Community Activities, Week of Jan. 29, 2015 | amNewYork

Community Activities, Week of Jan. 29, 2015

Photo by Kaila Mackenzie
Photo by Kaila Mackenzie All hands on deck: After seeing the Feb. 8 performance, join cast members of TADA! Youth Theater for a workshop based on the show.
Photo by Kaila Mackenzie
All hands on deck: After seeing the Feb. 8 performance, join cast members of TADA! Youth Theater for a workshop based on the show.

TADA! Youth Theater kicks off its 30th Season with the latest in their Everything About series of family musicals. Witten and performed by members of the TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble, “Everything About a Family (Almost)” is a trip through all of the quirky, fun, maddening, and endearing aspects of belonging to (like it or not) your family. A cast of 26 ranging in age from 8-17 will sing, dance, joke and emote their way through this hour-long music-packed revue. Stick around after the 4 p.m. show on Feb. 8, and join cast members for a 45-minute workshop based on themes in the show (additional cost, $10 per participant).  Got the show business bug, but can’t make that date? TADA! has a year-round schedule of theater classes for Pre-K to 12th grade students (need-based scholarships readily available).

“Everything About a Family (Almost”) is performed through Feb 16 (every Sat. & Sun. at 2 & 4 p.m. | Wed. Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. | Fri. Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. | Mon, Feb. 16 at 12 & 2 p.m.). At TADA! Theater (15 W. 28th St. | 2nd floor | btw. Broadway & Fifth Ave.). Running time: 1 hour. Tickets: $25 ($15 for kids). Non-profit and community groups of 10+: $10 ($8 for kids). To reserve, visit tadatheater.com or call 212-252-1619, x15.

Chelsea Now is always looking to break news — but when it comes to good causes, we don’t mind passing along secondhand information. Such an opportunity arose last week, when our friends from the West 400 Block Association sent out an email that contained a request from Tim Cummings, Director of Fleming House. Since 1991, Frederic Fleming House has provided permanent housing to formerly homeless older persons with special needs who want the supportive services of a congregate setting. “If you ever find yourself with an abundance of cloth/reusable shopping bags, we can always put them to good use,” wrote Cummings, who asked the 400 Block folks to pass this info on to the community. No plastic or paper bags, please, since the request comes as part of an ongoing effort on the part of Fleming House to walk the “think green” talk. “We want to be better stewards,” Cummings told Chelsea Now, referring to both the local community and the overall environment. Your donation of cloth shopping bags will be used when residents of the House go shopping. For more info, call 212-242-5277 — or just stop by with a donation (433 W. 22 St., btw. 9th & 10th Aves.).

CB4 serves Manhattan’s West Side neighborhoods of Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. Its boundaries are 14th St. on the south, 59/60th St. on the north, the Hudson River on the west, 6th Ave. on the east (south of 26th St.) and 8th Ave. on the east (north of 26th St.). The monthly full board meeting, open to the public, takes place on the first Wed. of the month. The next meeting is Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m., at Roosevelt Hospital (2nd Fl. Conf. Rm. B, 1000 10th Ave. at 51st St.). Call 212-736-4536, visit nyc.gov/mcb4 or email them at info@manhattancb4.org.

—Scott Stiffler  (to submit an event, email scott@chelseanow.com)

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