This weekend will be another busy one of neighborhood events both in- and outside the borders of Ditmas Park. Play in nature, get political, and jam out all weekend long–just make it in time for work Monday morning.
Thursday, April 11
- Kids can learn about keeping green at Nature’s Helpers at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, 1-2pm Thursdays and Fridays.
- … and then learn about the park’s wildlife at Animal Encounter, also at the Audubon Center, 2-2:30pm.
- Lars Graugaard and Brad Shepik play Sycamore, 8pm.
- Sign up to perform at Open Mic night from 8-8:30 pm, or just watch starting at 9pm at 773 Lounge.
Friday, April 12
- Get bikini-ready with a free introductory pilates class hosted by Shape Up NYC, Prospect Park Audubon Center, 12-1pm.
- Meet other neighborhood moms and dads at the New Parent Meet-Up, Lark, 1-2pm.
- Teens can attend a writing workshop at the Cortelyou Library, 3pm.
- “Roy & Lloyd’s Happy Hour” live jazz series debuts this week, also at Lark, 5:45pm.
- Bree Ann Klauser visits Sycamore, 9pm.
- Check out the Nawlins Funk Band with Dave Clives as they play 773 Lounge, 10pm.
Saturday, April 13
- Get your fill from the food trucks at the Parade Ground (and don’t miss the Grand Army Plaza trucks on Sundays), Prospect Park, 8am-5pm.
- Meet candidates and enjoy lunch at New York Communities for Change’s Mayoral Forum, the United Federation of Teachers, 9am-3:30pm.
- Get your hands dirty in the Flatbush Reformed Church’s Healing Herb Garden, 10am-12pm.
- Help the Woodland Corps keep Prospect Park healthy by the Picnic House, 10am-2pm.
- Stick around to see the Pop-Up Audubon, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5pm.
- Then join History in Your Hands: Spring Sprouts and tend to the plots at the Lefferts Historic House, Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4pm.
- Make crafts, sing songs, and read at Storytime with Jumpstart! Cortelyou Library, 2:30pm.
- Attend the Guitar for Kids open house with Matt Fuller, Lark, 2:30-3:30pm.
- Hear local author and illustrator Kris Waldherr speak about her work and getting published, Cortelyou Library, 3pm.
- Join Cortelyou Greenmarket manager Tali Biale for a spiced-apple chutney and blood-orange ginger marmalade-making class, Brooklyn ARTery, 3-5pm.
- Julie Peppito’s show, featuring paintings and works on paper, opens at Lark, 4pm.
- Support the children of wounded veterans and enter to win raffle prizes at the Freedom Alliance Fundraiser, 773 Lounge, 7pm.
- Hearsay & Hyperbole, Glass Anchors, and Ember Schrag come to Sycamore, 9pm.
- Names You Can Trust plays their weekly party at Sycamore, 10pm.
Sunday, April 14
- Find out about pre- and post-Colonial times at Revolutionary New York: The Battle of Brooklyn, Prospect Park Audubon Center, 1pm.
- Drop in for a live figure-drawing session at Brooklyn ARTery, 3:30pm.
- Hear “Our Stories”: tales from the lives of recent immigrants from Belize, Egypt, Mexico, Russian, Haiti, and Hungary at the East Midwood Jewish Center, 4-6pm.
- Meet author Amy Shearn as she reads and signs her book The Mermaid of Brooklyn, Lark, 4-6pm.
- Ask questions and eat cake at the Spring Candidates Election Forum, Temple Isaac, 5pm.
- The Jerome Sabbagh Quartet play Sycamore, 8:30pm.
Photo via Brad Shepik