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Friday Fiber Arts Group

Thanks to the Friday Fiber Arts group for the great window display at the Bay Ridge Connects storefront, 7609 Third Avenue. As the group said in their poster text, "We cannot be here in person, but we are still Connecting!" The Knitting, Crochet & Fiber Arts Group started meeting in the Fall of 2019 when Bay Ridge Connects opened. When in-person programming was suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus, they were one of the first groups to get online. The group meets still meets every Friday from 1:30 - 3:30 on Zoom. Some knit. Some crochet. And one member makes jewelry while joining the conversation — "Fiber Arts" is not a strict criteria for this group. During their two hours each works on their own project while socializing or coming up with ideas for more things they could do — like this window display!

Something for Everyone in Our Tech Classes

Everyone will get something out of our weekly tech classes — and more experienced users can sometimes help explain things too. Instructor David Dring's career has focused on using technology to enrich the quality of life for older adults, and he is a patient teacher for beginners and a knowledgeable source for anyone with a tech issue, from the best Smartphone to buy to how to set up a smart home. Through the Bay Ridge Center virtual programming, David offers four sessions each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Smartphone How-tos are at 11 a.m., and general technology sessions are at 1 p.m.

During a recent Smartphone class, David showed how to create and manage folders on an iPhone. This was an issue for one member who was having trouble keeping track of messages on her phone, and she is certainly not the only one. David was ready with samples like the one shown above to take us step-by-step through the process, answering other questions as they came up. David is always ready to talk about anything tech related, and if he doesn't know something he'll look it right up. He might talk about topics such as Online Protections; Online searching: Google, Yahoo or Bing; Voice Recognition: Alexa, Google or Siri; and Smart Homes, or you can come with your questions. David is Bay Ridge Center’s Director of Innovative Programs for Older Adults.

Budding Artists

Artist Whitney Hamilton is teaching a new Drawing and Watercolor class on Tuesday afternoons, which is proving to be quite popular. She’s a working artist in Bay Ridge, but right now she’s “zooming” in from her temporary base in Alabama. During a recent class she talked about light and shadow in still life drawing. Then she demonstrated how pressure on the drawing pencil changes the darkness of lines and how to outline the area of a shadow from the light source to the object. Participants practice along with her — or just listen in to better understand art or to pick up tips. It’s almost easier to have a class like this on our computer screens rather than in a classroom. Here the demonstration is as close as we can get to our screens and makes it easy to understand exactly what Whitney is doing or explaining. Don't be intimidated if you think you are not artistic; anyone interested in art will enjoy this class.

Exercise — Wherever You Are!

Bay Ridge Center's Health Management Specialist Mary Ann Coughlin teaches a variety of exercise classes — even when she is far from home in Bay Ridge. She sent this story from a late summer class:

"We left the basement and went to the lake for our balance class. While teaching the classes from upstate New York, I thought it would be fun to be outside and have a change of scenery. So, we headed to Lake Muscoday in Roscoe, NY, for one of our classes. My brother-in-law, Pierre, and nephew , Sean, joined in before we headed out on the lake for some kayaking. I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful scenery."

See our online calendar for the class listings and links to join these classes or any of the others offered by Bay Ridge Center. These programs are free to adults 60+ and you can join as many as you'd like! You can use video or join with just audio on your computer or by telephone.

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