There are a number of activities and special events taking place on Sunday, June 11. As such parking will be a challenge. We encourage carpooling, mass transit or street parking wherever possible. Please allow yourselves some extra time. We thank you for your patience.

New Beginnings In-Person Programming

New Beginnings In-Person Programming



9:00 am 9:40 am Stay Well Exercise (Hybrid – New Time)

10:00 am 10:30 am Manicures with Frances

10:00 am 11:30 am Chess Clinic

10:45 am 11:30 am Meditation Group (New Time – CANCELLED JUNE 12 AND 19)

10:45 am 11:45 am Men’s Group with Jeff (June 12 and 26)

10:45 am 11:45 am Women’s Group with Lucy (June 12 and 26)

10:45 am 11:45 am Open Chat with Jeff (June 5 and 19)

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Bingo with Loyda


9:30 am 11:00 am Baking with Galina

10:00 am 11:00 am Tech Lab with Jerry

10:00 am 11:00 am Painting with Daniel Hauben

10:30 am 11:15 am Art Explorations (Hybrid)

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Knitting with Barbara

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Brain Games/Charades with Marv


10:00 am 11:30 am Ceramics (FULL)

10:00 am 11:00 am Chair Aerobics with Stuart

9:30 am 10:30 am Tech Class with Trinity (New Time)

12:45 pm 2:00 pm Broadway Showcase Rehearsal (Performance: Sunday, June 25, at 4:00 pm)

1:15 pm 2:15 pm Bliss Fit (Hybrid) (June 14 and 28)

1:30 pm 2:30 pm Water Aerobics and Open Swim (Advance registration required.)


9:30 am 10:30 am Conversational Spanish for Advanced Beginners

10:00 am 11:00 am Watercolor Painting (FULL)

11:00 am 11:00 am Tech Lab with Jerry

10:45 am 11:45 am Functional Movement with Terry

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Group Chat with Carmen

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Chair Yoga with Anthony (Hybrid)


9:00 am 9:40 am Stay Well Exercise (Hybrid – New Time)

9:45 am 10:45 am Spanish Language Program: Current Events with Chloe

10:30 am 11:30 am Hudson River Voices (Final Class and Performance June 23)

10:45 am 11:30 am Meditation Group (New Time – CANCELLED JUNE 9 AND 16)

11:00 am 12:00 pm Current Events

12:45 pm 2:00 pm Broadway Showcase Rehearsal (Performance: Sunday, June 25, at 4:00 pm)

12:45 pm 2:30 pm Friday Flicks


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New and Noteworthy This Month



All activities are in person unless otherwise specified.




Broadway Showcase Presents “Summer Lovin’, Songs of the 50’s!”

Our New Beginnings cast will take you back to the 1950’s with a newly created script featuring songs from Grease and other hits from the 50’s.  This production is funded in part by New York City Council Discretionary Funds through the Office of City Councilmember Eric Dinowitz and directed by Laurie Walton from the Y’s Performing Arts Program.  All are invited to a reception following the one-hour show. Tickets are a suggested contribution of $15 for adults over age 60 and children under age 12.  Adults pay $20.  Tickets will go on sale June 8th on the second floor. If seats are still available, you will be able to buy tickets at the door.  All proceeds support New Beginnings, The Center for Contemporary Adults 60+, and older adult performances at the Riverdale Performing Arts Center.




More Special Events in June


Friday, June  2, at 1:00 pm

The Most Beloved Classical Pieces from the Piano Literature, performed by Caterina Fabian

Back by popular demand, piano virtuoso Caterina Fabian will once again treat us to a concert of classical favorites.


Wednesday, June 7, at 1:15 pm   

Concert:  The East Side Quartet 

The East Side Quartet will perform an array of American Standards and International popular songs. Deborah Karpel will sing accompanied by Ismail Butera on accordion, Maurice Sedacca on guitar and David Hofstra on the upright bass.  Sponsored by our partners, Selfhelp Community Services.  Special dessert at lunch today.

Tuesday, June 13, at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

Birthday Luncheon and Entertainment

Enjoy a special birthday luncheon followed by music from Mesha, a dynamic singer from Belize. Dance to songs from the 50’s through the 90’s with genres including Pop, Motown, Caribbean, Reggae, Soca, and Jazz. Tickets are a suggested contribution of $3.50 in advance or $4.50 on the day of the event.  Be sure to purchase yours early to secure a seat.



Wednesday, June 14, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Mobile Food Pantry 

Pick up food from The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s Mobile Food Pantry.  To register, please contact Alexandra at (718) 548-8200 ext 233 or via email at You will be asked to sign an attestation for income eligibility each time you pick up food from the pantry. If you’re already registered, you can simply show up.



Monday, June 19, at 11:30 am

Juneteenth Commemoration  

Juneteenth (short for June Nineteenth) is a federal holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. We’ll observe the day with selected readings and a special dessert.



Monday, June 19, at 12:45 pm 

General Membership Meeting

Join New Beginnings Director, Sharon Asherman, staff and Advisory Council members for an update on New Beginnings programs.  Agenda items include meal planning, activities, and fundraising.  Bring your creative input and your questions.  Refreshments will be served.

Friday, June 23, at 10:30 am

Hudson River Voices Performance

Our choral group will present their final, culminating class performance. The Hudson River Voices program has been led by Andrew Klima and Christine Browning and sponsored by the Bronx Opera Company and City Council Discretionary Funds from the Office of Councilmember Eric Dinowitz. Light refreshments will be served before the event at 10:00 am.


June’s Friday Flicks


Friday, June 2, at 12:45 pm

“Bullet Train” (2022)

(2 hrs, 6 min)  Five assassins on a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common. Action comedy starring Brad Pitt.


Friday, June 9 at 12:45 pm

“80 for Brady” (2023)

(1 hr, 38 min)  Four best friends embark on a wild trip to see their hero, Tom Brady, play in the 2017 Super Bowl. Starring Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field and Lily Tomlin and Tom Brady.



Friday, June 16, at 12:45 pm

“True Grit” (2010)

(1 hr, 50 min) A  farm girl hires a U.S. marshal with “true grit” to track down her father’s murderer. A remake of the 1969 Western by the Coen brothers.


Friday, June 23, at 12:45 pm

“A Man Called Otto” (2022)

(2 hrs, 6 min)  A grumpy widower’s life changes when a young family moves next door and an unexpected friendship forms. Starring Tom Hanks.



Friday, June 30, at 12:45 pm

“AIR” (2023)

(1 hr, 54 min)  A fun and fast-paced film about how Nike wooed Michael “Air” Jordan and how the sports apparel business was transformed by his mother’s savvy contract negotiations. Starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Viola Davis.





June Lectures



Monday, June 5, at 11:30 am

Elder Abuse Prevention

Our Social Worker, Carmen Lopez, will lead us in a brief pre-lunch training about recognizing the signs of Elder Abuse.  NYC Aging mandates that we train our members on this important topic.



Tuesdays, June 20 and 27, at 12:45 pm  

Nutrition Lectures by Tamar Elkin, MS, RDN, CDN

June 20 – Nutrition and Brain Health:  Learn about foods that can improve your mood and mental health.

June 27 – Trending Topics in Nutrition:  Learn about the Blue Zone Diet and its guidelines, beef and chicken vs. plant based meats, cow’s milk vs. plant-based alternatives (“mylk”), and intermittent fasting.


A Q & A will follow each lecture so come with your questions!



On the Move:  June Trips 



Thursday, June 15, at 1:00 pm

Shopping Trip to Trader Joe’s and H Mart in Hartsdale

Stock up on essentials and discover new products.  The van leaves the Y at 1:00 pm and returns at approximately 4:00 pm. $8 round-trip transportation.  Sign up with Gladys by Monday, June 12, 2023.  Please arrive at the Center 15 minutes prior to departure.



Wednesday, June 21

NYC Ferry Ride to the Rockaways

This trip is full.


Friday, June 30, at 11:30 am   

Trip to Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate 

Join us for a trip to Kykuit, the magnificent Rockefeller Estate in the Hudson Valley. We’ll take a guided tour of the  gardens and mansion, which was once home to the richest man in America. The van departs from the Center at 11:30 am and returns at approximately 4:00 pm.  The $35 fee includes round-trip transportation, bagged lunch, and admission. Sign up with Sandy or Gladys before Monday, June 26.  Please arrive 15 minutes before our scheduled departure time and contact Gladys for any accessibility inquiries.


New Beginnings Classes   


Karaoke classes are on hiatus until July to accommodate rehearsals for our upcoming Broadway Showcase.  There will no Tai Chi in June, July or August.



Mondays and Fridays (Hybrid), 9:00 – 9:40 am (NEW TIME)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (Online) at 10:00 am

Stay Well Exercise 


Mondays at 10:00 am

Chess Clinic 


Mondays at 10:00 am

Manicures with Frances 

Mondays and Fridays, 10:45 – 11:30 am (NEW TIME)

Meditation – CANCELLED JUNE 9, 12, 16 AND 19



Mondays, June 12 and 26, at 10:45 am  

Women’s Group 


Mondays, June 12 and 26, at 10:45 am

Men’s Group



Mondays, June 5 and 19 at 10:45 am  

Open Chat with Jeff


Tuesdays at 9:30 am

Baking with Galina



Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am 

Tech Lab with Jerry

Contact Gladys at 347-913-4444 or via email at to book a time slot.


Tuesdays, 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Art Explorations with Daniel Hauben (Hybrid)

Renowned Bronx Artist Daniel Hauben shares insights on the work of famous artists.

June 6:  Gustave Moreau
June13:  The Orientalists
June 20:  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
June 27:  Paul Cezanne



Tuesdays at 1:00 pm 

Brain Games and Charades with Marv



Tuesdays at 1:00 pm

Knitting with Barbara



Wednesdays at 9:30 am (NEW TIME)

Technology Class with Trinity  

Bring your mobile device and hone your tech skills. This month’s topics are:

June 7:   How to Use YouTube to learn almost anything, as well as watch music videos and free movies

June 14: How to organize the apps on your phone

June 21:  How to organize and delete photos on your phone

June 28:   How to stop and/or start getting notifications on your phone




Wednesdays at 10:00 am  

Chair Aerobics with Stuart



Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:45 pm    

Broadway Showcase Rehearsals 

Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:45 pm. The performance will of  “Summer Lovin’, Songs of the 50’s” will be presented on Sunday, June 25, at 4:00 pm.


Wednesdays, June 14 and 28, at 1:15 pm  

Bliss Fit with Trinity (Hybrid)



Wednesdays at 1:30 pm

Open Swim and Water Aerobics

Advance registration is required weekly for Open Swim and Water Aerobics. Pool capacity is limited to 25 persons. To register contact Gladys at ext 223 (



Thursdays at 9:30 am

Conversational Spanish for Advanced Beginners with Rhonda



Thursdays at 10:00 am

Watercolor Painting with Dmitriy Moshkovich (FULL)



Thursdays at 10:45 am

Functional Movement with Terry



Thursdays at 1:00  pm

Chair Yoga with Anthony (Hybrid) 



Thursdays at 1:00 pm

Group Chat with Carmen




Fridays at 9:45 AM 

Current Events with Chloe in Spanish  



Friday, June 30, at 10:30 am

Law and Order

Aytan Adler presides over reenactments of actual cases in which you assume the roles in a courtroom trial setting. Join Aytan and have fun releasing your inner Perry Mason!






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All Older Adult Center Programming is funded by the New York City Department of the Aging unless otherwise noted.