Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry
All Systems Go
Discover how Qigong empowers us to participate in self-care and renewal at a sample class at Wainwright House Saturday from 9-10. Through breath work, tapping, movement, visualizations, self-healing, and sound techniques, the traditional Chinese holistic system harnesses the power of your mind and increases physical stamina.
Suggested donation is $10. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Register at wainwright.org.
The Call of the Bard
Kids and tweens can find the playfulness in Shakespeare in an Acting Workshop at the Rye library Saturday from 10:30-11:30. Work with experienced professionals and teachers who will help demystify the language in the works of one of history’s greatest playwrights.
Register at ryelibrary.org.
Families with children ages 7 and up can learn to make a teepee using all-natural materials Saturday at 1 at the Rye Nature Center. Participants will utilize tulip bark, oak branches, and pine needles. They will also learn to tie basic knots with natural twine.
The fee is $5 per person for members, $8 non-members.
Put Your Feet Up, Mom
Restorative Yoga and Reiki is just the ticket for every mom. Sign her up for the workshop at Wainwright House, Saturday from 1-3. She’ll leave rested and smiling.
Pre-register at wainwright.org. The fee is $40 for members, $45 non-members, $50 for walk-ins.
Walk on the Wild Side
Stroll through Read Wildlife Sanctuary in search of seasonal wildflowers Saturday at 1. Make sure to get a glimpse of their pollinator garden while you’re there.
Ruffle Some Feathers
Craft book author Richele Fabian Morgan invites teens and adults to create bird art that’s bright and tactile using tape at a workshop at The Rye Arts Center Saturday from 2-3:30.
The fee is $30. Materials are provided.
The Rye YMCA is offering a free water safety workshop Saturday from 2-4. It will give children and their caregivers the opportunity to practice being in the water safely in time for summer.
For more information, email Vickie@ryeymca.org. Register at ryeymca.org.
Paint the Town Red, Girls
First- through fifth-grade girls can take their mothers to the Rye library Saturday from 2-5 for a Mother’s Day Sip and Paint event. Wear comfortable clothing and be ready for an afternoon of creativity.
Space is limited. Register at ryelibrary.org.
A Night of Their Own
Middle schoolers can head to the Rye YMCA for an evening full of activities on Saturday from 7-10. The fee is $5 for members. Register at ryeymca.org.
Jazzing Up Mother’s Day
Wainwright House is featuring two special events to celebrate mom on Sunday. From 11:30-2:30, The Arcadia Jazz Trio will be playing at a champagne brunch catered by Corner Stone. Family yoga (including kids ages 5-10) is on the schedule from 3-4. Certified children’s yoga instructor Kimberly Gregg will be practicing asanas and breathing techniques that promote emotional, physical, and mental well-being. There will be hands-on activities and games, too.
For more information and to register for either event, call 967-6080 or visit ryeartscenter.org. Brunch is $55 per person; yoga is $30 for mother/daughter.
<<Arts & Entertainment>>
Loosen up and paint at The Rye Arts Center’s BYOB Night Out on May 17 from 6-9. The workshop will start with a simple still-life and progress at your own pace from there.
No experience necessary and all supplies included (except for the BYOB). The fee is $65. Register at ryeartscenter.org.
With a Light Touch
Former Rye resident Laura Cronin returns for an art reception and exhibition at Wainwright House on May 17 from 6-8. Now based in Ireland, the award-winning fine artist works has a flair for creating captivating street and beach scenes, as well as portraits, by capturing light, reflections, and shadows.
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 268-1140.
“Kaleidoscope”, an exhibit of works in oil, acrylic, and mixed media by Meera Agarwal, is on display through May at the Rye library. Painting for three decades, Agarwal, a Rye resident, is inspired by childhood memories of vibrant India, as well as her travels.
A New Yorker cartoon by Bob Mankoff
Charlie Brown cartoon by Bill Melendez
“Turn the Page: The Evolution of Cartoon and Comic Art” at The Rye Arts Center features the history of the comic book, humorous cartoons, social satire, and superheroes. The exhibit runs through June 9.
<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>
The Harvard Club presents a talk by Clifton Hood, author of “In Pursuit of Privilege,” at the Rye library on May 15 from 7-9. Hood recounts upper-class New Yorkers’ struggle to create a distinct world from the 1750s to the present.
A professor of history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Hood is also the author of “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York.”
Join SPRYE at a free photography workshop on May 16 at Wainwright House from 3-4:30. The Rye Arts Center staff will demonstrate how to perfect your photography skills using your iPhone.
Learn the history of American sailing at the Jay Heritage Center on May 16 at 7. Best known for his books on sailing and America’s yacht clubs, John Rousmaniere will focus on American boating and share stories about sailing across the Gulf Stream and the Long Island Sound.
Tickets are $10 for members, $15 non-members.
Secret of a Good Marriage
Wainwright House is offering a Happy Self/Happy Marriage talk on May 16 from 7:30-9. NYU-certified life coach and author Tracy Fox’s interactive presentation will include a ten-step solution to a successful marriage.
The fee is $20 per person, includes wine and cheese. Books available for purchase.
Safe and Sound
Expert Mike Negrelli will lead a workshop on reducing vulnerability to computer and Internet security problems at the Rye library May 17 from 10-12.
Who Needs Perfect?
Join author Erin Duffy at the Rye library, May 17 from 7:30-9, for a conversation about family, marriage, and modern life. Her new novel “Regrets Only” is a humorous portrayal of a divorced woman whose perfect life is crumbling around her.
Stroll Down Memory Lane
The Osborn is hosting a Senior Walking Club on May 18 at 11. All area seniors are welcome to walk 1 mile, ½-mile or ¼-mile scenic paths across its 56-acre campus. They can walk 1 mile, ½ mile or ¼ mile to get their exercise and meet other local seniors.
Light refreshments to follow. RSVP to Susie McNamee at 925-8367.
Deepen Your Practice
Wainwright is offering an informative exploration of the power and principals of yoga with certified Jivamukti teacher Sandhi Ferreira on May 18 from 12:30-2:30. This workshop will combine anatomy, alignment, and assists, as well as injury prevention and modification techniques for aspiring teachers.
The fee is $35 for members, $40 non-members, $45 at the door. Register at wainwright.org.
Wainwright is offering a full-day course on May 19 and 20 from 9-7 for educators interested in teaching yoga and mindfulness practices. This Level One Educator and Clinician intensive, taught by Little Flower Yoga, will provide participants with all the fundamental tools to teach in the classroom or in clinical settings.
Register at wainwright.org.
Drawing from Nature
Read Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a guided sketching program on May 19 at 1. Participants will build nature observation skills and strengthen a mindfulness practice.
No previous art training is necessary. Bring a sketchbook and pencil.
In the Name of Urban Renewal
The Bird Homestead and Meeting House nonprofit will screen “The Greenest Building” May 19 from 3-4 at the Meeting House. The award-winning documentary by Jane Turville focuses on the fundamental question: Is demolition in the name of sustainability really the best use of natural, social, and economic resources?
Over the next 20 years, Americans will demolish one-third of our existing building stock, over 82 billion square feet, in order to replace seemingly inefficient buildings with energy-efficient “green” buildings. Today’s tear-down phenomenon makes the 2011 documentary more relevant than ever.
Donations gratefully accepted. For further information, call 967-0099.
The Rye library’s Current Events Book Group is reading Thomas L. Friedman’s “Thank You for Being Late” for its next meeting, May 22 from 6:30-8. The bestseller is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for the historical in which we live.
All in the Family
Parents can enjoy a night out while the Rye YMCA provides a safe and fun environment for the kids on May 18 from 6:30-9. The fee for ages 3 months to 5 years is $20 per child for family members, $25 for non-members. They’ll enjoy “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs” storybook activities and a snack.
Grades K through 6 will be involved in STEM activities. The fee is $25 per child for family members, $35 for child members, $50 for non-members, including a light dinner.
For more information, call Kelly Lewin at 967-6363 or email email@example.com.
Out of the Woods
Test your knowledge about indigenous plant life at Rye Nature Center on May 19 at 1. The whole family can learn about the local environment and will leave with an understanding of why plants, like mountain mint and twinleaf, thrive here.
Suggested for ages 8 and up. The fee is $5 per person for members, $8 non-members.
Children with special needs are invited to bring a family member/caregiver with them to the Rye Nature Center May 19 from 3:30-4:30. They will enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other fun science and sensory adventures.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rye Arts Center is offering “Warmup for Creative Kids”, a morning camp for ages 3½-5 starting June 11. The educational, multi-disciplinary creative arts immersion program is designed specifically for pre-K kids. They will explore the arts while developing cognitive, social, creative, and motor skills through drawing, painting, music, and creative movement.
For camp options and registration, visit ryearts.org. The weekly fee is $275 with a discount for members.
An online Webinar event for high school students and their parents will be held at the Rye library May 22 at 8. Presented by College Starter founder Jeff Hirsch, the video workshop will cover Naviance and the common application. The free workshop is fully integrated and interactive, allowing participation from anywhere.
Registration is required at https://goo.gl/koD6Gr.
<<For a Good Cause>>
The Rye YMCA’s Be A Hero Campaign is running events to help the organization provide financial assistance to families and individuals who need a helping hand.
On May 14 at 4:30, join the plank challenge to see who can hold the position the longest.
On May 18, kids can dress in a superhero costume and have lunch with a superhero from 11:30-12:30. Bring your own lunch.
Families can enjoy Nerf Night on May 18 from 6:30-8. A minimum donation of $25 per family is requested.
On May 20, head to a basketball tournament for kids and adults. On May 25, there’s a Hoop-A-Thon from 5:30-6:30 for ages 5-7, and from 6:45-7:45 for ages 8-11. All ages can play flag football on May 27.
For more information and to register for any of these events, visit ryeymca.org.
The Great Outdoors
The Rye Nature Center celebrates its outreach programs at a Nature Access Fund Benefit May 18 from 7-10. Enjoy a light supper, wine, beer, and music. In addition, front and center will be their mobile nature center, a powerful and creative environmental education tool.
For donation information, visit ryenaturecenter.org. Proceeds will support summer camps for students from the inner city, gardening programs for senior citizens, nature and science education for minority students, and outdoor experiences for disabled adults.
<<Save the Date>>
An overnight family campout is in store for all at the Rye Nature Center from June 2 at 5 to the following morning at 9. Introduce the kids, 5 and up, to the joys of stargazing, campfire stories, roasted marshmallows, and falling asleep to the sound of crickets. Dinner, breakfast, and a guided hike are included.
Bring your own tent or borrow one of the Center’s. Advanced registration is required. The fee is $40 per person. Members only. Call 967-5150 for more information.
Jazz, Jay, and Daisy
Mark your calendars for the Rye Historical Society’s gala fundraiser June 2. “Get Your Gatsby On” is this year’s theme. Enjoy cocktails and light supper at a fine Rye home.
Tickets are $145. Visit ryehistory.org to make a reservation.
Join Eye on Art for an exclusive private tour of artists’ studios in Port Chester’s North Pearl Street Lofts on June 8 from 11-1. Each artist will speak about his/her work and creative process.
The fee is $35. Register at ryeartscenter.org.