May 2013

Join us for the Grand Opening of the Carriage Barn Education and Visitor Center.  Sunday, May 19, 2013, 11am to 4pm.  Free admission and activities:  revolutionary war reenactors, colonial games, scavenger hunts, site-wide discovery centers, crafts, milk a mechanical cow, museum tours and more.  Learn more at www.johnjayhomestead.org.  John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay Street/Route 22, Katonah.

Think it’s tough getting dinner on the table?  Try it without a table.  Hundreds of families, right here in Westchester, cannot afford even the most basic furniture — a bed to sleep on, a table to share a meal.  Furniture Sharehouse provides families in need with free furniture to help rebuild their lives.  So this Mother’s Day, instead of giving flowers, give a mom a table to put them on.  Donate to honor a mother you love at www.furnituresharehouse.org.

NATURAL KIDS: SUMMER NATURE CLASSES AT WESTMORELAND.  Let your child be a ‘Natural Kid’:  Summer classes at Westmoreland are designed to spark creativity and encourage teamwork and an appreciation for nature.  Participants age K-5 will work together under the supervision of our naturalists and other staff to create projects bound only by their imagine using natural materials in specific settings of our beautiful preserve.  Projects may include: rock cairn sculpture, giant bird’s nest, floating frog raft, branch fortress and monster throne.  While creating the children will be encouraged to notice the wildlife around them and our naturalists will be on hand to point out interesting creatures and plants.  In case of inclement weather, participants will create a project for display in our museum and learn to care for our ambassador animals.  The Natural Kid program is being offered in the following sessions:  Session 1: June 24-27 (4 days)  1-3:30 pm, $150 ($130 for members), Session 2: August 19, 21, 22, 23—9:30-11:30,  $150 ($130 for members), Session 3: August 26, 27, 28 & 29—9:30-11:30, $150 ($130 for members).  Westmoreland Sanctuary, Inc., 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Bedford Corners, New York 10549, www.WestmorelandSanctuary.org.

Sunday, May 12th, 9:00am-11:00am.  Bring (or send) mom for a morning of bird watching on the trails of Westmoreland Sanctuary.  Bird species abound at this time of year.  We’ll start the morning with bagels, coffee, and juice before heading out onto the trail.  Bring binoculars.  All ages welcome.  RSVP by May 11. $5pp non-members.  Westmoreland Sanctuary, Inc., 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Bedford Corners, New York 10549, www.WestmorelandSanctuary.org.

June Second Sunday Family Program at Greenwich Historical Society.  The current exhibition From Italy to America at the Greenwich Historical Society is filled with important family memories and treasures. Share your own family memories by creating representations of them and preserving the results in a Mason jar. All craft materials will be supplied by the Historical Society, but you are also welcome to bring personal items such as copies of photos, trinkets, souvenirs, clippings and other memorabilia to contribute to your project. Drop in any time between 12:30 and 3:30 pm. The program is free with admission to the exhibition.   Sunday, June 9, 2013.  Drop in 12:30 to 3:30 pm.  Greenwich Historical Society, Storehouse Gallery, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807, 203-869-6899, Ext. 10, www.greenwichhistory.org.