I want to wish all of our Stein Family a Happy New Year, 2017! We had quite a busy end of 2016 with our Health Fair, Thanksgiving Dinner, our Holiday Fair, our 13th Police Precinct Dinner, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. Our sincere thanks go out to Staff, Advisory Council Members, Volunteers and In-terns who help us every day and on special events.
We will have nominations and voting to elect new members for the Senior Advisory Council. The Council meets with key staff to discuss programs and ac-tivities in the senior center, what works and what doesn’t. The Council meets once a month during the day and is comprised of members of the center who attend programs here. Please let Helen know if you are interested in running for the Advisory Council. The Council also works with the staff to coordinate fundraising events and should be able to commit to a year of service.
There are some new programs planned for this Winter/Spring time of year. The Stein Senior Chorus is back on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Mark Bruckner is the conductor from Turtle Bay Music School. We are also the lucky recipient of a grant from The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council which provides an Artist in Residence for 6 months, beginning in January and culminating in an exhibit of the work produced. Stay tuned for more information on when clas-ses will start. We had some visits from local school children.
Our Play Reading group is back with co-leaders, Nancy and Carmine. Both co-leaders are working actors and run a repertory company in Manhattan. They meet at Stein the first and third Fridays of the month at 10 am-12 noon. Please check our Culture in the City Theatre Desk for tickets to plays, concerts, ballet, etc. for the best buy in town! Feldenkrais continues with a new 12 week module generously supported by an anonymous funder. This body work class helps re-train your body to decrease pain and boost flexibility.
Of course, Shakespeare and Opera Appreciation continue to interest a large group of members. Art History is going strong and we even have a Fit and Flexi-ble knee class for our problematic knees. We are planning to start a Tai Chi class again, so stay tuned for information on Where and When.
Our student intern MSW students from Hunter (Tugba and Kate) will contin-ue their class in memoir writing combined with collage so that you can write your journal and illustrate it too. They also are counseling members who would like to chat. They are here on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until May.
We will be closed this month for New Year’s on Monday, January 2nd and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Monday, January 16th. We are planning some special events for Black History month in February TBA.
Don’t forget that our Advisory Council members sell books on Wednesdays along with greeting cards. This is one of the best buys in town since paperback books are priced at $.25 and hard cover books are $.50. Greeting cards are sim-ilarly priced.
Our Frozen Meals for the weekend are doing well. You can get one on Fri-days after lunch is served. We are asking for a contribution to help cover the cost of the meals. As I remind every now and then, we count on your contribu-tions to meet our costs for lunches and weekend meals. The actual cost is $5.25 per meal and Stein is expected to collect $42,000 per year in contribu-tions in our bottom line. Thank you for helping us meet those numbers.
I hope our winter is not too snowy or icy, although very cold weather is pre-dicted. Please be careful and dress warmly. A word of caution on the Select Buses. Don’t forget to pay for your ticket, because there are officers just waiting to snag you with a very expensive ticket if you haven’t prepaid before boarding the bus.
I want to end this article with how proud I was to host Mayor de Blasio’s vis-it to Stein to talk about his “Vision Zero” initiative. This project aims to de-crease the number of older adults who are hit by cars while crossing the street. We also had Commissioner Donna Corrado, PhD. of the Dept. for the Aging with the Mayor. They were both impressed with Stein and the vitality of the programs here.
Jane Barry, LMSW Executive Director