Class Descriptions, Fall 2021
Bay Ridge Center & Bay Ridge Connects
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AGE FRIENDLY BAY RIDGE with Matthew Lyon
Help make Bay Ridge a place where you and your neighbors can age in place. This class will be a space to discuss and organize around various ways you feel Bay ridge could transition into being more age friendly. Come prepared to share and get involved.
BAY RIDGE POETS with Kiara Cortes
In this class, we’ll write poetry of your choice (e.g. Haiku, Limerick, free verse among others) to consider and express your emotions and feelings, We’ll supply the paper and pens, you bring your thoughts and creativity. Kiara Cortes is an intern with Bay Ridge Center and a Masters of Social Work Student at New York University.
BAY RIDGE ROCKS with Eletra Johansen
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.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT BAY RIDGE CENTER hosted by Rachael Marotta
The staff at Bay Ridge Center and Connects is always working hard to serve you. Join us as we get to know a staff member on a deeper level: how did he or she end up at Bay Ridge Center and Connects? What does an average work day at Bay Ridge Center and Connects look like? And what about when the working day is done? The staff loves getting to know you, and now you’ll love getting to know the staff better!
BINGO with Weekly Guest Host
Join us in-person for traditional Bingo fun!
BOOKS ON THE RIDGE book club
Meets monthly on a Thursday and is facilitated by Gail Karpf, a retired English teacher and voracious reader. As of October, there will be 2 sessions so that we have a smaller number of people in the space at one time. You must call ahead if you would like to attend either session, 718-333-5782. October book: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
BROADWAY STANDARDS CONCERT with musicians from Concerts in Motion
Concerts in Motion presents Broadway Standards featuring professional and student musicians.
BUILD YOUR DRAWING & WATERCOLOR SKILLS with Whitney HamiltonIn this class, Whitney will help beginners along their artistic journey with skill development in drawing and watercolors. Art history will be thrown-in to add some flavor to the class. Whitney, a working Bay Ridge artist, received her MFA from the Pratt Institute.
CASE MANAGEMENT with Yifan Xue
The individual support is a service that provides a broad range of individualized supports to people requiring assistance with activities, daily requirement, emotional support, acquisition of skills and case management for providing resources.
Yifan holds a degree of MSW at Columbia University. She will provide individual support for 1/2 hour sessions with advance appointment. Please call 718-333-5782 to set up a time.
CHAIR YOGA with Jennifer Gibson
We will explore breath and movement and work on yoga poses during this gentle chair yoga class and cultivate calm in the mind and ease in the body. Come prepared with a folding chair (or other firm seated chair) placed on a nonslip surface like a yoga mat. Jennifer has been a Yoga Instructor since 2005, specializing in Chair Yoga for seniors since 2011.
COLLAGE & SCRAPBOOKING with Kiara Cortes
Bring your creativity and other found objects to make art with Kiara (a social work intern). Together we'll make collages and maybe include, or use other items in a scrapbook page. This artwork is for anyone and a great way to explore your artistic side in an safe and empowering environment.
COLORING with Mary Todisco combined with Music with Maryah Thompson
Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. It generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest. You will use colored pencils and feel free to bring your own supplies. Music puts participants in control! We'll play songs you choose from a YouTube playlist or help you make your own. Maryah Thompson is a Masters of Social Work student at Columbia University and an interna t Bay Ridge Center.
COLORING (THEMEATIC) with Maryah Thompson
Each week will be themed based depending on holidays, the season, and participants interests. Fun facts will be provided each week based on the topic. This will be a great opportunity to converse with your friends and talk about the theme of the week. Maryah Thompson is a Masters of Social Work student at Columbia University and an intern at Bay Ridge Center.
CONNECTING WITH CRAFTS with Barbara Gundrum and Rosemary Shabouk
Meet up with others interested in fiber arts and other crafts! Work on your project at home - but not alone! Knit, crochet, macrame,needlepoint, cross stitch, and other fiber arts too! Bring your project and your own materials and join us every Friday for a relaxing afternoon as we keep our fingers busy, share tips, and socialize too. Beginners & experienced crafters are welcome. Walk-ins welcome. No need to pre-register.
DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM with presentations and consultations by RNs from the Capstone Project at CUNY
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Nov. 3, Nov. 9)
ONSITE at Bay Ridge CONNECTS
Diabetes My Plate, 10:30 am – 11:30 am It has been proven that managing blood sugar is the key to living well with diabetes and eating well is the key to managing blood sugar. Join us in this lesson to learn more about healthy eating with diabetes.
Diabetes Label Reading Tips, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Learn the proper way to read the Nutrition Facts on food labels for nutrient information for the food.
Choose Healthy Fat, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Learn about choosing good fat for healthier meal choices.
Whole grains, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Learn ways to incorporate whole grains into your diet for smarter and healthier meals.
DOCTOR'S INSIGHT ON COVID-19 with NYU Langone
NYU Langone medical experts offer a series of presentations and discussion about Covid-19, the disease, the vaccine, and more. The doctors will not be in person, but their live presentation will be projected to participants at The Center.
EMPOWERING CARDS with Yifan Xue or guest intern
Poker improves on learning and studying ability and boosts mathematical skill. You will also develop social skills and logical thinking skills through the game. It is an inclusive game and can be played by anyone. You can even be the dealer if you want. If you are not familiar the rules, Yifan will teach you the rules and any information you want to know.
FOCUS STRESS GROUP with Yvonne Powell, RN
Yvonne Powell is a Registered Nurse attending the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Professional Studies and is currently interning at Bay Ridge Senior Center. She's completing several assignments and may occasionally request your participation, primarily in the form of a brief questionnaire. Conversation with the Nurse: can be throughout the day.
FOR AN AGE FRIENDLY BAY RIDGE with Matthew Lyon
Help make Bay Ridge a place where you and your neighbors can age in place. This class will be a space to discuss and organize around various ways you feel Bay ridge could transition into being more age friendly. Come prepared to share and get involved. Matthew Lyon is a student at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and an intern at Bay Ridge Center.
FUN FACTS with Luke Li
What surpRising facts will Luke come up with?? This class takes place every other Monday.
GAME: SCATTERGORIES! with Rachael Marotta
Scattergories is a fast, fun, challenging word game. We’ll be playing an online version—no previous experience required!
GAME DAY BOARD GAMES with Martha Diesslin
The deck behind Connects is calling out. Come join us there for some fun board games with your peers. We have several game options, or bring your own. Should be a lot of fun catching up with peers as we play the games. And we'll be outside.
GAME DAY - YAHTZEE with Rachael Marotta
Join us to relax and enjoy each others' company while adding a little competition to the mix!
GOTTA DANCE (in my chair) with Sophia Tamzarian
We will dance our feet off while sitting. This class will enhance your cardio vascular system, burn fat, calories, help with stability, balance, body strengthening and much much more. You will be dancing and having so much fun that you will forget you are even exercising.
HEALTH MATTERS! with St. Francis Nursing Students cancelled due to changes at St. Francis and the nursing program.
HEALTH NEWS with David Dring
Join David for the latest health news from the media and recent presentations.
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JEWELRY MAKING with Mary Todisco
Mary Todisco brings back this favorite activity. Come and join us for good conversation, company and creativity.
KARAOKE with Cami Smith
Ready to sing? So is Cami (an intern from Columbia University). We've got the words and the music so come and join us.
KWARANTINE KITCHEN with Rachael Marotta
Everything and anything to do with food and cooking. We'll explore recipe demonstrations by amateur chefs, culinary professionals, and you too. Share cherished family recipes. Show us how to cook your favorite recipe. Figure out together how to creatively use/repurpose the food in our kitchens and the food sent to us by the city agencies. November: Boozy Holiday Dessert Balls
MASTERING APPLE PRODUCTS with Luke Li
Have trouble with using the iPhone or IPAD? Have some questions about Apps in Apple's App Store? Or have another question apple products? Come to the apple product workshop and our new intern Luke will be happy to help! Luke is an intern with Bay Ridge Center.
MEDITATION & BREATHING with Yifan Xue
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.
MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS with Lorraine Perricone - Dazzo
Tactics for achieving a greater sense of mindfulness and connection to the present moment. Each session includes a 20-minute guided meditation. Instructor is Lorraine Perricone - Dazzo, a Bay Ridge native, yoga teacher, and nonprofit professional dedicated to sharing the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga with all people.
MINDFULNESS MONDAYS with Sophia Tamzarian
Discuss and practice various mindfulness techniques for stress reduction and enhanced relaxation. Each session includes a 20-minute guided meditation.
MONDAY BRAIN GAMES with Martha Diesslin
Start the week off right and stay sharp with Martha. Challenge your brain and your will with fun games curated by Martha.
MOTIVATIONAL MONDAYS with Amar Sharif
This group is aimed at providing members with a motivational song and/or quote along with a group discussion to feel motivated to start a new week. Amar Sharif is a student at the Silbrman School of Social Work at Hunter College and an intern with Bay Ridge Center.
MOVIES at BAY RIDGE CONNECTS
Each Tuesday afternoon we show a movie followed by discussion and our own reviews. On our calendar we also provide a link if you want to watch the movie at home and join us for the discussion. November line-up: Funny Girl (11/2), Hello, Dolly! (11/9), Internal Affairs (11/16), Waterloo Bridge (11/23) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (11/30)
MOVE & GROOVE IN YOUR CHAIR with Sophia Tamzarian
This fun fitness program is a low impact seated dance exercise workout that is made available to anyone regardless of age, fitness level, or ability. Let’s get that groove on!
OUT IN BAY RIDGE with Amar SharifThis is an LGBTQ+ awareness group for members who are interesting in learning more about a community in which they are either part of themselves, know someone who is, or are just curious about.
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SCRAPBOOKING with Kiara Cortes
In this class, we’ll make a page a session for your scrap-book. We can collect all pages and create a final book for you or you can home your pages to add to an existing book. Bring a picture and any found items that you may want to incorporate onto your page. We’ll have other supplies to spark your creativity.
Kiara Cortes is an intern with Bay Ridge Center and a Masters of Social Work Student at New York University.
SHARING BASKETBALL STORIES with Luke Li
Did you see that game? Wasn't it incredible? But how is that team doing overall? Remember when ... These and other questions will be answered as we discuss current and past basketball teams and games. We'll also discuss how you can access statistics, parts or whole live games as well as historical games online.
SHORT STORIES with Tanisha Singh
This program will focus on the craft of the short story, with emphasis on structure and technique. Each week we will independently read a short story and come to class ready to analyze and discuss these literary forms as a community. Tanisha is an intern at Bay Ridge Center.
SMARTPHONE with David Dring
OCTOBER 28, 11 am - ONLINE NEWS - It's true you can't believe everything you hear. And it's doubly true you can't believe everything that you read, especially online. In this class we'll talk through several news sources, help anyone that hasn't downloaded those apps and talk through some strategies to confirm "facts" when you may doubt them.
SMARTPHONE with Matthew Lyon
Details and link coming soon. Matthew Lyon is a student at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and an intern at Bay Ridge Center.
SITTING STRENGTHENING with Mary Ann Coughlin
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; if you have them, please bring them to the in-person class also.
SITTING STRETCHING with Mary Ann Coughlin
Stretch your joints to get the kinks out and prepare for strengthening our upper body. Have weights or water bottles and an exercise band available to increase your strength; if you have them, please bring them to the in-person class also.
SMALL BIZ QUIZ with Rachael Marotta
Meet a Bay Ridge proprietor. What kind of business do they run? It’s a secret, and it’s up to YOU to ask questions until you figure out what their line of work is. Once their identity is revealed, we’ll learn more about their business so we can SHOP LOCAL!
STANDING STRENGTHENING with Mary Ann Coughlin
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. If you have weights and bands, please bring them to the in-person class.
STANDING STRETCH AND TONE with Mary Ann Coughlin
Let’s start our week by becoming more flexible and fit. We will start with some stretches and work on our balance at the same time. Please have a chair nearby for support if you need it.
STANDING BALANCE with Mary Ann Coughlin
Standing balance exercises to help you feel more secure on your feet. Have a chair nearby for support if needed. Everyone is welcome to join in both classes
TAI CHI with Mary Ann Coughlin
Join instructor Mary Ann Coughlin on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons as we learn new forms and practice forms that we have learned in the past few months. With instructor Mary Ann Coughlin, we will begin to feel the flow of the movements and become more comfortable with the entire set of moves allowing us to move with less conscious thought. All our welcome to join in as repetition and practice is key to learning tai chi.
TALK WITH JULIE with Julie Ross
This group will be a discussion group that will focus on reminiscence about the past while also considering the challenges and joys of modern life. The hour will be open-ended for members to bring up topics from the past and share their recollections and their wisdom. Some topics will include music, television, fashion and trends from decades past. Julie Ross, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and adjunct faculty member at the Silberman School of Social Work and a staff member at Bay Ridge Center, will facilitate the meeting. Julie Ross, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and adjunct faculty member at the Silberman School of Social Work and a staff member at Bay Ridge Center, will facilitate the meeting.
TECH HOW TOs with David Dring
OCTOBER 28, 1 pm - The Fax Effect (topic changes weekly)
The network effect, also known as the Metcalfe law, describes technological growth. Originally discussed in terms of telecommunications (and the fax machine) this law illustrates how the iPhone grew, how youtube, tiktoc and pretty much every other technology that is now within the mainstream grew. In this class, we'll discuss how it works in a very non-technical way.
THEATRE TALK with Geoffrey Cohen
In this monthly class, community member Geoffrey Cohen, discusses his experiences with theatre . The class is interactive so that participants can share their experiences with the same show or a different one. Come to learn and share your experiences about watching theatre. It's gonna be fun.
TRIPS - Oct. 6 to TOUR FT. HAMILTON AND THE HARBOR MUSEUM with Mary Ann Coughlin
10:00 am for the van from The Center (register in advance at the front desk or call Kathy Boyle at 718-748-0650 ext. 113), or, 10:30 am - Meet at the entrance to Ft. Hamilton, 101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway. Bring an ID to enter the base; you will not be allowed in without it.
TRIPS & TRAVEL with Rachael Marotta
Learn about Bay Ridge Center member Elaine Anselmo’s recent trip to Italy. She’ll be sharing pictures, videos, and maybe even a recipe.
TRIVIA with Charley Eichler
Answer questions, get a good laugh, and work your brain! Bay Ridge Center's long time member Charley Eichler challenged everyone with trivia questions at the center, and he's brought the same fun and games to Zoom. What's your best category? — Arts & Literature? Sports? Entertainment? History? Science? Geography? Join us and find out. (Don't be scared....Charley's willing to give clues too.
WALK FOR YOUR HEALTH! (Fridays)
Join us for a 30 to 45 minute walk in the neighborhood. We will count our steps and add them to our walking challenge from the Department of Aging.
WALKING GROUP Group (Wednesdays)
Outdoors, in person with Mary Ann Coughlin and other staff or interns. Sometimes we combine our walks with "nature talks" and stop to look at trees, birds, flowers, whatever catches our eyes or wander our neighborhood and reminisce about changes over the years. And sometimes we stop for a refreshing drink at a local cafe.
WII BOWLING with Joe Lundrigan
It's time to resume your swing ... go for a strike or a spare. Join us for some good ol' neighborhood fun.
YAHTZEE with Rachael Marotta
Join us to relax and enjoy each others' company while adding a little competition to the mix!
YOGA MEDITATION with Jennifer Gibson
Explore movement and meditation during this gentle yoga and meditation class. Come prepared with a folding chair (or other firm seated chair) placed on a nonslip surface like a yoga mat. We will build a lovely space in our hearts, minds, and homes for the multifaceted practice of yoga and end with a guided deep relaxation.
ZOOMBA GOLD INTRO with Nissha Marksman
Warm up for Zoomba Gold, a virtual dance fitness experience that includes fun light-impact dance moves for everyone! Join instructor, Nissha Marksman as she helps you to improve cardiovascular fitness, balance and coordination. Nissha is a Certified Strong by Zumba instructor who enjoys dancing and nature.
ZOOMBA GOLD with Nissha Marksman
Zoomba Gold uses Latin dance moves such as merengue, bachata and salsa! Join Nissha as she helps you to improve cardiovascular fitness, balance and coordination.
Our website calendar includes all virtual and in-person programs at both locations.