Colorful Art at Nest
Stop by Nest Friday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to welcome Connecticut artist Kerri Rosenthal and see her works. Influenced by her career in retail and wholesale clothing, the palette of colors from décor and fashion inform her paintings.
Corks Will Be Popping
Wine at Five will hold its sixth annual (hugely successful) wine tasting at Wainwright House Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Call 921-5950 for tickets. Cost is $50 per person.
Rye Recreation invites fourth and fifth graders to see “The Adventures of Tin Tin” on a huge screen Friday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Cost is $15 for residents, $20 non-residents.
Up in the Air, and Down on the Ground
Bring binoculars for sightings of warblers Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the Marshlands. From 1-3 p.m. help remove debris and unwanted vegetation.
Sole Ryeders Fundraiser
Help cover an entire tennis court at Rye Rec with coins, all of which will be donated to the Pinwheel Project in support of children with cancer. Stop by the courts Saturday between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and place your coins on the court.
Other activities include community art projects, which will be used to decorate the hospital rooms of children undergoing bone marrow transplants, a holiday card workshop, and a bake sale. Donations to “Coin for Coin Partners” go toward The Wig Exchange, which provides high quality wigs for women undergoing chemotherapy.
For more information, visit soleryeders.org.
Summer Saturday Bargains
Miriam’s Attic, The Osborn’s Resale Shop, will hold the first of five Summer Saturday Sales from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Stop by and shop for great furniture, household items, kitchenware, and fine women’s accessories. There’s new merchandise every week.
Mark your calendars for the other Saturday Sales: June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8.
The shop, which is staffed by volunteers, is open to the public on Tuesdays year-round. Proceeds benefit The Osborn’s Charity Care Program, which enables members of the community with little or no ability to pay for their care to receive services in their own home.
For more information, contact Susan Olson at 925-8372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another Season Opener
The sounds of old-time carousel organ music will fill the air as Playland hosts its 84th opening day May 12. The fun gets under way with a parade and entertainment at 11 a.m. Rides open at noon. Grab a seat in front of the Music Tower Theater stage to hear the band Reunion perform hit sounds from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s at 1, 3, and 5 p.m. Children can enjoy “Mad about Science” shows at 2 and 4 p.m. The $15 admission fee includes unlimited rides until 7 p.m.
A Really Big Animal Show
Dads can bring their children to a fun-filled animal adventure Saturday from 9:15-10 a.m. at Rye Nature Center. Be prepared for hands-on animal encounters with birds, snakes, chinchilla, and leopard gecko. Cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members.
Stop the Invasion!
Help reclaim the Rye Nature Center forest from invaders (non-native species) Saturday at 11 a.m. Ages 12 or older. To sign-up, call 967-5150.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Take a free practice SAT test conducted by Kaplan Test Prep at the Rye library Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Find out exactly what to expect on the actual test day, get a complete analysis of your results, and learn strategies to improve your score. To register, call 231-3161.
Thinking of Mom . . .
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special menu Sunday from 12-8 p.m. at La Panetière. Call 967-8140.
Explore the beauties of spring on a Mother’s Day hike from meadow to shore Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Marshlands.
Millinery Afternoon à La Mode
Jay Heritage Center’s popular and stylish Spring Luncheon & Fashion Presentation by Neiman Marcus Westchester returns to the elegant waterfront setting of American Yacht Club May 17 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will begin with a champagne reception in the garden followed by a light luncheon and the show.
Come celebrate 20 years, 1992-2012, preserving, protecting, and interpreting American history and landscape.
Proceeds benefit performances and educational programs in American history, architecture, social justice, and environmental stewardship. RSVP by May 11; call 698-9275. Spring hats encouraged.
For a Good Cause
Help Feed the Community
Helping Hands for the Homeless and Hungry presents Carol Birch’s “Steinbeck Out Loud” May 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Community Synagogue. Listening to Birch’s interpretation of “The Grapes of Wrath”, a thoroughly American novel brings you deep inside Steinbeck’s world and makes you think about today’s struggles too.
The event is sponsored by the Rye Women’s Interfaith Committee. Suggested donation of $10. For more information, call 967-3219.
Arts and Entertainment
Juilliard at the Jay
The Jay Heritage Center presents the next installment in its popular concert series May 20 from 4-6 p.m. The evening highlights music that John Jay might have heard in his role as Minister to Spain from 1779-1782.
“Concitato” and the artists of Juilliard’s Historical Instruments Program will electrify listeners with rarely heard Baroque masterpieces played on antique instruments. Audience members will be enthralled by Joan Plana on violin, Ezra Seltzer on cello, Jeffrey Grossman on harpsichord, Priscilla Smith on oboe, and Grant Herreid on guitar. After the musical performance, enjoy a Q & A with the artists.
“Concitato” combines the latest discoveries in musicological research with cutting-edge training. “Technically adept and expressive performances (and) gracefully wrought renditions of works,” says The New York Times.
Light refreshments will be served. The concert is $25 for adults, $20 students and seniors, free for children under 12. For tickets, call 698-9275.
Our Four-Legged Friends
“Pet Photography with Artistic Effects,” an exhibit of Barbara Gebala’s images of rescued cats and dogs and artwork inspired by them is on display at the Rye library through the end of May.
The photographer, a local graphic designer and artist, has been a volunteer with Pet Rescue, a non-profit organization based in Larchmont, since 2000. Gebala dedicates the show to all those pets that were given a second chance in life, all those still waiting, and those that will not make it.
“Beyond Rodin — New Directions in Contemporary Figurative Sculpture” runs through June 16 at the Rye Arts Center. The exhibit features works by 20 sculptors who create innovative contemporary works of the human form. Rye sculptor Bob Clyatt, who curated the exhibit, assembled works from nationally recognized artists. A stunning collection.
For hours and more information, visit ryeartscenter.org or call 967-0700.
Just for Fun
Learn to Cook Like a Pro
Join La Panetière at a cooking demonstration May 18 at 11:30 a.m. A guest chef from Robuchon L’Atelier will toss together all the components of a Salade Niçoise. Cost is $40 plus beverages, tax, and gratuities. Call 967-8140.
Learn Argentine Tango dancing by the beach Thursday evenings at Rye Town Park May 24 through September 6 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the lifeguard station. Experience a taste of Buenos Aires, and prepare to fall in love with the Tango.
Jill Doornick, dance instructor extraordinaire, has been teaching in Rye and other Sound Shore communities for many years. She and her assistants will teach the fundamentals of Tango to beginners of all ages.
Cost is $10 per session. For more information, call 967-7826 or email email@example.com.
Talks and Workshops
Avoid Skin Cancer and Treat Bad Backs
Community Health at Greenwich Hospital will present two programs at the Rye library. The first, on May 15, will focus on skin cancer prevention and sun safety.
Spending time outdoors on a warm sunny day is one of the joys of summer, but too much unprotected exposure to the sun can lead to damaged skin and skin cancer.
Dermatologist Dr. Lynne Haven will tell how to protect yourself from the sun by wearing proper clothing and choosing the right sunscreen.
On June 13, neurosurgeon Dr. Andrea Douglas will speak about degenerative lumbar spine disease. Learn about the most common causes of low back and radiating leg pain and the new minimally invasive techniques for treating it. Ongoing clinical trials of spinal fusion techniques at Greenwich Hospital will be presented.
Both talks begin at 6:30 p.m. To register, call 203-863-4277.
Add SPRYE to Your Schedule
Rye’s aging-in-place organization invites you to take part in a current events discussion and breakfast at the Port Chester Diner May 16 at 9 a.m. Cost is $12.
An appreciation tea for volunteers will be held May 23 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Wainwright House.
On May 24 from 1-3 p.m. enjoy a Tea Tour of Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the Mayor of the City of New York. Tea, coffee, and light fare will be served.
Bus pickup is at 12 p.m.
For more information, visit sprye.org.
The Rye library is offering two free classes this month: “Computer Basics and Surfing the Internet” on May 17, and “Getting Started with Microsoft Word” on May 24. Classes run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 231-3161.
Learn to focus your job search at the next Lives in Transition meeting May 17 from 7-9 p.m. at Rye Presbyterian Church. Practice your elevator pitch, and review your strategic plan and proposed search steps.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s Happening Book Group
The Current Events Book Group, moderated by John Dolan, meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. to talk about books that offer diverse opinions about timely concerns, whether economic, political, social or international. The book for May 22 is “While America Aged” by Roger Lowenstein.
Sixth-grade girls and their mothers/caregivers can discuss puberty, values, sexual health, and how to communicate, as the teen-age years approach. The workshop will be held at the Rye Y May 16 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Girls Inc. Westchester is a nonprofit organization that offers girls-only programs at schools and community centers throughout Westchester to help ‘tween and teen girls navigate the real-life challenges they confront during middle and high school.
Dinner is provided. Cost is $50 per pair. For more information, call 967-6363.
Grades 9-12 can enjoy basketball, swimming (swim caps required), working out, video games, air hockey, ping-pong, and socializing with friends May 11 and 18 from 7-10 p.m.
At fifth-grade night out, the popular Velcro Wall is back May 12 from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free for members, $5 for Teen Access members.
Fun Friday Time
Ages 5 and up can enjoy two Friday afternoons of fun this month at the Rye library. Watch a movie screening of “Rango” (PG) May 11. Winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Film, “Rango” tells the story of a pet chameleon who’s always on the lookout for action and adventure.
Celebrate the 20th birthday of Martha, everyone’s favorite talking dog May 25. Hear her story and make a doggie craft.
Both programs begin at 3:30 p.m.
Get Ready for Summer Reading
Magician and entertainer Jim Vagias will introduce the Dream Big – Read! Summer Reading Program theme with a fun show at the Rye library May 19 at 2 p.m. Children ages four and up will laugh and learn as Magic Jim and his trusty sidekick puppet Mortimer present a blend of tricks and books to explore dreams and imagination.
Bounce Along to the Music
Babies and pre-school children will enjoy the movement and music of Robert the Guitar Guy when he performs at the Rye library May 22 at 1:30 p.m. The high-energy performer gets kids giggling with a mix of guitar, puppets, rhythm instruments, and plenty of marching and dancing. For more information, call 231-3162.
The Great Outdoors
Bring binoculars for sightings of hummingbirds and the latest wave of arrivals from the South, at the Marshlands May 19 at 7:30 a.m. From 1-3 p.m. help clean up the forest restoration area.
The next day, at 2 p.m., learn about all types of invertebrates using hand lenses and bug boxes.
Why Whales are Weird
Go on an exciting adventure in science at the Meeting House May 12 at 4 p.m. Rye’s own internationally recognized research scientist Joy Reidenberg, Ph.D., will speak about her research focused on the anatomy of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Learn how they produce sounds and withstand the pressures of diving.
Reidenberg’s research often appears on television, such as the Discovery Channel’s “The Science of Whales” and National Geographic’s “Humpbacks: Breaking the Code”.
Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 967-0383.
Beneath the Surface
Look for frogs and learn all about pond animals at the Rye Nature Center May 19 at 4 p.m. For members only.
Rye resident Kim Mulcahy has organized sewing camps that will have kids in stitches all summer long.
Project Runway runs July 2-6, July 9-13, July 16-20, and July 23-27 from 1-4 p.m. Girls will learn to design a complete outfit and accessories. On Fridays participants will model their designs in a fashion show and photo shoot, where moms are welcome. Cost is $275.
Teddy Bear Fashion Show runs July 2-6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Begin the week learning sewing basics, and then create clothes and accessories for your bear. Cost is $250.
Intro to Patterns runs July 9-13 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn the basics and make a tote bag, skirt, and sun-top. End the week with a fashion show and photo shoot. Cost is $250.
Let’s Stitch runs July 16-20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn to make embroidery stitches, cute wall hangings, journal covers, t-shirts, and embroidered button jewelry. Cost is $250.
Hippy Chicks runs July 23-27 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Make a cool messenger bag, turn jeans into shorts or a skirt, tie-dye and embellish a T-shirt, make headbands, bandanas, and bracelets. End the week with a fashion show and photo shoot. Cost is $250.
A daily snack is provided at all camps. For more information, call 315-0056 or e-mail email@example.com.
Save the Date
A Memorial Day service will be held May 28 at 9:45 a.m. on the Village Green.
Preserve Rye History
The Rye Historical Society’s Annual Gala Fundraiser will be held June 2 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Knapp House. This year Pam and Gene McGuire will be honored for their dedicated efforts in bringing Rye’s history to life. The sponsors of the permanent walking tour, Walk Rye History, will also be honored. The tour will be installed over the summer and open for dedication in September.
Mark your calendars for Hailey’s Hope Foundation’s annual benefit, honoring Olivia and Lawrence Blau, June 2 from 7-11 p.m. at Manursing Island Club. Proceeds benefit families of premature and critically ill babies hospitalized in Neonatal ICUs at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and other area hospitals.
Enjoy cocktails and dinner overlooking the Sound, great raffles, a beachside marshmallow roast, and more. For information on sponsorship opportunities, journal advertisements, and ticket sales, call 584-8833. Tickets are $150 and can also be purchased at haileyshopefoundation.org.
Start Your Engines
The 13th annual Vehicle Fair will be held June 3 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Osborn School parking lot. The fun-filled family event, which benefits the Rye Free Reading Room, promises to be an exciting day for all. Look for further announcements about the variety of trucks and cars available for kids to explore and the many other attractions for all to enjoy. For more information, call 231-3162.