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Memorial Day Service
Gather on the Village Green to honor our soldiers and veterans at a service on May 27 at 9:45 a.m. The guest speaker is Suzanne Clary, president of the Jay Heritage Center. Rye American Legion Post 128 members have planned a memorable occasion open to all.
Just Daddy & Me
The Rye Nature Center will host an animal show, June 1 from 9:15-10 a.m. Admission is $10 for members, $15 non-members.
Sleepover Under the Stars
Long to take your family on an outdoor adventure, but need some guidance? Fear not, the staff at Rye Nature Center will help you pitch a tent, build a fire, and roast marshmallows. The fun begins at 5 p.m. June 1 and ends the following morning at 9 a.m.
The event is open to members only, and recommended for ages 5 and up. Registration is required. Call 967-5150. Cost is $25 per person.
Grab the family and head to the Rye Free Reading Room’s Vehicle Fair, June 2 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Osborn School parking lot. There will be a large variety of cars, trucks, and other equipment to examine up close, as well as exciting rides, games, and inflatables.
Activities include a Bouncy House, Victory Lap Slide, All Aboard Train, Face Painting, and Storytime. Enjoy the tunes of DJ Anthony Radice throughout the day. Take part in a raffle with great prizes for all ages. Enjoy luncheon fare from Post Road Market and treats from Longford’s.
Tickets can be purchased online (ryelibrary.org) for $30 through May 31. The price includes two raffle tickets. Admission at the gate is $35 per family. The library’s Auxiliary Board sponsors this popular annual event.
To Your Health
Get Moving Seniors!
The Rye YMCA’s Senior Health & Fitness Day is set for May 29. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by a talk by Richard Becker M.S.Ed. from 1-1:45 p.m. The studio class schedule includes: High Top Hat, moving to Broadway music from 2-2:30 p.m.; Aerobics from 2:30-3 p.m.; Breathing & Movement Yoga from 3-3:30 p.m.; and Mat Pilates from 3:30-4 p.m. All classes can be done standing or seated. The Y’s warm pool is open to seniors only from 2:40-3:10 p.m.
Farm to Your Table
Enjoy fresh farm organic fruits and vegetables from the Rye/Sound Shore Community Supported Agriculture Group. The program runs June 10 through November 18. Pick up goods at Rye’s Community Synagogue on Mondays from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
For a Good Cause
For History’s Sake
The Rye Historical Society will host its annual gala benefit on Saturday, June 1 from 7-10 p.m. at a waterfront home. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while listening to hot jazz music, and engage your friends in genteel lawn games. As the evening progresses, guests will dine on a light supper on artfully arranged picnic blankets.
Browse through the intriguing selection of silent auction items, and buy a raffle ticket for the surprise gift. The live auction features carefully selected offerings for the connoisseur.
Guests will also have an opportunity to support the Society’s mission by making donations to the Giving Tree, which includes underwriting some of their most popular programs, such as Pumpkin Carving in the fall and Hands-on-History summer camp.
Auction items and Giving Tree offerings can be viewed online at www.501auctions.com/rhs. Bidding is not limited to gala attendees.
Tickets start at $135 per person. For reservations and more information, call 967-7588 or visit ryehistory.org.
In Aid of Recovering Residents
Human Development Services of Westchester will hold its annual benefit gala June 12 from 6-9 p.m. at Coveleigh Club. The honorees are Doris and John Reavis, Ann O’Gara, and, in memoriam, Trudi Lanz.
Enjoy cocktails, dinner, music by the John Ragusa Quartet, dancing, and an auction, all with a New York, New York theme.
HDSW provides care management, residential services, a clubhouse, and HOPE House, for adults recovering from mental illnesses in Westchester. Its Port Chester Neighborhood Preservation Company offers a full array of housing counseling services for low-to-middle income residents, including foreclosure mitigation and HECM counseling.
Talks and Workshops
“Rye in World War II,” an exhibit honoring the 1,438 men and women of Rye who served in the armed forces, opens at the Square House Museum Sunday, May 26.
The exhibit evolved from material gathered for a project initiated by Chris Maloney; the lifelong Rye resident felt that the names commemorated on the World War II monument at City Hall all had a story to tell.
Last summer, Maloney began working with City Historian Dan Kelly and archivist/researcher Richard Hourahan to gather and assemble information about each of the individuals listed.
The results of their research can be viewed on the Rye World War II Veterans Project website, ryeww2.org.
The exhibit, curated by Kelly, highlights the individual stories of those who served, including his brother, and Maloney’s father and uncle.
It also delves into the varied endeavors to support the war effort on the Rye home front —organizing civil defense plans, planting victory gardens, recycling metal, and more.
The opening reception, featuring rousing music by The Patriot Brass Ensemble, will be held at 1 p.m. The ensemble is comprised of veterans who raise funds to support the concerts they give in VA hospitals around the country.
For more information, call 967-7588.
Turn the Page
The Rye library book groups have announced their upcoming reading selections.
Discuss “What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster” by Jonathan V. Last at the Current Events Group, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.
“NW” by Zadie Smith, is the selection of the Thursday Afternoon Book Group, June 6 at 1:15 p.m.
The Friday Book Café will discuss “The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age” by Janet Wallach, June 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Omni-Faith Musical Experience
Take part in BlisSing, which is inspired by the ancient tradition of kirtan, or call and response chanting, May 31 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Wainwright House. Eileen O’Hare and Cat Guthrie will lead the program. Guthrie is a professional musician who has performed all over the country for more than 30 years. O’Hare is a legacy carrier in Peruvian Shamanism and a priestess in the Andean Spiritual Tradition.
Cost ranges from $15-20. For more information, visit wainwright.org.
Spin a Yarn
Join adult story lovers at monthly meetings to share traditional and personal tales and trade tips on storytelling techniques. The theme at the next Rye Storytellers’ Guild meeting, June 4 at 6:30 p.m., is “Youthful Summers and Fathers.” Listeners, as well as tellers, are always welcome.
Increase Your Computer Competency
The Rye library is offering a two-part Advanced Basic Computer Skills workshop in June. Some computer experience is necessary and participants are expected to attend both sessions.
Part I, on June 6, will cover document creation using editing tools, setting up folders and saving files, and how to transfer data to and from flash drives, CDs, and DVDs.
Part II, on June 13, will cover Windows features to help keep the computer running smoothly, setting up the mouse and keyboard for ease of use, and adding or deleting programs. Computer security will also be addressed.
Both classes take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. No pre-registration is necessary.
Take part in the National Wildlife Federation’s “Certify my Yard” program, June 8 at 1 p.m. at the Rye Nature Center. For more information, visit nwf.org.
The Ins and Outs of Medicare and Long-Term Care
Dennis Barlotta of The Westchester Benefit Group will outline the costs and benefits of Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D at the Rye library, June 8 at 11 a.m. Learn the differences between the original Medicare path and Medicare Advantage plans and get information about prescription drug plans, penalties for late enrollment, and whether or not you have to enroll if you’re still working. Barlotta has been in the insurance business since 1978.
A second program, presented by Jennifer Lavelli, on June 15 at 11 a.m. will address many aspects of Long-Term Care, including medical and physical conditions requiring it, statistics on who provides home care, the average cost of care in New York State, and the demographic changes that are making long-term care an important societal issue. Lavelli holds a NY State Life and Health Insurance license and is AHIP certified.
For more information, call 231-3161or visit ryelibrary.org.
On the Editing Room Floor
Arts & Entertainment
Showcasing Teen Artists
Each month during the academic year, A.G.O.V.A. (Adolescent Group of Visionary Artists), a group of 30 artistic teens from 13 Westchester high schools, meets at The Rye Arts Center. You’ll have the chance to see their recent endeavors at the 13th annual Student Studio Exhibit. An opening reception is planned for June 2, from 3-5 p.m. In addition to seeing works in a variety of media, visitors will be treated to a student-produced concert at the opening.
Working with representatives of the Arts Center, students have explored several aspects of the arts world this year, including the production of the amazing 12/12 concert that raised funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy; a behind-the-scenes look at MTV production; how young design entrepreneurs balance motherhood and careers; and how one teaching musician enjoys a multi-faceted professional life. Through these presentations, the students gain insight into the arts world as well as potential career paths.
The Student Studio exhibit runs through June 16. For more information, go to www.ryeartscenter.org.
Rising RHS Artists
Artwork by Rye High School students is on display in the Children’s Room Corridor Gallery at the Rye Free Reading Room through June 14. The works were created in art classes taught by Anthony Campbell and Bendis Mani.
Teen & Tween Times
Teens in grades 6-8 can hang out with friends and enjoy a bouncy house, music, Xbox games, racquetball, and swimming June 1 from 7-10 p.m. In the Game Room, you can play air hockey, pool, ping-pong, and foosball. Free for members, $5 non-members.
Grades 5 and 6 can enjoy games, rides, the skate park, music, and more at Rye Recreation, June 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. Cotton candy and water will be served.
The event is open to residents only; registration is required. Entrance is $20.
Paddle Up, Kayakers
Rye Rec is offering a half-day guided tour of the Long Island Sound, June 9 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., for ages 13 and older. Enjoy the water, sun, and the company of friends as you paddle four to six miles. Call 967-2535.
The Great Outdoors
Crabs at Night, Birds in the Early Morning
Head to the Marshlands Conservancy for “Night of the Horseshoe Crab,” May 25 at 10:30 p.m. and experience a tradition over 200 million years old. The moon will be full, the tide will be high, and the horseshoe crabs will be coming in to mate. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Don’t miss the last wave of warbler migrants, May 26 at 7:30 a.m. Bring binoculars.
Join a free guided walk on the Meeting House and Bird Homestead grounds, June 1 at 4 p.m. Naturalist Alison Beall, Curator Emerita of Marshlands Conservancy, will lead guests through the two adjoining historic properties, which are located on the banks of the Blind Brook estuary. As the season unfolds, different species open their buds for their moment of beauty and fragrance.
Beall will discuss the structure and botanical characteristics of coastal plants and wildflowers, plus their folklore. The walk also includes a look at cultivated flowers and shrubs planted by the Bird family many decades ago. Mock orange and heirloom roses are expected to be in bloom at the Bird Homestead. Mock orange is an old-fashioned shrub, so named because its sweet floral scent resembles that of orange blossoms. Beall will also highlight coastal, salt-tolerant plants. She will give pointers on what to look for when you are exploring nature on your own.
The walk begins outside the Meeting House. All ages are welcome.
The Meeting House is open to visitors on Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. free of charge. Historical and present-day photographs are on view.
A Starry Night
Head to Wainwright House for stargazing on June 14 at 8:15 p.m. Dr. Lawrence Faltz, president of Westchester Amateur Astronomers, will give a talk in the tent and will point out Saturn, double stars, and other wonders. At 9:15 p.m., head to the backyard, relax, and marvel at the night sky. Call 967-6080 for more details.