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Saturday, August 4th

We Are Brooklyn: A Community Block Party, Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Ave., 1-5PM, FREE w/RSVP. Paint a mural w/ Groundswell, do Afro-Haitian Dance with Peniel Guerrier, or a Community Bike Tour w/ Courtney Williams. Also games, sports, workshops and performances by Arin Maya, Najee Omar, the Brooklyn United Marching Band, DJ Reborn, Ms. K’s Double Dutch and Dance Academy, Ma*JID & more. RSVP at Eventbrite.

Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Market on Saturdays thru Nov. 17th @ Clifton Place at Marcy Ave., 9AM-3PM. Shop for fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, herbs, cage-free eggs and specialty farm products. Enjoy youth cooking demos, communal dinners in the marketplace, the smoothie blender-bike and more. WIC/Senior Market Coupons and EBT cards accepted. Get FREE Health Bucks coupons!

Sunday, August 5th

5th Annual International Day of Friendship @ Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbia Park, 209 Joralemon St., 1-5PM, FREE. This cultural festival encourages Brooklyn residents from across the world to celebrate their countries and cultures of origin. Many were brought to the U.S. as children and haven’t experienced firsthand the colors, sounds, flavors, music, dance and dress of their native lands. BK Boro President Eric Adams brings it all downtown so they and Brooklynites of all backgrounds can enjoy. For info: 718-802-3798.

Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Market #2 on Sundays thru Nov. 18th @ 49 Van Buren St., bet. Tompkins & Throop, 1PM-6PM. Shop for fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, herbs, cage-free eggs and specialty farm products. Enjoy youth cooking demos, communal dinners in the marketplace, the smoothie blender-bike and more. WIC/Senior Market Coupons and EBT cards accepted. Get FREE Health Bucks coupons!

Monday, August 6th

Plant-Based/Vegan Meetup @ Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., 6-8PM. FREE with RSVP. The Office of the Borough President invites all to see the documentary, Forks Over Knives, followed by a discussion. Meet vegan chefs, restaurant owners and caterers and sample delicious foods. For information and to RSVP, call 718-8-2-3946 or visit Brooklyn-usa.org/plant-based.

Free Roller-Skating at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park Rink, Pier 2, 150 Furman St., 3:30-6PM Skate rental $6 (if needed). Bring your family and friends every Monday and Friday for skating to Top 40 hits while enjoying the best views in NYC.

Meditation Mondays at MetroTech Commons (across from Luciano’s), Flatbush and Myrtle Aves., 12:30-1:00PM, FREE. Enjoy a lunchtime moment of Zen with Vajradhara Meditation Center.

Wednesday, August 8th

Johnny Gill, Vivian Green and After 7 at The Wingate Concert Series, 2018 Wingate Park, Brooklyn Ave. bet. Rutland Rd. & Winthrop St. Doors at 6PM, Showtime at 7PM (but line up early), FREE. Opening night is an R&B Fest and Borough President Eric Adams will present a key to Brooklyn to some living legends. La Loco of 103.9 is on the mic as well, with Chubb Rock digging in the crates. 

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same. Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., FREE. Exhibition presented by RestorationArt and Fulton Art Fair, with visual artists Otto Neals, Emmett Wigglesworth, Karl McIntosh, Sadikisha Collier, Diane Collins, Larry Weekes, Olivia Cousins, Ruben Holder and others revisiting the past and comparing it to the social, economic and political conditions of today. [Through Aug. 26th]

 Thursday, August 9th

Afro-Caribbean Night at The Wingate Concert Series, 2018 Wingate Park, Brooklyn Ave. bet. Rutland Rd. & Winthrop St. Doors at 6PM, Showtime at 7PM (but line up early), FREE. Dayved Levy hosts an evening featuring global sounds of the Islands. Featuring Alandon, Dovey Magnum, Tifa, Kappa, Sugar Bear and Flyame. DJ sounds by Tropical Blendz, DJ Mad Out and DJ Apache.

 Vivian Sessoms First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, 45 Eastern Pkwy. @ Rogers Ave., 6-8PM, FREE. (Concert is outside w/chairs provided) Hailed by Rolling Stone and Billboard as an “exquisite” singer, Sessoms has worked w/ Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & other icons at venues worldwide. A range of genres define her music, including jazz, soul & R & B. Her new CD (LIFE) focuses on today’s racial and social issues and her love for jazz. She’s joined by keyboardist Anthony Wonsey, bassist Chris Parks and drummer Brandon Saunders. For further info call 917-685-3508.

Saturday, August 11th

3rd Annual Bed-Stuy Music Festival @ Herbert Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Ave., 7AM-7PM, FREE. 500 Men Making A Difference presents all-day activities and performances by Maino and others. Featuring a Family & Friends, a 5K Run/Walk Fitness Competition, Child-Friendly fun, Food, Games, Vendors and more. Bring a Friend!

 Black Vegfest @ Herkimer St. bet. Ralph and Howard Aves., 10AM-5PM. Organized by G.A.M.E. (Grassroots Artist MoveEment) and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Vegan Food, Health and Fitness; Music, Fun, Community Justice; Children and Families; Animal Welfare; Small Business and Fashion. RSVP at Eventbrite.

Board the Replica of Slave Mutiny Ship Amistad @ Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, next to NYC Ferry Red Hook stop at the foot of Pioneer & Conover Street, 10AM-1PM and 2PM-5PM, FREE. In 1839, Mende captives from Sierra Leone took control of the Amistad. Unable to navigate back to Africa, their ship was captured and towed into New London, Connecticut, where they faced slavery or execution. Some vocal residents adopted their cause, it was taken and the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, ruled in their favor. They were freed in 1841. For information call 917-414-0565.

Sunday, August 12th

Jazz Fusion @ Milk River Café, 960 Atlantic Ave., 5-10PM, $40. Brooklyn Metropolis Lions Clubs, Inc. invites you to an evening of wonderful music at a lovely venue. Enjoy veteran vocalist Steve Cromity and his Caribbean Jazz Band. For tickets, call Sylvia Bayobeni at 347-678-4613.