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Attend UN Women’s free event June 26 at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater

Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is hosting an event in Harlem at the Apollo Theater and we are all invited to attend! The June 26 event is in celebration of the launch of the UN Women’s global campaign leading up to the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Tickets are free and can be downloaded by using this link.

DATE: June 26

TIME: 5–7 p.m., Doors open at 4 pm

LOCATION: Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th Street

NOTE: Please print the confirmation page and present it upon your arrival for admission to the Apollo Theater. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is strongly suggest that participants arrive ahead of time to avoid missing the beginning of the event, and to secure a seat.

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Harlem kids, become a ballperson at the 2014 US Open

While this event is not happening in or around Harlem, Harlemgal is sharing just incase there is a Harlem kid in our community that’s interested in getting involved with the US Open as a ballperson. You know what a person is? It’s that energetic kid that chases the ball when one of those pro tennis players hits the net!

Here’s where you have to be to try out:

Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens

When: Thursday, June 19. Registration begins at 3 pm, tryouts begin at 4 pm. To be selected, you must be available for interview/call-backs in mid-July and available to work Tuesday, August 19 through Monday, September 8.

Who: 14 years old and wants to be on court with the biggest stars in tennis. Must be 14 years old by August 19 (If selected you will need valid New York State Working Papers if you are less than 18 years old – contact your school’s employment office for more information).

Skill: The US Open is looking for talented athletes with great throwing arms, a love for the sport and a thorough understanding of the game.

For more information, please visit: usopen.org/ballperson

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Harlem art mural opening celebration June 8 at 110th Street and FDB

Remember how there was a mural contest for Harlem students that would cover the fence at the northeast corner of 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd? Well, the contest is over and the art is up and hanging everywhere on the fence where the old gas station use to be and soon were a new condo will be in Harlem. Passerby’s can view the art by taking a stroll to this part of Harlem.

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 8 at 11 am there is a public celebration honoring all the incredible art work that was submitted for the contest. All of us are invited to attend. See details below and see you there!

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Are you a college-bound Harlem high school senior? Scholarship fund available, apply now

Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, a Harlem based 501(c) (3) non-profit community organization, is looking for a college-bound Harlem high school senior! Why? The organization’s Scholarship Fund will award a $4,000 scholarship-1,000 renewable annually for four years-to a college-bound high school senior, who resides in Central Harlem from 110th Street to 135th Street, between Morningside and Third Avenues.

The application deadline is June 1 and the scholarship requirements are below. Click here to apply.

· Graduating high school seniors living in the greater Mount Morris Park/Central Harlem Community, from 110th Street to 135th Street, between Morningside and Third Avenues

· Student must have a C+ (75%) or better grade point average

· Student must have participated in a community service project

· Student must have accepted admission to a two or four-year college or university

· Student must demonstrate financial need by completing FAFSA application

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Harlem Biospace launches HYPOTHEkids, a summer science camp starting in July

Harlem Biospace, a new biotech incubator that opened recently for early stage life science companies, has launched a new kid initiative called HYPOTHEkids. HYPOTHEkids, a summer science camp starting in July, was developed to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and technology entrepreneurs right here in Harlem.

Limited slots are available for this eight-week summer program for K-5 children. The program is designed and taught by Columbia University-affiliated faculty and students (from Teachers College and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences). There is a theme a week and each theme will be explored through different lenses of science.

To learn more and sign up, go here.

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Attend No Time For Hate: May 20th Benefit for the Al Forney Center in Harlem

Harlem parents have come together to host “No Time for Hate: A Benefit Night for the Ali Forney Center at Maysles Cinema” in Harlem on May 20th. All proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center, a Harlem-based nonprofit that serves the LGBTQ homeless youth.

The event will be held at Maysles Cinema. Reception refreshments will be provided by Harlem restaurants Settepani and Barawine. Tickets start at $25 and go all the way up to $1000. Benefit tickets can be purchased by using the following site: harlemagainstviolencehomophobia.mydagsite.com

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Things to do with kids in Harlem: Spring Festival on West 120th Street May 3

The New York French American Charter School is hosting their annual Spring event open to the Harlem community this Saturday, May 3. The street festival will offer food from around the world, two bouncy houses, games, and a plant sale. Proceeds from the spring event will benefit programming at the school. See details below.

When: Saturday, May 3
Time: Noon to 5:00pm
Where: 120th Street, between Manhattan Ave. and FDB
Theme: Olympic Games

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Things to do with kids in Harlem: Street Games 2014 April 26 in East Harlem

Go back in time this weekend, April 26. That’s when Street Games, which takes place every year, is happening in East Harlem. Start time is 11 am.

Street Games brings back the classic games and sports played by previous generations and gives them a modern twist. New Yorkers young – and young at heart – can visit Classic Street Games zone and get moving with stickball, pogo sticks, hula hoops, double-dutch, yo-yos, and skateboarding clinics.

Street Games closes 114th Street and Pleasant Avenue in Harlem to vehicle traffic, so kids can participate in a soap box derby, learn to ride a bike clinics, street hockey, and relay races. On the adjacent fields, participants can test their soccer skills with the New York Red Bulls soccer team or throw a disc with the New York Empire ultimate team.

Below are the exact details:

WHAT: HOP OVER TO STREET GAMES 2014!

DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014

TIME: 11:00 am-3:00 pm
(Speaking program begins at 12:30 pm)

LOCATION: Thomas Jefferson Park
114th Street and First Avenue

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New health and wellness business opens in Harlem, Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture

Looking to try acupuncture or need an acupuncturist close by in Harlem? There is a new clinic called Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture and it’s located at 360 West 125th Street, 2nd Floor. Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture had their grand opening on April 12.

Harlem Chi’s mission is to make acupuncture and Chinese Medicine accessible to more people and to reveal the power of this medicine to help with a variety of acute and chronic health issues-particularly when it is practiced as part of a general maintenance routine.

Acupuncture is administered via the insertion of very tiny, sterile, single-use disposable filiform (thin like thread) needles into specific points on the body that stimulate the body’s self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms. It can effectively treat both acute and chronic conditions, from stress reduction, aches/pain, women’s health (menopause, PMS, irregular menses, infertility, etc.), digestive issues, post chemo/radiation therapy, to sports injuries and sports enhancement.

To learn more about Harlem Chi, visit their website. Residents can also go online to make an appointment.

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Things to do in Harlem: Easter Egg Hunt April 19 and Harlem Shake Easter April 20

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Not sure what to do this coming weekend for Easter in Harlem? Here are two options happening in Harlem to consider:

There is a Harlem Easter Egg Hunt happening this Saturday, April 19, at My Gym at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue for children ages 1-7. The event is free. There will be fun games and the Easter Bunny will be present for photos. The organizers are asking for interested participants to register online. To register, visit: www.HarlemEggHunt.com

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Place: My Gym – 258 St. Nicholas Ave
Cost: FREE

On Easter Sunday, April 20, at 2:00 pm, Harlem Shake will be partnering with Susie Q, a local celebrity fitness trainer and clothing designer, to offer guests an afternoon of line dancing, an Easter egg hunt, plus prizes and good food. Harlem Shake will be serving two Easter themed milkshakes on Easter Sunday. The Funny Bunny is a hazelnut chocolate shake with a chocolate Easter bunny hidden inside, or the Kool Peeps, a pistachio flavored shake topped with Peeps candy. Signature items from the regular menu like specialty burgers, fries and shakes will also be available for purchase.

Harlem Shake Easter celebrations will be:

2:30-3:30 PM – Line dancing with Susie Q as the leader
3:30-4:00PM – Easter egg hunt for children 12 and under (with prizes!)
4:00PM – Best colored egg winner announcement
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