September 2012

THE POUND RIDGE THEATRE COMPANY presents LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE.  From the award-winning writers of WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, and YOU’VE GOT MAIL…LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE by Nora Ephron & Delia Ephron, Directed by Larry Schneider.  Gather your friends for a theatre party at Conant Hall, 255 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge…cabaret seating…bring your own food and drink to enjoy before the show.  PERFORMANCES:  Nov. 2,3,9,10,15,16,17 at 8pm.  Sunday, Nov. 11@2pm and Thursday, Nov. 15 are DOUBLE DATE RATE (4 tickets for the price of 3!)  TICKETS: www.prtc01.org or 203-253-6771.  EMAIL: prtc01@yahoo.com.  THIS IS WONDERFUL NIGHT OUT FOR WOMEN AND THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS!

Fall/Winter Series: School’s Out/Art’s In at the Katonah Museum of Art.  The Katonah Museum of Art becomes your child’s personal art studio during vacation days. Each day a teaching artist leads different art projects inspired by the current exhibition, “Ice Age” to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios. Children will enjoy creating flip books, found object creatures, cut paper animation, digital stop motion, and cartoon drawing.   October 8: Illustrated Thaumatropes, November 12: Recycled Robots, November 23: Cartoon Drawing, December 26: 3-D Creatures, December 27: Movable Characters, December 28: Flip Books.  The Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street/Route 22, Katonah, New York.  Time: 10am – 3pm (parents and children are invited to drop in any time of the day).  Children under age 6 participate with an adult; 7 and older, adults must remain at the Museum. Adults pay regular museum admission, participating children: $3 members, $6 non-members.  For more information, call (914) 232-9555, ext. 0 or visit www.katonahmuseum.org.

Sunday, October 21, 2012.  Elizabeth Butler Angel Foundation 7th Annual Walk-a-Thon: help raise awareness about teen domestic abuse by walking in memory of Elizabeth Butler, a local victim of dating violence.  The mission of the foundation is to inspire young women and men to understand their self-worth, teach the warning signs of domestic violence, and empower teens to seek help to prevent dating abuse. The day’s activities include an interactive safety demonstration by Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts, BBQ, music & more. The first 200 participants will receive free T-shirts. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; walk begins at 9:00 a.m. North Salem Lion’s Club, One Titicus Road, North Salem.  Read about the foundation here.

Saturdays, 1 – 4 pm, October, 2012 through January, 2013.  While the Museum’s galleries are temporarily closed for HVAC renovation, Family First Saturdays will be held next door to the Neuberger Museum of Art at the Art+Design Building, from 1 to 4 pm on the first Saturday of the month. Family First Saturdays provide casual art experiences for the whole family – from tots to 10-year olds, accompanied by an adult – with interesting tours, hands-on workshops (1-4 pm) and performances (2:30 pm). It’s free!   Saturday, October 6, 1-4 pm, FIRST SATURDAYS in the Art+Design Building, Outdoor Art Hunt + Community Sculpture.  When you drive to the program today, use our Family Sculpture Guide to explore the Neuberger Museum of Art’s outdoor art collection located on the Purchase  College campus.  You’ll learn how art interacts with its environment. You’ll also get to make an outdoor sculpture with other kids!  Get the Neuberger Family Sculpture Guide before you arrive by emailing olivia.kalin@purchase.edu.  Visit www.neuberger.org.

Saturdays, 10:30 am.   Children and family members are invited to hear stories read by special guests and enjoy hands-on art activities.  September 29: Nash Dunnigan, art director of Ice Age: Continental Drift, reads George Shrinks.  Upcoming…November 10: Peter de Sève, Blue Sky lead character designer, reads The Duchess of Whimsy.  December 15: Chris Wedge, director of Ice Age and Robots, reads The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.  Free. Sponsored by Target.  Visit www.katonahmuseum.org

AQUEFEST! Saturday October 6, 2012.  A Trail-Long Celebration of the Old Croton Aqueduct.  It’s all on the trail!  Join us for Aqueduct history, music, puppets, pony rides, cycling tours, a trail run, tree rides, water fun and more!  Start at 9am by joining either The Rivertowns Roll or The Aqueduct Run!  Or join the fun at any one of the sites along the trail.  Hastings: 12 – 5pm, On the trail above Zinsser Field.  Family fun all day!  Kite Flying, Tree Rides by Almstead Tree Care, AqueDuck Raceway by the Hastings Chamber of Commerce, Bash the Trash instrument building workshop& parade!, Feed the Birds! with Hudson River Audubon Bird feeders, Art Adventures: Giant Aqueduct Mural with Jennifer Moore Smith, Black Walnut ink drawing and more!, Music on the Trail…12-1pm: Solar Punch, 1-2pm:South County, 2-3pm: 2nd Avenue Mountain Boys, 3-3:30: Bash The Trash Parade, 3:30-4:30: RiverRun with Adam Hart & Ken Tuccillo, 4:30-5pm Aqueduct Jam!  Bring out your talent and play!  Dobbs Ferry: 12 – 5pm, At The Keeper’s House, 15 Walnut StreetMeet James Bremner, the original “Keeper” of the Aqueduct as he hosts the day!  12:30: Arm of the Sea puppet production of “City that Drinks the Mountain Sky” a magically creative tale of how aqueducts and reservoirs brought the first fresh, clean water to New York City!, 1-2:30 Farm animals and pony rides by Pied Piper Farm Animals, 2-2:30 Irish Step Dancers from Dance & Theater Arts in Dobbs Ferry. Get up and jig with their award-winning teacher Erin Kennedy.  RiverArts presents “Skepsis” a community art project by Byzantine Icon artist, Katerina Spilio, 3pm Greetings From Anywhere, Sing the “The Croton Ode” a little diddie from 18, Learn about the historic Keepers House.  Irvington – 10am to 3pm, On the trail near Main Street.  Costumed guides entertain with stories from Irvington’s past.  See the newly restored Tiffany Reading Room in Historic Village Hall (1902).  Have lunch in small-town Main Street.  Walk south on the trail to the Octagon House.  Pick up an OCA detailed map, cap and t-shirt and you’re on your way!

October 13, 2012: 10:00AM to 2:00PM.  Patriots Park, Tarrytown, NY.  The Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council will host its annual Fall Festival in Patriots Park on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join Riverkeeper for this day of family fun, featuring kids crafts and activities, nature walks, and eco-friendly vendors. Come out to learn more about Riverkeeper’s work throughout the Hudson Valley and how you can get involved!  Please contact Dana Gulley at dgulley@riverkeeper.org or 914-478-4501 x222 with any questions or click here.

2012 Harvest Festival.
Saturday, October 13th, 2 – 6pm.
Westchester Avenue in Pound Ridge at Scotts Corners.
Live Music by Toad the Wet Sprocket.
Contests, games, and activities.
Beer Garden by Magic Hat, Root Beer Garden for the kids.
Find out more at www.poundridgeharvestfestival.com.

Designer and Author Jeffrey Bilhuber Brings His American Style to Bedford’s Antiques & Design Show.  Completely re-imagined this year, Bedford’s new Antiques & Design Show will be at Historical Hall on October 13th and 14th and will feature a presentation on Saturday evening from interior designer and author Jeffrey Bilhuber.  The presentation and lecture will give insights into Mr. Bilhuber’s newly published book, The Way Home: Reflections on American Beauty.  Longtime supporter and Bedford Historical Society member Martha Stewart will introduce Mr. Bilhuber’s presentation which will be followed by a book signing. The event will be held under the stars on the Village Green from 6 to 8:30pm.  Tickets to the presentation and cocktail reception with lavish hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails start at $125.  The Bedford Historical Society’s Antiques & Design Show is Saturday, October 13th from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, October 14th from 11 AM to 4 PM at Historical Hall, 608 Old Post Road, Bedford, New York. Dealers will have a wide array of items with today’s design sensibilities in mind. foley & cox HOME will have a selection of superb European and American antique furniture, custom upholstered furniture and marvelous accessories.  Bedford’s own Clover Design will feature one-of- a-kind objects, furniture and accessories, vintage and modern.  Donald Rich Antiques will be offering a full array of antiques focusing primarily on English American, & Continental 18th & 19th Century furniture, Chinese and English porcelain, and fine art.  Admission to the Antiques and Design Show is $10 for both days and tickets are for sale at the door.   Proceeds from the two Historical Society events will benefit the BHS Properties Fund.  For further information or to purchase tickets contact the Bedford Historical Society at 914 234-9751 or www.bedfordhistoricalsociety.org.

Friday, October 5th, 6pm.  Welcome authors Patricia Dunn (Rebels by Accident) Annabel Monaghan (A Girl named Digit) and Mary Sullivan, (Dear Blue Sky) making their YA debuts! We’ll be talking about strong girl protagonists, and girls thrust into situations that require them to find their strength!  Best for ages 10-15.  The Voracious Reader, 1997 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY, 10538, (914) 630-4581, www.thevoraciousreader.com.

Mount Kisco Drug Take Back Day Pillution Campaign.  Saturday, September 29th, 10 am-2pm  What? Dispose of unused and expired medications safely.  Where? The Police Station at Moger Avenue and Green Street.  Why make the effort?  Protect teens, children and pets from accidental overdose.  Prevent harmful prescription and over-the counter medicines from being misused.  Avoid contamination of our water sources.  Sponsored by: The Mount Kisco Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Council.

If KIDS Could VOTE, What Would They Say?  Join us and find out at a free Speak Out for Youth!  Saturday, Oct. 20th ~ 12 noon to 5 PM , PACE University; Pleasantville, NY.   Let your voice be heard and REGISTER NOW!   Leading up to the November 6th election…We’ve asked state and local candidates to share their views on issues affecting children and youth via our candidate questionnaire.  The presidential candidates will have their say at the upcoming debates.  Now we want to hear from Westchester youth! Join young people (ages 13-24) and their adult allies as we speak out about the top issues affecting youth. Help educate policy-makers and the public about what youth need!  Highlights Include:  Opening Plenary – Your Vote Will Count!  Overview of Issues & What’s Important to Youth.  Mock Presidential Election for Youth with Instant Results.  Vote of Priority Issues Impacting Youth in Westchester.  YOUTH SPEAK OUT: Share how these concerns impact you. What issues are missing?  Small Group Discussions on Solutions/Action Steps.  YOUTH SPEAK OUT: What do you think will work?  Wrap Up & Next-Steps plus the Mayors’ and Supervisors’ Challenge Recognition.  Reception.  Live Entertainment by Lord Judah.  Photo and Video Booth.  Raffle of a Tablet, separate bonus raffle for those bringing a parent/guardian.  Community Service Credit.  Find out more HERE.

Junior League of Central Westchester Family Literacy Reading Corner.  October 6th from 10am-4pm, The Westchester, 135 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY.  Outside Neiman Marcus, Retail Level 1.  The JLCW will promote one of our great causes, Family Literacy, by hosting a reading corner and selling children books that will be donated to the Family Services of Westchester Head Start program. There will be a special guest appearance by Dr. Seuss¹ Cat in the Hat who will read stories and take photos with the children.  Stop by and say hi!

A special art workshop with garden tour and tea ceremony for children and their parents or caregivers.  Saturday, October 20, 2012, 1:00—3:00pm.  Admission Free.  A special family‐friendly workshop led by Creative Connections at the “You Are Not Alone” Exhibit of the Hammond Museum. This will feature Japanese and American art that was created by students following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami of Japan.  First, Creative Connections staff will set the context for the children’s art from Japan by displaying news photos of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Northern Japan in March 2011. Then we will read together a fascinating interview featuring 13-year-old Sho Takahashi and his 9-year-old brother, Daichi. Both boys were eyewitnesses to the disaster.  Both thankfully survived.  Next we will view the art pieces created by fifty 11-12 year old students living in the area affected by the disaster.  In their pieces and their artist descriptions, they share their experience immediately following the earthquake and tsunami. We will also “meet” the young artists, viewing their photos and reading about their families, their likes and dislikes, and their hopes for the future.  Workshop participants will travel from painting to painting looking not only for the hardships endured by the Japanese children and their families, but also looking for the ways they pulled together to overcome them. We will also compare the art created for the Japanese children by local American students, discovering the many similarities and sentiments that the children from both countries share.  Finally, each participating family will have the opportunity to create a simple art piece and/or compose a message of support to send directly to the young Japanese artists.  Hammond educators will also conduct families on a lively tour of the museum’s beautiful Japanese stroll garden and lead them through an authentic Japanese tea ceremony.  Creative Connections’ mission is to educate young people by encouraging their awareness, understanding and appreciation of other cultures, as well as their own.  Funding provided by ArtsWestchester, with funds from Westchester County Government and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.  For more information and reservations, please contact: Museum Director Lorraine Laken, Hammond Museum: Email: GardenProgram@Yahoo.com.  Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, 28 Deveau Road, PO Box 326, North Salem, NY 10560, (914) 669-5033.  Visit www.HammondMuseum.org

My older brother sent me this stating that it is his school’s new homework policy — I started laughing out loud when I read it and just can’t help but share it with all of you — a good back to school giggle for the moms and dads who might already be tired of the homework fun that goes on in houses across this great nation…I wish I could quote the person who took the time to write this, but for now it will have to go under anonymous parent and with a thanks for the laugh.

Middle SCHOOL HOMEWORK POLICY

Dear Parents,

Here is an explanation of the school homework policy:
Students should not spend more than 90 minutes per night.
This time should be budgeted in the following manner:
15 minutes  —  looking for assignment;
11 minutes  —  calling a friend for the assignment;
23 minutes  —  explaining why the teacher is mean and just does not like children;
8 minutes  —  in the bathroom;
10 minutes  —  getting a snack;
7 minutes  —  checking for text messages;
6 minutes  —  telling parents that the teacher never explained the assignment clearly;
10 minutes  —  sitting at the kitchen table waiting for Mom or Dad to do the assignment.

LONG TERM ASSIGNMENTS
These are given the night before they are due. This explains the name “long term”.  It is a long term commitment to time that begins at 9:30 P.M. and ends at 11:50 P.M. – or later.  It is important that the whole family is involved in the project. It is imperative that at least one family member races across town to Wal Mart/K Mart for posterboard, and that at least one family member ends up in tears (does not have to be the student).  One parent needs to stay up and complete the project. The other parent needs to call the school attendance clerk and leave a message on the answering machine that the student will be out sick.  Above all it’s not necessary to have the student’s name on the assignment, teachers are trained to guess which student did the work.

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