Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

It's My Park Day

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Please join the families and friends of our DD community to keep our Ramon Aponte Park* beautiful. This is where our kids have recess, folks!! So — as the official stewards of the park — it is up to us to maintain this lovely little haven! Together we will clean up, rake leaves, plant bulbs, and of course mingle and play! All ages are welcome.

*The Ramon Aponte Playground is located on 47th Street just west of Different Directions, between 8th & 9th Avenues.

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Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Fearless Homeschooling: The College Conversation

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Join Joanna’s Fearless Homeschooling parent support group! Teens and their parents are welcome to join this forum to discuss:

  • Why pursue college at all?

  • Should I take a gap year?

  • How do I find the best-fit college for me?

  • What should I include in my application?

Send your questions and concerns along with your RSVP to jalodin@verizon.net.

Fearless Homeschooling events are FREE! Space is limited. Donations are welcome!

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Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

DD Fall Festival!

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This month, we are expanding our It’s My Park Day to include our Different Directions Fall Festival!

Please join the families and friends of our DD community to keep our Ramon Aponte Park* beautiful. Together we will clean up, rake leaves, plant daffodil bulbs, and of course mingle and play! All ages are welcome; there will be games, crafts, and snacks.

Please RSVP here and let us know whether you can help out with the activities or refreshments. And be sure to bring your pocket change to support the Young Entrepreneur’s Club! They will have a rummage table set up.

*The Ramon Aponte Playground is located on 47th Street just west of Different Directions, between 8th & 9th Avenues.

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Nov
4
12:00 PM12:00

Fearless Homeschooling: Crafting the High School Transcript

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Join Joanna’s Fearless Homeschooling parent support group for a session on the nuts and bolts of creating a high school transcript, including documenting activities, choosing a format, and gathering materials to present your teen's accomplishments most effectively.

This is a FREE workshop, though donations are welcome!

Questions & RSVP to: jalodin@verizon.net.

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Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Littles Halloween Potluck (ages 4-9)

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DD students aged 4-9 are invited to bring their families to our Littles Halloween Potluck! This will be a low-key event (nothing scary) where parents can munch and mingle while kids play, snack, and show off their costumes (if they want). Weather permitting, this event will be at the Ramon Aponte Playground (where we usually hold recess --  located just west of DD on 47th Street).

Cost: adults are free, but we request a $5 donation per child ($3 for additional siblings after 1st child) to help with party costs.

Please RSVP to organizer Meredith [DifferentDirectionsOnline@gmail.com] if you are coming and let her know if you plan to bring any food or crafts, games, etc. to share.

Note: this event is family-centered and not a drop-off event. Parents will remain responsible for their own children. :)

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Oct
14
12:00 PM12:00

Fearless Homeschooling: Thinking Ahead: A Discussion for Homeschooling Parents Planning for High School and Beyond

Join Joanna’s Fearless Homeschooling parent support group for a wide-ranging conversation about how homeschooling changes from the elementary and middle-school ages through the teen years.

Send your questions and concerns along with your RSVP to jalodin@verizon.net.

Fearless Homeschooling events are FREE! Space is limited. Donations are welcome!

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

It's My Park Day

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This Sunday, families and friends of the Different Directions community will be meeting at Ramone Aponte Park* to help care for the playground our children love so much. The main event will be planting bulbs that will bloom this spring. (The Parks Department is giving us 400 bulbs: crocuses, tulips, daffodils and alliums.)


DD will provide Cider and Doughnuts to help fuel our efforts. :)

If you know you will be joining us please RSVP [https://goo.gl/forms/lThXpJVuiqrTpQju1]. If you wake up Sunday morning with nothing to do feel free to drop by!

And after spending a glorious morning in the park, you can join Joanna Lodin upstairs at Different Directions for this month’s Fearless Homeschooling workshop! (click here for details)


*The Ramone Aponte Playground is located on 47th Street just west of Different Directions, between 8th & 9th Avenues.

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Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Marvel movie matinee: Iron Man

The Event Planning Committee at Different Directions presents…

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Kids ages 10-14 are invited to come to DD to watch Iron Man, the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The fee is $5 per person and there will be popcorn, punch, and iced tea provided.

Please RSVP here:

https://goo.gl/forms/vZItRFujoewLaYng2

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Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Fearless Homeschooling: Q&A

  • Different Directions: Actor's Temple (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A forum for ALL homeschooling families:

Experienced homeschoolers will be on hand to answer your most pressing homeschooling questions. Fearless Homeschooling events are FREE!

Space is limited. Donations are welcome! PLEASE RSVP to: jalodin@verizon.net

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Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

Into Oz/Performance

Come and see an original musical based on L. Frank Baum's 14 books of the land of Oz. It has been 117 years since Queen Ozma banned magic in the Land of Oz. Now there is trouble and she needs to bring magic back. Dorothy, Glinda, Tinman, Scarecrow, and 24 more of L. Frank Baum's charcters will lead you through a magical adventure filled with friendship and fun.

Book by Tinamarie Panyard and the 2017/18 Acting Out Class

Music by Jeffrey Lodin and the 2017/18 Acting out Class

 

Location:

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble

549 West 52nd Street 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10019

 

To purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/into-oz-tickets-45721805150

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Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

Into Oz/Performance

Come and see an original musical based on L. Frank Baum's 14 books of the land of Oz. It has been 117 years since Queen Ozma banned magic in the Land of Oz. Now there is trouble and she needs to bring magic back. Dorothy, Glinda, Tinman, Scarecrow, and 24 more of L. Frank Baum's charcters will lead you through a magical adventure filled with friendship and fun.

Book by Tinamarie Panyard and the 2017/18 Acting Out Class

Music by Jeffrey Lodin and the 2017/18 Acting out Class

LOCATION: Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, 549 West 52nd Street 3rd fl. NYC 10019                                                                                                           

To purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/into-oz-tickets-45721805150

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Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Into Oz/Performance

Come and see an original musical based on L. Frank Baum's 14 books of the land of Oz. It has been 117 years since Queen Ozma banned magic in the Land of Oz. Now there is trouble and she needs to bring magic back. Dorothy, Glinda, Tinman, Scarecrow, and 24 more of L. Frank Baum's charcters will lead you through a magical adventure filled with friendship and fun.

Book by Tinamarie Panyard and the 2017/18 Acting Out Class

Music by Jeffrey Lodin and the 2017/18 Acting out Class

Location: Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, 549 West 52nd Street 3rd Floor,  NYC  10019

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To purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/into-oz-tickets-45721805150

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May
24
10:30 AM10:30

Home School Photo Days

Homeschool Photo Days are Here!

Offering an expanded and improved version of traditional "school" photos, Home School Photo Days are for the whole family.  Whether you would like a new photo of your kid(s), your entire family or yourself, please join us for our upcoming photo days!   This is a wonderful opportunity to get a 'school' photo, a Senior photo to commemorate the last year of homeschooling, an updated family photo, a new head shot - whatever you want or need!  

What:  15 minute mini photo shoots for class pics, Senior photos, head shots, etc

Cost:   $40 for one 15 minute session 

Includes:  One high res retouched (if necessary) photo

When/Where:  Different Directions on Tuesday May 22nd from 10:30am-1pm  (1st slot at 10:30 and last at 12:45)  and  Thursday May 24th from 10:30am-12pm  (1st slot at 10:30, last at 11:45)

Payment can be in cash on the day, or via Paypal in advance.  All payment must be made on or before the day of the shoot.  

AND.... if you'd like to book a full photo shoot for head shots or Senior pics, please also email me off list for pricing and availability.

Hope to see many of you there!

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May
22
10:30 AM10:30

Home School Photo Days with Amy

Homeschool Photo Days are Here!

Offering an expanded and improved version of traditional "school" photos, Home School Photo Days are for the whole family.  Whether you would like a new photo of your kid(s), your entire family or yourself, please join us for our upcoming photo days!   This is a wonderful opportunity to get a 'school' photo, a Senior photo to commemorate the last year of homeschooling, an updated family photo, a new head shot - whatever you want or need!  

What:  15 minute mini photo shoots for class pics, Senior photos, head shots, etc

Cost:   $40 for one 15 minute session 

Includes:  One high res retouched (if necessary) photo

When/Where:  Different Directions on Tuesday May 22nd from 10:30am-1pm  (1st slot at 10:30 and last at 12:45)  and  Thursday May 24th from 10:30am-12pm  (1st slot at 10:30, last at 11:45)

Payment can be in cash on the day, or via Paypal in advance.  All payment must be made on or before the day of the shoot.  

AND.... if you'd like to book a full photo shoot for head shots or Senior pics, please also email me off list for pricing and availability.

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

March for Our Lives Sign Making Party

On Saturday March 24th there is a March for Our Lives here in New York to support the young people who are rising up and speaking out for safer gun legislation. On Friday the 23rd, we hope you will come down to Different Directions for our sign making party. We have markers, paints and some paper; bring your spirit and your voice.

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Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Teen Movie Night (Ages 13-18)

Come hang out with friends, watch a movie, and play board games! Popcorn and seltzer will be provided. Everyone is welcome to bring their own food to eat as well.

This event is free for students who take classes at Different Directions.

The cost is $5 for all non-DD people.

 

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Tween Board Game Day (Ages 10-13)
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Tween Board Game Day (Ages 10-13)

Put down your devices, give up the screen time, and join your friends at DD Game Day!

Hang out with your friends and beat them at a board game or two. 

This event is hosted by the Young Entrepreneur's Club, and is free for students who take classes at Different Directions.

The cost is $5 for all non-DD people.

 

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PUNK (Parents Understanding Neurodiverse Kids)
Jan
22
6:00 PM18:00

PUNK (Parents Understanding Neurodiverse Kids)

The purpose of PUNK is to give parents of neurodiverse and learning different children an opportunity to meet each other, and receive emotional and pragmatic support from others who understand first-hand the issues.

Neurodiverse and/or learning different kids include children on or with:

·      the autism spectrum

·      sensory or auditory processing issues

·      ADD/ADHD

·      dyslexia and dysgraphia

·      social pragmatics issues

Finding the appropriate resources and supports for our children can be an exhausting, isolating and sometimes painful process. Parents also need support and community through this journey. 

Because of this, PUNK is an adult-only group.  We want to give parents a chance to fully express themselves. 

This will be potluck style – please feel free to bring some chips, cheese, wine, juice or whatever suits you. 

If you don’t have the time to bring anything other than yourself that is more than enough!

We will be meeting on a monthly basis.

Any questions, please contact rachel.lavine1@gmail.com.

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PUNK (Parents Understanding Neurodiverse Kids)
Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

PUNK (Parents Understanding Neurodiverse Kids)

The purpose of PUNK is to give parents of neurodiverse and learning different children an opportunity to meet each other, and receive emotional and pragmatic support from others who understand first-hand the issues.

Neurodiverse and/or learning different kids include children on or with:

·      the autism spectrum

·      sensory or auditory processing issues

·      ADD/ADHD

·      dyslexia and dysgraphia

·      social pragmatics issues

Finding the appropriate resources and supports for our children can be an exhausting, isolating and sometimes painful process. Parents also need support and community through this journey. 

Because of this, PUNK is an adult-only group.  We want to give parents a chance to fully express themselves. 

This will be potluck style – please feel free to bring some chips, cheese, wine, juice or whatever suits you. 

If you don’t have the time to bring anything other than yourself that is more than enough!

We will be meeting on a monthly basis.

Any questions, please contact rachel.lavine1@gmail.com.

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Fearless Homeschooling!
Dec
3
1:00 PM13:00

Fearless Homeschooling!

The Homeschooling Q & A

A forum for ALL homeschooling families

Gather with a panel of long term homeschoolers to discuss the everyday benefits and challenges of homeschooling life. 

Experienced homeschoolers will be on hand to answer your most pressing homeschooling questions

Fearless Homeschooling events are FREE!    

RSVP to: jalodin@verizon.net

Space is limited.  Donations are welcome!

Fearless Homeschooling workshops are organized by long-time homeschooler, Joanna Allen Lodin. 

Joanna is mom to three boys, ages 25, 22 and 17, all lifelong homeschoolers until it came time for college and work. 

She has also mentored many families in the joy of homeschooling for the past 21 years.

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PUNK (Parents Understanding Neurodiverse Kids
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

PUNK (Parents Understanding Neurodiverse Kids

The purpose of PUNK is to give parents of neurodiverse and learning different children

an opportunity to meet each other, and receive emotional and pragmatic support 

from others who understand first-hand the issues.

Neurodiverse and/or learning different kids include children on or with:

·      the autism spectrum

·      sensory or auditory processing issues

·      ADD/ADHD

·      dyslexia and dysgraphia

·      social pragmatics issues

Finding the appropriate resources and supports for our children can be an exhausting, 

isolating and sometimes painful process. Parents also need support and community through this journey. Because of this, PUNK is an adult-only group. We want to give parents a chance to fully express themselves. Please feel free to share this announcement.

 This will be potluck style – please feel free to bring some chips, cheese, juice, wine or whatever suits you. 

If you don’t have time to bring anything other than yourself – that is completely fine. 

We’ll ask attendees who can contribute a few dollars for room rental to do so,but all contributions are strictly voluntary.

We will be meeting on a monthly basis.

 

 

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Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

Open Mic Ages 8-12

Our open mic is for people 8 -12 to come and share their talents with their friends.  Do you sing, play the piano or violin or juggle? Come and join us for the fun.

We will serve popcorn and seltzer. You are welcome to bring your own snacks as well. 

Fee: $5 

 

 

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Oct
29
2:30 PM14:30

Halloween Labrinyth

Join the Young Entrepreneur's Club for A Frightfully Good Time

2:30 to 4:30 Ages 3-7 The Young Ones will have a spooky good time participating in games, stories, music/dancing. There will also be treats to eat! (Some of the treats will even be healthy)

5pm to 7pm Ages 8-12 Enter the Labyrinth of Terror- You never know who has an eye on you or who will lend you a hand as you make your way through the twist and turns to freedom (or not)  

There will be a Costume Contest, Doughnut Eating Contest, Music, Mayhem and More!

Tickets are $10 per child.  

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Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

PUNK (Parents Understanding Neurodiverse Kids)

The purpose of PUNK is to give parents of neurodiverse and learning different children an opportunity to meet each other, and receive emotional and pragmatic support from others who understand first-hand the issues.

Neurodiverse and/or learning different kids include children on or with:

·      the autism spectrum

·      sensory or auditory processing issues

·      ADD/ADHD

·      dyslexia and dysgraphia

·      social pragmatics issues

Finding the appropriate resources and supports for our children can be an exhausting, isolating and sometimes painful process. Parents also need support and community through this journey. Because of this, PUNK is an adult-only group. We want to give parents a chance to fully express themselves. Please feel free to share this announcement.

 This will be potluck style – please feel free to bring some chips, cheese, juice, wine or whatever suits you. 

If you don’t have time to bring anything other than yourself – that is completely fine. 

We’ll ask attendees who can contribute a few dollars for room rental to do so,

but all contributions are strictly voluntary.

We will be meeting on a monthly basis.

 

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