March 2013

Estate Moving Sale.  Friday, April 19 thru Sunday, April 21, 2013.  No Early Birds.  9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  214 West patent Road.  Bedford Corners, NY 10549.  Antique furniture, lighting, garden, household items, books, gym equipment, garden pots, kids stuff, toys and much more.  (914)244-1132,

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David Miller, MD & David Schechtman, Tournament Chairmen Invite you to the Northern Westchester Hospital Golf Classic.
GlenArbor Golf Club, 234 Bedford Center Road, Bedford Hills, NY.  Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
10:30-11:45am: Registration, Driving Range and Lunch.  Noon Shotgun Start.  5pm Cocktails, Buffet Dinner and Awards.
For information and to sign up, contact Gaby Golod Greenwald, 914.242.8392 or email

RYE ROCKS EARTH DAY 2013 – PROTECT THE EARTH AND THE ART WITHIN IT!  A community-wide celebration to commemorate Earth Day will take place in Rye, New York on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. (Rain date April 21). Close to a dozen local organizations are expected to take part in a variety of activities designed to promote awareness of and showcase the natural beauty found in this waterfront community.  The Rye Arts Center is taking the lead in organizing the Rye Rocks Earth Day umbrella campaign, which features an emphasis on the “art” in Earth.  Helen Gates, Executive Director, explains: “I was inspired by a quote that says, “The earth without art is just eh.’  I believe that if we start to view the Earth and sustainability through the lens of nature’s beauty, we will begin to protect “Nature’s Art” — just as we would a piece of art hanging on a wall in our home.”  Rye Rocks Earth Day will promote the natural sites and sights in Rye and engage the community in exploring the natural beauty that Rye has to offer at each of the participating locations.  All events are free and open to the public.  Rye Rocks Earth Day 2013 participants include:  Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, The Rye Arts Center, Rye Free Reading Room, Rye Nature Center, Rye Town Park, Rye YMCA, The Rye Sustainability Committee, The Rye Conservation Commission/Advisory Council, Wainwright House

Rye Rocks Earth Day 2013 Activities and Events

Rye Arts Center Gallery:  51 Milton Road
Nature’s Art: Geodes from the Collection of Robert R. Wiener
Come explore! Geologist’s talk and children’s workshop at 3:00 pm.  Learn about the relationship between art and science at this unique exhibit featuring more than 200 geodes from around the world.  These colorful geodes form the basis to understand how nature create and informs different forms of art.   Exhibit dates April 16- May 24, 2013.

Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary:  via Playland Parkway, follow access road behind Dragon Coaster, and park at Nature Center’s parking lot
Come explore The Bamboo Forest: Mother Nature’s Maze.  This is a completely unique and natural environment for the whole community to enjoy. Children can hide-and-seek in the hidden “rooms” and play follow-the-leader along the twisting pathways.  Artists will enjoy the dramatic interplay of light streamers and dark shadows, open ceilings, and green cathedral arches.  It was introduced accidentally as an invasive species, however, it has redeeming qualities in providing shelter for many different animals.  Its natural beauty is so unusual and overwhelming that we have come to accept it and love it.  Once you experience it, you too will want to preserve and protect it!  Sponsored by the Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary.

Rye Free Reading Room:  1061 Boston Post Road.  Events at 11:00 am.  Earth Day Preschool Story Time & Craft for Children. Join us for some “Go Green” stories and then let’s go outside to plant some seeds to get your garden started. Along the Coast:  Lighthouses and Their Stories for Adults. Learn about the lighthouses guarding the East Coast, Hudson River, Long Island Sound, and the Great Lakes.

Rye Nature Center:    873 Boston Post Road.  The RNC will feature an Andrew Goldsworthy inspired sculpture created by children during a workshop conducted in conjunction with the Rye Arts Center and docents from its Famous Artists program.  Come take a look at this work of art composed of natural materials collected from the woods of the Rye Nature Center!

Rye Town Park:  Parking Entrance at Dearborn Ave in City of Rye.  UKIYO- Floating World- An Exhibit of Sculptures by Tomoko Abe.  Come view this unique exhibit in the pond (located by the gate, east side of the pond).  Reception with activities from 10 am to 2 pm.  See “Making of Floating World” on Youtube.  Exhibit Dates:  April 7-May 5.

Rye YMCA:  21 Locust Avenue.  Nature Crafts, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Stop by the Rye Y for arts and crafts that use natural materials or are nature themed. Children of all ages and their families are welcome.

Wainwright House – A Center for Spiritual Healing, Ecology and Retreats, 260 Stuyvesant Avenue.  Event from noon- 4:00 pm on Sat. and Sun., April 20-21. Walk the “Seaside Labyrinth”. Labyrinths differ from mazes in a very fundamental way. Mazes stimulate and engage the thinking, problem-solving mind. Labyrinths engage the heart, with no decisions about direction needing to be made. By simply yielding to and following the path, the mind grows and quiets. The voice of the heart can then be heard.

On the Village Green:  1061 Boston Post Road.  Sustainable Rye: Will be providing information on green practices in general and promoting the greenscaping themes of healthy lawns, composting and Leave Leaves Alone (LLA).  Conservation Commission/Advisory Council:  Meet with members of the City’s Conservation Commission and find out why wetlands are so important.

The Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College reopens on Sunday, April 28th with the provocative exhibition Pre-Columbian Remix: The Art of Enrique Chagoya, Demián Flores, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, and Nadín Ospina, and a grand daylong celebration which is free and open to the public. (The Museum had been closed for ten months during extensive HVAC renovation work.) Free admission with tours of the exhibition, Latin jazz, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and activities for the entire family are planned for opening day.  The memory of pre-Columbian cultures, of its icons and myths, is ever present throughout Latin America. In fact, in most Latin American countries, the very idea of Pre-Columbian heritage (indigenous culture before European colonization) has been a strategy to reinforce national unity. But this trend is being challenged by four leading Latin American artists, whose work is the focus of the exhibition Pre-Columbian Remix, on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art, from April 28 through July 14, 2013.   By fusing ancient Aztec, Mayan or Incan art forms with pop-culture imagery in an ironic and often humorous manner, the artists address present day concerns relating to universal themes of consumption, corruption, and globalization. The result is an engaging, provocative, twenty-first century composite portrait. Re-mixed, and renewed, the past becomes accessible under very different perspectives.  Pre-Columbian Remix, features more than 90 works of art, including stone sculptures, lithographs, large-scale paintings, platinum and cyanotype prints, and a monumental outdoor inflatable sculpture, on loan from different locations in the Americas (Bogotá, Mexico City, San Diego, New Jersey, New York). The works are by Enrique Chagoya, Demián Flores, Rubén Ortiz Torres, and Nadín Ospina.  The Neuberger Museum of Art has organized the following exhibition-related programs and events in conjunction with the exhibition. They are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise specified.

Sunday, April 28, 1:00–4:00 pm.  Public Opening Celebration of Museum and Pre-Columbian Remix.  Latin jazz; white wine sangria; empanadas, salsa, crab cakes, vegetable burritos, and more! Pre-Columbian Remix curator Patrice Giasson and the artists will be in attendance. Family activities occur throughout the afternoon.  Admission and refreshments are free.

Wednesday, May 1, 4:45–8:00 pm.  Neu First Wednesdays: Pre-Columbian Sacrifice Remix (Devotional Altar).  Underground video, music, and performance artist group Sonido Apokalitzin visit the Neuberger Museum from Mexico City to perform with Purchase College student musicians and dancers for an all-out party, celebrating the re-opening of the Museum and the exhibition Pre-Columbian Remix. Witness a neo-mambo performance in the flesh: dj/vj artists live-mix videos of contemporary Mexican and pre-Columbian life, and dancers perform to live music, creating an experience that can’t be replicated. Come dance with us!  Admission and refreshments are free.

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 pm.  Art Comes to the Street: Sonido Apokalitzin and Joanquín Barriendos in Conversation.  Join Mexico-City based performance artist group Sonido Apokalitzin and Joaquín Barriendos, a professor in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, and exhibition catalgoue essayist, in a conversation about urban culture and society in contemporary Mexico.  Open to the public.

Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm.  Commemorate Cinco de Mayo with a special tour.  Join us when we commemorate this historical day with a special docent-led tour around its cultural significance as reflected in the artworks included in Pre-Columbian Remix.

Saturday, June 1, 1:00–4:00 pm.  Family First Saturdays: Personal Stories, Ancient Books.  Workshop for kids tots to ten, accompanied by an adult: look at the work of artist Enrique Chagoya, who connects ancient Aztec book-making traditions with his imaginative stories of popular characters, then illustrate a book which tells a story of an imaginary character.  Admission and refreshments are free.

Friday, June 21, 7:00 pm.  Art in Dialogue: a single work of art from Pre-Columbian Remix.  Join in an extended conversation with a museum educator around a single work of art from the exhibition Pre-Columbian Remix. Enjoy the opportunity to have “a long look” at a great work of art, and the chance to converse with fellow art-lovers.  Reservations are required due to space limitations. Art in Dialogue takes place after the galleries are closed to the public.

The Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College engages and inspires diverse audiences by actively fostering the study, appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of modern art, African art, and the art of our time. The Museum is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, New York (Westchester). 914-251-6100.   Visit

Bedford Audubon Society, Mianus River Gorge, Pound Ridge Land Conservancy and Westchester Land Trust invite the community and nature enthusiasts to learn about the diversity of Westchester’s wildflowers in a free, three-part series scheduled for this spring. The series includes a lecture, walk, and workshop led by wildflower experts. The series aims to educate and inspire Westchester’s wildflower enthusiasts about the beauty and importance of these flowers and the current threats to these populations.

The series kicks off with a Woodland Wildflower Lecture on Wednesday, March 13 at the Katonah Library.  Jessica A. Schuler, Director of The New York Botanical Garden’s Thain Family Forest, will share details about her work to restore populations of extirpated wildflowers in the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City. Participants are welcome to enjoy refreshments at 7:00 PM; the lecture begins at 7:30 PM. Advance registration is not required.

On April 20, the series continues with a Walk on the (Wild)Flower Side at Mianus River Gorge. Local experts will lead 30-minute walks in the Gorge’s forests and deer-proof exclosures to see an array of woodland wildflowers and learn about efforts being made to conserve them. Walks begin at 1:30 PM, 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00 and will be led by Rod Christie and Mark Weckel of Mianus River Gorge, David Emerson of Westchester Land Trust, and Carole Levine, New York Botanical Garden. At 3:30, participants are invited to enjoy a stunning slide show by Carole Levine, noted wildflower author and instructor of courses in grasses, sedges, wildflowers and rushes. Tours meet in the Gorge parking lot. Space is limited, please register with or call 914.234.6992 ext 24.

For gardeners looking to get their hands dirty, the Wildflower Garden Workshop on April 27 will provide ample opportunity. Participants will join local landscape designer Lynn Becker, Chair of Bedford Audubon’s Leon Levy Native Garden Committee, to learn the basics of gardening with native wildflowers in this hands-on workshop set in the beautiful woodland garden originally planted and nurtured by the late botanist and author, Sara Stein. Participants will see living examples of native wildflowers and become part of Sara’s ongoing legacy. Workshops will be held at 9-11 AM and 1-3 PM. Space is limited, please register with or call 914.234.6992 ext 24.  Click here for full flier.  To learn more about these events, please visit

What to do?  Coping with issues relating to Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health. Eliminating the stigma.  Byram Hills High School is proud to announce the creation of the EVEN program, designed to help teachers and students address issues relating to stress, anxiety and mental health. BHHS has worked closely with the University of Michigan for the past 15 months to create the program. Through EVEN, BHHS has been working with professionals from the UM Depression Center to provide a variety of training programs for staff and selected students.

On April 3rd, 2013 at 7:00PM Byram Hills High School is co-hosting a groundbreaking event to discuss issues surrounding mental health. The goal of this interactive discussion is to provide parents, students, and community members with information about depression, anxiety and related mental illnesses, in order to increase understanding,  encourage help-seeking, and reduce the stigma associated with these conditions.  In addition to this event, on April 2nd, 2013, EVEN is hosting former NFL Quarterback Eric Hipple and his “Under The Helmet Program” at BHHS.  (

The evening will begin with an introduction on the EVEN program, a brief movie and a presentation by staff of the University of Michigan Depression Center discussing the critical importance of addressing mental health conditions in young people, with information on:  Symptoms of depression/anxiety in adolescents, How to recognize the difference between “normal” adolescent moods and a more serious condition, The importance of early detection and treatment, Adolescent Suicide, Strategies to encourage open dialogue between parents, students, and teachers about mental and emotional health.  The fact that mental illness is not a weakness or a character flaw, but a treatable illness, and that it is OK to ask for help.  SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. Please RSVP to

NOT SURE WHAT TO DO THIS SUMMER???  Start Planning Early at our Resource Fair!  (We’ve done all the leg work!).   Join us at our next EASTCHESTER SEPTA Mtg. (Bring the kids, outside districts welcome!)   Wednesday, March 13th @ 7pm, Eastchester HS Media Center.    Come to an informal gathering of camps, sports organizations, social groups, and a host of other activities geared toward special needs students including ADHD & autistic students, of all ages.    Come stroll through and meet and/or collect info from vendors, represented at this no-pressure event!! Doors will be open from 7pm-8:30   (If you know of a service provider you would like us to include/invite, email us at

The Bedford Central School District 3rd Annual Elementary BIKERUN Registration opens Tuesday, March 12, 2013!!  Entrance slots fill up fast.  Registration for the 3rd annual BCSD Elementary BikeRun opens Tuesday, March 12th.

In celebration of registration opening, March 12th is also Wear Your BikeRun T-shirt Day!  We hope all previous BikeRun elementary athletes, PE coaches, leaders, volunteers, sponsors and VIP’s proudly wear their 2012 BikeRun t-shirt on 3/12!   All kindergarten through 5th grade students attending BCSD elementary schools: Bedford Hills, Bedford Village, Mount Kisco, Pound Ridge and West Patent are welcome and eligible to participate.  Entrance slots are on a first-come basis and are limited to 350.   Due to the success of the 2012 BikeRun, registration has been increased from 300 to 350.  This is a positive growth over the first year with a robust 250 participants.  BikeRun will be returning to the Fox Lane campus again this year on Sunday, May 19th from 8am until noon. Approximately 1,200 attendees are expected for the “Future Fox” athletic, non-competitive, wellness, community unifying endeavor.

For more information and to register go to:

Friends of Karen’s mission is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families, in order to help keep them stable, functioning and able to cope.  Since our founding in 1978, we have served approximately 5,000 children and their families. When siblings are counted we have touched the lives of over 12,400 children. 

Friends of Karen offers many ways to get involved with their mission and support their families.  Below are three efforts that are coming up this spring.  For more information, visit

35th Anniversay Celebration on the Sound
Save the Date!
Friday, June 14, 2013
Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club, Mamaroneck, NY
Honoring Palma Patti and Acura of Westchester
For more information contact or visit


The Dimes Project:  How Meghan Inspired A Gift for Families at Friends of Karen

Meghan loved playing soccer, shopping for clothes, and hanging out with friends. She was a fun-loving and courageous teen.  One day soon after she lost her battle with cancer, her family found a dime on the sidewalk. Then they started finding dimes all the time, and they remembered the idea of ‘pennies from heaven,’ that when you find a penny it means that a loved one who is gone is thinking of you. But they used to tease Meghan about being ‘high maintenance,’ so they said, “That’s just like Meghan, she wouldn’t do ‘pennies from heaven,’ she’d do dimes!”  This kept happening, and Meghan’s family had an inspiration. “Life can turn on a dime,” they said, and they decided to do something about it: every time they found a dime, they put it in a special jar. When they got around to counting it, they had $76 in dimes!  They donated it to Friends of Karen in Meghan’s honor to help other families like theirs.  You can be part of Meghan’s inspiration: collect dimes from your friends, neighbors and family to help sick children and their families.

Here’s how:

  • Choose your timeframe – It could be the fall term of school or the months leading up to your birthday or another special occasion.
  • Set your dollar goal – This is really important!  You’ll be surprised how it can motivate and inspire you.
  • Create your jar – A big jar is best and you can decorate it any way you like to attract attention (and dimes)!
  • Decide where to put your jar – In a store? At your school? On your kitchen counter?  You may want to make a sign, or ask us for copies of this card to hand out.
  • Count your collection – You can get paper rollers or use a coin counting machine (many banks have them).  Once you have a total, call us to arrange your delivery.

If you would like help getting started, contact Denise Tredwell or call her at 914-617-4052. On Long Island and Queens, contact Patricia Conway or at 631-473-1768 ext.3.  Thank you!

The Gift of a Holiday Dinner for a Sick Child 

Christina, a Friends of Karen child, and her family look forward to a holiday dinner.  Easter and Passover are very meaningful holidays, and a great time for families to get together. But when parents are overwhelmed by caring for a child with a life-threatening illness, they often have to skip important family occasions — and the whole family misses out on the memorable holiday festivities.  Please help solve the problem:  Contribute an A&P, Shoprite, Stop & Shop or Pathmark gift card to Friends of Karen so that a family can enjoy the foods that have special meaning for their important holiday.

Contact Denise Tredwell,, or call 914-617-4052 to participate, or click here to make a  donation on our secure webpage (select Easter and Passover Program from the “This gift is for” menu).

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:00pm – 10:00pm.  Hosted by the Hudson Valley Chapter of the PKD Foundation.
Vintage Restaurant and Lounge, 171 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601
Save the date and join us for Cocktails for a Cure as we raise awareness and funds for the PKD Foundation. Enjoy great company, great food, and live entertainment by The Past Masters!  A big thanks to our sponsors:  Charles J. Newman Co. Insurance, www. charlesnewman .com, Dr. Stuart Kahn, Mount Sinai Hospital, Diane Kahn, Certified Independent Health Coach with Take Shape for Life, – 917.653.5933
For more details please click here.

The cost per day is $15 per child.  Members of the Friends of John Jay Homestead receive a $3 daily discount.  Advance reservations and payment in full are required, and can be made by phoning John Jay Homestead’s Education Department at (914) 232-5651 x101.

Monday, March 25th.  10am – 12pm.   Here, There, and Everywhere!  How did people get around 200 years ago?  What types of transportation did they use?  How did travel expose people to new and fascinating discoveries?  Children will answer these questions while exploring the bedrooms of John Jay and his daughter, Nancy.  They will then make a themed project to take home.

Tuesday, March 26th.  1pm – 3pm.  Clean as a Whistle.  How did people keep clean, bathe, and do their laundry 200 years ago?  How often did they take a bath?  If there was no indoor plumbing, where was their bathroom?  Children will tour William Jay’s bedroom and the cellar kitchen to learn about personal hygiene 200 years ago and make their own soap.

Wednesday, March 27th.  10am – 12pm.  What’s Cooking?  Experience first-hand what it was like to work in a kitchen 200 years ago.  Children will get the opportunity to tour and touch objects in the museum’s kitchen and dining room.  They will also prepare a historic recipe which they can complete at home.

Thursday, March 28th.  1pm – 3pm.  Down on the Farm.  Have you ever wondered what types of animals were raised or what crops were grown here at the Homestead?  Now’s your chance to find out!  Take a tour of our farm buildings and learn how the 700 acre Jay Farm was used.  Each child will also make a wool craft to take home.  Note: Part of this program will take place outdoors, please dress accordingly.

For more information, contact Bethany White, Education Coordinator at 914.232.5651, ext. 101 or at

GWYOA (Greater Westchester Youth Orchestras Association) Open Auditions for the 2013/2014 Season.
Concerts at Westchester Community College and Avery Fisher Hall.
Two Audition Dates:
Saturday, May 4th:
8:30am-1pm — ONLY for non-members interested in joining the Youth Symphony or Junior Strings orchestras.
1pm- 5pm – ONLY for non-members interested in joining the Elementaqry Strings orchestra.
Monday, May 6th:
6pm – 9pm – only for current members of Elementary and Junior Strings who wish to move up to the next orchestra.
6pm – 9pm only for non-members interested in joining the Elementary Strings Orchestra
Auditions are all open – there are no appointments. Although we will use our best efforts to move students through the audition process, please be prepared to wait and allow ample time for this.
Please come prepared to play scales you have mastered, as well as a polished piece that best demonstrates your present skill level.  You will also be asked to sight-read.  For longer pieces, exerpts will be heard rather than the entire work.
Questions? email or see
Westchester Youth Symphony:
For strings players entering grades 10-12 in September 2013.
For brass, wind and percussion musicians entering grades 9-12 in September 2013.
Westchester Junior Stings Orchestra:
For string players entering grades 7-9 in September 2013.
Westchester Elementary Strings Orchestra:
For string players entering grades 4-6 in September 2013
Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY Academic Arts Buidling, Ground Floor.
Please pre-register on-line using the link on the Audition Information page of or click here.