Symposia Community Events –March 2017

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!

“Sex and Yoga – a Journey of Self- Discovery” – book reading/signing by Maggie Zurowska – Monday March 13th at 7 pm

 A few months passed since my Alaska trip without much changing. New York was cold again and getting ready for winter. Before long, the fall would shift into winter and the dry leaves would be exchanged for snow. I tried to savor the last warm days, walking through the streets and Prospect Park, appreciating every last minute of this beautiful season.

Circling the city alone, I felt like the changes in the air reflected the changes within myself. I was tired of the heat and steam of the summer. My life itself was steamy and I needed to cool it down. The long, hot summer seemed to pass by so quickly, with so many huge, exhausting changes within such a short period of time. Sometimes I got the feeling there was a fire in my stomach that burned me from the inside out. I figured it was probably stress but I needed to quench it, literally and figuratively.

I took off my jacket, hoping the cold; strong breeze would help quell the heat within. It did, but too quickly. I found myself freezing and shaking, with my teeth chattering. I buttoned my coat back up to protect myself against the October wind. My thoughts were as heavy as the cloud-filled sky. I just kept walking. I didn’t know my destination but it didn’t matter. I knew that the way I’d chosen would lead me somewhere, anywhere. I was going nowhere fast anyway. What did it matter? I was wasting my time and energy, and for what? A high-speed, intense New York life? It might be fun but it was empty.

Suddenly everything stopped making sense to me. The world became gray and I was tired of the city and its people. The same city that had appeared vibrant, full of motivating energy and creative people now seemed exhausting and filled negativity. My chosen city was not mine anymore. I’d lost myself in this crowd—my morals, respect for my body and for myself. I became a whore, selfish and emotionless. Where the hell had I disappeared? Where was Maggie in all of this?

At first, I wasn’t sure if I had a book. But I did have a story. I believe that everyone has a story, and this is mine. I hope it will touch people. Teach people. I hope it will speak to you and others so that their own life path makes more sense to them by reading about mine and where it has led me. Into other people’s arms, other people’s beds, bad jobs, good jobs, terrible relationships and wonderful ones, to a quirky marriage, to disease. It propelled me into life-changing situations. And back home again.

Think of it as “The Travails of Maggie” or “The Perils of Promiscuousness.”

This is my journey, through sex and yoga, and everything else in between. I’m glad you’re along for the ride. Hold on tight!

Refreshments will be served.

For more info, contac Maggie at

Musical Open Mic Night – Thursday, March 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

FORTUNE Comes to Symposia Bookstore!  – Book reading/signing by George Cameron Grant  Thursday March 24th at 7.30 pm

 In the summer of 2014, Playwright George Cameron Grant visited the sleepy town of Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia on a much needed vacation. Instead, during a candlelight graveyard tour, he found himself standing before an unmarked grave, learning about the most unforgettable woman he had ever encountered, Black Loyalist Rose


Now Mr. Grant brings to Symposia Bookstore the story of this encounter, his ensuing mission to write the play about this extraordinary woman, FORTUNE, to bring her remarkable story of tenacity and courage to the world, and to lead a crusade to place a memorial in her name at the place of her rest.

He will read from the play, and take questions from the audience. Copies of FORTUNE will be available, and will be signed by the playwright following the presentation.

Refreshments will be served.

For more info, contact George at


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

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


Salsa Dance Classes –  Instructor Tracy Everitt, Liza Minnelli’s Dance Partner – Every Tuesday (Except the 14th)  at 7 pm


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


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