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Thursday, January 23, 2020
3:45 pm7:00 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Louisa May Alcott: A Screening of the Film - The Woman Behind Little Women

A Women's Circle Event

Her work continues to be relevant over 150 years after her death. A new version of the classic film Little Women has just been released to rave reviews. And the life she actually lived may surprise you. See a screening of the documentary “Louise May Alcott” and join a moderated discussion afterward.

Reserve Your Spot!
In RSS Office or Call 718.884.5900
Or use the order form above.

Suggested $5 donation for light dinner after the event. Dinner is after the presentation.

Friday, January 31, 2020
2:15 pm4:00 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Arts and Civil Rights in the Sixties

What makes up a civil society? What bonds hold it together?
How are ideas of citizenship and self expressed through art practice?

The Civil Rights Movement was not simply about desegregation and voting rights, but was based in a much broader social vision. It envisioned a world in which people were judged, in Martin Luther King’s immortal words by the “content of their character and not the color of their skin.” People, black and white, worked toward a world where everyone had equal access to housing, healthcare, economic opportunity, cultural freedom and human dignity.

During this time “Cultural production, regardless of ideological affiliation, became a way of creating new personal and communal identities and articulating new definitions of race, nation, equality, and social justice.” Cynthia A. Young

Artists, both black and white, responded to the American fight for civil rights during the 1960’s on the national stage set by desegregation and the civil rights movement that began in the 1950’s. In May 1954 -The Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Board of Education, rejecting the “separate but equal” doctrine and requiring public schools to integrate. Years later Ruby Bridges became the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960. Norman Rockwell left his contract work doing covers for Saturday Evening Post, one he had held since 1916, when they refused to run his socially-conscious pictures beginning in 1963 with “The Problem We All Live With”, of Ruby Bridges with Federal Marshalls accompanying her.

A special presentation by Susan Landgraf,,

Friday, February 7, 2020
2:00 pm3:30 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Writing for Actors

Writers: Want to learn how to write for actors?
Actors: Want to develop your own scripts?
This class is for you!

The next in a series of workshops led by Bruce McKenna, an award-winning scriptwriter. This class is designed for writers interested in exploring the techniques and methods for writing for actors, whether for film, TV, or the stage. It’s also aimed at actors interested in developing their own writing skills and/or material.

Bruce has written numerous TV shows. The movie from his original script “Salt Water Moose” won the Directors Guild of America award for best children’s program.

This is a free workshop for anyone 60+. You need to register for this workshop. You can fill out the form below, in the RSS office, or call 718.884.5900.

The workshop runs from 2-3:30 PM on these dates:
Friday, Feb. 7
Friday, Feb 21
Friday, March 6
Friday, March 20

Thursday, February 20, 2020
4:45 pm7:00 pm
RSS, 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Online Dating for Women 55+

* How to pick sites
* How to create your profile
* How to avoid the "wrong match"
* First dates
* Avoiding scammers
* Learning to enjoy the journey!!

Led by Selina Ng and Mary Speciale - who found their perfect match online!

A Woman's Circle Event

Reserve Your Spot!
In RSS Office or Call 718.884.5900 or Online with the form below
Suggested $5 donation for light dinner after the event.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
4:00 pm5:30 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Slavery in the Bronx

Dr. Adam Arenson will present findings from his recent classes on Slavery in the Bronx, investigating the unmarked burial grounds of enslaved people in Van Cortlandt Park and Hunts Point. He will discuss the mix of historical research, archaeology, geographic analysis, and genealogical research that has been used to find and document the history of slavery in the Bronx, and the ways in which our landscape is still marked by the era of slavery. He will also discuss how his class has found living descendants of those African and Native American people enslaved in the Bronx.

Adam Arenson is an associate professor of history and the Director of the Urban Studies Program at Manhattan College and author of two award-winning books.

This is a free event. No tickets are needed.