Symposia Community Events – May 2011

“Story In a Flash” – Tuesday, May 3rd at 7 pm
Members of the Symposia Writing Workshop will present their original “short-short” stories. If you are interested in this genre or would like to learn more, come join in the fun. Open to the public.
For more information, contact John McCaffrey at or by phone (917.239.5306)
Seeing with X-Ray Eyes – Drawing class for ages 6-9, Mondays, 3-4 pm
Join visual artist Jay Boucher in this new drawing course “Seeing with X-Ray Eyes”. We’ll take apart every-day items like fruits, clocks, and boom-boxes. Kids will develop foundational drawing concepts like shape, proportion, volume and shading while also learning about the science and engineering of the world around us.
Materials will be provided.
Reserve by emailing
Naked Spirit in Action – Conversation Group
Thursday, May 12th and 26th, 7 pm.
Come discuss Spirit in everyday life.
A forum dedicated to the sharing of views and beliefs pertaining to self-exploration in the realm of consciousness.
We invite all of you to come and join us on this most rewarding adventure of self-exploration. Besides nurturing our souls, let’s nurture our bodies as well.
Feel free to bring your dinner and have it here with us, or if moved bring a dish to share with everyone and celebrate the diversity of our spirits!
*Not sponsored by or affiliated with any philosophy or religion.
For more information, contact Carmen at 201-805-1739 or at
Public Voice Salon: Empowering the Citizen – Friday, May 13th at 7.30
As our experiment to create a truly democratic media that expresses the hopes and concerns of real people (not just the corporate talking heads) nears its one year anniversary, we are grateful for the support
of the Symposia Community Bookstore–a rare bastion of creative, caring, and intellectual energy in Hudson County.
For our next show, we will speak to the theme of “Empowering the Citizen,” sharing our ideas, stories, and perhaps even artworks on this vital topic.  Keep in mind that you don’t need to be a smooth, polished talker to be a guest. (for the shy, remember that even Robert De Niro is notoriously tongue tied during interviews!)  We believe “everyday  people” as Sly and the Family Stone sang, have lots of wisdom to offer. Our goal is to create a safe, supportive, learning space to play and develop our public voices.
Taking small steps, and enjoying the process, we’d like to help nurture the revitalization of our democracy–and hope you’ll join us, on the panel or in the audience.
Please RSVP as space is limited
Light refreshments served.
For more information, contact John Bredin at
Let’s Write… Because We Can! – Thursday, May 19th at 7.30

The best way to get our thoughts, ideas, words on paper is to… start writing.

And what better way to start writing than through this fun creative writing circle where we
let all of our inhibitions and insecurities go and… just write for pleasure, the purpose
of finding or heeding our voice, and, of course, practice as we complete some exercises.
Following these exercises are opportunities to share work we’ve already completed,
to bring up what inspires us write, or to further discuss work (accomplished in the group or
outside of it) with others in a considerate fashion.

Bring a notebook, writing utensils, and an easy-going nature.  Leave perfectionism and seriousness at home!
For more information, contact Deb Steinberg at

Professional Pigs and Social Moguls Book Club – Sat. May 28th, at 7 pm
It’s a club that:
Reminds you that books can be just as interactive as the internet!
Encourages you to say more than just “Hi” to a colleague, roommate, or stranger.
Makes you think outside the box.
Increases your confidence.
Transforms you to feel as if you’re just as good a public speaker as Obama (okay, well, maybe not, but pretty darn close!)
Encourages you to USE the information in the real world.
Allows you to bond with others.
Requires you to have FUN!
Organizer: Robin Sampson,  201-527-8630 (
Please contact Robin to reserve.
Guitar Circle – every Wednesday at 8 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 welcomed!
For more info, contact Carlos at
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