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And while we’re talking about things to do over the school break —

Some words from Little Joe’s Books in Katonah…

Calling all Knitters & People who Love Hand-Knit Items.   Little Joe’s Books in Katonah is participating in a national contest that calls upon bookstores to decorate themselves in yarn and hand-knit items. The store is looking for donations of hand-knit items (which will be returned to owners the first week of March) and donations of yarn, which will be donated to the Bedford Correctional Facility for Women after the contest. Items can either be dropped at Little Joe’s, 25 Katonah Avenue, or at Katonah Yarn, 120 Bedford Road. Items can be dropped through February 25th. As a thank you to participants Little Joe’s will host a Knitting & Wine party on Wednesday, February 29th, from 6-8 p.m. People can contact the store at info@littllejoesbooks.com or 914-232-7278.

How to Make a Picture Book.   Saturday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. Calling all budding children’s book authors and illustrators. Dan Potash, vice president and creative director of the Children’s Publishing Division of Simon and Schuster, will be at Little Joe’s Books, 25 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, discussing the creation of a picture book — from initial concept all the way through the publishing process. Contact Little Joe’s at www.littlejoesbooks.com or 914-232-7278 for further information.

And an exciting event from the Music Conservatory of Westchester…

Music Conservatory of Westchester (MCW) has announced that local pop sensation Tiffany “Gia” Giardina will perform at its upcoming WinterBOWL on Thursday, February 23. The event celebrates the 25th anniversary of MCW’s Music Therapy Institute, which serves over 2,000 children and adults each year. Eighteen-year old Giardina, a supporter of music education, has opened for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and more. She is a Radio Disney chart topper and has been cast in the upcoming Barbie movie, The Princess and the Pop Star, for which Mattel will issue a doll in her likeness. Also performing is Adriana Pera, a renowned cellist and MCW faculty musician, and MCW’s popular Teen Rock & Jazz Ensemble. The event will take place at Grand Prix New York, 333 North Bedford Road, Mount Kisco. Admission includes state-of-the-art bowling, kart racing, arcade games, food, and beer/wine (21+!). Festivities begin at 6pm; Giardina will perform at 8pm. Adults $60; Kids $50; MTI students $30. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. Visit www.winterbowl.eventbrite.com or call 914-761-3900.

ENJOY!!!