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Dear Members of the Blind Brook School Community,

There will be a public meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, December 11th at 7:00 PM in the Blind Brook High School Faculty Room. It is expected that the Board will vote to go into Executive Session to discuss a Matter regarding Possible Litigation.

The Board will return to public session in the Monroe E. Haas I.M.C (HS Library) at 7:30 PM. A presentation of the MS/HS Scheduling will be given by Todd Richard and Patricia Lambert.

All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Click here to view Meeting Agenda

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Happy Friday! Welcome to the weekend!  Hope you can enjoy some fun activities with family and friends in between the shopping and getting ready for the holidays!  Enjou

 

Holiday Lights Celebration at Crawford Park

Tonight, Friday, December 7th at 5:30pm head to the Mansion at Crawford Park for the Holiday Lights Celebration. The  Village Singers of Westchester will perform in a Concert at 8pm. There will be a Tree and Menorah Lighting, Holiday Crafts, refreshments, holiday songs, kwanzaa candles and an appearance by Santa.  Sounds fun!!  

 

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland

This fun event will be held at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

The program will be held on select dates until Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.  Click here for the full schedule.

“The Winter Wonderland Holiday Circus- Join us each night under the big top. Winter Wonderland Holiday Circus is great fun for all ages. SHOW TIMES: Weekdays and Sundays - 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays - 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

The Santa Experience- One of our most popular features is The Santa Experience where children and their families have the opportunity to meet Santa himself and take their own photos! The Santa Experience gives children the opportunity to share their wish list while making a lasting memory of a lifetime. Expect to see surprise guests too! See schedule for appearance dates.

Rangers Town Rink- Your admission price includes unlimited skating (with skates included) on the RangersTown Rink. Skate against the backdrop of beautiful Kensico Dam Plaza and twinkling lights all around. Lace up and enjoy one of Westchester’s only outdoor ice skating rinks!

Unlimited Rides- There are three holiday rides to enjoy at Winter Wonderland! Enjoy a spin on the Wonderland Express or Holly Jolly Caterpillar, or hop on our Winter Hay Ride as it takes you up close to the illuminated cherry trees at the base of the Kensico Dam.

Candy Cane Lane- As you stroll the grounds this year, you will see your favorite light features from years past, including Candy Cane Lane and the even-taller Christmas tree centered on the plaza.

Musical Light Show-Dancing lights magically light up the night, choreographed to favorite holiday music. Walk around the triangle to get the full experience!

Holiday Pop-Up Market- New this year is our Holiday Pop-Up Market, happening only three days: Thursday, Dec. 21, Friday, Dec. 22, and Saturday, Dec. 23. Come by the Pop-up Market tent to find a unique gift for that special someone this holiday season.

Your pay-one-price admission of $15 admission includes unlimited visits with Santa skating, walks through Candy Cane Lane, winter amusement rides, our spectacular light show and more.  Buy a snack or a warm-up beverage at a selection of food trucks and vendors, and warm up in the Holiday Spirits warming tent.  Parking is free.”

Buy your tickets now.

Get more information or call (914) 231-4600.

 

Rye Nature Center

Tomorrow, Saturday at 1pm stop by the Rye Nature Center for the Science of Snowflakes program.  “Every crystal of snow that falls from the sky is unique in its own way.  Join FRNC staff to explore how the snow falling from the sky forms, and make your own “snow” and snowflakes! Suggested for ages 5 and up. $5/person members, $8/person non-members.”

 

Port Chester- Rye Brook Library

Our very own library will be holding a Holiday Lotion Making Class for individuals ages 12 and up on Saturday at 2pm.  “Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  You can register in person at the Children’s Room desk or by calling 914-939-6710 ext.108.”

 

Rye Library

Today, Friday, kids in grades k-2 can participate in the Ryebrary S.T.E.A.M.ers from 4-5pm.  “All Ryebrary S.T.E.A.M.ers in grades K-2 are invited to join the librarians once-a-month in our "New S.T.E.A.M. LAB where literacy meets science.  Each month we will read a book together, then taking inspiration from the story, we will teach kids how to think with their hands and minds.  It's inquiry-based learning combined with a hands-on activity in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering. Art, or Mathematics.  Literacy meets S.T.E.A.M.  Pre-registration is required for this event.  Go to www.ryelibrary.org.”   

And on Saturday from 3-4:30pm check out Paper Quilling Holiday Ornaments for TEENS.  “Paper Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create designs to decorate greetings cards, pictures, boxes and more. We'll use this technique to create hanging ornaments to help decorate for the holiday.”

Click here to access their full calendar.

 

Harrison Library

Yoga with Angela is taking place today, Friday, December 8th from 4 - 5.  “Relaxing , soothing and fun. Peaceful. Like a day off. This is how tweens describe yoga with local instructor Angela Brandt. Ages 7-12.”

Saturday Stories (& a Craft, too!) will be happening on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:30-11:30am.  “Ease into Saturday at the Library's Children's Discovery Center.  Between 10:30 and 11:15 AM Manhattanville College student volunteers will informally read favorite picture books and do a craft.  Suggested for ages 2 to 4 years.”

Kids can Meet and Read with Angie, Therapy Dog on  Saturday 11-12.

And finally, from 4-4:30 Sunday, stop by for Sing Along Sundays with Chloe.  “Celebrate early childhood through music and movement!  Children and parents are sure to love the captivating songs, live accordion music, and activities designed with specific cognitive milestones in mind.  This class will feature a variety of child-sized instruments and props, and a wealth of both traditional and original songs to add to your singalong repertoire!  Get ready for a fun, creative, and engaging experience!”



Larchmont Library

Today, Friday from 3:30-4:15 kids in grades 3-5 can participate in Sci-Fri: Simple Machines .  Online registration required. “Come learn about simple machines as we use them to build our own jumping toys.”

On Saturday from 12:30-5pm Birds of Peace will take place.  “All Ages. No registration required. Calling all Peace Lovers! Come to the Library to make “Birds of Peace”. The birds we make will then be brought to Larchmont and Mamaroneck retailers where they’ll be put on display. It’s our way of expressing our thanks for their support.”

 

Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum is a hidden gem located just up the road from us in nearby Greenwich, CT.  After you’ve checked out the museum, head across the street to a super fun playground the kids are sure to love!  

On Friday don’t miss the Marine Tank Animal Feeding from 2:30pm - 2:45pm.

On Sunday from 11:30-12:15pm why not head out on a Family Gallery Tour.  “Designed for children aged 6-10 and their families, this program will provide an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum's current exhibitions. Free with admission; no registration required.”

Learning to Look is for participants ages 6-96 and happening Sunday from 1-2:30pm.  “Learning to Look is an art history, art appreciation program developed by Diane W. Darst, PhD and Sue Massey Williamson, founder. Through guided discussion, the program enhances participants’ appreciation and understanding of art. This session, which will focus on American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and ‘70s, is free with admission and no advanced registration is required. A hands-on art-making activity follows the discussion.”


Lasdon Park's “Holidays on the Hill”

This is the perfect way to Get into the Spirit of the Season.  “Model trains will be chugging through a huge layout featuring a festive miniature landscape during the annual Holidays on the Hill event, weekends in December at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers.

Activities and Displays

The main house will showcase the huge model train display, featuring Lionel and similar O scale electric trains – steam and diesel – traveling through a miniature holiday landscape representing the Metro-North Harlem line from Grand Central Terminal to Katonah. Along the way, the trains pass famous landmarks, a Christmas town, skyscrapers and winter scenes, featuring miniatures of Santa, Rudolf, the Grinch, Peanuts and more.

The house will also feature a fully decorated poinsettia tree. There will be Christmas displays of Rudolph, Charlie Brown and the Grinch. Santa will be there throughout the event listening to the holiday wishes of children young and old.

“Tropical Christmas Treasures,” highlighting tropical plants used during the holidays, will debut in the Lasdon Conservatory.

The Veterans Museum will be open during the show dates featuring “The War to End All Wars,” the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I. For the holiday, there will be a special exhibit on the World War I unofficial Christmas truce.

Food and Gifts

The Garden Shop will be open for business, selling refreshments, poinsettias, wreaths and gifts, including the work of local artists. There will be two outside fire pits, holiday music and the Fork in the Road Food Truck selling hot food, hot chocolate and munchies located on the Conservatory Plaza.

Schedule

Holidays on the Hill is scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays, December 9, 10, 16 and 17, as well as Saturday, December 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa’s appearances are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. throughout the event. In addition to the holiday hours, the Lasdon Conservatory will be open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Weekday admission to the Conservatory is $5 adults and $3 children 12 and under.

Holidays on the Hill is presented by Friends of Lasdon Park and Arboretum and co-sponsored by Aquascapes East and Prospero Nursery.

Go to the Lasdon Web site or call (914) 864-7268 for more information.”

 

 

Westchester Children’s Museum

Good news! The Westchester Children’s Museum is open for business and for you and the kids to enjoy!  This “sunlit, colorful, vibrant learning space is filled with interactive exhibits that explore science, art, technology, design and the environment, with places to build, play, and create.”  The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays 10-4.  Current exhibits include:
MAKERSPACES
BUILD YOUR OWN ROLLER COASTER
KEVA PLANKS
WIND TUNNEL DESIGN CHALLENGE
TODDLER BEACH
SHADOW PUPPET THEATER

 

Holiday Train Show at Greenburgh Nature Center

Don’t miss the annual Holiday Train Show at the nature center weekends from December 2nd to December 17th from 10-4:30pm at a cost of $10 adults, $9 seniors/students, $8 children (ages 2-12), children under 2 and members are free.

“Come aboard as the Yonkers Model Railroad Club presents, in miniature, an enchanting display of the steam, diesel, and electrical train operations that existed in the Eastern United States in the second half of the 20th century. The show includes the exciting sounds of steam locomotives, the bells and whistles of diesel locomotives, as well as the colors and designs of the great railroads of America’s past, including the New York Central System, and the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroads.”

 

Santa at The Westchester

Ready to take pics with Santa? Well he’s arrived at the Westchester and is waiting for you to take holiday photos with him!  “Santa will be at the Level 1 Center Court.  Save time, avoid the line! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at simonsanta.com.”

 

Michael’s

There’s a bunch of fun crafting events this weekend at Michaels.  Our closest one in in Waterfront Place by the movie theater.

Kids Club® North Pole Photo Props will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 10-12.  The cost is $2 per project and supplies  are included.

Also on Saturday from 1-3pm, check out the MAKEbreak Christmas T-Shirt activity.  Buy the T-shirt, and the supplies to decorate it will be provided.

And finally Sunday from 1-3pm stop by Michael’s for MAKEbreak Snow Slime.  All supplies are provided, including pre-made slime.

 

 

Lakeshore


Lakeshore also hosts a free craft workshop for kids most Saturdays from 11-3pm.  This Saturday’s craft also sounds super fun, creating a “Make a Face! Frosty Mask”  Appropriate for kids ages 3 & up. No reservation necessary. Free.”


Clay Art Center’s Drop In Class

Every Saturday from 2 - 4pm, drop in for a fun clay class.  Cost is $30/adult and $20 for children under 12.  This fee includes material and firing.  “Have fun in this one-time class for adults, children and families interested in experimenting with clay for the first time. Plan a great afternoon with friends, family, or just for you while exploring your inner artist in this fun and messy introduction to clay! Projects take between 1.5- 2 hours.

Saturday December 9th at 1:30 or 3:30, don’t miss the Ornament Making class.  

SPACE IS LIMITED. Tickets go on sale at the front desk at 10am the day of class. Call us at 914-937-2047 to register or drop in by 1:45. First Come First Served.  Class maximum is 12 people.”

 

Westchester County Center Events

Today, Friday at 7pm, stop by the County Center and check out the Westchester Knicks basketball team as they take on the Texas Legends. Buy tickets here.

On Saturday at 8pm don’t miss the SAL "THE VOICE" CHRISTMAS CONCERT.  Tickets range in price from $52- $72.

And finally Sunday from 9-3pm, check out the WESTCHESTER TOY AND TRAIN SHOW.  “Largest Toy/Train Show in the Northeast! New and antique toys and trains, all gauges, train parts, layouts, appraisals, diecast cars, books, test tracks, and toy soldiers.  Cost: $12 for adults, free for kids 12yrs and under.”

 


Barnes & Noble

Olaf's Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book Storytime is taking place on Saturday at 11am.  “Join us as we follow Olaf, Anna, Kristoff, and Elsa through a frozen adventure to find the best holiday traditions. Activities to follow.”

Our closest store is in City Center in White Plains but other nearby locations include Eastchester’s new store complete with a fabulous café!




Hudson River Museum

Have you checked out the Hudson River Museum and Planetarium yet?  “The Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary cultural complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, actively reaching out to broaden the horizons of all of its visitors.”

Early Explorers takes place on Saturdays & Sundays from 1 - 4pm.  This is a “safe space for children to explore, play, and create with their families. The room hosts a large-scale dollhouse, blocks, puppet theater, and books. A Junior Docent is present to answer questions and suggest activities.  Must be accompanied by a caregiver. Up to age 5.”

FAMILY STUDIO: ART will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm.  “Participate in an afternoon of art activities related to the structure of landscapes. Designed by Teaching Artist-in-Residence Andrea Packard, fall workshop themes will be as follows:

DECEMBER: "Holiday Scents"

JANUARY: "Choose Your Own Perspective"

FREE with general admission. Plan your visit here and purchase tickets online here.  Visit hrm.org/weekly-programs for a full list of weekly programs.”

FAMILY STUDIO: SCIENCE will take place on Saturday from 1-4pm. “This fall, Family Studio: Science workshops, entitled "Isotope Mobile" and "Landscape of Time," encourage participants to look at individual elements—like water and trees!—to uncover the history of a landscape and predict what it might look like in the future. Activities were designed by Teaching Scientist-in-Residence Dr. Allegra N. LeGrande, who will personally facilitate workshops on Saturday, December 2 from 1 to 4pm.”

 

The following PLANETARIUM SHOWS will take place this weekend:

12:30pm          One World, One Sky

2pm                 The Holiday Sky Tonight

3:30pm             Myths, Legends, & Travelers' Tales

 

Stamford Nature Center

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is great place to walk around, see animals and check out the playground.  In addition, on Sundays November 12 - December 10 11:30 am - 4 pm you can check out Sunday Explorers.  “Head to the SM&NC for the return of our popular Sunday drop-in programs! Meet one of our Heckscher Farm animals, try your hand at a scavenger hunt on the trails, see Sadie and Bert, our North American River Otters, get their lunch, or help to feed some animals in Heckscher WILD! (First-come, first-served; recommended for ages 5 and up.)

Schedule of Events

11:30 am - 4 pm

Self-guided crafts

11:30 am

Heckscher Farm Animal Meet & Greet

12 pm

Otter feeding demonstration (Otter Pond)

12:30 pm

WILD! Feeding (at Heckscher WILD!, limited enrollment, ages 5 & up

2 pm

Scavenger Hunt (Meet at Overbrook)

3 pm

Animal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)”



“Remember those crazy contraptions that would spin, rock, and play music - and they were made from tag sale treasures and overlooked common objects?

 

Yes, the ingenious inventions of sculptor - and SM&NC favorite - Steve Gerberich will return to the Stamford Museum Galleries for a totally re-imagined Holiday Exhibition. Gerberich has gathered his most outstanding and outlandish large-scale kinetic sculptures and installations for a showing of the "Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys." Working with old machine parts, kitchen utensils, furniture scraps, lighting fixtures, medical supplies, toys, and carnival figurines, Gerberich mixes the aesthetics of contemporary sculpture with the scientific principles of simple mechanical motion. It's crazy fun!  SM&NC Members: Free | Non-Members:included with gate admission.  Museum galleries are open Monday-Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sunday 11am - 5pm.”

 


Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones museum is another amazing place for the kids.  Located about 20 minutes north of Rye Brook, in Norwalk, CT, it’s perfect for the whole family! Check them out here, then head on over for a fun filled day of learning and hands-on activities the kids will adore!  

Saturday is Accessibility Day.  This is a day where the museum offers “FREE admission for families and caregivers of children with special needs. Enjoy the museum’s exhibits, mingle with other families and learn with your child in a safe and welcoming environment.”

Maritime Aquarium


There is always SO much going on at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.

Shark-Diving Santa will take place on most Thurs., Sat., & Sun. in Dec. at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m.  This event is free with admission.“Santa joins the Aquarium’s dive team to demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth. He'll strap on scuba gear and enter our 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit as part of our regular program that lets guests see and talk with volunteer divers swimming in the exhibit. Bring your camera!”

Kids can also Visit Santa in His Fishing Village Dec.9-10 & 16-17 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m (except when he’s shark diving!)  “During the month of December, our "Go Fish!" exhibit is being transformed into Santa's Fishing Village! Guests will be able to take a photo with Santa Claus in his fishing boat.”

Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises are taking place this weekend, Dec. 9 & 10 from  10 - 12:30. at a cost of  $24.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium Members).  “ Join us out on Long Island Sound Sound as we seek out some of the seals and waterfowl that spend their winters just off our shores! Memorable family fun but all participants must be at least 42 inches tall.”

Have you checked out "Journey With Jellies" A bigger & even better jellyfish exhibit yet?  “Get close to some of the most strangely beautiful – but painfully dangerous – animals in the sea as The Maritime Aquarium presents a newly expanded exhibit of jellyfish, including species we've never displayed before!  See Pacific sea nettles in an enormous new display, bizarre flower-hat jellies, "upside-down" jellies in a cool half-dome, and more!”  

Check out the Coral Reef Exhibit!  “A rainbow of colors dart and dash in our new 3,000-gallon Coral Reef exhibit, open now just past the Sea Turtles exhibit.  Meet more than 40 species of reef fish native to the Indo-Pacific, including brilliantly colored varieties of tangs, triggerfish, wrasses and more.  Displays explain why reef systems are so important to the ocean, yet why they’re also so fragile.
Plus, learn how global ocean currents can connect water in reefs on the other side of the planet to our local Long Island Sound – and thus, how our stewardship of the Sound also means good stewardship of all Earth's marine ecosystems.”

 

Tarrytown Music Hall

“Join us on the first four Fridays in December from 4:30pm - 9:30pm as we showcase local and regional, artists, makers and indie pop-up shops, at the first ever Music Hall Holiday Market!

“The Music Hall Market is a curated event that highlights the best in handcrafted goods from local & regional artist and makers, indie pop-up shops and local/homegrown businesses.  The event will showcase over 50 artists & makers over 4 nights. Stop by to shop local and find the perfect, unique holiday gift this season!”

On Saturday, don’t miss the Vienna Boys Choir performance, Christmas In Vienna.  “The Vienna Boys Choir has performed to audiences across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone and crowd-pleasing repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these voices in a program featuring classical masterpieces, popular songs, and holiday favorites. The Vienna Boys Choir can trace its history as far back as the 13th century but it was formally established at Vienna's Imperial Chapel in 1498 by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. The many incarnations of the group have been performing continuously ever since. The modern Vienna Boys Choir represents quite a departure from the composition of the original medieval choir of six boys. Today's Vienna Boys Choir is comprised of talented young singers from all over the world who are admitted by audition. The choir visiting the U.S. this December, led by its conductor Manolo Cagnin, includes boys hailing from Austria, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and the Philippines.”

 

Westchester Broadway Theatre Production of The Christmas Voyager

From November 22nd - December 23rd, 2017 the Westchester Broadway Theatre will be showcasing The Christmas Voyager.  “This Delightful Holiday Musical is a true celebration of the Season. All the splendor of Christmas is brought to life on a magical journey through Yuletides past. The holiday songs we all know and love are wrapped up in a heartwarming celebration of the spirit that will delight audiences of all ages.  Lost in a future time and desperate to return to his home galaxy, our Starman journeys back through time searching for that magical December 24th evening when three brilliant stars came together and changed the course of history.  Knowing that these same stars will set him on the right course toward home, Noel journeys around the world and touches down in a small town in America, The North Pole, Dickens' England and many other places on his quest.”

 

Click here to learn more or purchase tickets.


Mile Twelve at the Emelin

Tonight, Friday at 8pm check out the music of Mile Twelve.  “Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, ‘Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.’”

 

Weekends at Stone Barns Center

The farm is open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am to 5pm for COLD-WEATHER WEEKENDS November 25, 2017 through March 25, 2018:

“We are a four-season farm! During the cold-weather months there is still much to see, experience and learn about. On a winter Saturday or Sunday visit to Stone Barns, entrance to the property is FREE, and you may participate in a paid tour or free drop-in programming.

A SAMPLE WEEKEND DAY THIS SEASON WILL INCLUDE:

12:00-12:30: Making the Rounds Tour: Greenhouse or other growing space (FREE, no tickets required)

1:30-2:00: Meet the sheep, chickens, sprouts or other part of the farm (FREE, no tickets required)

2:30-4:00: Insider’s Tour (tickets required)

Drop-in activities and details are subject to change.”

 

 

Other weekend ideas?


The movies are always a fun weekend option.  Wonder is out and was amazing!  Coco (I LOVED) , Justice League, The Star and Thor: Ragnarok are also currently in theaters. 


Rye has a great Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 8:30-2pm in the parking lot behind Village Social and Chase Bank (Theodore Fremd Ave.)

Pleasantville's Farmer's Market is now indoors!

What about ice skating? Playland has a rink with open skating time, as does Dorothy Hamill  Greenwich and Hommocks in Larchmont.

Have you checked out Fun Fuzion in New Rochelle yet.  Fun Fuzion is Westchester’s only indoor amusement park.  There’s bowling, mini golf, billiards, lazer tag, and a fun house with games and rides.  There’s also a movie theater next door! Definitely a spot worth visiting! 

Legoland is also a fun place to visit with the kids!   “‘Tis the season to be jolly at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester during Bricktacular! Every Saturday and Sunday in December, join in on the festive holiday fun as you walk through a Winter Wonderland themed MINILAND, while you search for LEGO® presents in our bricktastic scavenger hunt! The LEGO delivery truck must get all of the hidden presents delivered by the Holiday! If you can help him, you’ll have the chance to win a Family 4 Pack of Annual Passes!  Don’t forget you receive a Limited Edition Collector Holiday LEGO® Brick and more!”



On Saturday, December 9th, 2017 White Plains High School PTA will be holding their 25th annual Holiday Craft Fair.  “The Fair is from 10am until 4pm at the High School, and all are welcome!  Admission is FREE.  They will have over 75 vendors selling items such as jewelry, beauty /skincare products, hand bags, purses wallets, books, scarves, knit / crochet: hats, stuffed animals, fleece animals, holiday ornaments, wreaths, light boxes, toys, and much more.  The PTA Snack Bar will be open from 10 until 4.  All proceeds from the Craft Fair are used for Senior Recognition Scholarships.

Please browse our site for more information on our Crafts Fair.  We hope to see you there!”

 

 

SANTA BRUNCH

On Sundays until December 17th “Enjoy a bountiful brunch while Santa mingles with you and your family. Don’t forget to bring your list for Santa!!! At Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook.  Choose from the 11:30 am or 2:00 pm Seating. Reservations Required. Call 914-935-6600

 

Perhaps the Zoo?  Nearby ones include the Bronx Zoo, The Central Park Zoo  and the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut.


Maybe take a stroll around the New York Botanical Gardens.  The HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW® will be on display until January 15th.  “Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.”

In addition, EVERGREEN EXPRESS will take place until Sunday, January 21.  There are Guided Activities Weekdays; 1:30–5:30 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.  “Hop aboard our play train and pretend to ride the rails! Hike winter trails and find evergreen trees and shrubs. Warm up inside the cozy Discovery Center while learning more about amazing evergreen plants. Make a festive evergreen swag bundle to brighten up your home. Access included in Grounds Admission.”


And Bowlmor bowling alley is a fun option in White Plains!


From 10-9 daily Visit Santa’s Cottage at Ridge Hill and “experience the magic of the holidays! Delight in the interactive snowflake wall, music & light shows every 30 minutes (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and a private family meet & greet in Santa’s library. FastPass reservations are available, but not required.”  In addition Nightly light shows every half hour 5PM - 10PM through December 31st.

 

 

Remember, it’s always a good idea to call ahead, to ensure a scheduled activity is still running.  Email me at ryebrook@hamlethub.com and let me know if we missed any super fun, family friendly events and/or if you would like to advertise with us!

Photo Credit: Kelly Schwark

 




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Colin Quinn brings “One In Every Crowd” to The Ridgefield Playhouse on January 11

From the old MTV days to SNL to Comedy Central to Broadway, Colin Quinn is apparently refusing to leave the business. So if you enjoyed his other one man shows at The Ridgefield Playhouse, or if you are a fan of sardonic humor and are looking for intelligent laughs, come see his new show “One In Every Crowd.”  Quinn, who got his big break as the comic foil sidekick on the MTV game show a "Remote Control" and for his five-year stint on "Saturday Night Live" in 1995-2000, returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, January 11 at 8pm as part of the Barts Tree Service Comedy Series. 

Quinn was on "Remote Control" for five seasons, starting in 1987. On "SNL" he hosted the Weekend Update segment from 1998-2000.  He later was on "The Colin Quinn Show" on NBC and "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" on Comedy Central.  In 2010, Quinn premiered his one-man show "Colin Quinn: Long Story Short" on Broadway. A satirical look at the history of the world, a recorded version that ran on HBO was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011. 

Two other of his one-man shows, “Unconstitutional” and” The New York Story” were released as Netflix specials.  He's also had roles in a dozen movies, such as playing Adam Sandler’s childhood rival in Sandler’s 2010 film "Grown Ups" and its 2013 sequel, and more recently played Amy Schumer’s father in her 2015 film “Trainwreck.”  Quinn also has continued to do stand-up comedy, and had a recurring part on the first few seasons of HBO's comedy series "Girls.”  Make it a great night out with dinner and a show – visitGALLO (5 Grove Street, Ridgefield) for dinner before the show and get a free glass of house wine with your entrée when you present your tickets!  Media sponsor for the event is 99.1fm WPLR.

Colin Quinn has written several screenplays including “Celtic Pride,” a film that made it to the big screen starring Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern as obsessive Boston Celtic fans who kidnap the opposing team’s best player to improve chances that the Celtics will win the championship game.  Quinn has also appeared in movies, including “Who's the Man,” “Married to the Mob,” “The Roxbury Guys” and “Comedian.” 

For tickets ($50), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.  Available for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795! The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:57:01 -0500
A World of Pez on Display http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/4722-a-world-of-pez-on-display4722-a-world-of-pez-on-display http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/4722-a-world-of-pez-on-display4722-a-world-of-pez-on-display

 

Nostalgia, favorite characters, happy faces, bright, irresistible colors - all of that captures the incredible collection of PEZ dispensers now on display at the Westchester Children's Museum in Rye, NY.

Many thanks to David Weinreb, from Purchase, NY, who donated a portion of his vast collection to the Museum. David has had a passion for PEZ since he was 11 years old; he is now a teacher at Fair Haven School in Fair Haven, NJ.

A special shout out to his mom, Wendy Woodrow Weinreb, for connecting David and his collection to the Museum so everyone can enjoy it.

What fun!

 

The Westchester Children's Museum is a non-profit, interactive place for play and discovery.

Located next door to Playland Amusement Park, overlooking the Boardwalk. OPEN YEAR ROUND.

More info at http://discoverwcm.org/

 

 

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Places Thu, 07 Dec 2017 01:12:00 -0500
Sounds of the Season is Coming to Blind Brook http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4719-sounds-of-the-season-is-coming-to-blind-brook4719-sounds-of-the-season-is-coming-to-blind-brook http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4719-sounds-of-the-season-is-coming-to-blind-brook4719-sounds-of-the-season-is-coming-to-blind-brook

 

Blind Brook Music Department Presents

Sounds of the Season

a monthly schedule of concerts
presented by the Blind Brook Music Department

Winter Choral Concert (I)

The Sixth Grade Chorus
The Seventh Grade Chorus
The Middle School Select Chorus

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00PM

Winter Choral Concert (II)

The Eighth Grade Chorus
The High School Chorus

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:00PM

High School Winter Instrumental Concert

The High School Concert Band
The High School Wind Ensemble
The High School Chamber Ensemble
The High School Jazz Band

Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00PM

Elementary and Middle School Winter Instrumental Concert

The Ridge Street School 5th Grade Band
The BBMS 6th Grade Band, The BBMS 7th Grade Band
The BBMS Jazz Ensembles, The BBMS Select Band

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 6:30PM

Concert will be presented in two acts with a 30 minute intermission in between! Join us for 1 half or both!

All concerts will be presented in the
George C. Trautwein Theatre at Blind Brook High School

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annaleder@yahoo.com (Blind Brook Notice) Events Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:03:53 -0500
Free Broadway Ticket for Kids and Teens with Kids Night on Broadway http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4720-free-broadway-ticket-for-kids-and-teens-with-kids-night-on-broadway4720-free-broadway-ticket-for-kids-and-teens-with-kids-night-on-broadway http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4720-free-broadway-ticket-for-kids-and-teens-with-kids-night-on-broadway4720-free-broadway-ticket-for-kids-and-teens-with-kids-night-on-broadway

Tickets for Kids' Night on Broadway 2018 performances in New York City went on sale today, Tuesday, December 5 at 10:30am ET. Before making your purchase, please read our Important Notes on their site to get the most out of your Kids’ Night ticket purchasing experience. Kids' Night on Broadway will take place in NYC on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Tickets sell out fast for the more popular, kid-friendly shows.

There are two ways to get tickets:

1.Visit the mobile-friendly www.kidsnightonbroadway.com starting at 10:30am ET and follow the links to choose your show. If prompted, use code KIDS2018.

-OR-

2. Click the direct links to the shows' official ticketing services below or call the numbers listed below starting at 10:30am ET and use code KIDS2018.
For the following shows, after 10:30am ET please call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or visit this link. Use code KIDS2018.

Please note that the links below will link directly to the ticketing page on Telecharge.com at 10:30am ET.

  • Anastasia
  • The Band's Visit
  • Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
  • A Bronx Tale
  • Come From Away
  • Chicago
  • Farinelli and the King
  • Once On This Island
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • School of Rock - the Musical

For the following shows, after 10:30am ET please call Ticketmaster at (877)-250-2929 or visit this link. Use code KIDS2018.

  • Kinky Boots
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Wicked

For the following shows, after 10:30am ET please call Ticketmaster at (866)-870-2717 or visit this link. Use code KIDS2018.

  • Aladdin
  • The Lion King
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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Broadway.org) Life Tue, 05 Dec 2017 06:00:55 -0500
Ornament Making Class This Weekend http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4721-ornament-making-class-this-weekend4721-ornament-making-class-this-weekend http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4721-ornament-making-class-this-weekend4721-ornament-making-class-this-weekend

Saturday, December 9, 2017

1:30 or 3:30 pm

Clay Art Center

Ages 6-15

$20 per child

Have your child create their own ceramic ornament!

Projects will be available for pickup in time for the holidays.

Space is limited. Tickets go on sale each Saturday at 10 am. To reserve your spot, call (914) 937-2047.

 

About Clay Art Center

Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Westchester County community at large.

Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.

Gallery and SHOP hours are Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm or by appointment.

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Events Tue, 05 Dec 2017 03:41:23 -0500
Holiday Open House & A Cappella Concert http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4718-holiday-open-house-a-cappella-concert4718-holiday-open-house-a-cappella-concert http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4718-holiday-open-house-a-cappella-concert4718-holiday-open-house-a-cappella-concert

Featuring:

Columbia University's Metrotones

and Yale Spizzwinks

 

At the Jay Heritage Center in Rye

 

FREE for JHC Members,

Columbia & Yale alumni

$10 for Non- Members, Children 12 & under free

 

Metrotones perform at 2pm

Spizzwinks perform at 3 pm & 4pm

 

Hot chocolate, savory cookies, candlelit Mansion tours & children's activities following concert

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Life Mon, 04 Dec 2017 01:11:00 -0500
Weekend Guide December 1-3 http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4717-weekend-guide-december-1-34717-weekend-guide-december-1-3 http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4717-weekend-guide-december-1-34717-weekend-guide-december-1-3

 

Welcome to December!  I can’t believe we’re in the last month of the year.  Though not freezing out, the temperature definitely feels like winter and the trees have almost lost all their leaves.  Many outdoor sports are over for the season, and others have just started or are continuing.  Hopefully you’ll have some time to check out all the fun weekend activities, starting right here in Rye Brook with WinterFest!

 

Rye Brook WinterFest

Head to Pine Ridge Park in Rye Brook today, Friday, December 1st from 6-9 for a “fun-filled holiday extravaganza for all ages.”

“The WinterFest will include live ice sculptures, a polar express train ride around the park, crafts & games, Magic of David Levitan, the Blind Brook High School Choir & Band and our annual Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony. In addition, Santa will arrive at the park at 6pm and will meet with children from 6pm-8:30pm.

We will also be collecting "new or used coats" for our annual coat drive to be distributed to our local neighbors that are less fortunate. We thank you in advance for your donation.”

 

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland

This fun event will be held at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

The program will be held on select dates until Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.  Click here for the full schedule.

“The Winter Wonderland Holiday Circus- Join us each night under the big top. Winter Wonderland Holiday Circus is great fun for all ages. SHOW TIMES: Weekdays and Sundays - 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays - 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

The Santa Experience- One of our most popular features is The Santa Experience where children and their families have the opportunity to meet Santa himself and take their own photos! The Santa Experience gives children the opportunity to share their wish list while making a lasting memory of a lifetime. Expect to see surprise guests too! See schedule for appearance dates.

RangersTown Rink- Your admission price includes unlimited skating (with skates included) on the RangersTown Rink. Skate against the backdrop of beautiful Kensico Dam Plaza and twinkling lights all around. Lace up and enjoy one of Westchester’s only outdoor ice skating rinks!

Unlimited Rides- There are three holiday rides to enjoy at Winter Wonderland! Enjoy a spin on the Wonderland Express or Holly Jolly Caterpillar, or hop on our Winter Hay Ride as it takes you up close to the illuminated cherry trees at the base of the Kensico Dam.

Candy Cane Lane- As you stroll the grounds this year, you will see your favorite light features from years past, including Candy Cane Lane and the even-taller Christmas tree centered on the plaza.

Musical Light Show-Dancing lights magically light up the night, choreographed to favorite holiday music. Walk around the triangle to get the full experience!

Holiday Pop-Up Market- New this year is our Holiday Pop-Up Market, happening only three days: Thursday, Dec. 21, Friday, Dec. 22, and Saturday, Dec. 23. Come by the Pop-up Market tent to find a unique gift for that special someone this holiday season.

Your pay-one-price admission of $15 admission includes unlimited visits with Santa, skating, walks through Candy Cane Lane, winter amusement rides, our spectacular light show and more.  Buy a snack or a warm-up beverage at a selection of food trucks and vendors, and warm up in the Holiday Spirits warming tent.  Parking is free.”

Buy your tickets now.

Get more information or call (914) 231-4600.

 

 

Rye Library

It’s the First Friday of Every Month so the Gizmos Science Fun Club is being held today, from 4-5pm for children in Grades K-2.  “Gizmos Science Fun Club offers children a chance to engage in hands -on-inquiry-based experiments.  In this one-hour science club, participants will focus on a different S.T.E.M. activity each month with handouts to follow up at home.  Through this program children will begin to see that science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts can be fun. Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required at www.ryelibrary.org.”   

And on Saturday Dec 2nd from 2-3pm don’t miss the Violin Concert with Akiko Kobayashi.  “New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi, who performs both solo and chamber music, has appeared as a soloist with the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra, and InterHarmony Festival Orchestra. Her recital appearances include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the Young Musicians Concert sponsored by the MTNA League; Steinway Hall in New York; Cathedral of St. John in New York; the Gala Chamber Music Concert at the Nyack Academy of Music Summer Festival; Chicago Cultural Center; and Konzertsaal des Rathauses in Bavaria.

She has appeared at international festivals such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, the InterHarmony International Music Festival in the Berkshires and the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Festival in Bavaria, where she performed as both soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in master classes for the Stradivarius Society, Zvi Zeitlin, and Sergiu Schwartz.”

 

  

Harrison LibraryHarrison Library

Yoga with Angela is taking place today, Friday, December 1st from 4 - 5.  “Relaxing , soothing and fun. Peaceful. Like a day off. This is how tweens describe yoga with local instructor Angela Brandt. Ages 7-12.”

Saturday Stories (& a Craft, too!) will be happening on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:30-11:30am.  “Ease into Saturday at the Library's Children's Discovery Center.  Between 10:30 and 11:15 AM Manhattanville College student volunteers will informally read favorite picture books and do a craft.  Suggested for ages 2 to 4 years.”

Turn Your Writing Into A Holiday Gift is taking place on Saturday, December 2nd from 1:30- 3:00pm.  “Create a special gift this holiday season—a written or recorded personal history as a keepsake for your children, grandchildren, and other loved ones—or just for yourself!

This workshop will make it easy and fun. Bring a blank notebook and your favorite writing implements (and/or laptop or voice recorder). Optional: bring photos from different periods of your life.

No registration. Limited to 10 - first come, first served. Open to All Levels

About Mindy Lewis:

Mindy Lewis is the author of Life Inside: A Memoir. She is the editor of DIRT: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House.

Mindy is the recipient of New Letters 2015 Dorothy Cappon Award for Best Essay. She teaches writing workshops at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y in Manhattan. She taught at Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Brooklyn College, Poets & Writers outreach program in Kew Gardens.”


Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum is a hidden gem located just up the road from us in nearby Greenwich, CT.  After you’ve checked out the museum, head across the street to a super fun playground the kids are sure to love!  

On Friday don’t miss the Marine Tank Animal Feeding from 2:30pm - 2:45pm.

First Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point Park will take place Sunday from 9-11:15am.  “Join us for a leisurely walk to view birds in their habitats. Bring binoculars. Meet near southern concession stand.  Contact cynthiae@brucemuseum.org for information and Park admission. Free. No registration required.”

On Sunday from 11:30-12:15pm why not head out on a Family Gallery Tour.  “Designed for children aged 6-10 and their families, this program will provide an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum's current exhibitions. Free with admission; no registration required.”

Art Adventures: Poster Art is taking place on Sunday, December 3rd from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  “A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families.  In this program, participants will have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advanced registration is required.  

By using bold colors and easy shapes, lines and patterns, Toulouse-Lautrec turned advertising into an art form. Create your own poster inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec's simple and straightforward style with various materials in our Education Workshop.”

 


Lasdon Park's “Holidays on the Hill”

This is the perfect way to Get into the Spirit of the Season.  “Model trains will be chugging through a huge layout featuring a festive miniature landscape during the annual Holidays on the Hill event, weekends in December at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers.

Activities and Displays

The main house will showcase the huge model train display, featuring Lionel and similar O scale electric trains – steam and diesel – traveling through a miniature holiday landscape representing the Metro-North Harlem line from Grand Central Terminal to Katonah. Along the way, the trains pass famous landmarks, a Christmas town, skyscrapers and winter scenes, featuring miniatures of Santa, Rudolf, the Grinch, Peanuts and more.

The house will also feature a fully decorated poinsettia tree. There will be Christmas displays of Rudolph, Charlie Brown and the Grinch. Santa will be there throughout the event listening to the holiday wishes of children young and old.

“Tropical Christmas Treasures,” highlighting tropical plants used during the holidays, will debut in the Lasdon Conservatory.

The Veterans Museum will be open during the show dates featuring “The War to End All Wars,” the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I. For the holiday, there will be a special exhibit on the World War I unofficial Christmas truce.

Food and Gifts

The Garden Shop will be open for business, selling refreshments, poinsettias, wreaths and gifts, including the work of local artists. There will be two outside fire pits, holiday music and the Fork in the Road Food Truck selling hot food, hot chocolate and munchies located on the Conservatory Plaza.

Schedule

Holidays on the Hill is scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, as well as Saturday, December 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa’s appearances are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. throughout the event. In addition to the holiday hours, the Lasdon Conservatory will be open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Weekday admission to the Conservatory is $5 adults and $3 children 12 and under.

Holidays on the Hill is presented by Friends of Lasdon Park and Arboretum and co-sponsored by Aquascapes East and Prospero Nursery.

Go to the Lasdon Web site or call (914) 864-7268 for more information.”

 

Home Depot Free Kids' Workshop

It’s the first Saturday of the month so the FREE Home Depot Kids’ Workshop is taking place and this month’s theme is making a Gingerbread House!  “Build holiday memories in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can put together a wooden gingerbread house that will last year after year. No frosting required! Once the gingerbread house is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.”  The workshop will take place on Saturday from 9-12pm.

 

Westchester Children’s Museum

Good news! The Westchester Children’s Museum is open for business and for you and the kids to enjoy!  This “sunlit, colorful, vibrant learning space is filled with interactive exhibits that explore science, art, technology, design and the environment, with places to build, play, and create.”  The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays 10-4.  Current exhibits include:
MAKERSPACES
BUILD YOUR OWN ROLLER COASTER
KEVA PLANKS
WIND TUNNEL DESIGN CHALLENGE
TODDLER BEACH
SHADOW PUPPET THEATER

On Saturday from 11-3pm the First Saturday Art Workshop Will take place.  “Drop in for a hands-on art workshop led by fine arts and crafts specialists from craft store A.I. Friedman.”

 

Holiday Train Show at Greenburgh Nature Center

Don’t miss the annual Holiday Train Show at the nature center weekends from December 2nd to December 17th from 10-4:30pm at a cost of $10 adults, $9 seniors/students, $8 children (ages 2-12), children under 2 and members are free.

“Come aboard as the Yonkers Model Railroad Club presents, in miniature, an enchanting display of the steam, diesel, and electrical train operations that existed in the Eastern United States in the second half of the 20th century. The show includes the exciting sounds of steam locomotives, the bells and whistles of diesel locomotives, as well as the colors and designs of the great railroads of America’s past, including the New York Central System, and the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroads.”

 

Santa at The Westchester

Ready to take pics with Santa? Well he’s arrived at the Westchester and is waiting for you to take holiday photos with him!  “Santa will be at the Level 1 Center Court.  Save time, avoid the line! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at simonsanta.com.”

 

Michael’s

There’s a bunch of fun crafting events this weekend at Michaels.  Our closest one in in Waterfront Place by the movie theater.  On Saturday from 10-2 kids can participate in making Kids Club® Unicorn Slime.  The project is $2 and supplies are included.

Also on Saturday from 1-3pm stop by for the MAKEbreak Gingerbread Houses event.  “All supplies are included when you buy a Wilton® Gingerbread Kit.”

And finally, on Sunday from 1-3pm, check out MAKEbreak Holiday Wreaths.  “Buy the wreath base and the rest of the supplies to decorate it are provided.”

 

Lakeshore

Lakeshore also hosts a free craft workshop for kids most Saturdays from 11-3pm.  This Saturday’s craft also sounds super fun, creating a “Frosty Friend Bookmark!”  Appropriate for kids ages 3 & up. No reservation necessary. Free.”



Clay Art Center’s Drop In Class

Every Saturday from 2 - 4pm, drop in for a fun clay class.  Cost is $30/adult and $20 for children under 12.  This fee includes material and firing.  “Have fun in this one-time class for adults, children and families interested in experimenting with clay for the first time. Plan a great afternoon with friends, family, or just for you while exploring your inner artist in this fun and messy introduction to clay! Projects take between 1.5- 2 hours.

  • Ornament Making Projects - December 2 & 9 (two sessions at 1:30 & 3:30)

SPACE IS LIMITED. Tickets go on sale at the front desk at 10am the day of class. Call us at 914-937-2047 to register or drop in by 1:45. First Come First Served.  Class maximum is 12 people.”

 

 

Westchester County Center Events

INTERNATIONAL GEM & JEWELRY SHOW Friday-Sunday

“Shop direct from designers, wholesalers and manufacturers for the largest selection at the lowest prices. Why pay retail when you can shop-til-you-drop in a marketplace setting for the best prices in the industry? Visit America's longest running direct-to-consumer jewelry trade show.”

Hours: Fri: 12pm - 6pm, Sat: 10am - 6pm, Sun: 11am - 5pm

Cost: $6 online in advance, $8 at door, children 8yrs. and under not permitted.

 

Saturday at 7pm check out GIUSEPPE THE MC LIVE! WORLD COMEDY TOUR: NEW YORK.  Tickets are $53 and you can learn more at 

 


Barnes & Noble

Tonight, Friday, December 1st at 7pm don’t miss the The Polar Express Storytime.  “All aboard! Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual Storytime of the beloved classic The Polar Express. Coloring and activities to follow.”

And on Saturday at 11am, don’t miss the How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Story time.  “This classic, heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts three sizes. Activities to follow.”

Also on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 PM “in celebration of the holiday season, join us in our music department for photos with Santa sponsored by The Violet Torch Foundation bookfair.” And at 2:30pm Saturday and Sunday there will be activities with Santa's elves in the Children's Department

Our closest store is in City Center in White Plains but other nearby locations include Eastchester’s new store complete with a fabulous café!


Hudson River Museum

Have you checked out the Hudson River Museum and Planetarium yet?  “The Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary cultural complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, actively reaching out to broaden the horizons of all of its visitors.”

Early Explorers takes place on Saturdays & Sundays from 1 - 4pm.  This is a “safe space for children to explore, play, and create with their families. The room hosts a large-scale dollhouse, blocks, puppet theater, and books. A Junior Docent is present to answer questions and suggest activities.  Must be accompanied by a caregiver. Up to age 5.”

FAMILY STUDIO: ART will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm.  “Participate in an afternoon of art activities related to the structure of landscapes. Designed by Teaching Artist-in-Residence Andrea Packard, fall workshop themes will be as follows:

DECEMBER: "Holiday Scents"

JANUARY: "Choose Your Own Perspective"

FREE with general admission. Plan your visit here and purchase tickets online here.  Visit hrm.org/weekly-programs for a full list of weekly programs.”

FAMILY STUDIO: SCIENCE will take place on Sat Dec 2nd from 1-4pm.  “This fall, Family Studio: Science workshops, entitled "Isotope Mobile" and "Landscape of Time," encourage participants to look at individual elements—like water and trees!—to uncover the history of a landscape and predict what it might look like in the future. Activities were designed by Teaching Scientist-in-Residence Dr. Allegra N. LeGrande, who will personally facilitate workshops on Saturday, December 2 from 1 to 4pm.”

Finally, FIRST SUNDAYS GALLERY TOUR will take place on Sun Dec 3rd from 1-2pm.  “Explore our current exhibition Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond with a Docent-led tour.  Free with general admission.”

The following PLANETARIUM SHOWS will take place this weekend:

12:30pm          One World, One Sky

2pm                 The Holiday Sky Tonight

3:30pm             Myths, Legends, & Travelers' Tales

 

Stamford Nature Center

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is great place to walk around, see animals and check out the playground.  In addition, on Sundays November 12 - December 10 11:30 am - 4 pm you can check out Sunday Explorers.  “Head to the SM&NC for the return of our popular Sunday drop-in programs! Meet one of our Heckscher Farm animals, try your hand at a scavenger hunt on the trails, see Sadie and Bert, our North American River Otters, get their lunch, or help to feed some animals in Heckscher WILD! (First-come, first-served; recommended for ages 5 and up.)

Schedule of Events

11:30 am - 4 pm

Self-guided crafts

11:30 am

Heckscher Farm Animal Meet & Greet

12 pm

Otter feeding demonstration (Otter Pond)

12:30 pm

WILD! Feeding (at Heckscher WILD!, limited enrollment, ages 5 & up

2 pm

Scavenger Hunt (Meet at Overbrook)

3 pm

Animal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)”

 

On Sunday there will also be an Outdoor Adventures: Full Moon Hike from 5-6:60pm.  “Discover the almost-winter world of nocturnal creatures by the light of the last full moon of 2017. We'll head out on to the SM&NC's nature trails at dusk and return by the light of the full moon. We'll learn about the phases of the moon and see what animals are out and about during sunset.  Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.”

 

“Remember those crazy contraptions that would spin, rock, and play music - and they were made from tag sale treasures and overlooked common objects?

Yes, the ingenious inventions of sculptor - and SM&NC favorite - Steve Gerberich will return to the Stamford Museum Galleries for a totally re-imagined Holiday Exhibition. Gerberich has gathered his most outstanding and outlandish large-scale kinetic sculptures and installations for a showing of the "Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys." Working with old machine parts, kitchen utensils, furniture scraps, lighting fixtures, medical supplies, toys, and carnival figurines, Gerberich mixes the aesthetics of contemporary sculpture with the scientific principles of simple mechanical motion. It's crazy fun!  SM&NC Members: Free | Non-Members:included with gate admission.

Museum galleries are open Monday-Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sunday 11am - 5pm.”

 

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones museum is another amazing place for the kids.  Located about 20 minutes north of Rye Brook, in Norwalk, CT, it’s perfect for the whole family! Check them out here, then head on over for a fun filled day of learning and hands-on activities the kids will adore!  



Maritime Aquarium

There is always SO much going on at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.

Shark-Diving Santa will take place on most Thurs., Sat., & Sun. in Dec. at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m.  This event is free with admission.

“Santa joins the Aquarium’s dive team to demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth. He'll strap on scuba gear and enter our 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit as part of our regular program that lets guests see and talk with volunteer divers swimming in the exhibit. Bring your camera!”

Kids can also Visit Santa in His Fishing Village Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m (except when he’s shark diving!)  “During the month of December, our "Go Fish!" exhibit is being transformed into Santa's Fishing Village! Guests will be able to take a photo with Santa Claus in his fishing boat.”

Have you checked out "Journey With Jellies" A bigger & even better jellyfish exhibit yet?  “Get close to some of the most strangely beautiful – but painfully dangerous – animals in the sea as The Maritime Aquarium presents a newly expanded exhibit of jellyfish, including species we've never displayed before!  See Pacific sea nettles in an enormous new display, bizarre flower-hat jellies, "upside-down" jellies in a cool half-dome, and more!”  

Check out the Coral Reef Exhibit!  “A rainbow of colors dart and dash in our new 3,000-gallon Coral Reef exhibit, open now just past the Sea Turtles exhibit.  Meet more than 40 species of reef fish native to the Indo-Pacific, including brilliantly colored varieties of tangs, triggerfish, wrasses and more.  Displays explain why reef systems are so important to the ocean, yet why they’re also so fragile.
Plus, learn how global ocean currents can connect water in reefs on the other side of the planet to our local Long Island Sound – and thus, how our stewardship of the Sound also means good stewardship of all Earth's marine ecosystems.”

 

Tarrytown Music Hall

“Join us on the first four Fridays in December from 4:30pm - 9:30pm as we showcase local and regional, artists, makers and indie pop-up shops, at the first ever Music Hall Holiday Market!

12/1 Upstairs in The Music Hall's Studio Space:

Aware Boutique | Brookhouse Pottery | Curious Vintage Shoppe | Folkloric Jewelry | Fruit & Pepper | Sugarsnap Baking | Reverend J's Apothecary | Reflectjen Style | Samosa Shack | The Bath Bar | the good witch | Virtua Beauty & Mermud Studio | Yapa Artisanal Collections | More”  There will also be a Food Truck: Empanada Sonata.

 

Westchester Broadway Theatre Production of The Christmas Voyager

From November 22nd - December 23rd, 2017 the Westchester Broadway Theatre will be showcasing The Christmas Voyager.  “This Delightful Holiday Musical is a true celebration of the Season. All the splendor of Christmas is brought to life on a magical journey through Yuletides past. The holiday songs we all know and love are wrapped up in a heartwarming celebration of the spirit that will delight audiences of all ages.  Lost in a future time and desperate to return to his home galaxy, our Starman journeys back through time searching for that magical December 24th evening when three brilliant stars came together and changed the course of history.  Knowing that these same stars will set him on the right course toward home, Noel journeys around the world and touches down in a small town in America, The North Pole, Dickens' England and many other places on his quest.”

Click here to learn more or purchase tickets.



Christopher O’Riley  at The Emelin

On December 2nd head to The Emelin in Mamaroneck.  “The acclaimed classical pianist and host of NPR’s From the Top, plays a kaleidoscopic array of music from the pre-baroque to present-day.

Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, the spirited solo pianist and recitalist plays a kaleidoscopic array of music from the pre-baroque to present-day. In this unique program — to be announced from the stage – O’Riley will perform a wide-ranging repertoire from classical sonatas to his own arrangements of songs by bands such as Radiohead and The Smiths. Known to millions as the host of NPR’s “From the Top,” broadcast by 250 stations across the United States, O’Riley has been introducing the next generation of classical-music stars to almost a million listeners each week, for the past 17 years.

Please enjoy a complimentary glass of wine during the performance, and join us for a moderated discussion with the artist following the performance.”

 


Weekends at Stone Barns Center

The farm is open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am to 5pm for COLD-WEATHER WEEKENDS November 25, 2017 through March 25, 2018:

“We are a four-season farm! During the cold-weather months there is still much to see, experience and learn about. On a winter Saturday or Sunday visit to Stone Barns, entrance to the property is FREE, and you may participate in a paid tour or free drop-in programming.

A SAMPLE WEEKEND DAY THIS SEASON WILL INCLUDE:

12:00-12:30: Making the Rounds Tour: Greenhouse or other growing space (FREE, no tickets required)

1:30-2:00: Meet the sheep, chickens, sprouts or other part of the farm (FREE, no tickets required)

2:30-4:00: Insider’s Tour (tickets required)

Drop-in activities and details are subject to change.”

 

Other weekend ideas?


The movies are always a fun weekend option.  Wonder is out and was amazing!  Coco (I ALSO LOVED), Justice League, The Star and Thor: Ragnarok are also currently in theaters.  http://www.moviefone.com


Rye has a great Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 8:30-2pm in the parking lot behind Village Social and Chase Bank (Theodore Fremd Ave.)


What about ice skating? Playland has a rink with open skating time, as does Dorothy Hamill in Greenwich and Hommocks in Larchmont.

 

Legoland is also a fun place to visit with the kids!   “‘Tis the season to be jolly at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester during Bricktacular! Every Saturday and Sunday in December, join in on the festive holiday fun as you walk through a Winter Wonderland themed MINILAND, while you search for LEGO® presents in our bricktastic scavenger hunt! The LEGO delivery truck must get all of the hidden presents delivered by the Holiday! If you can help him, you’ll have the chance to win a Family 4 Pack of Annual Passes!  Don’t forget you receive a Limited Edition Collector Holiday LEGO® Brick and more!”



SANTA BRUNCH

On Sundays until December 17th “Enjoy a bountiful brunch while Santa mingles with you and your family. Don’t forget to bring your list for Santa!!! At Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook.  Choose from the 11:30 am or 2:00 pm Seating. Reservations Required. Call 914-935-6600

 

Perhaps the Zoo?  Nearby ones include the Bronx Zoo, The Central Park Zoo and the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut.


Maybe take a stroll around the New York Botanical Gardens.  The HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW® will be on display until January 15th.  “Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.”

In addition, EVERGREEN EXPRESS will take place until Sunday, January 21.  There are Guided Activities Weekdays; 1:30–5:30 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.  “Hop aboard our play train and pretend to ride the rails! Hike winter trails and find evergreen trees and shrubs. Warm up inside the cozy Discovery Center while learning more about amazing evergreen plants. Make a festive evergreen swag bundle to brighten up your home. Access included in Grounds Admission.”



And Bowlmor bowling alley is a fun option in White Plains!


From 10-9 daily Visit Santa’s Cottage at Ridge Hill and “experience the magic of the holidays! Delight in the interactive snowflake wall, music & light shows every 30 minutes (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and a private family meet & greet in Santa’s library. FastPass reservations are available, but not required.”  In addition Nightly light shows every half hour 5PM - 10PM through December 31st.

 

 

Remember, it’s always a good idea to call ahead, to ensure a scheduled activity is still running.  Email me at ryebrook@hamlethub.com and let me know if we missed any super fun, family friendly events and/or if you would like to advertise with us!

Photo Credit: Kelly Schwark

 



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annaleder@yahoo.com (Anna Leder) Life Fri, 01 Dec 2017 01:00:38 -0500
Eating raw dough could make you sick http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/4714-eating-raw-dough-could-make-you-sick4714-eating-raw-dough-could-make-you-sick http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/4714-eating-raw-dough-could-make-you-sick4714-eating-raw-dough-could-make-you-sick

Do you find it hard to resist gobbling up a piece of raw dough when making cookies, or letting your children scrape the bowl? Do your kids use raw dough to make ornaments or homemade “play” clay? Do you eat at family restaurants that give kids raw dough to play with while you’re waiting for the food?

If your answer to any of those questions is yes, that could be a problem. Eating raw dough or batter—whether it’s for bread, cookies, pizza or tortillas—could make you, and your kids, sick, says Jenny Scott, a senior advisor in FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

According to Scott, the bottom line for you and your kids is don’t eat raw dough. And even though there are websites devoted to “flour crafts,” don’t give your kids raw dough or baking mixes that contain flour to play with.

Why? Flour, regardless of the brand, can contain bacteria that cause disease. In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials, investigated an outbreak of infections that illustrated the dangers of eating raw dough. Dozens of people across the country were sickened by a strain of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121.

The investigation found that raw dough eaten or handled by some of the patients was made with flour found in subsequent tests by the FDA to have the same bacterium that was making people sick. Ten million pounds of flour were recalled, including unbleached, all-purpose, and self-rising varieties.

Some of the recalled flours had been sold to restaurants that allow children to play with dough made from the raw flour while waiting for their meals. CDC advises restaurants not to give customers raw dough.

Why Flour?

People often understand the dangers of eating raw dough due to the presence of raw eggs and the associated risk with Salmonella. However, consumers should be aware that there are additional risks associated with the consumption of raw dough, such as particularly harmful strains of E. coli in a product like flour.

“Flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field and typically is not treated to kill bacteria,” says Leslie Smoot, Ph.D., a senior advisor in FDA’s Office of Food Safety and a specialist in the microbiological safety of processed foods. So if an animal heeds the call of nature in the field, bacteria from the animal waste could contaminate the grain, which is then harvested and milled into flour.

Common “kill steps” applied during food preparation and/or processing (so-called because they kill bacteria that cause infections) include boiling, baking, roasting, microwaving, and frying. But with raw dough, no kill step has been used.

And don’t make homemade cookie dough ice cream either. If that’s your favorite flavor, buy commercially made products. Manufacturers should use ingredients that include treated flour and pasteurized eggs.

Symptoms and Who Gets Sick

Common symptoms for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli are diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps, although most people recover within a week. But some illnesses last longer and can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS can occur in people of any age, but is most common in young children under 5 years, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

Parents of young children should be particularly aware. For instance, if your child is in day care or kindergarten, a common pastime may be art using “play” clay that is homemade from raw dough. Even if they’re not munching on the dough, they’re putting their hands in their mouth after handling the dough. Childcare facilities and preschools should discourage the practice of playing with raw dough.

Handle Foods Safely

FDA offers these tips for safe food handling to keep you and your family healthy:

  • Do not eat any raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product that is supposed to be cooked or baked.
  • Follow package directions for cooking products containing flour at proper temperatures and for specified times.
  • Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw dough products.
  • Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any contamination that may be present from spreading. Be aware that flour may spread easily due to its powdery nature.
  • Follow label directions to chill products containing raw dough promptly after purchase until baked.

Updated: November 28, 2017

 

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annaleder@yahoo.com (FDA.GOV) Public safety Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:15:14 -0500
Stuff-A-Truck Food Drive to benefit Food Bank for Westchester this Weekend at Balducci's in Scarsdale and Rye Brook http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/4715-stuff-a-truck-food-drive-to-benefit-food-bank-for-westchester-this-weekend-at-balducci-s-in-scarsdale-and-rye-brook-15119664554715-stuff-a-truck-food-drive-to-benefit-food-bank-for-westchester-this-weekend-at-balducci-s-in-scarsdale-and-rye-brook-1511966455 http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/4715-stuff-a-truck-food-drive-to-benefit-food-bank-for-westchester-this-weekend-at-balducci-s-in-scarsdale-and-rye-brook-15119664554715-stuff-a-truck-food-drive-to-benefit-food-bank-for-westchester-this-weekend-at-balducci-s-in-scarsdale-and-rye-brook-1511966455

Sharc Creative invites you to the second annual Stuff-A-Truck Food Drive to benefit Food Bank for Westchester this Saturday, December 2 at Balducci's in Scarsdale and on Sunday, December 3 at Balducci's in Rye Brook.

Donations will be accepted from 10 am to 3 pm on both days.

Make the holiday season merry for those in need and consider visiting Balducci's this weekend!

Learn more about Food Bank for Westchester HERE.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (HH) Charities Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:40:55 -0500
Only two days till Winterfest in Rye Brook! http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4713-only-two-days-till-winterfest-in-rye-brook4713-only-two-days-till-winterfest-in-rye-brook http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4713-only-two-days-till-winterfest-in-rye-brook4713-only-two-days-till-winterfest-in-rye-brook

 

2 DAYS UNTIL RYE BROOK'S 2017 WINTERFEST!!!!!

Come join us for what we expect to be an exciting, fun-filled holiday extravaganza for all ages on Friday, December 1st from 6 - 9pm at Pine Ridge Park. 

This year Rye Brook Recreation, in conjunction with Doral Arrowwood, Greenwich Hospital, Westchester Bank, White Plains Hospital, Washington Park Plaza and Blind Brook Club will be hosting a WinterFest on Friday, December 1st from 6-9pm at Pine Ridge Park. The WinterFest will include live ice sculptures, a polar express train ride around the park, crafts & games, Magic of David Levitan, the Blind Brook High School Choir & Band and our annual Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony. In addition, Santa will arrive at the park at 6pm and will meet with children from 6pm-8:30pm.

Be sure to stay tuned for activity times which will be announced as we get closer to the event. Don't miss the excitement!!!!

  

We will also be collecting "new or used coats" for our annual coat drive to be distributed to our local neighbors that are less fortunate. We thank you in advance for your donation.

  

We look forward to seeing everyone at Pine Ridge Park on December 1st to get in to the Holiday Season!

Rye Brook Recreation Staff

 

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annaleder@yahoo.com (Rye Brook Rec. Dept.) Events Wed, 29 Nov 2017 01:11:58 -0500
3rd Annual Empty Bowls Westchester is Sunday http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/4711-3rd-annual-empty-bowls-westchester-is-sunday4711-3rd-annual-empty-bowls-westchester-is-sunday http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/4711-3rd-annual-empty-bowls-westchester-is-sunday4711-3rd-annual-empty-bowls-westchester-is-sunday

The 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Westchester on Sunday, December 3 beginning at 5:00 pm, Crabtree's Kittle House Restaurant and Inn (11 Kittle Road) in Chappaqua.

The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to raise both funds and awareness in the fight to end hunger.

Click here for tickets and to learn more. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:14:23 -0500
Weekend Guide November 24-26 http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4710-weekend-guide-november-24-264710-weekend-guide-november-24-26 http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4710-weekend-guide-november-24-264710-weekend-guide-november-24-26

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all had a great holiday celebrated with family and friends.  Today is Black Friday.  Are you heading out to shop or staying in? There’s plenty of fun stuff to do this weekend that doesn’t involve shopping so let’s get to it!  

 

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The blaze has tickets available for 11/24 and 11/25 and then will end.  So if you want to see it this year, grab your tickets now!  “The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying fall event returns for 40 delightful nights in 2017!

See more than 7,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display – all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Come gawk at more jack o'lanterns than ever before. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year’s Blaze, which was sold out EVERY NIGHT! Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening.”

Click here to learn more and/or to buy tickets. 

 

Rye Library

Rye S.T.E.A.M. Rollers will take place today from 4-5pm for kids in Grades 3-5.  “All Rye S.T.E.A.M. Rollers in grades 3-5 are invited to join the librarians once-a-month in our "New S.T.E.A.M. LAB where literacy meets science.  Each month we will read a book together, then taking inspiration from the story, we will teach kids how to think with their hands and minds.  It's inquiry-based learning combined with a hands-on activity in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering. Art, or Mathematics.  Literacy meets S.T.E.A.M.  November's Book is Grand Canyon by Jason Chin  *Children do not have to pre-read the book.

Pre-registration is required for this event and can be done at  www.ryelibrary.org   

 

 

Harrison Library

On Saturday from 11-12 head to the main branch of the library for Meet and Read with Angie, the therapy dog.

At the West Harrison branch on Saturday there’s a Bilingual Storytime taking place from 11-11:30.  Stories and songs in English and Spanish with Miss Mariella for kids ages 1 to 6 years-old.

And after, check out the bilingual storytime for arts and crafts! From 11:30-12 for kids ages 1 to 6 years.


Larchmont Library

Today, Friday from 3:30-4:15pm stop by the Larchmont Library for  Sci-Fri: Egg Parachutes.  This event is for children in Grades 3 to 5. Online registration required. “Look out below! Learn to make your own functional egg parachute. How far can it fall? How much weight can it hold? That all depends on you. Come to Sci-Fri and give it a try!”

 

Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum is a hidden gem located just up the road from us in nearby Greenwich, CT.  After you’ve checked out the museum, head across the street to a super fun playground the kids are sure to love!  

On Friday don’t miss the Marine Tank Animal Feeding from 2:30pm - 2:45pm.

 

Westchester Children’s Museum


Good news! The Westchester Children’s Museum is open for business and for you and the kids to enjoy!  This “sunlit, colorful, vibrant learning space is filled with interactive exhibits that explore science, art, technology, design and the environment, with places to build, play, and create.”  The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays 10-4.  Current exhibits include:
MAKERSPACES
BUILD YOUR OWN ROLLER COASTER
KEVA PLANKS
WIND TUNNEL DESIGN CHALLENGE
TODDLER BEACH
SHADOW PUPPET THEATER

From Friday, September 15th until November 30th, the American Dream Collection: Works by Lynn Mara will be on display!  “Drawing inspiration from the beauty of her natural surroundings and the wide spectrum of American iconography, artist Lynn Mara  captures the vibrancy of the American spirit through her paintings. Her Impressionist style, bright, colorful palate, and distinct subject matter ranging from bold images of the American Flag, energetic equestrian scenes, to sun-bleached landscapes are joyful and accessible for young visitors.

 

Artist Lynn Mara is the Winner of the Design a Bus Contest for the 40th Anniversary of the Hampton Jitney, her bus can be seen traveling between Long Island and Manhattan. She was also named Winner of the 2017 HAMPTON CLASSIC poster design. The artist is a devoted mother of four sons, and lives and works in Greenwich CT. with her husband Frank.On View in the Westchester Children’s Museum Art Gallery.”

 

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annaleder@yahoo.com (Anna Leder) Life Fri, 24 Nov 2017 01:07:08 -0500
Wash your hands, but not your turkey http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/4709-wash-your-hands-but-not-your-turkey4709-wash-your-hands-but-not-your-turkey http://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/4709-wash-your-hands-but-not-your-turkey4709-wash-your-hands-but-not-your-turkey

USDA Provides Tips and Resources for a Bacteria-Free Thanksgiving

More than 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day, with a never-ending list of side dishes and desserts. The Thanksgiving meal is by far the largest and most stressful meal many consumers prepare all year, leaving room for mistakes that can make guests sick. But never fear, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is available with tips and resources to make this Thanksgiving safe and stress-free.

“Turkey and other meat and poultry may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter that can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said acting FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker. “By properly handling and cooking your turkey, you can avoid these harmful pathogens and ensure your family has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving feast.”

Begin by following these five steps:

Wash your hands, but not your turkey

Washing your hands before cooking is the simplest way to stop the spread of bacteria, while washing your turkey is the easiest way to spread bacteria all over your kitchen. According to the 2016 Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Survey, 68 percent of consumers wash poultry in the kitchen sink, which is not recommended by the USDA. Research shows that washing meat or poultry can splash bacteria around your kitchen by up to 3 feet, contaminating countertops, towels and other food. Washing doesn’t remove bacteria from the bird. Only cooking the turkey to the correct internal temperature will ensure all bacteria are killed.

The exception to this rule is brining. When rinsing brine off of a turkey, be sure to remove all other food or objects from the sink, layer the area with paper towels and use a slow stream of water to avoid splashing.

To stuff or not to stuff

For optimal food safety, do not stuff the turkey. Even if the turkey is cooked to the correct internal temperature, the stuffing inside may not have reached a temperature high enough to kill the bacteria. It is best to cook the stuffing in a separate dish.

Take the temperature of the bird

Although there are various ways to cook a turkey, the only way to avoid foodborne illness is to make sure it is cooked to the correct internal temperature as measured by a food thermometer. Take the bird’s temperature in three areas — the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the wing and the innermost part of the thigh — make sure all three locations reach 165ºF. If one of those locations does not register at 165ºF, then continue cooking until all three locations reach the correct internal temperature.

Follow the two-hour rule

Perishable foods should not be left on the table or countertops for longer than two hours. After two hours, food falls into the Danger Zone, temperatures between 40-140ºF, where bacteria can rapidly multiply. If that food is then eaten, your guests could get sick. Cut turkey into smaller slices and refrigerate along with other perishable items, such as potatoes, gravy and vegetables. Leftovers should stay safe in the refrigerator for four days.

When in doubt call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline

If you have questions about your Thanksgiving dinner, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. You can also chat live at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.

If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the Meat and Poultry Hotline is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.

Consumers with food safety questions can visit www.FoodSafety.gov to learn more about how to safely select, thaw and prepare a turkey.

For more Thanksgiving food safety tips, follow FSIS on Twitter, @USDAFoodSafety or on Facebook, at www.Facebook.com/FoodSafety.gov 

 

 
 
 
 
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keytocomputing@gmail.com (USDA) Public safety Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:52:28 -0500