Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Adoption Events, Aug. 1&2

A weekend of pet adoption events begins Saturday with Adoptapalooza in Prospect Park. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 150 dogs and cats — and maybe even rabbits — will be on hand looking for homes. Bartel-Pritchard Square, Prospect Park, 15th Street, at Prospect Park West, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, 212-252-2350,
On Sunday, the organization hosts Bark in the Park, an adoption event at a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game. Current dog owners are also welcome to bring their pets to the game. Adoptions go from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the game is at 1 p.m. MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, at West 17th Street, Coney Island.
Both events include activities aside from adoptions, as well as giveaways for people who already own pets.

This Halloween “Make Change for Children”

Here’s an idea…instead of spending your dollars on candy this Halloween, how about
donating to “Make Change for Children” so the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) and its partners can
find more loving, adoptive homes for vulnerable, orphaned children

Joint Council is the only international non-profit dedicated to ensuring
that every child lives, grows and thrives in a safe, permanent and
loving family. Your donation helps Joint Council and its 258
international partners serve over 2 million children and families each

Somewhere Between – Film

Since the institution of China’s “one child” policy in 1979, some 80,000 Chinese girls have been adopted by American families. Prompted by her own adoption of a daughter, filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton probes these adoptees’ experiences through a portrait of four remarkable Chinese-American teenagers on a journey to discover their pasts, returning to China to find their birth parents.

On Monday August 27 Spence-Chapin Services and FCC will host a special screening of ‘Somewhere Between’ at: IFC Center
323 Ave. of Americas at W. 3rd St.
New York, 10014

Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Rita Taddonio, LCSW, director of the Spence-Chapin Adoption Resource Center (ARC), will lead an engaging Q&A about the film and the issues it unveils— race, gender and stereotypes.


For More Information and to part of this night, please contact: or
call 212-360-0275 or
order tickets online:

Porgy and Bess

highly anticipated opening of the much talked about re-envisioning of George
and Ira Gershwin’s
Porgy and Bess takes place this Thursday.  Very
Back on
Broadway for the first time in over 35 years, in a new staging, the production
is led by Tony Award® winner AUDRA
McDONALD, Drama Desk nominee NORM LEWIS and two-time Tony Award®
nominee DAVID ALAN GRIER. Early
buzz is “you’d be hard pressed to find a more user-friendly P&B.” 
On Thursday February 2 Spence-Chapin Services for Families and Children will be hosting a night at Porgy and Bess.  The evening’s proceeds
will support the organization’s mission to find adoptive homes for infants and
children who need families.
you purchase a ticket, you can support their work AND be included in a 
Spence-Chapin only cast talk-back after
the show

Nice extra for theater fans!!!

Jan 19. Update – new footage of Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald!