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BACK-TO-SCHOOL CLOTHES FOR KIDS & THE VOLUNTEER CENTER OF UNITED WAY.  Back to School Clothes for Kids, along with many caring businesses and individuals, has been getting needy children ready for school for 26 years.  JOIN US AT OUR ANNUAL “KICK-OFF” ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH BETWEEN 5:30 & 7:00 PM. Stop by on your way home from work…enjoy some wine and hors d’oeurvres…and learn how you, your friends, co-workers or family can be part of our effort! We also invite the wonderful folks already participating as volunteers, company coordinators and agency coordinators to enjoy the camaraderie of other caring people who want to make a difference in children’s lives.  JUST A FEW WAYS TO HELP:  * Request a profile of a child and your co-workers, friends or family can shop for school clothes for that child * Donate funds or a Corporate Contribution can be made so Teens can pick out their own clothes * Organize a Company Team to volunteer at our “Shop With A Teen” Nights in August and September * Hold a Backpack & School Supply Drive * Schools can share this community service project with their students. You can too with the children in your life.  Any questions, call Connie Kennedy at 914 697 2792.  Annual “KICKOFF”, TAL INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER CORPORATION, 100 Manhattanville Road, Purchase, NY 10577, (914) 697 2792, June 27th, 2012, 5:30pm, www.backtoschoolclothes.org.

barefootbooksCarefully crafted children’s books and gifts is what Barefoot Books is about. Our products help children on their journey to becoming happy, engaged members of the global community. Barefoot Books uses timeless stories and captivating illustrations to encourage exploration and creativity. We have books for infants and up.

Please visit www.ms.brown.barefootbooks.com. Use ambassador referral code 000-1elr when making a purchase.  How about hosting a party? Share our beautiful books in your home with friends and family and you’ll earn free gifts. Looking to start a home-based business? For these and other opportunities contact La-Sheila at ms.brown.barefootbooks@gmail.com.

This summer the Bedford Academy of Music will offer workshops dedicated to theater and music. The Musical Theater Workshop for children in K -8 is a performance-oriented program. Children will work on mastering vocal/acting technique, choreography, dialogue, creating sets for the show. The workshop will conclude with a staged production. The Chamber Music Workshop is for intermediate/advanced instrumentalists who are looking to collaborate with other musicians. Daily coaching sessions, rehearsals, and theory classes will culminate in a gala recital.  Visit www.bedfordacademyofmusic.org or call 914-400-4029.

Used clothing home pick up, 914 963 4453.  We take:  Men`s, Women`s, Children`s Clothing, Shoes (all seasons), toys, books, towels, blankets, curtains, and sheets.  Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester distributes items to needy families throughout Westchester or sells them to benefit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.  In addition to home pick ups, you can drop off your clothing at any of these locations: Westchester Natural Cleaners, 405 Bedford Road, Armonk.  Manara Laundromat, 544 E. Main Street, Mount Kisco.  Mt. Kisco Mobil, 120 N. Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco.  Collection Office, 9 Romaine Avenue, Yonkers.  Office hours 9am-6pm Monday through Friday, 914 963 4453.  Big Brothers, Big Sisters is the oldest mentoring program in the nation and the only one of its kind in Westchester.  Our unique service matches adult volunteers to children of single parent families.  Professional staff provide careful screening, training, and supervision to ensure that volunteers and children enjoy all of the rewards of the relationship.

Big Top Tent and Portable Toilet rentals has a complete line of tents, portable restrooms, and accessories for all events including weddings, parties, festivals, corporate events, trade shows, etc…the possibilities are endless.  Our experienced and courteous staff will be happy to assist you with all phases of event planning.  Please call (866) 873 8100 or visit www.bigtoptentrental.com for more information.

 

The Blood Donor Center is open every weekday 8:45 am – 4:00 pm.  Saturday hours are available.  Donors must be 17 – 75 years of age, in good health and weight at least 110 lbs.  Appointments are recommended. Call 914-681-1056.  For more information on upcoming community blood drives, call 914-681-1056.  White Plains Hospital Center, 41 East Post Road, White Plains, NY.

The Boy Scouts of America offers programs of character development, leadership training, achievement, community service, and FUN in the outdoors for boys starting in 1st Grade.
Summer Camp is a highlight of the Scouting year.
To learn more, visit www.wpcbsa.org or call 914-773-1135.  Local groups can be found at beAscout.org.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, Westchester-Putnam Council, 41 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY  10532, 914-449-2611, www.wpcbsa.orgBill.Kelly@scouting.org.

Music and dinner to benefit women’s charities.  The Barbara E. Giordano Foundation and Support Connection, Inc. announce a special fundraising event: “Bringing Nashville to Westchester! A Feel Good Evening of Great Music and Great Food for A Great Cause.”  The event will take place at  on Friday, November 30, from 7pm-11pm, at The Travelers Rest, 25 Saw Mill River Rd. (Route 100) Ossining, New York 10562.  Proceeds from the evening will be used to support wellness programs.   The highlight of the evening will be a performance by Courtney Shayne of “A Patsy Cline Experience.”  The music and memories of Patsy Cline come to life with this lively, interactive performance. From “Crazy” to “I Fall to Pieces,” you’ll be singing along to all the familiar favorites! For more info on the performer, visit www.courtneyshayne.com.   Tickets are $50 per person which includes a complete dinner, soft drinks, coffee and the show. Cash bar will be available, as well as raffles and a silent auction.  Reservations required. To reserve online: nashvilletowestchester.bpt.me/  To pay by check: Checks payable to: The Barbara E. Giordano Foundation, 405 Tarrytown Road, Suite 1581, White Plains, NY 10607 OR Support Connection, Inc., 40 Triangle Center, Suite 100 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. For information, contact Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or info@supportconnection.org.

Applause Westchester is bringing you CAMP APPLAUSE — week-long theater intensives to children in Westchester over Spring Break Week – and in the Summer!  Each week your child will cycle through classes such as acting, singing, scene study, audition technique, Broadway dance, hip-hop, acting for TV, and costume design taught be industry professionals from NYC.  The week culminates in an open house performance every Friday!  There is an entirely new curriculum every week in the Summer, so you can join us for one week or all eleven.  Spring Ages 3-5 — M-F 9:30-12:00.  Grades K-5th Grade — M-F, 9:30-3:00. Don’t forget to ask about our multi-week discount!  114 West Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck.  Call (914) 835-2200 or visit www.applauseny.com.

At Camp Bedford, kids imagine what it would be like to bounce among the clouds, soar with eagles, and reach for the stars. The Bible comes to life in powerful ways as kids explore why nothing is impossible with God. Start soaring now – register to be a part of this exciting camp! This event is free and open to all children entering grades 1-5! Please register online at www.bedfordcommunitychurch.org. For more information, please call (914) 666-5384 or e-mail the children’s ministry at bcckidsny@yahoo.com. Camp CDs, t-shirts and hot dog lunches will be available for purchase. Camp Bedford is located at Bedford Community Church – 160 Bedford Center Road, Bedford Hills, NY 10507. Camp Bedford will be held August 6-10 from 9am – 12noon.

Camp Critter begins it’s seventh year and now offers six individual weeks for various ages. Campers learn about animals, animal sheltering, animal cruelty prevention, and training. They do many projects to help shelter animals find their forever homes, including “Adopt Me” flyers, clicker training, and kitten and puppy socializing. They also learn about other kinds of “critters” with visits from Teatown, The Greenburgh Nature Center, and Wolf Conservation. Lots of outdoor time, arts and crafts, and hands-on animal time. Camp hours are from 1 – 4 PM, Monday through Friday.  Contact Alice Shanahan, Director of Humane Education, at alice@spca914.org. Go to our website at www.spca914.org for dates and times.

CampHIllardLogoCamp Hillard is a summer day camp located in Westchester, NY.  The camp provides an array of educational and fun activities for kids in the age range of 3 – 13.  Camp Hillard provides everything from basketball and swimming to arts & crafts and special events.  We provide pick up opportunities for kids in the New York and Manhattan areas.  Feel free to call us at (914) 949-8857 or visit us at www.camphillard.com.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, 12th Avenue & West 46th Street, New York, NY, web site.  Camp Intrepid is looking to recruit YOU to be a part of its summer CREW!  A program of the Education Department of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex, Camp Intrepid campers explore life at sea, aviation, marine life and astronomy while integrating the museum’s exhibits and hands on interactives.  Specially themed weeks like Underwater Exploration, Ancient Navies and Armies, A Pirate’s Life and Intrepid Inventors makes Camp Intrepid the most exciting summer camp this side of the Hudson River!  Camp runs from June 11th through August 24th, 2012, Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm.  To learn more about Camp Intrepid, please contact camp@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646.381.5166.  Or visit the Intrepid Website.

A spirited, dynamic overnight camp for girls and boys ages 7-16, ideally situated on Center Lake, high atop the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts (2 hrs. from Boston; 3 hrs. from NYC).  Full program of professional instruction in all land and water sports, creative and performing arts, and outdoor hiking and camping.  Golf, Horseback Riding, Hobby electives and trips to all of the cultural and recreational attractions of the Berkshires.  Shorter “starter option” for first-time campers.  Owned and directed since 1960 by the Hoch Family, 28 Sammis Lane, White Plains, NY  10605.  914-428-1894.  Visit www.campwatitoh.com.