Out & About: Bronxites Show Borough Pride

BRONX WEEK ENDS on May 21 with a grand parade along Mosholu Parkway and a concert on Mosholu Parkway at Bainbridge Avenue (see Editor’s Pick for more information). File Photo

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Bronxites Show Borough Pride 

The public is welcome to show its Bronx pride at the free closing event of Bronx Week on May 21 at noon, featuring celebrities, marching bands, community organizations, schools, sports teams, and civic groups as they march along Mosholu Parkway, highlighting the best of the borough. The reviewing stand is at Mosholu Parkway East at Van Cortlandt Avenue. For more information, visit


The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., features Rapunzel presented by the Lehman College Music Department, May 13 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., free but reservation is required. For more information and to RSVP, call (718) 960-7796. Also scheduled is Sonido Costeño Trio, performing Latin music, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

Lehman College’s Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., presents the following performances: Orquesta Aragón & Orquesta Broadway, May 13 (tickets: $50 to $65; $100/VIP); The Purple Xperience, May 20, featuring the music of Prince (tickets: $25 to $45; $75/VIP; $10/age 12 and under); and Willie Rosario & His Orchestra w/Tony Vega, May 27 (tickets: $45 to $65; $100/VIP); all at 8 p.m. VIP tickets include pre-concert wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and the best seats in the house. For more information and to RSVP, call (718) 960-8833.

Bronx Week Events 

Bronx Week, May 11 to 21, includes the following events (also see Editor’s Pick), and for more information visit

May 13 at 11 a.m. – Historic Houses of the Bronx, free public lecture/illustrated presentation, at the Bronx County Archives, 3313 Bainbridge Ave., presented by the Bronx County Historical Society (BCHS).

May 20 at 11 a.m. – In the Footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe, a 3-mile BCHS guided tour from Poe Cottage to High Bridge (meet at Poe Cottage, Grand Concourse and Kingsbridge Road; $10/members; $20/non members). For more BCHS information, call (718) 881-8900.

May 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Jeter Day Block Party, to celebrate Yankee legend Derek Jeter with souvenirs, song, and dance, free, at River Avenue between East 161st and 162nd streets.

May 21 from noon to 6 p.m. – Free Bronx Food & Arts Festival, to buy food and hand-crafted and specialty items from NY-based artists and vendors, at Mosholu Parkway between Van Cortlandt and Bainbridge avenues. The Bronx Health Pavilion will offer free health screening, and the stage will offer live music all day.

May 21 from noon to 6 p.m. – Free Bronx Week Grand Finale Concert, featuring s variety of artists performing live music, including hip-hop, R&B, salsa, and more, at Mosholu Parkway and Bainbridge Avenue.

FREE ADMISSION TO Wave Hill’s grounds (free before noon on Saturdays) can be the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.
Photo courtesy Joshua Bright

Mother’s Day Events 

Senator Jamaal T Bailey invites the public to Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Bartow Community Center, 2049 Bartow Ave., rooms 28 and 31 in Co-op City, on May 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. Events include free beauty care, massages, and health screenings. For more information, and to RSVP (by May 15), call (718) 547-8854 or email

The Fordham BID is holding its Mother’s Day Sidewalk Sale, May 11 to 13 from noon to 7 p.m. between Washington and Jerome avenues, where businesses will display seasonal merchandise. For more information, call (718) 562-2104.

The New York Botanical Garden presents Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13 and 14, featuring live music, dancers, games and food. For more information, call (718) 817-8700 or visit


Montefiore Medical Center offers free cervical and breast cancer screenings to women ages 21 to 64 who are uninsured or underinsured, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Montefiore Imaging Center, 3400 Bainbridge Ave., lower level suite #300 (test results in two to three hours). For more information and to register, call (718) 920-4600.

Wave Hill, a Bronx oasis at 675 W. 252nd St. in Riverdale, offers Family Art Projects: Fabric Frames and Lavender Sachets for Mom, to make a frame and adorn it with dried flowers and ribbons, and a fragrant gift sachet, May 13 and 14; and Starting Seeds With the Next Epoch Seed Library, to plant seeds and decorate containers to hold them, May 20 and 21; both in the WH House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grounds admission is free until noon Saturdays and Tuesdays all year. For more information and a schedule of events including tours and walks, call (718) 549-3200.

Library Events

The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents for children: Hands-On Projects at 4 p.m.: (ages 7 to 12; preregistration required), Popsicle Jewelry Holder, May 11; Craft Stick Spring Birds, May 18; Wooden Airplane Making, May 25; and at 3:30 p.m.: Mother’s Day Magnet Making, May 14; and Tee-Shirt Making: (ages 7 to 12), to design a summer reading T-shirt, May 13 at 2 p.m. (supplies provided; in-person pre-registration required). For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

The Mosholu Library, 285 E. 205th St., offers for children: Greenhouse Exploration: (ages 5 to 12), weather permitting, to hang out in the back yard to play and help maintain the garden, plant seeds, compost, water plants or do craft, May 24 at 3:30 p.m. Teens/young adults can enjoy: film: “A Star Wars Story,” May 20 at 1:30 p.m. Adults cam attend: Knitting Circle: Thursdays at 3 p.m. For more information, call (718) 882-8239.

The Jerome Park Library, 118 Eames Place (near Kingsbridge Road), offers for children: Kids Get Active Fridays at 2:45 p.m.: (ages 5 to 12), dance moves on the Wii game console, May 12 and 19; and Preschool Story Time and Craft at 11:15 a.m.: (ages 3 to 5), featuring books, puppetry, dramatics, crafts and flannel boards, May 18 and 25. Adults can attend: Computer Basics: May 18 at noon and 6 p.m. and May 25 at noon. For more information, call (718) 549-5200.


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