Out & About: Night Out at the Oval

Out & About: Night Out at the Oval
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Against Crime will likely see the return of Wilma Alonso (l) and Daniel Bernstein, co-executive directors of the Fordham Road BID, sponsors of the Aug. 1 event (see Editor’s Pick for more details).
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Editor’s Pick 

Night Out at the Oval 

The 52nd Precinct invites the public to a free National Night Out at Williamsbridge Oval, on Aug. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. Meet and greet the precinct’s officers and executive staff and enjoy snacks and drinks. Events include pony rides, face painting, music, bingo, and raffles. For more information, call (718) 220-5824.

Bronx Council on the Arts presents free concert, Aug. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring John Benitez and his Salsa Band, at the Amalgamated Train Park, Orloff Avenue and Gale Place. For more information, call (718) 931-9500. 

Bronx Arts Ensemble presents free concerts: July 23 – Tango Dances, in Van Cortlandt Park, Rockwood Drive Circle at Mosholu Avenue and Broadway, at 2 p.m.; and at Fordham University (Keating Hall, 1st floor), at 4 p.m.; and July 30 – New Orleans Jazz, at Fordham University (Keating Hall, 1st floor), at 4 p.m. For more information, call (718) 601-7399.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. presents Bronx Summer Concert Series, at Orchard Beach’s Main Stage at Section 9, July 23 through Sept. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. Included are salsa, freestyle, bachata, merengue, R&B, and pop. Zumba will also be provided. For more information, call (718) 590-3500.

Williamsbridge Oval presents film, “Newsies,” July 24 preceded by Newsies Broadway performers at 6:30 p.m. (rain date: July 31). For more information, call (718) 543-8672.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will host a town hall forum on July 22 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, at the Main Theater at the Center for the Arts and Culture.

Councilmember Fernando Cabrera presents Summer in the Park, at St. James Park, 2550 Jerome Ave., July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 4 to 9 p.m. Included are free refreshments, movies and giveaways. For more information, call (347) 590-2874.

Williamsbridge Oval presents free special events: July 21 – Hula Hoop Workout at 6:30 p.m.; July 22 – Learn to Ride from noon to 2 p.m. (bring bike and helmet); and July 26 – Community Art Project at 6:30 p.m. (create sculpture using recycled materials and paint). For more information, call (718) 543-8672.

Fordham Business Improvement District presents film, “Dirty Dancing,” July 22 at sundown at Fordham Plaza (3rd Avenue and 189th Street), preceded by music and games at 5 p.m. Bring chair or blanket. Popcorn is provided. For more information, call (718) 562-2104.

Van Cortlandt Park, West 242nd Street and Broadway, offers a variety of summer activities including: Rowboating on VC Lake: Fridays through Sept. 1 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. (free; enter the park at VC Park South and Bailey Avenue; meet near the lake); Barefoot Dancing: featuring demonstrations and teaching, on the VC House Lawn from 6:30 to 8 p.m.: July 27 – Sufi music; and Aug. 3 – Salsa (info: (718) 430-1890); Horseback Riding Instruction: Daily lessons by the Riverdale Stables (for more information, visit; Fishing: Join the Rangers on Aug. 13 at noon for free fishing program catch and release only (NYS fishing license is required); Swimming: Free outdoor pool open daily through Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed from 3 to 4 p.m.; also offered are learn to swim programs (info: (718) 760-6969 ext. 0) or 311); Learn to Play Tennis: For beginners, through Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at Indian Field Courts (info/register: (718) 760-6999); and Art Classes: Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. from July 19 to Aug. 9 at Woodlawn Playground for Painting Nature; and on Fridays through Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m., for Twilight Hike & Draw (meet at Nature Center). For more information and a detailed schedule, call (718) 601-1553. 

Wave Hill, a Bronx oasis at 675 W. 252nd St. in Riverdale, offers Family Art Projects: July 22 and 23; July 29 and 30; Aug. 5 and 6; and Aug. 12 and 13; all in the WH House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (call for details). Also scheduled is Libby Richman & Co., musical group performing classical, Latin and current music, July 26; Salsa Bruja featuring singer and dancers, Aug. 2; and Orquesta SSC Salsa Band, featuring male 11-member group, Aug. 9; all on the grounds at 7 p.m. ($10/ticket; $6/students/seniors 65+; $4/ages 6 to 18). 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: T-Shirt Making (ages 5 to 12), July 20 at 2 p.m. (all supplies provided; in-person preregistration required); Hands-on Projects (ages 7 to 12): Popsicle People Making, July 23 at 3:30 p.m.; Picture Frame Making, July 27 at 2 p.m.; and Box Making, July 30 at 3:30 p.m.; and film: 90-minute feature film, July 25 at 2 p.m. Adults can enjoy: film: “The Great Gatsby,” July 22 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

The Mosholu Library, 285 E. 205th St., offers for children: Harry Potter Party: (ages 5 to 12), enjoy games, crafts and stories, July 27 at 3:30 p.m. (registration required); and film: “The Lego Batman Movie,” July 22 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: Kids Get Active Fridays at 2:45 p.m.: (ages 5 to 12), dance moves on the Wii game console, July 21, 28, Aug. 4 and 11; and films at 2:30 p.m.: July 29 and Aug. 12 (“The Labyrinth” and “The Never Ending Story”). Teens/young adults can enjoy: A Day With Clay: to create objects out of clay, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. Adults can attend: Computer Basics at noon: July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10 and 17. For more information, call (718) 549-5200.

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