Symposia Community Events – November 2011

Free Yoga Classes at Symposia Bookstore – Nov. 1, 8, 15 at 22 and 29 pm.

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

Symposia is now opening its doors to a totally new environment for yoga practice: small classes, taught in a supportive, non-competitive manner, with lots of individual attention.  Students will be gently guided through basic yoga postures, yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques.
Certified Yoga instructor Carmen Rusu
Pre-registration is required by phone, 201-805-1739 or  by email:

Improve Your Life Through Meditation – Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 and 5 at 7 pm

Meditation leads to peace of mind, harmonious relationships and a meaningful life. These classes are a great introduction to meditation, providing the basic techniques that will enable you to experience these benefits for yourself. They will include guided meditations and practical advice on how meditation helps us to be happy and to deal skillfully with our daily life problems.

Classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners, and emphasize how to meditate and practice in our urban environment.

Please note: Classes are given as a series, but can be taken individually. Please feel free to drop in on a class-by-class basis. Classes are held every week unless otherwise stated.

No pre-registration required.

7-8:30, $10 per class

November 7:    Meditation and the Development of Happiness
November 14:  Establishing a Meditation Practice
November 21:  Empowering the Mind
November 28:  Understanding the Human Condition
December 5:    Understanding the Human Potential

Fore more information, contact Justine Volesko at

Reading Day at Symposia – Nov. 12 at 11 am

Event organized by the Stevens chapter of Alpha Phi Omega (a national co-ed service fraternity).
This is an annual event for children in the area with special needs.
We will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, then creating our own stories and illustrations – blank books will be provided for the children to write and draw in.

For more information, contact David Watson at

The Most Well-Traveled Squirrel in the Whole Wide World – Book Reading for Children  November 13 at 3 pm

Come along with a little squirrel on a BIG adventure… Tommy the squirrel wakes up to find that his home has been transported to New York City and is now the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. A stranger in a strange land, Tommy must figure out a way to conquer his fears and explore his new world. And thus begins the adventures of… The Most Well-Traveled Squirrel in the Whole Wide World.

The Most Well-Traveled Squirrel in the Whole Wide World is the first in a series of fun and innovative children’s books that will spark the imagination and nuture curious minds about the interesting places, cultures and traditions found throughout our world!

Authors Blaze Kelly Coyle & Andrew Romano will read the book, answer questions from the audience, and gladly sign copies of their new book. (Ages 5-9)

For more in formation, contact Blaze Kelly Coyle at

Writing Class – “Fiction Potpourri”

Do you have eclectic literary tastes? Interested in writing mysteries, science fiction, humor, romance, horror, thrillers?  Author and teacher John McCaffrey will lead students in a 7-week course that will explore the core components of creating stories in these and other genres.  Each class will include a brief lecture, writing exercises, and group discussion of student work.  Strategies on how to break into the publishing market will also be given.  Students will have the chance to read their work at an end-of-the-term event.

Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

September 22 – November 10

Register at or by phone (917.239.5306)

The Naked Spirit  – Conversation Group – November 17 at 7.30  

Come discuss Spirit in everyday life.
The Naked Spirit is a forum dedicated to the friendly sharing of views and beliefs of subjects pertaining to spirituality.

Bring a dish to share.

*Not sponsored by or affiliated with any philosophy or religion.

For more information, call Carmen Rusu  at 201-805-1739

Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner – November 22, 7 pm

Symposia invites you and your friends to its traditional night of music, good food and community sharing.

Symposia will provide the turkey. Please bring a dish and your stories to the table.
To reserve, call Carmen at 201-805-1739.

Guitar Circle – every Wednesday 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 welcomed!

For more info, contact Carlos at


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