March 2012

Tomorrow’s walk will be at the Westchester Land Trust’s Westchester Wilderness Walk on the Zofnass Family Preserve.  Meet between 9:15/9:30am near the trail head.

Westchester Wilderness Walk. Upper Shad Road, Pound Ridge.  From Bedford Village — take 172 to right onto Long Ridge Road.  Go about 2.5 miles, turn left on Upper Shad Rd.  Park on the pull-off on Upper Shad, about 1⁄4 mile from Long Ridge Road.  Looks for WLT/Preserve signs.  Find directions and more information at www.westchesterlandtrust.org/westchester-wilderness-walk

Westchester Wilderness Walk, which includes the Zofnass Family Preserve, encompasses rocky woods, hillside streams, lakes and wetlands and, at 150 acres, is the largest of Westchester Land Trust’s preserves.  An eight-mile trail network traverses some of the most rugged terrain in a town noted for its crags and outcrops. Paul Zofnass, a Pound Ridge resident and a member of the Westchester Land Trust’s Board of Directors, first conceived the idea of creating a trail preserve here, and worked for over 10 years to put the project together, donating land himself, persuading his neighbors to donate land, and creating the impressive trail system.  The combination of wetlands, upland forests, and edge habitats is particularly important for sustaining populations of reptiles and amphibians that use several habitat types throughout the year. The variety of habitats means that there is a large diversity of plants and wildlife that occur on the preserve.  Observant hikers are likely to encounter wood frogs and spring peepers in spring, yellow-throated vireos and rose-breasted grosbeaks in summer, and wild turkeys year-round.

See you there!

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Image of eco-eggs egg coloring kitWith spring coming early this year, thoughts of Easter have already popped into my head, and with the help of my favorite Milkshake Kids newsletter this morning, I have a sudden craving to decorate Easter eggs.

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Sunday, March 25th 12:00 – 3:00 and Monday, March 26th 11:00-1:30.   For the Fall 2013 school year, Pee Wee Picassos LLC Part 2 will be offering Kindergarten Enrichment at Katonah Art Center.   Since 2004, Pee Wee Picassos has been successfully providing preschoolers with after school enrichment in Manhattan, Katonah, Bedford and Mt. Kisco and now to address popular demand, they are growing with their established preschool following and offering Kindergarten Enrichment at Katonah Art Center.  Pee Wee Picassos Part 2 will be offering Kindergarten Enrichment at Katonah Art Center on Mondays and/or Wednesdays — servicing both morning and afternoon kindergarteners — beginning Fall 2013.  Bus transportation will be provided to and from Increase-Miller Elementary School and Katonah Elementary School.   Please come by to meet the program founder, teachers and learn more about Kindergarten Enrichment for Fall 2013.   Katonah Art Center, 131 Bedford Road, Katonah,  Sunday, March 25th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and Monday March 26th from 11:00am to 1:30pm.

Turn your celebration into funds for causes you care about!
Giving is always better than receiving. That’s the inspiration behind Charity Panda, a website you can use to raise funds for your favorite charities. Make giving part of your next celebration: a child’s birthday party, a holiday gathering, a dinner party, or any other memorable milestone event.  With Charity Panda, it’s easy:  You invite guests to your event and ask them to donate to your chosen charity in lieu of gifts. Their donations will be tax deductible, and Charity Panda takes care of everything electronically– from personalized invitations and reminders to thank you notes.  To learn more, visit www.charitypanda.com — and plan some FUNraising  today!

Come join the WPHC Volunteers Services team!  Call 914-681-1225 for details. White Plains Hospital Center (WPHC) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas.  Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center, The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center and The Westchester Orthopaedic Institute.  The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, treating more than 45,000 patients a year.  White Plains Hospital Center is a six-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation. WPHC is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Stellaris Health Network, Inc.  For additional information, visit www.wphospital.org.

Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) involves kids in community service.  Community service projects WJCS sponsors that are a good fit for young people include:  Have-a-Heart for the Holidays Gift Drive to fulfill the wishes of children who come from disadvantaged circumstances.  Waiting to Read — collecting new or gently-used children`s books that are distributed to WJCS Mental Health Clinics throughout the county. Children in the waiting rooms are invited to read a book and take it home.  Mitzvah Baskets — event centerpieces made of baskets filled with items that can be used by our consumers such as school supplies, toiletries, non-perishable food and Do Us a Favor — a contribution made to WJCS in lieu of providing favors.   Anyone interested in participating in any of these projects, can contact Meryl Lewis, WJCS Volunteer Resource Coordinator at 761-0600 X222.  We also sponsor Operation Mitzvah, which provides pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah children with a community service/mitzvot project and Tikkun Olam which involves teens in projects aimed at “repairing the world.” Susan Kronish coordinates Operation Mitzvah and Tikkun Olam and can be reached at 949-7699 X319.

The Sharing Shelf is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Family Services of Westchester, which collects new and gently used children`s clothing and other basic children`s items, such as strollers, school supplies and car seats.  We distribute clothing to children in need at no cost to the children or their families.  Agencies, teachers, social workers, religious leaders, and others serving low income families may register with The Sharing Shelf to access our supplies for their clients.  The Sharing Shelf seeks donations of clothing and basic essentials for newborn through age 18.  We accept new or gently used clothing, pajamas, shoes, baby supplies, strollers, pack-n-plays, high chairs, unopened toys/diapers/wipes, bedding/linens, sheets, towels, blankets, new school or art supplies and backpacks, new or gently used children books, and coats, boots, hats and gloves in the winter.  Items donated should be gently used, please no rips, tears, holes, stains, etc.  To get involved or to make a donation, call 914.937.2320 x 148 or email thesharingshelf@gmail.com.

We have been your source for excellence in community theatre since local residents founded the group in 1987. Each season we present two main stage productions and our free SECOND SUNDAY PLAY READING series every other month. Our home is Conant Hall, 257 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, a charming former church, and seating is cabaret style. Here friends and families can eat together and watch one of our stellar performances! Visit our website for details about our current season: www.prtc01.org or email us with your suggestions and comments: prtc01@yahoo.com  WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS. If you have a few hours, days, talents to give, please contact us by email. Sherry Asch, President, PRTC

The Community Center of Northern Westchester needs food, volunteers, seasonal clothing, maternity clothes, and financial support. Adult volunteers are needed to receive donations of food and clothing, and to staff the Food Market and Clothing Boutique. Shifts are 10-1 and 1-4 Tuesday through Friday and 10-1 on Saturday. Children between 10 and 13 may volunteer if accompanied by a responsible adult (parent, troop leader or teacher.) Teens may arrange for community service credits with the Assistant Director by calling 232-6572. Katonah Community Center, 84 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. With more than two million volunteers nationwide, the American Cancer Society is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States.  More than two million volunteers carry out the Society`s mission of eliminating cancer and improving quality of life for those individuals facing the disease. These dedicated volunteers donate their time and talents to further cancer research; educate the public about early detection and prevention; advocate for responsible cancer legislation in the local, state, and federal governments; and serve cancer patients and their families as they manage their cancer experience. American Cancer Society, 2 Lyon Place, White Plains, NY 10601; To locate an American Cancer Society office in your area or for cancer information call 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit   www.cancer.org

We welcome volunteers of all ages for help with office tasks, special events, and community outreach. Our office is located in Yorktown Heights, while events and community outreach can occur in other communities in Westchester, Putnam and nearby counties. To learn more about our organization, visit our website www.supportconnection.org. To learn about volunteer opportunities or to obtain a volunteer form, click on the “volunteer” link on our home page, or call us at 914-962-6402.

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic is the leading provider of reproductive health services for over 75 years. Our mission is to empower individuals to determine their own sexual health and reproductive futures. Volunteer opportunities are available in all departments and our 12 health centers in Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, and Suffolk counties. Make a difference and join our volunteers to further our mission. For information about opportunities please contact Ellen Blonstein, Volunteer Manager, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc., 175 Tarrytown Road, White Plains, NY 10607, Phone: 914.220.1025, Email ellen.blonstein@pphp.org. Visit Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic at www.pphp.org.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers for the mid-day delivery of meals to elderly homebound residents. The greatest need is for drivers for Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, please call the Bedford Recreation Office at 914.666.7004.

Hospice Care in Westchester and Putnam has volunteer opportunities available in Patient/Family Care, The Caring Circle: working with grieving children and their families in a support group, office support, Nursing Home visits and also Community Outreach and Fundraising. For more information please contact Allison LaRose at (914) 666-4228 ext 211.