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Yoga Fall (2) 2022 Session

Yoga is the union of breathing and mindful movement known to strengthen, energize, release stress and tension, and bring balance to your mind and body. All levels are welcome.  Check with your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program. Zoom joining information will be communicated to those registered and it can be shared with others. Recording is strictly prohibited. Classes will be closed and locked punctually at the start hour.

Knit & Crochet Meet-Up

The Knit & Crochet group meets weekly to socialize, help each other with new techniques and show off their final works of art!

Give the Gift of a Safe & Healthy Home

The Healthy Neighborhoods Program is a FREE NY State grant funded program with the Rockland County Department of Health. A complete home safety evaluation that covers a variety of health and safety concerns in the home environment is offered to all those interested and eligible. This Free HNP service covers: fire safety, carbon monoxide, asthma, radon, child safety, senior all prevention, radon and more! Learn more about the program, receive a goody bag and register for your home evaluation.

Making a Holiday Greeting Card

Learn how to make a seasonal greeting card that uses LED lights to illuminate your creativity. Participants will receive all the components to make their own multi-layered season greeting card and will learn how to construct, decorate and illuminate these cards using classic crafting techniques and modern LED technology. Come mix traditional cheer with modern ideas to make a greeting card of your very own that will be sure to light up your holiday!

This is a Makerspace program.

Zumba Fall (2) 2022 Session

ZUMBA Fitness classes are the most FUN way to lose weight and say healthy! Classes are simple enough for anyone to follow. There will be options for beginners as well as advanced students so you can work at your own pace. The goal is for you to have a great time and not even realize you are getting an amazing workout!

Winter Culinary Series

Session 1: Festive Cookie Bars 

With layers of delicious flavors and enticing ingredients, cookie bars are a winter dessert staple. Learn to make an update on a classic holiday treat that will turn snow days cozier and holidays even more festive. Along the way, you will pick up new recipes, ideas, and baking advice.

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle way for seniors to get the wonderful health benefits of yoga. It also makes yoga accessible to more people. Staying seated while doing yoga means that even frail seniors or those who are not flexible can safely do the exercises. The benefits of chair yoga include loosening and stretching painful muscles, reducing chronic pain, decreasing stress, and improving circulation. It also reduces anxiety, helps lower blood pressure, protects joints, and builds strength and balance.

Vase & Flower Drawing Inspired
by Henri Matisse

Participants will learn to draw a vase and flowers based on Henri Matisse’s artwork. They will learn to use lines, shapes and angles to help complete their drawing. Markers will be used to color in the drawing and the supply list will be provided upon registration.

Emotional Literacy for Wellness

Emotional literacy uses self-awareness, self-regulation and empathy to give ourselves permission to experience emotions without overwhelming us. We achieve this by making changes through modification of our actions, thoughts and behaviors, yet never minimizing how we feel. Emotional literacy also builds resiliency!

Once we are willing to identify what we are feeling, (self-awareness) we can choose to implement healthy emotional regulation practices (self-regulation) to experience Emotional Literacy for Wellness!

This workshop will be an interactive hour of going inward to speak, and to “feel” our truth, and then writing, so please come prepared with paper and pen!

Stop Procrastinating: These are the
7 things to organize in January

Don’t put it off, log on and learn how to wrap up the holidays and tidy up for the new year. Join bestselling author and expert organizer Jamie Novak for this virtual program when she reveals the seven spots we might not think to organize in the new year. Learn what to do first and how to stay motivated, plus join Jamie for a tiny tidy up session live during the program.

Zumba Winter 2023 Session

ZUMBA Fitness classes are the most FUN way to lose weight and say healthy! Classes are simple enough for anyone to follow. There will be options for beginners as well as advanced students so you can work at your own pace. The goal is for you to have a great time and not even realize you are getting an amazing workout!

Yoga Winter 2023 Session

Yoga is the union of breathing and mindful movement known to strengthen, energize, release stress and tension, and bring balance to your mind and body. All levels are welcome.  Check with your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program. Zoom joining information will be communicated to those registered and it can be shared with others. Recording is strictly prohibited. Classes will be closed and locked punctually at the start hour.

Estate Planning

Planning for life’s uncertainties and preparing for what needs to take place in the event of a person’s death are not easy subjects to talk about – especially when someone is actually in an “end of life” situation. The thought of planning for what needs to take place in the event of our death or dealing with the things that need to take place after the passing of a loved one can be overwhelming. In this class you will be guided through the complicated and often emotion-fraught process of estate and long-term care planning including Medicaid and other special needs.

Winter Culinary Series

Session 2: Warming Winter Soups 

Winter ingredients transform into cozy and warming soups. Enjoy a cooking demonstration while exploring customizations, flavor combinations, and all the tips necessary for creating delicious winter meals based around these satisfying recipes that can also be made vegan or vegetarian.

How to Reduce the High Costs of Prescriptions

This informative workshop will provide you with information on the demographics of prescriptions in the U.S. today. Prescription safety will be addressed, as well as education on how to reduce the cost of medications. With the spiraling costs of medicines, more Americans are subject to high costs, causing major concerns. Attend this educational workshop and learn how to save money on your prescriptions; do not ever pay more than you have to.

Breaking the Silence

Please join us for a special presentation dedicated to adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff. Learn how to use correct language when someone experiencing mental health conditions.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.

International Holocaust Day:
Survivor Stories

In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education will present a special program to include a video, testimonies of survivors, and discussion.

In partnership with The Nyack Library.

Finding your Voice & Telling your Story: Memoir Writing for Beginners

Personal historian and professional biographer Alan Bergman firmly believes that we all have an interesting life story to share, whether we realize it or not. Bergman, the founder of Life Stories Preserved LLC, is the author of 12 privately-published biographies.

His personal goal is to inspire people to write their memoirs and preserve their stories while they still can. “Our memoirs are treasures that deserve to be captured and shared with our children and grandchildren, as well as with other family members and friends. Too many of us regret not learning loved ones’ stories when we had the opportunity to do so,” Bergman says.

Not only does memoir writing create a historical accounting of our life and times, it can also serve as a catalyst for stimulating our mind muscle and improving cognitive brain functions. It can be tremendously cathartic to recall our past and commit it to writing.

Participants are encouraged to bring a photograph or an object which has an interesting story attached to it. There will be exercises to help recall events from our past or segments of our life, write about them as narrative, and then share these memories with other class members. These exercises will serve as an introduction to memoir writing.

No prior writing experience is required. All participants should bring a pad or a notebook.

Defensive Driving

As a New York Safety Council class, patrons will be able to get an insurance reduction and/or points off of your license. This program is offered in two parts. YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS IN ORDER TO QUALIFY AND BE ON TIME. The class fee is $30 payable by cash or check (made out to Diane Mendez) and must be given to her either at the FIRST class session by, Wed. Feb. 1, 2023. Finkelstein Library will not take money. Registration is first come, first serve.

Black History Month Commemoration: How We Can Find Our Voice in Music & Poetry

Join us for a workshop where we will discuss the expression of blackness within different mediums of visual art and song as well as the therapy and history behind using art for storytelling. We will analyze music/paintings from the black arts movement and try to understand what has changed & what has not. There will be a time for creating, sharing and learning.

This event is co-sponsored by the Gordon Center for Black Culture & Arts and the African American Historical Society of Rockland County.

The Love of Winter

Love is in the air. Crisp, bright and sweet. Join us as we create Winter inspired salves and candles that will warm your heart. Bella Creme is an all-natural skincare company that is committed to a holistic approach to all skincare ailments. Overall they aspire to empower various communities to reconnect with the beauty and resources provided by nature.

All supplies will be provided on-site at the program.

Medicare Educational Seminar

This informative workshop will provide you with information on the different Medicare programs available to you. Questions will be answered about how to lower prescription costs, health insurance options, maximizing entitlements and more. Please join us and have your questions ready for the experts!

Motown Records and Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy wrote the Jackie Wilson hit Lonely Teardrops but barely made any money. So he started his own record company named Motown. The label played an important role in the racial integration of popular music achieving crossover success. Motown would launch the careers of Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson Five. Includes classic video of the early years of Motown music.

Confessions of a Hayseed DA: A Colorful and Compelling Memoir of Rockland's Criminal Justice Past

Kathleen Meehan Do, daughter of Confessions of a Hayseed DA Author Robert R. Meehan and the book’s editor, will participate in an interactive discussion about the book and its place in the criminal justice history of Rockland County. Kathy will read selected excerpts from the book, which explores criminal cases and events that occurred in Rockland in the 1960s and 70s, and she will engage in a back-and-forth discussion with the audience about this memorable time in Rockland County.

Introduction to Blockchain Technology

Join us for an informational seminar about Blockchain technology led by Professor James Liporace. Learn what it is, how it works and why it is so revolutionary!  There will be time for Q&A following the presentation.

This event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Finkelstein Memorial Library.

Winter Culinary Series

Session 3: Lighter Comfort Food 

In this class we will explore vegetable substitutes for comfort food staples such as pasta, tortillas, and more. Spaghetti squash, zucchini, and plenty of other vegetables provide flavor and lend variety to renditions of your favorite comfort foods. Learn to prepare them the best way for delicious results.

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