February 2013

March 9th and 10th, 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Join us for an all-you-can-eat home-made Pancake Feast served with 100% New York Maple Syrup. We will have plain and blueberry pancakes, sausage and melon. There are two seating times available each day (see times and cost below). Seating is limited. Please call to pre-register and arrange your seating date and time by 3/7/13. Registration is available on our web site via PayPal.  Following each seating is our MAPLE SUGARING THROUGH THE AGES program. Join us as we take a look at the evolution of making maple syrup. We will explore the harvesting and processing techniques used by the Native Americans and early colonists through present day. We’ll learn how to tap a tree and even test ourselves to see if we can tell the difference between 100% maple syrup and imitation syrup.  Sugarfest has become such a popular event that participants should sign up early to reserve your space for either Saturday or Sunday. The schedule is the same for each day. Come join us and see what the excitement is all about.  9:00AM: Pancake Feast – Seating 1.  10:00AM: Maple Sugaring Through the Ages – Demonstration 1.  11:00AM: Pancake Feast – Seating 2.  12:00PM: Maple Sugaring Thought the Ages – Demonstration 2.  **Volunteers needed! Sign up for help with: Seating 1, Seating 2, Cleanup or All day.  Free food for all volunteers.  Suggested Donation:  Members – $6.00 each, Non-Members – $10.00 each, Children 4-10 yrs – $4.00 each.  Under 3 yrs – Free.  Call (914)666-8448 to RSVP.  Visit us online at www.WestmorelandSanctuary.org

July 1-26, 2013, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-3:30pm.   The Teatown Environmental Science Academy (TESA) is an intensive and challenging field-based environmental science program for high school students. TESA provides invaluable experience for students interested in the environment by exposing them to the techniques and technology that scientists use to study today’s pressing conservation issues. In this course, students will:  Learn  how to identify habitats and assess biodiversity, Conduct watershed assessments and water quality testing, Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, Study plant and wildlife populations.   The format of the program will be a mix of lectures, discussion, and field activities. Participants will also conduct independent projects and present their findings at a class symposium open to families and friends.   TESA is led by Dr. Michael Rubbo, Teatown’s Director of Conservation Science. Dr. Rubbo has taught both college and high school students and regularly mentors high school independent science research.   Visit www.teatown.org/tesa for more information and the application form. The program fee is $1800 for Teatown members and $2000 for nonmembers.    Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining, NY 10562, 914-762-2912.

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Explore the film in detail at www.girlrising.com.  Attend a screening at the Bedford Playhouse, Thursday, March 14, 07:30 pm, Clearview’s Bedford Playhouse.

March 25-29.  Spring Fling Mini-Camp at Teatown Lake Reservation.  Give your child a fun-filled week of outdoor adventures during school breaks! Sign up for the full session or individual days (fee prorated). Snacks are provided but full-day campers should pack a lunch.  4-5 year olds: 9am-12pm.  Full Session Fees: $160 members; $185 nonmembers.  6-12 year olds: 9:00am-3:00pm.  Full Session Fees: $300 members; $335 nonmembers.  Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining, NY 10562.  Phone: 914-762-2912 x123, web: www.teatown.org.

March 2, 2013 at Parents Place.  Parents Place is celebrating in a very special way, we’re planning a party for Dr. Seuss’ birthday!
It’s a day of fun, crafts, face painting & more. Oh! We have a special guest who will come through the door!
Just $20 will cover your crew.  This includes every Who in your family…plus you!
2 to 4pm is the time, March 2nd the date.  So.  Quick!  Mark your calendar and please don’t be late!
For more information, call 914.631.2513.  Parents Place, 2 Central Avenue, Tarrytown.  The Guidance Center of Westchester, www.theguidancecenter.org.

Join us for fun, sun, and ponies at TEC’s 2013 Summer Program!  In July, the Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc. will offer a summer program with equine – related educational opportunities for all children in the surrounding communities.  Four unique sessions are designed to meet the needs of our students by age and riding skill level. We offer diverse equine-based activities conducted by our riding instructors.  Sessions:  One:  July 8th – 13th, Two:  July 15th – 20th, Three:  July 22nd – 27th, Four: July 29th – August 3rd.  Cost: $375.00/ Week.   Hours:  9am-1pm.   Please Contact us at:  845-265-3409 or sgudim.tec@gmail.com.  Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc., 115 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring NY 10516.  Phone: 845-265-3409 x:13; Fax: 845-265-3287, sgudim@gmail.com, www.myfeettakewings.org.

Second Sunday Family Program — Famiglia Italia!   In conjunction with the Greenwich Historical Society exhibition From Italy to America, families can drop in throughout the afternoon on March 10 to tour Bush-Holley House, view the exhibition at the Storehouse Gallery, make homemade pasta in the Vanderbilt Education Center and listen as storyteller par excellence Bea Crumbine reads the beloved Italian children’s tale Strega Nona (the Grandmother Witch).   Sunday, March 10, 2013.  Drop in any time between noon and 4:00 pm.  Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807.  Members: $10; nonmembers: $15.  For reservations: 203-869-6899, Ext. 10 or www.greenwichhistory.org.

Warmer temperatures and frequent severe weather events are transforming landscapes and habitats in unprecedented ways. The Native Plant Center’s 2013 Spring Landscape Conference, Adapting to a Changing Climate, will examine why and how the landscape is changing, how plants and animals are impacted, and what can be done to help mitigate consequences and conserve native ecosystems. The event will be held at Westchester Community College in Valhalla on Monday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a snow date of March 22.  The conference, which will consist of four presentations and a panel discussion by industry experts, will begin with an overview of how the climate in the Northeast has been changing such as with shifts in plant hardiness zones and earlier arrival of spring.  A case study on how rising temperatures affect the sugar maple examines whether this species, and the associated maple sugaring industry, can survive.  How other plants and animals have been impacted will be revealed in a comparison of the mid-19th century nature observations of Henry David Thoreau regarding spring flowering times, bird migration, and ice-out at Walden Pond, with what is occurring today.  As the conference aims to assist landscape professionals and home gardeners in dealing with climate change impacts, the final presentation will explore techniques for incorporating native plants into landscape designs that address today’s realities. The panel discussion will offer ideas, tools, and resources to help landscapers, designers, and gardeners meet the challenges of the new era.  For the first time, The Native Plant Center is offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs) accredited by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) as well as Professional Development Hours (PDHs) accredited by LA-CES, Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System, which have been offered in the past. Registration is required; the fee depends on whether professional credits are requested. For further details and to register, visit www.nativeplantcenter.org or call 914-606-7870.

Expecting Parent Class: Preparing For Your Arrival.  March 25th, 6:30-8:30pm. Are you an expecting parent and feel overwhelmed by the amount of baby gear that is available? Are you unsure if you are going to be prepared to bring an infant into your home? This two hour class will give you the chance to gain the information on baby gear, safety and preparing for baby that you need to feel more prepared and take some of the stress out of one of the most precious times in your life! $50 per couple and pre-registration is strongly suggested. 2 William St, Suite 101 White Plains, NY 10601 (914) 218.1831 www.babynavbabyplanners.com.

On February 27th, 2013 Bedford Police Chief William Hayes and the Department’s three Division Commanders, Lt. Edward Collins, Lt. Jeffrey Dickan, and Lt. Melvin Padilla attended an important school safety symposium organized by Westchester Department of Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth and the Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association.

The symposium, held at SUNY Purchase, was conceived to answer many of the questions that school officials have raised in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and to provide practical guidance for school officials on how to make their schools safer in the wake of senseless acts of violence such as the tragedy in Newtown, CT. One of the goals of the event, which is part of the county’s broader Safer Communities Initiative, is to enhance the collaboration between law enforcement and school districts. In attendance were Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, along with dozens of police officials, school administrators, and school board members from throughout Westchester County.

William Bratton, former commissioner of the NYPD and former chief of police in Los Angeles, was the keynote speaker. Bratton is well known for implementing strategies that have prevented and reduced violent crime wherever he has served. Chief Hayes stated, “Mr. Bratton’s remarks provided an insightful introduction to the seminar.”  Among the topics discussed were:  An Overview of School-based Violence in America, Practical Emergency Preparedness for Schools, Police Response to Dynamic Incidents in Schools.  These discussions provided timely guidance and practical advice for school officials in the process of revising security procedures and updating state-mandated emergency plans.

Chief Hayes said, “Our two public school districts, along with all of the private and parochial schools in the Town add up to nearly 30 schools. With so many schools and daycare facilities spread out over 39 square miles, there is clearly not a “one size fits all” solution to enhancing security at schools. I hope that those officials in attendance received important information that they can use in their preparedness efforts at their particular school. I extend my personal thanks to those school officials that attended.”  For full details, view this message on the web.

Saturday, the Fifteenth of June, Two Thousand Thirteen.
It’s Our Nature, Now and Forever — Westchester Land Trust Annual Benefit.
Maple Grove Farm, Bedford, NY.
Join us for a special evening in celebration of WLT’s anniversary Honoring George D. Bianco.  Benefit Co-Chairs:  Holly Denzer Alexander & Neil J. Alexander, Amy & Keith E. Ferguson, Susan & James Henry, Vivien G. Malloy, Lee Manning-Vogelstein, Kathy & Benjamin F. Needell, Mary Ann Petrilena & Jonathan L. Wiesner.
Save the date!
Visit www.westchesterlandtrust.org

Mount Kisco Police & Mt Kisco Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Council to co-host RX Drug Take Back Day on April 27, 13 between 10am & 2pm.  The Drug Enforcement Administration, Mount Kisco Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Council and the Mount Kisco Police Department have scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place at the Mount Kisco Police Department on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Mount Kisco Police Department is located at 40 Green Street.  The RX Drug Take Back Day is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.  For full details, view this message on the web.

Northern Westchester Hospital’s annual Teddy Bear Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 13th, from 8:00 am – 10:30 am in the Mary & David Boies Emergency Department.

The NWH Teddy Bear Clinic is a positive learning opportunity for children to experience first-hand what might happen if they visit their doctor, hospital, or hospital emergency department. This popular family event teaches children about medical treatments and healthy habits in a warm and friendly manner.  Children and their “patients” will observe and learn about X-rays, splints and stitches, casting, and take a tour of the NWH pediatric unit.  They can also participate in interactive activities on exercise and healthy eating, first aid and safety, germ-busting, and ambulance tours.

The Teddy Bear Clinic will follow an open house format.  Parents, children and their favorite stuffed animal can arrive anytime between 8:00 am and 10:30 am.  We hope that children will have a great time and learn that they don’t have to fear a trip to the hospital.

Click here to find out more or to RSVP.

The Mental Health Association of Westchester is looking for volunteers to fill two positions.  If you are looking to re-engage in the work field and re-build that resume, maybe you would consider these options to get back in the door?

ProBono Filmmaker for the Mental Health Association of Westchester County:  Premier community mental health agency in Westchester is looking for a pro bono filmmaker to assist in filming interviews to create a short documentary.  MHA Westchester is the leader in NYS and Westchester promoting and providing person-centered, recovery-oriented services to people courageously facing mental health challenges.  Find out more at  www.mhawestchester.org.  Email moustakc@mhawestchester.org

Development Intern: Busy and Exciting non-profit development office is looking for a volunteer intern to be involved in every aspect of fundraising/special events.  Knowledge of computers and Microsoft office a must.  Self-starter, detailed oriented and able to handle multiple projects at once.  Email brooksa@mhawestchester.org.

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The Greenwich Historical Society History and Art Camp has openings this summer for both the two-week and single-week options. Session A (Grades 4-6) runs from July 8 to July 19, and Session B (Grades 1-3-and 4, if preferred) runs from July 22 to August 2. Each two-week camp session begins with a week focusing on Colonial history, followed by a week devoted to visual art.  The experience is interactive and designed to utilize the art and artifacts in Bush-Holley House.  Sessions are fun, challenging and age-appropriate.  A field trip and a Parents’ Day are part of each week’s schedule.  Visit www.greenwichhistory.org.