February 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 23 Ridgewood Notes First Presbyterian announces Lenten calendar The Ash Wednesday Pot Luck Dinner and Communion Service will held on Feb. 25 from 6:15 to 8 p.m. The Growth Committee invites everyone to begin Lent with a family pot luck dinner, followed by a communion service in the chapel. This is a brief, informal inter-generational worship. Children are welcome to take the Lord’s Supper along with the adults and choir. There will be children’s activities after dinner. The Wednesday noon Lenten programs will run on March 4, 11 and 18. Featured will be a soup lunch, brief traditional worship, and a visual CE program by John Butler dealing with Lenten themes using photos of the area “stained glass windows” with additional commentary by Pastor Watkins. The program will run about one hour, including lunch. Lenten and Christian themes may include: “Spiritual Warfare,” “Repentance and Awe,” “Peter’s Confession,” and “The Great Commission.” On Sunday, March 1 the 2 p.m. the Concert Series will feature “Love is in the Air.” The program will take place in the sanctuary. The Journey through Grieving: Moving Beyond Loss group will host Cynthia Brady, chaplain at Valley Hospital on Sunday, March 8 after worship. Brady will discuss loss and transition as a part of life. During this discussion the group will look at ways to be present with someone who is grieving, the journey through grief, and the “work” to deal with any transition. The First Presbyterian Church is located at 722 East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood. HILT schedules March social A social for HILT members only will be held at the Community Center at Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue on Thursday, March 5 from noon to 2 p.m. This event is in lieu of the regular monthly meeting. HILT seniors are invited to spend a few hours socializing and listening to entertainer Mary Taylor. Taylor’s extensive repertoire includes cabaret, old time sing-a-longs, jazz, and pop music. Members should bring a sandwich. Coffee and dessert will be served. HILT, in conjunction with the Ridgewood Parks & Recreation Department, is sponsoring a trip to the Brownstone House in Paterson on Thursday, March 12 for a Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration. Luncheon will feature a family style meal. To add to the fun there will be authentic Irish entertainment. The bus will leave from the Graydon parking lot at 10:30 a.m. (boarding begins at 10:15 a.m.) and will return at approximately 3:45 p.m. The cost for the trip is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to HILT. To join HILT, the yearly cost of membership for village residents, 55 and older, is $10 per person. Monthly meetings feature interesting and informative speakers and/or entertainment followed by light refreshments. Members also enjoy reasonably priced monthly outings to various points of interest, including theater trips. For additional information, contact Ridgewood Parks & Recreation at (201) 670-5560. Meeting room rentals available The Ridgewood Library offers the use of its auditorium and art studio for organization meetings, recitals, and community events. The Belcher Auditorium features state of the art audio visual equipment, a stage and piano, wonderful acoustics, and can accommodate up to 160 people. The art studio is a smaller venue and can accommodate up to 30 people. Call (201) 670-5600 extension 120. Library events scheduled World Cinema Foreign Film and Discussion for Friday, Feb. 27 will be “Tell No One” 2006, 125 minutes in French with English subtitles. Ridgewood resident and author Harlan Coben’s intricate murder mystery became a bestseller and wonderful French suspense thriller. Start time is at 7:30 p.m. The Reader’s Choice book discussion group led by Dr. Virginia Hyman will meet on Friday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. The book will be “Sanctuary,” by William Faulkner. The Genealogical Society of Bergen County will meet on Monday, Feb. 23 for “Patroons and Plowman, Pietism and Politics: 17th Century NY/NJ Dutch Culture” by Firth Haring Fabend. Fabend will present the lecture and be available to sign his book. The program begins at 7 p.m. The local history program will feature Hubert Harrison’s “The Voice of Harlem” on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Ridgewood Public Library is located at 125 North Maple Avenue in Ridgewood. Valley offers program on head injuries The Valley Hospital Community Health Department is offering a free evening education program, “More Than Just a Bump on the Head.” An estimated 300,000 sportsrelated traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States each year. Most of these injuries can be classified as concussions, which is a temporarily altered mental status. Join Peter Heilbroner, M.D., a pediatric neurologist at Valley Hospital, to learn more about signs, symptoms, and treatment options available for concussions and other common head injuries in children. This free 90-minute program will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Valley Hospital Conference Center located at 223 North Van Dien Avenue in Ridgewood. Space is limited. To register, call 1-800-VALLEY 1 (1-800825-5391) or www.valleyhealth.com/events. Graffman to perform with Ridgewood Symphony The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra will feature pianist Gary Graffman at its Feb. 27 concert, to be performed under Conductor Diane Wittry. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at Paramus High School, 99 East Century Road, Paramus. Since his debut in 1946 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy, Graffman has played as soloist and recitalist all over the world. He has won many awards and honors. He has also made dozens of recordings. Two of the most notable are his 1964 recording of Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with Leonard Bernstein, and the New York Philharmonic and his 1979 recording of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s movie “Manhattan.” More recently, Graffman served as president of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from 1995 through 2006. In 1979, Graffman injured the ring finger of his right hand. Since that time, he has performed only music composed for the left hand. Seven left-hand works have been commissioned for him. In the Feb. 27 concert with the RSO, Graffman will play Maurice Ravel’s “Concerto for Piano in D Major” for the left hand. Rounding out the program will be Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and Cesar Franck’s “Symphony in D minor.” Tickets for the concert at Paramus High School may be purchased through the RSO website, ridgewoodsymphony. org. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets at the door will be $23, $18 and $13. For more information call (201) 612-0118. Club offers program on 19th century Art Curator of the 19th century art at the Newark Museum, Holly Pyne Connor, PhD, will be the guest speaker at the Woman’s Club of Ridgewood on Wednesday, March 11. The luncheon will be held at the clubhouse, 215 West Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood. Dr. Connor’s lecture will be “Surveying the Nation: 19th Century Landscapes from Topographical Views to Mystical Views.” An Irish buffet will be served at noon followed by a business meeting and the program at 1:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by March 4. Send a check made payable to the Woman’s Club of Ridgewood to the club at 215 West Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. The cost of the lunch is $20 for members, $25 for non members. The fee for non-members who wish to attend the program only is $5. The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood, a non-profit organization and member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs is always looking for new members. Call the club office at (201) 444-5705. President’s week children’s program set The Sixth Annual President’s Week Children’s Morning Program at the First Presbyterian Church will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 9:30 to 11:40 a.m. This is a morning of fun and entertainment for children ages three through 12 and their parents. Entertainer Brian Eslick, a talented ventriloquist and magician, will bring his friends, including Chiquita, a rooster who loves bananas. In addition to his performance, there will also be a story time with a craft and refreshments. RSVP to the church at (201) 652-2504. A free will offering will be taken after the performance. The First Presbyterian Church is located at 722 East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood.