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In-Person Programs at CONNECTS

​7609 Third Avenue • Bay Ridge • 718-333-5782

Please see the Bay Ridge Center Chatterbox newsletter for information about returning in person. If you would like to attend a program at CONNECTS, please call our office (number above) to sign up in advance.

 

Friday, July 30

 

GET FIT ON FRIDAY with Mary Ann Coughlin
9:00 am - 9:30 am (MOVED TO 4TH AVE CENTER - please call 718-748-0650 to register)

 

Energize your day with a 30-minute standing strengthening class using light weights and exercise bands focusing on strengthening our arms and legs and some core work too.

 

SITTING STRETCH AND TONE with Mary Ann Coughlin
9:30 am - 10:00 am (MOVED TO 4TH AVE CENTER - please call 718-748-0650 to register)

 

Stretch your joints to get the kinks out and prepare for strengthening our upper body. Have light weights and an exercise band available and a sturdy chair.

GET FIT IN YOUR CHAIR! with Mary Ann Coughlin
10:00 am - 10:30 am (MOVED TO 4TH AVE CENTER - please call 718-748-0650 to register)

Let's work our arms, our core and our legs in this seated strengthening class. Have weights or water bottles and an exercise band available to increase your strength

 

GET SMARTER WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE: Voice Recognition with David Dring

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Come and learn about how to use either Siri or Google Assistant to operate your smartphone.  We'll learn and practice a number of activities that can be done entirely through voice commands on both the iPhone (Siri) and on an Android phone (Google Assistant).

 

​POKER PREP with Yifan Xue
3:00 pm - 4:00 p

 

Poker boosts math skills, logical thinking and more. It is an inclusive game and can be played by anyone. If you are not familiar the rules, Yifan will teach you all you need to know.

 

Monday, August 2

 

Game: UNO with Yifan Xue

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

UNO is the classic card game that’s easy to pick up and impossible to put down! Players take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by color or number. Special action cards deliver game-changing moments as they help you defeat your opponents. It’s Fast Fun for Everyone!

Technology How TosPrinters with David Dring

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The ink/toner, paper size, multi-functioning and connections can be difficult to understand.  In this class, we'll discuss the main components of today's printers, learn about some of the advanced features and talk about maintenance as well s trouble shooting.

Tuesday, August 3

 

PUZZLE PASSION with Yifan Xue

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Puzzles are good for the brain. Studies have shown that doing jigsaw puzzles can improve cognition and visual-spatial reasoning. The act of putting the pieces of a puzzle together requires concentration and improves short-term memory and problem solving. You can work on a puzzle by yourself or you can team with other participants to finish the puzzle. You can also bring your own puzzle here.

 

Movie: Casablanca

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Each week we will show a movie. This week you will watch Casablanca. It focuses on an American expatriate (Bogart) who must choose between his love for a woman (Bergman) or helping her and her husband (Henreid), a Czech resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Germans. You can also access the movie using the following link: https://primewire.st/casablanca-1942/. Please bring a sweater because the AC will be on. Phones are not allowed anytime.

Wednesday, August 4

 

Movie Review: Casablanca with Andrew Orenstein

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

After watching the movie Tuesday, today we'll discuss Casablanca. It focuses on an American expatriate (Bogart) who must choose between his love for a woman (Bergman) or helping her and her husband (Henreid), a Czech resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Germans. You can also access the movie using the following link: https://primewire.st/casablanca-1942/.

 

Bay Ridge ROCKS with Eletra Johansen

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bay Ridge ROCKS is a community project that cultivates creativity for young and old. Paint rocks with images, words or quotes and hide them for others to find (or keep them)! The hope is that finders will post a picture or tell where they found it on the Bay Ridge Rocks Facebook page. Then you can see your rock again! It’s a great way to spread a little cheer and positive juju while having fun. All the supplies will be available at CONNECTS.

 

Thursday, August 5

 

 

Meditation & Breathing with Yifan Xue

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Studies show that meditation as well as breathing exercises can improve physical and mental health. Meditation and breathing exercises don’t have to take a lot of time out of your day. Yifan will teach you several techniques and you will practice together in the group. After each exercise, you will review and discuss your feelings.

 

Coloring with Yifan Xue

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Coloring keeps attention flows away from ourselves. It also relaxes the brain. Also, low stakes make it pleasurable. We will color Secret Garden with color pancils. Please feel free to bring your own art supplies!

Friday, August 6

 

 

GET SMARTER WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE: Accessories with David Dring

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

There are several accessories that can be paired with your smartphone.  In this class we'll  look at a few: speakers, printers, TVs, and watches.  In this class we'll discuss bluetooth the technology that enables the pairing and how it works.).

​POKER PREP with Yifan Xue
3:00 pm - 4:00 p

 

Poker boosts math skills, logical thinking and more. It is an inclusive game and can be played by anyone. If you are not familiar the rules, Yifan will teach you all you need to know.