2009 – Summer on the Hudson! Special Events for NYC Families

 

FREE 2009


SUMMER ON THE HUDSON FESTIVAL

MAY 3 – OCTOBER 11

NINTH ANNUAL ARTS AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION

 

NEW:   
HUDSON RIVER QUADRICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS, including Nieuw York/New York “Movies Under the Stars,” Jazz at Lincoln Center presents pianist Jonathan Batiste, and Special Kid Acts! Programming
 
 
MUSIC, DANCE, FILMS, SPORTS AT MANHATTAN’S RIVERSIDE PARK SOUTH
 
ALMOST 100 EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

 

 


Summer On the Hudson, one of New York City’s largest free summer festivals, opens its ninth season Sunday, May 3, at Riverside Park South with the Irish Arts Center’s 8th Annual all-day New York City Irish Dance Festival.  The six-month series, running through October 11, is an annual summer arts and cultural festival in Riverside Park South presented by The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
 
Two 2009 Festival series will celebrate the Quadricentennial of the Hudson River: the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of and first journey up New York’s waterway, as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s maiden voyage on a steamboat.  Celebratory happenings include the Nieuw York/New York “Movies Under the Stars” series opening July 8, with historically-themed favorites that span the centuries such as the 1993 The Age of Innocence starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer; and special programming on the July-August Kid Acts! Series.

Summer On the Hudson
features an enormous variety of events at Riverside Park South from West 59th Street to West 72nd Street along the Hudson River: music and dance performances, movies, world music DJ dance parties, and programs for children and families. In addition, throughout the summer there will be ongoing sports, wellness and recreation activities for the whole family, from spring into fall, in yoga, kayaking and pilates. Food and drink is for sale at the park’s Pier I Café. All events are FREE to the public and are programmed by Robin Schatell, Riverside Park Director of Programming. For more information, please call 311 or (212) 408-0219, or visit
http://www.nyc.gov/parks <http://www.nyc.gov/parks> /soh, or http://www.riversideparkfund.org <http://www.riversideparkfund.org> .
 
Riverside Park South is a unique combination of greenspace, esplanades, winding pathways, wooden boardwalks, plazas, and ball fields, with panoramic north and south views of the Hudson River. Summer on the Hudson strives to present events that meet the cultural and recreational needs of the community, enrich the daily lives of New Yorkers, and brings diverse groups of people together in a magical setting.
 
Parks & Recreation is the steward of more than 29,000 acres of land–14 percent of New York City–including more than 4,000 individual properties ranging from Yankee Stadium and Central Park to community gardens and GreenStreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds. We manage four major stadia, 550 tennis courts, 52 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 22 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City’s principal providers of athletic facilities. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events and cultural festivals. For more information about Parks, visit our website:
http://www.nyc.gov/parks <http://www.nyc.gov/parks> .
 

A.    SPECIAL EVENTS
 
      MAY
 
Sunday May 3, 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pier I (West 70th Street at the River)
8th Annual New York City Irish Dance Festival
The Irish Arts Center is back in the park for its annual celebration of traditional Irish music and dance, featuring some of best local and international Irish dancers and musician. Fun for all ages!  This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency.
 
Sunday May 31, 12:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Pier I (West 70th Street at the River)
Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza
Moms Rock! Celebrate mothers and the people who love them at our annual music and art-filled afternoon featuring mom bands Swingset Mamas, AudraRox and Moey’s Music Party, as well as a Gymboree Play Tent, arts & crafts, eco-environmental information, food, fun, and more!
Special PURE yoga-thon pre-event, 11:00 a.m. Bring your own  mat.

Staten Island lecture on college program for disabled – Thursday, April 30, 2009 @ 4 PM – CSI

STATEN ISLAND LECTURE ON COLLEGE PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Thursday, April 23, 2009

By KIAWANA RICH

ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Melissa Riggio, who died at age 20 a year ago this month, had Down syndrome.

But her legacy belies her all-too-brief life: She inspired shelves of offerings about special-needs children in Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide; she wrote about her life with her disability, and she collaborated on songs with British singer Rachel Fuller and the legendary Pete Townshend of the Who.

The work she inspired continues with the creation of the Melissa Riggo Higher Education Program. An exploration of the city-based program will be the featured topic during the April 30 Willowbrook annual lecture, “Opening the Doors to Higher Education to Students with Developmental Disabilities.”

The 4 p.m. lecture will be presented in the Archives and Special Collection of the library of the College of Staten Island, Willowbrook.

The 17th annual event is coordinated by leading scholar and Willowbrook historian, Dr. David Good.

Good said Miss Riggio’s parents and Barnes and Noble CEO Steve Riggio and his wife, Laura, established the program, which allows students with developmental disabilities to take non-credit classes.

“The purpose is to take students with intellectual disabilities and provide them with a college-level experience,” he said. “It’s actually a great program. And it’s a program that’s been wanted for a very long time by parents on Staten Island.”

There are at least five students in the CSI program that began in September.

Presenters include Dr. Carole Gothelf, director of individualized supports, city Association for the Help of Retarded Children, and Matthew Weiler, director of the Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program, AHRC.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 718-982-2310.

S. I. Developmental Disabilities Council General Council Meetings through June 2009

Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council General Council

Meetings through June 2009.

 

Please Mark your Calendars.

 

Friday, May 15, 2009 (changed- originally scheduled for May 22, 2009) – Health & Clinical Services Committee

Friday, June 19, 2009End of year Committee Reports

 

 

The Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council General Council Meetings will be held at The Elizabeth Connelly Center – (In the Bubble) – 930 Willowbrook Road- Building 41A, Staten Island, NY 10314.

 

Meetings are scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM.

 

Contact 718-983-5354 or contactsiddc@aol.com should you have any questions.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Showcases Films Related to Developmental Disabilities

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Next weekend (May 1 – 3 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday) the Sprout Film Festival –http://www.gosprout.org/film/sff2009/index.html – showcasing films related to developmental disabilities, will take place in NYC at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The 26 memorable films being presented are told with intimacy, humor and passion; they should be seen.

The Museum is located on Fifth Avenue and 81st Street – If you drive you can park in the Museum parking garage on 80th street. You may go straight into the Museum from the garage. Buses and subway directions are on the website.

NYC Depart. of Health and Mental Hygiene: Information on Swine Flu for Parents

Please click here: –  ( 11088_swine-flu-faq-doe_parents_english ) to read an informational document from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on the SWINE FLU. It is provided to you in order to answer any questions you may have about the recent news report of swine flu confirmed in a non public school in Queens. We have been working closely today with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regarding guidance for this situation. It is very important to be alert to this situation, but also to be calm. If you need more information please call 311 or your family physician.

Special Education Forum for Staten Island – Wednesday, May 6th @ 7PM at Petrides

 

 

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If you are a parent of a Special needs child, you can’t miss this IMPORTANT meeting! 

 

 

 

WHAT: A SPECIAL EDUCATION MEETING

WHEN:  WEDNESDAY MAY 6 AT 7:00 pm

WHO: GARTH HARRIES, The  New DOE Senior Coordinator of Special Education Programs 

WHERE: THE MICHAEL J. PETRIDES COMPLEX
715 OCEAN TERRACE
STATEN ISLAND NEW YORK
Building A, Room 118 A

Come to this meeting and have your voice heard!

On  Wednesday, May 6th at 7 p.m. a Special Education forum will be held with Garth Harries, DOE Senior Coordinator for Special Education at the Petrides Complex. Garth Harries has been tasked with an effectiveness and efficiency initiative to look at Special Education across the DOE. John Englert, CCSE President and Staci Weile, D31 Special Education Chair will be co-hosting this event.