For a Good Cause
Help Fill the Shelves
Now in its 10th year, Rye Y Togetherhood continues to connect people and community service projects. On January 31 and February 7, from 11-1:30, volunteers, age 16 and older, are invited to stock and organize the shelves of the Carver Center food pantry.
For details, contact Denise Woodin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts & Music
Growing up a Bernstein
Spend the afternoon with Jamie Bernstein, the author of “Famous Father Girl,” on Feb. 6 at 1 at Crawford Mansion in Rye Brook. She will talk about her extraordinary childhood and “Maestro” the new and very intimate film about her celebrated, complicated father, Leonard Bernstein.
Seating is limited. Call SPRYE, which is hosting the special event, at 914-481-5706 by Jan. 31 to reserve a seat. Donations will be gratefully accepted.
Spotlight on Black Artists
The Rye Arts Center’s month-long celebration of Black culture has arrived. The gallery walls and hallways are alive with the works of emerging and established Black artists. The exhibit, “Black Artists in the Spotlight: Currents of Creativity,” was curated by Kicki Storm, so you can count on a crowded and cool opening reception on Feb. 1 at 6:30. Many of the artists will return to the Center to talk about their works on Feb. 10 at 3.
Jazz with Soul
The Jones Factor, a 10-piece little big band, featuring Monte Croft, takes the stage at The Rye Arts Center Feb. 2 at 8. For tickets, visit ryeartscenter.org.
Treat your true love to an early Valentine’s Day celebration. Wainwright House is hosting a jazz brunch on Sunday, Feb. 11 from 11:30 to 2:30. Enjoy a buffet by award-winning caterer Bartleby & Sage and the sounds of the Carlos Jimenez Trio. Champagne and wine are included.
For tickets, go to wainwright.org.
Just for Fun
Landmarks in LEGO
The Rye Historical Society invites families to its second annual LEGO workshop on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 3 to 5 in the Rye Middle School Gym. Architect Steve Schwartz will guide teams in recreating a selection of iconic Rye buildings and contributing to a 30- by 20-foot 3D map that celebrates Rye’s heritage.
The cost per family/team (up to four members, children must be in third grade or above, at least one member must be an adult) is $60. Register at ryehistory.org/events.
Put on your dancing shoes. Elin Waterston will teach you to swing at a class at Wainwright House Feb. 10 from 7-8:30. No partner needed, but couples who dance together…
The cost is $35 for members, $45 non-members. Register at wainwright.org.
The Great Outdoors
Bring your small children to Rye Nature Center to learn all about the natural world through animal meet & greets, crafts, and short hikes. My Naturalist and Me classes will be offered on Friday Feb. 2 and 16, from 9:45-10:45, and Saturday Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, from 9:15-10:15.
The cost is $15 per family for each class. Pre-registration is required at ryenaturecenter.org. Come dressed for the weather.
How Sweet it Is
Learn how to tap a maple tree and the process of creating maple syrup at a program at Rye Nature Center on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 9:15. While you’re there, take a tour of the Sugar Shed. Admission is $5 per person.
Talks & Workshops
Dave Wolffe will read an excerpt from his short story, “After Here,” at the Rye Free Reading Room on Feb. 4 from 2-3. The story is about life and death and a relationship that transcends both.
A Painful Chapter in Our History
On Feb. 18 at 3, the Jay Heritage Center will host a talk on how the Japanese internment camps happened. The special guests are author and historian Grant Ujifusa, who is widely recognized for his instrumental role in the Japanese American redress movement of the 1980s, and Prof. Kermit Roosevelt III, considered to be the top scholar in the constitutional aspects of the internment.
Pre-registration is required at jayheritagecenter.org.