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7 Things To Do in Your New York City Neighborhood This Week

By DNAinfo Staff | May 1, 2016 8:35am | Updated on March 21, 2017 5:12pm

 Urban shaman Mama Donna Henes leads an annual equinox egg balancing ceremony in Grand Army Plaza.
Urban shaman Mama Donna Henes leads an annual equinox egg balancing ceremony in Grand Army Plaza.
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Monday, March 20

 Equinox Egg Balancing Ceremony    

Where: Grand Army Plaza (at the fountain in the middle of the plaza)
When: 6:29 a.m. sharp

Celebrate the first day of spring by balancing eggs with urban shaman Mama Donna Henes. Kids are welcome, “drums and plenty of spirit” are encouraged. Standing eggs on end on the vernal equinox brings good luck and helps city dwellers connect with Mother Earth, Henes told DNAinfo New York in 2013.

Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism

Where: Starr Bar, 214 Starr St., Bushwick
When: 7 to 9 p.m.

In the first of an event series called “Cocktails and Conspiracy," Starr Bar is hosting author and activist L.A. Kauffman who will discuss their book "Direct Action."

Tuesday, March 21

Allergic to Salad: Kids Cooking Class

Where: Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St., Briarwood
When: 4 to 5 p.m.

Learn about healthy, vegetarian cooking with Allergic to Salad, a nonprofit focused on food education. In this era of pre-packaged food, many people claim that they are “allergic to salad.” This class will help kids combat this “allergy,” while increasing their cooking skills and familiarity with healthy foods. It’s free and registration is not required.

Roosevelt Island Veterans' Appreciation

Where: The Senior Center, 546 Main St., Roosevelt Island
When:  6 to 8 p.m.

Roosevelt Island veterans are invited to this event, where Welby Alcantara from the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs will discuss resources for veterans. Play pool, cards, and darts and enjoy refreshments afterward.

Wednesday, March 22

Author's Talk: Gus Kappler MD

Where: Shakespeare & Co., 939 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side
When: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Writer Gus Kappler's book "Welcome Home from Vietnam Finally," explores his experience as a trauma surgeon during the Vietnam War and what it meant to him to exist in the gray moral code of war. He's now actively involved in the prevention of PTSD and suicide. To pre-order your copy, email ebm@shakespeare-nyc.com

Thursday, March 23

►Blind Boys of Alabama Perform at the Beat the Blues to Save Lives Charity Concert 

Where: BB Kings Blues Club, Times Square

When: 7 - 10 p.m.

The five-time Grammy award-winning gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama star in the Beat the Blues to Save Lives Charity Concert. The event, which benefits the anti-suicide organization SAVE, will also feature  Ruthie Foster, Dana Fuchs, Bill Heller, and The Apocalypse Blues Revue. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets cost $55 for general admission, $175 for premiere seating and are available at BBKingBlues.com or at the door the day of the event. 

Central Park Volunteer Open House

Where: Museo de Barrio, 1 E. 104th St., East Harlem 
When: 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn about volunteering in Central Park and what opportunities are currently available. Bring your ID to get through security. 

► ARTech Adult Nights

Where: 459 West 14th St., Meatpacking District
When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

ARTech is a two-month-long pop-up activity center for kids, but for two nights — March 23 and April 13 — it will be open to adults, offering beverages, snacks and the opportunity to unleash your inner child. RSVP online, tickets are $20 if you buy early, or $25 for standard admission.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters Shaye Weaver, Danielle Tcholakian, Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, Gwynne Hogan, and Leslie Albrecht.