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To expand our weekend and technology classes RSS has partnered with GetSetUp. 

To register for GetSetUp classes ONLY go to the RSS Online Learning Center at GetSetUp using this link.


For information on this or any RSS classes email RSS at info@rssny.org


Bruce is back with Tai Chi! Once you register once you will be registered for all the classes. You will be registering for the class directly through Zoom.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
10:00 am11:00 am
Relaxation & Meditation with Paula

No class on August 26 and September 2

Zoom class with Paula focusing on relaxation and Meditation. Here's a sample of the class - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG3nNg6Hep8

If you HAVE registered you do NOT need to register again.

If you have NEVER registered, use the link below to register
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrf--trj0rHtWm6UxC_qKdgda9flFnJy-c

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
12:30 pm2:00 pm

If you are interested in joining the group please send an email to info@rssny.org and Selina Ng will get back to you.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
2:30 pm3:30 pm
Zooming with Foo Foo

A place to talk about animals in your life - past, present and future and find out what Foo Foo is doing. This month, we'll look at how pets cope with loss and change.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
3:00 pm4:00 pm
To Register Email info@rssny.org. Subject Line: Memories
Memories: A Life Story Workshop

TO REGISTER: Send an email using this link - info@rssny.org - Use the Subject Line MEMORIES

"I loved this class." "I never laughed so much." These are just some of the quotes from people who attended the first workshop.
No writing necessary!

Can you describe the neighborhood you grew up in? What was the greatest historical event you lived through?

Answer these questions and more in our Life Story Workshop! At each session, we'll share life experiences and engage in meaningful conversation. Life stories are also be audio recorded into a personal memory book for participants to save as a keepsake or to gift to loved ones.

Their workshops are uniquely designed to allow participants to share and preserve life stories through audio recordings. Without the need to write a single word.

Preserving Your Photos and the History of Your Family

Have you been meaning to get your family photos and documents under control and to ensure that they will be preserved for future generations? While it may seem like a daunting process, it’s not insurmountable if you tackle it step by step. In an interactive online presentation, the Center for Jewish History’s reference librarians will explain how you can organize, digitize, and safely store your family photos and documents through manageable, affordable steps. Then, they'll answer questions about your specific preservation needs and challenges.

Thursday, January 21, 2021
10:00 am11:00 am
If you are interested in being part of this group, contact us at info@rssny.org.

This ongoing group gives members the opportunity to discuss any of the myriad changes large or small, pleasant or not, that accompany one’s graduation into Senior Life, as well as the impact of Covid-19 on our lives. Members are encouraged to discuss whatever is on their minds and to share their experiences past and present with the group.

“Chair, Chi & Prana” - a Fusion Class with Melissa Elstein

Increase your vitality with a Zoom class that combines Chair Yoga with Tai Chi Easytm and Qigong. Seated and standing yoga poses gently strengthen and stretch the body, while using a chair for support. The ancient Asian practices of Tai Chi and Qigong wonderfully complement the yoga practice as you learn to experience and enhance one’s internal energy system, and work on balance and weight shifting while holding the chair. Self-massage techniques are included to increase circulation and reduce stress. Class ends with a guided visualization and meditation. With these three practices, you will learn practical tools to stretch and tone the body, calm the nervous system, focus the mind, increase your vital energy force, and work on balancing skills.

Led by Melissa Elstein. Led by popular instructor Melissa Elstein. Melissa founded Good Energy Yoga & Reiki (d/b/a Good Energy Movement & Wellness) after leaving the practice of law and discovering the healing benefits of yoga and qigong. A certified Tai Chi EasyTM / Qigong facilitator, yoga, and dance teacher, Melissa has taught Tai Chi EasyTM and Qigong at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and NYC’s Visions for the Blind, and currently teaches on Zoom for the Dorot Center for seniors, and Integral Yoga Institute. She is delighted to be teaching for the Riverdale Senior Services Center in 2021!

Melissa also currently teaches telephone class series with Dorot’s University Without Walls and The Queens Library that combines seated gentle yoga, Tai Chi EasyTM arms, guided meditation and group discussion of relevant articles and books excerpts. You can learn more at www.melissa-Mati.com

This class is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. If students prefer to remain seated during the standing portion, seated options will be taught as well.

“Chair, Chi & Prana” - a Fusion Class with Melissa Elstein

Increase your vitality with a Zoom class that combines Chair Yoga with Tai Chi Easytm and Qigong. Seated and standing yoga poses gently strengthen and stretch the body, while using a chair for support. The ancient Asian practices of Tai Chi and Qigong wonderfully complement the yoga practice as you learn to experience and enhance one’s internal energy system, and work on balance and weight shifting while holding the chair. Self-massage techniques are included to increase circulation and reduce stress. Class ends with a guided visualization and meditation. With these three practices, you will learn practical tools to stretch and tone the body, calm the nervous system, focus the mind, increase your vital energy force, and work on balancing skills.

Led by Melissa Elstein. Led by popular instructor Melissa Elstein. Melissa founded Good Energy Yoga & Reiki (d/b/a Good Energy Movement & Wellness) after leaving the practice of law and discovering the healing benefits of yoga and qigong. A certified Tai Chi EasyTM / Qigong facilitator, yoga, and dance teacher, Melissa has taught Tai Chi EasyTM and Qigong at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and NYC’s Visions for the Blind, and currently teaches on Zoom for the Dorot Center for seniors, and Integral Yoga Institute. She is delighted to be teaching for the Riverdale Senior Services Center in 2021!

Melissa also currently teaches telephone class series with Dorot’s University Without Walls and The Queens Library that combines seated gentle yoga, Tai Chi EasyTM arms, guided meditation and group discussion of relevant articles and books excerpts. You can learn more at www.melissa-Mati.com

This class is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. If students prefer to remain seated during the standing portion, seated options will be taught as well.

Chair Exercise with Eva

This class increases your stability, endurance and flexibility.

INSTRUCTOR: Eva Shulman. Eva has worked at RSS for 20 years. She has a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the class.

If you have already registered for this class you DO NOT need to register again.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021
2:30 pm4:00 pm
To Register send a note to info@rssny.org. Link to email is also at the end of this event.
Watercolor with April

Watercolor and travel the world (from your home!) with April. You can use other materials besides watercolor during the class.

The course is free and open to anyone 60+.

NOTES
1. You only need to register ONCE for the class. You will get a link sent weekly.
2. Do not forward the zoom link, please ask anyone to register for the class.

Friday, January 22, 2021
10:00 am10:30 am
Introduction to GetSetUp

Learn More About RSS's Partnership with GetSetUp

Based on your requests for more weekend programming, technology classes, and employment classes, RSS has partnered through March with GetSetUp. GetSetUp is an online learning platform providing small group classes taught by seniors, for seniors. Their technology classes are amazingly helpful. Classes are delivered by retired educators, and content materials are provided after the class. All classes are free to anyone using the coupon code RSS when registering.

Friday, January 22, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm
To REGISTER: Email info@rssny.org Use the subject line: Feld
Feldenkrais

TO REGISTER: Send a note using this link to - info@rssny.org - Use subject line Feld

To register email info@rssny.org. Use the subject line Feld

Featured in the NY Times, Feldenkreis focuses on using body awareness to alleviate chronic pain. Feldenkrais exercises
consist of small, comfortable movements, and are done in an easy and relaxed way. RSS is proud to present a free 10-week course on the Feldenkreis Method. Many people say that Feldenkrais exercises work “like magic”.

All New Sessions start January 8th so this is a great time to join if you haven't before.

Read the NY Times article on Feldenkreis -
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/well/trying-the-feldenkrais-method-for-chronic-pain.html

The classes are as follows:
Jan 8: Easy Flexibility, Jan 15: Power Center, Jan 22: Better Balance, Jan 29: Low Back Comfort, Feb 5: Healthy Spine, Feb 12: Shoulders, Feb 19: Better Breathing, Feb 26: Flexible Feet, Mar 5: Face & Jaw, Mar 12: Better Turning, Mar 19: Comfortably Upright, Mar 26: Easier Standing

Friday, January 22, 2021
4:00 pm5:00 pm
To Register: email info@rssny.org Subject Line: Tai Chi Bill
Advanced Tai Chi with Bill

Bill's second Tai Chi Class on Friday. If you are already registered for Monday's class you do not need to register again.

To register for the first time email info@rssny.org. Subject Line Tai Chi Bill

Purely Poetry: An Evening of Comfort and Prose Hosted by Lucy Aponte

What we need now more than ever is comfort - join us for an Evening of Poetry and Prose hosted by Lucy Aponte.

Poets appearing include: Sarfraz Ahmed, Maria Aponte, Sylvia Blumenfeld, Vanessa Chica, Luz de Maria, Rosa Dominicana, Carol Foresta, Michael Gerwitz, Shizu Homma, Anne Leighton, Rick Maxwell, Ted Mieszczanski, Iris A. Morales, Mindy Matijasevic, Keisha Molby-Baez,, Barbara Nahimas, Shelly Olson, Phoenix Rose, Phoenix Rose and Pedro Alomar, Ron Trenkler Thomson

Sunday, January 24, 2021
10:00 am10:30 am
Introduction to GetSetUp

Learn More About RSS's Partnership with GetSetUp

Based on your requests for more weekend programming, technology classes, and employment classes, RSS has partnered through March with GetSetUp. GetSetUp is an online learning platform providing small group classes taught by seniors, for seniors. Their technology classes are amazingly helpful. Classes are delivered by retired educators, and content materials are provided after the class. All classes are free to anyone using the coupon code RSS when registering.

Sunday, January 24, 2021
5:00 pm6:00 pm
Virtual Reiki Session

The class starts off with a body scan meditation & breathing exercise to calm the nervous system and ground the body. The class then receives a Reiki treatment as we come together in deep relaxation to recharge and reconnect with ourselves. Be in a comfortable seated position or lie down on a bed/yoga mat.

Boshko Boskovic is the founder of Let’s Heal NYC, a private practice specializing in Reiki treatments. He is a Reiki Master, trained & certified in the Usui Shiki Ryoho linage.He has worked at Reiki Clinics at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and Maha Rose Center for Healing in Brooklyn.

Monday, January 25, 2021
10:45 am11:45 am
TO REGISTER - send an email using this link - info@rssny.org - Use the Subject Line - NEEM
Chair Yoga with Neem

TO REGISTER - send an email using this link - info@rssny.org - Use the Subject Line - NEEM

Do chair yoga with Neem. One of the most popular classes at RSS! Enjoy the benefits of chair yoga in a safe, gentle, yet challenging program. All levels welcome.

Led by Neem Dewji. Neem is the director of Yoga for Bliss. She teaches yoga at various levels: Level 1, gentle, chair yoga, and therapeutic yoga. She also teaches meditation and stress management. "It's wonderful to have been able to create a yoga and wellness community in Riverdale and Yonkers! In these fast, busy, and stressful times, we offer a space where people can come together with similar intention: to stop, to release stress, and to remember their more expanded and sacred sense of self."

The class is free and open to those 60+.
TO REGISTER - send an email using this link - info@rssny.org - Use the Subject Line - FELD

Please arrive at 10:45 for registration. Class begins promptly at 11.

NOTES:
1. If you have registered for the class you DO NOT need to register again. You will be sent all updates.
2. Do not pass this registration on. Any new participants must register.

Poetry Group with Robert

Robert Ackerson is back to lead the poetry group! Open to anyone who loves to write and listen to poetry!

You need to register ONLY ONCE for this class. After registering you will get a link weekly to the class.

Monday, January 25, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm
TO REGISTER: Send an email to info@rssny.org (Email link at bottom of event description)
Tai Chi With Bill - NOW AT 2 PM

NOW AT 2 PM! Tai Chi with Bill is back!

Registration Required. ONCE YOU REGISTER, YOU WILL GET LINKS FOR EVERY CLASS. DO NOT REGISTER AGAIN.

Monday, January 25, 2021
3:30 pm4:30 pm
Balance Training with Peggy Levine

TO REGISTER: Send an email to info@rssny.org Use the subject line Peggy

Do you have problems with your balance? Good balance is important at any age, but particularly as we get older. Peggy Levine”s Balance Training class uses multiple methods to help you improve your balance. From sitting to strengthen the core muscles of the torso and flexibility to strengthening exercises for the feet. The class also does balance movements standing in front, behind, and beside a chair, sometimes on two feet, and sometimes on one foot. This class will help you to become more stable when walking or even just standing to help to prevent falls.

Peggy Levine teachers numerous balance and pilates classes. She also has the following certifications: Exercise Etc. Programs for Older Adults, Senior Fitness Specialist, ACE Group Fitness, and SCW Pilates instructor.

You only need to REGISTER one time and you will then receive links for the class.

Monday, January 25, 2021
4:45 pm6:00 pm
Please email info@rssny.org if you want to join this class. The class is limited to 10 people - first come, first served.
Writing with Susan Guzman

In this workshop, we will be focusing on personal memories. However, there will be occasions when we will try a bit of different types of poetry, some fiction, and some journalistic writing, such as news reports, Dear Abby columns, opinion pieces, and human interest stories.

The class will be led by Susan Guzman who also leads the WriteOn! class.

This class will be limited to 10 people.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
10:00 am11:00 am
Relaxation & Meditation with Paula

No class on August 26 and September 2

Zoom class with Paula focusing on relaxation and Meditation. Here's a sample of the class - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG3nNg6Hep8

If you HAVE registered you do NOT need to register again.

If you have NEVER registered, use the link below to register
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrf--trj0rHtWm6UxC_qKdgda9flFnJy-c

January Book Club - The Lying Life of Adults

Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series sparked readers around the world to immerse themselves in the intricate and intimate world of a neighborhood in Naples—the families, the friends, the lovers, the enemies, and the drama of life, loss, loyalty, and love. Ferrante and her translator, Ann Goldstein, revealed a world of extreme interiority that was richly satisfying and bursting with authenticity. And it’s thrilling to share that her new novel, The Lying Life of Adults, which follows Giovanna through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, is just as rewarding. As she takes to heart her aunt’s maxim to “look, look carefully," an entirely new world opens up to Giovanna—one that simultaneously frightens and excites even as it changes her whole perception of her parents, the city she loves, and the people around her. Reading Ferrante’s The Lying Life of Adults is to be fully consumed by the contradictions and complexities of the human spirit, and it’s exhilarating indeed. Biography: Elena Ferrante is the author of seven novels, including four New York Times bestsellers; The Beach at Night, an illustrated book for children; and, Frantumaglia, a collection of letters, literary essays, and interviews. Her fiction has been translated into over forty languages and been shortlisted for the MAN Booker International Prize.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
TO REGISTER: Send an email to info@rssny.org (Email link at bottom of this event description)
Savvy Solos

Meetings are at 1 PM

Are you living alone during the pandemic? We focus on the challenges (and joys!) of living alone. We typically met in the Center but we are now sharing ideas of how to cope during the pandemic. The group is for those 60+.

NOTES:
1. If you have registered once you DO NOT need to register again. You will be alerted to all meetings with a zoom link.
2. Do not pass on the link. Any new person must register.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
1:00 pm2:30 pm
TO REGISTER email info@rssny.org Subject Line: Art Lecture
Art History Lecture with April Lombardi

Part 2 artists in the same family covers artist families from Italy, Japan, Austria, France, and Spain.

If you have EVER attended one of April Lombardi's art history lectures you know what a rich and enlightening experience you're in for!

Also, if you have EVER registered for one of April's art lectures you DO NOT need to register again. You will be automatically sent a link!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
2:30 pm3:30 pm
To REGISTER: Send an email to info@rssny.org.
BlissFit

BlissFit is a fun, dynamic class that combines: stretching, strength training, dance, Qi Gong and a gratitude practice. All levels of fitness are welcome. BlissFit supports participants in feeling positive and rejuvenated.

The class is free for anyone 60+.

Kim Schmidt is a certified Yoga Instructor, Dance Instructor, Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritional Counselor and Reiki Master.

Thursday, January 28, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm
Belly Dancing with Noora

Exercising and fun learning belly dancing with Noora!

Joe McCarthy: An Anti-American Story

Had Joseph McCarthy’s story ended with his election to the United States Senate from Wisconsin in 1946, it would have been the embodiment of the American dream: a rise from lowly origins through hard work, self-confidence, and perseverance. But McCarthy’s time in the Senate revealed the darker side of the American dream, in which character assassination, political correctness, and the big lie threatened the most American value of all: freedom. We will see how Joe McCarthy’s rise and fall offers insights for his times and warnings for our own. A brief film on Joseph McCarthy will be shown at the beginning of the lecture.

This class will be led by Jerald Podair, Professor of History and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies atLawrence University. Mr. Podair is also the co-Editor of the The Routledge History of the 20th Century United States.

NY Historical Society Presents Nature and American Art

Join us for a live, virtual journey through history, as Museum docents or curators answer your questions and walk you through a slideshow of objects and imagery via Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing platform that requires no special login or membership.

EVENT DETAILS
Experience the natural beauty of the United States through the eyes of artists in New-York Historical's collection. Discover how an evolving understanding of science and the emergence of early conservation movements shaped the 19th-century work of naturalist John James Audubon and the landscape painters of the Hudson River School.

“Chair, Chi & Prana” - a Fusion Class with Melissa Elstein

Increase your vitality with a Zoom class that combines Chair Yoga with Tai Chi Easytm and Qigong. Seated and standing yoga poses gently strengthen and stretch the body, while using a chair for support. The ancient Asian practices of Tai Chi and Qigong wonderfully complement the yoga practice as you learn to experience and enhance one’s internal energy system, and work on balance and weight shifting while holding the chair. Self-massage techniques are included to increase circulation and reduce stress. Class ends with a guided visualization and meditation. With these three practices, you will learn practical tools to stretch and tone the body, calm the nervous system, focus the mind, increase your vital energy force, and work on balancing skills.

Led by Melissa Elstein. Led by popular instructor Melissa Elstein. Melissa founded Good Energy Yoga & Reiki (d/b/a Good Energy Movement & Wellness) after leaving the practice of law and discovering the healing benefits of yoga and qigong. A certified Tai Chi EasyTM / Qigong facilitator, yoga, and dance teacher, Melissa has taught Tai Chi EasyTM and Qigong at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and NYC’s Visions for the Blind, and currently teaches on Zoom for the Dorot Center for seniors, and Integral Yoga Institute. She is delighted to be teaching for the Riverdale Senior Services Center in 2021!

Melissa also currently teaches telephone class series with Dorot’s University Without Walls and The Queens Library that combines seated gentle yoga, Tai Chi EasyTM arms, guided meditation and group discussion of relevant articles and books excerpts. You can learn more at www.melissa-Mati.com

This class is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. If students prefer to remain seated during the standing portion, seated options will be taught as well.

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