Symposia Community Events – April 2019

Symposia Community Events – April 2019

510 Washington St, Hoboken NJ

 Guitar Circle – Thursdays at 8.30 pm

Come jam with local guitar players in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Share your favorite songs and learn new ones. All playing levels and styles are welcome!

To register or for more info, contact Carlos at


 Free Yoga Class –  Wednesdays at 7 pm 

Have you always shied away from Yoga because you thought you weren’t very flexible?

Symposia is now opening its doors to a new environment for yoga practice: small classes, taught in a supportive, non-competitive manner, with individual attention.  Students will be gently guided through basic yoga postures, yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques.

Suggested donation: $8. Registration required.

Certified Yoga Instructor Carmen Rusu

For more information, or to register, contact Carmen:  201-805-1739 or


Acoustic Folk Circle – Sunday April 7th  from 3 to 6 pm

Hey “come together”! Share songs original or traditional. More than ever we need music to weave us together during these fractured times. Traditionally folk song has been a vehicle of protest, and a source of healing.

The format will be a circle, choose to sing solo or together. All you need is your voice, a guitar, harmonica, wind instruments, percussion, all welcome! Oh and maybe some munchies and beverage *wine ok too!

Please don’t forget to support our local community bookstore, Symposia, with a $5 suggested donation

For more information or to register, contact Cara at


Musical Open Mic Night – Thursday, April 18th at 7.30 pm

Join us for a night of shared musical talent. Sign up and play some tunes, or just come by and cheer us on!

BYOB (Bring your own bottle, banjo, or balalaika) with some munchies provided. Feel free to bring your own snacks to share.

Sign up starts at 7:30pm. Everyone gets to perform at least two songs, and original songs are encouraged. Test out your new material or play some cool cover songs. This is mostly an acoustic setup, although a small amp can be made available.

Refreshments will be served.

Like our Facebook Page ( or send an email to for updates and the monthly schedule.

For more information, contact Carlos at

Private Guitar Lessons with Carlos

Fee: $50/hr

All levels, ages, and musical styles, from classical to country and rock/pop. Can travel within Hoboken or provide a place for lessons.

Contact Carlos Haase at Se habla español.


Discover the joy, hope, and transformative power of community – lecture and discussion with Prof. John Bredin – April 25th at 7 pm

We are living in strange, even paradoxical times. Despite the ever-present technology that “connects” us, many have never felt lonelier or more isolated. Is our ancient human need to be together being sacrificed to the mega-time now spent on social media? Has staring blankly at the endless “breaking news” cycle on our TV sets replaced our desire for conviviality and connection?

I’d like this to be a cross between a town hall and a community dialogue. Perhaps, if we’re lucky, we may channel some of the magic energy of the late 1960s and early 70s; a glorious time of democratic awakening when Be-Ins were all the rage, and identity itself was seen as connected with belonging to a community of regard: very often in quest of a better state of things.

I am especially attracted to the magic “in between” space of authentic community, a transformative space of the kind Carl Rogers felt nudges us toward “becoming ourselves,” and Hannah Arendt believed allows us to “appear before others the best we know how to be.” As an educator, it has been a joy to create such communities with my students in several colleges over the past two decades, including Rutgers and CUNY.

Though my wife Claudia and I produce a nonprofit TV show on culture and ideas called Public Voice Salon, we won’t be filming this night. It will be a kind of sociological research for me, however—toward a future show we’d like to make on this topic—and I’m as eager to learn from you (especially your stories, hopes, and questions)—as I am to share my own thoughts and wonderings on this matter. Let’s see what we might teach each other!

As always, being together matters as much as what we talk about.

For more info, contact John at


Puppetonia Puppet Shows at Symposia Bookstore


Since its inception, Puppetonia has taught children so much more than just their ABC’s and 123′s. The music and puppet shows incorporate important social skills, early academics, thinking skills, motor skills, and self-expression.

The music is fun and upbeat, and the children are encouraged to move to the rhythm, follow verbal instructions, practice sequential movements, and have a great time. And there are bubbles galore!


Symposia Bookstore

510 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

 PUPPET SHOWS (Babies and Toddlers):

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10 and 11 am

Thu at 4 pm.

BABY YOGA (6 weeks to crawling): Tuesday at 1.30 pm

SPANISH WITH PUPPETONIA: Tuesdays at 10 and 11 am

For more info, contact Carmen at 201-805-1729 or go to



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