Out & About: Family Fitness Festival

Family Fitness Festival
The public is invited to the 4th annual Family Fitness Festival Healthy Alternative Eating, June 17 from noon to 3 p.m. at Williamsbridge Oval. Activities include zumba, kickboxing, yoga, face painting, relay races, music, healthy cooking demonstrations, raffle prizes, gifts and giveaways. For more information, call (718) 324-4461.

The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents Let’s Do It, featuring songs by Cole Porter, June 10; and The Music of Stevie Wonder, performed by Cody Childs & The Ladies of Soul, June 17; both at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park presents the New York Philharmonic Concert & VIP Reception on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the VC House Museum preceded by drinks and hors d’oeuvres. For more information and tickets, visit

New York Botanical Garden presents its summer concert series: The French Connection, music ensemble performing a variety of music, June 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. featuring trumpeter and Parisian singer, on the Conservatory Lawn. Tickets are $40/member; $45/non member; 3-concert package available. Also scheduled is Live Music & Lawn Games from noon to 5 p.m. on the Conservatory Lawn; and Flame Work Demonstrations, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Conservatory Plaza and Visitor Center; both on June 17. For more information, call (718) 817-8700 or visit

Healthfirst presents its Health & Wellness Expo, Family Fun Day, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Claremont Housing Healthy Village, Gouverneur Playground, Third Avenue at East 170th Street. Events include live entertainment, free massage, medical screenings, face painters, bouncy castle, prizes and giveaways, fresh smoothie samples and fitness workshops; all preceded by a town hall from 8 a.m. to noon at the Charles Drew School, featuring a panel discussion on health. For more information, visit

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy presents Barefoot Dancing, featuring demonstrations and teaching, on the VC House Lawn from 6:30 to 8 p.m.: June 8 – samba; June 15 – capoeira; and June 22 – West African. For more information, call (718) 430-1890. 

University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP) will hold its free ViewsNWBX Affordable Housing Forum on June 15 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Serviam Gardens, 323 E. 198th St. to discuss Bronx happenings including community development, demographics, multifamily housing sales, and more. Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. followed by presentation and panel discussion at 9 a.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, visit

The public is invited to celebrate Abrazo Boricua, June 8 from 7 p.m. to midnight, at Eastwood Manor Caterers, 3371 Eastchester Rd. For more information, call (718) 991-3161.

Wave Hill, a Bronx oasis at 675 W. 252nd St. in Riverdale, offers Family Art Projects: Lotus Paper Lanterns, to sketch in the Aquatic Garden, then make lanterns out of papier mache, June 10 and 11; and Big Hand, Little Hand, to make a replica of your hand and one of a family member from plaster of Paris and natural materials, June 17 and 18; 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: (ages 7 to 12; preregistration required), Paper Plate Boat Making, June 8, Father’s Day Tie Making, June 15; and Paper Plate Watermelon Making, June 22; all at 4 p.m.; and Boat Making, June 11; and Father’s Day Card Making, June 18; both at 3:30 p.m.. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

The Mosholu Library, 285 E. 205th St., offers for children: Jungle Safari and Friends: Kickoff Party: (all ages through 12; registration required), a summer reading program featuring a live music program with reading, singing, dancing, audience participation, and musical instruments, and including games and crafts, June 8 at noon; Resist Painting: (ages 5 to 12), to create artwork using paint and yarn, June 13 at 3:30 p.m.; Teddy Bear Sleepover: (ages through 12 years), bring your stuffed toy, read books, do crafts and sing songs, June 14 at 5 p.m.; and Origami: (ages 5 to 12), Japanese paper folding, June 20 at 4 p.m. Teens/young adults can enjoy Summer Reading Kickoff Party: including music and games, June 16 at 3:30 p.m.; and film: “Sing,” June 17 at 1:30 p.m. Adults can 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: Summer Reading Dance Party: (ages to 12), music, dance and puppets, June 8 at 2 p.m.; Kids Get Active Fridays at 2:45 p.m.: (ages 5 to 12), dance moves on the Wii game console, June 9 and 16; Preschool Story Time and Craft at 11:15 a.m.: (ages 3 to 5), featuring books, puppetry, dramatics, crafts and flannel boards, June 15 and 22; Summer Dance Party: (all ages to 12), summer reading program including music, dance, puppetry, and leis, June 8 at 2 p.m.; Father’s Day Craft: (ages 5 to 12), create gifts for dad, June 17 at 2 p.m.; and Stories and Tales From Around the World: (ages to 12), summer reading program including audience participation, June 20 at 5 p.m. Adults can attend: Computer Basics: June 8 and June 15, both at noon and 6 p.m.; and June 22 at noon. Families can enjoy Thunder and Sunshine: rock band for kids, June 21 at 3 p.m. For more information, call (718) 549-5200.


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