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Articles from: May 2014

After-School Programs by John Huibregtse

Wish you could provide an educational enriching program for your child, unencumbered by the Common Core, standardized testing environment that has enveloped the public school system of late? Why not enroll your child in one of the growing number of after-school programs that public schools and informal educational institutions now provide.

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Amma Sri Karunamayi to Offer a Sacred Fire and Prayer Ceremony

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Amma Sri Karunamayi has been revered since birth as an embodiment of unconditional love, compassion and wisdom. On Sunday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., she will visit our area and offer a grand Homa (sacred fire ceremony) for universal peace, prosperity and healing. This free event will be held at Ananda Ashram in Monroe. People of all faiths, origins and backgrounds are welcomed to participate and pray according to their faith and belief.

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7th Annual Art Show

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The Art Studio in Highland Mills is proud to announce its 7th Annual Art Show being held from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 30 and from noon to 4 p.m. on June 1. Students of all ages will be displaying artwork that they created at The Art Studio.

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Spring Cleansing Beat the Aftermath of Winter Waste and Rejuvenate from Within This Season by Janine Chessa

Spring has finally descended upon us, bringing the promise of new hope and new beginnings. All around us, our senses are stimulated by the signs of renewed life – the clean smell of freshly cut grass and vibrant colors of the flowers blossoming from the earth and the trees. This sensory symphony tells us its time to renew and improve, and while people dive into home improvement projects and restoring outdoor living spaces and yards, an often-overlooked element of spring-cleaning is self-restoration.

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Gay Pride Rockland Weekend in June

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In early 1999, VCS tested the idea of developing a gay pride event with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community members, local shop keepers, religious leaders, non-profit agencies and elected officials. “From the onset, we shared that our mission would be to affirm the dignity of all LGBT people, their families, friends and allies who live in every hamlet, village and town in Rockland County. And at the same time, we wanted to transform the stereotypes that adversely impact the LGBT community,” shares LGBT Program Coordinator Diana Wilkins.

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Transformational Acting by Elyse Knight

I once performed a role in a short story by Donald Barthelme called “On the Steps of the Conservatory”. The story involved two women who had applied for spots at the conservatory. Maggie got in, and Hilda, pregnant, had been rejected. I assumed when the director approached me about playing one of the roles that he was going to ask me to play Hilda, the one who didn’t get in, because I had, through an unfortunate mix of melancholia and lack of nurture at home, constructed a belief about myself as an outsider. It was a limiting self-concept, but one I had become attached to; it was familiar and comfortable.

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How a Local Organization Helps Women When They Leave Their Abuser

Karen had been married for seven years, but the abuse in her marriage started almost immediately after she and her husband, John, were married in 1993. (Karen’s name has been changed to protect her identity). Sitting in a coffee shop in Nanuet, Karen relayed the horror of what she had endured from John, often with their son, Jack, looking on. “He would kick me; throw me up against the wall,” she said. “It wasn’t just the beatings—it was his control over us. Then one night he hit me over the head with a wine bottle, and I thought, ‘enough.’ I had to get myself and Jack out. I had taken one of the pamphlets from the ladies room at work that had a hotline number to the Center for Safety & Change. I was so scared but I knew I had to do it. I called the hotline and was able to go into the shelter that night with Jack. I know that call is the reason we’re alive today.”

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Yoga and Mindfulness Camp for Children and Tweens

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Inner Light of Mine’s summer day camp is now accepting registrations. The day camp is divided into two sessions of two weeks. Session one begins July 21 and session two begins August 11.

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Essential Oils and Massage Therapy by Nellie Grossenbacher

Today we hear so much about the benefits of essential oils. What are these oils and what can they do for our health?

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Complimentary HydraFacial™ Event 4-9 pm, in Piermont at Riverview Wellness Center for Well Being

On Thursday, May 22 from 4-9 pm, as an introductory offer to the HydraFacial™ and in celebration of our recent opening of the center, we are inviting you to experience a 15 minute express complimentary HydraFacial. Enjoy some refreshments and save on the Daily Essentials Kit if you wish to purchase it for $99 (regularly $120). Limited to 20 people: must register.

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