Free Community Events

Garden Share featuring The Performance Project Fellows

Friday, October 22nd, 2021 @7:30pm
6&B Garden – 6th St. and Ave B

Seating will be limited, so plan to arrive early. Face masks will be required.

Join the 2021/22 Performance Project Fellows for their Garden SHARE! Enjoy an evening of new work and works-in-progress from this year’s talented Fellows, in the beautiful setting of the 6 & B Community Garden in the East Village. We invite our vaccinated friends to join us for this free event.

Good Mourning, COVID by Dragonfly Method®

Sunday, October 24th, 2021 @4- 5:00 p.m.
278 Spring Street, 3rd FL

Tickets are free and limited space is filling up. Reserve your seats now!

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Idiom of the Week: “Benefit of the Doubt”

Meaning: To give someone the benefit of the doubt is to choose to not be disappointed or upset when they may have made a mistake because you have some trust in them.


My daughter is usually so good with studying that I gave her the benefit of the doubt when I saw her watching TV all night, and I knew she had a math test the next day.

Last night the food wasn’t good at my favorite restaurant, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt and go back again because the chef probably had just one bad night.

He didn’t have any professional experience but he said he was an excellent barber, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt and let him cut my hair because my friend knew him.

Pop Quiz:

Which student should get the benefit of the doubt?

Student A and Student B have the same problem – both are often late to class. Student A has arrived several times in gym clothes and carrying a gym bag. Student B has talked with the teacher about her lateness, explaining that she has to drop off her son right before class, but she seems to be trying to avoid be being late. The teacher needs to select one student to be cancelled first.

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Idiom of the Week: “A Blessing in Disguise”

Meaning: A blessing in disguise is something that seems to be bad but actually there is a positive result.


I wasn’t accepted to my first choice school, but it was a blessing in disguise because another school accepted me and that’s where I met my wife.

Having a baby in high school was a blessing in disguise since it turned his life in a positive direction by making him realize he had to grow up himself.

Sometimes we don’t see a blessing in disguise right away – it could be years before we see the blessing.

Pop Quiz:

Which of these sounds like a blessing in disguise?

a. I had no money, then won the lottery.

b. When I tripped and fell on the street, I hurt myself but found $100.

c. I failed my test, but my mom still bought me ice cream.

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Cutting Corners Revisted

We learned a new idiom “Cutting Corners” a few days ago. Do you know where the idiom comes from?

: : : Where did the phrase “Cutting Corners” come from?

: : It’s a metaphor from driving – not necessarily motor driving, because it also applies to horse-drawn carriages. When you come to a sharp turn in the road, instead of going all the way to the corner and then turning, you can go diagonally across, and “cut the corner off”. This saves time, but entails a risk of clipping the curb and overturning, or being involved in a pile-up with another vehicle. Thus “to cut corners” means to discard normal safe practice in order to get fast results.

from The Phrase Finder

Let’s watch the video clip to review the meaning and the origin, and look at more example sentences.

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