– FEMA Region II will host an open house regarding FEMA’s Prepositioned Equipment Program (PEP) on May 20, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at 197 Stone School House Road in Bloomingburg, New York. Expected to attend are regional emergency management agencies, as well as police and fire departments. PEP consists of standardized equipment pods that are prepositioned in select geographic areas to permit rapid deployment to first responders in the event of a major terrorist attack. Equipment demonstrations will take place throughout the day and experts will be available to answer questions. FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. For more information call Terry Winters FEMA, External Affairs at 347-416-2875.

-djoniba is inviting to a free trial class frommay 20th to 29th. Free trial class coupon for new students is available at! Peole are free to invite their friends and family.

– Lincoln Center announced more than 100 free performances to take place across the plazas of Lincoln Center in the latest edition of one of the country’s longest-running, free, outdoor festivals. More than ten premieres and debuts highlight the three weeks, which have a strong streak of soul, funk and R&B running through them, with generous helpings of jazz, gospel, world, American roots and new music, star turns by giants of their genres—Mavis Staples, Malkit Singh, Laurie Anderson, Tan Dun—and great contemporary dance.

– Join Haiti Cultural Exchange once a month for a conversation with a person of interest in our community. The discussion this time is with Yves Joseph from Tabou Combo. He will talk about his music, career and Haitian music culture on Thursday, May 26th, from 6-8:30pm at Colors Restaurant located at 417 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. These discussions are designed to provide a glimpse into the person’s life, interests, inspirations, and work. Renowned musician Yves Joseph is best known as the co-founder, manager and original member of Tabou Combo, one of Haiti’s oldest Konpa bands. His voice and conga skills have contributed to the phenomenal success of Tabou Combo and their impressive 40 plus album career. Surviving the test of time and thriving in the midst of an ever diversifying music scene, Yves “Fanfan” Joseph and Tabou Combo are proving that great music from Haiti will always be around. There will be fantastic music, engaging discussion and Tabou Combo’s newest album Konpa to the World, available for purchase. Seating is limited; please RSVP to $10 Donation.

– AARP has some great suggestions for things that can be done for little to no cost that can greatly increase your home’s safety and comfort.
· Place exposed electrical, telephone, and computer cords along a wall where they can’t be tripped over, check for any frayed cords, and never put cords under furniture or carpeting.
· Place heavily used items in an accessible place.
· Arrange furniture to allow for easy passage and place your favorite chair away from an exterior wall or window so you aren’t sitting in a draft.
· Remove clutter and check carpeting on stairs to be sure it is firmly attached to help prevent a fall.
· Set the hot water heater to 120 degrees to prevent scalding while bathing and reduce energy costs.
· Trim overgrown shrubbery to provide a clear view from doors and windows.

For more information and great ideas on how homes can be designed or updated to make them easy, safe, and comfortable to live in, visit

-Council Member Jumaane D. Williams announces that The 45th District Haitian Relief Effort will be reactivating its mobile TPS clinics starting this Sunday, May 22nd, to provide trustworthy and accurate information as well as assistance with paperwork. The Relief Effort, begun last year and spearheaded by his office and community partner Haitian-American Business Network, offered many services including traveling clinics that provided free legal services. The location of Sunday’s Clinic will be sent out within the next days. He is asking anyone reading this to watch out for and encourage others to be wary of unscrupulous people who will undoubtedly try to take advantage of this situation and abuse those in need. If someone charges money upfront be very wary and check with a trusted source. In addition to the mobile clinics, my office offers FREE legal immigration services every Monday (walk-ins accepted but appointments guarantee a time slot.) If you, or someone you know need TPS assistance please ask them to call at 718 629-2900.

– Brooklyn Museum announces its Spring events which are a series of fun and educational programs.
-To celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Great Hall, Situ Studio, a Brooklyn-based practice specializing in design and fabrication, has created a site-specific architectural installation that reimagines the classically ordered space as a place for Museum visitors to congregate, relax, view temporary exhibitions, and see an occasional performance through January 15, 2012. Situ Studio’s design consists of a series of stretched and manipulated fabric canopies and integrated furnishings that expand the profile of the hall’s monumental columns, transforming them from base to capital. The installation also transforms the scale of the hall, creating a series of spaces that alternate between the colossal and the intimate. Situ Studio was founded in 2005 by five Cooper Union architecture students.
-Two concerts celebrating the most prolific and innovative talent of Brooklyn’s thriving music scene. The popular dance party band MEN and the indie rockers Savoir Adore perform in May, and the hip-hop artist Theophilus London in June. The events will take place on Fridays, May 13 and June 10, 7 p.m. and produced in conjunction with The L Magazine. For more information, visit

-Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, has announced that students from Brooklyn, NY, have received scholarships to attend Berkeley College. Berkeley College scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors who demonstrate a high level of achievement in high school. Scholarships are renewable based on the recipient’s cumulative grade point average at the end of each academic year and continued enrollment as a full-time student. A leader in business education for 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls nearly 9,000 students — including more than 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New York locations —Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains. And in New Jersey there are four locations —Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. For more information go to the website at

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