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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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See The Black & White Show at Aloft Hotel in Harlem, May 6 opening

The Black & White Show opens on May 6 at the Aloft Hotel in Harlem featuring mixed media, paintings, pen & ink, and photography – all in black and white only. The artists work in code and nuances, parities and disparities using textures, lines, contrast and movement to explore ideas and theories.

Exhibiting artists for The Black & White Show will be Andre Woolery, Kennedy Yanko, LeRone B. Wilson, Marcus Hunter, Michael Ricardo Andreev, Sorin Abraham, Stan Squirewell, Tomo Mori, Walter Lobyn Hamilton, & Yaron Dotan.

The show runs from May 6 to June 30 at the Aloft Hotel on Frederick Douglass Blvd. and 124th Street.

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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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Things to do with kids in Harlem: Free Capoeira Angola class April 5

Need an interesting and different activity for your Harlem child? How about introducing your kid(s) to the Brazilian art form of Capoeira Angola. There are free kids classes available on April 5 at the Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande located at 154th and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form, which includes fluid, rhythmic martial art; a ritual; a dance of wit and grace. See details below for upcoming free kids class in Harlem.

Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande
2916 Frederick Douglass Blvd (corner of 154th & 8th avenue)
Harlem, NY 10039
Tel: (212) 989-6975 or (646) 578-5099

Transportation:
Subway: B, or D train to 155th Street
3 train to 148th Street
A to 145th Street
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Manhattan Mini Storage offering storage to displaced residents of East Harlem building explosion

In the wake of Wednesday’s massive gas explosion and collapse at two apartment buildings in East Harlem, Manhattan Mini Storage announced today (March 14) via a news release that it is offering free storage at its East Harlem location to any displaced residents by the explosion for up to three months while they recover from the incident and secure new housing.

Manhattan Mini Storage is asking any residents displaced by the explosion to call the company at 212-STORAGE (212-786-7243), Option 1, if they are in need of storage. Their East Harlem facility is located at 401 East 110th Street.

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Study cello with member of famous Ahn Trio, audition at Harlem School of the Arts May 5-9

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A reader from Bozeman, Montana/Jakarta, Indonesia sent in a unique story tip to share. The cellist from the famous Ahn Trio, three Julliard-trained sisters (Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin, and Maria on the cello) who have “earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music,” is offering an opportunity to train with her for FREE! How does a musician get to study with Maria from Ahn Trio? If you are between the ages of 12-18, you will need to audition during the Harlem School of the Arts Prep Auditions, which will take place May 5-9. The individual(s) chosen will be able to study-tuition free with Maria for a whole year!

The Harlem School of the Arts Prep Auditions is an annual event, which covers other instruments, theater, dance and visual arts! Check out HSA website to learn more. And learn more about Ahn Trio by going here.

Save the date: February 15 and 16 several food trucks coming to Harlem in food truck rally

There’s a rally happening in Harlem soon! It’s called the Harlem Food Truck Rally where several food truck vendors will be parked in Harlem from 11 am to 5 pm between 117th and 118th Street & Frederick Douglass Blvd. See list of participating vendors below or visit Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

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Free screening in Harlem, see Pompeii with Kit Harington of TV’s Game of Thrones

There is another free screening happening in Harlem on February 6 at 7 pm at Magic Johnson Theater. The movie is POMPEII.

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

Here is the link to get tickets: http://www.sonyscreenings.com/HarlemGal

CAST
Kit Harington (TV’s Game of Thrones), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix Series), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Lemony Snicket’s Series Of Unfortunate Events), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead), with Jared Harris (TV’s Mad Men and Mortal Instruments) and Kiefer Sutherland (TV’s 24). It is directed by Paul WS Anderson (Resident Evil series).

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Free tax services offered by Harlem Business Alliance

Harlem Business Alliance notified us this morning via Twitter that they are “helping people with their taxes for free.” The free services are available on three separate days starting February 2. An appointment is required! See additional details below!

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Free screening in Harlem of About Last Night-January 9, download tickets here

See the remake for free of About Last Night in Harlem, January 9th, at Magic Johnson Theater on 125th Street. Get tickets here.

This contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. The all-star cast includes: Kevin Hart (Think Like A Man, upcoming Ride Along), Regina Hall (Best Man Holiday), Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man, TV’s Almost Human), Joy Bryant (TV’s Parenthood) and is directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine, Accepted).

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