November 2013

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Many folks ask me about my advertising packages, how to get a story published, how to get their information out to my list about events, special happenings, their businesses, etc.  I have headed down the path of the non-profit model — I want Essentialmom.com to continue as a community resource; people love the calendar, they use the resources, they find things on here that help them in their daily lives as parents — but I hate selling ads.  So, I am turning the site over to you all — if you send me posts, stories, events, etc. I will post them, but in order to save my sanity, I need the submissions to come from the community.

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The Westchester All Stars Christmas Concert for Wounded Veterans returns Friday, December 6th at 7:30 pm on the Tarrytown Music Hall stage, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, New York. The evening presents original holiday music by Westchester County’s greatest musicians. The proceeds from the event will benefit two wounded veterans organizations: The Bob Woodruff Foundation and Veterans Adaptive Sports, Inc. Tax-deductible tickets cost $25, $35 and $50. To purchase tickets and learn more about the project, visit www.westchesterallstarschristmas.com.  Former Yankee outfielder and Latin Grammy nominated jazz guitarist Bernie Williams and singer Eden Riegel (from television’s All My Children and other animated projects) have both performed on the CD. Other artists scheduled to appear include Jon Cobert, Tom Dudley featuring Myles Mancuso, Bill Edwards, Vaneese Thomas, Dave Keyes and Duchess Di, Jessica Lynn, Scott and Mia Staton, Chuck St. Troy, and Kristen Capolino.  Bands ready to rock the night are Johnny Feds & Da Bluez Boyz, The Renovators, Stolen Moments and The Barnstormers.  The artists and celebrities are donating their performances and appearances, along with everything else — from studio time to composing and arranging the music. Blocks of tickets are offered to the veterans, staff and volunteers from the Castle Point and Montrose Campus of the Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Health Care System.  The Bob Woodruff Organization’s mission is to ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home. For more information, visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org.  Veterans Adaptive Sports, Inc. promotes rehabilitation of disabled military service veterans by creating fun and challenging experiences. To learn more, visit veteransadaptivesports.org.

December 1st from 12:00 – 2:00pm at the JCCA Pleasantville Cottage School.   The Cottage School gives a home to underprivileged kids who have been abused and need a safe place to call home.   As you can imagine when the holidays roll around it can be sad for many of these kids not being with any family. This year we would love to help put a smile on the faces on some of these boys and girls. So we decided to throw a Chanukah party!  It will be a great afternoon and a wonderful way for your family to celebrate Chanukah. Help us make it happen – click here to sign up to purchase an unwrapped gift for a child 10 and up, or to contribute towards the event.  The event will feature pizza, latkes, doughnuts, glitter tattoos and nail art, candy menorahs (yum)Chanukah bingo and a fabulous entertainer. Thank you for helping make the holiday special for these underprivileged kids.  Contact: Sara Wolf, sara@chabadbedford.com.

Why Words Matter: Eight Novelists Talk About Writing, Reading and Life.  Please Join Us for an Evening of Author Readings and Book Signings.  Thursday December 5th, The Fox Lane Middle School  Book Fair at The Little Theater.  6:00 – 7:30pm.  Click here for flier.
OR Visit The FLMS Book Fair!  Thursday, December 6th through Wednesday, December 12th.  Thursday Hours:  6:00pm – 7:30pm, Friday Hours:  7:15am – 3:15pm, Monday Hours:  7:15am – 3:15pm, Tuesday Hours:  7:15am – 3:15pm, Wednesday Hours: 7:15am – 2:20pm.
Gift Coupons to be Raffled Off

The Afya Foundation is partnering with The ABS-CBN Foundation and the Philippine Red Cross to collect and ship medical and humanitarian relief supplies to help victims of the recent typhoon.  Please help by donating supplies, donating funds and/or helping Afya sort through and package goods collected for shipment to the Philippines.

SUPPLIES IMMEDIATELY NEEDED:

Food (preferably ready-to-eat) canned goods (canned meat, corned beef, sardines, instant noodles, shelf stable milk, rice, spam)
Water purifier tablets
Water containers
Tents and other temporary shelters
Freshly laundered and clean blankets, pillows, sheets towels, etc.
Hygiene kits with personal care items-soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, sanitary napkins
Baby diapers and wipes, bottles and baby formula
Cooking apparatus-pots and utensils
Power generators
General medical supplies and over the counter medications at least one year from expiration
Mosquito repellant
Flashlights and batteries

PLEASE DROP OFF Donations, Supplies and/or help us sort at:  THE AFYA FOUNDATION OF AMERICA, 140 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers, NY  10701 or call us at: 914-920-5081 or email us at:  admin@afyafoundation.org.  Visit www.afyafoundation.org.

Join us for an evening of revered design and philanthropic giving at Simon Pearce, Greenwich.   Lauded American glassware and pottery brand, Simon Pearce, invites you to visit their Greenwich store on November 19 to meet interior designer Rachel Laxer (Founder and Principal of Rachel Laxer Interiors LTD). Laxer will be unveiling her seasonal installation she recently created for the store, inspired by the signature Simon Pearce aesthetic and the holiday season. The evening is part of Simon’s Pearce’s Designer Showcase Series, an ongoing partnership between the Simon Pearce retail store and the local design community that raises awareness of the area’s creative talent. In honor of the event, Simon Pearce will be donating 20% of the days’ sales to the Breast Cancer Alliance, Greenwich.  Please RSVP by calling 203 861 0780 or email greenwich@simonpearce.com.  Tuesday, November 19, 6-8pm, Simon Pearce, Greenwich 125 E. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830, 203.861.0780.

Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s Furniture Bank, is launching its “Sittin’ Round the Table” Project this holiday season to draw attention to the importance of basic furniture in the lives of Westchester’s families in need. “There’s nothing that says home like gathering around the table for a holiday meal,” says executive director and founder Kate Bialo. “But it’s easier to give thanks around the table when you have a table — something so many of us take for granted.”  The organization hopes to raise enough money to furnish 25 Westchester families in need this holiday season.  “It costs us about $300 to Furnish a Family by giving them the basic furniture they need to make a fresh start,” said Bialo.  “We think that if friends and neighbors in Westchester know that there are families in their midst who are living in empty apartments, they’ll pull together to help.”  Since opening six years ago, Furniture Sharehouse has provided over 36,000 items of furniture free of charge to more than 7,000 Westchester residents moving out of homeless shelters, escaping domestic violence and recovering from personal and natural disasters to help rebuild their lives.  Clients are referred by member social service agencies to ensure that the furniture goes only to those who need it the most.  To make a monetary contribution and for details on how to donate your gently-used furniture, visit www.furnituresharehouse.org. and while you’re there, click the link on the home page to hear The Original Blind Boys of Alabama sing about how the families you help will feel when they are “Sittin’ Round the Table” for the holidays.

Be the Happy in Someone’s Holiday This Year — 50th Anniversary of MHA Westchester’s Operation Holiday Joy.  Join MHA Westchester to make the holidays brighter for individuals, children and their families who would not receive — or be able to purchase — gifts if it weren’t for Operation Holiday Joy.  For 50 years, MHA has helped its neediest by gathering their personal wish lists, matching them to donors, and delivering the new clothing, toys, food and household items in time for the holidays.  It’s a tradition that brings joy to both receiver and giver.  There are many ways to help.  You can sponsor an individual or family and purchase items from their wish list; make a financial contribution and have MHA staff do the shopping; purchase food, clothing, household items or toys that MHA will match to a child or family; or donate store gift cards.  MHA’s holiday gift drive is a great opportunity for groups – schools, churches, synagogues, a department at work—to collectively shop to bring cheer to others.  For more information, call 914-265-7511or e-mail development@mhawestchester.org.  For more information, visit www.mhawestchester.org.

It doesn’t have to take a Hanukkah miracle to score VIP seats at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. To create excitement around the “miracle” of Thanksgivukkah, the extraordinarily rare convergence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah this year, UJA-Federation of New York is hosting a sweepstakes via Facebook to give away four VIP bleacher seats at the parade on Thursday, November 28, 2013, and a Hanukkah menorah. The sweepstakes offers a winner the chance to celebrate Thanksgivukkah by experiencing a quintessential New York City tradition.  Hosted exclusively on UJA-Federation’s Facebook page, the Thanksgivukkah sweepstakes entry runs from Thursday, November 14, 2013 through Thursday, November 21, 2013. All participants must be at least 18 years old, and live in UJA-Federation of New York’s local coverage area of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester, or appear in UJA-Federation’s records as a donor residing in the United States as of November 13, 2013. The winner, selected at random, will be notified by Friday, November 22, 2013. Candidates can enter the sweepstakes by visiting nyjewi.sh/Thanksgivukkah-Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes rules apply.

Every year the Open Door Foundation collects toys for children from families of less fortunate means to make sure that every child in our community will receive a new toy during the holiday season. Santa Claus visits all five Open Door sites to personally deliver the gifts to the children. In order to fill his sleigh with enough toys, Open Door is accepting donations of new toys, valued between $10-$20, through December 10th for children ages newborn to 14 years-old. With a goal of collecting 2,500 new, unwrapped toys, Open Door is accepting donations at all Open Door Family Medical Centers Sites:  Mt. Kisco: 30 West Main Street, Ossining: 165 Main Street, Port Chester: 5 Grace Church Street, Sleepy Hollow: 80 Beekman Avenue, Brewster: 155 Main Street, Suite 101.  To make things easy, Open Door has also created online Wish Lists at Amazon, Toys ‘R’ Us and Kohls:   Amazon.com: “Open Door Holiday Toy Drive”, Toysrus.com:  ‘33242665”, Kohls.com: ‘Registries / Special Days 2598805’.  Monetary donations are also being accepted and Open Door Elves will take care of the shopping. Checks made payable to Open Door Foundation may be mailed to Alicia Ward, Open Door Foundation, 2 Church Street – Suite 101, Ossining, NY 10562. Credit card donation may be made at:  www.opendoormedical.org , please be sure to note “Toy Drive” in the comment box.   For those with a knack for wrapping, Open Door is also looking for volunteers to help organize and wrap the gifts which will be distributed by Santa himself when he visits each Open Door health center in December.  For more information about the Toy Drive and volunteering contact Volunteer Coordinator Alicia Ward at 914-502-1468 or award@odfmc.org.  To find out more about Open Door, visit www.opeendoormedical.org.

pinkcupcakesDid you read the picture book Pinkalicious and imagine that you might eat too many cupcakes and turn pink?  Recently released from Victoria Kann is The Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook!  The Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook features more than 20 cupcakes straight from the world of Pinkaclicious.  You can bake everything from a classic Pinkalicious cupcake with a cherry on top, a Princess cupcake, a castle, a snowman cupcake, or a cake pop flower!  There are cupcakes for every occasion — birthday parties, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and more!

THIS SUNDAY, November 17th from 2-3pm, Victoria Kann, the award winning illustrator and author of the picture book series featuring the whimsical and effervescent character, Pinkalicious will be at LITTLE JOE’S BOOKS in Katonah.

Victoria co-authored and illustrated the first two books, Pinkalicious and Purplicious, as well as the play, Pinkalicious The Musical. She wrote and illustrated Goldilicious and is working on several more books about the adventures and antics of Pinkalicious.  The Pinkalicious character was inspired by Victoria’s real life daughters – two girls with vibrant imaginations who love cupcakes, dress up, playing princess, and all things pink.

There will be free give-aways and Ms. Kann will be signing books at the store.  A special treat for the little girl in your life…or the perfect Holiday gift for your favorite Pinkalicious fan!

barefootbooksCarefully crafted children’s books and gifts is what Barefoot Books is about. Our products help children on their journey to becoming happy, engaged members of the global community. Barefoot Books uses timeless stories and captivating illustrations to encourage exploration and creativity. We have books for infants and up.

Please visit www.ms.brown.barefootbooks.com. Use ambassador referral code 000-1elr when making a purchase.  How about hosting a party? Share our beautiful books in your home with friends and family and you’ll earn free gifts. Looking to start a home-based business? For these and other opportunities contact La-Sheila at ms.brown.barefootbooks@gmail.com.

PrintMaxime & Friends is a family-owned children’s clothing and accessories boutique in Larchmont, NY for boys and girls, age newborn – six. We are inspired by a lifestyle of quality, design and beauty in the everyday.

Our vision is to share that inspiration by bringing high-quality design to our community, carrying children’s brands from Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, France, Spain, the UK and many other countries, including the US.

Please come and visit us at 150 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538. www.maximeandfriends.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest or come and high-five us in person!

Friends Election Day Book Sale, 9:00am-4:00pm.  Shop for winter reading materials!
Coffee with a Cop, 10:00am-12:00pm.  Have coffee and conversation with local officers.
Energize Bedford, 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Meet a representative from Energize Bedford and learn how you can make your home more energy efficient this winter.
Bedford Free Library, 32 Village Green, Bedford, New York, www.bedfordfreelibrary.org.