Stars and Stripes
Celebrate our nation’s 236th birthday with the Leaders of Tomorrow, July 4 at 10:30 a.m. on the front porch of the Rye library. Enjoy selected speeches, the reading of the Declaration of Independence, patriotic songs, and the unfurling of the American Legion’s historic American flag.
For more information, call Doug Carey at 305-1721 or email Rye1904@yahoo.com.
“E.T.” Is Coming to Our Backyard
The Friends of Rye Town Park presents the family classic, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”, Thursday, July 12, beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. The event will be held outdoors, on the park’s great lawn.
This year marks the film’s 30th anniversary. “E.T.” held the global record for gross ticket sales revenue until it was surpassed in 1993 by another Steven Spielberg film, “Jurassic Park”.
Admission is free, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Carpet Trends. A reduced parking rate of $2 is in effect after 6 p.m.
Bring a picnic dinner and beach chairs and sit back and watch this wonderful film with your family.
The rain date is July 19. For further information, visit http://friendsofrtp.org or call 967-0965.
Just for Fun
Calling all Gamers
A Mahjong/Bridge Marathon will be held at Community Synagogue June 28 from 12:30-2:45 p.m. and 7:30-9:45 p.m. Enjoy snacks, a Chinese raffle, and bonuses for all game winners.
Entry is $36 and tax-deductible. RSVP by June 27. Call 921-4055.
Tango by the Beach
Every Thursday from 7-9:30 p.m., take your happy feet to Rye Town Park for Tango lessons with Jill Doornick. The fee is $10. Bring a picnic or purchase a bite from Seaside Johnnie’s. For more information, call Jill at 967-7826.
Save the Date
Helping Hands for the Homeless and Hungry’s annual Empty School Bag Project is fast approaching. The project provides “school-ready” backpacks for homeless children in Westchester. These children live in shelters, or move from one relative to another-doubled up, sleeping on floors and couches, forced out of their homes. School is refuge for them, providing safety and structure.
Over the past 25 years, nearly 25,000 backpacks have been distributed. One backpack filled with school supplies costs $20.
Backpack volunteer days are August 13 and 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Resurrection Church basement. Help unload the supplies from the delivery truck the first day and fill backpacks the second.
To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check to Helping Hands for the Homeless & Hungry, Inc. at P.O. Box 982, Rye, NY 10580.
For more information, visit HelpingHandsRye.org or email HelpingHandsRye@gmail.com.
Annual Visit of the Gomang Monks
Listen to the fascinating life stories of ten Gomang Monks July 26 from 7:30-9:15 p.m. at Wainwright House. Most of the monks were born in Tibet and fled on foot through the Himalayan Mountains to safety in Nepal and India.
Gomang is the oldest college of the Tibetan Drepung Monastery. Drepung was the largest monastery in Tibet until the Chinese occupation of 1959. Only 59 monks of the Gomang College survived the exodus to South India.
Cost is $35. For reservations, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.
Support the work of the Gomang Monks by purchasing handcrafted items, including purses, bells, altar items, wall hangings, and jewelry, July 24 and 26 from 11 a.m.-
7 p.m. at Wainwright. The market will be open until 10 p.m. the last day.
The Gomang Monastery runs a handicraft training school, which provides employment opportunities to the youth of the refugee Tibetan community as well as nearby Indian villages.
All proceeds support the mission of the monks.
Don’t miss the summer kick-off concert at Rye Rec, featuring The Bossy Frog Band, June 24 from 1-2 p.m. Children can dance along to fun and funky music and enjoy snacks and a raffle.
Cost is $10 per person, $30 per family. For tickets, email Jenna.Jacobs@Heartsong.org.
Grand Old Party
The Rye City Republican Club will host an old-fashioned picnic and BBQ at Rye Rec June 24 from 4-7 p.m. Bring the kids.
Cost is $15 for adults, $30 per family. To RSVP call 844-4354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talks and Workshops
Turn the Page
The three Rye library book groups have announced the reading selections for their next meetings.
The Current Events Group will meet June 26 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about “Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010” by Charles Murray.
“The Professor and the Madman” by Simon Winchester will be discussed at the Friday Book Café July 6. Call 231-3161 for the location of the meeting.
The Thursday Afternoon Group meets next July 12 at 1:15 p.m. The selection is “Unaccustomed Earth” by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Add as Friend
The Rye library will offer a hands-on Pinterest and Facebook Workshop July 12 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn how to start and maintain your own Pinterest, an online pin
board that lets you organize and share things you love. Open a new Facebook account or learn to understand and manage the one you already have.
All That Glitters
Instore/Indesign Magazine Editor and Bethany B jewelry designer Beth Bernstein will discuss her new memoir, “My Charmed Life: Rocky Romances, Precious Family Connections and Searching for a Band of Gold”, July 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Landsberg Jewelers in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center.
Bernstein connects the most significant events of her life to her most precious jewelry. She explores the idea that jewelry ultimately tells the story of our life — from the first jewels we received as children, to the (first) engagement ring, to family heirlooms, and finally, to the pieces we pass on to others.
Arts and Entertainment
Snapshots of Tunisia
“Tuareg and Berber Traditions of Southern Tunisia,” an exhibit of photographs of indigenous people, will be on display at the Rye library July 7 through August 31. The colorful images, shot by photographer Barbara Paul during the weeks before the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, portray the
people and age-old culture of the Saharan and mountainous Berber regions of Tunisia.
Paul captures the excited preparation and pageantry of the Festival of the Sahara in Douz, a joyous wedding procession in a rural village, and the quotidien doings of a little-changed way of life.
Tuesday Night Concerts in the Park
Rye Town Park’s free summer concert series at the South Pavilion gets going this weekend. Concerts run from 7:30-9 p.m. Parking is $2 after 6 p.m. Picnicking is welcome.
June 26: Twist of Fate, led by Adam and Dayna Reist, is a five-member band built around the tropical sounds of the steel drums. The band’s playlist includes Reggae, Ska, Jamaican, and American Pop.
July 3: Pocket Change connects with the crowd and the rhythm section stirs up a recipe of authentic party music. Their mix of soul, R&B, pop and, country songs will have you dancing.
July 10: Carlos Jimenez and Mambo Dulcet features many styles of Latin music for dancing and listening. With the setting sun and gentle waves of Long Island Sound, enjoy a night of sweet tropical romance.
July 17: The Reddy Valentino Orchestra swing band began back in 1938 at New York’s Hotel Edison. By the late 1990s lead alto sax and male singer Scott Wenzel of Rye took over. The band features trumpets, trombones, and reeds.
July 24: Founded by Billy Frenz, Billy & The Showmen is a rhythm and blues Greenwich-based band. Their revue features soulful vocals, along with a strong horn and tight rhythm section.
July 31: The Rye based six-member band The Derivatives has been part of the concert series for many years. Bring the family and dance the night away.
For more information, call 967-0965 or visit ryetownpark.org.
Age 10 and up can learn a stylized and stylish way of writing from calligraphy artist and teacher Mary Jackson at the Rye library. Classes run Tuesdays July 10-31 at 4 p.m.
Snacks and supplies are provided. To register, call 231-3172.
Fall Soccer Sign-Up
Online registration is now open, for boys and girls grades K-7, for Rye Youth Soccer Fall Intramural. The season begins September 15 and runs through November 10. For complete details, visit ryeyouthsoccer.org or call 967-5273. Scholarships are available upon request.
The Rye library will screen three movies during the first week of summer vacation. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” (G) will be shown June 25, “The Muppets” (PG) on June 26, and “The Witches of Oz” (PG) on June 28. Showtime is 2 p.m.
Friday Afternoon Fun
In keeping with the library’s summer reading program theme —“Dream Big – Read!” — ages 5 and up are invited to enjoy Friday afternoon stories, crafts, and movies pertaining to dreams and the imagination. All programs begin at 3:30 p.m.
Hear American tales and make a patriotic craft for the 4th of July at “American Dream” June 29. Make a dream catcher craft and listen to Native American stories at “Catch a Dream” July 6.
Get swept up in “The Adventures of Tintin” (PG) July 13.
Listen to takes of superhuman feats and make a craft at “I Dreamed I Was a Superhero” July 20.
Be a Singing Idol
Children ages 5-10 can drop in for Wii Karaoke on the big screen at the Rye library this summer. The sessions take place Monday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. beginning July 9.
The Rye library has planned a series of Tuesday Family Nights throughout the summer.
First up is a screening of “Hugo” (PG), July 3 from 5:45-8 p.m.
Families with children 4 and up can visit with Harry Potter’s Critters at a program presented by the New Canaan Nature Center July 10 at 6 p.m.
Attend “A Taste of Korea” with stories, costumes to try on, and special dishes to sample, July 17 at 6 p.m.
Pre-registration is required for programs other than movies. Call 231-3162.
Delicious Summer Delights
Travel through the wonderful wine and food pairings of Côtes du Rhône at La Panetière June 28 at 7 p.m. The cost is $135.
Celebrate Bastille Day July 14, with a special menu and an accordionist playing throughout the evening.
For reservations, call 967-8140.
On the Sound with Rye Rec
Wine on the Water
Spend time with friends while enjoying a spread of wine and cheese, June 30 and July 27 from 5-8 p.m. Great for first-time paddlers or the seasoned kayaker. Must be at least 21 years old. Fee is $65 per person.
Kayak in the Long Island Sound with Rye Rec July 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Licensed guides and instructors will provide a brief instruction. Guides will lead games, activities, and a tour. Great for ages 8 and up. Cost is $30 per person.
End the day by catching a beautiful Long Island Sound sunset July 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Great for ages 13 and up. Fee is $50 per person.
To Your Health
Total Relaxation in the Dog Days of Summer
The Rye Y is offering a yoga series Thursdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m. through August. All workshops are free for members. Call 967-6363.
June 28: Take a step-by-step exploration of Salutation to the Sun, which benefits the entire body.
July 5: Focus on standing and mat poses which open and maintain flexibility in the hips, as well as chair poses that can be used at the office.
July 12: Explore how to use proper breathing practices while in poses.
July 19: Practice and explore balance poses including Tree King Dancer and the Warrior Series.
July 26: Focus on practices and poses appropriate at all different levels of flexibility to help open the shoulders.
August 2: Bring a partner or work with a variety of other yogis in attendance.
August 9: At Yoga for Kids, children can lean focus and balance through poses and practices modified into a playful format. Special needs children and their families
August 16: Learn a variety of meditation techniques and styles for beginners.
August 30: Enjoy a fun and playful approach to traditional hatha yoga.
Classes are led by Nora LeMorin, a certified Integral Yoga teacher with 20 years of experience.
Calling all Campers
Step Back in Time
Travel back in time with the Rye Historical Society’s Hands-on-History Summer Colonial Camp (ages 8-12). Children will spend two fun-filled weeks immersed in colonial history at the Square House from July 10-20 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Campers will experience what life was like more than two centuries ago through fun hands-on activities including painting portraits and landscapes, learning about colonial gardens and food, and old-fashioned games.
The cost per child is $300 for members, $350 non-members. Call 967-7588.
Enjoy the Natural World
Rye Nature Center Camp begins June 25. Different programs are available for Explorers (pre-school and kindergarten), Discoverers (K-5th grade), and Naturalists in Training (Middle School students). Register online at ryenaturecenter.org.
Here are the weekly themes:
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! Bionic Mania
Want to learn how biology becomes technology? Bio-mimicry will be the focus this week as campers uncover how nature inspires some of man’s greatest engineering feats. Build solar powered cars, defy gravity-like geckos, and explore other ways humans can adapt nature for our own devices.
July 2-6 (no camp July 4)
If a monkey made a mix, what would be the playlist? From reptiles to mammals to the songbirds that wake us at 5 a.m., creatures use a variety of sounds to communicate. You’ll put your earphones to the ground, to the sky, and to the water and learn about how animals spread the word.
Food for Thought
From food pyramids to food webs we all have our own way of meeting our daily nutrient requirements. You’ll study owl pellets, skulls, and uncover who’s been eating whom. And you’ll forage in the forest for fun, learn what plants our ancestors considered dessert, and meet some birds of prey.
On the Track: RNC Movie Week
Flip cameras in hand, you’ll learn how to track deer, coyotes, raccoons, even hawks. Help launch the biggest game of hide and seek in the history of Rye Nature Center as you track one another and create a “who-done-it” mystery movie incorporating orienteering, tracking, and hunting skills.
The World Beneath Our Feet
Get your hands dirty as you dig into the wonder underneath. Uncover fossils, rare rocks, precious minerals, and other geological masterpieces from the Nature Center quarry. Campers will get to the truth about soil science and the role it plays in preserving the past and growing our future.
Archaeologists and Architects in Training
Please note that the Jay Heritage Center has announced new dates and times for their summer camps.
Ages 13-17 will learn the fundamentals alongside a professional archaeologist at Archaeology Field School July 9-13 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Through digs, presentations, walks, and various activities participants will uncover evidence of people and animals that lived on the property. By interpreting the details of artifacts, discover first-hand the way in which objects can reveal events and customs of past centuries in Rye.
Younger children (ages 8-12) can also uncover Rye’s history at Archaeology Camp July 16-20 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The cost for both camps is $125.
At Architecture Camp, ages 7-11 will learn the fundamentals through walks, presentations, and hands-on activities August 6-10 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The group will construct a miniature, 3-D, colorful city out of special boxes and recycled materials. Eco-friendly and innovative building methods will be introduced and discussed.
Participants will build their own dream houses. Cost is $175.
To register, call 698-9275.
Enter Stage Right
Westchester Sandbox Theatre in Mamaroneck is offering its second year of theater camp. Ages 7-13 can hone their acting, singing, and dancing skills and also enjoy field trips to local pools, zoos, and parks.
Camp runs Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 9-27. Cost is $850, with a 10% discount for siblings. For more information, call 630-0804 or visit WestchesterSandboxTheatre.com.