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Because anxiety is a common challenge facing children and families today, Westchester Jewish Community Services’ (WJCS) Project SEED, The Jewish Education Project and UJA-Federation of New York’s WJCS Mental Health GPS are sponsoring Young Children Get Anxious Too, a conference for parents and professionals. This free event will be held Tuesday, January 8 from 7 – 9 PM at Temple Israel Center (280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains, NY 10605).  Keynote Speaker will be Allison Werner-Lin, PhD and panelists include Marilyn L. Cooperman, PhD; Aleta Koman, MEd and Margarita Munoz-Dummit, MD. For more information or to register, contact Brenda Haas, LMSW, EdM, WJCS GPS Director, at bhaas@wjcs.com.

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 www.MHAwestchester.org.  (914) 345-5900.

Take advantage of a limited-time offer and get a year-long Wildlife Conservation Society Family Premium Membership (includes 5 different locations!!!!) for only $144 – that’s $20 OFF the regular price of $164!  Deal only lasts till June 30, 2012.
When you join online, you can print your Membership card and start enjoying all the benefits of Membership right away.

  • FREE and unlimited access to the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park, Prospect Park, and Queens zoos for 2 adults and the children in your household up to age 18.
  • FREE unlimited access to Bronx Zoo attractions including Congo Gorilla Forest, Wild Asia Monorail, Children’s Zoo, Butterfly Garden, Hess Express Zoo Shuttle, JungleWorld, and Bug Carousel PLUS the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium 4-D Theaters.
  • FREE unlimited parking at the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium*
  • FREE admission for one additional guest or child caregiver.
  • Discounts at select gift shops and restaurants, plus amazing discounts on Education programs and courses.
  • Priority zoo entry – You and your family can head straight to the gate – no long waits in ticket lines!

So why wait a moment longer? Join online today and come tomorrow!  We’ll give you instructions on how to print a temporary Membership card that will give you immediate access to all five parks.  But remember, this offer is ONLY good through June 30, 2012, so act fast!  Don’t miss out on this opportunity for you and your family to collect a full year of amazing zoo memories.  CLICK HERE to find out more.

Join us in support of the Westchester Children’s Museum, June 3, 2012 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Playland Boardwalk and Rye Town Park.  Enjoy:  BALSA WOOD AIRPLANES, POP UP WATER PARK, WIND TUNNEL, STORYTELLING, BUBBLES, ART, MUSIC, AND A DAY OF EDUCATION AND FUN AT RYE PLAYLAND.  The annual Explore-a-thon is the Museum’s signature educational and recreational event for families, designed to provide a real children’s museum-type experience while raising funds to build the region’s first children’s museum to be located at Rye Playland.  The Explore-a-thon is an interactive and magical day of play, experimentation, and discovery for children and families. Following an interactive route that traverses Rye Town Park and the Playland boardwalk just steps from the site of the future museum, children and families will discover and enjoy hands-on “Exploration Stations” modeled after future museum exhibits.  Bring your family and enjoy the day together: $5 per person.  Sign up by clicking here.

Westchester County’s premier book sale will begin on Friday, Sept. 7th from 7 to 9 pm with a “Friends” preview. New members may join at the door that evening for $25. The sale will run until Sunday, Sept. 16th. New books are added to the sale daily.  Location: Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583, Contact Person: Reference Librarian.  Phone:   (914) 722-1300, E-mail: ball.linda10@gmail.com.  Website: www.scarsdalelibrary.org/friends/booksale.html.

The Osborn School invites the community to the annual Osborn Elementary School Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 from 10am – 3pm.  Please join us at this special school event. All are welcome!  The Carnival will take place rain or shine on the school grounds in Rye, NY. There will be a flying witch ride, a cake walk, body art, jumping castles and much more! The Carnival will offer a variety of food and beverages so come for lunch while you are between activities.    Our annual Silent Auction will also be held featuring one-of-a-kind exclusive gifts such as gift certificates to restaurants and spa treatments, arts and crafts items, event tickets, and exciting trips. The Silent Auction will have a staggered close between 3:15-3:45.  This fun-filled Carnival is the school’s primary fundraiser. This year, our fundraising efforts will be used to build a new school playground and to supplement areas where there have been budget cuts, such as technology, curriculum enrichment, cultural arts and the library/media center.  Don’t miss out on this fun community event with something for everyone!   Please come to our Osborn Carnival and support our fundraising efforts while your children enjoy the wonderful activities.

Wednesday, October 29. The Vienna-based ensemble Il Giardino d’Amore will perform “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, followed by two Bach pieces—the Concerto in D minor for harpsichord and his Concerto in E major for violin. In addition, Handel’s dramatic cantata Armida Abbandonata for soprano and strings will end the program.  This concert kicks off the Bedford Chamber Concert series, with five future Wed. concerts on Nov. 12, Dec. 10, March 25, April 15, and May 6. This concert series was organized by St. Matthew’s Church Music Director Anthony Newman, world-renowned musician and composer.  Tickets are $35 for this concert; $180 for the series. All concerts are held in Fellowship Hall at St. Matthew’s Church, starting at 8 p.m. St. Matthew’s is located on Route 22 in Bedford. For information and reservations, visit www.bedfordchamberconcerts.org, or call (914) 522-5150.

The Junior League of Central Westchester’s 27th Annual Holiday Boutique. The event will be held on Wednesday November 6th from 6pm to 10pm and Thursday November 7th, from 9am to 3pm, at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, NY.  The Junior League of Central Westchester is inviting local residents to start their holiday shopping early at the 27th annual Holiday Boutique. There will be a series of vendors, and many local businesses offering a variety of goods. The event promises many exciting features, including merchandise from [more than] 40 vendors, plated samples from some of Westchester’s premiere restaurants, wine, spirits and beer tastings. Proceeds will benefit the JLCW’s programs that support the local community.

The 29th Annual Chappaqua Craft and Gift Fair is back and better than ever!  This year’s fair will take place on Saturday, November 9th from 10am to 4pm at Robert E. Bell Middle School, 50 Senter Street in Chappaqua.  Stop by this year’s Chappaqua Craft and Gift Fair to admire the work of local merchants, crafts people and artists while supporting PTA-run enrichment programs at Bell Middle School.  The Craft Fair will feature over 100 vendors exhibiting their fine handmade pottery, unique handcrafted jewelry, designer clothing, handbags and accessories, bath and beauty products and myriad other unique and original items just in time for Holiday gift season.  The Chappaqua Craft and Gift Fair is the largest fundraising event held by the Bell PTA and provides the PTA with most of the funding for such important student enrichment programs as The Jacob Burns Film Center Media Literacy program, Bell Reading Lounge, Character Education, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare workshops as well as nutrition, sustainability, and after school programming in environmental studies, supplemental music programs and computer programs.   The Bell PTA also offers scholarships for field trips, after school programs and other needs for families and studies with financial needs.  Free Parking is available in the small lot on Senter Street or in the larger main lots off South Greeley Avenue and at the Chappaqua Train Station.  FREE ADMISSION for All!  For more information see www.chappaquacraftfair.com

Register Now for the 2nd Annual Riverkeeper Sweep…Riverkeeper needs you!  Join us on Saturday, May 11, for the 2nd annual Riverkeeper Sweep, our day of service for the Hudson River.  You can help by joining one of 70 shoreline cleanups, tree-plantings and other service projects between New York City and Albany.  Please choose a site and register at www.riverkeeper.org/sweep.

Last year, 450 volunteers removed 7 tons of shoreline trash and planted more than 100 trees in 30 communities. Riverkeeper is working with dozens of dedicated Sweep leaders, clubs, businesses, organizations and municipalities to double our impact in 2013. We’re particularly happy to partner with the Great Saw Mill River Cleanup, Keep Rockland Beautiful, Make Poughkeepsie Shine and Jennifer’s Annual Flushing Bay Cleanup.

Registered volunteers who participate will be eligible for raffle prizes, including free kayak rentals, Hudson River cruise tickets and gift cards. And after the cleanup, registered volunteers over 21 are invited to special meetups at one of eight venues – Brooklyn Brewery, Greenhouse, Captain Lawrence Brewing, Peekskill Brewery, Newburgh Brewing, Keegan Ales, Crossroads Brewing and CH Evans Brewing.  Can’t attend? Please share this email with anyone who might attend, and please consider making a donation to support the Sweep!

Riverkeeper Sweep is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota. We’re grateful to recognize sponsors that include Joe and Daryl Boren, The Durst Organization, LF USA, Paragon Sports, Sprout Watches, Whole Foods Market, Greenhouse, Pleasant Valley Stone, Mother Earth’s Storehouse, New York Kayak Company, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? New City, Metal Container Corp. (a unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev), and Sea Tow Central Hudson. Partners include Terracycle and Green Guru Network.  More at www.riverkeeper.org/sweep

October 25th, 11-3:30pm. Please join us to play some ghoulish games, have freaky fun in the jumpy castle & obstacle course, and enjoy frighteningly delicious food in the Black Hat Diner!!! Plus there is more…Sit down at the KES “Haunt”ville Die-ner, if you dare!  Check in, but not out, at Dr. Boo Boo’s Haunted Hospital.  Enjoy Halloween-themed crafts!  Try your luck in the 50/50 raffle, Katonah Elementary School, 106 Huntville Road,  Katonah, NY.

The Jamboree Committee of St. Matthew’s Church along with the Barnard Bacchantae, Princeton Tigertones, Smith Smiffenpoofs and Yale Whiffenpoofs cordially invite you to attend the 3rd Annual St. Matthew’s College Jamboree: Date: 10/06/12.  Time: 5:00-7:00.  Location: Fellowship Hall at St. Matthew’s, 382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford, NY 10506.  Ticket Price: $35.  Please make checks payable to “St. Matthew’s Church” and send payment (along with an e-mail address or phone number) to:  Jamboree Committee, St. Matthew’s Church, PO Box 382, Bedford, NY 10506.  Please note: Space is limited at this event and we expect to sell every seat, so we cannot consider reservations complete until payment is received.  For any further questions, please call 917-907-4394 or e-mail CollegeJamboree@gmail.com.

St. Matthew’s Art Show features talented local artists displaying and selling their work in the Fellowship Hall at St. Matthew’s Church.  This year’s show will feature contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography.  Gala Preview Party on Friday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Exhibition Sale continues on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 27 from noon to 4 p.m.  Additional activities include the “It Take A Village” clay project from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and art appraisals by MS Appraisers from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Show co-chairs are Laura Blau of Bedford and Laurie Sturz of Pound Ridge.  Curators are Susan Grissom, manager of Contemporary Art at Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, and Leslie Henshaw.  The Gala Preview Party will feature champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres by Table in Bedford Hills, along with “small plates” provided by Crabtree’s Kittle House and Happiness Is, with desserts by La Tulipe.  Proceeds benefit local charities supported by the Women of St. Matthew’s.  Preview Party tickets are $125 per person; $150 at the door. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday.  St. Matthew’s is located at 382 Cantitoe Street (Route 22) in Bedford.  For more information, call St. Matthew’s at 234-9636, or visit www.stmatthewsbedford.org.

The 41st Annual Art Show: Bedford will take place in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Hall on the weekend of January 24 to 26, 2014. The kick-off Preview Party on Friday, January 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., includes a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres, and small plates. On Saturday, Jan. 25, show hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. The show will again feature contemporary art, sculpture and photography. Art Show co-chairs are Laura Blau of Bedford and Laurie Sturz of Pound Ridge. Curators are Susan Grissom, Gallery Director at the Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, and Leslie Henshaw.  A children’s activity to create watercolor bookmarks, organized by artist Denise Minnerly, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, artist Kathleen Griffin will be present from noon to 3 pm, explaining and selling drawings of her public art project, “Butterflies of Memory,” which involves mounting giant gold butterflies atop the ruins of the Small Pox Hospital on Roosevelt Island.  Proceeds benefit local charities supported by the Women of St. Matthew’s. Preview Party tickets are $125 per person; $150 at the door. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday.  St. Matthew’s Church is located at 382 Cantitoe Street (Route 22) in Bedford. For more information, call 234-9636, or visit www.stmatthewsbedford.org.

The 42nd Annual Art Show: Bedford will take place in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Hall on the weekend of January 23 to 25, 2015. The kick-off Preview Party on Friday, January 23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., includes a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres by Happiness Is, and “small plates” donated by Happiness Is and Campagna, with desserts by La Tulipe. On Saturday, Jan. 24, show hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 25, from noon to 4 p.m. The show features a mix of contemporary and traditional art, sculpture and photography. Art Show co-chairs are Laura Blau of Bedford and Laurie Sturz of Pound Ridge. The show’s co-curators are Susan Grissom, Gallery Director at the Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, and Inness Hancock.  One special feature this year is a study of a painting by Stephen Hannock, titled “Northern City Renaissance: Newcastle, England,” which was commissioned by the musician, Sting. This artwork will be displayed throughout the show, and Mr. Hannock is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of his study to the Art Show.  Show proceeds benefit local charities supported by the Women of St. Matthew’s. Preview Party tickets are $125 per person; $150 at the door. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday. St. Matthew’s Church is located at 382 Cantitoe Street (Route 22) in Bedford. For more information, call 234-9636, or visit www.stmatthewsbedford.org.