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Join Us Oct. 9 @ Creek Walk Cafe Kubal

Let’s get together for our WTB October schmai at one of the coolest cafés in Syracuse!

  • Where: Creek Walk Cafe Kubal
    324 W. Water Street (Across from the iconic Niagara Mohawk Bldg.)
  • When: Wednesday, October 7, 2:30 -4:30 pm
    (Consider strolling through the Creek Walk before 2:30 … then indulge!)
  • Why: Enjoy the company of some fun and fascinating women, make new friends and reconnect with WTB sisters.

Cafe Kubal offers delectable and healthy choices: sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups and of course, great coffee! We are meeting earlier than usual because the cafe closes at 6 pm. No reservation needed … just bring yourself and a friend or two. Hope you can join us.

September Meeting Topic: Our Refugees’ Stories

Refugees in our community originate from countries all over the world such as Syria, Iraq, Liberia, Sudan, Somalia and many more. Over 1000 refugees settled here in Syracuse in the past year.

Kicking off the new program year, our September 27 meeting at InterFaith Works featured a panel presentation by three refugees, who shared their stories and answered questions.

Teaching New Americans How to Sew

two_sewersA new eight-week basic sewing course began on September 10, running Thursdays from noon to 2:30 pm at the NorthSide Learning Center, 501 Park Street. Visitors are always welcome; however the door to the building is locked, so call Jennifer’s cell 345-9217 and she will run up and let you in. We always need volunteers, and only the most basic sewing skills are required, since there are others to ask if help is necessary. Jennifer tries to have one-to-one student-volunteer ratio, as the students’ English language skills range from quite good to non-existent. However, the students are adults and eager to learn, so the process is fun and friendly. Feel free to drop by the class to check us out any Thursday that the Syracuse City School District is in session (no holidays, vacations, or snow days; if there is no school, our students must be home with their children).

Book Club Discusses Man Seeks God

51qFE0vn9wL._AA160_WTB book lovers met Monday, September 28 to discuss Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine. “When a health scare puts him in the hospital, Eric Weiner – an agnostic by default – finds himself tangling with an unexpected question, posed to him by a well-meaning nurse. ‘Have you found your God yet?’ The thought of it nags him, and prods him and ultimately launches him on a far-flung journey to do just that.” – Amazon

On October 26 the group will discuss The Round House, by Louise Erddrich at the home of Cara Steiner. The focus of the December 7 gathering (a combined November-December meeting) will be poems by Wistawa Szymborska (any collection, be prepared to share). Location to be announced.

Program Topics Set for the Coming Year

We have an exciting year of programs beginning in September. We’re planning another of our fabulous international dinners for April, with delicious international food. Our programs range from learning more about human trafficking to literacy. We’ll again participate in the WCNY Tel-Auc, celebrate diversity at a World Interfaith Harmony Assembly and host a garden tour as a fundraiser at Sycamore Hill Gardens in Marcellus. New this year will be participation in the Festival of Trees at the Everson Museum in December.

Liz Pruchnicki, Syracuse, shows Ralph Best, Baldwinsville, where to find the maze made of hedges at Sycamore Hill Gardens.

Liz Pruchnicki, Syracuse, shows Ralph Best, Baldwinsville, where to find the maze made of hedges at Sycamore Hill Gardens.

Many Enjoyed Private Gardens May 17 in Marcellus

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the WTB May meeting at beautiful Sycamore Hill Gardens on  May 17. For four hours people walked the gardens, chatted with friends or shared a picnic lunch. Many commented on the beauty of the gardens on this 80-degree day and how nature helps some of us feel our spirituality or connect with a Higher Power. The Hanford family opens its private gardens to just a few non-profit groups to use as a fund-raiser  each year. WTB is grateful that we are one that the family supports.

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