Culture briefs: History, plants and more


The Brooklyn Museum welcomes the warm weather with one of its many summer public programs taking place on Saturday, July 20.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., “Save Our African American Treasures,” presents a day-long program in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on identifying and preserving items of historical and cultural significance to the African American experience–where participants can bring up to three personal items for a 15-minute professional consultation. Is that unique enough for you?

The museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway. For more information, call 877-733-9599 or email


With this beautiful weather, take your family outside and enjoy what nature has got to offer, especially the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s recently reopened Native Flora exhibition.

Add to the experience by stopping by an exhibit at the garden, which has been ongoing since April, celebrating the garden opening with photographs of beautiful and rare native plants by Uli Lorimer, curator of BBG’s Native Flora Garden.

The exhibit will be up until September 22, so take it all in while it lasts. Check out pictures before you head over by visiting: or, for more information, call 718-623-7200. Have fun!


Shabbat with a fun twist will be hosted by the Bay Ridge Center on July 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the “talented congregants.” Upbeat songs, sing-a-longs and lots of dancing to take place—why not be there? Refreshments to be served.

The Bay Ridge Center is located at 405 81st Street. If you want more information, don’t hesitate to call 718-836-3103, or email: Join in on the fun musical Shabbat so you too can worship while having fun.

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