Continuing his partnership with the Hopeline program, state Senator Frank Padavan will open his Bellerose district office to collect used cell phones and related accessories for domestic violence victims throughout the entire month of October.
The collection drive is a part of national and local efforts to increase awareness of domestic violence during “National Domestic Violence Prevention Month.”
“In the past our community has donated hundreds of unused cell phones to the Verizon Wireless Hopeline program,” Padavan said.
Through Friday, October 30, Padavan will be collecting any unused cell phones, batteries or accessories at his district office, located at 89-39 Gettysburg Street in Bellerose.
All donated items, regardless of manufacturer, are sent to Verizon Wireless for their phone recycling program. Any and all personal data is deleted and “scrubbed” from any cell phone donated.
The proceeds are donated to domestic violence advocacy groups, or are used to purchase wireless phones and services for domestic violence victims and survivors.
Phones that cannot be refurbished are disposed of in an environmental friendly manner.
“I urge anyone who has an old unused cell phone to donate them at my district office,” Padavan said, adding, “Your donation will provide a safe means of communication for domestic violence victims and will make great strides in the fight against domestic violence.”
Fall is in the air but the need for blood donations is rising. Almost any healthy person over the age of 16 (under-17 need a parent’s note, over-76 need a doctor’s note) who weighs more than 110 pounds can give the gift of life. Bring photo ID. Here are some upcoming blood drives:
On Friday, October 9 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 149-39 11th Avenue in Whitestone;
On Wednesday, October 14 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gym at NYPD Queens North, in the old Flushing Armory at 137-58 Northern Boulevard;
On Saturday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 107 of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 144-27 Sanford Avenue in Flushing;
To schedule your very own blood drive, please contact Karen Muscolino at 516-478-5038 or by email at Kmuscolino@nybloodcenter.org.
Follow the bouncing bouffant
The Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) at Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside, announces Saturday Night Sing-A-Long, a fun event with prizes that “brings karaoke to the movies.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to sing and dance along to their favorite movie musicals,” said Susan Agin, Managing and Artistic Director.
“Hairspray” is the fall event in this seasonal series, on October 17 at 7:30 p.m.; winter promises “The Sound of Music” on February 6 and “Grease” on May 22.
The most enthusiastic participant from each showing will be awarded a $100 cash prize. All showings are $5. Tickets can be purchase online: www.visitqpac.org or by calling the box office 718-631-6311. Song sheets and other fun props/activities will be supplied, according to Agin.
Tea and synergy
The Independent Business Women’s Circle is hosting French-influenced “Networking Tea Party Pour Les Femmes” on Tuesday, October 13 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Roslyn Claremont Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Boulevard in Roslyn.
Enjoy seasonal fruits; a cheese board; petite sandwiches; blanched asparagus with Prosciutto di Parma; desserts including homemade croissants and petit fours, a wonderful selection of teas – while meeting with other women in business.
There will be raffle prizes and business showcasing for all who attend (ask for details upon reserving). Hats, gloves and womanly attire are de rigueur, organizers say.
The cost is $35. Please reserve by emailing Stella Shieh at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen Bomzer at 631-754-6640.
Breast Cancer exercise workshop
People who have been diagnosed with breast cancer are invited to a free workshop, demonstrating how to choose the right exercise level after breast cancer.
Breathing techniques, slow body movements and “Thera-bands,” elastic bands that offer varying levels of resistance and enable participants to work at their own level will be demonstrated, on Thursday, November 5, at 7 p.m.
This program is sponsored by a grant from the LI2Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer and hosted by the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program.
The workshop is conducted by Margaret M. Bores, a licensed physical therapy assistant, exercise specialist, certified personal trainer, health/fitness instructor and breast self-exam lecturer. She is a breast cancer survivor and is involved in community service with ACS and the Arthritis Foundation.
Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and supportive shoes and bring bottled water. The workshop is open only to those who have had breast cancer.
Pre-registration is required. Call 516-877-4325 for more information.