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Published November 14, 2012 9:59 PM
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Don’t Miss


Hit the Ice With the NY Rangers


Lace up, kids! Get an introductory skating or hockey lesson from New York Rangers alumnus Dave Maloney, November 4 at Playland Ice Casino.


Sessions run from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 2:45-3:45 p.m. for ages 4-9. Equipment will be provided and no prior skating experience is required. Participants will receive a free Rangers hockey stick.


To register, visit or call 813-7059.


This Weekend


Register Now


Rye Y online member registration is ongoing. Non-member registration starts Friday. For a complete list of programs, visit


Teen Gaming


Play Wii games on the Rye library’s big screen Friday from 3:15-5 p.m. Snacks are provided.


Family Spingo Night


Children (grades 3-4) and their parents can play Bingo and enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. at Rye Rec. Several variations of Bingo will be played and a range of prizes will be awarded. Cost is $12 per person. To register, call 967-2535.


Having a Garden in Deer Country


The Committee to Save the Bird Homestead presents a lecture and book signing by horticulturalist and garden writer Ruth Rogers Clausen, Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Meeting House. Clausen’s “50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don’t Eat” is essential reading for anyone trying to cope with deer, and is a great holiday gift for all the gardeners on your list.


This program honors the tradition of horticultural and landscape expertise at the Bird Homestead, represented by Henry Bird and his daughter, Alice Bird Erikson. 

Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 967-0099.


Daddy & Me Animal Show


Fathers and their children can stop by the Rye Nature Center for an animal adventure Saturday from 9:15-10 a.m. Cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members.


Use That Imagination


Grades K-2 can learn creative ways to use words, colors, pictures, and drawings to express ideas and feelings, Saturday from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. Invent a story, draw, and make a picture book. Cost is $15. 


Volunteer Work Day


Lend a hand clearing trails, removing brush, spreading wood chips, and removing invasive plants, Saturday at 10 a.m. at Read Sanctuary. Lunch will be provided.


Work Project & Hike


Free trees from invasive vines, Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the Marshlands. This is a great opportunity for community service. Tools provided; bring work gloves.


On Sunday, learn to look for signs of wildlife during a hike through trails, streams, and the salt marsh at 2 p.m.


“Novel Night”


Celebrate “The Golden Ages” at the Rye Free Reading Room’s biennial benefit Saturday. Enjoy a novel-themed dinner party in a private Rye home, followed by dessert and dancing at Apawamis Club. Dinners begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Laura Whalen or Sarah Snell at


The Power of Water in Pastel


Capturing the movement of water on canvas — whether a seascape, waterfall, or fishpond — never fails to be enthralling. Rae Smith will show you how at a pastel painting workshop, Sunday from 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. Smith is president of the Pastel Society of America and has won many awards for her paintings.


The workshop fee is $100.


Save the Date


Thanksgiving Cup Celebrates 20 Years


Before tackling turkey and pie, enter the annual Rye Racquet Club Thanksgiving Cup Tennis Tournament. Over the past two decades, this event has become a family affair, attracting both adults and juniors looking for fun, exercise, and competition over the holiday weekend.


The tournament, scheduled for November 22 and 23, includes mixed doubles, men’s and women’s singles and doubles, and 12-and-under and 16-and-under singles.


Entry fees range from $40-$60. The registration deadline is November 12. Babysitting is available for children 2 and up. For more information, call 835-3030 or email

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!



Rye Rec’s 36th annual Turkey Run and Paws Walk-A-Thon will take place November 24. Adults with young children can participate in the 1-mile fun run/walk. Runners, joggers, and walkers can join the 3.1-mile or 5.2-mile races. Registration is ongoing; call 967-2535.


Those Young Dancing Feet


The Carver Center presents the 2nd annual 7th and 8th Grade Holiday Dance Party December 14 at Apawamis Club. Proceeds benefit the center’s middle school leadership skills and academic tutoring program. For more information, visit

For a Good Cause


Helping Feed Those in Need


During this season of plenty, The Club Chefs of Westchester presents a Harvest Dine-Around to benefit Part of the Solution (POTS), the leading provider of emergency food, social, and legal services to Bronx families in need. Hosted by the Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck and generously sponsored by Baldor Specialty

Foods as well as more than a dozen other purveyors of fine food and spirits, the Dine-Around will take place November 13 from 7-9:30 p.m.    


Resurrection Parish in Rye is an important supporter of POTS and many of its board members are Rye residents.


Tickets are $125 and available online at For more information, visit or call 718-213-0595.

Talks and Workshops


Woman’s Club Talk


At the next Woman’s Club of Rye meeting, Caitlin Kelly will discuss her book, “Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail”. The talk will be held at Christ’s Church November 6 at 1 p.m.


The Woman’s Club of Rye was founded in 1933 to provide educational and philanthropic venues for the women of our communities as a non-partisan entity.


For more information, call 835-0255 or visit

Need a Holiday Decorating Makeover?


Ann Robertson, floral designer and owner of Dirt in Greenwich, will give you fresh inspiration in a workshop at the Rye Free Reading Room, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.


Robertson will demonstrate how to build a centerpiece and wreath, as well as provide decorating advice for dining and living rooms. Bring a photo of a space in your home so she can give you holiday decorating suggestions. Stay after for some holiday cheer.  


Expand Your Computer Skills


The Rye library is offering a two-session class on using computers for information and pleasure, November 8 and 15 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Part one covers using Media Player for music and viewing video, downloading email pictures, and attaching files to email. At the second session, learn how to use Internet Explorer.


Social Night Out


Enjoy a night out with soft music and good company at the Rye Y. Relax and meet new friends while enjoying coffee and refreshments, November 9 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.


For more information, contact Diana Vita, Group Wellness Director, at Free for members.


Growing Out of a Religion


SPRYE will present a talk by Lucia Greenhouse, author of “Fathermothergod, My Journey Out of Christian Science”, November 14 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Wainwright House. Greenhouse, a Rye resident, will discuss her life growing up in the Christian Science faith. Light refreshments will be served. The program is free.


Living Green and Saving Money


Unwasteny will present a free workshop on how you can lower your utility waste and usage. Learn about low-cost energy efficiency programs and rebates, bill payment options, and utility consumer protections. The program will be held at the Rye library November 15 at 3 p.m.

Support for the Caregivers



The Rye Y and Wainwright House are co-sponsoring a support group for family caregivers. The group meets next November 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Wainwright. The monthly meeting offers guidance, healing, and hope on how to make the most of the experience without losing yourself in the process.


Receive information on resources to help you in your role as a caregiver.


Each meeting includes a guided relaxation meditation and stress-release exercises. Light refreshments will be served.


Cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members. For more information, call 967-6363.

Linkedin 101



At the next Lives in Transition meeting November 15, Brian Tietje, Strategic Account Executive for Linkedin, will explain the power of this popular and important global professional network. Connect to trusted contacts and exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities.


Tietje will outline guiding principles of how to use Linkedin, and provide tips for growing your network and connecting with hiring managers.


The free workshop takes place from 7-9 p.m. at Rye Presbyterian Church. RSVP to


Are Your Teens Driving You Crazy?


At the next “Heard In Rye” talk, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Rye Middle School, learn how to limit power struggles with your teenagers. Father/son team Kirk and Casey Martin will discuss practical strategies that work and benefit all.

This workshop is free. For more information, visit


Just for Fun


All Saints’ Church’s Angel Fair


Jumpstart your holiday shopping November 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Church’s Parish Hall, located at 288 Harrison Avenue. Choose among beautiful handmade crafts, toys, books, games, and more. You can also enjoy a bake sale, raffle, white elephant sale, and children’s snack bar.


Arts and Entertainment


Photographers on Location


“In the Moment — Contemporary Views of Community” will be on display at the Rye Arts Center through November 9. Professional photographers have captured a town brought together by community events and iconic moments.

Etched in Our Memory


Celebrate the work of the late Rye printmaker Susan E. Lehman at a reception at the Rye Free Reading Room, November 10 from 1-4 p.m. Lehman was a member of the Mamaroneck Artists Guild for many years, and won numerous awards for colorful and abstract creations. A selection of the artist’s monotypes and other prints are on display through November 28.


Afternoon Concert


The International String Trio invites music lovers to a concert at the Rye library November 11 at 3 p.m. Founded by Russian-born guitarist and arranger Slava Tolstoy, with Japanese upright bassist Ippei Ichimaru and English violinist Ben Powell, the Trio has quickly won over audiences with its energetic interpretations of everything from favorite folk melodies, to Django Reinhardt numbers, to classical string pieces.


Hailing from three different corners of the world, but sharing a rigorous training experience at Berklee College of Music, the Trio spans jazz, world, and classical sounds with an easy-going finesse that gives even simple pop melodies great depth and lyricism.


Organize with iPhoto  


Adults and teens can learn all about iPhoto in time for the holidays at a workshop at the Rye Arts Center November 17 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The Apple program is a great way to keep track of your precious memories, as well as catalog your projects.


The workshop fee is $30.


Bird Family Blooms on View


“Enduring Blooms”, a series of color photographs, is on view at the Meeting House through Thanksgiving weekend. Photographed this past spring and summer by nature photographer Nadia Valla, a member of the Little Garden Club of Rye, the images record the beautiful remnants of early 20th-century gardens at the Bird Homestead. The Meeting House is open to the public, free of charge, Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.


Contemporary Abstract Art


The Rye Arts Center presents “From Where I Stand”, an exhibit of 12 contemporary artists whose abstract work explores their vision of the world. An opening reception will be held November 18 from 3-5 p.m.


Using a variety of media, including oil paint, mono-print, digital print, and encaustic, each artist has created their own language of color, form, and line to create compositions based on abstract visual references to the real world.


The exhibition is curated by Katharine Dufault, an artist who exhibits regularly both in America and abroad. “I wanted to bring a really great group of abstract artists to The Rye Arts Center. I felt this style of work had been quite underrepresented and that there would be a big interest in the work. It would show the range and accessibility of abstract art to a new audience who may not be familiar with the style beyond its name.”


Participating artists include Kiki Dufault, Roxanne Faber-Savage, Lis Fields, David Fox, Julian Hatton, William Holton, Henry Mandell, Jackie Meier, Lisa Pressman, Tess Recordon, Patricia Spergel, and Katharine Dufault.


The exhibit runs through January 5. For more information, visit


Teen Times


Rock Concert Movie


See “The Raconteurs: Live at Montreaux” at the Rye library November 8 from 3:30-5:15 p.m.. White Stripes lead man Jack White formed The Raconteurs with Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, and Jack Lawrence. The film shows performances of 16 tracks, including “Many Shades of Black,” “Steady As She Goes”, and “The Switch and the Spur”.

Kids’ Corner


Vacation Fun Club


Grades K-6 can partake in a Mad Science workshop and swimming at the Rye Y, November 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pack a swimsuit, towel, swim cap, and lunch. Cost is $60 for members, $75 non-members.


On November 12, ages 5-12 can take a trip to Sports Time USA from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $60 for members, $75 non-members.


School’s-Out Workshop


Grades K-5 can learn about the past, while recreating a documentary telling the story of the Lenape tribe, November 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rye Nature Center.


Cost is $60 for members, $70 non-members. Registration is required; call 967-5150.


You’ll Be in Stitches


Grades 2-5 can learn hand and machine sewing through a variety of creative projects at Rye Rec. Program runs Wednesdays November 7 through December 12 from 3:30-5 p.m. Cost is $135.


Story, Craft, & Art Time


Get ready for Thanksgiving with stories and a Gobble, Gobble craft project November 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rye library.

The fun continues November 17 at 2 p.m., where participants can explore creative uses for colorful fall leaves. The workshop will be led by Westchester artist Susan Ordahl who will demonstrate simple and effective ways to display and preserve nature’s own works of art. Bring your own leaves or use ones from our supply. Pre-registration is required; call 231-3162.

Both programs are for ages 5 and up.


Kids’ Night Out


Ages 5-11 can enjoy a night out on the town, November 16 from 5:30-10 p.m. with the Rye Y. Children will have dinner at the Y, followed by a movie at the Port Chester Cinema.

Cost is $20. For reservations, visit

Discovery Workshops


Ages 8 and up are invited to create a self-portrait in the style of Picasso, November 17 from 2-3 p.m. at the Rye Arts Center. Learning about the master’s process, students will create a Cubist self-portrait of themselves. Cost is $10.


Ages 7-9 will have fun making stuffed holiday table decorations while learning the basics of hand sewing: pinning, fabric cutting, utility, and decorative stitches from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $35.


The Great Outdoors


Marshlands Projects


Help remove vegetation from the historic stonewalls November 10 from 1-3 p.m. Great for community service hours and school credit. Bring work gloves. Hand tools provided.

Observe, identify, and record the birds that visit the feeders, November 11 at 2 p.m., with a hike will to follow. Bring binoculars.

Family Ties


A Face Tells a Thousand Stories


Christopher Agostino redefines face painting as a modern
expression of an ancient art. In his one-of-a-kind performance, audience volunteers are brought on stage and face painted to illustrate the stories as he tells them, fully engaging the audience with a skillful spoken word performance combined with his unique visual art.


Experience the magic November 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rye Y. Free for members, $15 non-members. Registration is required; visit


Explore Native American & Colonial Life


The Rye Historical Society and the Friends of Rye Nature Center will co-host a unique Thanksgiving program at the Square House, November 17 from 2-4 p.m. Participants will explore the tools, techniques, and foods typically used by the early inhabitants of the area, and taste a sampling of foods common to the Native American and colonial diet.


The cost is $10 per family. For reservations, call 967-7588.


To Your Health


Center Thyself


Sitting all day is difficult on a body. Learn quick and easy stretches that can alleviate tension and strain at a Yoga At My Desk workshop November 8 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. at Wainwright. Focus on alleviating the effects of working at a computer for hours on end.

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