September 2014

The US Sports Institute is running their Sports Squirts programs this fall in locations across Westchester County. The programs are designed to introduce children aged 2 to 5 to a variety of sports in a safe and structured environment. All games and activities will encompass hand-eye coordination, balance, agility and movement – all key factors to the early development of children in sport. Within our Squirts range we have several different programs to choose from, so there is something to suit every child. Please follow the link to our website for more information on our programs:

Bach and Roll in-home music lessons provide the highest quality of in home music lessons to students of all ages and abilities. We customize every lesson to make learning fun and easy no matter what style of music. Our highly skilled faculty can help you achieve your musical goals. Visit,, 917 414 0952.

Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, will hold a 85th Anniversary Jazz Brunch on Sunday, Oct 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown. Audience members will be treated to a gourmet brunch and fabulous performances by celebrated jazz artists Alma Micic on vocals, Nicolas Biello on sax, and Rale Micic on guitar.  Proceeds from this event will support our Scholarship Fund for low-income students as well as our music therapy program including Healing Our Heroes for US military veterans. Attendees can double their impact by helping the Conservatory match a $75,000 Challenge Grant from the Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation.  Tickets may be purchased on For further information, please contact

Lewisboro Land Trust presents Kids’ Outdoor Photo Workshop on October 13th.  In this program, children will learn how to express their unique inner “vision” and capture nature through the camera lens.  We will start in the classroom with examples of various tips and will then go out into the woods and fields to put our skills to use. Disposable digital cameras will be provided. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be given “Nature Ranger” photography workshop certificates, and will be asked to take home their cameras and download their photos (with the help of an older sibling or adult) and pick their 4 favorite photos for display on our website. These photos will be included in a Kids’ Photo Exhibit to be held early next year, complete with awards for all and an opening celebration!  Monday, October 13, 1:00 – 3:30 PM, Onatru Farm.  Bring water, snack, proper clothing for the woods/weather.  Ages 6-10,  $25 per child plus $10 for camera.  Registration closes on Monday, September 29.  To register, contact:  Presented in partnership with Lewisboro Parks & Recreation.

Let’s team up to protect our kids.  Rey Insurance, along with their generous sponsors New York Life and Erie Insurance, work with members of your local community to ensure the safety of our children.  One of the most important tools for law enforcement when searching for a missing child is an up-to-date, good quality photo along with descriptive information. A Child ID kit is a simple yet effective tool to help families maintain current photos of and descriptive information about their children.  Learn what you can do to create a happier, safe environment for our children. Bring the entire family and friends for a day of fun, festivities, and valuable safety tips.  All children will receive a FREE Identification Card, courtesy of Rey Insurance.  ID cards include: child’s photo, digital fingerprints, and other vital information.

EVENT: Child I.D. Day
DATE:  October 4, 2014
TIME:  10 AM – 2 PM
PLACE: Rey Insurance, 219 No. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Enjoy painting pumpkins, give-aways, Ernie the big blue safety dog and Sleepy Hollow’s finest with their Halloween decorated fire truck.  Phone: 914–631–7628, E-mail:, Website:

paceThe Center for Literacy Enrichment at Pace University uses the curiosity of students to enhance reading, comprehension, writing, and critical thinking skills at all ages. This is done by experienced certified teachers through after school and Saturday hourly tutoring, homework help, literature circles, and summer camp. We also hold many educational events and activities throughout the year. The program is designed in a way that builds self-confidence and develops individual learning techniques. We also offer support for improving and understanding math and science skills. Please feel free to reach us at our website, or by phone (914) 422-4135.  Center for Literacy Enrichment – Pace University, 78 N Broadway Street, White Plains, NY 10603

Children and adults are invited to enjoy an afternoon of FREE activities and light refreshments to celebrate the Sharing Shelf of FSW’s 5th Birthday on Sunday, October 19th from 2:00-5:00pm. Activities will include Face Painting, Cupcake Decorating, Arts and Crafts, Storyteller Lou Del Bianco, Mad Science, and a Magic Show with Joe Fields! Location: Raymour & Flanigan, 1 Maple Ave, White Plains, NY 10605.  Visit for event schedule and details.

More than 85 Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators to Appear at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on Sept. 27 from 10 am – 4 pm. Book Signings, Author Readings, Activities for Kids and Great Food; Authors Covering Multiple Genres and Reading Levels for Tots to Teens.  More than 85 renowned children’s book authors and illustrators will be participating in the second annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (CCBF), recently voted “Best Bookworm Event” by Westchester Magazine. The Festival will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Robert Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, N.Y. from 10 am – 4 pm. Books will be available for sale, local food vendors from around the region will offer great eats, and the 5th Annual Great Chappaqua Bake Sale will be selling baked treats and raffle tickets to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger. Admission and parking are free, and the event is rain or shine.  A complete list of authors and illustrators can be found at  Activities to include: Pinkalicious appearance from 2 – 4 pm, GaGa, life-size games and airbrush tattoos courtesy of Kiwi Country Day Camp, a collage activity with acclaimed mixed media collage artist Michael Albert, courtesy of the Chappaqua Learning Center, science activities with Regeneron and science author Vicki Cobb, music with children’s entertainer Miss Rhea, sensory play activities with WeeZee – The Science of Play, A musical instrument “petting zoo” from Amadeus Conservatory of Music, live llamas from Hudson Valley Llamas, PLUS, crafts activities, soap making, costumed characters, gift giveaways, balloon twisting and more!  Food available for purchase will include:  BBQ from Chappaqua’s Le Jardin du Roi, Pizza, popcorn and hot dogs from Bellizzi in Mt. Kisco, Wraps, sandwiches and salads from Village Social in Mt. Kisco.  Saturday, September 27, 2014  from 10 am to 4 pm.  In front of Robert E. Bell Middle School, Chappaqua, NY. Free parking at the Chappaqua train station, across the street from the school.  Chappaqua is a 50-minute train ride from Grand Central Terminal. In the event of rain, the event will take place inside the school. The best GPS address is 125 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY.  Admission, parking and children’s activities are free and books and food will be available for purchase.  CCBF is the only children’s book festival in Westchester County and was inspired by Book Day at Sunnyside, which was discontinued in 2012 after 15 years.  For more information, visit or follow the CCBF at

Vfleet300We are thrilled to announce that Matthew Van Fleet will be visiting Little Joe’s Coffee & Books on Sunday, September 21st at 11am.

He will be reading and signing books at our regularly scheduled Sunday Funday story time.  He will also be giving us a sneak preview of his newest book October the Octopus which will be coming out later this Fall.

Come say hi!  All ages welcome.  Little Joe’s, 25 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536,

Support the Crayons!  September 30, 2014 4pm.  You’re invited to a story time event to show the Crayons that you believe in them and their cause of creativity, imagination, and origniality! Come and color (outside the lines!), hear the story, The Day the Crayons Quit, make a protest sign and get your photo taken as a crayon (you’ll see!).  The Voracious Reader, 1997 Palmer Ave Larchmont NY 10538, (914) 630-4581,

Butterfly! Story of a Life Cycle.  3:30 pm, Saturday, November 15, 2014.  Live Children’s Theater / Family Entertainment.  This unique production of live children’s theatre whisks the audience away on the extraordinary journey through the stages of the Monarch butterfly’s life. Witness Mari go from bug to beautiful with some guidance from some interesting characters along the way. This is a truly fun and relaxing way to spend a Saturday afternoon for the whole family.  Hudson Vagabond Puppets – a 501(c)3 theatrical troupe of actors, dancers, and larger than life puppets creating quality live theater for children, families and communities.  Ritterhousen Theater, 131 Midland Avenue, Nyack, New York 10960.  Adults – $15.00.  Children/Seniors – $12.00.  Groups (10+) – $10.00.  845-359-1006,

The Celtic Tenors – Live at the Paramount – Thursday, October 9, 2014 – 7PM.  The Celtic Tenors have captivated audiences throughout the UK, Europe and the U.S. since their arrival on the music scene in 2000. What began just a few years ago as three very talented friends gathering on the operatic stage has since exploded into an international recording and touring phenomenon that transcends the trio’s classical roots and embraces folk, pop and various other dimensions of the musical spectrum.  For tickets call 914-739-0039 (ext. 2 for the box office) or visit


Little Joe’s Coffee & Books, 25 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536.  Visit for more information.


Face-Painting, Balloon-Twisting, Book Readings and Giveaways, with Pinkalicious and Rocky Read Ice Cream and the Unveiling of the CCBF Mural.   September 13, 2 – 5pm.  Hall of Scoops and the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (CCBF) are hosting a day of face painting, balloon-twisting, children’s book readings, giveaways and the unveiling of a community mural by local artist and recent college-grad Sophie Mendelson.  All activities are free. Two custom-crafted ice cream flavors will be available – Pinkalicious (cotton candy ice cream flecked with colorful candy confetti, created with the permission of and guidance from Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann) and Rocky Read (chocolate with marshmallows and fudge chunks). A portion of the proceeds from sales of Pinkalicious will benefit CCBF’s literacy partner, JCY-Westchester Community Partners.  At 3pm, local artist Sophie Mendelson will unveil a 20’ x 65’ mural outside Hall of Scoops, depicting scenes from the CCBF and around town in Chappaqua, with famous children’s literary characters appearing throughout.  Sophie spent the summer creating the mural, with donations from Chappaqua Paint and Hardware and Korth & Shannahan.  Hall of Scoops, 14 S. Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY.   All activities are free.  Ice cream available for purchase.  Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival:  From princesses to pups, to angst-filled tweens, and every crazy character in between, you’ll find them all at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10am – 6pm at Bell Middle School in Chappaqua. More than 85 popular authors, who bring favorite characters to life, are expected to participate. Most will be signing their books and reading excerpts. Bring your whole family for tons of fun, food, kid-friendly activities, entertainment and, of course, books!

Local Author and fiction writing teacher, Kim Kovach, explores fun ways to create interesting characters and clever plots to make story ideas shine in her 10-week Fall session for elementary and middle school students (Grades 3 – 8).  Kim’s classes challenge and encourage young writers to think creatively and write expressively. Get inspired and meet new friends who like to write!  Fall classes in Katonah on Mondays 5:30pm – 6:30pm (start Sept. 15th) or Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm (start Sept. 17th) or Saturdays 11:30am – 12:30pm (start Sept. 13th).  For info. and registration: