EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: FEBRUARY 2024

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

BRONX CALLING

THE SIXTH AIM BIENNIAL

Part I: January 26 – March 31, 2024
Part II: April 12 – June 16, 2024

Bronx Calling: The Sixth AIM Biennial features 53 emerging artists who have participated in The Bronx Museum’s flagship artist professional development program from years 2020 through 2023. Since 1980, The Bronx Museum has supported New York’s artist community through its Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Fellowship, which has provided pivotal career support to a diverse roster of over 1,200 of New York’s most promising artists. Themes addressed in this two-part exhibition include contemporary and critical issues, such as capitalism and colonialism, as well as speculative futures.

The Sixth AIM Biennial is curated by Eileen Jeng Lynch, Director of Curatorial Programs.

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SKETCHY SATURDAYS

Saturday, February 10th, 2024 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

FREE!

Interested in Drawing?

Come express yourself through a variety of drawing exercises, games and techniques.

Take inspiration from our current exhibitions and receive guidance from talented teaching artists.

Explore and challenge your art skills through a selection of mediums and materials.

No previous art experience needed. For All ages!

Come join us and Let’s Get sketchy at the BxArts Factory!”

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WINTER WORK DAY AT THE FOODWAY

Saturday, February 17th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Concrete Plant Park

Come lend a hand at the Bronx River Foodway Saturday, February 17th from 10a-12p!

Learn how to prune plants and help us lay mulch.

All planting materials and equipment will be provided. Please wear clothing appropriate for outdoor weather and gardening/cleaning activities.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: HERBAL BREWS, HUES AND MAYA ANGELOU

Sunday, February 11th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center

Celebrate Black History Month with NYC Parks! Enjoy a heartwarming cup of tea along with poetry by Maya Angelou, and create your own written or visual masterpiece to bestow on your beloved.

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FULL MOON FESTIVAL LANTERN CRAFT

Sunday, February 25th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center

Learn about the relationship between the full moon and lantern festivals while making your own lantern!

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ONE BOOK ON BRONX

GIOVANNI’S ROOM BY JAMES BALDWIN

Tuesdays, 7-8:30p: Feb 6, 13, 20, & 27 on Zoom

Saturdays, 12-1:30p: Feb 3, 11*, 17, 24, & Mar 2
The Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse

ONE BOOK ONE BRONX READS GIOVANNI’S ROOM

James Baldwin’s controversial novel has brought forth complex discussions surrounding a multitude of issues, including representations of homosexuality, bisexuality, and struggles with internalized homophobia. Alongside these prevalent discourses, the novel also raises concepts of social alienation, identity, masculinity, and manhood in the public eye.

James Baldwin at 100 encompasses discussions, panels, screenings, and exhibitions focusing on a wide array of literary works and ideas. Collaborators include The Bronx Museum, The Bronx Music Heritage Center, BronxArtSpace, the James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, and Lehman College among others.

One Book One Bronx hosts weekly restorative conversations on a diverse selection of books. The discussions are reflective of the borough’s racial, economic, and gender demographics, and aim to build bridges for engagement while reigniting a passion for reading.

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THE ORCHID SHOW:

FLORALS IN FASHION

February 17th through April 21st

Strike a pose! The Orchid Show brings the catwalk to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory in a fashion-inspired celebration of all things orchids—and we want YOU at the center of the sartorial experience. Catch the bold new designs of New York’s rising stars of the stitch with work by Collina Strada by Hillary Taymour, Dauphinette by Olivia Cheng, and FLWR PSTL by Kristen Alpaugh, fashionistas sure to create dramatic, picture-perfect floral displays at the Garden that always capture the orchid’s good side. This is your chance to “walk the runway” and show off your own personal flare, your love for orchids, and your fashion-forward connections to the natural world. Because florals are always en vogue at NYBG.

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THE ORCHID DINNER 2024

Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30pm

Location: The Plaza Hotel

The New York Botanical Garden will host one of the most enchanting events of the winter season, The Orchid Dinner, at The Plaza Hotel on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Known for its wondrous and inventive orchid centerpieces, The Orchid Dinner will celebrate the Garden’s fashion-forward The Orchid Show: Florals in Fashion. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails and a sale of exceptional and rare orchids carefully selected by NYBG’s curators followed by an elegant dinner and dancing.

Proceeds from The Orchid Dinner support the Garden’s global plant research and conservation initiatives, and programs in horticulture and education for all ages—all to help protect the Earth’s biodiversity.

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KIDS WEEK

Even when school’s out, our parks are still the city’s natural classroom! Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids Week during mid-winter recess. With programs led by our Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, February 20th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join the Urban Park Rangers on a fun nature scavenger hunt!

Birding for Kids

Friday, February 23rd from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Bird watching can be fun, especially during the winter season. Learn all about different ways to identify birds in our parks.

WINTER MUSHROOM ID HIKE

Saturday, February 24th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach

While plants enjoy their winter’s sleep, many fungi are active in our parks! Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through Hunter Island to explore seasonal mushrooms.

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BIRDING: BALD EAGLE WATCH

Saturday, February 3rd from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Palisade Avenue and Spaulding Lane in Riverdale Park

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots. Winter is a spectacular time for observing bald eagles in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure with our Urban Park Rangers. Please dress warmly and wear comfortable footwear.

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SETON FALLS PARKS FOREST RESTORATION

Saturday, February 17th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Entrance – East 233rd Street and Baychester Avenue

Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to protect the forested areas in Seton Falls Park! Volunteers will contribute to ongoing restoration work and learn the importance of species diversity to ecosystem health. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Face masks may be worn at your discretion. Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. This event has been funded in part by NYC Service.

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THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER’S CLUB

every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Soundview Field House – 1550 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx

The Soundview Gardener’s Club is a space where After-School students from local schools and community volunteers come together to clear invasive plants, plant trees/native plants, and spread mulch as part of our forest restoration efforts in Soundview Park in The Bronx.

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NYRR OPEN RUN: SOUNDVIEW PARK

every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Entrance – Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

Called the “Gateway to the Bronx River,” 205-acre Soundview Park is located where the Bronx River opens into the East River. This urban green space is filled with grassy baseball and soccer fields, a cricket pitch, basketball courts, a running track, walking/biking paths, picnic fields, and more! With its extensive views of the water, Soundview Park celebrates the beauty of both the Bronx and East Rivers. The back part of our Open Run course has beautiful views of the Bronx River waterfront for participants to enjoy!

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NYRR OPEN RUN: ST. MARY’S PARK

every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: St. Mary’s Annual 5K Start, East 149th and Eagle Ave

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

St. Mary’s Park offers a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Located in the Mott Haven neighborhood in the South Bronx, the park features rolling hills, expanses of green grass, and grand old trees. The site was once part of the estate of Jonas Bronck (1600-43), for whom the Bronx is named. It is one of the largest parks in the area with a pool, playground, basketball courts, an indoor recreation center, picnic seating areas, and more. In the winter, the hills are perfect for sledding. St. Mary’s Park received $30 million from NYC’s Anchor Parks initiative, which will renovate the park’s ballfields, pathways, and amphitheater.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SCIENCE FICTION STORYTELLING HIKE

Sunday, February 18th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center

Celebrate Black History Month with NYC Parks! Explore the connection between the natural world and science fiction with this storytelling hike and fire-side chat. Listen to the works of Octavia Butler while walking the trails at dusk. Afterwards, cozy up to the fire and share your thoughts!

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VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS HOLIDAY WORKSHOP

Sunday, February 11th from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

Join Williamsbridge Oval for DIY Crafts for children. This fun do-it yourself, Valentines’ arts and crafts program teaches how to create projects.

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Did you know that Great Performances is headquartered in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx? We love being a part of the Bronx community, supporting other Bronx-based companies, and giving back to our community.

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EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: JULY 2022

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx during July of 2022.

MOVIE UNDER THE STARS:

Spiderman: No Way Home

Friday, July 22nd from 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Location: Shoelace Park (exact location TBD)

Grab a blanket and join us for a FREE screening of Marvel’s Spiderman: No Way Home at 8:30pm at Shoelace Park! No registration required!

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THE BRONX VEGAN BAZAAR

THE BRONX VEGAN BAZAAR

Saturday, July 16th from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452

A market experience for ‘big’ business owners sharing their delicious vegan food, pastries and natural juices to the community. Experience over 20 vegan food vendors, awesome humans to network with, and more.

The Bronx Vegan Bazaar is the first vegan food experience for and by the Bronx. This monthly event highlights emerging Bronx food vendors, and hosts established ones, who want to share their expression of living a vegan lifestyle to improve the health of Bronx residents.

Organized by a group of Bronxites, BVB understands the needs of the community and is committed to changing the health and commerce landscape of the borough.

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BRONX RIVER URBAN FOOD HISTORIES TOUR

Saturday, July 9th at 2:00pm

Hear from Dariella Rodriguez of the Bronx River Alliance how the Bronx River has offered respite for residents of the South Bronx while aiding in the economic industrialization and exploitation of its waterfront.

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AROUND THE TABLE: STORIES OF THE FOODS WE LOVE

Saturday, June 4th through Sunday, September 11th, 10:00am to 6:00pm

A Celebration of the Art and Science of Edible Plants

Food is at the center of many of life’s most important events. When we gather together for a meal, the dishes we share often tell a story—and we share a bit of ourselves. Explore the rich cultural history of what we eat throughout this multifaceted, engaging exhibition that examines the art and science of foodways and food traditions, many dating back thousands of years.

From global dietary staples such as rice, beans, squash, and corn to the regional spice and flavor provided by peppers, greens, and tomatoes, plants are at the base of all culinary customs. Discover the diversity and beauty of plants that are grown for cuisine around the world. Across NYBG’s 250-acre landscape, uncover the botanical origins of the foods you think you know; gain a deeper understanding of the environmental and social impacts of food choices throughout history; and gather at artist-designed tables that explore the significance of the featured plants, bringing to life inspiring stories of community and survival.

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HIBISCUS DRINK STATION

Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September 11th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: the African American Garden

Join us at the African American Garden to sample a healthy hibiscus drink, known by many names throughout different countries: Bissap in West Africa, flor de Jamaica in Central America, and sorrel throughout the Caribbean. The version served is called sorrel or “red drink” in African American tradition; a recipe from Dr. Jessica B. Harris that is made from dried hibiscus, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.

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CITYPARKS SUMMER SPORTS IN PELHAM BAY PARK

Tennis: Free beginner tennis instruction for children ages 6 – 17 on a first come, first serve basis. Our instructors use fun exercises and drills to help teach kids the basics of tennis and discover a sport for life.

Track and Field: The CityParks Track & Field program provides an introduction to the simple and beautiful sport of track and field and gives New York City kids the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races to long jump, shot put, and javelin throw, while encouraging general fitness and healthy behaviors. A novice track meet for all participants is held at Icahn Stadium at the end of the summer.

Canoeing: Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget. Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. All canoe programs are for ages 8 years and older. Participants are chosen by lottery. Lottery registration opens on Wednesday July 20.

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NYC PARKS PRESENTS: SILENT DISCO IN THE BRONX

Saturday, July 16th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Join NYC Parks for a Silent Disco event at St. Mary’s Park! Come out and boogie on the dance floor while you listen to your favorite music using headphones. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

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MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Thursday, July 14th from 9:00pm to 10:30pm

Location: Running Track in Van Cortlandt Park

Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie in a neighborhood park or playground! This summer, NYC Parks will host family-friendly movie showings across the five boroughs.

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YOUTH RUN FARMSTAND

Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 7:00pm
from July 6th to October 26

Location: Train Park Garden (Gale Place and Orloff Avenue)

We are very excited to bring our Youth Run Farmstand featuring fresh local produce at affordable prices back! We accept WIC, FMNP Checks, EBT, Snap, Cash and Credit/Debit.

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CITYPARKS SUMMER SPORTS IN VAN CORTLANDT PARK

Zumba is a fusion of Latin, International and popular music dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system! The routines feature aerobic, fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with easy to follow dance steps.

Tennis: Free beginner tennis instruction for children ages 6 – 17 on a first come, first serve basis. Our instructors use fun exercises and drills to help teach kids the basics of tennis and discover a sport for life. Beginner tennis classes are usually divided into three 1-hour sessions at each park, depending on number of participants and available courts. Children ages 8-10 years old are typically the first hour, followed by ages 11-13 and then 14-17. When registering please select the time slot that corresponds to your child’s age. Instruction for intermediate-level players is also available at select sites. Once the program begins, the site director will provide more specific schedule information for that park.

Golf: Our summer beginner program transforms local neighborhood ball fields into driving ranges and practice greens to introduce the basic skills of the game. The final class is held at a nearby golf course. After completing the 6-week program, students are invited to continue to learn and play at our CityParks Junior Golf Center in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn or at Golf Center Annex in Flushing, Queens.

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