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Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Habla Español?

The whole family can stop by the Rye library on Saturday from 11-11:45 for a blast of culture, music, and stories in Spanish. Learn songs and rhymes with Marilyn Castillo and her amazing guitar.

The program in the Children’s Room continues on July 22 and 29.

With pix of Edith Read Sanctuary

Nature’s Gifts

Find out what is going on in nature this time of year on an ecology walk at the Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1, while strolling the grounds of Westchester County’s 179-acre nature preserve is sure to inspire.

Rise and Shine

Stretch, breathe, and relax with an outdoor open level Vinyasa class that combines Ashtanga and Sivananda yoga at Wainwright House on Sunday from 9-10. Experienced yogi Melissa Miller will lead the class with breath awareness, sun salutations, and asanas.

Participants should bring their own mats. Register at wainwright.org. Minimum suggested donation is $15.

National Treasure

The Jay Heritage Center’s 1838 Greek Revival mansion is open to the public on Sundays all summer from 2-5. Founding Father John Jay grew up on this majestic, historic 23-acre oasis that boasts views of the Long Island Sound.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Summer Arias

The Rye Free Reading Room’s Metropolitan Opera presentations continue on Mondays from 12-3. Bring your own lunch and swoon over Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” on July 17, Wagner’s “Parsifal” on July 24, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” on July 31, Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” on August 7, and Straus’ “Elektra” on August 14.

Magic and Merriment in our Midst

The Rye Arts Center and the Rye Free Reading Room have partnered with LawnChair Theatre to present local outdoor performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. On July 20, the production will be held on Rye’s Village Green; on July 21 in Rye Brook’s Crawford Mansion; on July 22 in Rye Brook’s Pine Ridge Park; on July 28 and 29 at Rye Town Park. All shows begin at 6:30.

Suggested donation is $20, for students and seniors $10. For further details, visit lawnchairtheatre.org.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

Podcasting 101

RyeTV is offering an introductory course for Rye teens and adults July 17 and 19 from 5:30-7:30 at the studio at Rye High School. The instructor is Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Meoli, host of LoudaVision Podcast for creative people.

For more information, visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eat Well, Live Well

Join the Rye YMCA for free nutrition seminars from 11:30-12:30. On July 19, the experts will show you how to shop for, prepare, and cook healthy foods. On August 16, learn all about eating for your heart.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

The Backbone of Posture

Wainwright House presents “BodyReading: Global Postural Assessment” July 22 and 23 from 9-5. Certified yoga and Pilates instructor and licensed psychotherapist Laurice Nemetz will help participants understand postural patterns and skeletal relationships by using Anatomy Trains maps. Learn to identify strain patterns that underlie pain.

The fee is $375 for members and non-members, $425 after June 24. Register at wainwright.org. For more information, visit wellnessbridge.com.

Doing Chores for Mother Earth

Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary invite one and all to help with invasive plant removal, trail work, and beach cleanup on July 22 and August 12 at 10. Lend a hand while getting exercise and giving back.

(with pix of Wainwright garden)

Writing in the Great Outdoors

At Wainwright’s nature-inspired writing workshops, on July 22 and August 19 from 10-1, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the spectacular grounds of the holistic center. Inspired by nature and instructor Michelle Levy, participants will spend 20 minutes writing and have time to share afterwards.

Open to all levels, the program will address the principles of deep ecology and biomimicry. Prepare for an easy walk and sitting on the ground. The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door. 

Sunset Salutations

Join certified yoga teacher Hiromi Nomoto at Wainwright for a twilight yoga class on the lawn July 25 from 7-8. The open-level class with views of Milton Harbor will include breath work, movement, and meditation. Japanese translation is available.

Bring your own mat. Register at wainwright.org. Minimum suggested donation is $15.

A String of Purls

Discover the technique of color stranding at a knitting workshop at The Rye Arts Center on July 26 from 12:30-3:30. This introduction to Fair Isle Knitting will offer knitters, ages 18 and up, who are comfortable knitting and purling the opportunity to read charts, knit in the round, select color, and catch long floats.

Participants need to bring two colors of DK weight wool, 150 yards of each, six needles, and 16-inch circular stitch markers. The fee is $35. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

I Spy Nature

Sharpen your observation skills at a scavenger hunt at Edith Read Sanctuary on July 29 at 10. With checklists and maps, visitors may go at their own pace this self-guided hunt.

Poses to Purr By

Yoga instructor and animal lover Angela Brandt will lead the Rye library’s first- ever Kitty Yoga class on July 29 from 2-4. Unwind while cuddling kittens. Practice yoga while curious kittens from cat rescue FURRR 911 practice their people skills.

Bring your own mats. Pre-register at ryelibrary.org.

Sound Journey

Relax and restore at Wainwright’s sound bath July 30 from 2-3:30. Participants will be immersed in frequencies and complex overtones of vibrational instruments to stimulate the body’s self-healing and calm the nervous system.

The fee is $25 for members, $30 non-members, $35 at the door. Register at wainwright.org.

<<Family Ties>>

Sunshine and Stories

Bring the kids, from infants to preschoolers, to Rye Town Park from 9:30-10:15 every Tuesday from July 18 to August 22, courtesy of the Rye Free Reading Room. Families will enjoy sunshine, stories, and engaging activities by the seaside.

The park will charge a reduced parking fee of $2.

Music Making

Children entering kindergarten through fifth grade can make their own musical instruments at the Rye library July 20 from 6-7. Using recycled trash and craft supplies, artist B. Smith will lead the creative workshop and then a musical interlude.

Build a car on August 3 and build a pasta sculpture on August 17.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Summer Night, Had Me a Blast

Calling all parents to enjoy a night off while the Rye YMCA provides the supervision and entertainment for the kids on July 21 and August 18 from 6-9. Themed storybook activities are “Rainbow Fish” in July and “Chicka Chicka Boom, Boom” in August.

Light snacks provided, but feed children dinner beforehand. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Raising Hope

Join Stars of Hope at a Build a Better World workshop at the Rye library on July 27 from 6-7. This disaster relief and community arts program empowers children to transform communities impacted by natural and man-made disasters.

Families will paint inspirational messages and designs on a wooden star to be donated. Register at ryelibrary.org. For more information, visit starsofhopeusa.org.

Downward Dog Tales

The Rye Free Reading Room presents story time yoga on the Village Green every Saturday in August from 11-11:45. On August 5, Master Storytime Yoga teacher Elisha Simpson narrates folktales and interprets them through yoga, giving children a way to connect and discover their imagination.

Art From the Heart

Author and illustrator Terry Taylor will visit the Rye library August 10 from 6-7. Families with kids entering kindergarten to fifth grade will all enjoy the author’s story about kindness, “Meet Genna and Russ, the Generous Kids.” Participants will create two polymer clay hearts, one to keep and one for a child at a local hospital.

Signed books will be available after the workshop. Pre-register at ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

In Style

Ages 6-12 can make their own T-shirts at a workshop at The Rye Arts Center July 18 from 3:30-5:30. Using found objects and plants, students can expose them under the sunlight to create cool blueprints or “cyanotypes.” They’ll go home with one-of-a-kind wearable art.

The fee is $50. All supplies included.

Storybook Inspirations

Kids entering kindergarten – grade 2 are invited to join the Ryebrary STEAMers at the Rye Free Reading Room’s STEAM lab on Fridays all summer long from 4-5. On July 21, “What Do You Sense in a Garden” by Anne Mottola will have kids discovering the textures, smells, and sights in a garden.

On July 28, Chris Tougas’ “Mechanimals,” a book about a farmer’s animals being swept up by a tornado, will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own mechanimals to take home. On August 4, they will build a model car out of paper towel rolls after talking about “If I Built a Car” by Chris Van Dusen and on August 18, they will construct a bridge out of popsicle sticks along with “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty.

Children do not have to pre-read the books. Register at ryelibrary.org.

Build and They Will Come

A STEAM workshop by ArchForKids is held at the Rye library every Friday for grades 3-5 from 4-5. On July 21, they’ll design and build a waterfront park; a dream house on July 28; a skyscraper on August 4; a village and community facades on August 11 and 18.

Pre-registration at ryelibrary.org is required for these events, sponsored by TD Bank.

Play iBall!

Rye Recreation is offering a 21st Century Baseball Camp at Disbrow Park the week of August 7 and/or August 14 from 9-3. Campers will benefit from working with 21st Century Sports training experts, who use tablets on the field to learn the game in a fun and unique way. Action photos of participants will be posted on Facebook for parents to see.

For fee and registration information, visit 21CSonline.com.

On May 24th, the Heard In Rye Committee presents its final program of the school year: The Power of the Arts: A Community Conversation at Rye Arts Center at 7 p.m. Arts consultant Dr. Rob Horowitz will share his research about how the arts develop cognitive skills, affect social development, and how they positively affect emotional development and self-perceptions.

Space is limited to 80 people. Register by visiting the Rye Arts Center website at www.ryeartscenter.org

Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Trailer Treats

Rye Recreation’s second annual Food Truck Festival is all geared up for Saturday from 1-5. Last year, more than 2,000 residents and friends attended the inaugural event. There will be music and a great variety of everyone’s favorite food trucks, from Arthur Avenue Pizza and Walter’s Hot Dogs to Lobster Craft and Longford’s Ice Cream.

All in the Family Gallery

Celebrate the works of the talented members, instructors, and students of The Rye Arts Center at a reception on Saturday from 1-3. This free community favorite is a culmination of works by young and old, novice and accomplished.

For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org.

In Plein-Air Sight

Get tips on painting the great outdoors at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1. Painter and illustrator Steve Pica will help participants capture the landscape’s light and open space.

Some experience is helpful. Bring your own painting materials.

It Don’t Mean a Thing, If You Ain’t Got That Swing

The Rye Free Reading Room is holding a screening of “The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra” on Saturday from 2-3. For 25 years, the crowd-pleasing group has continued to feed the fire of the big band era. Embrace this opportunity to hear their hard-swinging classics and watch dancers pay tribute to Lindy innovator Frankie Manning.

Page Turners Plus

Rye STEAMers in grades 1 and 2 are invited to the library’s new STEAM Lab on Saturday from 3-3:45. Kids will learn the history of the hot dog by reading Adrienne Sylver’s “Hot Diggity Dog” and will make a solar hot dog cooker.

The STEAM Rollers in grades 3 and 4 are invited from 4-4:45 to talk about “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, and Slave” by Laban Carrick Hill. The story of the extraordinary artist who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s is a National Book Award nominee.

Children do not have to pre-read the books. For more details and to register, visit ryelibrary.org.

Nature as Muse

Head to Wainwright on Sunday from 1-4 for a writing workshop focused on nature’s inspiration led by editor/educator Michelle Levy. Participants will explore the holistic center’s spectacular grounds, including the walking labyrinth. Afterwards, there will be a 20-minute writing session, then a sharing circle. Additional workshops will be held July 22 and August 19 from 10-1.

The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door.

Sunday Stroll

The Jay Heritage Center’s 1838 Greek revival mansion is open to the public on Sundays all summer from 2-5. The Jay Estate is where Founding Father John Jay grew up. The historic 23-acre oasis boasts a magnificent view of Long Island Sound and provides visitors with a rare window into our past.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Greatest Hits

Wainwright House will present “From Classical Music to Broadway — Borodin to Kismet – A Fascinating Journey” June 28 from 3-4:30. Speaker Ed Pressman is a board member of Collegium at Westchester Community College and teaches American history, classical music, and musicals of Broadway. He will focus on how they reflect the American narrative. The program is free.

Twilight Concerts on the Sound

Nothing beats listening and swaying to music on a summer night. First up at Rye Town Park’s annual series is Twist of Fate June 27 from 7:30-9. Led by Adam and Dayna Reist, this local five-member band is built around the tropical sounds of the steel drums. The band’s playlist comes from all over the Reggae, Ska, Jamaican, and American Pop music scenes.

Next up is The Reddy Valentino Orchestra, July 5. The swing orchestra dates back to the 1930s at New York’s Hotel Edison. Well-known Rye resident, vocalist, and musician Scott Wenzel has been serving as bandleader since the late 1990s. The 15-member band features trumpets, trombones, and reeds. Space in the Pavilion will be set aside for dancing, which is encouraged.

On July 11, The Urban Coyotes Band takes to the Pavilion stage.

Patriotic Glory

Christ’s Church will host a special Star-Spangled organ recital Sunday, July 2 at 4. The mixed program will include famous tunes from the silver screen and the 1812 Overture, performed by church organist Ruaraidh Sutherland. The concert will conclude with a patriotic sing-a-long and a BBQ in the church gardens.

Admission is free of charge, but contributions in aid of the Christ’s Church Choir’s 2018 pilgrimage to England would be gratefully accepted.

Metropolitan Opera Mondays

The Rye Free Reading Room will screen Puccini’s “La Boheme” on July 10 from 12-3. The bittersweet story of high-spirited bohemians stars Luciano Pavarottti and Mirella Freni. Bring lunch and swoon over opera on the big screen.

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” is scheduled for July 17, Wagner’s “Parsifal” for July 24, and Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” for July 31.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

A Snapshot of Shots Heard Round the World

On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder accidently captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on film. On June 27 at 7, The Osborn hosts Alexandra Zapruder, his granddaughter and author of “Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film”. The 486-frame film is the permanent eyewitness to one of the 20th century’s most tragic events.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 925-8218 or emailing RSVP@The Osborn.org.

Clean and Green

Love nature? Volunteer at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on July 1 at 10 to help with invasive plant removal, trail work, beach cleanup, and more. Get some exercise while giving back to the earth.

Brainstorm

Writers are invited to share their works-in-progress and discuss topics at the Rye Free Reading Room on July 1 from 11-12:30. The welcoming and supportive environment is open to both novices and experienced writers, who would like to share their joys and challenges.

Summer Reads

The Rye library’s Thursday Afternoon Book Group will discuss “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett on July 6 from 1:15-2:30. The bestselling author tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

The Friday Book Café will discuss Melanie Benjamin’s “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” on July 7 from 9:30-11. The New York Times bestseller explores the scandalous friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley.

For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.

The Inside Track

Learn how to think like a tracker at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary July 8 at 1. Investigate nearby fields and forests with professionals and uncover animal tracks and clues.

Participants must be at least 12 years old.

Writer’s Circle

The Rye Arts Center is offering an adult writing workshop that will satisfy everyone’s “inner writer” and awaken the creative process, July 11-13 from 10-12. Participants will receive personal feedback on character development, settings, and plots. All genres welcome.

The cost is $115 for all three days. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Harmony with Nature

Wainwright House is offering a workshop on Vastu, the yoga of one’s environment, on July 11 from 6:30-8. Specialist Marianne Denniston will explore energetic techniques and show participants how to create environments in alignment with the rhythms of the universe.

The cost is $25 for members, $30 non-members, $35 at the door. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

<<Family Ties>>

School’s Out!

Take the kids to the Rye library with brown bag lunches and enjoy a family movie. Disney’s “Moana,” set in ancient Polynesia, is playing June 26 from 1:30-3:15 and “The Lego Batman Movie,” an animated Gotham City caper, will be shown on June 27 from 1:30-3:05.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. Call 967-0480 for more information.

The Amazing Race and Other Fun Projects

Families with children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in September can join the Rye library’s fun competition on July 6 from 6-8. Teams will race around a Dewey Decimal System world by completing ten tasks.

On July 13 from 6-7, families may join local artist/writer Terry Taylor to create a bird feeder out of polymer clay. The author’s craft books provide children with lively stories, as well as simple instructions.

Pre-registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Storytime Al Fresco

Bring the kids, from infants to preschoolers, to Rye Town Park on July 11 from 9:30-10:15 and every Tuesday throughout the summer, courtesy of the Rye Free Reading Room. Enjoy sunshine, stories, and engaging activities by the seaside.

The park will charge a reduced parking fee of $2.

<<Teen Time>>

Creating Cocoons

Learn to capture the beauty of butterflies in a shadowbox. Artist Lavinia Wiggins will provide instructions and supply the materials. Participants may bring small 2” x 5” photos to personalize their boxes.

For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

What Color Is Your Parachute?

Ages 9 and up are invited to STEAM workshops at the Rye library on June 28 and 29 from 2-3. On June 28, instructor Irum Khan will show participants how to design and create a kaleidoscope with magical patterns that fracture light. The next day, she will teach the principles of aerospace engineering and air resistance through the design and creation of a parachute.

Both programs are sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room and the Woman’s Club of Rye/Children’s Philanthropy.

Space is limited. To pre-register, visit ryelibrary.org.

Hydroponics 101

Children in grades 3-5 can register for a three-part workshop July 1, 15, and 22 from 2-3:30 at the Rye Free Reading Room. Led by an educator from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Westchester County, the series will cover the history of hydroponics, seeds, germination, and nutrients essential for plant growth.

At the end of the program, children will take home their own herb or flowering plants. Register at ryelibrary.org.

Wearable Art

Ages 6-12 can make their own T-shirts at The Rye Arts Center on July 18 from 3:30-5:30. Using found objects and plants, students can expose them under the sunlight to create cool blueprints or “cyanotypes.” They’ll go home with one-of-a-kind wearable art.

The fee is $50. All supplies included.

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>


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Parks and Recreation

Bring the family to the Jay Heritage Center on Saturday from 9-1 for I Love My Park Day. Help the Center enhance one of New York State’s premier parks and historic sites. Participate in path and trail cleanup activities, as well as invasive species removal. Visitors can also assist with archaeology shovel testing and artifact screening at John Jay's childhood home.

Meet at the front lawn of the 1838 Jay Mansion and bring gardening gloves, if possible. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toe shoes. Water and snacks will be provided.

Calling All Dads

Take the kids on a father/child animal adventure at the Rye Nature Center on Saturday from 9:15-10. The program is geared for ages 3-7.

The fee is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members.

Missing Link

The Rye library is holding a free presentation for job seekers using LinkedIn on Saturday from 10-11:30. Attendees will learn the value and features of the powerful job search tool on social media.

Brainstorm

Discuss works-in-progress with fellow writers, both new and experienced, at the Rye Free Reading Room Saturday from 11-12:30. Writing topics and the writing process with all its joys and challenges will be discussed.

The World Is Her Canvas

An artist’s reception for “The Wheel of Life,” an exhibit of works from around the corner to around the globe by Edith Halpern, will be held Saturday from 2-4. The show runs through May 30.

<<Save the Date>>

Life’s a Carnival

The Rye Historical Society is holding its annual spring benefit gala June 3 from 7-10 at a lovely private home in Rye. Gala committee co-chairs Claudine Hanley, Jennifer Molloy, and Jeanine Scott invite all lovers of history to “step right up and join the fun at a memorable evening celebrating historic carnivals.

Tickets start at $185 per person. Visit ryehistory.org or call 967-7588.

Silicon Valley Sisterhood

The Rye Free Reading Room’s “Read in Rye” series continues June 8 at 7:30 with Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens, authors of “Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech.”

The story of the female technologists who are building the next generation of tech start-ups and upending male stereotypes is also becoming a television series, produced by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Easels, Palettes, and Corkscrews

Join The Rye Arts Center May 11 for an evening of self-expression through paint from 6-9. Participants may BYOB and will start with a simple still life and progress from there.

No experience necessary, but must be over 21. All supplies included. The fee is $65 (members receive discount).

Mother’s Day on the Sound

Wainwright House is holding a Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch featuring composer, pianist, and vocalist Jon Cobert, May 14 from 11:30-2:30. Corner Stone Caterers will provide a delicious celebratory dining experience with cocktails.

The fee is $50 per person. Reservations are required.

Zero in on Solutions

Wainwright will screen “Racing to Zero” May 17 at 7. This engaging documentary follows the successful efforts of San Francisco, which leads the nation in zero waste through a combination of recycling, repurposing, composting, and changing production and consumption patterns.

A discussion by Patti Wood, founder of Grassroots Environmental Education, will follow.

Young Portraits

The Rye Arts Center is holding an opening reception for a Rye Middle/High School art exhibit on May 18 from 6-8. The students’ artwork will be on view at select times.

Brewing Good Music

The Rye Arts Center’s Coffeehouse series continues at Le Pain Quotidien May 18 at 7. Guests will be introduced to new singers, songwriters, and bands as they enjoy the eatery’s specialties.

The cover charge is $10 for advance tickets, $12 at the door, plus food and drink.

Paper Chase

A workshop for adults and teens at The Rye Arts Center will focus on transforming sheets of paper into beautiful sculptures with dramatic effects May 20 from 1:15-4:15. Marna Chester will teach participants how to use Exacto blades, scissors, paper, and glue and will explore positive and negative spaces through shapes.

For a supply list, visit ryeartscenter.org. The fee is $55, with a discount for members.

Twangy Traditional Tunes


The Bird Homestead will present a concert with Breakneck Ridge Revue, a quartet with deep folk roots, at the Meeting House May 20 at 6:30. Andrew Revkin, who was a frequent accompanist of folk legend Pete Seeger, leads the group.

Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Meet Your Makers

New technologies have opened the door to new art forms and media that are included in The Rye Arts Center’s Works By Makers installation. The exhibit includes Sound Art, AppEnabled Art, 3D Printed Art, Interactive Installations, Robotics, Paper Engineering, and much more. It runs through May 26.

Long Distance

The Rye Arts Center is presenting “Portals” by Shared Studios through June 30. Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology that allow visitors to come face to face with someone in a distant portal.

Before visiting, call 967-0700 for the schedule of sites and two-hour time slots, during which The Portal is connected.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

Chair Pose

Join SPRYE for a free chair yoga class May 8 at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library from 11-12. Yoga with the support of a chair offers all the benefits of yoga on a mat and enhances body, mind, and spirit. Wear comfortable attire and refrain from eating for about three hours before arriving. For more information, call 939-6710.

Safe in Cyberspace

Learn about Internet and email security at an information sessions at the Rye Free Reading Room May 11 from 10-12. A former IBM executive will explain how to reduce vulnerability to computer and Internet security problems by setting features in Microsoft's Internet Browser. He’ll also fill you in on programs to help protect against malicious software, as well as useful removal tools. First-come, first serve. 

Food Matters

Wainwright is holding an evening of reflection May 11 from 7-8:30. Nutrition/Reiki/yoga expert Cora Ragaini will explain how food impacts energy levels, mood, and, ultimately, inner peace.

The fee is $25 for members, $30 non-members. Register by May 8.

Community Health

Learn all about Lyme disease at Rye City Hall May 12 from 8:15-10:15. Sponsored by the Rye YMCA’s Healthier Soundshore Coalition, the community event will cover prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and current trends.

A panel discussion will feature the president of International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, as well as doctors and patients. A continental breakfast will start off the morning. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mother’s Day Stroll

Join a naturalist at the Rye Nature Center for Mother’s Day on May 13 for a walk among the flowers at 1. Learn to search for, identify, and preserve the wildflowers of the forest in our own backyard.

Join the Metamorphosis

The Bird Homestead, along with Central Westchester Audubon, will present “Butterflies in My Back Yard” by lepidopterist Victor DeMasi May 13 at 4 at the Meeting House.

A curatorial affiliate at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, DeMasi will discuss butterflies in our changing environment, touching on issues such as climate change and invasive plant species.

Admission is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Around the Block

Join Maureen Mancini Amaturo for the Rye Free Reading Room’s two writing workshops at Rye High School. Both will help participants of every level get over their writer’s block.

Rhythm and Muse will be held May 16 from 2:45-4. Participants will learn to discover their muse. Stunt Writing will be held May 17 from 2:45-4 and will help writers find their voice and gain confidence in their communication skills.

Space Odyssey

Join SPRYE at Wainwright House on May 17 from 3-4:30 for “Are We Alone?” According to astronomy professor and SPRYE member Dinah Moche, life beyond earth is a very real possibility. Hear about new astronomical discoveries and exciting 21st century space missions.

Moche, Ph.D., is an award-winning author and lecturer whose 27 books have sold more than ten million copies in eight languages. 

Excel in Excel

Learn the basics of how to use the versatile Excel spreadsheet program at the Rye library on May 18 from 10-12. Michael Negrelli will go through its many applications for home use.

Native Healing Arts

Cultural anthropologist Robert Vetter will engage participants in a spiritual journey at Wainwright House May 18 from 6:30-9:30. He will discuss how the indigenous healing in North, Meso, and South America thousands of years ago is relevant today. Some topics that will be covered include the power of prayer, music as medicine, spiritual cleansings, and herbal medicine.

The fee is $45 for members, $50 non-members. Register by May 15.

Blueprint for Happiness

Wainwright is offering a Deep Happiness by Design workshop May 20 from 9-4. Neuropsychologist David D. Nowell, Ph.D. will help participants discover their personal blueprints for sustainable happiness and master a system for moving beyond their busy lives to a steady joy with greater confidence.

The fee is $120 for members, $130 non-members. Register by May 17.

I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore

The Rye Free Reading Room’s Current Events Book Group meets May 23 from 6:30-8 to discuss “Beyond Outrage” by Robert B. Reich. In this timely book, Reich argues that it takes citizens to ensure the government acts in the public good. He explores problems with our economy and democracy and how to fix them.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

<<Don’t Miss>>  

Visionary Artists

The Rye Arts Center is holding its spring gala May 12 at 7 at Doral Arrowwood. Co-chaired by Fiona and Ozgen Dogan, Lisa and Robert Miller, Judith and Bill Passannante, and Nicole and Rob Weber, “A Vision in Rye” will benefit the center’s charitable outreach programs that make art accessible to everyone throughout the Sound Shore region.

Honorees are artists Bob Clyatt and Brigitte Loritz, who have been involved with The Rye Arts Center for many years. The evening will include dinner, cocktails, music, and an auction.

Tickets are $195. For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org or call 967-0700.

The Heart of the Matter

All are cordially invited to Wainwright House’s annual spring luncheon May 18 from 12-2:30. This year’s Heart & Soul Awards honorees are the Rye YMCA and Hospice of Westchester for exemplifying the advancement of human kind, a mission dear to Fonrose Wainwright Condit, daughter of Colonel J. Mayhew Wainwright.

Co-chairs Holly Galgano and Rita Schubert are offering various ways of supporting Wainwright through journal ads and donations. A single reservation is $75. For more information, visit wainwright.org.

Along for the Ride

The Rye Library’s annual Vehicle Fair will be held rain or shine May 21 from 11-3 on the Village Green. It’s always an exciting day with trucks and cars to climb, ride, and explore. Also on the schedule: an all-aboard kiddie train, face painting, arts and crafts, tattoos, and a live DJ.

Sponsored by the library’s Auxiliary Board, tickets may be pre-purchased at www.ryelibrary.org for $35, including one free raffle ticket per family, or $40 at the gate.

<<Family Ties>>

Survival of the Fittest

The Rye YMCA is having a very active Family Friday May 12 from 7:30-8:30. A “human board game” will keep all ages moving with a fun variety of exercises.

The fee for family/youth members is $20 per family, non-members $30 per family.

<<Teen Time>>

The Stand-out College Application

A College Application workshop will be held at the Rye Free Reading Room on May 11 from 6:30-8. College Starter founder Jeff Hirsch will cover the importance of enhancing a student’s extracurricular profile and recommendation letters.

All participants will leave with guided materials to help support them when creating extracurricular profiles and completing self-reflection forms.

Test Through

On May 13 from 10:30-3, the Rye library will offer a mock SAT under real test conditions. On May 20 from 10:30-2:45, a mock ACT will be offered.

Both exams and detailed score reports are free. Test takers should bring water, a snack, pencils, and a calculator. Space is limited, so register at applerouth.com/signup.

<<Children’s Corner>>

You’re It

Grades 6-8 can head to Rye Recreation Park for archery tag May 12 from 5:30-7 or 7-8:30. Kids will enjoy extreme action, fun, and excitement in a laser skirmish adventure.

The program is open to residents only is $25, residents only. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Kids Rule

On May 13 from 7-10 middle school students can enjoy a night of their own at the Rye YMCA. The teen staff will supervise an evening of activities, competitions, games, food, and camaraderie.

Registration is required at ryeymca.org. Free for members, $5 non-members. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Nature Origami

Ages 6-8 can learn origami at a workshop at The Rye Arts Center May 20 from 12:30-2. Children will create their own origami models using animals and forms of nature and add details that will bring their models to life.

The fee is $35 per session. To register, visit ryeartscenter.org.

A Spoonful of Sugar

The Rye Historical Society invites ages 6 and older to the Square House Museum on May 20 from 12:30-2 to explore the role of rationing during World War I and II. After learning about various war efforts and taking a close look at wartime posters from the Society’s collection and other primary sources, participants will bake and enjoy a treat found in a 1918 pamphlet “Sweets Without Sugar”.

The cost of the program is $10 per child. Reservations are suggested. Call 967-7588.

In the Fold

Ages 9-11 can learn modular origami at a workshop at The Rye Arts Center May 20 from 2:15-3:45. Participants will use more than one paper to create beautiful geometric forms. First, they’ll be introduced to basic unit folds, then they’ll create 2D and 3D models

The fee is $35 per session. To register, visit ryeartscenter.org.

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Friendly Competition

The Rye library’s Tween Trivia Battle Book Club for grades 5 and 6 meets May 20 from 3-4 to discuss “The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle” by Janet S. Fox. Read the story and see who can hit the buzzer first. The story takes place during the 1940 Blitz when children are sent from their home in England to a private school in Scotland.

Pick up a copy of the book in the Children’s Room. To register, visit ryelibrary.org.

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Rituals of Korea

A documentary film celebrating Korean culture will be shown at the Rye Free Reading Room on Saturday from 11-1. Attendees of all ages will also enjoy the reenactment of a Korean wedding ceremony and the traditional meal that will follow.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

Give Puppets a Hand

The Rye Arts Center is offering a puppet master animation workshop for ages 7-10 on Saturday from 12:30-2:30. Kids will invent and paint superhero animal characters on paper, and animate them with the PuppetMaster app on an iPad. Participants will receive a video of their animation. The popular app’s designer, Michal Finegold, is the instructor.

The fee is $35. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

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The Avian Way

How does the local avian population handle the many challenges nature poses? At a program at Edith Read Sanctuary Saturday at 1, learn what special traits, adaptations, and survival strategies our feathered friends employ.

Summer Reading

Calling all tweens entering grades 4-10 and their parents/guardians to a meeting at the Rye library covering this summer’s Battle of the Books trivia tournament requirements on Saturday from 3-3:30. Participants will read five pre-selected books, attend meetings, and compete as a team in the Westchester County tournament this fall.

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Keep on Dancing

Rosemary Novellino-Mearns will share her account of “Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer’s True Story” at the Meeting House on Saturday at 4. The dance captain of the legendary company is responsible for saving the iconic landmark from the wrecking ball in 1978.

Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. The program is co-sponsored by the Bird Homestead and the Westchester County Historical Society.

All Over the Map

The public is invited to the Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum Saturday from 5-7 for a special exhibit of their archive’s maps. Local historian and longtime Rye Record columnist Paul Hicks will discuss Rye’s changing boundaries from the late 17th century to the early 20th.

The program is free. To reserve a seat, call 967-7588.

For Tweens Only

On Saturday from 7-10, middle school students can enjoy a night of their own at the Rye YMCA. The teen staff will supervise an evening of activities, competitions, games, food, and camaraderie.

Registration is required at ryeymca.org. Free for members, $5 non-members. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Home-Grown

Celebrate the works of the talented members, instructors, and students at a reception at The Rye Arts Center on June 24 from 1-3. This free community favorite is a culmination of works by young and old, novice and accomplished.

For information about attending or submitting, visit ryeartscenter.org.

Worldly Conversations

“Portals”, the outdoor exhibit by Shared Studios, will remain on the Rye Arts Center lawn through the end of the month. The latest audio-visual technology allows visitors to come face-to-face with someone in a distant portal, from California to Iraq.

Before visiting, call 967-0700 for the schedule of sites and two-hour time slots, during which the Portal is connected.

<<Talks, Workshops, and Just for Fun>>

Union of Mind, Body & Breath

Wainwright House is offering beginners the opportunity to learn yoga with certified instructor Lexy Tomaino, who believes yoga is both a “work-out and a work-in.” On June 12 and 19 from 9:30 to 10:45, she will cover breath, postures, heart openers, and spinal extenders.

The drop-in fee is $20. For more information, visit wainwright.org.

Computer Crash Course

A hands-on workshop for new computer users will be held at the Rye library June 15 from 10-12. Taught by former IBM executive Michael Negrelli, the course will use the Windows 7 system and address the new Windows 10.

Topics will include preparing documents, setting up folders, saving and retrieving files, and printing features. First-come basis.

Detox Details

Learn about taking care of body and diet at the Rye Free Reading Room on June 15 from 11-12:30. Dr. John Thomas Giudice of Greenwich Integrative Health Partners will cover the benefits of detoxifying the body and cleanses.

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Living Up to Your Full Potential

Meet the author of “Heal Your Power, Heal Your Life” at the Rye library June 17 from 2-4. Lane L. Cobb, a life coach who focuses on healing strategies for women on the rise, helps women pursue their passions and create joy, freedom, and authenticity in life.

Long Day’s Journey

Join Wainwright for a summer solstice ceremony on June 18 from 6-8. Honor Mother Earth and Grandmother/Grandfather Fire. The ceremony, facilitated by Leigh Reeves with music by Rebecca Kane, will give participants the chance to release their limitations and enhance personal growth.

A $10 donation is suggested. Feel free to bring your own drum or other instrument.

Eastern Union

The journey towards the center of one’s being is a long, meandering road. Sangeeta Bansal, founder of Rooted Minds, will help you get there at Wainwright House on June 21 and 28, July 5 and 12 from 6:45-8. She will utilize an enneagram, a tool synthesized from spiritual traditions designed to identify the nine basic personality types. Mindful meditation will aid in identifying and overcoming self-limiting behaviors.

The fee for the four-week course is $108 for members, $120 non-members. There will be an additional $12 fee for a take-home online personality test.

And Now, a Word From Nature

Michelle Levy, who has worked as an editor for McGraw-Hill and Condé Nast, and is also an environmental educator at Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont, will lead a writing workshop focused on nature’s inspiration June 25 from 1-4 at Wainwright.

Participants will explore the holistic center’s spectacular grounds, including the walking labyrinth. Afterwards, there will be a 20-minute writing session, then a sharing circle.

The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door.

<<Pitch In>>

Down and Dirty

It’s Volunteer Corps Workday at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary June 17 at 10. Help with invasive plant removal, trail work, beach cleanup, and more. Get some exercise while giving back to the earth.

<<Family Ties>>

Bedtime Story

Ages 3 and up and their grownups may head to the Rye library on June 22 from 6:30-7. The kids can come in their pajamas and bring their favorite blankets and teddy bears for stories, songs, and a bedtime snack.

The Magic of Reading

The Rye library’s summer reading kickoff event will feature the magic of Eric Wilzig on June 23 from 2-3:30. The award-winning illusionist has captivated audiences worldwide with thousands of performances, including TV’s popular “America’s Got Talent.”

The family program is geared to children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in September. It is generously co-sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room and the Woman’s Club of Rye.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Gizmos and Gadgets

The Rye library’s next science fun club for grades 3-5, set for June 16 from 4-5, will revolve around “floating or flying.” The monthly workshops focus on different S.T.E.A.M. activities that are both educational and fun.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Water Basics

The Rye YMCA is offering a free four-session course that teaches children water safety and swimming skills to help reduce the risk of drowning and help build confidence. The course will be held June 20, 21, 22, and 23 at 4-4:30 for ages 3-5 and 4:30-5 for ages 6-9.

Certified water safety instructors will work with kids in and outside of the pool. Registration is required. Space is limited. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Steamy Reading

Rye STEAMers in grades 1 and 2 are invited to the library’s STEAM Lab on June 24 from 3-3:45. The new space is where literacy meets STEAM activities. Kids will learn the history of the hot dog by reading Adrienne Sylver’s “Hot Diggity Dog” and will make a solar hot dog cooker.

The STEAM Rollers in grades 3 and 4 can head to the STEAM Lab from 4-4:45 to talk about “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, and Slave” by Laban Carrick Hill. The story of the extraordinary artist who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s is a National Book Award nominee.

Children do not have to pre-read the books. For more details and to register, visit ryelibrary.org.

<<Save the Date>>

The Trucks Stop Here!

The Rye Recreation’s second annual Food Truck Festival returns with relish June 24 from 1-5. Last year, over 2,000 residents and friends attended the inaugural event. There will be music and a great variety of everyone’s favorite food trucks, from Arthur Avenue Pizza and Walter’s Hot Dogs to Lobster Craft and Longford’s Ice Cream.

Sponsorships still needed. Call 967-2535 for more information.

A Musical Journey

Wainwright House presents “From Classical Music to Broadway — from Borodin to Kismet – A Fascinating Journey” on June 28 from 3-4:30. Speaker Ed Pressman is a board member of Collegium at Westchester Community College and teaches American history, classical music, and musicals of Broadway. He will focus on how they reflect the American narrative. The program is free.

 

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Daddy’s Turn

Rye Nature Center welcomes fathers and their children ages 3-7 on Saturday from 9:15-10. Enjoy the morning’s animal adventure. No pre-registration is required.

The fee is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members.

Once Upon a Time

Ages 3½ and up and their grown-ups can enjoy story time and themed crafts at the Rye library Saturday from 11-12 and again on March 18. The fun morning activity is a great way for youngsters to start developing pre-literacy skills and open up to a world of reading.

Brainstorm with fellow writers at the Rye Free Reading Room on Saturday from 11-12:30. Share your work-in-progress in a welcoming environment. Discuss potential topics, as well as the individual joys and challenges of writing.

Planting the Seed

It’s about that time to start planning a spring garden and the Rye Nature Center will be able to help on Saturday at 1. Whether starting from scratch or looking to add something new, naturalists will guide you in selecting vegetables, perennials, and wildlife.

Suggested for ages 10 and up. The fee is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members.

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Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary will help visitors “Build a Beneficial Bug Hotel” for their gardens on Saturday at 1. Wildflowers and gardens around your home need a variety of insects in order to be productive and healthy. Learn to support your plants by making simple accommodations for one’s garden guests.

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Crossing the Lines Through Art

An opening reception will be held for an exhibit of the work of award-winning artist Robert Cotnoir Saturday from 2-4 at the Rye library. The show runs through March 30.

The native New Yorker’s paintings blend the traditional with his contemporary vision. As Cotnoir himself offered, “Experimenting with technique, light, color, structure and form stretches my vision. I push myself by always testing my skills.”

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

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Street Smarts

An opening reception for The Rye Arts Center’s new photography exhibit, “A Way of Seeing: The Street Portraits of Cal Swanson,” will be held March 11 from 1-3. The exhibit runs through April 8.

The artist captured people’s life stories as they wandered the streets of New York City’s midtown through the 1970s and 80s. Curated by Patrick J. Cicalo, the exhibit offers a powerful and honest look at human expression.

Top of the Morning

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a musical brunch at Wainwright House on March 12 from 11:30-2:30 with singer/songwriter Christopher Brown. He will perform his unique blend of folk, country, and rock musical styles while guests enjoy the culinary delights of Corner Stone Caterers, along with brunch cocktails.

A founder of the popular Bookends band, Brown is a master storyteller who has released several albums of original music. He is also an accomplished artist, sculptor, and graphic designer. His sports and political caricatures are featured in the Gannett Westchester Newspapers.

The fee is $50 per person. Space is limited. Reservations required at wainwright.org.

Thursday Night Live

The Rye Arts Center’s Coffeehouse series continues at Le Pain Quotidien March 16 from 7-10. Guests will be introduced to new singers, songwriters, and and bands as they enjoy the eatery’s specialties.

The cover charge is $10 for advanced tickets, $12 at the door plus food and drink. Visit ryeartscenter.org for more information

Divine Comedy

On March 16 from 7:30-9, Wainwright House is hosting a comedy show with a talented line-up. The audience is sure to laugh heartily as stand-up comedians Shaun Eli, Jane Condon, and Jon Fisch take the stage. All have performed on late night television or Comedy Central.

Admission is $30 per person. A wine and cheese reception starting at 6:15 is an additional $15 per person. To purchase tickets, log on to wainwright.org.

Nature in Art

The Rye Nature Center is offering a discussion for adults on nature-inspired art and artists on March 17 from 9:45-10:45. Take a look at how some artists mimic nature or take visual cues from actual forms in nature.

Registration is required by March 15 at 12. The cost is $30 per person.

SPRYE and Spies

SPRYE and the Rye Free Reading Room will be screening the acclaimed film, “Bridge of Spies,” March 18 at 2:30 at the library. The movie, starring Tom Hanks, is based on John Donovan’s true account of his 1960s Cold War experiences related to the Russian capture of American U-2 pilot Gary Powers. Members of Donovan’s family, including Rye resident Trish Muccia, will lead a discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. Drinks and snacks will be served after the movie.

Field Trip

The Rye Arts Center is offering a special Eye On Art tour in Greenwich on March 24 from 10:30-12:30. Start at the Corrugated World at the Greenwich Library’s Flinn Gallery, then head to the Bruce Museum to explore their collections, where a highlight is the new exhibit on Impressionist master Alfred Sisley.

The fee is $35. Sign up at ryeartscenter.org.

A Toast to French Wines & Cuisine

Wainwright House is hosting a reception and wine pairing dinner on March 25 from 6:30-10:30 at its historic waterfront mansion. Renowned wine expert and event host Joern Tittel will pour a special selection of the artisanal wines of France paired with a sumptuous French dinner.

The cost is $160 per person. Reservations are required, as space is limited.

<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>

Women Empowered

The Rye Arts Center will hold a discussion by Women in Innovation to celebrate International Women’s Day March 8 from 6:30-8. Women who are leaders in their fields will discuss the trends of innovation technology.

Moderated by Women in Innovation co-founders Grace Fedele and Suzanna Keith, the panel includes Fran Hauser of Time Inc. Digital; Monica Issar of JP Morgan; Cori Lathan of Anthro Tronix; and Amy Wilkins of Smithsonian Enterprises.

Tickets are $5. Sign up on-line at ryeartscenter.org.

Spring Cleaning

Edith Read Sanctuary is calling all volunteers on March 11 at 10, weather permitting. Help with invasive plant removal, trail work, beach cleanup, and plenty more.

A Good Impression

Lean all about the many faces of Impressionism at the Rye library’s Armchair Art Tour lectures on March 11, 25, and April 1 from 10-11:30. Former Metropolitan Museum of Art educator Dr. Michael Norris will cover different topics each morning. He has been giving art history lectures for over 20 years.

Say No to Toxic

Learn how to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals at the Rye Free Reading Room on March 11 from 11:30-12:30. Plant-based living educator Jeanne Schumacher will offer an eye-opening presentation that will help all modern consumers shop smarter, live greener, and feel better.

Chakras, Color, and Creativity

Wainwright House is offering a workshop on March 11 from 1-4 that will balance your energy and create harmony in body, mind, and heart. Using the ancient chakra system as a guide, participants will create watercolor paintings with a focus on color and energy.

The fee is $50 for members, $55 non-members. Cost of materials included. For more information and to register, visit wainwright.org.

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

A restorative yoga class and Nia dance/mindfulness class awaits at Wainwright House on March 12 from 1-3. Rejuvenate the body, strengthen the immune system, soothe the nervous system, and quiet the mind.

The fee is $32 for members, $35 non-members. For more information and to register, visit wainwright.org.

Food for Thought

A nutrition education seminar at the Rye YMCA, March 15 from 11:30-12:30, is open to all members of the community. Learn to practice healthier eating habits with shopping, cooking, and food preparation guidelines. Participants may also measure their blood pressure with coaching for proper measuring techniques from a Healthy Heart Ambassador.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spread Your Wings

Join SPRYE at a special afternoon with Corporate Angel Network (CAN) co-founder Priscilla “Pat” Blum 15 from 3-4:30 at Wainwright House. The 97-year-old Osborn resident and licensed pilot was inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame and received the Katharine Wright Award from the National Aviation Association.

CAN is a not-for-profit charity that arranges free treatment-related travel for about 3,000 cancer patients per year. Although Blum retired in 2000 at age 80, her ideas and vision continue to transcend time. 

Parents: Engage Thy Children

Adam Cox, Ph.D. will discuss “Understanding Effort, Motivation, and Purpose: Why Kids Try and Why They Don’t” at the next “Heard in Rye” program, March 15 at 7:30 in the Rye Middle School Multipurpose Room.

Learn to create an atmosphere of engagement and immersion in your family, so that your child is more inclined to work hard and carve a meaningful role for him/herself in the world.

For more information, visit heardinrye.org.

Wake-Up Call

Learn all the new iPhone features at a workshop at the Rye library on March 16 from 10-12. Former IBM executive Mike Negrelli will teach participants how to use the new camera app, the Safari Internet browser, You Tube, the iCloud, and more.

Cordially Invited

SPRYE is holding an informational Open House March 16 from 10:30-12 in Port Chester at 55 S. Main Street (1 Gateway Plaza) on the third floor. Whether looking for a volunteer opportunity, just curious about its offerings, or are a current member, all are welcome.

SPRYE’s mission is to enable adults 60 and older in Harrison, Port Chester, Rye, and Rye Brook to live in their own homes and remain actively engaged in their communities for as long as possible.

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 481-5706. For more information, visit sprye.org.

A Delicate Balance

Certified classical homeopath Janice Solomon will present “Three Keys to Transform your Health” at the Rye library March 16 from 7:30-9. The program, hosted by the Holistic Moms Network, will address effective and lasting relief for anxiety, depression, hormonal symptoms, and ongoing physical problems.

Creature Connections

Discover how animals and their habitats are linked at Edith Read Sanctuary March 18 at 1. Sponsored by the Friends of Read Sanctuary, the live animal program will explore the food web, life cycles, and predator-prey relationships.

Workshop Worth 1,000 Words

For those who would like to brush up on using MS Word features, a workshop at the Rye Free Reading Room will be held March 23 from 10-12. Former IBM executive Mike Negrelli will focus on preparing documents, advanced editing features, auto functions, and spell check. The Quick Access tool bar will also be covered.

Lighten Up

Wainwright House is offering laughter yoga and mindful Tai Chi on March 25 from 1-3. Participants will reap unique health benefits with these mindful breathing and expressive movement practices.

The fee is $35 for members, $40 non-members. For more information and to register, visit wainwright.org.

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La La Land

Take a long-zoom approach to Steven Johnson’s “Wonderland,” a lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment, at the Rye library’s Current Events Book Group meeting on March 28 from 6:30-8:00. Moderated by John Dolan, the discussion will revolve around the author’s view that cutting-edge innovation stems from people striving to keep themselves and others amused.

<<Family Ties>>

All Aboard

The Rye YMCA’s Cardboard Boat Regatta is back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row. On March 10 from 6:30-8, families will be challenged to design and create boats made of cardboard and duct tape at home, then bring them in and race them, human-powered only.

No fee for family members, $10 per boat for youth or non-members. For additional guidelines, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Miners 101

Families with kids ages 7 and up can take a peek inside the earth at the Rye Nature Center on March 18 at 1. Learn what the center’s quarry is made of. The fee is $5 per person for members, $8 non-members.

 

<<Teen Time>>

Fashion Runway

The Rye library will present a fashion arts/illustration workshop for tweens and teens March 16 from 4-5. Ying Su, an adjunct professor at both the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons, will offer step-by-step guidance as participants attempt a fashion drawing of their own design.

Space is limited. Registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Bears, Lava, and Dinner for Two

Parents can enjoy a night out while the Rye YMCA provides a safe and fun environment for the kids on March 17 from 6:30-9. Storybook activities revolving around “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” are in store for ages 3 months to 5 years, while grades K-6 will build and erupt a volcano.

The fee for ages 3 months to 5 years is $15 per child for family members, $20 for non-members, including a snack. For grades K through 6, the fee is $20 per child for family members, $27 for child members, $36 for non-members, including a light dinner.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spies Like Us

In a joint program, the Rye Free Reading Room and the Rye Historical Society will lead teens on a journey to the Square House Museum on March 18 at 1. Participants will become spies in Washington’s Army and uncover clues and solve mysteries at the spot where George Washington himself spent the night.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Sweet as Sugar

Before the maple sugaring season ends, preschoolers through fifth graders can still see sap flowing and learn to tap a sugar maple at the Rye Nature Center, March 10 from 9-1. Kids will also get to taste maple syrup and learn to recognize the other trees within the forest.

The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members. Register at ryenaturecenter.org.

A Night of Their Own

On March 11 from 7-10, middle school students can enjoy a night of their own at the Rye YMCA. The teen staff will supervise an evening of activities, competitions, games, food, and camaraderie.

Registration is required at ryeymca.org. Free for members, $5 non-members. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Win the Battle of the Buzzer

Grades 5 and 6 can participate in Battle of the Books at the Rye library on March 18 from 3-4. Read “Behind the Canvas” by Alexander P. Vance and come ready to hit the buzzer and answer questions pertaining to this story of a girl who enters a wondrous and terrifying world of a painting.

For more information and to register, go to ryelibary.org.

Sweet Dreams

Ages 3 and up and their grownups can enjoy Pajama Storytime with stories, songs, and a bedtime snack at the Rye library on March 23 from 6:30-7. The kids can wear their PJ’s and bring their favorite blankets and teddy bears.

Rise and Shine

Preschool through fifth grade kids will discover animals waking up after a long winter’s nap at the Rye Nature Center on March 24 from 9-1. Learn how some animals slow their heart rate to save energy, while others bundle up for the long, cold winter.

The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members. Register at ryenaturecenter.org.

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Rollicking Romps

Grades 1 and 2 are invited to the library’s new STEAM Lab on March 25 from 3-3:45. The new space is where literacy meets STEAM activities, as the kids will read “Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaie Herrmann” by Mara Rockliff and then build a cannon or catapult.

Grades 3 and 4 can head to the STEAM Lab from 4-4:45 to talk about “Bon Appetit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child” by Jessie Hartland. They will then make butter in a jar.

Children do not have to pre-read the books. For more details and to register, visit ryelibrary.org.

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