Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry
Drop by with Daddy
Fathers, take the kids, ages 3 to 7, to the Rye Nature Center’s animal adventure on Saturday at 9:15.
No pre-registration is required. The fee is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members.
Read Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a Nature Sketchbook Walk on Saturday at 1.
The guided program will build your nature observation skills. Capture a quick representation of natural objects, landscape features, and more as you stroll around the sanctuary.
Bring a sketchbook and pencil. No previous art training is necessary.
True Colors Shining Through
Jane Valentine’s paintings reveal a sophisticated layering of colors at an exhibit at the Rye library through November. A reception for the painter, sculptor, photographer, and writer will be held on Saturday from 2-4.
A new Teen Advisory Board will be meeting at the Rye library on Saturday from 4-5. Ages 13 and up who live inor attend school in the Rye area may earn community service by meeting monthly and helping plan and execute programs at the library.
To join, email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate Wainwright House’s 100th Anniversary and the end of World War I with the Journey to Peace special event on Saturday from 6-9. It will be an evening of music, tours, talks, small plates, and spirits.
The cost is $135 per person. RSVP to wainwright.org.
<<Arts & Entertainment>>
Rita Baunok, <La Esperanza #9>
Patrick J. Cicalo, <Night Shade>
Dennis Dilmaghani, <Paintbrush Sky>
Through a Fine Lens
The 43rd Annual Ground Glass Photography exhibit is on view at The Rye Arts Center through December 1. The Westchester-based association was founded in 1975. For more information, visit www.thegroundglass.org.
With van Gogh self-portrait
Armchair Art Series
Brush up on the post-Impressionists at the Rye library with art historian Michael Norris. He will offer talks on Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cezanne on November 17, December 8, 15, and 22 from 10:30-12:30.
Learn how the artists of the movement made names of their own, despite still being involved with bright colors and real-life focus.
For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.
<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>
The Social Ladder
A Social Security educational workshop will be held at the Rye library November 13 from 6:30-7:30. CPA Paul M. Petrone, a retirement income and tax specialist, will cover claiming strategies, benefits, the “magic age,” and maximizing Social Security dollars.
Register at ryelibrary.org.
Fall into Books
The Rye library invites the community to hear New York Times best-selling author Rita Williams-Garcia on November 13 at 7. The author will speak about her novel, “One Crazy Summer”, a powerful and humorous story of three sisters who in 1968 travel to California to meet the mother who abandoned them.
On November 15 at 7, lawyer, journalist, and author Maria Olsen will discuss “50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life”. In her book, she shares how she challenged herself to accomplish 50 significant things. Join in a conversation of adventure, recovery, and new passion for life.
The Rye Reads program aims to increase literacy and promote family and community leisure reading. Register at ryelibrary.org for each.
Join SPRYE at Wainwright House when author Mitch Silver discusses his latest novel, “Bookworm”, on November 14 from 3-4:30. The thriller exposes readers to a secret operation during World War II with appearances by Noel Coward and Winston Churchill.
The Washington Times called it “a masterpiece of speculative revisionism and a captivating read, a romp.”
Light refreshments will be served.
The Big Apps
Learn how to use Apple’s app store at the Rye library November 15 from 10-12. A former IBM executive will cover iBooks, iTunes, the camera, podcasting, TV, and movies.
For more information, visit ryelibrary.org. No sign-up required.
What a Character
Maureen Mancini Amaturo will help writers sculpt characters that are real and integral to a story at a workshop at The Rye Arts Center November 15 from 10-12.
The fee is $75. Register at ryeartscenter.org.
A class at The Rye Arts Center will provide artists with an in-depth discussion of their work on November 15 from 5-8. Instructor Jill Parry will critique artwork and offer valuable feedback, including suggestions for development and advice for the future direction.
Space is limited. The fee is $75. Register at ryeartscenter.org.
At the next Holistic Moms presentation, the topic is orofacial myofunctional therapy. On November 15 from 7:30-9 at the Rye Free Reading Room, certified practitioner Judith Dember-Paige will explain how children’s facial and airway development are affected by pacifier use, thumb sucking, and processed foods.
Fryeday Night Live
Enjoy an evening of entertainment courtesy of high school students at The Rye Arts Center on November 16 at 7. Performances include a range of music, theater, poetry, and more.
High school students who would like to perform can contact Anne Fumasoli at email@example.com. Tickets for the event are $5.
To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, join Maureen Mancini Amaturo for a creative writing session at the Rye library November 17 from 10-12. She will offer block-breakers and idea-generators. This fun experience for grown-ups may inspire a short story, screenplay, TV show, poem, song lyrics, or whatever it is one’s muse brings.
Volunteer Corps Workday
Help with invasive plant removal, trail work, and beach clean-up at Read Wildlife Sanctuary on November 17 at 10. It’s a great way to have fun, get some exercise, and give something back to the earth.
The Rye Arts Center is offering an artisan boutique November 17 and 18 from 1-5. Discover handmade and unique treasures for the holidays. A cocktail reception will top off the shop on November 17 from 5-8.
Proceeds will benefit the Center’s outreach programs.
The Sound’s Changing Tides
Tom Andersen, author of “This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound”, will speak about Dutch explorer Adriaen Block and his Long Island Sound exploration at the Meeting House on November 17 at 3.
Block was the first European to sail the length of the Sound and venture up the Connecticut River. His is an adventurous tale of mutiny, gun battles, and burning ships.
Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted.
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Once Upon a Time
Worldwide, storytellers assemble on the Saturday before Thanksgiving for Tellebration. The Rye Storytellers Guild will celebrate the annual event at the Rye library on November 17 from 3-5.
Bring a friend and enjoy this evening of stories meant for grown-ups. Refreshments will be served.
Safe and Sound
A Gong Bath sound massage session at Wainwright House, November 18 from 1:30-3:15, will leave participants totally relaxed. Trained in healing work, Kat Higgins will guide participants through a radical transformation.
When she is not upgrading nervous systems, Higgins can be heard as the female robot Robotta in PBS’s hit show “Pinkalicious and Peterrific”.
Register at wainwright.org.
Join the Rye library in an insightful, lively, and informative discussion of Mary Oliver’s poetry on November 18 from 4:30-5:45. Dr. Mark Schenker, a senior dean at Yale, will discuss the work of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning poet.
RSVP by emailing Alan Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments will be served.
Lay of the Land
Enjoy a lesson on how the Woodland Indians lived off the land at the Rye Nature Center on November 17 at 1. Sample foods, like squash soup and maple syrup, and learn about their shelters, tools, hunting, and agriculture.
The fee is $5 per person for members, $8 non-members
Doing the Turkey Trot
Rye Recreation is holding its annual Turkey Run on November 24. Participate in a one-mile fun run at 9:30 or a 3.1- or 5.2-mile race/walk at 10. Pet owners are invited to enjoy a Paws Walk with their four-legged friends at 9 as well.
The early bird fee (by November 20) is $15 for all ages. The day of race fee is $20. Register on line at ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm. For more information, call 967-5521.
Fresh Coat of Paint
The Rye YMCA invites grades 5-9 to Liberty Paintball in Patterson, N.Y., November 12 from 9-4:30. The kids will play on reserved fields and will be chaperoned by the Y’s teen staff with Liberty referees.
No experience is necessary and all the gear is provided. A fee of $130 for members and $155 for non-members includes transportation, admission, safety gear, and equipment.
For more information, email Melissa@ryeymca.org.
Ahead of the Pack
Preschoolers through fifth graders can become quite acquainted with the animals at the Rye Nature Center on November 12 from 10-12. As they hike the trails, they’ll learn why animals stick together, from schools of fish to a surfeit of skunks.
The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members. Pre-registration is required at ryenaturecenter.org.
The Rye library is hosting its first spelling bee November 12 at 11:30. Students in grades 6-12 who live or attend school in Rye and have a library card are eligible to participate.
A high school winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship and a middle school winner will receive a $500 scholarship. The event is sponsored in part by Carpet Trends.
Register at ryelibrary.org. For more information, call 231-3161.
Elementary school students will discover which dinosaurs roamed our area at a program at the Rye Nature Center on November 15 from 11:15-3:15. Participants will examine large and small fossils and learn about prehistoric times.
The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members. Pre-registration is required at ryenaturecenter.org.
A Gem of an Idea
Grades K-5 may participate in a jewelry and beading workshop on November 15 from 12-2 at the Rye Recreation Center. Instructor Melanie Rose, the owner of Beadz, will have students make three different items to take home.
The fee is $45 for residents, $50 non-residents.
Gizmos and Gadgets
Grades 3-5 can attend the Rye library’s STEAM Discovery Club on November 16 from 4-5. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on experiments and activities, all related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
Space is limited. Register at ryelibrary.org.
Grades 6-8 can play archery tag at Rye Recreation on November 16. Two sessions are available, from 6:15-7:45 and from 7:45-9:15. The game is a combination of dodge ball and paint ball while using safe foam-tipped arrows.
The fee is $25 for residents, $30 non-residents.
Moms and dads can mark their calendars on November 16 for a night out from 6:30-9. Drop off your kids at the Rye YMCA, where supervision and entertainment will be provided: “Ten Fat Turkeys” storybook time and a snack for ages 3 months to 5 years, “Chef for a Night” and a light dinner for kids in grades K-6.
Registration is required at ryeymca.org. For more information, email email@example.com.
HEM, WE PROBABLY WON’T HAVE ROOM FOR THIS<<Save the Date>>
Westchester’s Role in the Revolution
Join the Jay Heritage Center for the launch of Revolutionary Westchester 250 on December 8 from 11:30-4 at the Jay Estate. A full day of free family-friendly outdoor fun and learning will include historic re-enactors, traveling back in time to “neutral ground” campsites, and experiencing the turbulent times of John Jay and George Washington.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet CBS anchor and Yonkers First Lady Mary Calvi, who is the author of “Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington’s First Love, Mary Philipse.” There will also be an information panel led by Revolutionary Westchester Director Constance Kehoe and Westchester Historical Society Executive Director Katie Hite. Noted historians will be on hand to discuss diverse topics.
For more information, visit jayheritagecenter.org.