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Here’s the week at a glance
at the Nyack Library.


  • Shakespeare Discussion Group, 4p
  • FREE Assistance with NYS Health Insurance Programs, 5p


  • Fiction Writers Workshop – New members welcome, 11a
  • SAT and ACT Reading Passages: Skills, Drills, and Strategy with Trevor Hochman, Registration required, 7p
  • Authentic Italia, Registration required, 7p


2016 Best Buys in Wine with Joanne DiGaglia, Registration required, 7p


Crops in Pots: Growing Vegetables in Containers, Registration required, 7p


Seed Exchange Open Hours, 10a – 2p


Study Sundays with Ms. Siobhan, 12p

When most people think of Italy, they envision lush countryside, the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, and cities and towns with art and architecture rich in history.  This is why, along with the food and wine, that it is one of the most popular places to visit in the world.
If you are dreaming of traveling to Italy to experience all it has to offer, Linda Sassano Higgins, an artist who has studied and painted in many of the regions of Italy, Italian language tutor,  Italian travel consultant and teacher, presents Authentic Italia on Tue Apr 26 at 7p at the Nyack Library.  She will tell you about the fascinating diversity that you will find in Italian culture, cuisine and of course wine and will help you prepare for your trip.  Topics to be covered include: types of places to stay, transportation, customs and common pitfalls to avoid.
Here are some interesting facts about Italy:

  • Italian citizens who are at least 18 years old can vote for the lower house in the parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, but in order to vote for the upper house, the Senate, an Italian Citizen must be at least 25 years old.
  • The unofficial national animal of Italy is the Italian wolf. It plays a large role in the legend of the founding of Rome.
  • There are two independent states within Italy: the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City.  San Marino is the world’s oldest republic and holds the world’s oldest continuous constitution.  Vatican City is the only nation in the world that can lock its own gates at night.  It has its own phone company, radio, TV stations, money and stamps.  It also has its own army, the Swiss Guard.

Registration is required for the Tuesday 7p presentation of Authentic Italia.
Crops in Pots: Growing Vegetables in Containers, Thur at 7p
Even without a large garden, organically grown vegetables are possible on patios, balconies, and decks. Vivienne Dieckmann, Master Gardener with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Rockland, will show you that by using the right container, rich soil, proper watering techniques, and maximum sunlight, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and many more vegetables are steps away from the kitchen. With the addition of colorful annuals, crops in pots are attractive elements to the landscape. Registration is required

Have a question or a fun fact you want to know? We’re looking for suggestions for our weekly Did You Know fact. Write to info@NyackNewsAndViews with your suggestions.
Did You Know comes to you each Monday on NyackNewAndViews, sponsored by the Nyack Library.

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