their own pockets in order to defray the cost from the children’s families.

Now 5 Boros Basketball has a tentative agreement with a local school to solve the problem of court time. What remains is to find sponsors to help with operation costs. To that end 5 Boros Basketball is seeking sponsorship offers from partners in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg community including local businesses, charitable individuals and all others.

Interested parties should contact Rick Atson at 347-723-4886. Or email [email protected]

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What’s Happening? (7/18-7/24)

Happy July! Hopefully this heatwave will subside for a nice weekend. Check out the calendar for even more events. Submit an event.

WEDNESDAY 7/18
• Brooklyn Public Library Kidsmobile @ McCarren Park, 10-11:30am, FREE
♥ Summerscreen: Raising Arizona @ McCarren Park (N 12th & Bedford Ave), 6pm, FREE
• The Fug Girls Present Messy @ Word (126 Franklin St.) 7-8pm, founders of the must-read blog Go Fug Yourself, present their second YA novel, Messy, More info
♫ TEEN / Electric Video Release Party @ La Sala (58 No. 3rd St) 9pm, RSVP
♫ Telepathe / Feathers / Eraas / FAITH DJ set @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $10, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 7/19
• Cooper Park Harmony Day Picnic with the 90th Precinct @ Cooper Park, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
• OSA Community Tree Stewardship Day with The Human Impacts Institute @ Rodney Park (S. 3rd Street & Rodney) 5:30-7pm, help protect street trees from the heat of the summer, tools supplied and no gardening experience necessary.
♫ Pretty Good Friends with Eugene Mirman / OK GO! @ Williamsburg Park (50 Kent Avenue) 5:30pm, FREE
♦ Slideluck Potshow @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 N 11th St) $15, 6:30-10:30pm, a slideshow of various Northside artists, bring your favorite bar food, beer will be unlimited, space will be, Buy Tix
• Jungle Nights: Natural Perfume Making Workshop @ Jungle (61 Kent Avenue) 7-8pm, $120, Using natural ingredients found in the garden, you will learn the basics of natural perfume design with a perfume designer and create with your own scent to take home, Cocktails, RSVP time4everythingnyc (AT) gmail.com
* Space, Time, and a Universe in Many Dimensions 
@ 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Ave) 7:30pm, $20, Janna Levin, scientist and novelist, speaks to us about how there may be hidden dimensions existing in the vast unknown that is the universe, More info

FRIDAY 7/20
♫ Children’s concert @ American Playground, 11am, Free
♫ Woody Guthrie Centennial Benefit @ Teddy’s (96 Berry St) 8pm, To benefit North Brooklyn’s O.U.T.R.A.G.E. (Organizations United for Trash Reduction and Garbage Equity)
♫ The Frighteners / The Forthrights / The Hard Times @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St) 8pm

SATURDAY 7/21
* Weekend Walk Block Party @ Grand between Union & Manhattan, noon-6pm, a car free oasis, RVSP
♥ 7th Annual Great Hot Dog CookOff @ 630 Flushing Ave, 1:30pm, 30 competitors engage in a live grilling battle where the attendees vote to determine who will be this year’s Top Dog, all proceeds donated to Food Bank For New York City, Buy Tix
• 5th Annual Pig Roast @ 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Ave) 4pm, Free, a summery celebration of gut-splitting proportions, More info
♦ Surprise! Party & Zine Release @ Booklyn (37 Greenpoint Ave 4fl) 7-10pm, a recurring, roving performance project, created in 2009 by artists Aaron Wojack and Calder Zwicky, More info
♫ Quiet Loudly /EULA/ Miniboone/ & Backwords @ Big Snow (89 Varet St) 8pm, RSVP
♫ Dum Dum Girls, Widowspeak, Fingers On The Pulse @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 8pm, FREE, RSVP
♫ Soul Clap and Dance Off w/ Jonathan Toubin @ Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave) 11:45pm, $5

SUNDAY 7/22
♫ Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 6pm, $5
♫ Fixed / Chromatics / JDH & Dave P / Paul Raffaele @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St) 8pm, $18, Buy Tix

MONDAY 7/23
♫ Milk Music / Nude Beach / Zulus @ 285 Kent, 8pm, $10

TUESDAY 7/24
♥ Masters of Social Gastronomy: Ice Cream @ Public Assembly (70 North 6th St) 7-9:30pm, Free, RSVP
* Drink for Better Transit @ Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave) 7-8:30pm,Riders Alliance • RidersNY.org is a membership organization of subway and bus riders dedicated to winning better transit in New York, RSVP

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event

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All About The Giglio: The Feast

Zeppole + Rocco (my dad)

The feast is starting today! And it’s not just about winning goldfish and eating zeppoles, though that is how we celebrate it in my family. The story behind the feast began in a little town outside of Naples called Nola.

(If you don’t know what a zeppole is, read about it here.)

The feast in “Italian Williamsburg” is actually two feasts in one. The “Giglio” part of the feast honors Saint Paolino of Nola, who is celebrated because he sacrificed himself to North African slave abducting pirates in order to free a young man from the hometown. Word spread of his courage and a Turkish sultan talked to a guy and Saint Paolini and his “paesani” (homeboys) were freed.

The feast culminates on July 16th to honor Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Referred to as the Blessed Mother, the devotion to the Virgin by Southern Italians often leaves you asking, “God who?”

Even though we love our Madonna in Brooklyn, that aspect of the feast was added on later. The feast was originally was all about the Giglio. Continue reading

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