November 2014

December 6, 2014, 11am-4pm. We’re launching our “new baby” – a special store within a store to serve the needs of families with babies ages 0-3. Inspired by the recent pronouncement of the American Academy of Pediatrics that literacy should be promoted from a newborn’s very first days, we are focusing on our youngest customers, offering books and gifts for the nursery. We want to help parents create a book-loving family environment.  All are invited to celebrate at The Voracious Reader – 1997 Palmer Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538. (914)630-4581. Come for stories and song, tips on reading with your newborn and more!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the holiday season in Katonah! And the Chamber is having some special events to celebrate the season.  Join us Saturday, November 29th, for Small Business Saturday, a day when, all across America, small communities like ours make a point of supporting the local businesses that anchor our town. Shop early, shop often, and shop local!  Also on Saturday the 29th, Santa will be in Katonah, greeting children of all ages. The festivities begin at 11am, behind the Chase Bank in town.  Then, on Sunday, November 30th, we host one of the Chamber’s biggest events of the year: the annual Christmas Tree & Menorah lighting. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a swag bag and announce the gift basket raffle winners! There will be singing, friends from the community, plenty of hot drinks and snacks, and warm, inclusive celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas, and the holiday spirit for all.  This year, it’s Katonah for the Holidays!

Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club’s 2015 Day Camp Fair is Saturday, January 17th from 1 to 4 p.m. The MBYC Camp is a uniquely warm and intimate program of “big camp” experiences specially tailored for campers ages 2-7. The camp includes daily-certified swim and tennis instruction, arts programs, kayaking, water and field sports, music, science, and much more. Please join us on January 17th to register or learn more information. We look forward to welcoming your family next summer!

FLMSAuthorPalooza2nd Annual Author Palooza at Fox Lane Middle School.
10 Authors talk about real life in the fictional lane.
Author readings, book signings, and more.
Panel moderated by author and FLMS parent, Lena Roy.

Monday, December 8th, 6-7:30pm.
Fox Lane Middle School Little Theater.
Open to students of all ages, families, and the community.
For more information, please contact FLMSA Co-Chair Kristy Lavinsky 914-239-3752 or kristymaxi@yahoo.com.

As we usher in the Holiday Season, Little Joe’s Coffee & Books offers an alternative to big box shopping through events, community volunteer activities, and home grown FUN while shopping.  Little Joe’s owners, Peter and Gretchen Menzies, state “We love owning a local business, and part of the fun for us is knowing our community, supporting other local businesses and charities, and really being a part of people’s lives.”
As the coffee shop for the Katonah commuter crowd, Little Joe’s starts the day for many people on that early train to the city, and continues to fuel the city-goers throughout the day – from business folk headed to work, to youngsters headed to auditions on Broadway, to Holiday shoppers…they get them all, and send them on their way with a cheery chat, a warm cup of something, a hearty soup, or a treat to get them smiling for the day.  Little Joe’s knows their customers, their stories, and cheers their good days and bad.  “It’s the most amazing experience we could have as a local business; we’re part community drop in, part therapist, part cozy grandma comforting our friends with hot cocoa and a cookie at the end of a tough day.”
Upstairs in the bookstore, Little Joe’s is the one stop shop for birthday party gifts, stocking stuffers, and boredom busters with books, toys, and gifts.  They provide a stopping point for all ages to come in, get warm, cozy up with a book, a smile, a craft activity, or just a run through of the toys which are always out for kids to play with.  Little Joe’s is the spot parents come to when they need to get out of the house on a cold day or for a visit to one of the coveted story times to meet up with other parents  (Story times: Tuesdays at 11am, Thursdays at 4:30, and Sundays at 11am).
This Holiday season, Little Joe’s promises even more ways to build community.  On Black Friday, November 28th from 2-4pm, instead of a mad rush of a sale, they will be offering a volunteer activity, “Turn Black Friday YELLOW”.  For a $5 donation, families can come and make stockings and cards which will be stuffed with candy, and distributed through the Family Services of Westchester’s Veterans Outreach Program which provides support services to soldiers and Veterans and their families around Westchester County.
On Thursday, December 4th, Little Joe’s will be hosting a blow-out one-year Anniversary Party and Holiday Shopping Night from 6-9pm.  Folks can drop in, get a warm drink, try some great hors d’ouevres from the soon to open Katonah Reading Room kitchen, and shop while visiting and enjoying the company of old and new friends in the community.  “We want to have FUN at the Holidays and to thank our amazing customers for the best year.  Join us for a fun night out, a visit with friends, and maybe get some help with your shopping list while you’re at it.”
On Thursday, December 18th at 4:30pm, local legend, Miss Kathy, will be displaying her storytelling skills with a winter story time and craft for all ages.  Stories of snowmen, snow days, and winter fun will be featured and we’ll be making snowmen crafts.
On December 12th, 19th and 23rd, Little Joe’s will be offering special Holiday hours until 7pm, allowing for people to sneak in those extra hours after work, after spouses are home to watch the kids, or after a hectic day to just be able to stop in for more convenient shopping hours.

Little Joe’s hopes to make the Holidays brighter for our community and bring back the joy of finding special gifts for the people you love – whether you’re looking for a favorite classic book, a Hanukkah story, a Christmas tale, a fantastic cookbook for a difficult to buy for family member, or a little toy for the nieces and nephews.  Little Joe’s is stocked and ready to help with a recommendation, a smile, and a cheery staff offering to give you a break in the day!  Come on in and check them out, you won’t be disappointed.  Little Joe’s Coffee & Books, 25 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536, www.littlejoescb.com, or find us on social media @littlejoescb.

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Kerry Tomson and Daisy Lee invite you to join them for Protecting Your Joints at Any Age:  Exercise, Sports and Aging. Presented by Eric Grossman, MD Orthopedic Surgeon, Co-Director, Joint Replacement Surgery at NWH Orthopedic and Spine Institute and John Battles, PA NWH Orthopedic and Spine Institute Program Administrator.  Dr. Grossman will identify common joint injuries for youth and adults and provide an overview of symptoms, treatment options, assessments, surgical procedures and post-operative care. John will discuss the importance of Communication – what are your joints telling you; Exercise and Activity – protect and reinvent the athlete within you; Balance- too much of a good thing or too much of nothing; Rehab – don’t wait until your joints are injured; and Post Injury – adapting to life’s daily demands.  Northern Westchester Hospital 400 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 North Building, Conference Rooms A & B Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7 to 8:30 PM.  Tickets are $10 per person.  Please visit www.nwhconnect.org/2014speakerseries or email Whitney at wwasserman@nwhc.net
What is the NWH Speaker Series? Get to know Northern Westchester Hospital’s distinguished medical staff as its experts speak on topics that they know best. Learn what the Hospital can do to serve your needs and take control of your and your family’s health and wellness. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and educate yourself on topics that interest you and directly relate to your life.
The Speaker Series is an initiative of the Northern Westchester Hospital Foundation.
Visit www.nwhconnect.org/2014speakerseries

The Prospector Theater is not a typical movie theater; it is special. Not just because our 4 theaters will have the best in digital and sound technology and big comfy seats–which they will!  The real reason that the Prospector Theater is special is our mission to provide educational and employment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities through the operation of a first-run movie theater.  Audiences young and old will be delighted by quality programming – first-run movies, documentaries, sing-alongs, classics, theme nights – all while they help support the Prospector’s Mission, and help change the lives of underemployed members of society.  At Prospector, audiences will come to understand what smart, valuable, and dedicated employees adults with disabilities are when given the proper structure, training and support.  The Prospector Theater is a new model of social enterprise. It pairs a first-run, commercial movie theater with the mission of training and employing adults with disabilities. It’s a not-for-profit system, with the competitiveness and transparency of a for-profit business model. It shows how community groups, businesses, and people in the private sector – working together – can improve the quality of lives for those with disabilities, while lessening the financial burden on the government and helping boost employment rates.  Visit www.prospectortheater.org.