August 2012

Westchester County’s premier book sale will begin on Friday, Sept. 7th from 7 to 9 pm with a “Friends” preview. New members may join at the door that evening for $25. The sale will run until Sunday, Sept. 16th. New books are added to the sale daily.  Location: Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583, Contact Person: Reference Librarian.  Phone:   (914) 722-1300, E-mail:  Website:

No Limit Lacrosse is gearing up for our 10th season of Fall Ball.  We would like to remind everyone that our Fall clinic “Lax-it-up” is open to boys ages 8-14.  “Lax-it-up” provides a combination of position specific instruction, team concepts, and games.  We urge you to sign up now, as spaces are limited and “Lax-it-up” has been sold out in the past.  The first 10 people to sign up will receive a LIMITED EDITION NO LIMT LACROSSE HAT!  Location: Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY.  Dates: 5 Straight Sundays – September 9th-October 7th
, *October 14th (Rain Date)

.  Division 1: 9:00am – 11:00am (ages 8-11)
, Division 2: 11:15am – 1:15pm (ages 11-14)
, *11 Year old players can choose-Division 2 is more advanced*  Click here for more information.

The Science Barge is looking for donated goods to be sold at a Flea Market hosted by the Nepperhan Community Center on Saturday, August 18th. All proceeds from our booth will go toward funding some great projects on The Science Barge!  If there are odds and ends around your house, furniture, jewelry, or books that you have been thinking about donating to a good cause, now is a great time! The only thing that we are not look for is clothing. Please do not bring in any clothing!  Please bring donations to The Science Barge, 99 Dock Street, Yonkers 10701, Saturday 8/11 or Sunday 8/12 between 12pm and 6pm. Your help would be greatly appreciated! Please e-mail if you have any questions. Groundwork Hudson Valley, 6 Wells Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701 , visit for more information.

Did you know that Westchester Land Trust’s Sugar Hill Farm headquarters and its surrounding land are known to have been farmed all the way back to the founding of Bedford in 1680?   With this in mind, we are so proud to be back in agricultural production. Last year, through a partnership with the Food Bank of Westchester and the efforts of local farmer (and Food Bank staffer) Doug DeCandia, fresh produce from Sugar Hill Farm was distributed to over 200 area hunger relief agencies. As one of five area properties that Doug manages, Sugar Hill Farm helped contribute over 18,000 servings of local organic vegetables to Westchester residents in need.  BUT DOUG NEEDS YOUR HELP!   Sugar Hill Farm is a demanding venture requiring a great deal of work to keep it maintained and productive. We’re looking for volunteers on an ongoing basis to weed, plant, dig, water and harvest. If you are curious about organic farming, looking for a meaningful service project, or itching to put your green thumb to work, please join us on the 4th Thursday of every month from now through the end of October – rain or shine! – between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm. And if you only have an hour to spare – that’s fine too!   Save these dates: Thursday, Aug 23,  Thursday, Sept. 27, Thursday, Oct. 25.  If you can help on on any or all of these days, please RSVP to in advance so we can plan our tasks accordingly. Once you’ve signed up, we’ll email you a summary of the jobs for that day – all you have to do is bring your gardening gloves!  (sturdy shoes are also recommended)   You will join a team of several workers who are helping Doug that day.  You may leave a bit dirty and a bit tired, but you will have benefited from making a significant contribution to those families in our community who lack access to affordable, fresh and nutritious food.  To find out more about the Westchester Land Trust, visit


Check out the myriad of goodies happening at John Jay Homestead this summer — another great “field trip” location!

Summer History Days at John Jay Homestead. Space is still available for the week of August 6th – 10th.  I Love New York: History of the Empire State.  History Adventure Days run Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for children entering 2nd – 7th grade. Cost is $250 per week. 10% discount for members of Friends of John Jay Homestead.  Daily rates are available.  For more information, contact the Education Department at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, 914.232.5651, Ext.101; bethany.white@parks.ny.govClick here for more information.

Take a Hike!  The Natural Wonders of John Jay Homestead.  Wednesday, August 8, 10 am – 1 pm.   Explore the natural landscape of John Jay Homestead from its meadows, pond and wooded areas to its butterfly and bee habitats. Take a light hike with the Westchester Land Trust, enjoy this spectacular property and learn why John Jay Homestead is a special place for Westchester and not just for its rich history!  Registration is not required and the program is free to the public.  Meet at the main parking lot near the Herb Garden. (Call for appropriate ages)

History Under the Stars.   Overnight Camping at John Jay Homestead.  Saturday, August 18 – Sunday, August 19, 6pm to 10am.  Experience an exciting overnight adventure!  Bring a tent, a picnic, and your flashlight, and join us for colonial crafts, a campfire, a tour of the historic house, and an overnight camping experience.  No tent?  No problem!  Our 19th century barn will be available for those with a bedroll. Admission charge: $60 per family, $50 for Friends Members.  Advance registration and deposit required, call the Education Department at 914-232-5651 ext 101.

Farm Market at John Jay Homestead.  Saturdays 9 – 1pm.   The John Jay Homestead Farm Market has kicked off its second year. This independent market is open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm through October 13th and offers both organic and conventional produce, fruit harvested by select local farmers, and other local products.

Visit for information about the homestead and programs.

Made the BEST summer pasta last night — wait, let me rephrase…my KIDS made the BEST summer pasta last night — AND ate it. So simple and easy — all can be done in the time it takes to boil the pasta — easy, simple taste for all, fresh, and so much better than the often requested pasta with butter — gross.

Ingredients:  mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, pasta

Cube (smaller pieces are best) your mozzarella and tomatoes — throw together in a bowl with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste.  Let sit while water is boiling and pasta is cooking.  While hot, spoon pasta from boiling water (drain) directly into the mozzarella and tomato — stir until the cheese melts. Eat.

The Katonah Museum of Art is bringing a fantastic opportunity to kids in love with movie-making and the digital experience to Katonah this fall with the exhibition “Ice Age” to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios, on view from September 16, 2012 to January 20, 2013.   A unique interactive exhibition, “Ice Age” to the Digital Age looks at the imaginative work of Greenwich, Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios, creators of such blockbuster films as the Ice Age series, Robots, and Rio.  “Ice Age” to the Digital Age will guide visitors through Blue Sky’s entire process of creating computer animated films: from initial concepts, storyboards, character design, background art, and three-dimensional modeling to the highly technical work of animation, rigging, materials, lighting, special effects, and sound. In addition to final movie clips, the exhibition will feature rarely-seen original concept drawings, sculptural models, props, and digital stills. Interactive stations will allow visitors to sketch a scene or manipulate computer-generated images to better understand the innovative technology that brings the films to life. “Ice Age” to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios will provide an unprecedented number of collaborative opportunities between the Katonah Museum of Art and Blue Sky artists and technicians, including gallery talks with Blue Sky co-founder Chris Wedge and Ice Age: Continental Drift directors Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier.  The KMA will also offer an exciting calendar of programming in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center, including Here and There Animation Workshops for Youth, Saturdays, October 20, November 17, December 8.  These are wonderful opportunities for your kids — check out the options and sign up now!  Workshops will be held from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at KMA, 1:30 – 3:00 pm at JBFC.  Day-long immersion workshops begin at the Katonah Museum where Blue Sky artists work with students to develop stories and characters. After lunch and a quick train ride, children bring their art to life at the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Media Arts Lab. By the end of the afternoon, each child will have created a short animated project. Prepaid reservations required. $63 KMA/ JBFC members, $70 non-members. Participants must commit to the entire day. A KMA or JBFC staff person will accompany students on the train from Katonah to Pleasantville. Please bring lunch.

The workshops include:

October 20 ( Grades 2 – 4).  Creature Creation.  Design a unique character with Ice Age: Continental Drift art director Nash Dunnigan at the Katonah Museum, then animate your creation in a stop-action film short at the Media Arts Lab.

November 17 (Grades 9 – 12).  Making Moves.  With pencil, paper, and the expertise of Blue Sky story artist Jim Kammerud, create a storyboard sequence at the Katonah Museum, then bring the sequence to life at the Media Arts Lab.

December 8 (Grades 5 – 7).  Designing Worlds.  Under the direction of Blue Sky set designer Jon Townley, design the details of a movie set at the Katonah Museum, then infuse the scene with light and life at the Media Arts Lab.

For more information, visit

I received this information as an email. I do not know the person looking, so please use your own judgement and do your research — but if interested, here is the info!
Looking for parents who are siblings for a new TV show.
Do you and your sibling disagree about how to raise your kids? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Major cable network is casting a new documentary series about PARENTING. This is a PAID opportunity. Families must be located in the NY/NJ/PA/CT area. For more info: EMAIL:, CALL: (646) 430-9358. Deadline: August 6th.