February 25, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 23 Ridgewood Notes Grief series to begin at Valley Valley Hospice will be offering a free program, “Dealing with Loneliness.” This presentation is the first in the Conversation on Grief Series. Henry Fersko-Weiss, L.C.S.W., manager of social services for Valley Home Care, will provide helpful strategies and tips for coping with loss. The program is open to anyone who has experienced a significant loss through serious illness or death. The session will be held on Wednesday, March 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Dorothy B. Kraft Center, 15 Essex Road, Paramus. Parking is available and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required by March 6. Call Maria Salerno, coordinator of volunteers and bereavement, at (201) 291-6246. New group to focus on optimism The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood is hosting an exciting new gathering, LIFFT (Lively, Interactive Food for Thought) beginning on Thursday, March 12 at 1 p.m. LIFFT will be held the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The first session will explore the power of optimism. The goal is to have thought provoking topics and ideas for open discussion in a supportive environment. Please drop by or call Georgetta Walsh (201) 475-8155. The Unitarian Society is located at 113 Cottage Place in Ridgewood, (201) 444 6225. More information is available at www.uuridgewood.org. Women’s group meets for Rosh Chodesh Temple Israel’s monthly Rosh Chodesh women’s circle will meet on Sunday, March 1, at 7 p.m. Rosh Chodesh, or “head of the month,” is an ancient festival that celebrates the new moon, and since early times it has been especially sacred to women. Participants will make hamentaschen (pastries eaten during Purim), and Cantor Caitlin Bromberg will discuss the meaning of Purim. The circle is open to all adult women, and each meeting includes prayer, discussion, refreshments, and socializing. For the location of the Rosh Chodesh women’s circle, or for more information, contact tiroshchodesh@synagogue.org or call the synagogue office at (201) 444-9320. 64th Annual Antique Show and Sale planned The 64th Annual Antiques Show and Sale will be held March 6 and 7 at Christ Church in Ridgewood. This show is one of the oldest in Bergen County. Carefully selected dealers will display quality antiques form Europe, Asia, and America. Styles range from formal to country and include furniture, dolls, quilts, fine prints, picture frames, china, silver, linen, toys, rugs, autographs, buttons, tools, clocks, books, jewelry, and antiquities from around the world. The show will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $6 per person and is good for both days. Admission with a coupon, one per person, is $5. The Cottage Café will be open throughout the show and will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu includes bagels and muffins, tea breads, soups, sandwiches, hot dogs, beverages, and homemade baked goods and desserts. There will be a jazz ensemble playing during dinner on Friday night. Appraiser Stephen van Cline will be on hand both days to offer appraisals for the nominal cost of $5. A former chairman of the International Society of Appraisers, van Cline is a fourth generation member of van Cline & Davenport, Ltd. Shuttle service will run to nearby parking lots. For more information, call the church office at (201) 652-2350. Christ Church is located at Franklin Avenue and Cottage Place in Ridgewood. Course offers Secrets of the Siddur Cantor Caitlin Bromberg of Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood, will present a four-week course, “Secrets of the Siddur,” on Tuesday nights beginning March 10 at 8 p.m. Cantor Bromberg’s weekly course will cover each part of the service so participants will understand not only what comes next but why. For many people, knowing why will increase the enjoyment and fulfillment from the Jewish service. In addition to structure, examination of the content will reveal treasures of beauty and inspiration that may change the way view services are viewed. There is no charge for the course, and everyone in the community is welcome. Familiarity with the Hebrew prayers and/or Hebrew reading ability is desired. This course is part of an ongoing schedule of Temple Israel’s adult and family programming. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. ‘Images in Stone’ to be presented Jean Claude-Marchionni, designer, stone carver, and sculptor for public and private clients in Europe and the United States will be the guest speaker at The Women’s Guild of Old Paramus Reformed Church. “Images in Stone” will be presented on Wednesday, March 4 at 1 p.m. Claude-Marchionni, who has a studio in Midland Park, will share a visual presentation of more than 25 years of his architectural and ornamental stonework and restoration for such landmarks as the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, and the Jewish Museum extension in New York City. Other commissions have included renaissance carvings for a New York hotel, a communion table for a Manhattan church, and works for private homes across the United States. Goodwill offerings will be appreciated. The Paramus Reformed Church is located at 600 East Glen Avenue at Route 17, in Ridgewood. 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 plans trip to playhouse HILT (Highlights in Leisure Time), in collaboration with Ridgewood Parks and Recreation, is sponsoring a day trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton on Thursday, Feb. 26. A luncheon will be served with a choice of five entrees plus a dessert buffet. Afterwards, the show, “The Music of America,” will trace the history of popular country music in American in a unique way. The bus will depart from Graydon Pool at 9:45 a.m. Boarding will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the bus is expected to return to Ridgewood by approximately 5:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $50 for HILT members and $55 for non-members. Limited seating is available. Checks should be made payable to HILT. Registration may be made in person or by mail at the Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (201) 670-5560. For additional information about HILT call the Ridgewood Parks & Recreation Office at (201)-670-5560.