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Published June 19, 2013 4:46 PM
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This Weekend


Summer’s Almost Here!


Grades 5 and 6 can enjoy games, rides, the skate park, music, and more at Rye Recreation’s Junefest, Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. Cotton candy and water will be served.


The event is for residents only; registration is required. Entrance is $20.


Up, Up, and Away


Bring binoculars to see the final wave of migrants at the preserve, Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at Marshlands Conservancy.


Catch, study, release, and learn to identify butterflies Sunday at 2 p.m.


Meditate Your Way to Better Health


Are you suffering from insomnia, experiencing fatigue, or feeling depressed? If so, come explore Bodhi Meditation, Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Harrison Public Library. Participants will leave feeling renewed and rejuvenated.


Presenter Zen Master Julie is a highly accomplished Bodhi Meditation


master. She began her meditation practice in 1993, and has taught Bodhi Meditation throughout North American and Southeast Asia and has helped tens of thousands people regain their health.


Navigating Medicare


Dennis Barlotta of The Westchester Benefit Group will outline the costs and benefits of Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D at the Rye library, Saturday at 11 a.m. Learn the differences between the original Medicare path and Medicare Advantage plans and get information about prescription drug plans, penalties for late enrollment, and whether or not you have to enroll if you’re still working.


For more information, call 231-3161or visit


Paddle on the Sound


Rye Rec is offering a half-day guided tour of the Long Island Sound, Sunday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., for ages 13 and up. Enjoy the water, sun, and the company of friends as you paddle four to six miles. Call 967-2535.


To Your Health




Enjoy organic fruits and vegetables from the Rye/Sound Shore Community Supported Agriculture Group, June 10 through November 18. Pick up goods at Rye’s Community Synagogue on Mondays from 3:30-6:30 p.m.


Cost is $519 for 24 weeks of vegetables; $235 for 20 weeks of fruit. Sign up at For more information, e-mail Ellen Deixler at


For a Good Cause


Benefit Gala


On June 12 Human Development Services of Westchester will hold its annual benefit gala from 6-9 p.m. at Coveleigh Club. The honorees are Doris and John Reavis, Ann O’Gara, and, in memoriam, Trudi Lanz. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, music by the John Ragusa Quartet, dancing, and an auction, all with a New York, New York theme.


Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, contact Nada B. Glick at 835-8905, ext. 1002, or email


Talks and Workshops


H.O.P.E. Springs at The Osborn


Dr. Alan Jacobs will give a talk on the latest studies and advances in Alzheimer’s, June 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. in The Osborn’s formal dining room.


Dr. Jacobs is a leading neuroendocrinologist and expert in behavioral neurology. He is Assistant Professor of Neurology at SUNY/Downstate Medical Center and a member of the Alzheimer’s disease and Memory Disorders Center at University Hospital of Brooklyn.


Appetizers and light refreshments will be served.  This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 925-8243.


Become a Real Pro


RyeTV is holding a free beginner Final Cut Pro editing workshop, June 15 at 1 p.m. in the studio at Rye High School. Space is limited. RSVP to


Legislation and Learning: Schools of Thought


Kathee St. Vincent will speak about legislation and educational reform at the Rye library, June 15 at 2 p.m. She will address issues such as how government interventions influence our schools, in positive or negative ways, how legislative mandates make a difference in our children’s learning, and how most recent regulations concerning teacher evaluations affect our schools. She will also discuss the growing focus on high-stakes assessments and describe charter schools and school vouchers.


St. Vincent, for whom the Katherine St. Vincent ESL Scholarship Fund was named, taught for many years in the Tarrytown school district and was the head of the ESL department at Sleepy Hollow High School.


The event is presented by the Holistic Moms Network.


In the Beginning Was … Microsoft Word


The Rye library will offer a workshop on Basic Microsoft Word, June 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The class presents the basic skills for using the most popular word processing program. Learn how to prepare documents and how to save and retrieve them from computer storage. Printing options will also be covered. 


Some computer experience is necessary.


Don’t Miss


Rye’s Greatest Generation Remembered


The Square House Museum is hosting a glorious exhibit “Rye in World War II,” honoring the 1,438 men and women of Rye who served in the armed forces. The exhibit evolved from material gathered for a project initiated by Chris Maloney; the lifelong Rye resident felt that the names commemorated on the World War II monument at City Hall all had a story to tell.


Last summer, Maloney began working with City Historian Dan Kelly and archivist/researcher Richard Hourahan to gather and assemble information about each of the individuals listed. The results of their research can be viewed on the Rye World War II Veterans Project website,


The exhibit, curated by Kelly, highlights the individual stories of those who served, including his brother, and Maloney’s father and uncle. It also delves into the varied endeavors to support the war effort on the Rye home front —organizing civil defense plans, planting victory gardens, recycling metal, and more.


Arts & Entertainment


AT-MorningsideParkNew York City in Stills


The Jay Heritage Center’s first major photography exhibit, “The Landmarks of New York,” is on view in the newly configured gallery space at the 1907 Van Norden Carriage House through September 1. The exhibit is touring over a dozen museums, historic sites, and galleries throughout New York State through May 2014. 


The exhibit is curated by preservationist and civic activist Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. She is the author of “The Landmarks of New York, Fifth Edition.”


AT-Brooklyn-MuseumDiamonstein-Spielvogel’s artful arrangement of over 90 black-and-white images amidst a distinctive terra cotta framework enables visitors to walk along her exhibit much like a walk through the city itself. Viewers connect with recognizable structures such as Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carnegie Hall, and can become acquainted with the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House in Brooklyn, the oldest structure in New York City, the Bowne House in Queens, the birthplace of American religious freedom, the Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem; the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx, and Sailors Snug Harbor on Staten Island.


Diamonstein-Spielvogel is currently Vice Chair of the NY Council on the Arts as well as the Chair of NYC Landmarks 50, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the organization and the NYC Landmarks Law.


Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and on Sundays from 2-5 p.m. Admission is free. The Carriage House is wheelchair accessible.


This exhibit was made possible with the support of the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, The Preservation League of New York State and the NY Historical Society with funding provided by JP Morgan Chase.


— Photos of Morningside Park and the Brooklyn Museum courtesy of the Jay Heritage Center


Rye High Artists


Artwork by Rye High School students is on display in the Children’s Room Corridor Gallery at the Rye Free Reading Room through June 14. The works were created in art classes taught by Anthony Campbell and Bendis Mani.


Our Talented Teens


Each month during the academic year, A.G.O.V.A. (Adolescent Group of Visionary Artists), a group of 30 artistic teens from 13 Westchester high schools, meets at The Rye Arts Center. View their recent endeavors at the 13th annual Student Studio Exhibit through June 16. For more information, visit


Teen & Tween Times


Speak Well, Write Well: Like, Literally


Teens will learn to speak and write well at a one-day workshop the Rye library, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of these most important skills for their future school, work, and personal success.


Workshop presenter Seth Sternstein, who has more than thirty-five years of experience in the field, has helped almost a thousand people improve their speaking and writing skills in a variety of settings. In addition, he teaches classes, writes sermons, and delivers extemporaneous speeches as a regular part of his work.


Children’s Corner


Dig Into Chinese History


The Chinese Language School of Connecticut will present four Saturday morning programs for children ages 3½ and up at the Rye library during June. The story-and-craft hours will be held at 11 a.m. and will cover “Monkey King, Door Gods, Stone Lions and Other Chinese Super Heroes” on June 8, “Chinese Banquet Foods and Traditions of Celebration and Worship” on June 15, “The Dragon Boat Festival” on June 22, and “Chinese Lanterns: Symbols of Celebration for All Occasions” on June 29.


For more information, call 231-3162.




The Rye library invites children ages 5 and up to two Friday Afternoon Fun programs in June. On June 14 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., children will listen to stories about dads and make something special for a father or grandfather.


On June 28 they can watch “The Sandlot” (PG) from 3:30-5:10 p.m.


Just For Fun


Sur La Table


Learn how to prepare pan-seared sea scallops with a summer corn and edamame salad and gazpacho vinaigrette at La Panetière’s next cooking demonstration, June 12 at 11:30 a.m.


The demo will be followed by a three-course luncheon with the sea scallops being served as the main course. The cost is $40 per person plus beverages, tax, and gratuities.  


Don’t forget Dad on Father’s Day, on June 16. Lunch will be served from 12- 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5-8 p.m. Choose from either the tasting menu (wine pairing available) or the à la carte menu.


The Sounds of Summer


Head to Rye Town Park on Tuesday nights for free concerts beginning June 25. Bring a picnic blanket and lawn chairs and be prepared to dance the night away.


Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Parking is $5, $4 for permit holders. The concerts will be held in the South Pavilion, rain or shine.


The Great Outdoors


The Stars Are Shining


Spend a summer evening stargazing, June 14 at 8:15 p.m. at Wainwright House. Dr. Lawrence Faltz, president of Westchester Amateur Astronomers, will give a talk in the tent and will point out Saturn, double stars, and other wonders. At 9:15 p.m., head to the backyard, relax, and marvel at the night sky.


Fabulous Ferns, Fungi, Lichens & Moss


Join Rye Nature Center naturalist Taro Ietaka to learn about the fascinating lives and habits of these overlooked organisms, June 15 at 1 p.m. View anything from Witches Toothpaste slime, to Birds Nest Fungus, to Haircap Moss as you walk the woodland trails.


Marshlands Happenings


View egrets, herons, and other shore birds feeding along the shoreline at mid-tide, June 16 at 1 p.m.


From forest to field, look for clues in nature from a list of items at Summer Scavenger Hunt, June 22 at 2 p.m.


Save the Date


Canary in the Rye


Join Canary Kids for an evening of shopping to benefit The Canary Kids Film Project, June 27 from 6-8 p.m. A percentage of all purchases will support the healing and recovery of 7 million children who suffer from asthma, autism, ADHS, allergies, and other chronic illnesses. Stop by Ruby’s Oyster Bar following the event for a complimentary glass of wine. For more information, visit



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