February 2014

Victorian Tea Sponsored by the New Castle Historical Society and the Chappaqua Library.  Thursday, March 13 at 4:00 pm.  Please join us at a very special Victorian Tea at the Horace Greeley House.  Children in grades 2-4 can make a beautiful Victorian crafts and then practice their excellent penmanship using slate pencils and slate tablets.  The young guests will then be invited to enjoy a Victorian Tea with vintage china and sample yummy treats.  Please register by calling the Chappaqua Library at 238-4779.

seuss2014Bring all your little ones to Parents Place for a birthday bash in honor of everyone’s favorite author, Dr. Seuss!  The festivities take place from 2:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. The cost is $20 per FAMILY for activities, mini cupcakes and juice. Many thanks to the Starbucks in Ossining for donating pastries for the adults. So, make sure that Parents Place is among all the places you’ll go!  Email us for information: dmorrison@TheGuidanceCenter.org, call 914-636-4440 or 914-613-0700, or visit www.TheGuidanceCenter.org

In this winter of unrelenting cold and snow, it’s good to have a warm tradition to look forward to.  Teatown Lake Reservation has tapped 70 maple trees to collect sap in preparation for another year of award-winning syrup.  With “Sugaring Sundays” underway (March 1 and March 8), they are ready for the public to come out and see how it’s done.  Teatown’s annual Pancake Brunch takes place on March 15 with four different seating times, 8:30 am, 9:45 am, 11 am and 12:15 pm.  This event sells out each year as participants come to taste the new batch of syrup along with delicious hotcakes, sausages, coffee and more.   The price to participate for adults is $10/members, $15/nonmembers and for children $5/members and $7 nonmembers.  Attendees will also get the chance to see firsthand how the syrup is made by visiting Warren’s sugar house that day.  Teatown Lake Reservation’s maple syrup was awarded first place at Sharpe Reservation’s annual “Best in the Hudson Valley Syrup Judging Contest” last year.  The contest has been ongoing since 2003 and Teatown is the only three time first place winner.  Syrup production has been a tradition at Teatown since Warren’s sugar house was built in 1976.  Teatown’s education staff takes advantage of this opportunity to teach the public about the Native American origins of sugaring and the process.  Syrup is available for purchase at the Pancake Brunch on March 15 as well as in Teatown’s Nature Center, located at 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining until it sells out.  Sign up now for the Pancake Brunch by calling 914-762-2912, ext. 110.  Stop by the Nature Center any day from 9:00am-5:00pm.  Teatown Lake Reservation is a nonprofit, environmental education organization with a 1,000-acre nature preserve and nature center.  Teatown Lake Reservation’s mission is to conserve open space and to educate and involve the regional community in order to sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats for future generations. We are devoted to conserving biodiversity, teaching ecology and promoting nature-friendly living throughout the Hudson Hills and Highlands.  Visit www.teatown.org for more information.

spongebobThe Yorktown Leos & Elks present Breakfast with SpongeBob and Friends.  Bring your family, friends & cameras.  $8 adults, $5 kids from 4-12 years.  Under 3 years eat free. March 2, 8:30am to 12:30pm.  Elks Lodge, 590 Waverly Road, off Rte 202 & Granit Springs Rd) in Yorktown.  Menu: scrambled eggs, sausage & bacon, milk, orange juice, coffee & tea.  All proceeds will be donated to charities that benefit disabled children.

jamescanno200Janette James and Lauren Canno of James & Canno Photographers are nationally exhibited fine art and documentary photographers voted one of the Top rated child, baby and family photographers in NY.  Specializing in artistic and contemporary maternity, newborn and child photography.  They believe in creating many fun-filled moments so the photography shoot is an experience to treasure while delivering beautiful and unique photographs that will be cherished for many generations to come.  914-763-0009.  info@jamesandcannophotography. www.jamesandcannophotography.com

Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants.  Doug Tallamy, Author will present a lecture which will include a Q&A period.  Admission is free.  For more information, email events@lewisborolandtrust.org.  Katonah Village Library, Sunday, February 23rd, 3pm.  Presented by the Lewisboro Land Trust with funding from the Jerome Levy Foundation.

Girl AGain, a great new resource for the all the girls and parents of Westchester who want American Girl brand dolls at reasonable prices, has opened in Hartsdale.  Located at 157 South Central Avenue, inside the Sweet Heaven Family Spa, this one-of-a-kind shop offers high-quality new and gently used American Girl dolls, outfits, furniture, books and accessories.  There will also be tea parties and craft activities.  The shop is operated by the new non-profit Yes She Can, Inc., which provides job skill development and employment for teenage girls and young women with autism. “This is a terrific way to repurpose these popular, but expensive, dolls  – perhaps once loved but no longer played with – for a worthy cause,” says Yes She Can founder, Marjorie Madfis, of White Plains.   “Imagine Bitty Babies for only $25 or an excellent condition American Girl doll for $75!”  The shop is a great place to expand a collection or to purchase that first really special doll, but more importantly, for the young women on the autistic spectrum who work here, says Madfis, “it is  an incubator, readying them for mainstream employment.”  The staff learns how to do it all, from pricing products competitively (by comparing prices on eBay), to researching doll’s hairstyles, to posting on Pinterest.  It is only fitting to pair the training program with American Girl, since the  brand extends a strong message about girl empowerment.   At Girl AGain, all of the merchandise is accessible.  Encouraging young customers to interact with the dolls, unwrapped and posed in imaginative vignettes with all of their accessories, makes this boutique unique.   Of course, American Girl lovers will  find all their favorite historic dolls and their furnishings here:  Kit with her orange crate scooter, Samantha with her school desk, Felicity with her horse, and Josefina with her adobe oven. There are dolls that represent “girls of today” with contemporary clothing including a cheerleading outfit, an Irish dancing costume, a basketball uniform and pajamas.  The shop has a collection of new and used books about the girls in history, as well as advice books on hair care and dealing with bullies.  Girl AGain Boutique (www.facebook.com/GirlAgainBoutique) is open Tuesday though Friday 11-5, Saturday and Sunday, 10-5 p.m..   For more information, call (646) 833-8315.

Kindergarten IS HERE! Ready.  Set.  Grow!  Join us for a Kindergarten Open House on February 18, 2014 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester (515 North Street, White Plains, NY 10605).  The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester offers a pathway to school success with a new NAEYC accredited Kindergarten program offering a rich curriculum that fosters early literacy, math, science and language. In addition, children participate in swimming, sports and other special activities.  Enrollment open to children turning five by December 31, 2014.  In our small classroom setting, your child will get the right start for their transition to elementary school.  About the Children’s Learning Center Kindergarten Program:  NAEYC accredited, Low teacher to student ratio, Common Core Standards are introduced in a vibrant, creative learning environment, Sports and swim instruction are included in the curriculum, Early Drop Off & Late Pick Up options available, 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.  February 18th  from  10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North Street, White Plains, NY 10605.  Free on-site parking.

purimflierFamily fun on Sunday, March 16
Bedford Historical Hall – 608 Old Post Road  Chinese Acrobats

Balloons Artist, Purim Crafts, Lunch Feast with Hamentashen.
Wear a costume and win a prize!
Chaired by: Darielle Cohen, Kathy Daniel, Shira Kaplan & Amy Rinzler

Check out these great new story times at Little Joe’s Books in Katonah.
Preschool Story Time. Tuesdays at 11am, Boredom Buster story time. Come in for a book, a craft, a visit. We’ll be doing something new every week and encourage you to bring your little ones in for the fun!
Big Kid Story Time. Thursdays at 4:30pm with Miss Kathy. Ages 3+ please.