Symposia Community Events – October 2013

$5 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.

After the class, feel free to linger, have a cup of tea, chat. Refreshments will be served.

Certified Yoga Instructor Carmen Rusu

For more information, contact Carmen:  201-805-1739 or
“West of Me” by  Jamie Godfrey – Book Reading and Signing   – Oct. 15 at 7 pm


Kyle Myers left his small town in Wisconsin to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer. With two suitcases and $100, he begins his journey at design school. Along the way, he makes lasting friendships, meets a porn star, finally hooks up with Glitter Boy, goes on a bevy of awkward dates and works for a string of evil bosses. This offbeat coming of age tale is a valentine to the moments, people, and crazy situations that can only happen in New York.

Refreshments will be served

The book can be purchased at

For more information, contact Jamie at
Poets Wanted to Read Their Work – facilitate by Philip De Pinto – Oct. 17 at 7 pm

This is an opportunity for poets to read their work.

 Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Philip at 201-264-4508
FREE Breastfeeding Support Group for Pregnant and Nursing Moms – Friday, Oct. 18th at 7 pm

 Come in and share your breastfeeding journey/plans and gain support from other breastfeeding moms in our community. We will discuss health benefits of breastfeeding for both mom & baby, ways to achieve your breastfeeding goals, common problems and anything else on your mind. Discussion is welcome!

• Pregnant moms-to-be welcome • Breastfed babies welcome • No nursing covers needed


To register, email Veronika at

Registration deadline: Wednesday Oct. 16th
“Given the Choice” – book reading and discussion with British author Susan Sellers – Oct. 28 at 7 pm

 Susan Sellers, a Professor of English at St Andrews University in Scotland, will be at Symposia bookstore reading from and discussing her new novel Given the Choice, set in London, and Hoboken! Susan is the award-winning author of Vanessa and Virginia, which was a Barnes and Noble ‘Great New Writing Discovery’, an ‘Indie Next’ pick, and an editor’s choice on paperback row in The New York Times Book Review. Her new novel is set amidst the glamour and intrigue of the contemporary art world and is published this month.

 Susan has published numerous books on modernist and contemporary fiction and is an experienced creative writing tutor.

  Come and talk to Susan about writing, Bloomsbury, the contemporary art world, Scotland, Virginia Woolf, why we still crave happy endings even though they rarely happen in real life, and why reading fiction still matters.

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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 – Puppet Shows for Babies and Toddlers

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:


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

Tue: 4 pm

BABY PUPPETONIA: Tue and Thur at 1.30 pm


Two new shows every week.

No reservation required.

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

Email:  or visit

Puppet Yoga for Babies – Every Wednesday at 1.30 pm

PUPPETONIA is starting a new class for babies (5 weeks to crawling)

You will learn baby yoga techniques that will help with your infant’s sleep cycles, digestion and fussiness. Silly songs, toys, puppets, hugs, kisses and giggles make this a not to be missed class experience for you and your infant.

Gentle baby asanas and massages are also incorporated to help you learn how to calm and teach basic motor development to your baby. You will learn appropriate, therapeutic strokes for each area of the body, as well as ways to bring body awareness to your baby, without overstimulation.

Yoga practiced with your baby is a powerful way to connect with your new child and opportunity to join or create a community of new mothers and friends with similar goals and parenting styles.

Class taught by Carmen Rusu, Yoga Alliance and Karma Kids certified teacher.

Price: $10

Location: Symposia Bookstore, 510 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Register by text at 201-805-1739 or by email at

For more information, contact Carmen at 201-805-1739 or


FREE Meditation for Stress Relief: Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique (IAMT) – Monday, Oct. 21, 6 to 9 pm ( It takes 2 plus hours to teach the technique to beginners, but the practice is only 20 minutes a day)

 Meditation and yoga have been found to be effective tools in re-establishing inner balance, clarity and peace of mind. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a free class ($5 donations to cover costs) for a powerful meditation technique as taught by Amma, an internationally recognized humanitarian and spiritual teacher ( The IAM meditation technique offers an integration of gentle relaxation exercises with an effective and easy-to-practice meditation technique that can be comfortably performed by anyone in just 20 minutes. Benefits include:
*Reduce stress and anxiety
*Increase energy
*Reduce anger and frustration
*Improve health and well-being
*Increase productivity and efficiency
*Enjoy deeper connection with Self

Taught by (Shimona) Praseeda Singh, a trained meditation instructor qualified by Amma.
For more information visit
My Iron Curtain  by Michael Hrdlovic – book reading and signing on Oct. 25 at 7 pm

At the dawn of the World War II, a Czechoslovakian coal miner Elmer decides to pursue his dream to immigrate to the United States (The New World). Alas, circumstances in his life and country never allow him to fulfill his grandest dream, as he is captured first by the Nazis and then a few decades later by the Communist government, and sent to a labor camp. His grandson, Francis, picks up Elmer’s dream and travels to the New World, to fulfill his grandfather’s last wish and legacy.

Michael  was born in February 1972 in Communist Czechoslovakia in township Karvina, son of a coal miner and city hall clerk. Grew up in the town Orlova. Joined the organization Pioneers and later the Communist Youth. Immigrated to The United States of America in the spring of 2000.

For more information, contact Michael at or go to

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