This past summer, the West 13th Street Alliance held several events to bring neighborhood residents together, including Bird Bingo and a series of historical and cultural lectures. The Alliance’s Community Programming initiative is dedicated to creating opportunities for the kind of connection and community that are essential to health and wellbeing.
One new offering for the Fall will be a unique “Tea and Conversation” program at Integral Yoga Institute on October 22, November 19 and December 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. Admission is free and the programs are led by lifelong Integral Yoga practitioner and teacher trainer (and West Village resident) Kali Coline Morse.
A new lecture from local guide and author of four Manhattan guide books, Alfred Pommer, follows his very popular and well-received summer event “Exploring the Original West Village.” Pommer’s upcoming lecture is on Wednesday, November 13th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lenox Health Greenwich Village (200 West 13th Street). He will include an extensive slide show of photographs he has assembled of the original West Village.
The Alliance will also be hosting free Chair Yoga classes at the Institute, the Church of the Village and Lenox Health Greenwich Village as part of The West 13th Street Alliance’s Community Programming. Chair Yoga is a great way to discover the benefits of Yoga even if you’ve never practiced before. The first session, at Integral Yoga (227 West 13th Street), will be on Friday, October 18th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. On Friday November 15th, the second session will be at The Church of the Village (201 West 13th Street) from 3:30 to 4:30. The December session will be at Lenox Health Greenwich Village on a date and time to be announced.
Birgitte Philippides-Delaney, President of The West 13th Street Alliance, says the feedback for the summer offerings was overwhelmingly positive. “Neighbors came together to learn, to play and to enjoy each other’s company, which was exactly what we hoped for,” she said. “This program fits perfectly with The West 13th Street Alliance’s mission to improve the quality of life on West 13th Street between 7th and Greenwich Avenues and its neighboring areas.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
—West 13th Street Alliance