March 2015

Please save the date for an exciting new event in Rye! The Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room will be holding a “Celebration of Science” on the Village Green on May 3rd from 11 to 2. It promises to be a great family event with spectacular science-themed shows throughout the day, hands on science activities for elementary school aged kids, bounce houses, prizes, food and more. Several non profit organizations in town will also be participating. Proceeds benefit the Rye Free Reading Room. Any interest in underwriting opportunities, please see link below.

Northern Westchester Hospital’s Annual Teddy Bear Clinic & Health Fair for children and families.  Saturday April 11, 9am to 12pm.  Last tour at 11:15am.  Bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to NWH, NWH physicians and nurses will provide your furry friends (stuffed animals) with medical check-ups and demonstrate casting, suturing, IV therapy, x-rays and more.  There will be games and healthy snacks: Germbusters, hand hygiene activity and spin the wheel of nutrition, tips on good nutrition and exercise.  Tour an ambulance, visit with local police for bike safety information, and learn important health and safety lessons.  The event is free but registration is required. Register at  Park and enter and the North Entrance, proceed to the 1st floor conference center.  Northern Westchester Hospital, 400 East Main Street, Mount Kisco NY 10549.

Paramount Hudson Valley, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill, New York 10566.  Screening at the Paramount: Don Quixote!  Friday March 20, 2015 at 8 PM.  This classic ballet is a colorful comedy based on the Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It follows the adventures of a nameless hidalgo who reads so many chivalric novels that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world, under the name Don Quixote. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who often employs a unique, earthy wit in dealing with Don Quixote’s rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood. This ballet is 3 acts starring Opera de Paris.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children (under 12) and seniors (62+), and can be purchased at the Box Office on the day of the show using cash or credit/debit.  Box Office Hours*:
Mon-Fri, Sun: 1pm-6pm, Sat: 12-6pm.  *Extended hours for show nights.  P: 914-739-0039, Option #2 from Main Menu, E:

April 11, 2015.  Join us as Maira Kalman reads excerpts from her book, “Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Everything,” and describes the creative process from idea to research to publication. Discover surprising facts about one of our great Founding Fathers and enjoy Ms. Kalman’s whimsical illustrations.  The talk, book signing and reception will be at the 1787 Court House, 615 Old Post Road, Bedford Village. For tickets call us at (914) 234-9751 or visit

Thursday March 26th.  Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen.  1992 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor NY 10567.  The Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen at New York-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital offers an innovative culinary nutrition program for adolescents aged 11-13. I’m happy to report that our first sessions of the program have been a tremendous success. We feel that the Young Chefs program is an excellent opportunity for your child to learn the principles of a healthy diet in a fun and interactive learning environment. We have a prospective session that would start in late March/early April, and we are currently seeking 10 adolescents age 11-13 to participate in the program. Classes would take place every Thursday from 4:30-6:00 PM. The session would last for approximately 12 weeks. The cost of the entire program is $120/student and includes all ingredients and class materials. If you would like to learn more, feel free to contact me at 914-734-3780 or

Tuesday, March 31 – Friday, April 3, Drop-In 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Drop into the Museum’s dynamic studio space on school vacation days for creative exploration. Ideas of home, architecture, and sculpture will be explored with unique art materials. Check website for details. Children: $5 members, $8 non-members. Adults: Regular admission.  3/31: Collage homes – Create fantastical homes with found papers, magazine images, and patterned papers.  4/1: Blue print paintings – stamp print white architectural structures onto blue paper as the start of a unique blueprint-inspired painting.  4/2: Mini Village – Decorate matt board shapes with intricate patterns to build an imaginative stand-up mini-village.  4/3: Wood constructions – Construct unique architectural structures using wooden pieces, sticks and shapes.  Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah,

How Can I Help My Child Succeed In School and Want to Read?  Introducing Teach & Talk: An Educational Program for Parents.  Presented by The Center for Literacy Enrichment at Pace University’s School of Education.  What:   The Center for Literacy Enrichment at Pace University’s School of Education will begin Teach & Talk – a series of educational programs for parents to teach them what they can do to help their children succeed academically, address their individual concerns, and better understand the principals behind the new way of teaching and learning. The first lecture and discussion will focus on literacy and how to inspire your child to want to read. The program is free. Please reserve your space by calling (914) 422-4135 or registering online HERE.  Why:   Parents want to help their children learn, but do not know how. With the introduction of the Common Core, many parents and caregivers are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and helpless. Parents struggle to help their children with homework, and have more questions than answers.  When:  Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Where: The Center for Literacy Enrichment, Pace University Law School Campus, Education House, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY.  Who:  Dr. St. John Delany, Founder and Director of the Center for Literacy Enrichment, and former Associate Professor at Pace University will lead the discussion. She founded the Center 43 years ago. She received her master’s degree in teaching and psychology from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in language and literacy from Fordham University.  Contact:  Jennifer Galluzzo or Dr. St. John Delany, (914) 422-4135 or (845) 663-3566,,

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 7 to 9 pm.  We invite you to join us for a conversation about suicide prevention and local resources available to families. Panelists will share their own experiences with loss to suicide, as well as the ways they’ve learned to get through each day.  Presented by the Mental Health Association of Westchester and the Journal News Media Group.  Chappaqua Library Theatre, 195 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514.  For more information, visit  (914) 345-5900.

Now through April 30th, 2015, Win 4 Free Disney Park Hopper tickets from local non-profit Thru My Eyes! Thru My Eyes helps parents with advanced cancer create a free video legacy for their children and loved one. They were given a gracious grant from Disney World of 4 free Disney Park Hopper Tickets to use to spread awareness, sweepstakes ends April 30th. Enter at 914-725-1836.

Jodi’s Gym Camp Join us for a morning or afternoon of non-stop fun Jodi’s Gym style! Your child will run, jump, tumble, balance, stretch, sing, create, move and groove all under the supervision and care of our well trained and certified staff. Come experience the joys of gymnastics, music and art. It’s a mix that your child is sure to love.  Call 914.244.8811 to register.  Spring Break Camp 2015: Tues, 3/31 thru Fri, 4/3, 9:30-12:30, 3-7 yrs.  Members: $55/day Non-members: $65/day.

Join us on Sunday, April, 26th from 4:00 – 6:00pm (rain or shine) at the Rosenthal JCC, as we celebrate Israel Independence Day – Israeli style! Great barbecued food (“managal”), mint tea (“na-na”), a beach paddle game (“matkot”) and we will be joined by our very own Westchester “Shaliach” (emissary from Israel) Yoav Cohen. In addition, we will have a playground and GA-GA pit for kids of all ages, balloon making, glitter tattoos and music to get your feet moving!  Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester is located at 600 Bear Ridge Road in Pleasantville. The fee is $8/person or $25/family for advance registration ( or $10/person and $30/family at the door. For more information please contact Cathy Deutchman at 914-641-0333 x25 or

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10 to 11:30 AM.  Presented by John Raffalli, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist at MKMG & Andrew Wiznia, MD, Pediatric Allergist at Westchester Health Associates.  Northern Westchester Hospital, 400 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, Conference Rooms A & B.  Tickets are $10 per person. Advanced registration is required. Info: Whitney Wasserman: or 914-242-8382 or register here.