Big events this week

Monday: Voter registration drives on the Central Quad. Tuesday: Meet the Greek lettered organizations 12:15-2:15pm West Quad, Movie on the Quad: Space Jam 7″30-10pm. Wednesday: BC Remembrance 911 event 11 am to 1pm.


An alumni profiled

Assembly Member Alan Maisel is a graduate of Brooklyn College, having been granted an Advanced Certificate of Administration and Supervision in Education. 

Mr. Maisel has been involved in civic, community and political activities for 37 years. His background includes membership on the District #1 Regional Board of B’nai B’rith, Executive Vice President of the Brooklyn Staten Island Council of B’nai B’rith and Chairman of the New York City Anti-Defamation League – B’nai B’rith Coordinating Committee. On a local level he was a member of the District #22 Community School Board serving two terms as chairman. He was also a long-time member of Community Board #18 which encompasses most of the 59th Assembly District. Mr. Maisel has received awards and honors from many of the District’s civic and community organizations, including Brooklyn Israel Bonds, Rambam-Canarsie, B’nai B’rith, The Amersfort Flatlands Development Corporation, the Mill Island Civic Association, Friends United Block Association and the Parent Associations of PS 236, PS 251 and IS14. He is also a member of the King Plaza – Canarsie Kiwanis Club, the Canarsie Lions, Genesis Lodge of The Knights of Pythias, The Humane Society, The World Wildlife Fund and The Brooklyn Division of the NAACP.

Alan Maisel is a retired Assistant Principal and former teacher. He served as Administrative Assistant to Congressman Charles Schumer and most recently he was Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Frank R. Seddio, his predecessor. Mr. Maisel also served as Assistant Director of the New York State Legislative Advisory Task Force on Reapportionment from 1979-1982. He has been married to Lynn his wife of 24 years. They have two children; Terry and Lauren.

College students discounts

Check out a great article by Joseph Pisani of the Associated Press.
You get discounts at the Banana Republic, Radio Shack, Apple, MacBook Pro laptops, Best Buy, J. Crew, Club Monaco, Ann Taylor, Sam’s Club, Charlotte Russe, Subway and Dairy Queen. You can also search “student discount” on’s search bar for newer or limited discounts. I may add Appelbees. Modells and museums.

Weekend events

Saturday: FIDO in Prospect Park meetup. Bring your canine for free goodies and learn about off-leash activities. 7–9 am. Prospect Park’s Long Meadow near the Picnic House • Prospect Park West near Fifth Street. Bagel Bark 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Come meet the Park’s vibrant dog-loving community and join the discussion about how you (and your dog) can play a vital role in maintaining the Park as a friendly place for all to use. Refreshments and doggie biscuits have been generously provided by Le Pain Quotidien at the Wollman Rink in Central Park. State Street Fair: Featuring games, pony rides, face painting, live music, performances, and Mediterranean food. 355 State St. between Hoyt and Bond Streets 11 am. 6th Annual Moustache & Beard Competition 6:00 PM 1208 Surf Avenue. Facial hair of all kinds will be battling it out for the coveted Coney Island Fez’s. Before the event and on Saturday, tag your photos with #ConeyFez. 20 tickets in advance. Peggy O’Neill’s Bar Musicfest 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn. 3:30 PM. Live heavy metal music all afternoon. New York Restoration Project Domino Tournament 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Teams from our community gardens will showcase their domino skills to see who will take home the championship trophy. Trophies go to 1st and 2nd place teams, and all participants will receive a medal. El Catano Community Garden 171 East 110 St Manhattan, Floating Kabarette featuring aerial and acrobatic feats, a late-night dance party, and more. Galapagos Art Space • 16 Main St. at Water Street 10:30 pm $25 ($20 in advance).

Sunday: Summer on the Hudson: 11th Annual West Side County Fair
1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Enjoy county fair magic in Manhattan and celebrate the change of seasons with carnival rides and games, 4 live bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, reptile shows, green market, and “Green Acre” environmental corner, with hands-on activities for kids about environmental awareness, green living, and animal care. On the Plaza: Sideshow and aerial acts by The Lady Circus. Pier I in Riverside Park South – 68th to 70th Streets, NY. Celebrating Our Seniors – A Walk Through Time 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Join this afternoon of oral histories, crafts, interactive activities, music, and dance. All ages are welcome. You can participate in as much or as little of the event as you like, at your own leisure. Advance registration is free. Sign up today at: at the Bandshell in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Verdi Square Festival of the Arts 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. A concert of his arias performed by students from the New England Conservatory. All are welcome to attend. Verdi Square Broadway and 73rd Street, Manhattan. “Fashion Studies” An exhibition of garments, accessories, paintings, video, and installations by 15 fashion faculty at the school. Pratt Institute • 200 Willoughby Ave. at Steuben Street Weekdays, 9 am–5 pm, Saturdays, Noon–5 pm until Thursday, Dec. 12, free.

Blackboard tutorials and free student library workshops

 Blackboard FAQs for 
Introduction to Blackboard
Blackboard FAQs for Students
CUNY Blackboard website

The Brooklyn College Library is presenting a series of hands-on free  workshops designed to improve your technical skills. These workshops are open to all Brooklyn College students, staff and faculty. Registration is NOT necessary, and there is no cost. Questions contact:  The Library Reference Desk (718) 951-5628 or

LIBRARY IN A NUTSHELL. Confused by the library? Intimidated by research? New to Brooklyn College? Or still wondering about resources in the library? Come to this workshop to learn tips for finding books, e-books, scholarly articles and other information at Brooklyn College and beyond! Also feel free to ask any questions you have about the library. Workshops will be held in the Workshop Center near the Reference Desk on the First Floor of the Brooklyn College Library: Tuesday September 3, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Tuesday September 10, 11:00am-12:00 noon, Sunday September 15, 11:00am-12:00 noon

FREE TEXTBOOKS: How to find textbooks for your spring classes. Drop in for a quick and easy demo that will show you how to find books in CUNY libraries—save yourself time and money by checking for a library copy of your textbooks for the fall semester. Textbook Lookup Workshops will run every five minutes in the Workshop Center near the Reference Desk on the First Floor of the Brooklyn College Library: Tuesday September 3, 12:15pm-2:00pm, Tuesday September 10, 12:15pm-2:00pm, Thursday September 12, 12:15pm-2:00pm. 

RefWorks Workshops at the Library. Mystified by MLA? Agonizing over APA? Baffled by your bibliography? Refworks can help. This semester, the Brooklyn College Library is offering a series of  workshops on RefWorks basics, including how to use Write-N-Cite to embed citations in manuscripts. If you plan to attend a workshop, please try to be on time so you don’t miss out. Tuesday, September 3, 8:00pm-9:30pm, Tuesday, September 10, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Sunday, October 6, 11:00am-12:00 noon, Saturday, October 12, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Wednesday, October 16, 5:00pm-6:00pm, Thursday, November 7,          6:00pm-7:00pm, Wednesday, November 20, 5:00pm-6:00pm. All Refworks workshops are held in the Library Workshop Center (on the first floor, near the reference desk).

Panda video, gym closing days, BC buys fruit store, Marketing Society website

Thursday and Friday the gym facilities will be closed probably due to the Jewish holidays.  Signs have been posted about it and there regular hours.

Videos of pandas on hit arrows to the side of photos.

Long-standing Brooklyn meat shop chopped to make way for Brooklyn College expansion. The Meat Barn and Western Produce Market in Midwood, which was owned by the family of notorious mobster Paul Castellano, closed quietly after 38 years.

Marketing Society website
About half of all Americans are on a diet on any given day.

Events Galore

Saturday: Alley Pond Adventure Course Staycation 10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. The course run by the Urban Park Rangers is an outdoor adventure that fosters trust, problem-solving, and team-building right in your own backyard. Space is limited and programs fill up fast. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and free.  Individuals and families only.  Ages 8 and up. This event repeats every day between 8/30/2013 and 9/3/  (718) 217-6034. Summer on the Hudson: West Coast Swing 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. West Coast Swing combines elements of Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Salsa, and straight up booty-shakin’, with lots of room for improvisation. It can be danced to pop, blues, rock, hip-hop, R&B, country and soul.  Free lesson from 7 pm – 7:45 pm. West Harlem Piers Park at West 125 Street  and the river. Manhattan. Sunday: Nocturnal Wildlife 7:00 p.m. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and beaches.  The rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Brazil’s Independence Day: The all-day festivities, spanning 25 blocks and featuring noted Brazilian performers including singers Gusttavo Lima and Zeca Pagodinho. Headlining performances will take place on the main stage at East 46th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues.

Monday: West Indian–American Day Carnival Parade starts at 11am on Eastern Parkway  All weekend:  New York International Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival till Monday. Included are workshops, performances, competitions and live concerts with bands and DJs lasting well into the early morning hours. New York Hilton Midtown 1335 Sixth Ave. (W. 53rd St.) Electric Zoo at Randalls Island Park till Monday. House, electro and techno fest music.