August 2012

Become a volunteer and honor the memory of 9/11.  In an action to rekindle the spirit of unity that followed the tragic events of September 11, The Volunteer Center invites area residents to honor local victims and heroes by engaging in service to help build a stronger community. This community-wide call to action is designed to engage people of all ages in a wide-variety of one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities.  Find out more at www.volunteer-center.org/service.

Walk ‘n’ Rolll Through the Katonah Museum of Art and Discover “Ice Age” to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios with Stroller Tours.  Fridays, September 21st, October 19th, November 9th, December 7th.  The Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street/Route 22, Katonah, New York, 9:00am – 10:00am.  Free for KMA members and $5 for non-members.  New parents, grandparents, and caregivers are invited to join Stroller Tours,   an original series of exhibition tours specially designed for adults with children under 18 months old. Following light breakfast snacks provided by DeCicco Family Markets, participants will join an interactive tour, and engage in discussions and art activities inspired by the “Ice Age” to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios exhibition.  Call (914) 232-9555, ext. 0 or visit www.katonahmuseum.org.

Art Adventures After School.  Fall Series Begins October 11, 2012 at the Katonah Museum of Art.  Runs October 11th, 18th, 25th, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th, December 6th. The Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street/Route 22, Katonah, New York, 4:30pm – 5:45pm.  Pre-paid registration required: Students grades K-5: $120 for members and $160 for non-members for eight week course.  Art Adventures After School offers several fun days for children to explore art this fall, inspired by the current exhibition, “Ice Age” to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios. Students will experience many aspects of traditional and digital animation and come away with a great appreciation for animation artistry. Memorable characters, fantastical backgrounds, Claymation, and stop motion videos will all be explored in this exciting series of workshops devoted to the art of animation.  Information (914) 232-9555, ext. 0 or at www.katonahmuseum.org.

The Rye Arts Center will be filled with the pulsating sounds of jazz, wildly colorful abstract art and brand new classes beginning this September at its 51 Milton Road location in Rye. Classes begin September 12th & Oct. 1st featuring an array of new classes for children, teens and adults in the fine, music, and performing arts.  Robotics, fashion design, and recycled art are just a few of the exciting new children’s classes this fall. For those experienced or just beginning adults and teens, there are some great new opportunities as well. Discover watercolor, acrylic, oil, or pastel paints, this fall.  Dance for Parkinson’s Disease will continue to stimulate the mind, body, and spirit starting September 12th thanks to a grant from ArtsWestchester.  Be sure to mark your calendar for the Sept. 28th performance of “September Sound Explosion” by the John Fumasoli/Bill Harris sextet, featuring Roger Ball, co-founder of Average White Band.  And in the Gallery, curator Katharine Dufault has assembled an exciting collection of today’s most talented abstract artists in a show entitled:  From Where I Stand, opening November 18. Register today to be a part of the Rye Arts Center’s new adventures in art, music, and performance!  Visit  www.ryeartscenter.org for more information or call (914) 967-0700.

Saturday, August 18th, 11am.  Back by Demand: this time on a Saturday and for a good cause!  Yoga instructor Siobhan White is planning to run a half marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We’ll be donating 15% of Saturday morning’s proceeds to the Society, and asking for donations as well. Come introduce your little one to yoga and benefit a good cause at the same time. Class fee: $5.00 Best suited for ages 3-6. Reservations please.  The Voracious Reader, 1997 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538, (914) 630-4581, www.thevoraciousreader.com

Two Magical Story Tellers: Bear Walker & Glenna Forster-Jones Sharing Traditional Native American and West African Stories.  We are so happy to have Bear Walker back! If you have not met Bear, you must come! (If you have met him, I know you’ll try to come tomorrow!) He teaches us about Native American traditions, drumming and tells us stories that his Grandfather – a full-blooded Anishanabe – told him.  And this time Bear is bringing an amazing friend!  Glenna Forster-Jones was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa and studied drama at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She worked as a broadcaster for the BBC, a performer for the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and a presenter and performer for stage and television both in the UK and the US.   Glenna will share with us some of the traditional stories of her native Sierra Leone.  Passed down from generation to generation, these West African stories will give us a glimpse into the life and traditions of the African People. Wednesday, August 15, at 4:15pm.  Little Joe’s Books, 25 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536, 914-232-7278, www.littlejoesbooks.com.

Looking to meet other moms, while your child plays, explores and makes friends, too?  We believe being a parent is the most important, most difficult and most rewarding job in the world. The goal of parent-child group is to provide a fun, warm and welcoming environment that enables parents and children to grow together.

Check out the great offerings below and join us for an Open House on Thursday, September 6, 2012, from 9:30am – 11:00am.  Parent-Child Group classroom, 44 Village Green, Bedford, behind the Bedford Presbyterian Church in the classroom facing the parking lot.  Email parentchildgrp@gmail.com for more information.  Bring your children to see our classroom, meet our teachers and facilitators, and learn what we’ve planned for the upcoming year!

Parent-child Groups (3 months to 4 years) — Our signature class! Join a parent & child group to share stories and tips and meet other moms while your child discovers, explores and makes friends, too! and it’s all facilitated by highly-trained teachers and child development experts.  Alumni all say the same thing – “I made all my closest mommy friends at parent-child group.” Welcome to the super fun playgroup and non-judgmental mommy community you’ve been looking for!

Mornings – bagels and babies, wonderful ones, toddling twos.
Afternoons – thrilling threes, fantastic fours.  Lunch together from 12:15-12:45.

We now offer a variety of classes, lectures and workshops year-round.
Stay and play (3 to 5 years) – get in on the fun after preschool and join us for classic indoor and outdoor games, sports, arts & crafts and an afternoon of adventure.  11:45am – 1:45pm – bring a lunch.
Monthly moms only group – an evening discussion-based group addressing important parenting issues.

Go to www.parentchildgroup.com or call 914.234.4119 for more info.

Horace Greeley History Hunt: Trails and Tribulations!  The New Castle Historical Society will be kicking off our newest History Hunt game at the Society’s booth on Community Day (September 15, 2012).  Many of you participated in last year’s game: solving puzzles, deciphering codes and following clues all around the town of Chappaqua in the name of fun and Horace. This year’s game, however, will take you even farther afield to many places in New Castle that you may well have never been to, or even know exist!  Our Trails and Tribulations game will be mainly a game of geocaching and will include puzzle solving, treasure hunting, exploring, and hiking, all with a dose of local history thrown in for good measure. Game will run through December 2012.  For those who know nothing about geocaching, here’s a little primer: Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices such as a smart phone or a hand-held GPS gadget. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Before you start the game, you should sign up (it’s free) at www.geocaching.com and download their app (also free) onto your GPS device. At their website you will find all the information you need to start. In fact, this summer, before the start of the game, you may want to try out a few of the easier existing caches (there are caches EVERYWHERE in the world, including lots right here in New Castle) to get the hang of geocaching. I’m willing to bet that once you start you will become hooked! We all are.  For more information go to www.newcastlehs.org, or call 238-4666.

Farm 2 Fork Dinner at the John Jay Homestead, Katonah, NY.  ConsciousWine Farm 2 Fork Dinner at the John Jay Homestead.  Have a nice night out with your friends! The ConsciousWine Farm-2-Fork Summer Series begins this August 18th, with a dinner by local Chef Lesley Sutter, paired with wines from Oregon’s Lumos Wine Company. For all wine lovers and food lovers, over the age of 21.  Time: 7pm. Saturday, August 18.  John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay Street, Katonah, NY.  Tickets: $155 per person, click here.

The Larchmont Newcomers’ Club is now welcoming new members for its 2012-2013 season. Serving Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and New Rochelle, LNC offers a wide variety of social activities for men, women, children and families and is a great way to meet other area residents in a relaxed, social atmosphere.  With events starting in September, members will be invited to approximately 20 social events per year for men, women, children and families, have access to dozens of special interest groups, including book clubs, French conversation, mahjong, and sporting groups. In addition, members have the ability to enroll their children in organized playgroups, a great way to connect moms and kids.  The first event of the season will take place on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at Flint Park in Larchmont. LNC’s kick-off family picnic is a great opportunity to meet new friends and see what The Larchmont Newcomers’ Club has to offer, while enjoying live entertainment provided by Applause Westchester. To enroll, or learn more, please visit www.larchmontnewcomersclub.com.

Come join the Foundation of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center for a night of Wining & Dining to benefit the Ashikari Breast Center. Enjoy fine food and wines on a virtual journey across the globe featuring dishes by Hudson Valley restaurants and culinary talent while tasting world class wines from top experts and major importers. Visit www.hvhc.org

Just when you thought it was safe…It’s Shark Week!  Tuesday, August 14th, 4pm.  How much do you know about these toothy tyrants? Come celebrate 25 years of National Geographic/Discovery Channel’s Shark Week with games, quizzes, shark tales and more. Wrap your jaws around some yummy shark cupcakes, available in our tea shop, too! Toothsome fun best suited for ages 6 – 10. The Voracious Reader, 1997 Palmer Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538, (914) 630-4581, www.thevoraciousreader.com.

Does your child’s summer camp end soon?  We offer camp during the entire month of August!  7/31 – 8/16:  Tues – Thurs,  8/20 – 8/31:  Mon – Fri, 9:15-12:15.  You choose the days!  You choose the weeks!  Spaces are filling up fast.  Call now to reserve your child’s spot!   Call 914.244.8811 or visit www.jodisgym.com.

Sunday, August 12th, 9AM-4PM.  Clothes-Books-Bicycles-Furniture-Toys-Small Appliances-Housewares-Gifts-Art.  Temple Beth Am, 203 Church Place, (Corner of Church Place and Summit Street), Yorktown Heights, NY.   Sponsored by the Men’s Club and the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Am

Fall Registration is Open!!  Children + Music = BRAIN POWER!   When children engage with music by playing with it, hearing it, seeing their important grown-ups making it…Their brains become more connected and their learning becomes deeper and richer!!  Register Today! and boost your child’s brain power!!!Fall classes begin September 10 – November 16.  Find out more at www.bedfordartsmusic.com.