May 2013

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) is still accepting registration for the Shakespeare Summer Camp. Children ages 8-12 can sign up for one week or the full two week session.  The creative, process-based theater camp is designed for children with an interest in the performing arts. All classes are taught by theater professionals from HVSF’s acting company and renowned Education Programs. It’s Shakespeare the HVSF way – and that means fun. For information and to enroll call Nora Rosoff, Education Programs Manager, at (845) 809-5750 x13 or nora@hvshakespeare.org. Children may also be enrolled online atwww.hvshakespeare.org.   The Shakespeare Summer Camp includes classes in theater games, improvisation, stage combat, text analysis, acting and vocal production that provide an exciting opportunity to explore language, characters and acting techniques. The experience will build confidence, encourage spontaneity, challenge imaginations, and give children a new, deeper understanding of Shakespeare.   The Shakespeare Summer Camp takes place at Haldane Junior High School in Cold Spring, Monday –Friday from 9am-3pm. The fee is $350 per week. Sibling discounts are available for those enrolling more than one child.   Families who enroll their children in the Shakespeare Summer Camp will also receive a special offer for the Sunday, July 28 performance of The Three Musketeers. Tickets for this performance only will be offered to families for $20, with a limit of 4 tickets per family. Tickets for this special offer must be purchased before May 31 and are subject to availability.

On Saturday, May 18, ArtsWestchester invites families and children of all ages to participate in a free day of fun. Guests will partake in a variety of hands-on activities and artist-led workshops outside and inside of our historic landmark building located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains.  Activities include hat decorating, LEGO workshop, visual arts workshops and cookie decorating.  The event takes place on May 18 from 12-5pm. For information, visit: www.artsw.org/familyartsbash.  Among the day’s activities is a fun family activity we’ve entitled “Puzzlemania.” During this interactive game, children will win prizes by touring the resident artist studios throughout ArtsWestchester’s nine-floor building while collecting puzzle pieces to put together their very own puzzle magnet. In the process, they’ll meet the artists and see work in progress as painters, sculptors and fashion designers create and showcase their masterpieces.  Families will also be able to explore ArtsWestchester’s thought-provoking Placemaking: Re-envisioning White Plains exhibition in the building’s main gallery, featuring 26 local artists’ creative concepts for enlivening downtown White Plains. Children can let their imaginations go wild while they imagine how they would enrich the area with their own artwork. The works in this exhibition represent familiar places in White Plains and re-imagine them in an animated, colorful and meaningful way that will engage children of all ages and their parents. A City Mural workshop allows children to do just that, as they contribute to the growing outdoor “wall mural” throughout the day.  Among the many activities available will be a sneak peek at ArtsWestchester’s upcoming Summer Classes semester. Children can participate in a one-time workshop with our teachers to experience what these classes will offer in the coming months. An exclusive 10% discount is being extended to those students who sign up for classes during the Family ArtsBash event. Clay Art Center will be demonstrating how fun it can be to get our hands a little dirty when creativity runs abound, while acclaimed artist Alan Reingold will showcase his drawing skills by assisting children in Japanese anime-inspired illustrations. For more information on Summer Classes, visit: www.artsw.org/classes.  Adding to the fun, children can let their imaginations go wild at a Collage Workshop, enjoy a lively one-man-band performer, and wear their art by visiting the face painting table. Families will enjoy sweet treats like Cinnabon and ice cream, receive giveaways and win prizes throughout the event.  For more information about Family ArtsBash visit www.artswestchester.org.

Join Us for a Family Hike of Old Field Preserve in Lewisboro on Sunday, May 19th — followed by a Picnic!  The Lewisboro Land Trust is pleased to announce “Walking Wild Lewisboro,” a series of guided hikes. The first hike will be “The Wildflowers of May” and will be led by naturalist Jim Nordgren. Come enjoy the “new meadow” and blooming wild dogwoods.  Arrive at noon at Old Field Preserve in Waccabuc, at the intersection of Mead Street and Schoolhouse Road, right off Route 35, on Sunday, May 19th for a one-hour hike. A picnic will follow at The Homestead, Jim and Susan Henry’s property at Mead Street and Schoolhouse Road. Bring your own picnic blanket and lunch. LLT will provide beverages and cookies. The hike is rated easy and children are welcome. RSVP to bronalea@aol.com.


Celebrate the giving of the Torah.
Wednesday, May 15, 5pm.
Shavuot Dairy Dinner and Ice-Cream Party.
All children called up to hear the Ten-Commandments from the Torah.
Chabad of Bedford, 133 Railroad Avenue, Bedford Hills, NY 10507, 914-666-6065
Find out more — click here

The Katonah Art Center is announcing its new Renaissance Enrichment Program for Kindergarteners and Preschoolers.  This program will give children both an extensive introduction to all different types of art and immerse them in a bilingual environment, where they will learn Spanish.  Every day, the Renaissance program will have a mix of story-time, art, dance/movement, and music.  Spanish will be incorporated into all of these activities.  The classes will be led Patti Hupp, the lead singer in the Feeling Groovy Band and founder of Miss Patti’s ArtSmart and ArtSmart TV.  The program will follow the Katonah-Lewisboro school schedule, including school closings and weather delays.  The Renaissance Enrichment Program will begin Sept 9th and end June 26th.  Transportation options are available from local schools.  The Katonah Art Center is located at 131 Bedford Road, Katonah, New York.  For more information about the Renaissance Enrichment Program or Katonah Art Center’s dance or art classes, call 914 232-4843 or visit the KAC website atwww.katonahartcenter.com.

“Downton Chappy – Costumes of the Downton Abbey Era” Opening Reception.  Sunday, May 19 from 4:00-7:00 pm.  Please join us for a reception with light refreshments, celebrating the opening of our new exhibit:  “Downton Chappy – Costumes of the Downton Abbey Era” at the New Castle Historical Society located at 100 King Street, Chappaqua, New York.  The event is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will be on view through 2013.  The Downton Chappy – Costumes of the Downton Abbey Era exhibit feature costumes from the Society’s extensive costume collection and is based on the popular TV series, Downton Abbey.  Lady Grantham and her daughters always wear the latest elegant fashions of the 1920s and 30s.  The soft fabrics, lavish beading and embroidery on their dresses set the tone and the time of the story.  Happily, we have similar dresses in our own collection here in Chappaqua.  We have a stunning satin and lace wedding gown as well as dresses suitable for receiving guests at home or a night at the opera.  We also have a selection of beaded bags, long kid gloves, and hats.  One is a silver cap perfect to slip over a head of bobbed hair and dance the Charleston.  We are not featuring any clothes worn by the Dowager Countess Lady Grantham.  She, by her own choice, is always dressed at least one generation out of date.  Stop in for a special treat, and decide who had more style and more fun:  the blue bloods of Downton Abbey, or the red blooded ladies of Chappaqua.

914 for 617 Boston Benefit Concert in White Plains, NY.  Asidesmusic.com presents an evening of indie, pop and alt-rock feature White Plains band Emily Angell & The MK47s and New York City bands Owel, Ionia, and Bearbones on Friday, June 14, 2013 at The Digital Arts Experience at 170 Hamilton Ave. in White Plains.  Doors 7 p.m. Show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.  Proceeds will go toward the One Fund Boston, a fund that supports families of those impacted by the tragic events of April 15.  Tickets $15 via www.914for617.eventbrite.com. Email asidesmusic@gmail.com for more information.

The Byram Hills Education Foundation (BHEF) announced that its 2013 Gala, “The Future is NOW,” will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013, from 7:00-11:00 pm at Brynwood Golf & Country Club in Armonk, NY.  This year’s Gala, which is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser, promises to be a wonderful evening to benefit the children and schools in Byram Hills.  Attendees will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, as well as a performance by the Byram Hills Jazz Ensemble.  The evening will also include a raffle for diamond hoop earrings, as well as silent and live auctions. This year the auction features a new interactive bidding system that enables guests to place bids via smart phones and other devices.  “We are very excited about this year’s Gala which brings together the entire community to show its support for education and our outstanding Byram Hills public school system.”  said Michael Sanders, BHEF Chairman.  Gala tickets are $200.00 per person, or host a teacher for $95, and may be purchased online at www.byramhillsfoundation.org. Raffle tickets may also be purchased online.  The Byram Hills Education Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that provides support to the teachers and school administrators to introduce innovative programs, equipment and technologies beyond what is covered by the school district’s annual operating budget. Since its inception in 1994, the Foundation has awarded 300 grants totaling more than $3.3 million. More information about the Foundation is available at www.byramhillsfoundation.org.

Westchester Land Trust invites you to It’s Our Nature: Now and Forever Annual Benefit.  Celebrating 25 years of environmental conservation in our communities.  Saturday, June 15, 2013.  Maple Grove Farm, 20 Black Brook Road, Bedford, New York.  6:00 Cocktails & Silent Auction, 7:45 Live Auction, 8:00 Dinner & Award Presentation.  Dancing to “New York Players” band, Exciting live auction, Eric Nathan, auctioneer, Nathan Auction & Real Estate.  Kindly respond by June 3.  Casual party attire, high heels not recommended.  To purchase Tables, Tickets and Journal Tributes, click here or visit www.westchesterlandturst.org.

Head over to the Bronx River Parkway as Bicycle Sundays gets underway on the parkway near the Westchester County Center in White Plains.  Bicycle Sundays 2013 are May 5, 12 and 19; June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and September 8, 15, 22 and 29.   During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of the Bronx River Parkway is closed to cars for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, walkers, scooters and strollers. The course runs from the Westchester County Center in
White Plains, south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a round-trip of 13.1 miles. There are many points of entry and exit along the way.  Please note: due to construction on the parkway this year, only one lane will be open in each direction in the vicinity of Crane Road in Scarsdale.  Parking is available at the County Center lot in White Plains for a fee of $5.  In case of rain, the program will be cancelled.  Go to www.countycenter.biz or call (914) 995-4050.

Sunday, June 2, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, Osborn Elementary School.  Rain or Shine.  Fun for the whole family!
Gear up and buy your tickets now!  Pre-buy tickets online at www.ryelibrary.org for $30 per family (PLUS get two raffle tickets!)  Tickets at the gate for $35 per family (Food not included in ticket price).   Exciting vehicles to climb, ride, and explore.  Lots of rides, games, and inflatables including Gamin’ Ride, Dump Truck Toss, Bouncy House, Victory Lap Slide, All Aboard Train, Fire Truck Ride, Tiny Tikes, Face Painting, and lots more.  Entertainment by DJ Anthony Radice.  Raffle with great prizes for children and adults.  Food provided by Post Road Market and Longford’s Ice Cream.  This event is sponsored by the Auxiiary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room.

Come by and enjoy some treats while you make something special for Mom! (boys welcome!!)  This Saturday May 11th, 1:30 – 4pm in our Scotts Corners studio!  Find out more at www.LittleSparklers.com, littlesparklersct@hotmail.com, 40 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge ~  914.764.9100.

MDxpress is a state-of-the-art urgent care center with on-site digital x-ray and lab facilities, in Mamaroneck, open seven days a week including all holidays.  Run by a team of board-certified emergency room doctors, MDxpress treats a variety of pediatric and adult non-life and limb threatening injuries and illnesses, including cuts requiring stitches, flu, strep and sore throats, sprains, burns, headaches, stomachaches, asthma, allergic reactions and much more. MDxpress also offers appointments for school, camp and sports physicals.  Walk-ins are welcome, while scheduled appointments are also available.  We accept and participate in most major insurance plans. Visit www.MDxpress.com or call 914-777-2273.

A brand-new women’s 5K race/walk at the exquisite Lasdon Park in Katonah (N. Westchester) on Sunday, June 2.  We run on woodsy trails and garden paths, around the serene lake, and through the bluebird fields.  Our theme is “Women for Girls” – proceeds go to support girls’ education both locally and globally.  Go to www.therunninggoddess.com – a race and website celebrating women.

Tuesday, May 21st, 7am to 9pm at your local elementary school.  Support our schools!  Many households have more than one eligible voter – parents, high school seniors, college-age students, grandparents!  You can still register to vote through May 16th.  The polls are open for 14 hours on May 21st and absentee ballots are easy to get from the school, the central office, or the school district web site through May 14th (if you want it mailed) or through May 20th (for voter to pick up in person).  VOTE!