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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


Self Massage with Kathleen, Then Relaxation & Meditation with Paula

Self-care Sundays in February.

First, you'll have a self-massage session (so needed!) with Kathleen O'Hanlon at 10 AM. This will be followed by a Relaxation and Meditation lesson with Paula Saddler at approximately 10:40.

You are encouraged to attend both sessions.

A great way to end the weekend and start the week off right.

Attendees of Kathleen or Paula's classes will automatically be sent the link. If you've never registered for one of their classes, please register.

Candidates Forum: Eric Dinowitz

Sponsored by the Riverdale Y Senior Center and RSS

Focused on the issues of older adults, join us for individual virtual forums with the candidates running for interim City Council Member in District 11.

Q&A included in the forum. If you have questions that you would like to send in advance email info@rssny.org

Tonight, we'll hear from Eric Dinowitz https://www.dinowitzforcouncil.com/

The Life Journey Workshop Will Not Be Held this Week - Will be back next week

In what will likely be an eventful year, The "Life is a Journey workshop" is designed to bring us together to start the new year in a fun and uplifting way.

The workshop embodies the habit-forming and thought-provoking art of heart connection and imagination. We will also practice mindfulness and meditation exercises to calm the mind and body, and to create moments of peace in these challenging times.

Michelle and Sarah, social work interns from Columbia University, will facilitate the workshop. Through this workshop, we hope to show that we can find meaning in our activities, however small or big they may be.

Please bring: Pen, paper, and anything that makes you feel special to the class.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm
Trivia with Maritza

TO REGISTER: Email info@rssny.org Use the subject line Trivia

Come and enjoy trivia with Maritza.

NOTES:
* This class is weekly. We will let you know if it is not happening.
* You only need to register ONCE for this class. You will be sent links weekly.
* You MUST register for the class. Please do not forward the link.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm
If you have NEVER registered send an email to info@rssny.org. Subject Line: Mike
Class Cancelled for March 2nd. Balance & Strength with Mike Sherry

Mike Sherry's balance & strength class is back! His exercises help to strengthen/ tone the mind and body. Class reviews - "Mike is a great instructor." "All of Mike's exercises have been helpful for me in my daily routine." "Mike makes us feel so good and motivated." "I incorporate the exercises at home." Registration Required. Classes free to anyone 60+

This event occurs WEEKLY at this time. You will be notified if there is an exception.
If you have already registered you DO NOT need to register again.
You must register once to be considered a member of this class.

If you have NEVER registered send an email to info@rssny.org. Subject Line: Mike

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
3:00 pm4:00 pm
To Register - Email info@rssny.org. Direct email link at end of event listing.
Chair Yoga for Joint Health with Kathleen

Combines chair yoga exercise and meditation to relieve discomfort and calm your mind/body. All levels welcome.

Class is free for those 60+. Registration Required.

Art Journaling with April Lombardi

You only need to register once and you will receive links for all the classes.

Join us for a fun five week workshop on art journaling.. An art journal is creative play that results in a visual collection, It can be anything from documentation of your doodles to a junk journal, a scrapbook, or a collection of writing and collages. The class is perfect both for those with no art experience and current artists.

This zoom workshop will provide suggestions on the use of common materials and techniques as well as provide some time to work and record your own personal expression. You will never be asked to share or show what you are working on unless you want to. No special materials or art skills are needed or required. Just look around your place for anything that can be used to write, draw, doodle, cut,
or paste and join us to help you get started in this fun activity.

To learn even more watch this video from April - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ius-EafZ_UY&ab_channel=AprilLombardi

Epidemic Disease in Tibet: 
From Fear to Care

In the early months of 2020, a novel coronavirus spread across the globe, causing schools and businesses to shut their doors and utterly transforming countless lives. As the numbers of confirmed cases and reported deaths continue to grow, we face questions about why this disaster is happening and what we can do to limit its spread. In the words of Arthur Kleinman, “The problem of illness as suffering raises two fundamental questions for the sick person and the social group: Why me? (the question of bafflement), and What can be done? (the question of order and control)” (1988, 29). In this presentation, William McGrath will address these questions within the context of COVID-19 and other epidemic diseases that once spread in Tibetan history. By comparing contemporary responses to epidemic diseases with those of the past, Dr. McGrath will demonstrate the importance of religious narratives and ethics in the human encounter with contagious disease.

Wednesday, March 3, 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, March 3, 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.

Candidates Forum: Jessica Haller

Sponsored by the Riverdale Y Senior Center and RSS

Focused on the issues of older adults, join us for individual virtual forums with the candidates running for interim City Council Member in District 11.

Q&A included in the forum. If you have questions that you would like to send in advance email info@rssny.org

Tonight, we'll hear from Jessica Haller - https://www.jessicahaller.com/

Friday, March 5, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm
To Register: email info@rssny.org Subject Line: Feld
Feldenkrais

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

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

Sunday, March 7, 2021
11:00 am1:00 pm
To Register send an email to info@rssny.org with the subject line Melissa
Chair, Chi & Prana with Melissa, then Meditation with Paula

Self-Care Sundays this March
First, Chair, Chi & Prana, a Zoom class that combines Chair Yoga with Tai Chi Easytm and Qigong. Led by Melissa Elstein
Then, Relaxation and Meditation led by Paula Sandler.

Ageless Living through Art: A Focus On Women in Art - Art History Lecture with April Lombardi

Celebrate International Women's Day (March 8th) with a wonderful retrospective of women in art led by April Lombardi.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
5:00 pm6:00 pm
Candidates Forum: Mino Lora

PLEASE NOTE: This event was previously scheduled for Thursday, March 11

Sponsored by the Riverdale Y Senior Center and RSS

Focused on the issues of older adults, join us for individual virtual forums with the candidates running for interim City Council Member in District 11.

Q&A included in the forum. If you have questions that you would like to send in advance email info@rssny.org

Tonight, we'll hear from Mino Lora - https://minoforthebronx.com/

Love Your Plants! The Plant Doctor is In

The Plant Doctor is in! Leaves a little droopy? Not sure if you’re over- or under-watering? Need to know how to prune an out-of-control plant? Infestation of…something or other… and don’t know what to do?

RSS’ own in-house plant specialist Barbara Denson is available to answer your plant questions and concerns, and anything else plant-based you’d like to discuss.

Wednesday, March 10, 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, March 10, 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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
5:00 pm6:30 pm
Candidates Forum: Dan Padernacht

Sponsored by the Riverdale Y Senior Center and RSS

Focused on the issues of older adults, join us for individual virtual forums with the candidates running for interim City Council Member in District 11.

Q&A included in the forum. If you have questions that you would like to send in advance email info@rssny.org

Tonight, we'll hear from Dan Padernacht - https://votedanp.com/

Thursday, March 11, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm
To Register: email info@rssny.org Subject Line: Belly
Belly Dancing with Noora

Exercising and fun learning belly dancing with Noora!

Sunday, March 14, 2021
11:00 am12:45 pm
To Register send an email to info@rssny.org with the subject line Melissa & Paula
Self-Care Sundays - Chair, Chi & Prana with Melissa, Followed by Meditation with Paula

Self-Care Sundays
Chair, Chi & Prana with Melissa Elstein, followed by Meditation with Paula Saddler

Nutrtion with Maudene: Spring Foraging at the Supermarket

At last the winter is almost over and spring veggies are ready to be picked or planted. Join Maudene as we forage through the supermarket and gardens great & small for spring treats.

Emphasis on bright, colorful fruits and vegetables for antioxidants
Omega-3 fat sources in plants
Plant foods that are good sources of vitamin D
Food sources rich in calcium
Tips on what you can find, buy, plant & replant

Wednesday, March 17, 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, March 17, 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.

So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II Presented by the NY Historical Society

Limited Tickets Available - First Come, First Serve

The New-York Historical Society celebrates the golden age of comedy with So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II. Organized by The National WWII Museum in New Orleans and supported by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, the special exhibition highlights the legendary performer and his unique role during World War II entertaining troops overseas. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the founding of the United Service Organizations (USO), the exhibition features artifacts, films, and rare photographs to illustrate how Hope helped lift spirits both abroad and on the home front with his USO and radio shows during a dark time in American history.

So Ready for Laughter explores Hope’s major USO tours and travels during World War II through some 50 artifacts, including rare and unpublished photographs of Hope; a World War II-era aircraft fragment, mess kit, and other relics engraved to Hope; videos of his traveling, wartime troupe; and Hollywood Victory Caravan programs and scrapbooks.

Here is a short video that you can watch prior to the event - https://youtu.be/hBSC-YFN_To

RSS Book Club - Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age - Moderated by Gail Edwards

New York Times Bestseller * USA Today Bestseller* Los Angeles Times Bestseller * Publishers Weekly Bestseller

In celebration of Women's History month - Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age. Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet as Mary Pipher shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be.

In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. “If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully,” Pipher writes, “we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent.”

Wednesday, March 24, 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.

Food Insecurity in the Northwest Bronx - Learn About the Northwest Bronx Food Justice Project

The NW Bronx Food Justice Project is actively working with other organizations in this neighborhood to make sure people in the area have access to healthy food and know the importance of nutrition and health. But they can’t do it without the help of community residents and organizations. Find out what the NW Bronx Food Justice Project is all about and how you can get involved

Getting fresh food on the table has been difficult for a lot of people even in the best of times, the pandemic has made it dire. People who don’t usually have trouble putting food on the table are lining up around the block and waiting for hours for food pantries to open. The numbers of people in need of healthy food has increased since Covid hit but the problem has always here in the northwest Bronx, unseen, just below the surface.

Check out the website - https://rssny.org/nwbronxfoodjustice/nwbronxfoodjustice.html

Thursday, March 25, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm
To Register: email info@rssny.org Subject Line: Belly
Belly Dancing with Noora

Exercising and fun learning belly dancing with Noora!

Sunday, March 28, 2021
11:00 am12:45 pm
To Register send an email to info@rssny.org with the subject line Melissa & Paula
Self-Care Sundays - Chair, Chi & Prana with Melissa, Followed by Meditation with Paula

Self-Care Sundays
Chair, Chi & Prana with Melissa Elstein, followed by Meditation with Paula Saddler

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 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.

Sunday, April 4, 2021
7:30 pm8:30 pm
Flume Ensemble

The magnificent Flume Ensemble is back with a concert to end your Easter Sunday. The theme of the concert is "Music in Films."

Hear the beauty of their music in this previous concert for RSS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJCpDzkyQ50

The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World: A NY Historical Society Presentation

Limited Tickets Available - First Come, First Serve

How did Jewish settlers come to inhabit—and change—the New World? Jews in colonial America and the young United States, while only a tiny fraction of the population, significantly negotiated the freedoms offered by the new nation and contributed to the flowering of American culture. The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World followed the trajectory of a people forced from their ancestral lands in Europe, as well as their homes in South America and the Caribbean, to their controversial arrival in New Amsterdam in 1654 to the unprecedented political freedoms they gained in early 19th-century New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston. In this ground-breaking exhibition, rare portraits, drawings, maps, documents, and ritual objects illuminated how 18th- and 19th-century artists, writers, activists, and more adopted American ideals while struggling to remain distinct and socially cohesive amidst the birth of a new Jewish American tradition.

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