Social Activities

Our Social Activities offer you another way to spend time with other women who’ve also heard the words “You have cancer.”

Perhaps you’re not interested in a support group but would still like to meet and interact with other women in a safe, comfortable environment. Maybe you’re looking for a way to “escape” for a little while, to focus your mind on a fun, relaxing or creative activity, with others who understand what this feels like. Our social gatherings have what you’re looking for.

Our goal is to provide a variety of options to meet your needs and to enhance your quality of life while living with cancer.

Some social activities meet monthly. Others meet at different intervals throughout the year. Please view this page often to check for new offerings. You can also visit our calendar.

All of our programs are free. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Call us: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.


Book Club

WHEN: Thursday, February 8, 7-8pm
WHERE: Zoom video conference

Open to people who have or have had breast, ovarian, or any gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required no later than 5pm (NY time) on Wednesday February 7. For information or to register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. 

At this session, we will discuss The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian—who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.

The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths to which she must go—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

Discussion leader: Fran Contino.  We are always looking for good book suggestions. Please send suggested titles to robin.perlmutter@supportconnection.org

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Music Therapy

WHEN: Tuesday, February 27, 7-8pm
WHERE: Zoom video conference

This program is being offered in loving tribute to Don, one of Support Connection’s greatest cheerleaders. Don had a true love and appreciation for music. He encouraged others to find joy in music and understand the benefits it has on health and well-being. This program is being offered in his honor and is open to all cancer survivors and caregivers. Preregistration is required. To register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. 

Music Therapy is a fun and creative source of socialization and stress relief.  Research shows that listening to and making music promotes relaxation, reduces pain, boosts mood, and improves sleep. This workshop will be an interactive mix of relaxation experiences, playful creativity, and social connection. In addition to group activities, you will learn simple techniques you can use at home to promote relaxation, increased physical comfort, and improved sleep. No instruments or prior musical experience are needed, and the session will be tailored to the needs and musical interests of those who attend. Participants are welcome to attend with their cameras off if they prefer their privacy and if they want to lie down.

Instructor: Julie Sherwood, MA, LCAT, CTS, MT-BC For many years, Julie has been helping people overcome stress, pain, and anxiety. She has been a staff music therapist at the Music Therapy Institute at the Music Conservatory of Westchester for almost 10 years and is proud to have been a part of their outreach programs in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  She has facilitated wellness workshops for patients, staff, and caregivers of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Jefferson Health, the Veterans Health Administration, and many other organizations. She also worked with oncology patients and their caregivers for several years at Overlook Medical Center.  Julie was an invited presenter for the “Less Stress, More Peace Caregivers Summit,” Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio, and the nationwide Reimagine Festival, where she supported patients and caregivers with her online “Comfort for Caregivers” programs. Julie loves uplifting others and believes no matter what we may be going through in life, we can always find more health, happiness, and inner harmony along the way.

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Healing Arts: Painting Water Scenes

WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, 4-6pm
WHERE: Zoom video conference

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. For information or to register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.  Must register before 5pm Monday March 11th

Relax, unwind, and enjoy yourself, in this virtual drawing and painting with watercolor program with teaching artist, Lauren Hollick. No previous drawing or painting experience necessary.

In this workshop, you will learn to capture scenes from above or below the water. The instructor will guide you on how to use reference photos, sketch with paint, shading and simple drawing and painting techniques while gaining experience in color mixing. This workshop is perfect for beginners and experienced artists looking to enjoy artmaking and learning new techniques.  

Participants are asked to provide the following supplies: Watercolor paints, watercolor or cardstock paper, printer/sketch paper, paint brush, pencil, eraser, paper towels, container with water and picture or photo of image you would like to paint.

Instructor: Lauren Hollick is a rising artist and art educator who is a lifelong Hudson Valley resident.  A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, she currently has a studio in Dutchess County, NY.  As an educator, Lauren accommodates persons from all walks of life to use artmaking as a powerful and expressive personal tool, teaching students how to engage mind, hands, and heart to share their personal experiences.  Art tells a story.

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Our Healing Arts Program is generously sponsored by the Peekskill Rotary Club


Healing Arts: Conscious Coloring

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Zoom video conference

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. For information or to register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.  Must register before 5pm Tuesday April 16th.
  
You are invited to join us for a one-hour workshop focused on self-reflection, creative expression, and envisioning.  In this unique workshop, the instructor will encourage you to color outside the lines so you can explore and uncover more of yourself.  

In this workshop you will explore:

  • How emotions impact your life and the importance of processing them.
  • How to connect with emotions through the transformative power of colors.
  • Basic coloring techniques. 

And you take away:

  • A beautiful coloring page; a reflection of your emotional self. 

Program Participants are asked to Provide the Following Supplies:  Program specific printable mandala template and printable color chart.  Colored pencils or markers. 

Instructor: Claudia Marulanda is a portrait artist and workshop facilitator on a mission to guide women in cultivating a deeper connection with themselves to envision a greater version of themselves through the transformative power of Arteven if they think they can’t color or draw. 

Claudia holds certificates in: Therapeutic Art Life Coaching, Minority women-owned business enterprises, and Basic Level Neurographica.

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