Symposia Community Events –August 2016

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  STARTING IN SEPTEMBER:  Ready to Write – 8 class course by John McCaffrey (Thursdays at 7 pm from Sept 8th to Oct. 27th

 Do you have a desire to write but are not sure how to begin?  Has your writing hit a wall and you want to break through?  Or do you just want to develop further as a writer and land that publishing contract?  “Ready to Write,” a new 8-week course at Symposia Community Bookstore, will meet all these needs and, most importantly, you’ll have fun in a safe, supported and creative environment.

Classes, led by award-winning novelist and Hoboken resident John McCaffrey (, will be held Thursday evenings, September 8 to October 27th.  Each session will be 75 minutes in length (7 pm to 8:15 pm) and will feature the following elements:

  • A brief, motivational talk on various topics, such as working through writing blocks and staying committed to a project once started.
  • A short meditation period to reflect and clear the mind for creativity.
  • An in-class writing exercise based on a prompt related to the featured topic.
  • A group discussion of the in-class writing exercise.

Class members will also have the chance to submit a longer work (up to 25 pages) – either completed or in process, which the instructor will read and provide written critique and a private consultation on next steps, including publishing opportunities.

The course cost is $100.  Space is limited, so those interested in joining must R.S.V.P. and provide 1/2 deposit ($50) to John McCaffrey by August 26th.  To R.S.V.P, arrange for the deposit, or ask questions about the course, please contact John at or call him at 917-239-5306.

A Dialogue of Hope – workshop facilitated by John Bredin – Monday, Aug. 8th at 7 pm

What makes you hopeful about the future?  Despite the many problems in society, absent a hopeful vision of a better possible world that might be—one that’s more just, loving, and peaceful—very often people drift into a state of numbness, apathy, and despair.  Many of today’s politicians and media pundits deride the idea of a hopeful better world as too “utopian” and not “realistic” enough.  Tonight we will gather together to resist this cynicism.  Our agenda will be musings on the happier world that, deep down, many of us still believe is possible.  Sitting in a circle, we will share the stories that keep us strong, along with the hopes—some personal and some political—that motivate our morning leap out of bed.  Given the cognitive value of the Arts, and of how, as Emily Dickinson said, “Imagination lights the slow fuse of the possible,” I hope that our dialogue will be enriched by stories of our encounters with literature, cinema, theater, music, and dance.

Workshop presenter John Bredin is the author of 12 books, including The Magic of Everyday Life and Hope is a Quest.  He’s taught English at various colleges, including Stevens, Rutgers, and Montclair State, and is host of the weekly cable TV show Public Voice Salon.

Tuition $25

Light refreshments

Please RSVP, since the circle will be capped at 10 people to allow maximum “story time” for our big dreamers by email to John at

Musical Open Mic Night – Thursday, Aug. 11th 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.

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For more information, contact Carlos at


Free Writing & Meditation Class –  Every Thursday at 7 pm

 This workshop is for all aspiring writers. It combines writing and meditation. Designed to help you tune into your inner voice and find the artist within. Our time together will include group discussions, writing, and meditation exercises.

Instructor: Roberto Herrera

For more information, or to register, contact Roberto at 201-686-2527 or

Free Yoga Class –  Every Wednesday 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

Certified Yoga Instructors Bridget Heavey and Carmen Rusu

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


 Swing Dance Classes –  Instructor Tracy Everitt, Liza Minnelli’s Dance Partner – Every Tuesday at 7 pm

 Learn  Classic Wedding Dances music  that will never grow old

Learn the actual, real “going-out” partner dancing but dress is informal for lessons : Wear your everyday attire…Learn to dance for weddings and events… a new start each week!…

Couples or singles…

$15 per person per hour each lesson, or $50 for 4 lessons.

Instructor: Tracy Everitt, Broadway and Hollywood dance partner of Liza Minnelli (watch Liza and Tracy in the youtube video “Steam Heat” and see Tracy at Lincoln Center and with Hoboken Chamber Orch. on YouTube as well.

Registration required. Space is limited. Please call 551-587-0121 or email Tracy

 Guitar Circle – Every Thursday 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


  PUPPETONIA @ Symposia Bookstore – Puppet Shows for Babies and Toddlers

Facebook: Puppetonia Shows

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!

For a sample of our shows, check these links:

PUPPETONIA SHOWS (Babies and Toddlers):

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

Thu at 4 pm.

BABY PUPPETONIA (Babies):  Wed and Thu at 1.30 pm

YOGA FOR BABIES (6 weeks to crawling): Tuesdays at 1.30 pm

Two new shows every week.


$15 drop in

$10 second show the same week

$10 second child

Package Deal: 10 Admissions – $130 valid for 3 months.

No reservation required.

For more info, call or text: (201) 805-1739

Email:  or visit

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