May 2012

Calling all friends and neighbors…COME JOIN THE FUN!   Sing-A-Long & S’MORES!
Thursday, June 21, 6:30 pm until 8:00pm, Shelter at the Katonah Memorial Park.  Raindate: Saturday, June 23th at 6:30 pm.  The Katonah Memorial Park Association is hosting the very popular “S’Mores Night” fundraising event on Thursday, June 23rd from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the Katonah Memorial Park shelter.  Musical entertainment featuring the Differents, a very talented local acoustic trio, will be performing inspired renditions from the 60s through the present. It will be a great evening of music for all ages!  For information, please call KMPA President Anne Hanley
at 232-8017.  S’Mores making kits and cold drinks will be available for sale. All proceeds will go towards the ongoing efforts to refurbish the Katonah shelter.

Volunteers Who Love to Read Needed to Join Open Door Family Medical Centers’ Literacy Program.  Calling all readers, Open Door Family Medical Centers  is currently looking for volunteers to join their Reach Out and Read program.  Open Door is an official site for the national literacy program, Reach Out and Read, and offers the program at its sites in Ossining, Sleepy Hollow, Mt. Kisco and Port Chester.  Reach Out and Read is geared towards children living in poverty and is designed to take place in a medical environment.  As part of the program, Open Door’s volunteers read to children in the waiting rooms, provide instructions on reading techniques to parents and help children choose a book to take home. As part of the program pediatricians and family physicians also distribute new age-appropriate books and demonstrate reading techniques at each well-child visit for children from 6 months to 5 years. In 2011 Open Door’s Reach Out and Read volunteers read to 2,708 children and provided 6,707 books to families to help promote and foster a love of reading at home.   In addition to needing readers, donations of gently used children’s books, particularly board books, are always needed to support the Reach Out and Read program at all 4 sites.  For more information about volunteering for Open Door’s Reach Out And Read program, and to donate books contact Alicia Ward, Volunteer Coordinator at: (914) 502-1468 or by email at

Please join us at the 4th annual Flea Market.  Would you like to have a tag sale but don’t want strangers at your house?  Do you have a craft to sell?  Does your child belong to a team that needs to fundraise?
Saturday, June 9, 2012 (rain date: Sunday, June 10th), 10 am – 4 pm, Somers High School Parking Lot.  $40 per 17’ X 8’ parking space (you may purchase multiple spaces) and/or use our dumpster for $40 per mid-sized trunk load (No Hazardous Materials).  Vendor Set-up: Saturday, June 9th 7:30 – 9:00 am, DO NOT set-up before 7:30 am. Complete set-up by 9:00 am.  Provide your own table & chairs. Vendor parking available.  All Fees Are Payable In Advance & Are Non-Refundable — The Somers PTA reserves the right to refuse the selling of material it deems inappropriate (knives, weapons, “adult material”, etc.).  * Water will be available for purchase.  Find out more and register — click here.

Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) is starting two Parent Management Training (PMT) Groups; one for parents of children with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders and another for educators and professionals who work with children with special needs. Developed at Yale Child Study Center, PMT is an evidenced-based intervention geared to decreasing oppositional, aggressive and antisocial behavior.   The parent group will meet on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:30 – 11:00 AM from July 10 – August 16. An assessment with the child is required prior to attendance. This group can be billed through most third party insurances or at a self-pay fee.   The group for educators will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:00 AM  from July 3 – 19. The fee is $120 and pre-registration is required.  Both groups will meet at WJCS, 141 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY.  For more information, contact Kari Phillips, LCSW at 949– 699, ext 377 or  Visit

CASTING NOTICE:  White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is proud to announce open auditions for young non-union musical theatre performers ages 15-21 for A BRAND NEW musical with a fully staged production in mid-November 2012. Rehearsals will be 5-9 pm 3-4 days a week with possible weekend days (TBD) in addition. Commitment begins mid-August and goes through mid-November ending before Thanksgiving.
In addition, a Hollywood Production Company is casting DRAMAMAMAS, a new original network series documenting the creative journey and process by which a new musical is developed and produced with the hopes of a Broadway run. They have chosen to exclusively follow WPPAC’s production of THIS new musical.  The TV show features young musical theatre performers (ALL TYPES) ranging in age from 15-21 participating in the production mentioned above; but here’s the twist–their moms (or dads) will be cast as well. In order for you to be considered, we need a parent to “audition” too!!! No, they don’t have to sing or dance, so there is no fear of YouTube-like embarrassment. But we do need them to be interviewed at the casting call, by one of our celebrity mentors featured on the series.  The OPEN CALL for young performers and their parent will begin at 9:00 am on June 2 at The Digital Arts Experience (170 Hamilton Ave., White Plains, NY 10601). Sign-In will be from 9-10 am with callbacks continuing throughout the day until 6 pm. PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF A VERY LONG DAY. Final callbacks will follow on June 3 from 10 am – 6 pm at White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, 3rd Floor [City Center], White Plains, NY 10601). NO ONE WITHOUT AN AUDITION REGISTRATION WILL BE SEEN.  What to bring – Performers need to prepare their BEST 32 bar cut of a contemporary/pop musical theatre piece (either uptempo or ballad) NO LEGIT or CLASSICAL please. An accompanist will be provided, but you MUST bring sheet music in the appropriate key securely fastened in a binder. If you have a “book” of audition songs, it’s a good idea to bring it with you. Also, prepare a comedic monologue no longer than one minute in length for the callbacks later that day. If called back on Sunday, please wear comfortable clothing (dancewear/dance footwear if possible) in which you can dance/move well, as there will be an easy dance combination. Bring headshots/resumes stapled together.  If interested, please email Matthew at to register for an audition. Performers and parents will be seen on a first come/first served basis but will need to register prior to the auditions. You will receive an audition confirmation with further instructions. ALL ETHNICITIES STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Join us for Riverkeeper Sweep and Sweep Party, and help us celebrate the first annual Riverkeeper Sweep, featuring more than 30 cleanups and other service projects.  A Day of Service for the Hudson River, An Evening of Celebration on the Ossining Waterfront, this Saturday, June 2, 2012, 3-7 p.m.  Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Secor Road & Westerly Road, Ossining, N.Y., Easy access via Metro North! Plenty of parking, too.  $10 Suggested Donation.  Free Live Music by Stew Cutler and Friends, Awards Ceremony Honoring Clean Water Champions, *Sailing with the Ossining Community Sailing Club, *Kayaking with Hudson River Recreation, Sunset Sails and Sunset Paddles (Purchase Tickets).  Plus:  Capt. John Lipscomb and the Riverkeeper Patrol Boat, Seining with a Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist at 3 p.m., Fly Fishing Demonstrations with Orvis, Food by Wobble Café and Whole Foods Market; Ice Cream by The Blue Pig, Beer by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. & Newburgh Brewing Co., Educational Tables about Hudson River Issues & Organizations, Open House at the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club, Playground for kids, And More…Party details and volunteer opportunities:

On Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 pm, on Court Street in the center of White Plains, the Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) will hold Get On Your Mat For Mental Health, the first ever outdoor mega yoga event in Westchester County and everyone is invited. Partnerships with over 60 yoga studios, health clubs, hospitals, media companies and a slew of local businesses have been forged. All have connected over the simple idea that we can take care of ourselves better, physically and emotionally, and yoga can help. A spirit of cooperation and collaboration has marked the event from its inception. White Plains mayor, Thomas Roche, an early supporter, will be a special guest at the event.  Celebrity yoga teacher and White Plains native, Gwen Lawrence, will be leading the one hour class. Gwen is a yoga teacher to the New York Giants, Yankees and Knicks and well known for teaching sports-specific yoga. Live music will be by the Brooklyn-based band, House of Waters. All ages and levels of yoga experience are welcome.  Pre-registration ($10) is encouraged (at The first 500 to register will receive a free yoga mat and gift bag. Rain date is June 27.  For information on critical mental health issues and MHA services visit or MHA on Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to the Bronx River Parkway for Bicycle Sundays!  Bicycle Sundays 2012 are June 3, 10, 17 and 24; and September 9, 16, 23 and 30.   During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of the Bronx River Parkway is closed to cars for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, walkers, scooters and strollers. The course runs from the Westchester County Center in White Plains, south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a round-trip of 13.1 miles. There are many points of entry and exit along the way.   Parking is available at the County Center lot in White Plains for a fee of $5.   In case of rain, the program will be cancelled. Go to or call the County Center at (914) 995-4050 for more information.

One of my favorite happenings of the summer season.  Grab a picnic dinner, a blanket, and a good summer attitude and head over to the Katonah Museum for Shades of Jazz. All ages are invited — kids are welcome, though please consider your kids and your own tolerance as you consider whether it’s for you — this is an adult event that is kid friendly, not a kid event — know the difference I mean?

Shades of Jazz at the Katonah Museum of Art
Wednesdays, June 13th, August 1st, August 15th from 6:30-8:30pm.  June 13th – Cyrille Aimée; August 1st – John Scofield Trio; August 15th  – Lenny Pickett with the Borneo Horns.  Where:  The Katonah Museum of Art Sculpture Garden, 134 Jay Street/Route 22, Katonah.  Price:  $10 for members/$20 for non-members.  Description:  Legendary guitarist John Scofield brings together some of today’s brightest talents in the jazz music community to join him in celebrating the seventh season of Shades of Jazz. Music lovers of all ages are invited to pack blankets, chairs, and picnic dinners and head to the Museum’s Sculpture Garden for summer evenings of great music under the stars. The gates open at 6pm for picnicking, and beer and wine will be provided. In the event of rain, the show will move to the Katonah Village Library.  Sponsored by the Blue Note Jazz Festival; Susan & John Scofield; Sylvia Smolensky & Steven Silberstang; Fountainhead Wines.  Tickets & Info:  (914) 232-9555, ext. 0,


Laxin4Tony Jamboree for Boys & Girls 5th – 8th Grades
Where:  Fox Lane High School
When:   Saturday & Sunday, June 9 – 10, 2012 (Girls on Saturday, Boys on Sunday)
Time:    8am – 5pm (times may change slightly)

The Fox Lane Youth Lacrosse (FLYL) organization will be hosting a two-day lacrosse Jamboree called Laxin4Tony at Fox Lane High School on Saturday & Sunday, June 9-10, 2012.  Forty-eight select teams from the tri-state area will compete against each other. BOYS & GIRLS: grades 5th – 8th.  Girls will play on Saturday and Boys on Sunday.  It’s going to be a great day of lacrosse for a very worthy cause.  All proceeds will go to Tony Ciccone, a former Fox Lane H.S. player who was paralyzed from the neck down while playing high school lacrosse.  There will be plenty of food and beverage on-site through out the day, so no need to pack a lunch.  FLYL will prepare a BBQ to include burgers, hot dogs, chips, soda, water, ice cream, cup cakes and much more.  Prices will be reasonable, and remember all proceeds will go toward Tony Ciccone.  There will be fun skills contests and raffles for some cool prizes donated by and No Limit Lacrosse.  If you wish to sponsor or contribute to Laxin4Tony, please contact:

The Greenwich Historical Society will sponsor a “Greenwich Point History on Wheels” family bike tour on Sunday, June 24, 2012. Join us to explore the rich history of Greenwich Point and learn how an idyllic 19th century island estate (complete with private golf course), built by millionaire J. Kennedy Tod on the original 1640 Greenwich founder’s Elizabeth Neck, evolved into the fabulous recreational Town park it is today. Participants will engage with local historians stationed throughout the park to learn about the original beachfront golf course; about the groundbreaking architect who designed the award-winning (newly restored) Innis Arden Cottage; about the humble origins of the Old Greenwich Yacht Club; about the historic “Chimes Building” uses; why the Eagle statue stands guard over the estate’s pond and much, much more. As you cycle through the tour, you’ll stop along the way to hear stories, take a closer look at some of the ruins, and see vintage photos from the Historical Society’s collection that capture snapshots from different eras. Kids will enjoy their very own scavenger hunt as part of the tour. Don’t miss the chance to learn more about this beloved fixture of the Greenwich landscape and how it evolved over time.   “Greenwich Point History on Wheels” is being held in conjunction with the “Experience the Sound” celebration co-sponsored by the Greenwich Shellfish Commission and To The Point whose aim is to expand the community’s awareness of coastal marine life, nature, outdoor recreational pursuits and the environment by showcasing local organizations .and education institutions that care for and promote them.  Participants will gather at the first parking lot on the right after entering the park.  The tour is open to bike-riding singles, families and children over seven years old who are able to ride a bicycle. Bring bikes and wear bike helmets (water bottles also recommended). Tours will begin at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Admission is free but reservations are recommended. To reserve a space, or for additional info, please call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

How can women achieve balance in their lives?  A four week workshop series focusing on women’s wellness.  June 2:  Enid Weishaus will help you explore goals for balance and harmony in your life.  June 11:  Yoga class for all levels of fitness with Jacqui Vernon (bring your own mat).  June 18:  Understanding Holistic Health with Judy Eisele.  June 25:  Enid Weishaus will help you explore goals for balance and harmony in your life.  Workshops, childcare and parking are free.  Refreshments will be served.  Space is limited; pre-registration is required.  Office for women at (914) 995-5972 or visit  Presented by YWCA and Office for Women.  The workshops will be held at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester on 515 North Street, White Plains, New York from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

If you haven’t already seen this on a friend’s facebook page, please check out this news story about a 15 year old who went missing in White Plains this weekend.  Always worth sharing in case his face sparks recognition somewhere.   Click here to read more.


The Katonah Art Center will host its 15th Annual Student Art Show at the Katonah Public Library on June 9 from 2pm-4pm. The show will run through June 30.  Back for its 15th year, the KAC Student Art Show is a favorite among students, faculty, and the community.  Last year over 600 people attended the artist’s reception.  The Art Show is a great opportunity for KAC students to present to the public the pieces they’ve been working on all year. KAC classes are taught by working artists, including award-winning artists such as Wende Caporale, Rae Smith and Laurel Stern Boeck as well as many nationally exhibited artists such as Jock MacRae and, new to KAC, Tracy Burtz.  These instructors are not only great artists, but like all of KAC instructors, they are also committed, excellent teachers. The quality of KAC instructors is evident in the beautiful work displayed each year at the exhibit.  The Katonah Art Center is constantly expanding, and this year has added new instructors in new media.  In particular, fashion design instructor Gwen Sargeant and glass artist Martha Taylor will both present their students’ work this year.  The instructors will be at the Art Show to answer any questions about their classes.  The students will also be there, ready to talk about their work.   The Katonah Village Library is located at 26 Bedford Road, Katonah, New York.  For more information about the Katonah Art Center Student Exhibit or KAC classes, call 914 232-4843 or visit the KAC website at

The Mount Kisco Public Library is offering FREE family guest passes & coupons to the following museums (*NEW membership paid for by the Friends of the Mount Kisco Public Library):

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum –
Katonah Museum of Art –
Neuberger Museum of Art –
*Stamford Museum & Nature Center –
Maritime Aquarium –

The discount coupon to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT is good for a family of up to six members, and offers $2 off each combination ticket to the Aquarium and the IMAX movie.  Due to the overwhelming popularity of the program, the following rules are in effect:  Family Pass Kits (usually for 2 adults and up to 4 children) are available to adult (age 18 or above) Mount Kisco Public Library patrons in good standing. Pass kits will not be issued to any patron who owes fines for overdue or lost materials.  The loan period is 3 days, including 2 overnights. Pass kits must be returned to the Mount Kisco Public Library before closing on the 3rd day. Pass kits returned to any other library will result in a $30 fee due to delays for our receipt. Pass kits must be returned inside the Library, at the Circulation Desk (not in the bookdrop) or a $30 fine will be imposed.  Mount Kisco Library cardholders may reserve a pass kit up to one month in advance by contacting the Circulation Desk in person or by telephone at 914-666-8041.  Pass kits may not be renewed.  Families and individuals may borrow only one pass kit at a time.  Late fees of $10 per day, up to the full cost of the pass kit, will be imposed for every day the pass kit or any part thereof is late.  Replacement cost for lost pass kits is the full cost of the pass kit.  It is the borrower’s responsibility to confirm hours of operation, parking fees, etc.  For more information call the Library at 914-666-8041.