In This Issue
March 2019

Fitness & Aquatics Staff Teaches Early Childhood Center Students to Swim 

Our Early Childhood Center students are learning to swim! In fun group classes, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Fitness & Aquatics team teaches the fundamentals of swimming and water safety using games and exercises. These classes strengthen the children's cognitive, social and emotional development through play-based learning, so that our children have a great time in the water while learning an important and lifesaving skill. Did you know we've been teaching children to swim since the 1920s? Here's a photo from our archives of one of our early swimming classes!

Center Members Celebrate Diversity at Fifth Annual Intercultural Festival

The Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted its Fifth Annual Intercultural Festival, with cooking workshops, cultural talks and music and dance performances. Members celebrated the Lunar New Year with a Dumpling-Making Workshop, led by members of the senior center and supported by Teaching Kitchen Executive Chef Lynn Loflin and Teaching Kitchen Chef Evelyn Garcia. Nearly 100 members participated, assembling the pork dumplings and vegetarian squash dumplings and enjoying the finished products. 

Another highlight of the Festival was a Filipino chicken adobo cooking demonstration led by Executive Chef Tim Mercado. Adobo is a traditional Filipino dish cooked with vinegar, soy sauce and garlic, and everyone loved tasting the final result! Other events in the Intercultural Festival included a Celtic folk music performance, an Indian culture talk, a Chinese folk dance performance and a music performance by the Center's Multicultural Chorus.

RealArts After School Final Bow Performance 

Congratulations to everyone in our RealArts After School program on a successful Final Bow performance! RealArts children and staff worked hard all semester to create the musical theater performance "Second Star to the Right and Straight on 'til Morning," celebrating the reimagining of common fairy tale themes and characters. To prepare for the show, students memorized lines, learned songs and dance moves, and even created their own props!

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The Teaching Kitchen Hosts Farm-to-Institution Panel

The Teaching Kitchen at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted a panel on February 21st to discuss what opportunities exist for action and collaboration to improve publicly funded meals, how we further farm-to-institution goals, how we develop policies and processes to effect wellness for low-income New Yorkers and how we strengthen the local food shed and create a more healthy and equitable food system. 

The panel was moderated by Lenox Hill Neighborhood House's Director of Philanthropy and Healthy Food Initiatives David French. The panelists included Barbara Turk, Director of Food Policy, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; Greg Silverman, Executive Director, West Side Campaign Against Hunger; Dr. Kristie J. Lancaster, NYU Steinhardt Associate Professor, Director, Graduate Nutrition Program; Lynn Loflin, Teaching Kitchen Executive Chef, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House; and Sarah Barton, Director of Program Development, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Didn't make it to the event? Watch a full video of the panel here!

Intermediate English Class Practices Conversation and Learns New Vocabulary

In their weekly classes, students in our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program engage in discussion around popular cultural event topics such as the Oscars and the Super Bowl as well as more personal topics such as religion, family and cultural traditions. In a recent lesson, Intermediate ESOL class members chatted about football, chicken wings, commercials and more, all while learning new vocabulary and improving their conversation skills. In a recent Advanced ESOL Conversation class session, students discussed typical religious practices in their home countries, strengthening their mastery of verb tenses and complex sentences while building intercultural understanding and connection between class members. Our ESOL classes help adult learners to enrich their lives and improve their careers.

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