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Fiction Book Club

Explore some of today's best new fiction, and meet other book lovers at the JCC. Join anytime and come as often as you'd like. Led by Nancy Budner. No registration required. This month we will discuss In the Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes. Monday, Aug. 5th. 7:30 ? 9:00 PM 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street. For more information, please call 646-505-5708.

Herbal Preparations Workshop

Discover how to select fresh and dried herbs and make teas, decoctions, tinctures, herbal oils, and salves from them. Learn the basics of herbal preparations. Homemade products are fresher, last longer, and are more economical than store-bought ones. Make your own herbal tincture to take home. Tuesday, Aug. 6th. 6-8 PM $55. At the New York Botanical Garden 20 W. 44th St.

Chef Toni's Summer Camp

Students at this class will learn a world of information about food, art, culture, and more.

Around the globe and back again, C.T.C.A's flexible, summer program focuses weekly on a different region of the world, from Mexico to Africa to Russia and beyond. Using the fundamentals from the After School Program, students will also learn shopping skills and real culinary techniques along with a farm to table cooking lesson. For ages 6-11. Monday thru Friday, 9 AM ? 12 PM., $150/2 sessions.

NYC Century Bike Tour

The NYC Century Bike Tour is still a month away but if you register before Aug. 19, you'll receive a special discount and your rider bib and number will be mailed to you. That means you save money and time, which is always valuable in a race. See more at

Wine and Painting Party

Create a beautiful painting to hang in your home in only one night. Uncork your creative expression with complimentary wine as you re-spark your inner-artist. Enjoy one-on-one attention and guidance from an expert art instructor as you paint and sip the night away. Beginners and all levels are welcome. Sunday, Aug. 11; 4-7 PM, $45. 145 W. 96th St. Enroll at or call 212-729-4088.

International Composition Contest

Named after famed jazz trumpeter and American Society of Composers (ASCAP) member Doc Severinsen, this contest recognizes new works that are a fusion of jazz and classical music, and feature a trumpet as a soloist with a large ensemble (either wind ensemble or orchestra). The only request from Severinsen: "It should have a melody and include a dialog between the soloist and ensemble." The $10,000 first prize will be given on Feb. 13 at the 2014 Joint Conference of the College Music Society in Tennessee. Deadline for submission is Aug. 1 at 2 PM EST. 1 Lincoln Plaza. For more information, visit

Book Babies and Storytelling

Parents and caretakers are invited to bring newborns to 15-month-old babies to this baby playtime at the Bloomingdale Library branch. There will be songs, books and playtime every Monday at 10:30 AM for babies and every Thursday at 4 PM for toddlers. Sign up at the library soon because the class is first come, first serve. Located at 150 W. 100th St. between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues.

Yoga Classes

Meet Saturday mornings for free beginners yoga with a certified instructor. Begin the process toward a strong and comfortable body, and a calm and serene mind. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or a beach towel. At the Riverside Library, 125 W. 65th St. and Amsterdam Avenue from 10:30-11:30 AM and noon-1 PM. Free.

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