September 23, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 23 Ridgewood Notes (continued from page 21) per person. RSVP by Sept. 29 to Janet Anderson at (201) 670-0654. LIFFT discussion group begins The return of The Unitarian Society’s LIFFT, (Lively Interactive Food for Thought) a discussion and idea sharing group, will begin its fall season on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The first topic will be “What Have You Learned From Life So Far?” The goal is to provide a fun, supportive environment for all those seeking to meet new people without any cost or commitment. The group will meet the second and fourth Thursdays each month in the Society Fellowship Hall. For more information, visit www. or call (201) 444-6225. The Unitarian Society is located at 113 Cottage Place in Ridgewood. ESL classes offered Non-native speakers of English are invited to a new weekly English as a Second Language (ESL) class at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood. Held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., the class focuses on conversation and language skills. The one-hour class is open to the public and there is no charge. For more information or to register, call West Side Presbyterian Church at (201) 6521966. West Side Presbyterian Church is located at Varian Fry Way, 6 South Monroe Street in Ridgewood. Kindergarten enrichment offered Several openings are available in the afternoon session of West Side Nursery School’s kindergarten enrichment program, which focuses on fun and engaging activities reinforcing math, reading, writing, geography, and science. West Side’s program follows the local public school kindergarten curriculum, including “Handwriting without Tears” and offers small classes with individualized attention to each child’s learning style. Openings are available in the Wednesday and Thursday session, which runs from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m. A “lunch bunch” option is available for parents who wish to extend their child’s day. To enroll, call 201-447-3501. New member classes to begin The Rev. Dr. Gareth Icenogle, senior pastor and head of staff at West Side Presbyterian Church, will lead a series of new member classes. Anyone who would like to learn more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of West Side is encouraged to attend. Participation in a class is not a commitment to join the church. The Saturday classes will run from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 26, Oct. 24, and Nov. 21. Refreshments will be provided and childcare is available upon request. Attendance at one class is all that is requested prior to becoming a member. To register for a class, or to ask questions, contact Carol Walton at (201) 652-1966, extension 11 or carol@westside. org. West Side Presbyterian Church is located at Varian Fry Way, 6 South Monroe Street in Ridgewood. Free parking is available in the lot directly across the street. For information about the church visit Cookbook sale to benefit senior programs The Village of Ridgewood Recreation Division has worked with resident seniors to prepare a cookbook “Golden Oldie Recipes of the Village: Seniors Share Favorites.” Recipes, all tried and true family traditions, include appetizers, breads, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Unexpected entries include asparagus rollups, do-ahead salad, and tabouleh. Net proceeds will benefit the Community Center Trust Fund which provides subsidies to all senior programs at the Ridgewood Community Center. These programs improve health and fitness, offer relaxation, introduce and refine art talents, and offer opportunities to develop new friendships. In order to keep costs to a minimum, the work on the cookbook was done in the Ridgewood Recreation Division Office. The cost per copy is $25; discounted to $20 for seniors (discount limit of two). To order a copy, call (201) 670-5560. Donohue to perform traditional music The Ridgewood Public Library’s Sunday Performance Series will feature Irish singer and musician Gabriel Donohue on Sept. 20. The performance, to be held the library’s Belcher Auditorium, will highlight traditional Irish songs. A member of the original ensemble cast of “Riverdance,” Donohue performs regularly at New York City’s South Street Seaport. The performance begins at 3 p.m. and the suggested donation is $3. The Library’s Sunday Performance Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgewood Library. For Friends membership information, visit the library website at www. Fiber Arts Festival set The North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival will be held on Oct. 2 and 3 at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place, Ridgewood. There will be workshops, demonstrations, lectures, food, and shopping for knitters, crocheters, quilters, weavers, needlepointers -- all fiber and textile-related artisans. Admission is $8 with optional additional fees for workshops. On Friday, Oct 2 the festival will be open from 7 to 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 3, hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, email or or go online to: WISE programs continue The Ridgewood Municipal Alliance will sponsor the continuation of the WISE Program: Part 3 in the Ridgewood Village Hall Community Center on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be long-time village resident Dee DeBernardis. The topic for the Sept. 24 discussion will be How to Enhance the Quality of Your Life. The mission of the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) is to celebrate healthy aging and encourage positive lifestyle choices. Findings show that when older adults have the information and resources they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, they feel empowered about their health and the healthcare they receive. All village residents are invited to these free programs. 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