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Japan Society’s Virtual Learn to Read Hiragana & Katakana August 28 & September 4

hese workshops will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet).

SOURCE: https://www.japansociety.org

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Japan Society’s Virtual Nihongo Chat August 21

This free event will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Further instructions will be provided on the morning of the event.

SOURCE: https://www.japansociety.org

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MOTH Virtual Story Slam “ENTHUSIASM” August 3

Prepare a five-minute story about going full force. RAH RAH fervor and rearing to go. That high-energy, can-do spirit that gets things done—or ensures that everyone wants you dead. New love, new job, first day of school….LETS DO THIS!

SOURCE: https://themoth.org

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MOTH Virtual Story Slam “Out of the Blue” August 6

Nagging truths, startling discoveries and hard-fought wisdom. Sudden turns in the road and the thunderbolts that light new landscapes.

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The Heart of Gaming Online Convention August 27-30

At the end of August the whole games world will be talking about gamescom and the latest games. Look forward to the best games, announcements, world premieres, events, Esport tournaments and special promotions.

SOURCE: https://www.gamescom.global

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GAMES DONE QUICK Online Convention August 16-23

Games Done Quick is a series of charity video game marathons. These events feature high-level gameplay by speedrunners raising money for charity.

SOURCE: https://gamesdonequick.com

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Mysterium Annual Celebration of Myst, D’ni & Cyan Online Gaming Convention August 7-9

Now in its second decade, Mysterium has become a community tradition, and a sort of annual reunion… all fans of Myst, Obduction, and other Cyan games.

SOURCE: https://mysterium.net

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QUAKECON Online Gaming Convention August 7-9

Round-the clock programming with special influencer streams, tournaments, surprises, and our very own Bethesda Community teams from around the globe.

SOURCE: https://quakecon.bethesda.net

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Game Developer Online Conference August 4-6

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) brings the game development community together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and shape the future of the industry across five days of education, inspiration, and networking. Attendees include programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, and business leaders. GDC also hosts two awards ceremonies recognizing the creativity, artistry, and technical genius of the finest developers and games.

SOURCE: https://gdconf.com/

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INBEON: A Virtual Con for Creators August 22

No alleys just a great time with our amazing creative community. Check out some of our amazing artists.

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PLAY NYC A Digital Celebration of Games August 10-16

For the first time, this year’s Play NYC will be online, free to attend, and a full week long. It’s our love letter to New York, from Playcrafting and beyond.

Celebrate the spirit of our city with games, talks, tournaments, and more.

SOURCE: https://www.play-nyc.com

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Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) Online HACK-A-THON July 25-August 2

H.O.P.E. stands for Hackers On Planet Earth, one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world. It’s been happening since 1994.

Thousands of people from around the world come to HOPE… including more of the provocative and enlightening speakers that the HOPE conferences are known for. The conference will make innovative use of online streaming and collaboration forums to create a unique experience that is sure to be satisfying.

All ticket holders will have exclusive access to speaker, panel, and keynote Q&As, as well as workshops.

SOURCE: https://hope.net

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Dungeons in Dragons in the NYC Metro Area

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Sakura Matsuri in Connecticut, New Jersey & New York Metro April-May 2019

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Connecticut, New Jersey & New York Professional Wrestling Schools

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My Favorite Halloween Activities in New York City Metro

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Bane Haunted House Is the best haunted house experience in NYC Tri-State. You will be touched, you will be yelled at, you will slide down slides, be put in a box. You will be scared, you will laugh, you will be ENTERTAINED!! It’s an AMAZING experience!

Location: Bane, Livingston, NJ

Brighton Asylum This haunted house isn’t just Halloween, Brighton hosts Halloween all year round. It’s all live actors, they have interactive zombie shooting in some houses. If you wear a glow necklace they will enhance the haunting experience-scream in your face, touch you, all that fun stuff! My favorite haunted experience was Brighton’s Christmas Haunted House!

Location: Brighton Asylum, Passaic, NJ

Horseman’s Hollow is in the actual Sleepy Hollow, not to far down the road from Irvington, where Mr. Washington Irving himself lived. The event takes place on an actual plantation owned by one of America’s first wealthy families the Philipses. On regular days you can go and learn how the slaves who lived and worked on the plantation lived (well worth the trip for you American History fans). During the month of October experience the fright of the Headless Horseman on his giant black steed riding the grounds along with other 18th Century ghosts including Red Coats and Ichabod Crane! My favorite memory of this event was watching my mother and aunt throw my youngest brother straight into the Devil who resides in the barn. Hilarious!

Address: Plilipsburgh Manor, 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

The first time I went to Rye Playland’s Scared by the Sound was about a decade ago. Waiting in the dark at Rye Playland is creepy. Add to that the calm waves of the Long Island Sound as your background music and before you even enter the haunted portion of the amusement park you are freaked out. However once inside you realize you are going to be even more creeped out! People with chainsaws popping out, clowns, and having to walk through a grave yard where anyone can reach out and nearly touch someone (mainly you). My favorite memory of my first visit was a pitch white woman, with flaming red curly hair, walking stiff as a board, swiftly chase my screaming brothers from the grave yard down the boardwalk. Priceless!

Address: Rye Playland, 100 Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580

I ventured to Carmel, Putnam Valley, NY to Smalley’s Inn and Restaurant. Yes, it is actually haunted. My family and I have been honing our psychic skills for a couple of year, and before I even walked in the restaurant I felt immediately the spirit it was a woman. Mind you I knew nothing about the place and no one in my family mentioned to me the ghost was actually a woman! She even joined us during our meal (the air around the table became COLD), she was especially present when the owner charismatic and enthusiastic current owner Tony Porto came to our table and showed us picture ghost hunters professional and amateur had captured of the woman who haunts the restaurant. The pictures are downright creepy and confirmed what I felt about the resident spirit. Who according to my impressions of enjoys her celebrity status! Even if you are NOT a believer of spirits you have to visit Smalley’s for the incredible Halloween decor. The best I’ve ever seen! Think of any stereotypical monster, doll, clown, and vampire fright and it is on display. The atmosphere is literally to DIE FOR! Call ahead, I visited in late September when the Halloween crowds were not large. Mr. Porto says in October they bring in actors and the wait to be seated can be long.

Address: Smalley’s Inn and Restaurant, 57 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512

Halloween Train Show at Lasdon Park takes place on the weekends in October. This is a cute Halloween activity for kids. I attended several years ago and my nephew had a blast! The main house is decorated for Halloween, inside are a variety of trains (including Thomas). In addition you can purchase plants and seasonal gifts at the Shop at Lasdon.

Address: Lasdon Park, 2610 New York 35, Katonah, NY 10563