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FABfest Schedule for June 27

FABfest Sunday, June 27, 12noon–6pm:
• Salsa Dance Party & Dance Lessons
• BK Misses MJ: On the anniversary of his passing, Brooklyn remembers the life
and legacy of the King of Pop Michael Jackson with an all-day music tribute and
community dance party featuring DJ Reborn
• Readings and prizes from Brooklyn literary magazines A Public Space,
Armchair/Shotgun, BOMB, and Electric Literature hosted by Greenlight
Bookstore
• Literary trivia contest
• Dogs on Parade presented by Fort Greene PUPS and Brooklyn Cares
Veterinary Clinic, plus Pet CPR and First Aid classes and Ask the Trainer
sessions for pet owners
• Crafts, activities and giveaways for kids all day
• Streetside Mad Libs game for all ages
• 3-on-3 Soccer Games for Kids hosted by Ft. Greene Soccer
• SONYA Collaborative Action Mural with Ellie Balk – participatory painting
allowing residents to make their mark on a collective community image
• Environmental demos and activities presented by Habana Outpost
(Schedules subject to change. To get updates, visit faballiance.org)

Summer Events at Fort Greene Park

The Fort Greene Conservancy just emailed me a poster detailing their summer events. There’s lots of stuff here for kids, but most intriguing to me are the September performance by Reggie Watts (NY Mag just profiled him) and the Urban Bat Exploration (cool!).  I’m sure the Whitman tour (only one left!) will also be good.  I love seeing such a variety of entertainment and education right here at our doorstep.

FABfest Schedule for June 20

FABfest Sunday, June 20, 12noon–6pm:
• Salsa Dance Party & Dance Lessons
• Performances on the mainstage presented by Greenlight Bookstore, all with
a focus on local artists and organizations including
– Performance poetry by URBAN WORD
– Stand-up comedy from the STEAM BOAT series
– Readings by authors such as VICTOR LaVALLE, TOURE & NELSON
GEORGE and more
• Environmental demos and activities presented by Habana Outpost
• Walking tour of historic Fort Greene with Adrienne Onofri, author of WALKING
BROOKLYN (3rd of 3 different tours during FABfest)
• SONYA Collaborative Action Mural with Ellie Balk – participatory painting
allowing residents to make their mark on a collective community image
• Crafts, activities and giveaways for kids all day
• Streetside Mad Libs game for all ages
• 3-on-3 Soccer Games for Kids hosted by Ft. Greene Soccer

FABfest Schedule for June 13

An awesome foodie-based lineup this wknd at FABfest!  My personal picks- the mozzarella and jam-making sessions.

Cooking demos, food tastings, moonshine sipping and a chilled organic soup pureed making — with the aid of a human-powered bike-blender are all part of the line-up for second weekend of FABfest a month-long three-block street festival EVERY SUNDAY IN JUNE on Fulton Street between Lafayette Avenue and South Oxford Street, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

A schedule of demos and tastings is below.

Also at FABfest on Sunday June 13, from 12noon-6pm:

• 12noon-1:30pm:  Salsa Dance Party & Dance Lessons featuring Brooklyn Salsa Party (everyone is welcome to join in!)

• 1:30-2:00:  Live Gospel Concert featuring the Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble (performing as they make their way down Fulton Street to the stage!)

• 2:00-6:00:  Toasters Delight: a Reggae Party featuring DJs Geko Jones and Matt Shadetek of Dutty Artz, Jahdan Blakkamore, Cool Places Soundsystem, Gael Dubourg, DJ Gravy, and special guests. Toasters Delight celebrates the June 15th BAMcinemaFEST screening of the Brooklyn indie film Wah Do Dem.

http://www.duttyartz.com/2010/wah-do-dem-bam-block-party/
Visit BAM.org for screening info

Plus games, crafts, balloons and activities and…. 3-on-3 soccer on the street… all afternoon!

Schedule forA Taste of Fulton… at FABfest 2010

12 noon
– Louisa Shafia, author of LUCID FOODS shows how vegetarian food is both delicious and healthy – creating a chilled cucumber soup from organic produce from Fulton Street’s MetFoods (985 Fulton @ St. James) with the aid of the Bike Blender from Habana Outpost (757 Fulton @ S. Portland), and powered by…. spectators at FABfest.

– Mozzarella-making at Greene Grape Provisions (753 Fulton @ S. Portland)

1:00
– Buka (946 Fulton @ Cambridge Place), Nigerian restaurant

2:00
– Jam-making by Anarchy in a Jar, available at Greene Grape Provisions

3:00
– Chef Michael Allen of Desserts by Michael Allen (1015 Fulton @ Grand) shares his secrets on sugar and decorating an elaborate cake – a demo you don’t want to miss!

– Max Watman, the author of Chasing the White Dog will be in conversation with Gable Erenzo, son of the founder of Tuthilltown Distillery, the first (legal!) distillery in NY since Prohibition, at Greenlight Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton @ S. Portland). Tasting to follow at 4:00 at The Greene Grape

4:00
– Pickling by Rick’s Picks, also available at Provisions

– Comparative tasting of white whiskies at The Greene Grape (765 Fulton @ S. Portland)

5:00
– Deniz (662 Fulton @ S. Elliott),Turkish cuisine

PLUS:
In front of Bati Restaurant (747 Fulton @ S. Portland) samples and an introduction on Ethiopian food and Smoke Joint (87 S. Elliott Place @ Fulton) will be offering samples of house-made grilled sausages.

For updates on the list of activities and schedules visit faballiance.org or facebook at fab fulton

About The FAB Alliance
The Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance is a newly formed Business Improvement District working on behalf of property owners, merchants, residents and stakeholders along Fulton Street in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill—from Rockwell Place to Classon Avenue (plus adjacent blocks of Lafayette, Greene and Putnam Avenues). Goals are to retain current businesses and improve the atmosphere to make this area of Fulton Street a clean, safe and retail diverse environment that is a destination for people work, shop, dine and play. For more information, visit: faballiance.org

Credits

FABfest is presented by the FAB Alliance, the newly formed Fulton Street Business Improvement District in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene. FABfest is part of the Weekend Walks Program of the New York City Department of Transportation.

FABfest Schedule for June 6

FABfest Sunday, June 6, 12noon–6pm:

• Salsa Dance Party & Dance Lessons
• Children’s Clothing Swap
• Fashion Show featuring designers along Fulton Street, including Courtney
Washington, Moshood, Michael Shane Bridal, Jacob’s Garden, Tribal Truths, Raif
Atelier, Super Nova, Swagga 360, B2 Gear and Senagelese Fashion Center
• StoryCorps Listening Sessions at Greenlight Bookstore
• Crafts, activities and giveaways for kids all day
• 3-on-3 Soccer Games for Kids hosted by Ft. Greene Soccer
• Streetside Mad Libs game for all ages
• Environmental demos and activities presented by Habana Outpost
• Pet CPR and First Aid classes presented by Brooklyn Cares Veterinary Clinic
• Fitness evaluations and information from Crunch
• Walking tour of historic Fort Greene with Adrienne Onofri, author of WALKING
BROOKLYN (a different tour to be given on each day of FABfest)

FABfest: Weekend Walks Coming to Fulton Street

Exciting news!  DOT’s cool Weekend Walks program, which creates temporary pedestrian streets for recreation and education, is coming to Fulton Street!  The FAB Alliance will be hosting the event on Sundays during the month of June.

We’ll be posting the weekend schedule every Friday on CHB.  I have to say, the events look pretty awesome.  Here’s the official press release.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Phillip Kellogg, Manager / FAB Alliance
718-928-3322
pkellogg@faballiance.org
May 23, 2010

FABfest, a month-long three-block street festival, jumpstarts Brooklyn
summertime fun, featuring fashion shows, reggae and gospel concerts,
chef demonstrations, activities for kids, dance parties, author readings,
community mural painting, and a tribute to Michael Jackson

Headlining artists include Victor LaValle, Urban Word Poets, DJ Reborn,
Jahdan Blakkamore, Geka Jones, and Matt Shadetek of Dutty Artz
Free Outdoor Festival—Sundays, 12noon—6pm, June 6 through 27,
on Fulton Street between Lafayette Avenue and South Oxford Street,
in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Presented by the FAB Alliance, the newly formed Fulton Street Business
Improvement District in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene. FABfest is part of the
NYC DOT Weekend Walks program.

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Free DOT Bike Helmet Giveaway at Grand Earth Day Block Party!

The NYC DOT will be on hand this weekend at the Grand Ave Block Party fitting and giving away free bike helmets for all attendees, 12-4pm.  Kids under age 18 need a parent to sign a waiver for them and those 18 and over sign their own waiver.  Come pick one up while supplies last – helmets aren’t cheap!

FDNY will also be on hand with free coloring books for kids and free smoke alarm batteries for adults.

Still Hip Grand Earth Day Block Party
April 24, 11am-8pm
Grand Avenue bet. Lafayette + Clifton
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

More Earth Day Fun: Grand Ave Block Party on 4.24

The neighborhood continues celebrating Earth Day, this weekend on Grand Ave.  Here’s the info from Still Hip Brooklyn:

Saturday, April 24 | all day!
12:00pm Fati & Charles
1:00pm Graciela of Music Para Mi
2:00pm rolie polie guacamole
2:30pm Sean Kershaw
3:00pm Pistachio: A Brooklyn Girl Made of Trash
4:00pm Tres Leches
4:30pm Rene Collins
5:00pm Audra Rox!
6:00pm LIG funk band

PLUS:
Private Picasso Art Crafts
find out about Green Drinks + Vokashi composting
Book Signing of Brooklyn Baby by Allison Lowenstein
Baby Raising fair with info on Doula’s + Montessori playgroups + classes + more!

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BRING ALL YOUR CLOTHES TO DONATE TO WEARABLE COLLECTIONS AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR COMMUNITY ROOTS CHARTER SCHOOL!
We will have tons of bins set up for your used fabric goodies

Lunchtime With Tillie: Der Schwarze Kölner

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Lunchtime With Tillie. Or maybe as I should refer to it this week, “Lunchtime With Tillie and the Beer + Babies crew!” That group–of which I am proud to be a member–meets every Friday at beer garden Der Schwarze Kölner on Fulton. And since I had a personal mission to accomplish there, it all worked out nicely for an LWT destination.

The Beer + Babies idea was formulated by frequent CHB commenter Betsy, who has a must-read blog for the parenting set called Mommy FTW. I don’t know how she first figured out that the beer garden was the place to go for the ultimate in kid-friendliness, but I do know a lot of parents are glad that she did!

And when I talk about kid-friendliness there, it’s hard to even convey how nice and accommodating the staff is. They break out crayons and rocking horses and soon as families walk in. The owners are new parents, and I think they just love to be around other children and see them have fun.

Anyway, if you just happen to be at home on a Friday afternoon and thinking to yourself, “Hmm, I wonder what Van and Tillie are doing? That crazy pair is always up to something,” well the answer is that we’re at Der Schwarze Kölner. I’ve even been working on incorporating my stay-at-home dads group meetings into the Friday routine. You get the point: I like DSK. Now let me tell you about this personal mission of mine.

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