Executive Director Todd Fliedner took time out from his busy schedule to demonstrate making table top trees for the holidays. Seven joined the workshop in person at Connects and another three joined online. The demonstration included creating a really fabulous Christmas tree for Connects and it is now displayed on the table at the front window. You can drop by Connects and see it (7609 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge). Thanks Todd! 

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Intern Matthew Lyon spearheaded a trip on the South Brooklyn ferry route. We had a lovely fall walk along the park paths in Dumbo with great views of Manhattan and the unusual view down under the Brooklyn Bridge. There were a few rest stops, a bit of shopping, and lunch — all adding up to an excellent day trip with good company too.


​We accepted the challenge and entered the NYC Department of Aging Fall Walkathon,  which ran from September to the end of November. Our walks are over for the season, but we did a total of 77,882 steps around the neighborhood, including to a few local galleries, a visit to artist Whitney Hamilton's studio, Owl's Head Park, and a stroll along 5th Avenue with Rosemary Shabouk as our guide to the Arab stores and culture there.

Celebrating Diwali at the Center, November 5, 2021

Thanks so much to Padmini Aiyer for presenting the program on Diwali!. As you can see from the photos, it was beautiful and colorful. Diwali, also known as "festival of lights"' makes one of the biggest and grandest celebrations in India. Diwali comes on new moon day in October-November. On this day every Hindu prays to Goddess Lakshmi for wealth, prosperity, health and happiness by lighting the diyas, small lamps, all around the house to welcome the Goddess. They dress up in new clothes and jewelry and visit friends and relatives with lots of sweets and wish each other Happy Diwali. We got to try out some of her Saree collection and present a fashion show to members in attendance.

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Neighborhood Walk, Friday, October 29

As we were walking through the neighborhood whose house did we admire but our very own art teacher, Whitney Hamilton's! Everyone loved meeting her and admired her awesome decorations. You never know who you are going to come across on our strolls!

Photo: Whitney's in the middle of the  photo.


Owl's Head Park Tour with Susan Frances, Wednesday, October 13

Susan Frances (center photo, far right), the Community Liaison for the Owl's Head Park Volunteers, took us on a history and nature walk around the park. Plus, we added a lot of steps for the DFTA Walking Challenge!

Trip to Ft. Hamilton and the Harbor Museum — with some walking too!

We had a successful trip on Wednesday, October 6, our first trip with the van in almost 2 years! Everyone enjoyed the tour as we learned lots of interesting facts about the Fort Hamilton Army Base and toured the Harbor Defense Museum.  Our tour guides, Justin and Bob, did a great job entertaining us with stories and answering our questions. Many of the members had a personal connection to the Fort.  It was great hearing their stories as well. We ended our day with a delicious lunch at the Community Center.


Narrows Botanic Garden

Sept. 8, 2021

What a great walk! We met Mickela Mallozzi and her crew  from the Bare Feet TV series and Bare Feet Tours.  A good number of the walkers knew her show on Channel 25. The first picture is a group one with her and her crew!

If you can't join our Meditation classes on Monday and Wednesday, try this audio/video version created by our former meditation instructor, Braden Marks.