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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Source: Listverse

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Source: Listverse

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn (FIAO) is sponsoring free ballroom dance instruction classes for teens and seniors for its 16th year in a row.

Led by indefatigable dance instructor Carmine Santa Maria, classes are held Wednesday nights beginning October 1 and run through late June at the Beacon Community Center auditorium at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 11th Street and West 12th Street. The three hour classes begin at 6:00pm.

Santa Maria, who leads the instruction along with advanced students from previous classes, has been teaching ballroom dancing for close to 60 years.

Partners are not necessary to learn basic Meringue, Foxtrot, Tango, Cha Cha and Swing moves, he says, and advanced students practice their Peabody, Rumba, Mambo, Waltz and Samba steps alongside the newcomers.

“You learn to dance by dancing and teaching each other,” says Santa Maria. “But I’ll always be there watching and correcting,” he said, according to a release.

Call Director Joe Rizzi at (718) 232-2266 to sign up and learn more.

 

The following was sent to us by Community Education Council 21:

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium Education Department and Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst Program invite you to participate as they conduct a shoreline survey of various types of marine debris, work to keep our local beach free of debris by picking up trash and contribute to a healthy ocean that both people and wildlife can benefit from.

The event will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday, September 27, at the beach at Kaiser Park, near West 33rd Street and Bayview Avenue. The event is recommended for ages six and up. An adult must accompany children between the ages six and 14 at all times.

All participants must complete and sign a photo release form and a volunteer waiver upon checking in for this event. Both of these types of forms can be found on the NYA Education webpage at www.nyaquarium.com/nyaeducation. Youth ages six to 17 must have a parent or guardian sign the volunteer waiver on their behalf.

To sign up, fill out the registration form by going here.

For your safety: wear work gloves (consider bringing your own), closed-toed shoes, sun screen, and a sun hat. Please bring water to keep you hydrated. During the cleanup event, do not pick up or collect needles for any reason — notify the site leader who will collect it safely.

 

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

Seniors. Idols. Senior idols.

Brooklyn residents age 50 or older are invited to register and audition this Monday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Xaverian High School auditorium for Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, an annual contest that draws upon the talent of senior citizens of Kings County, vying to be crowned “Brooklyn’s Senior Idol” this fall.

State Senator Martin J. Golden, in partnership with Xaverian High School, is hosting the contest. Senior citizens trying out for the singing competition should bring a CD or cassette tape accompaniment. A piano is available for any contestant interested and participants are welcome to bring a guitar.

The contest finalists selected from those who audition will compete at Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, to be held at Xaverian High School on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. The winner will be selected through the votes of the audience and the judges.

“Every year, Brooklyn’s Senior Idol attracts great talent from our Borough and many fans show up to cheer on our contestants at the show. This year, as we set our sights on the crowning this year’s Brooklyn Senior Idol, I look forward to another successful event which has come a very popular tradition. So if you can sing, be sure to try out. And if you want to see a great show, don’t miss the show,” said Golden, in a press release.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can only be purchased at the door, with all proceeds to benefit the Xaverian High School Music Scholarship Fund and to purchase new instruments to support the Xaverian High School music program.

Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road (handicapped accessibility available at the 71st Street door).

For more information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

Bless this doggy! Photo by Erica Sherman

Bless this doggy! Photo by Erica Sherman

There will be a baked goods and jewelry sale this Saturday, September 6 at 12:00pm outside of New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street, followed by guest pastor EJ Emerson delivering the annual Blessing of the Animals at 2:00 p.m.

“Like Francis of Assisi and many others, Pastor EJ takes particular delight in animals of all kinds, believing they are God’s special gift to people,” a press release reads. “Our pets bless and care for us with unqualified love and faithfulness. They’re a source of great joy. This is our opportunity to thank God and to invite a special blessing for them.”

According to the release, pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome, as long as they are polite in public and adequately restrained for their own safety and that of others.  Human companions are also requested to be prepared to clean up any droppings their pet may deposit on the property.

The blessing is free to all. Proceeds from the baked goods and jewelry sale will go to the restoration fund for the church sanctuary, which was built in 1828-1829.

For more information, call (718) 232-9500.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

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