Upcoming Events

The MELT Method

Come to West Side on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am and learn simple self-care techniques that you can practice at home to remain active, healthy, youthful and pain-free – at any age! The secret? It’s The MELT Method, featured in the New York Times bestselling book and taught by certified instructor Theresa Mihalopoulos.

The cost is $20 per class (cash only), $18 for members of West Side.

Upcoming dates: October 26; November 2, 9 and 30; and December 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Questions? Please contact Theresa Mihalopoulos at To learn more about The MELT Method, please visit

Safe on Your Feet

Contrary to what the name may imply, this 45-minute fitness class is not just for seniors. It’s for anyone interested in improving their alignment and posture, balance, flexibility, and muscular strength and endurance. Participants gather in DePhillips Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15 pm. Cost: $5 per class. For more information, please reach out to Pat McGlade (

Networking Group

Are you looking for a new job, interested in changing careers or seeking to grow your existing business? West Side’s business networking group meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the West Side Room. Upcoming dates: October 25, November 8 and 29, and December 13. Questions? Please reach out to Kelly Hwang ( or Jane French (

Moms’ Dinner Fellowship

Mothers of all ages are invited to connect with other West Side mothers on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 pm in the West Side Room for dinner (a gluten-free option is available) and conversation. Please contact Farrah Buchanan ( to RSVP and to request FREE CHILDCARE.

Third Thursday

Guys, get ready for great food, conversation and fellowship at the Ridgewood Country Club on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 pm. Interested in joining the fun? Please RSVP by October 16 to Carol Walton (

Trunk or Treat

Children (toddlers through third graders) are invited to come to West Side—in costume, of course—on Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 to 11:30 am for some safe, super-fun “trunk or treating.” We’ll have apple cider, donuts and pumpkins to decorate too. To make this festive annual event happen, we will need adult volunteers to decorate their cars and hand out candy. Interested in participating? Please contact Carol Walton ( The more, the merrier!

Healing Hearts

West Side’s grief group, renamed Healing Hearts, meets on the first and third Sundays of the month from 3:30 to 4:45 pm in the Serenity Room. Upcoming dates: November 5 and November 13. Participants are invited to stay for our Foundation Contemporary Worship Service at 5:15 pm. Whether you are grieving a recent loss or one from many years ago, this support group can help. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Pat McGlade (

Take a Hike!

Bring the family—and your dog—to Ramapo Valley County Reservation in Mahwah on Saturday, November 4 for a church-wide hike with the newly commissioned Pet Ministry pooches. We will meet at the sign located at the far bottom left of the parking lot at 8:45 am and start our moderate 2.5-to-3-mile hike at 9:00 am. End time: approximately 10:00 am. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear, preferably hiking sneakers or hiking boots. Questions? Please get in touch with Pat McGlade (

“East Meets West” Trivia Night

Members of West Side and First Presbyterian Church have worked side by side on Habitat for Humanity homes, and we’ll be “playing” side by side at a Jeopardy-style Trivia Night at First Pres on Saturday, November 4 at 7:00 pm. Create your own five-person “team” or let the Fellowship Committee create one for you. Categories will include Christianity, history, geography, pop culture and more. Our emcee for the evening will be Dave Madden, who grew up at West Side and is a 19-day champion on Jeopardy! Proceeds from the event will benefit hurricane relief through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Suggested donation: $20 per person. Please RSVP to Anson Welch (

A Conversation About Mortality with Dr. Ira Byock

Our “Conversations about Mortality” series, co-sponsored by The Valley Hospital and Ridgewood Interfaith Clergy Council, continues this fall with a special evening with Ira Byock, M.D., a leading palliative care physician, author and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. Join us in DePhillips Hall on Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 pm for a potentially life-changing presentation on his critically acclaimed book The Four Things that Matter Most: A Book About Living.

Dr. Byock contends that to ensure the best possible care for those we love—and eventually ourselves—we must move past our cultural aversion to talking about dying and acknowledge the fact of mortality once and for all. “We have to think about these things,” he has said. “Let’s be honest. We live in unprecedented times. For the first time in human history there are about to be more older people than younger people on the planet. And despite the miracles of modern medicine, we have yet to make a single human immortal.”

To register for this free event, please call 1-800-Valley-1 or go to

Leading up to Dr. Byock’s presentation, West Side is sponsoring a series of three “lunch and learn” discussions on Sundays at 11:30 am. Mark your calendar…and RSVP to Pat McGlade (201-652-1966, ext. 104 or

November 5: Introduction and Q&A with Sue Barbuto; Donna Dykstra; Mary Ann Hoogerheyde; Rev. Mason Jenkins, supervisor of pastoral care at The Valley Hospital; and Pat McGlade, RN, West Side’s faith community nurse.

November 12: Joseph Barbuto, MD, and Rev. Kaylin Milazzo will talk about their clinical experiences and offer strategies for having these conversations with loved ones.

November 19: Genevieve Lowry, M.Ed, and Nancy Dykstra-Powers, LCSW, will discuss how to cope with the loss of a child and how to talk with children about loss.