September 2012

The Guidance Center of Westchester is proud to again offer FREE Family Days for children with Autism and their siblings.  Family Days take place  two Sundays a month from 2:00-4:00 PM at Parents Place in Tarrytown. Our first date for fall is September 16th.  On these special days, Parents Place is open only to those parents/caregivers, children and siblings whose lives are impacted by Autism.  Kids can play, sing and snack — all in a safe, secure envorment.  Parents can get to know one another.  It’s a great time for the whole family.  TGCW also offers Parent-Only Coffee Morning Groups on select Wednesdays each month from 10-11:30 AM. Our first Parent-Only Coffee Morning Group takes place on September 19th. These groups are also held at Parents Place. All sessions are facilitated by family counselor Lenore Powers and provide the opportunity for parents to share feelings and resources.  For additional information, contact Lenore Powers at 914-309-0933 or, or click here

TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD HUNGER.  For the third year in a row, dedicated members of the Chappaqua community are coming together to host the 3rd Annual Great Chappaqua Bake Sale to raise money to help feed hungry children.  Named by Share Our Strength as the number two fundraising team in the country, last year’s bake sale raised almost $12,000, nearly double the amount raised the prior year. While this event has proven that even a small community can make a big difference in the fight against childhood hunger, there is much more work to be done.  The 3nd Annual Great Chappaqua Bake Sale supports Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale campaign and its No Kid Hungry initiative to end childhood hunger by 2015.  Share Our Strength is the nation’s leading organization working to make sure no child in America grows up hungry by surrounding them with nutritious foods where they live, learn and play. The Great American Bake Sale is a national effort that encourages Americans to host bake sales to raise funds to end childhood hunger.  WHY:  More than 16 million children in America are at risk of hunger.  According to the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and the Homeless, 2010 saw a 30% increase in the number of people seeking food and shelter.  Last year more than 5.5 million meals were served in Westchester County in major cities as well as towns like neighboring Mt. Kisco and Yorktown.  According to the Food Bank for Westchester, more than one-third of those served are children under the age of 18.   Hunger impairs children’s health in significant and lasting ways, impedes their ability to learn and perform academically and predisposes them to emotional and behavioral difficulties.  All of the proceeds from the Great Chappaqua Bake Sale will fund programs in New York State that feed hungry children.  WHEN:    Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Community raffle with amazing prizes generously donated by local businesses.  Children’s corner with guessing jar table and face painting.  WHERE:  1 South Greeley Avenue (next to Chappaqua Framing). For more information, click here.

The Hammond Museum, in conjunction with Families with Children from China, presents: Hao Bang Ya, Dragon!  Written and Directed by Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin featuring: “Monkey versus the Dragon King” — a favorite episode from the epic “Journey to the West” in which the mischievous superhero, Monkey tricks the Dragon of the Eastern Ocean into surrendering a magic weapon of awesome power.  “Dragon and Lion Dance” — a traditional New Year spectacle in miniature.  “Dragonspeak” — idioms, aphorisms and figures of speech featuring dragons are brought to life with much audience participation.  There will be face painting related to Chinese Opera characters and children will decorate lanterns and taste Chinese snacks. Saturday, September 29th, 2012 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  Museum members $20 for family up to 4, $5 each additional person.  Non-members: $25 for family up to 4, $5 each additional person. Hammond Museum, 28 Deveau Rd., North Salem, NY 10560, 914-669-5033.  Register at

at Westmoreland Sanctuary!

Saturday, September 22, 12:00pm – 4pm, program:

12:00-1:00: Cidermaking.  Join Westmoreland staff to learn about making apple cider at home.

1:00 pm:  ORIENTEERING 101. Learn the basics of navigation using a map and compass with Westmoreland Sanctuary staff.  Map interpretation and learning to utilize a compass in concert with a map will be the focus of the program.  Great for beginners or anyone needing a refresher for their skills.  Also a great tune-up for the upcoming orienteering meet on Sept 23rd.  Suggested donation $5/person non-members.  RSVP by Sept 20.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Tractor Rides*  Enjoy a ride through Westmoreland’s forest on our wagon trail.  Members – $2.00pp / Non-Members – $4.00pp.  *Tractor rides will be canceled in the event of rain or muddy trail conditions.

Sunday, September 23, 10:00am – 4:00pm, program:

10:00am – 3:00pm:  ORIENTEERING CHALLENGE.  Co-sponsored by Hudson Valley Orienteering.  The Orienteering Challenge is an all-levels orienteering event with challenges presented for all in attendance.  Westmoreland’s scenic woodlands are a perfect setting for everyone to test their navigational skills against Hudson Valley Orienteering’s expertly designed courses.  This event is perfect for individuals, families, and small groups to enjoy a day in the outdoors.  Participants of all ages welcome!

– Registration/Check-in is from 10:00am to Noon on the day of the event.
– Courses open for navigation from 10:00am until 3:00pm; course entrance will close at 1:00pm.
– Event fee includes maps for all courses (easy to challenging), instruction/training, and refreshments.
– Training sessions available at 10am and 11am
– Courses use hi-tech electronic recording system and participants receive computer printout upon course completion
– Compass rental available – FREE for Westmoreland and HVO members!
– $5 discount for registering and submitting payment by September 21st!  Orienteering Challenge Participant Fees
Adults: $15pp Members, $20pp Non-members, Students (20yrs old and under): $10pp, Families: $25 Members, $35 Non-members
All participants are eligible for $5 pre-registration discount when registration and payment are recieved by Sept 21st.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Live Animal Presentation. Join us after the orienteering meet to learn about Westmoreland’s resident animals.  Learn how they might navigate Westmoreland’s forests and get a chance to touch everyone’s favorite critter, Buster, the rabbit.

These are all rain or shine events. Please visit for additional details on the orienteering meet.
Questions about this weekend may be directed to the Westmoreland Sanctuary staff at (914)666-8448 or or click HERE.

¿Habla Español?  The Westchester Library System needs you!  WLS runs a volunteer tutoring program for people preparing to take the General Educational Development (GED) exam, an alternative to the traditional high school diploma.  Some GED seekers take the test in Spanish and we need tutors with moderate to strong Spanish language skills to assist these students.  Tutors receive training and commit 3 hours a week to a drop in session at one of several area libraries (Mt. Kisco, White Plains, Elmsford, Port Chester, Yonkers, New Rochelle, or Peekskill).  Choose a time and location that’s convenient for you!  Please contact Robin Osborne (914-231-3237, or visit the “GED Connect” space in the WLS homepage ( for more information.  English-only tutors also needed!


On Sunday, October 7, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, an internationally accredited nonprofit guide dog school headquartered in Yorktown Heights, will host “Savor Your Senses” Wine Tasting & Concert Benefit.  Patrons will join renowned Master Sommelier Amy Dixon, blind musician Blessing Offor (from Bravo TV’s Platinum Hit), and other Guiding Eyes graduates for a unique music concert and wine tasting experience pairing five wines with five songs.  The wine tasting is presented courtesy of Vintology in Scarsdale. Ticket prices start at $60 per guest and include musical performance, wine tasting, a sparkling wine reception with hor d’oevres, and a full tour of the Guiding Eyes facility. Additionally, there are ticket options to receive a bottle of wine hand-selected by Dixon, as well as a copy of Blessing’s popular CD.  Dixon is a Certified Wine Specialist from the Society of Wine Educators and is studying to be a Master of Wine of which there are only 212 in the world, a mere dozen of them women. Funds raised from the wine tasting will support Guiding Eyes programs and services.  The Second Annual Guiding Eyes Wine Tasting will start at 3:00 p.m. and run until 5:30 p.m. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is located at 611 Granite Springs Road in Yorktown Heights. Please call Kate Scheld 914-243-4346 or email for tickets. The deadline for reservations is September 30.  Guiding Eyes for the Blind (, an internationally accredited nonprofit guide dog school, was founded in 1954 to enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and expanded horizons of opportunity. Since that time, Guiding Eyes has become one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, graduating more than 7,000 guide dog teams. It provides superbly bred Guiding Eyes dogs, professional training and follow-up support services to students at no cost to them and depends on contributions to fulfill its mission. The comprehensive cost of breeding, raising, preparing, training, and supporting a Guiding Eyes team is $45,000. Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Headquarters and Training Center is located in Yorktown Heights, NY and the Canine Development Center is in Patterson, NY.

Sign-Up for an evening Book Club reading: Strings Attached, Run by the Author – Judy Blundell!  Ages 12 and up.  Judy Blundell, a National Book Award winner for What I Saw and How I Lied, will be at Little Joe’s Books in Katonah on Thursday, October 18th at 7pm!  She will be leading a book club discussion for kids 12 and over, on her latest novel Strings Attached.  We have been fortunate to have authors lead book club meetings before and it is an extraordinary opportunity for young readers to discuss and analyze a book and the writing process with the creator!  Registration is required for this event and you must purchase Strings Attached at Little Joe’s Books. ($9.99) However the pizza, drinks, dessert and time with Judy Blundell are free (and time with Judy is priceless!)  Come in now to get the book and start reading!   Here’s a description of Strings Attached:  “From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.   When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn’t have much. She’s fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she’s broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who’s enlisted in the army.  The city doesn’t exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that’s not going to last very long. She needs help – and then it comes, from an unexpected source.  Nate Benedict is Billy’s father. He’s also a lawyer involved in the mob. He makes Kit a deal – he’ll give her an apartment and introduce her to a new crowd. All she has to do is keep him informed about Billy…and maybe do him a favor every now and then.”  – Goodreads.  Sounds great, right?!  Sign up, get the book and start reading!  Judy will be here Thursday, October 18, from 7 – 8:30pm.  Great books, kids and authors together…a magical combination!  Little Joe’s Books, 25 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536, 914-232-7278.  Open 7 Days A Week.  Visit

Register now for Art AND Dance classes at Katonah Art Center, 914.232.4843.  New: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop, Acting & More!  Also many Drop-in classes to choose from: Yoga, Nia, Exotic Chair Dance, Cardio Dance and More!  Perfect for parents whose kids are taking class upstairs!  Check out our new Multi Arts Class for kids combining Stories, Theater, Dance and Art! We are currently accepting interests for music lessons…guitar, bass, violin and piano. Please call for more info 914-232-4843.  Find out more at

You’re invited to join us as we celebrate 25 years of PUTTIN’ ON THE DOG, a day of fun for your whole family and especially for your four-footed bundle of devotion and love. It’s all for the benefit of Adopt-A-Dog.  Over the last 30 years, we have rescued over 10,000 animals, brought them back to health, and found them happy homes.  Held on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 from 10AM to 5PM at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT, PUTTIN’ ON THE DOG is loaded with surprises the whole family will enjoy. It will be a day of fun LIKE NEVER BEFORE!  Special 25TH Anniversary Offer – A Family Ticket Package for Only $18.  We want EVERYBODY to join our celebration. In honor of our 25TH year, we are offering a family ticket package for $25 at the door and $18 if you buy in advance online. This package admits two adults and up to 4 children for that price.  BUT HURRY!  This package is available online only until Friday, September 21.  Register Your Pet Today in One of Our Exciting Competition Classes.  From best Tail Wagger to Biggest Lap Dog to our Famous Puttin’ On The Dog Costume Class, 12 exciting competitions are available – your blue ribbon is waiting!!   Visit for tickets, registration, and more information.

Join us for the spectacular Go Wild! Family Field Day to benefit the Greenwich Land Trust.  September 30, 2012, 3:00 – 6:00 PM.   The GLT’s Go Wild! annual family field day is widely regarded as one of the premier family events in Greenwich. This year Kelly Watts and Julie Woods, event co-chairs, are working with their enthusiastic committee to plan a fabulous afternoon overflowing with classic family fun.  All generations are invited to enjoy the al fresco party at Conyers Farm – the Greenwich Polo Fields.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy –  a rock climbing wall, petting zoo, giant hay maze, birds of prey exhibit, sack races, mini golf, autumn crafts, and much more.  Enormous hot air balloons will give GLT supporters a spectacular view of the expansive 62-acre preserve surrounding them.  Go Wild!  all year with the GLT!  Tickets, directions, and more information — click here.

Start your “’tween” off with the foundation of good cooking and healthy eating by learning how to cook with chef and nutrition educator Mary Opfer. All menus will include farm fresh vegetables and eggs. Classes are geared for young people ages 12 to 15.   ‘Tween Cuisine cooking classes will be offered in two sessions:  Session 1 meets on Thursdays, September 13, 20 & 27, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Session 2 meets on Tuesdays, October 16, 23 & 30,  from 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Fee for each three-class session is $45 per child. Registration is required by calling  (914) 962-2368.  Hilltop Hanover Farm is located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights.   For more information, go to

Saturday, September 15, 2012.  Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, NY 10591.  Sunnyside is the storybook setting for this festival for young readers, families, and friends, who can meet more than fifty of their favorite authors and illustrators.  PLUS, see Carole and Paula from The Magic Garden, performing at 4:30.
12:00-2:30    Alan Richardson and Karen Tack
12:15-12:45   Nick Bruel
12:30-1:00    Artie Bennett
1:00-1:30      Jerry Craft
1:15-1:45      Susanna Reich
1:45-2:15      Alan Katz
2:00-2:30      Sudipta Bardham-Quallen
2:30-3:00      Roni Schotter
2:45-3:15      Charise Mericle Harper
3:15-3:45      Gloria Pinkney
Noon to 6pm.  $14; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17.  Free for members and children under.  Visit the site.

Horace Greeley History Hunt:  Trails and Tribulations will be coming September 15, 2012!
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! And we would like to acquaint you all with some of them. 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 (of course!). We anticipate running the game through at least December 2012, but maybe even longer so everyone has plenty of time to finish the game.  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 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, or call 914.238.4666.

Beautiful French Farm will provide a stunning backdrop for this year’s harvest feast cohosted by the Greenwich Historical Society and Friends of French Farm on Sunday, September 16, from noon until 4:00 pm. The afternoon’s activities will include food, fun and music for the whole family. Guests will be able to stroll the grounds at their leisure or take a more formal guided tour of the unique historic property. Kids can romp, discover how antique lawnmowers and farm implements worked, pet the sheep and check out the chickens.   The harvest table will be laden with a bounteous, seasonal buffet catered by John Barricelli, celebrity chef, author, host of Everyday Baking and owner of The SoNo Baking Company & Cafe. Food, wine and beer are included in the ticket price.   French Farm is a vital part of Greenwich’s historic landscape. It is comprised of the remaining four-acre heart of the 35-acre residential farm built in 1905-1910 by AIA President, H. Van Buren Magonigle for Mary Billings French. It was the first Greenwich property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A living work of art created by the late David Wierdsma, French Farm skillfully weaves natural and man-made objects amongst specimen plantings in garden rooms that flow from one theme to another. The farm also features charming outbuildings including a chicken coop, cow barn and silo.  Don’t miss this popular event. Space is limited and reservations are required. Tickets for adults are $65; tickets for children under 12 are $20. Sign up online at or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

I know I am now harping on this topic — but if you haven’t yet checked out what the Katonah Museum of Art and the Jacob Burns Film Center have cooked up with Blue Sky Studios for the next couple of months, you are really going to miss out on some fun!  There are movie showings, workshop opportunities, exhibits, special talks, and more scheduled for every age and interest level.  For the full schedule of events, click here and get in on the action!  There are a TON of options and every one looks awesome!

The Katonah Museum of Art’s exhibition “Ice Age to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios” (Sept. 16, 2012–Jan. 20, 2013) takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of digital animation with the artists of Blue Sky Studios, creators of Robots, the Ice Age movies, Horton Hears a Who!, and Rio.   This lively exhibition, along with Gallery Talks and Family Animation Day, explores the process of 3D animation through the eyes and achievements of a world-class creative team. The exhibition was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In addition to screening Robots, Rio, and Horton Hears a Who! as part of the weekend family films, the Jacob Burns Film Center is hosting many related workshops and programs for students, teachers, and volunteers, including a special event with Chris Wedge, a co-founder of Blue Sky Studios.  The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) and Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) are proud to collaborate and celebrate Blue Sky Studios. Visit our site for the full schedule and for more information.