October 2013

The 29th Annual Chappaqua Craft and Gift Fair is back and better than ever!  This year’s fair will take place on Saturday, November 9th from 10am to 4pm at Robert E. Bell Middle School, 50 Senter Street in Chappaqua.  Stop by this year’s Chappaqua Craft and Gift Fair to admire the work of local merchants, crafts peoples and artists while supporting PTA-run enrichment programs at Bell Middle School.  The Craft Fair will feature over 100 vendors exhibiting their fine handmade pottery, unique handcrafted jewelry, designer clothing, handbags and accessories, bath and beauty products and myriad other unique and original items just in time for Holiday gift season.  The Chappaqua Craft and Gift Fair is the largest fundraising event held by the Bell PTA and provides the PTA with most of the funding for such important student enrichment programs as The Jacob Burns Film Center Media Literacy program, Bell Reading Lounge, Character Education, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare workshops as well as nutrition, sustainability, and after school programming in environmental studies, supplemental music programs and computer programs.   The Bell PTA also offers scholarships for field trips, after school programs and other needs for families and studies with financial needs.  At a time of budget cuts, the PTA’s funding of supplemental art and enrichment programs provides young people with outlets beyond academics and sports and offers them global insight and perspective.  Delicious and gourmet food items will also be available.  So come hungry!   Everyone is sure to find something to feed their fancy and fulfill their appetite.  Free Parking is available in the small lot on Senter Street or in the larger main lots off South Greeley Avenue and at the Chappaqua Train Station.  FREE ADMISSION for All!  For more information see www.chappaquacraftfair.com.

The festive table, the yummy aromas, the pleasure of sharing a holiday meal with loved ones. But for families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, Thanksgiving may be just another day of worry at the hospital.  Friends of Karen, a children’s charity that serves 22 counties in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, has a way to make it better: they send these families all the makings of a Thanksgiving meal, so they can spend this special time together — perhaps the most important gift of all. Here’s how the mother of Jessie, a Friends of Karen child battling leukemia, put it:  “I just came home from a stressful visit at the hospital and have two boxes waiting for me…how uplifting and beautiful!! Thank you so very much for the Thanksgiving packages! I can’t express enough my gratitude. Friends of Karen has been my light the whole time of my daughter’s illness. I never would want you to walk in my shoes, but if for one minute you could you would understand how much this means to my family.”  Every day, Friends of Karen is a lifeline for hundreds of families. If you can help give a family a happy Thanksgiving, please email gwensalmo@friendsofkaren.org or call her at (914) 617-4051 for a list of specific food items needed.  You can also donate a gift card to A&P, ShopRite or Stop&Shop and we’ll do the shopping!  Friends of Karen is a registered 501(c)(3) charity and the only organization in the New York Tri-State region that provides the vital, practical and comprehensive services that relieves families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness of everyday needs and concerns, so they have more time to love.  Founded in 1978 after helping one child, Karen, and her family, and headquartered in North Salem, NY with other offices on Long Island and in Manhattan, Friends of Karen has touched the lives of more than 12,700 children.  Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial responsibility and effectiveness of thousands of U.S. charities, gives Friends of Karen a 4-star rating, its highest award.  For more information about Friends of Karen, visit www.FriendsOfKaren.org or call (914) 617-4042.

YWCA Children’s Learning Center Open House.  Join us for a Kindergarten Open House on November 2, 2013 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester (515) North Street, White Plains, NY 10605).  Kindergarten is like opening a door; a door which has behind it a wealth of experience and knowledge. Kindergarten at the YWCA is where young children gain a greater sense of independence than they had in their preschool years. They are encouraged to see themselves as competent learners and to participate in formal instructional activities, including social play.  About the Children’s Learning Center Kindergarten Program:  NAEYC Accredited Kindergarten Program, Low Teacher to Student Ratio, Common Core Standards are introduced, In a Creative Learning Environment, Sports and Swim Included in the Curriculum, Early Drop Off & Late Pick Up Available at the YWCA, Fun and Learning at an Affordable Price.  For more information, visit us at www.ywcawpcw.org or contact the YWCA Children’s Learning Center’s Office at (914) 949-6227 x142 / rheumann@ywcawpcw.org.  Free on-site parking.

INVASIVE PLANTS:  WESTCHESTER’S MOST WANTED.  STOP THE SPREAD!  Sunday, October 27th, 10am-2pm.  Join NY/NJ Trail Conference, The Invasives Project – Pound Ridge & Westchester Land Trust as we tackle and remove invasive plants @: Westchester Wilderness Walk, Zofnass Family Preserve.  Do your part to help protect native habitat.  No experience necessary.  We’ll teach you all you need to know.  We provide the tools.  You bring lunch, water, and work gloves.   For further details, including meeting place and directions, please RSVP to Linda Rohleder (Coordinator, Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) isftrailcrew@gmail.com -or- (201)512-9348.  Visit www.westchesterlandtrust.org.

Help make Holiday dreams come true for a child at the Boys and Girls Club this season — Donate a bike!
Bring in your gently used bicycles and helmets for children ages 2-18 (bike shop bands only) to Bicycle World of Mt Kisco.  Bicycle World mechanics and local Scouts will recondition your bikes and deliver them to the Boys and Girls Club for holiday giving.
Don’t have a bike? No problem, you can still donate online at the Boys and Girls Club www.bgcnw.com and specify in the memo line that you’d like to purchase repair parts, helmets, and/or accessories for the holiday bicycle donation program.
Donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a letter from the Boys and Girls Club for their records.  Please email Bicycle World at info@bicycleworldny.com with questions, or visit www.bicycleworldny.com.

Author: Michael Grant
Review by TJM
Main characters are Sam Temple, Caine Soren, Astrid Ellison, Pete Ellison, Dekka Talent, Brianna, Drake Merwin, the Darkness.
In the first book of the series (Gone), all adults disappear from an area in California with a 20 mile radius. A barrier forms so that the people who are left inside cannot escape in any way, and the children are left to fend for themselves. Leading up to Plague in the series, many essential things are slowly taken away from the kids inside. Things such as food, electricity, and water are scarce and illness and internal conflict are abundant and dangerous, with many of the children dying. However, the children start to develop impossible powers such as teleportation, lightning speed, telekinesis, the ability to cancel gravity, and the power to shoot light from their hands. These powers help to keep the kids safe and can be beneficial, but can also be bad if in the wrong hands.
In Plague, the 4th book in the series, a deadly illness strikes Perdido Beach, the town inside the barrier, and starts to slowly wipe out the people infected. While all of this is happening, an unstoppable species of giant bugs begin to develop with the help of the Darkness, an evil creature buried in a mine shaft. The bugs attack the town under the command of Drake Merwin, a psychopath who hopes to kill everyone in Perdido Beach. Caine Soren comes from his home on an island offshore but still inside the barrier to help defeat the bugs, and is successful. While this happens, Sam Temple is on a mission to find food, water, and a new place to settle to get away from what is by now a ghost town in Perdido Beach. As a result, he is not there to help when the town is attacked, but in the end, his journey is extremely beneficial to the kids who decide to move to the place he found.
I loved this book as much as any of the previous 3 because it was similar in that it was full of action and interesting the whole way through, but it was not poorly written so that it was not interesting to read and learn from. I dislike books that fill themselves with intrigue, only to completely mess it all up for me by not being well-written. These books are a perfect balance for me and every single one satisfies. I will surely finish the series.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Ever dream of relaxing during the holidays?  Have a Chef prepare your Thanksgiving dinner, delivered right to your door!
NYC, Westchester & Lower Fairfield County

The Menus
John Boy Farms Turkey.  Please note if you would like the turkey brined and tied (oven ready) or fully cooked.
All birds will be delivered whole, with classic turkey gravy.

The Sides  Please Choose the Sides that you would like, no substitutions please.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Grilled Bananas, Brown Sugar
Roasted Garlic Mashed Yukon Potatoes
Maple and Olive Oil Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Seasonal Root Vegetables
Farro Salad with Wood Grilled Carrots, Parsnips, Parsley
Butternut Squash Soup
Wild Mushroom Soup (with or without cream)
Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash (halves)
Cauliflower Gratin
Cranberry Orange Chutney
Sicilian Style Kale, Dried Cherries, Pinenuts
Wood Grilled Broccoli, Parmesan
Lentil Salad, Carrot, Red Pepper, Sherry Vinaigrette
Rosemary Basted Fingerling Potatoes
Kneaded Bread Stuffing with Chestnuts, Celery, Onion
**(Vegetarian or with Pork Sausage)

Kale Salad, Pickled Cranberries, Toasted Almonds, Blue Cheese, Balsamic
Organic Spinach Salad, Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Pomegranate Vinaigrette
OR  Salad Dressings: Lemon, Shallot Sherry or Roquefort

The Sugar
Apple Cinnamon Crostada
Pear Frangipane Tart
Bourbon Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Maple Pie
*Please indicate any nut allergies.

Please note that all orders must be placed by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8th.  All deliveries will be made on Wednesday November 27th.
All ORDERS must be emailed* to: jennifer@maison-prive.com or phoned in the old fashioned way: 203.992.1880
*all orders will receive a confirmation within 24 hours, please contact us for pricing information.  Visit www.maison-prive.com.

SciBargeHalloweenScience Barge HALLOWEEN EVENT!  October 31, 2013
Halloween on the Hudson at the Science Barge!
A (haunted) floating sustainable farm.
Thursday, October 31st, 2013.
2:30 – 4pm, Trick or Treating, Face Painting, Crafts (ages 3-8)
3:30 – 4:30pm, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest (ages 6-10)
4:30pm, Parade to Beczak Center
On the waterfront, 99 Dock Street, Yonkers, NY 10701.
Then, just a short walk down the road, Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak is hosting BOOZAK.
2 Halloween Events for the price of NONE (well, suggested donation $5)  Come celebrate with The Science Barge AND Beczak this Halloween.
Visit www.groundworkhv.org or www.beczak.org.

ChappAntiquesThe 45th Chappaqua Antiques Show
New Castle Historical Society
November 2nd & 3rd, 10 to 5pm
Antiques & Design
Admission $8
* With this ad $6
Westorchard Elementary School
25 Granite Road (off Route 133)
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Information: 914.238.4666

thistlewaithelogo2013ThistleWaithe Learning Center invites children ages 3-6 to join their newest classroom in Katonah at the St. Mary’s School building at 99 Valley Road.  This marks a special homecoming for the Montessori preschool as their doors first opened in 2000 here to welcome one child.  By 2007 — ThistleWaithe’s last year in Katonah — over 100 children gathered daily.  With a bustling South Salem campus, ThistleWaithe is delighted to expand and return to the Katonah area.  The mixed-ages classroom offers children a sensory-rich learning environment that plants the seeds of problem solving and critical thinking, while exposing children to language, mathematics, geography, science, and cultural areas.  Environmental stewardship figures prominently in the curriculum, with nature walks and observation exercises a joyful part of the children’s experience.  Young learners also enjoy Spanish, etiquette, and a vibrant music and movement program.  With immediate openings, ThistleWaithe invites you to arrange a visit.  Please contact Jenifer Hughs, Program Coordinator, at 914-977-3662 or e-mail at thistlewaithelc@gmail.com.

furnituredriveOn Sunday, November 10 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Outreach and Stepinac High School are co-sponsoring a drive to benefit The Furniture Sharehouse, which collects gently-used furniture for redistribution free-of-charge to families in need. The Drive will be at Stepinac (950 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) rain or shine. Only basic HOME FURNITURE & SMALL APPLIANCES IN GOOD CONDITION will be accepted. To ensure your furniture is acceptable for donation, please check the guidelines at www.furnituresharehouse.org.  To volunteer or more info, contact Susan Wackerow at 946-7348 or smwackerow@hotmail.com.  The Furniture Sharehouse provides gently-used furniture free-of-charge to families moving out of homeless shelters, escaping domestic violence, struggling with poverty and recovering from personal and natural disasters.  Since opening in 2007, it has provided some 36,000 items of free furniture worth over $2.2 million to more than 6,800 individuals who could not afford a bed to sleep on or a table to share a family meal.  Furniture Sharehouse works with over 30 local social service agencies to ensure that the furniture goes directly to those who need it most.  It is operated almost entirely by volunteers and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
For more information on Furniture Sharehouse, please visit www.furnituresharehouse.org.

Spend outdoor quality time with the kids this weekend. Enjoy batting practice in our brand new batting cage area. Choose from softball or baseball pitching machines, as well as slow and fast pitches. Our machines are brand new and in tip-top condition.  Pricing:   $3.00 per token (25 pitches).   Buy 5 tokens and get the 6th free $15.00.  Cage Rental: 30 Minutes $40,  1 hour $60.  Turtle Cove Golf and Baseball Center, 1 City Island Road, Pelham Bay Park, N.Y. 10464, (718) 885-1129, www.turtlecovegolfcenter.com.

Join the fun at Westmoreland Sanctuary this weekend.  October 18th @ 6-9 P.M. “Spooky” Guided flashlight* tours along Enchanted Trail & cemetery, haunted stories, entertainment, marshmallow roast.  October 19th @ 1-4 p.m. “Family”  Guided tours along Enchanted Trail, entertainment, games, animals, food, fun.  $10 donation per person  (*bring flashlights).  Westmoreland Sanctuary, Inc., 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Bedford Corners, New York 10549.  Visit us online at www.WestmorelandSanctuary.org.

November 20, 2013, 10 to 11:30am, Northern Westchester Hospital, North Building conference rooms.  You are most definitely what you eat!  This lecture will focus on the role of good nutrition in physical and mental well-being. Elisa will discuss the components of a healthy diet, and the links between food and optimal performance in both athletic and scholastic endeavors. She will provide practical tips that will help kids to manage stress, boost energy and enhance brain power. The roles of hydration and vitamins will be covered, as well as the facts and current recommendations regarding sports drinks, energy drinks, caffeine and protein powders.  Elisa Bremner is a Registered Dietitian with a BS in Communications from Cornell University and a Masters in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia.  She holds a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management as well as a Certificate of Training in Prevention Strategies for Childhood Obesity.  Elisa’s specialty is practical nutrition – through NWH, she provides nutrition education and cooking classes to children and teens throughout Westchester county.  She also writes for Westchester Family magazine and spends her summers at Camp Wayne for Boys, attending to special dietary needs of active campers and running a popular cooking class.  For more information, contact Gaby Greenwald, ggreenwald@nwhc.net.

Ok, I have to write about a new find someone put me on to recently.  Doodle.com.  It’s a meeting scheduling site — totally SIMPLE and brilliant.  If you are tired of CHAINS of reply all emails letting you know what all of your friend’s schedules look like, hearing about princess betty’s ballet class that interferes with your scheduling of a meeting or book club, please take a look.  You can set up a poll with the exact meeting dates available and people can then just pick a date and SUBMIT, no note, no non-sense.  And then winner take all — find a date that works for all or a date that is a clear majority…it really can be that easy.
Check it out.  I am in love!