The West 13th Street Alliance’s November/December Community Event Offerings

By The West 13th Street Alliance

The West 13th Street Alliance is pleased to announce its November/December Community Events schedule that aims to bring together the community in a fun way with events/classes/lectures like, Exploring the Original West Village, Intro to Zumba, Holiday Card-Making, Chair Yoga and Tea and Conversation. All of these events are free and delicious snacks and refreshments are provided.

Our first event is a lecture called EXPLORING THE ORIGINAL WEST VILLAGE by Alfred Pommer, local guide and author of four Manhattan guidebooks. The lecture is on Wednesday, November 13th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lenox Health Greenwich Village (200 West 13th Street). His talk will include an extensive slide show of historic photographs of the original West Village. 

On Friday November 15th we have two events, both at The Church of The Village (201 West 13th St.). First is CHAIR YOGA, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., which is a great way to discover the benefits of Yoga, even if you’ve never practiced before. Our second event is INTRO TO ZUMBA WITH TESS GHILAGA from 6-7:30 p.m. Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance class that incorporates an aerobic fitness program with movements performed to popular Latin and international dance music. This introductory, basic level class is suitable for all ages ranging from 18-100. Ghilaga is a NYC-based yoga and Zumba instructor, and lifestyle journalist, who teaches at The Vanderbilt YMCA and privately. 

TEA AND CONVERSATION will be led by lifelong Integral Yoga practitioner, teacher-trainer, and West Village resident, Kali Coline Morse. The event will be held at Integral Yoga Institute (227 West 13th St.) on November 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. and on December 17 (time to be announced at later date) at Lenox Health Greenwich Village.

On Saturday, December 7th from 4 to 6 p.m. we will offer a HOLIDAY CARD-MAKING class with mixed-media artist, Linda Edkins Wyatt at The Church of The Village. Explore stencils, stamps, collage, and heat-embossing techniques to create your own unique and festive cards. All supplies will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by The Ink Pad, a mixed media and paper arts shop in the West Village for over 21 years.

Birgitte Philippides-Delaney, President of The West 13th Street Alliance (whose mission is to improve the quality of life on West 13th Street between 7th and Greenwich Avenues and its neighboring areas) says “neighbors have overwhelmingly requested events that will help build community and provide important socialization, learning, and cultural enrichment. We hope that our programming will help to fill that need.”

Wayne Kawadler, Director of Community Relations at Lenox Health GV and Chandra/Jo Sgammato, Executive Director of Integral Yoga Institute, are Co-Executive Directors of Community Programming for The West 13th Street Alliance. They are interested in hearing from the community with your ideas for programs that promote connection and fun. Please email them at

Many more exciting programs are in the process of being scheduled for January and February as well and will be announced with flyers and on WestView’s Events Calendar. Stay tuned! 

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