Yoga Spring 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.

Knit & Crochet Virtual Meet-Up

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

Spring Culinary Series

Session 2: Spring Sweets (April 4)

Whether infused with floral flavor or packed with refreshing brightness, spring treats take on a different flavor that matches the season. Learn how to make simple and delicious recipes from lightly sweet snacks to desserts. These beautiful treats are also perfect for celebrations including Mother’s Day.

Narcan Training

Community members are welcome to learn about how to recognize and prevent an overdose.  Narcan, or naloxone, is a prescription drug that can reverse the effects of opioid and heroin overdose and can be life-saving if administered on time.  We will be trained on how to administer Narcan and each participant will receive a free Narcan kit. 

This program is sponsored by Senator Bill Weber.

Write, Pray, Recover
Book Talk

Join us for a special book signing event where you will have the chance to meet the author of Write Pray Recover! Our presenter, Wendy Blanchard, is an author, motivational speaker and coach. The new book, Write Pray Recover, is a journey to wellness through spiritual solutions and self-care.

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.

Resume Building Workshop

Please join us for a resume building workshop where you will learn to create a resume that stands out and helps you land the interview for the job of your dreams!

Zumba Spring 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!

History Matters: Remember the Dates

Please join us for a special presentation by Earl Miller focusing on the Tulsa 1921 Massacre & Kristallnacht. This talk will be followed by a panel discussion including Willie Trotman, President of the Spring Valley NAACP and Andrea Winograd, Executive Director of the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education.

This event is sponsored by: Spring Valley NAACP, Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education, and African American Historical Society of Rockland County.

The Revolution in One Hour

The Founding Of Our Country For Those In A Hurry. From 1754 and the first shots of the FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, that led to THE TAXES, that led to REBELLION, that led to THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, that led to INDEPENDENCE. It’s all here, PLUS : THE FRENCH REVOLUTION and THE WAR OF 1812. DON’T FORGET YOUR SNEAKERS!

Chronic Disease Prevention
Workshop Series

Join us for an informational workshop series to learn about chronic diseases and how to prevent them.

The Swallows of Lunetto Book Signing

Join us for a special book signing event where you will have the chance to meet the author of The Swallows of Lunetto! From Joseph Fasano, the acclaimed author of Vincent and The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing, comes The Swallows of Lunetto, the story of a young artist, a fugitive soldier, and their impossible escape from Italian fascism at the end of the Second World War.

Community Health Fair

Join us for a fun-filled day full of health information and free giveaways!

3D Paper Crafting Workshop

Join us for a fun workshop and learn about 3D Paper Crafting. You will make your own creation to take home with you together with the skills to make again in the future! This is a Makerspace program.

The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock is arguably the most innovative, bold, iconoclastic, and, yes, personally famous director in the history of filmmaking.  His films pushed the envelope in suspense, terror, and unconventional story structure.  In this session, we’ll look at Hitchcock’s life and review some of his groundbreaking films. 

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

Marc Berger & Ride Concert

Marc Berger’s life has been about pursuing twin passions: creating, recording and performing his original songs and exploring the American West. He has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival and opened for Bob Dylan and other national acts and his antinuclear anthem The Last One was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts. Marc’s critically acclaimed album, RIDE, a collection of songs all having to do with the romance of the West has received national airplay and been licensed by STARBUCKS for worldwide in-store airplay. At this special concert, Marc and the fabulous RIDE Band will perform songs from the album and Marc will share some unforgettable stories about his experiences as an easterner in remote parts of the mountain and desert West.

Celebrate Mexican Art

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, join us to commemorate the artistic achievements of the great Mexican muralists David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente Orozco, and others. Discover how these artists inspired Jackson Pollock in the creation of his groundbreaking abstract expressionist art. Then live on Zoom, tour the barn studio where Pollock made his famous drip paintings and Lee Krasner created her abstract art.

Earth Day is every day: Strategies to reduce, reuse, and recycle

Just because this program doesn’t fall EXACTLY on Earth Day, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something to help our people and planet! Jennifer gives strategies you can use to reduce your output, reuse things you would throw away, and recycle (Rockland Green’s specialty!).

Spring Culinary Series

Session 3: Seafood Suppers (May 9)

Light and fresh seafood dishes are perfect for weekday meals as they cook up quickly and deliciously. Discover a variety of satisfying preparations for seafood including salmon, shrimp, and more.

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. May 10, 2023. Finkelstein Library will not take money. Registration is first come, first serve.

Remembering the Past
for Unity Tomorrow

Please join us as we screen two films and meet the filmmaker, Brooklyn Demme! The film screenings will be followed by a panel discussion together with Andy Minniefield, Ashley Dawson and Brooklyn Demme!

Film 1: Mother’s Day: How do we expel Hatred? By Talking about the old path. This short documentary carries invaluable teachings of peace and respect for life from the sovereign Kanienkehaka territory between New York State and Canada. Mother’s day is not merely an annual holiday, but rather an ongoing, daily practice of thanks for the cycle of life.

Film 2: Standing with Andy: A portrait of Andy Minniefield, the Elder of Nyack who brought us together. This is part of an ongoing piece which seeks to learn from and remember our under-celebrated African American history in Nyack.

Hiking the Hudson Valley…and Beyond!

Join us for an informal evening exploring the incredible hiking opportunities in the New York Metro area and beyond! Zachary Cole (NY-NJ Trail Conference) will provide an introduction to our local trails and discuss how trails intersect with community and conservation. We will also cover some key skills and tips for hiking in our region, and learn how people can get involved with their local trails.

Local Senior Services Seminar

Join us for an informational seminar about all of the services offered by the Rockland County Office for the Aging including a review of current Medicare and Medicaid options as well as the NY Connects program. There will be Q&A and on-site application assistance available as well.

Memorial Day at Rockland's Historic Black Burial Ground

Recent discoveries at Mount Moor Cemetery in West Nyack are shedding light on significant contributions made by veterans interred in the historic black burial ground. The cemetery is the final resting place of nearly 300 African Americans, including 30 veterans who fought in the Civil War, Spanish American War, World Wars I and II and the Korean War. Friends of Mount Moor Cemetery Vice President Bill Batson will describe the struggle to preserve the cemetery and introduce the public to some of the heroes that are in eternal residence. 

Abelita Mateus and Itaiguara Brandao Duo Musical Performance

Originally from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Abelita and Itaiguara will perform a great selection of some of the most celebrated Brazilian composers as Tom Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Joao Bosco, Djavan, and others. She will also play some of her own compositions, recorded on her albums Vivenda and Mixed Feelings.


Mateus is currently the pianist for the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, directed by Dizzy Gillespie alumni John Lee. She plays at international venues such as the Blue Note New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco, Ronnie Scott’s in London, and Bird’s Basement in Melbourne, Australia. In December 2017, Mateus was invited to perform alongside Helen Sung, Marcia Ball and Joanne Brackeen for NPR’S A Jazz Piano Christmas at the Kennedy Center.


Itaiguara Brandao is a New York City-based recording artist and bassist/guitarist. He has toured internationally and recorded extensively with a wide range of Latin and World Music artists such as: Dianne Reeves, Ivan Lins, Marcos Valle, Toquinho, Roberto Menescal, Leny Andrade, Joyce Moreno, Carlos Lyra, Jaques Morelenbaum, Dom Salvador, Angelique Kidjo, Paquito de Rivera, Paulo Braga, Randy Brecker, Leo Gandelman, Claudio Roditi, Jovino Santos-Neto, Emílio Santiago, Elba Ramalho, Guilherme Arantes, Romero Lubambo, among others.

In Our Own Voice: Honoring Mental Health Awareness Month

NAMI In Our Own Voice is a presentation for the general public to promote awareness of mental health conditions ​and recovery. The presentation changes attitudes, assumptions and ideas about people with mental health conditions, and provides a personal perspective of mental health conditions, as leaders with lived experience talk openly about what it is like to have a mental health condition. There will be time for Q&A with the presenters.

Schindler's List: "Whoever Saves One Life Saves the World Entire” Film Lecture

Schindler’s List: “Whoever Saves One Life Saves the World Entire” – When Australian author Thomas Keneally stopped by a Los Angeles shop to replace a worn out briefcase, the shop owner — a holocaust survivor — introduced him to the story of a German factory owner who helped save 1,200 Jews from death. What did it take to bring this almost forgotten story into print? And how did Steven Spielberg turn this into a wildly successful and acclaimed film? Entertainment historian John Kenrick pulls back the curtain on this landmark cinematic event and on its ongoing legacy.