Community Events: Jan. 16th - 20th

Jan. 14, 2020
Community Events: Jan. 16th - 20th

Hey Bronxites, this upcoming week is filled with art and writing workshops, outdoor adventures, music performances and more. Go check out these upcoming events happening in your borough!

January 16th

Schools Need Solutions, Not Handcuffs Town Hall at Taft Educational Campus

Location: 240 East 172nd Street, Bronx, NY
Time: 6PM
Information: In New York, students lose hundreds of thousands of days in the classroom each year because of suspensions. These punishments disproportionately impact Black and Latinx students and those with disabilities. Join students, organizers, advocates, and policy experts to discuss the impact that policing has on students in New York City.
Contact: Please go to for more information. 

Writing Circle Group at Kingsbridge Library

Location: 291 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY
Time: 10AM
Information: The group is focused on autobiographical writing, but all genres are welcome. Writing sessions consist of a short stream-of-consciousness writing activity, then sharing and discussion of work produced from that activity or of work brought from home.
Contact: Please call (718) 548-5656 for more information.

EnFoco presents Panel Discussion and Reception: Persistencia!

Location: 575 Walton Ave, Bronx, NY
Time: 6PM
Information: La Lucha Sigue (The Struggle Continues) Photography Exhibition by Maximo Rafael Colon at Pregones Theater. Mr. Colon is the ideal artist provocateur that has always been in the forefront of social justice and community empowerment. His photographs span over forty years dedicated to the well being of the Puerto Rican and Latino community.
Contact: Please go to for more information. 

Spaces to Thrive: Mental Health First Aid Certification at Westchester Square Library

Location: 2521 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY
Time: 11AM
Information: Mental Health First Aid is a FREE 8-hour Certification course that will help you: Identify signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression recognize the early signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance misuse.  
Learn how to respond if you see these signs in youth, friends, and loved ones. *Registration is required*
Contact: Please call (718) 862-0436 for more information. 

January 17th

The 53rd Bronx Opera Season of the Bronx Opera at Lehman College Lovinger Theater

Location: 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY
Time: 7:30PM
Information: Join the Bronx Opera conducted by Michael Spierman, as they bring exciting themes to their productions, tell stories in new ways, and express great drama sets to unforgettable music. 
Contact: Please go to BronxOpera.Org or call (646) 281-9963 for more information. 

Teen Unplugged Fridays at Pelham Parkway-Van Nest Library

Location: 2147 Barnes Avenue, Bronx, NY
Time: 3PM
Information: Feeling bored? Drop into the Young Adult section and have a go at a board game (or bring your own to share). Or if you prefer, battle your librarian at a game of hangman using popular manga characters, your favorite graphic novel, or plain trivia. For ages 13 +.
Contact: Please call (718) 829-5864 for more information. 

Early Literacy: Childhood Play Date and Stories

Location: 5540 Mosholu Avenue, Bronx, NY
Time: 11AM
Information: Riverdale Library presents early childhood play dates for you and your young children. Both parents and children are invited to participate in a read-aloud story, and then to socialize, play, and dance to the music in our community room.
Contact: Please call (718) 549-1212 for more information. 

January 18th

Living Faith International Church Presents: CHURCH PEOPLE, A Gospel Play at Rhema House

Location: 195 West 1st Street, Mount Vernon, NY
Time: 5PM
Information: “Church People” is a Gospel comedy about Mother Primrose and her efforts to protect her church of the saints.
Contact: Please send an email to for more information. 

Edenwalk Green Neighborhood Seton Falls Park Forest Restoration

Location: Crawford Avenue and Palmer Avenue, Bronx, NY
Time: 9AM
Information: Join NYC Parks Stewardship's monthly Green Neighborhood event in Seton Falls Park in The Bronx! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help create a healthier ecosystem.
Contact: Please call (718) 392-5232 for more information. 

Arts Culture Fun Concert with Annette Aguilar & StringBeans at St. Mary’s Recreation Center

Location: St. Ann's Avenue and 145th Street, Bronx, NY
Time: 2PM
Information: Join us for jazz concerts with world-class musicians from the Jazz Foundation of America. This group combines superb musicianship with unique string and percussion arrangements of Latin Brazilian jazz, contemporary jazz, classical and world music.
Contact: Please call ( 718) 402-5155 for more information. 

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building at Van Cortlandt Nature Center

Location: West 246th Street and Broadway, Bronx, NY
Time: 1PM
Information: Our Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. All programs are family-friendly but are recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Contact: Please call (718) 548-0912 for more information. 

January 19th

Family Art Project: Freedom Quilters of Gee Bend at Wave Hill

Location: West 248 Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY
Time: 10AM
Information: In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the Gee’s Bend Community in rural Alabama and the Freedom Quilting Bee was established. The bold patterns and bright colors of these now famous quilts are made from fabric scraps. Come and create your own brilliant compositions out of bountiful squares of donated fabric to honor Dr. King’s birthday.
Contact: Please go to or call (718) 549-3200 for more information. 

Seal Exploration at Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

Location: Meeting at Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay, Section 2 of Orchard Beach, Bronx, NY
Time: 1PM
Information: Winter is a great time to explore the shoreline for seals and other marine wildlife. This time of year, native harbor seals bask and rejoice in the cold temperatures. Catch a glimpse of these marine mammals during low tide on rocky outcroppings off the shores of the city.
Contact: Please call (718) 319-7258 for more information.

The Drummers of Japan at the Lehman Center

Location: 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY
Time: 4PM
Information: The performance starts with dozens of players hitting a Japanese drum made from a huge 400 year-old tree. After that moment, the stage is filled with excitement from start to finish. The Drummers of Japan, return to North America in 2020 with their thrilling, high-energy and explosive interpretation of a centuries old Taiko tradition.
Contact: Please go to for more information. 

Reading Buddies at Bronx Library Center

Location: 310 E Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY
Time: 2:30PM
Information: Need help practicing your reading? Sign up for a 15-minute session to read one-on-one with a librarian and sharpen your literacy skills. See children's information desk to sign up for a slot. For ages 6 and up! *Children must already know how to read*.
Contact: Please call (718) 579-4244 for more information. 

January 20th

College and Career Pathways One-on-One at Van Cortlandt Library

Location: 3882 Cannon Place, Bronx, NY
Time: 3:30PM
Information: Do you want to go to college? Are you having a hard time figuring out where to start preparing your application? Do you need some assistance with all of the paperwork? Schedule a College/Career Counseling Session at the Van Cortlandt Library! If you’ve got questions, we’ll get you the answers!
Contact: Please call (718) 543-5150 for more information.