December 9, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 23 Ridgewood Notes Temple hosts family service Families are invited to a Participatory Family Service on Friday, Dec. 11, at Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood. This service is geared toward families with children, especially those ages four through 13. Services begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a celebratory Oneg Shabbat dessert reception. This service is open to the entire community. Temple Israel is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. For more information, call (201) 444-9320, e-mail to, or visit Winterfest comes to village A Middle School Winterfest for village students in grades six through eight will be held at the Ridgewood Community Center on Friday, Dec. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. Participants can dance to the live music provided by the popular group Crossfire, take part in winter-themed games, and enjoy refreshments. Admission is $5 per person and is payable at the door. The Community Center is a Toys for Tots collection center and teen appropriate gifts are most welcome. (Donations tend to be for younger children.) The Community Center is located in Ridgewood Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue. For more information, call (201) 670-5560 or (201) 670-5500, extension 301. Chanukah celebration set Temple Israel of Ridgewood will host its annual Chanukah celebration and Prospective Members’ Open House on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Starting off with songs led by Cantor Caitlin Bromberg, the Chanukah celebration will have a dreidel spinning contest and games, crafts (including making gifts for hospitalized children), and a Maca-bi-a-thon. Synagogue professional staff and members will give tours of the facility, and provide information about Temple Israel’s religious school and social and educational programming for everyone from infants through adults. Located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood, Temple Israel and JCC is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Yoga classes offered Beginning in January, yoga classes will be offered to village youth at the Community Center at Ridgewood Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue. Classes are sponsored by Ridgewood Parks and Recreation. Yoga improves physical and mental health through meditative breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises. Benefits include improved stamina, flexibility, coordination, balance, stress relief, sleep, digestion, focus, intuition, selfesteem, emotional control, and academic achievement. Classes for students in grades two through five will be on Mondays, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., beginning Jan. 11. The cost is $60 for five classes. High school students will meet on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. beginning Jan. 13. The cost is $75 for six classes. Participants should bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Register online at or in person or by mail at The Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue. Locate the registration form on the recreation homepage at The recreation office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (201) 670-5560 for assistance or more information. Learn fashion design Ridgewood Parks and Recreation will offer fashion design classes for students in grades five and up on Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. at the Stable, beginning Jan. 14. Students will learn to draw a fashion figure and outfits. The cost for the six week session is $54. Participants should bring Crayola washable watercolor markers and a 9 by 12 pad of watercolor paper. Early registration is suggested as space is limited. Register online at or in person or by mail at The Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood. Locate the registration form on the recreation homepage at For more information contact the recreation office at (201) 670-5560. Preschooler classes in the arts planned The recreation division is offering several classes for preschoolers. All classes will be held at The Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood. My First Art Class (with guardian), for children who are 20 to 42 months of age, will have caregivers and toddlers explore with painting, drawing, sculpting, reading, and art games. Activities are designed to provide opportunities to touch, feel, hear, and see, while building fine motor skills, language, creativity, and cognitive skills. This class will meet Fridays, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 8. KidzArt Discover, for children ages three through five, will prepare preschoolers to understand and learn to use different media, improve reading readiness, tune-up fine motor coordination, and have fun while learning to draw. The class will meet on Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. beginning Jan. 11. The cost of the five-week session is $95, which includes all materials. Students, ages three through five, can learn the basics of music theory and how to play familiar songs on the piano in Happy Piano on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning Jan. 14. Each child is provided with a keyboard to use in class. The cost is $110 for the six-week session. An additional materials fee of $35 is charged annually. Registration can be made online at or in person or by mail at The Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue. The registration form is also on the recreation homepage at Non-residents may register if space is available; an additional $10 fee will apply. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (201) 670-5560. Edwin named to Dean’s List Thora Edwin of Ridgewood has been named to the Dean’s List at Berkeley College, Bergen Campus, Paramus for the summer 2009 quarter. Berkeley College students who achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum of 12 academic credits qualify for the Dean’s List. Handbell Choir to perform The Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir will be ringing a concert of holiday music on Friday, Dec.11 at 8 p.m. at the Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood. The program will include well-loved songs and carols, and selections that include flute, guitar, and percussion. The Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir, established in 2004, is a not-for-profit performance level community choir whose purpose is to provide ringing opportunities to experienced ringers and to bring the unique sound of handbells to audiences in the area. Under the direction on Christine Braden, the choir presents a wide variety of music including arrangements of sacred, classical, folk songs and secular music in addition to original works for handbells. A free-will donation will be taken, and refreshments will be served. For details, call (201) 447-2751 or visit Schuber to speak on 1863 draft riots William “Pat” Schuber, professor of leadership studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, will address the Irish American Unity Conference at its next meeting at on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Schuber will discuss the July 1863 draft riots in New York City in response to the Civil War draft practices. The IAUC is a human rights organization working for peace with justice in a reunited Ireland. The event is open to the public. Christ Church is located at 3 Cottage Place, Ridgewood. For more information, call (201) 445-9257. Employment workshop scheduled Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church’s Career Resources Ministry, in its continuing effort to provide help to people seeking employment, will present the third of a four-part series of fall/winter workshops on Sunday, Dec. 13 at noon. The workshop will be held in the meeting room in the lower church and is open to anyone seeking employment and those who anticipate unemployment. Parish membership is not required. These workshops are presented by the Career Resources Ministry whose members are dedicated to helping those seeking employment. Professionals in the field will present the workshop and will be on hand to give advice. This next workshop topic is “Interview, Cultivate, Offers, and Negotiate” Participants should bring a recent resume or job experience information. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information, call Tom Lewis at (201) 445-1864 or Carol Shea at (201) 447-4315. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is located at 1 Passaic Street, Ridgewood. 30 minutes of your time can save a life. Each year more than four million people ~ accident victims, patients undergoing surgery, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases ~ are in need of a blood transfusion. 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