Symposia Community Events –June 2016

Symposia is looking for volunteers to help out at the Art and Music Festival in Hoboken on June 12th from 10 am to 7 pm. We need help moving books to and from the booth, manning the booth, shelving, or simply promoting the store. If you could spare an hour or two, please contact Carmen at 201-805-1739.

Donations are the lifeline of our business. If you have used books, CDs, DVDs, games, toys that you don’t want anymore, you can drop them off at our store and we’ll give you a tax-deductible receipt!

Thank you for your continuous support!

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 – 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

Photography Art Exhibit by Prashanth Rudramurthy– Sunday, June 12th from 11 am to 7 pm

Reception and talk with the artist at 4 pm.
Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Prashanth at

Magical Power of Big Dream Stories –Seminar by John Bredin – June 13th at 7 pm

What is a big dream story? According to educator, author, and media pioneer John Bredin, a “big dream story” is one that teaches you what your deeper purpose mission in life is: your true passion, calling, or vocation beyond the routine 9 to 5 grind.

This seminar is designed to inspire hope in the big dreaming writers, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and social justice activists in our midst who too often give up on their big dreams because of the day to day pressures of everyday life. In particular, the focus of this highly interactive seminar (with lots of dialogue and story sharing!) is to help people identify their own unique “big dream stories,” whether from their personal lives or the realm of the arts; the stories that keep us strong in pursuing our unique creative visions in the world.

As an added bonus, we’ll also learn how to tell our stories better–with greater clarity, style, and panache–so as to better communicate our big dreams to others.

Suggested donation $10
Light refreshments served.

“The ART of Being Healthy: Real-Life Accounts of Children and Mothers Healing with Chiropractic” – book signing by Dr. Laura Brayton and Dr. Dina Sgambati – June 15th at 3 pm

Dr. Laura Brayton and Dr. Dina Sgambati, Hoboken-based pediatric and maternity chiropractors, will sign copies of their collection of short stories entitled “The ART of Being Healthy: Real-Life Accounts of Children and Mothers Healing with Chiropractic,” on Wednesday, June 15, at 3 p.m. at Symposia Bookstore, 510 Washington St., Hoboken.

The doctors will also read excerpts from the book, which advocates a natural, drug-free approach to healing for the entire family.

For more information, contact Stacey at (201)792-3544 or

Inspired @ Symposia! – Sunday, June 19th at 6 pm

Join us for an afternoon of local arts. All forms of artistic expression welcome: spoken word, music, comedy, dance, visual arts, applause.

Bring a snack/drink/dessert to share after the show.

Sign up starts at 5.30 pm

For more information, contact Carmen at

Musical Open Mic Night – Thursday, June 23rd 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

An Ode to Being Different by Jennifer Rose – Books signing/reading Sunday, June 26th at 2 pm

It’s Not a Perfect World, but I’ll Take It
50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me Who Are Kind of (You Know) Autistic By Jennifer Rose

Jennifer Rose is autistic. She’s also a college student who loves to read, writes fan fiction, and wants to be on TV someday. Sure, she sees the world a little differently than most people around her, but many of the problems she’s faced will sound familiar to the teenager in all of us: trouble coping with school, dealing with bullies and mean girls, and struggling with her own feelings of bitterness and inferiority. Through it all, with the help of her parents, she’s learned a few lessons. Outlined in It’s Not a Perfect World, but I’ll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me Who Are Kind of (You Know) Autistic (Skyhorse Publishing, May 2016), Jennifer’s wisdom covers a wide breadth of topics, including:
#5: There are many ways to make a difference.
#20: You won’t be perfect at everything, not even the things you do best.
#22: Down times will be bouncing up soon . . .
#23: . . . but meanwhile, try to enjoy what you have.
#44: Talk about your feelings, even when it’s hard.
#45: Learn to take jokes, even your dad’s

For more information, contact Jonathan 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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