Page 10 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • October 7, 2009 Ridgewood Notes Summers to perform at library Singer/songwriter Cynthia Summers, who has been compared to Judy Collins and Joan Baez, will perform at the Ridgewood Public Library’s Belcher Auditorium Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. This presentation is part of the On Stage Performing Arts Series sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The concert is open to the public, and the suggested donation is $3. Summers, who grew up in Glen Rock, has a background as a poet. Her songs have been described by Sing Out! magazine as “intricate imagery. For additional information, contact the Ridgewood Public Library, 125 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, at (201) 670-5600. Corcoran to address MOMs Dennis Corcoran will be the guest speaker at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Ministry of Motherhood (MOMs) meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7. He will offer advice to mothers who are juggling the challenges of going to church as a family, and will address how families live their faith. OLMC MOM’s is a group of women of all ages and faiths who strive to make spirituality the center of their family life through supporting, ministering to, and learning from each other. The group offers a variety of adult and child-centered activities that offer mothers and families the opportunity for social interaction, emotional support, and spiritual growth. For more information, visit online at Castaldi to perform concert American soprano Cristina Castaldi will present a benefit recital for CantaLyrica at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Unitar- ian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place, Ridgewood. Tickets are $25, or $40 for two. Call (201) 837-1734 for reservations; if seats are still available, tickets will also be sold at the door. Castaldi will perform a mixed program of arias and Broadway favorites. Most recently, Castaldi sang the role of Donna Elvira in Connecticut Grand Opera’s production of “Don Giovanni.” In addition, she regularly performs solo recitals throughout New York. A champagne “Meet the Artist” reception will follow the performance. CantaLyrica is a mixed chamber chorus based in the Ridgewood area. This season’s concerts will be held at the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. Once again, the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra will join CantaLyrica for the concert in May. CantaLyrica Music Director Joshua Greene is an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and a private teacher of piano and conducting. He is also a noted voice coach and recital accompanist for many renowned singers, including James Morris, Marc Embree, and Jane Bunnell. For more information, visit Talmud class to begin Rabbi David J. Fine of Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood will present an ongoing course focused on the Talmud on Tuesdays, beginning on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. All are welcome to this free series. Studying from the English version of the Steinzaltz edition, the class will begin with the seventh and eighth chapters of tractate Sanhedrin, studying aspects of the laws of jurisprudence. It is a window into classical Judaism and the workings of Jewish law in areas such as capital punishment, universal law, and the ability of the Rabbis to “correct” aspects of the Torah with which they disagree. As the class studies the text, Rabbi Fine will point out modern parallels. This course is part of an ongoing schedule of Temple Israel’s adult and family programming. Temple Israel is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. For more information, call (201) 444-9320, email to office@synagogue. org, or visit Newcomers host events The YWCA Ridgewood Newcomers will be making sushi on Thursday, Oct. 8. Meet fellow food lovers, mingle with friends, and make sushi rolls under the guidance of the sushi chef. Vegetarians are welcome. Contact kelly_woj@yahoo. com for more information about this event. Anyone interested in joining the YWCA Ridgewood Newcomers Club may contact Laura Gallagher at The Newcomers will host a Progressive Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Guests will start at a member’s home for appetizers, move to another’s for dinner, and finish the evening with dessert at a third member’s home. The cost is $45 per person or $90 per couple. This event is open to Newcomer members only. Contact Lauren Cuneo at for more information about this event. William Walsh to speak William J. Walsh Jr. of PSE&G will speak at the Ridgewood Village Hall Senior Lounge on Maple Avenue Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. Walsh will explain the New Jersey Energy Master Plan and efforts to help homeowners save money by reducing their energy costs. He will discuss home and office energy audits and rebates for the purchase of energy saving appliances. Walsh will also answer questions. The public is invited, and municipal officials and employees are encouraged to attend this free presentation. Refreshments will be served. 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