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October 2023

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Brooklyn Org Nonprofit Training

1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT


October 9 – 15

EASTBKBIKECLUB / DOT Bike the Block Brownsville

Saturday, October 14 | 11am – 3pm
259 Bristol Street Brooklyn, NY 11212

EASTBKBIKECLUB and the NYC Dept. of Transportation present “Bike the Block,” a series of city-wide open-street events featuring tips for riding, bike repair, and bike law education, group bike rides, giveaways and cultural programming promoting fun, sustainable, healthy activities. There will be vendors, food, music and other fun activities for the community.

Cooper Park Block Party

Saturday, October 14 | 1pm – 4pm
Cooper Park, Maspeth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Friends of Cooper Park and Amant present the Third Annual Block Party, on Sharon Street alongside Cooper Park. Join them for an afternoon filled with fun fall activities, including a screen-printing station, pumpkin decorating, bluegrass music, a raffle with great prizes, and neighborly gathering over apple cider and donuts or a warm cup of coffee.

October 16 – 22

Storytime with Yobe Qiu at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Thursday, October 19 | 3pm – 4pm
145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Join the museum for their series of fall-themed read-along programs, including activities and crafts geared for children ages 1–5. These sessions will feature a selection of titles by local authors curated and read by author Yobe Qiu.

Lampblack Reading Series at The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)

Friday, October 20 | 6PM – 8PM
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Lampblack Reading Series was created by Black writers to support, promote, and celebrate Black writers. This event will see three celebrated authors read their most recent work: Mayada Ibrahim, Benjamin Wright, and Kim Coleman Foote!

OHNY: Lefferts Historic House Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Saturday, October 21 | 11am – 2pm
Lefferts Historic House, 452 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Join Open House New York for a behind-the-scenes look at the newly restored and reimagined Lefferts Historic House. This 18th-century Flatbush farmhouse and New York City landmark, jointly operated by Prospect Park Alliance and the Historic House Trust, reopened this season after a $2.5 million major restoration which was recognized with a 2023 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s highest honor for outstanding preservation.

The Soul of Food: For the Love of Grains

Saturday, October 21 | 1PM – 3:30PM
Good Life Garden, 46 Goodwin Place, Brooklyn, NY 11221

NYC Parks GreenThumb urban gardening program will take you on a deep dive into Afro-Indigenous grains! Through discussion and preparation of grain-producing plants including rice and corn, you’ll learn how these grains connect and continue to feed Black and Brown diasporas.

Family Volunteering at Brooklyn Book Bodega

Sunday, October 22 | 10AM – 12PM
141 Flushing Avenue Suite 407, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Families with 10-17 year olds are invited to join Brooklyn Book Bodega for a volunteer morning to help stamp and sort books at their Book Hub!

October 23 – 31

Horror Screenwriting Workshop at the Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center

Monday, October 23 | 5:30pm – 7:45pm
670 Lafayette AveBrooklyn, NY 11216

Join NYC Parks for their Horror Screenwriting Workshop! Each session, writers will present pages from their works-in-progress horror scripts and receive peer feedback with the goal of elevating the chills and thrills of their projects.

Workshop: Successful End-of-Year Giving Campaign

Thursday, October 25 | 8am-10am
1290 6th Ave 7th floor, New York, NY 11213

Cushman & Wakefield’s nonprofit (real estate) practice and Anat Gerstein Inc. are hosting a free workshop to help nonprofits prepare a successful end-of-year giving campaign.

Animal Encounters at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Thursday, October 26 | 3:40pm – 4:20pm
145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Say hello to BCM’s live animals at this program led by expert animal maintainer, Sarah! Get a personal introduction to some of BCM’s most fascinating creatures and participate in an art project inspired by our animal friends.

Urban Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, October 28 | 12-3pm
Kaiser Park (2529 Neptune Ave)

Celebrate Motivation Monsters’ 3rd Annual Urban Pumpkin Patch in Coney Island, including a Pumpkin Pick N Paint workshop for kids and adult creatives!

Muslim Community Network’s Interfaith Soup Kitchen

Saturday, October 28 | 3pm – 7pm
Holy Trinity Church, 316 E 88th Street, New York, NY 10128

Sign up to help at Muslim Community Network’s monthly Interfaith Soup Kitchen! Volunteers are responsible for prepping meals — from dicing vegetables to cooking food — working with care to ensure they are serving the best meals to the community.

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Upcoming Events

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Lalo-palooza Family Music Series

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JJ Byrne Playground, 336 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11215
10:00 AM–11:30 AM EDT

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The Blue Park House at Marsha P. Johnson State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn 11211
6:30 PM–8:00 PM EDT

Show Love: DUMBO Drop

Show Love: DUMBO Drop

Washington Street between Front Street and Water Street, DUMBO
3:30 PM–7:30 PM EDT