First Fridays! A Gozar! - Preview of Havana Film Festival NY, tonight, 4/17, from 6pm to 10pm.
Located at North Building—2nd Floor and admission is FREE! Join us for a sampling of the best films in this year's Havana Film Festival New York. And stay for the after-party. Special presentations by the Cuban band Habana Tres and DJ Cato a.k.a. Congrí. Click here for more info.
Events @ NYBG
Friday through Sunday - You don’t have to leave New York City to explore the wilderness. The New York Botanical Garden’s grounds and 50-acre forest are the sites of several family events in which to discover nature. These include a garden scavenger hunt at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and a Forest Explorers Walk with a garden expert at 12:30 p.m.; both meet at the reflecting pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center. At 2 p.m. in the Orchid Rotunda of the Library building, children can start a pressed-plant collection by making an herbarium specimen to take home. And from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden offers a Biodiversity Discovery Station and “Chocolate and Vanilla Adventures,” a program about those plant-based flavors. Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road, Bedford Park, the Bronx, (718) 817-8700, nybg.org; an all-garden pass is $20; $18 for students and 62+; $8 for children 2 to 12; free for members and children under 2. [Event listing courtesy of NY Times].
Federal Stimulus Town Hall Meeting @ College of New Rochelle's Co-op City Campus
Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and the New York State Senate invites you to attend a Town Hall Forum on the Federal Stimulus. Here's what you'll find out: how your community can benefit from the Stimulus Package; what projects are eligible for funding; and information about job creation and business opportunities. The Bronx forum will take place Saturday, April 18th, from 9am to 12pm at the College of New Rochelle's Co-op City campus (755 Coop City Blvd.). To attend, please contact the office of the Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith at (212) 298-5585 or click here to sign up.
Celebrate Earth Day Event @ Harlem River Ecology Center
Tomorrow, 4/18, at 1pm - Join the Harlem River Ecology Center for a Park and Coastal Clean-up, Planting Arts and Crafts and Nature Workshops, Animal Habitat Discovery and more. Located at the southern end of Roberto Clemente State Park off of Cedar and Sedgwick Avenues.
Community Protest @ Yankee Stadium
Concerned Bronxites will be gathering outside of Yankee Stadium tomorrow, 4/18, at 3pm to protest what are now being viewed as broken promises to the community with the construction of the new Yankee Stadium. Protesters will have signs and placards siting the lack of replacement parks, lack of jobs for Bronxites and other concerns. For more info, call Diego at (212) 860-6001 x28.
Events @ Wave Hill
There are lots of great events happening at Wave Hill this weekend, including a cooking demonstration, family art project, a community volunteer project, and the grand finale of the Cabaret & the Concourse concert series. Click here for all the details.
Red Silk Dancers Performance @ Bronx Library Center
Tomorrow, 4/18, at 6pm - Directed by Margaret Yuen, the Red Silk Dancers presents a colorful program featuring Chinese traditional dances of Silk and Sword. Come and enjoy the classical silk water-sleeves in "Chimes & Bells"; "The fiery " Red Silk Dance"; the swaying silk fans in "Sunflower"; and the power of swordplay in" Deep in the night". Click here for more info.
Events @ Lehman
'More Than the Blues' - Sunday, 4/19, 2pm. The Lehman Big Band will give a performance of jazz music by Frank Foster, John Coltrane, George Gershwin, Paul Hoffman, Aaron Sachs, Sammy Cahn, and others. Admission is free. Click here for more info.
'Cirque le Masque' - Sunday, 4/19, 4pm. Drenched in colorful light, and oblivious to the forces of gravity, Cirque Le Masque has stunned and entranced audiences of all ages with some of the finest acrobats, aerial artists, and gymnasts performing incredible feats that combine strength, agility, beauty and impeccable timing. This European-style circus, complete with lavish costumes and props, music and special effects, has performed to sold-out audiences worldwide. Tickets range from $35 to $10. Click here for more info.
Community Garden Bike Tour @ Taqwa Community Farm
Sunday, 4/19, 9:30am to 1pm - with Eric Thomann & Owen Taylor. Tour starts at Taqwa Community Farm in the Bronx. Gather at 9:30am, ride from 10am - 1pm For more information, email Helen Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org. [Event listing courtesy of Tree Museum].
Bardekova Ensemble @ Bronx House
Free concert will be performed Sunday, 4/19, at 2pm by the Bardekova Ensemble at Bronx House (990 Pelham Parkway South). For more info, call (917) 687-3584.
Outdoor Club Walk @ Van Cortlandt
Sunday, 4/19, at 10:45 a.m., “Van Cortlandt Park to Downtown Yonkers,” a five-to-six-mile walk, meeting in the Bronx at 242nd Street and Broadway; (212) 348-5344. Cost is $3, in addition to return bus or train fare. [Event listing courtesy of NY Times].