March 25, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 13 Ramsey Review DARE offers class for parents The Ramsey DARE program, in conjunction with the Ramsey Municipal Drug Alliance, is presenting a free class for parents on Monday, March 30. Entertainment will join with instruction, as several speakers will be on hand to offer insight and intelligence on local underage and binge drinking trends. The one-hour block of instruction has been designed in response to multiple requests made by parents of local teens. Included will be several firsthand accounts, provided by local parents who have found themselves suddenly thrust into a battle against teenage substance abuse. The class falls just days before this year’s prom, and offers parents a valuable opportunity to increase their awareness, improve their strategies and gain access to the important community resources. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Ramsey High School. Light refreshments served. No guests under the age of 18, please. Senior News The Ramsey Seniors will host a Spring Festival luncheon on Friday, March 27 at noon in the center. The menu will include chicken cordon bleu, rice pilaf, vegetable and dessert. The cost is $7 and should be made payable to the Ramsey Seniors. Sign up at borough hall. Seniors needing an absentee voter application in order to vote in April 21 election for the school board candidates and budget may obtain a form at borough hall or at the senior center. Volunteers are available for anyone who needs help. The Sunday movie with Bea and Marge will be featuring “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” at 1 p.m. Goodies are being donated by Morano’s and Bagel Stop. The Leisure Club is planning a bus trip to the Woodlock Pines in Hawley, Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 23. Entertainment, a buffet lunch, and a boat ride are included. For information and pricing, call Connie at (201) 327-4170. The senior center continues to grow. Many new activities have been added, including shuffleboard, pool, and a game table. Anyone wishing to donate a keyboard that is no longer being used may call (201) 327-4637. Saint John’s sets Spring Boutique Saint John’s Memorial Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Main Street and Franklin Turnpike in Ramsey, will host its annual Spring Boutique on Saturday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be handcrafted and one-ofa-kind Easter and spring items, such as Easter cards, note cards, specialty baked items, jewelry, novelty items for Easter baskets, quilts and quilted table toppers made by the Saint John’s Quilters Guild, hand-knitted items, egg trees, floral wreaths, hand-dipped Easter chocolates, unique home and garden decorations, and other ornamental items. Lunch and dessert will be available. For more information on this event and other church activities, contact the church office at (201) 327-0703, or visit at Blood Drive planned New Jersey Blood Services is in need of blood donations. In an effort to help the community Hawthorne Fortitude Masonic Lodge, located at 24 North Franklin Turnpike in Ramsey, is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 24, between 3 and 8 p.m. Each donor will receive free cholesterol testing. Walkins are always welcome. To make an appointment to donate, or to determine medical eligibility, call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566). Qualified donors should be 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds, and be in general good health. Donors must present photo or signed ID and know their Social Security number. Donors over 75 years of age can also keep donating with their physician’s note. Ready, Set, Relax scheduled For the third year, Ramsey will participate in Ready, Set, Relax, which encourages families to take a night off from meetings, homework, and practices, and spend time relaxing and connecting with each other. Ramsey Mayor Christopher Botta recently proclaimed March 30 as the 2009 date for Ready, Set, Relax. This night has become a tradition that many families look forward to each year, raising awareness about the impact of overscheduled lives on families and children and encouraging a discussion between parents, educators, and other community leaders about what can be done to achieve more balanced and healthy lifestyles. On March 30, hundreds of families will relax by cooking, playing a game, watching old family videos, taking a walk to town for ice cream, or just being together at home. Zumba Fitness fundraiser set The Ramsey High School DECA Marketing Club and the Youth in Action group, Outside the Box, will hold a Zumba Fitness fundraiser to benefit Free the Children from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the John Y. Dater School Gymnasium. Tickets may be purchased for $10 at Morano’s Deli, 1 East Main Street or by calling (201) 8252820. Zumba Fitness is a dance workout that fuses Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. This is a great cardio workout. Shelley Capener will be the instructor. DJ services are being donated by In the Mix. Register for football & cheerleading The Ramsey Junior Football Association will hold its 2009 season registration for all levels of football, cheerleading, and flag programs at Finch Park on Friday, March 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration forms and additional information is available at Gallery features ‘Spring & Art’ A new exhibit, “Spring & Art,” will be on display through June 19 at Fieldstone Fine Art in Ramsey. Spring is a time of awakening and birth. Likewise, art reaffirms our spiritual capacity for creativity, inner strength, and renewal. This new exhibit includes a selection of new paintings by Fieldstone Fine Art’s exceptional stable of artists and introduces the work of three more accomplished career artists. The gallery invites the public to celebrate spring and art. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Fieldstone Fine Art is located at 147 East Main Street, Ramsey. For more information on the exhibit, visit