Around Town: 6/9/17

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry <<This Weekend>> Rituals of Korea A documentary film celebrating Korean culture will be shown at the Rye Free Reading […]

Published June 16, 2017 3:26 PM
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Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Rituals of Korea

A documentary film celebrating Korean culture will be shown at the Rye Free Reading Room on Saturday from 11-1. Attendees of all ages will also enjoy the reenactment of a Korean wedding ceremony and the traditional meal that will follow.

Register at

Give Puppets a Hand

The Rye Arts Center is offering a puppet master animation workshop for ages 7-10 on Saturday from 12:30-2:30. Kids will invent and paint superhero animal characters on paper, and animate them with the PuppetMaster app on an iPad. Participants will receive a video of their animation. The popular app’s designer, Michal Finegold, is the instructor.

The fee is $35. Register at

With pix

The Avian Way

How does the local avian population handle the many challenges nature poses? At a program at Edith Read Sanctuary Saturday at 1, learn what special traits, adaptations, and survival strategies our feathered friends employ.

Summer Reading

Calling all tweens entering grades 4-10 and their parents/guardians to a meeting at the Rye library covering this summer’s Battle of the Books trivia tournament requirements on Saturday from 3-3:30. Participants will read five pre-selected books, attend meetings, and compete as a team in the Westchester County tournament this fall.

With picture of author this time

Keep on Dancing

Rosemary Novellino-Mearns will share her account of “Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer’s True Story” at the Meeting House on Saturday at 4. The dance captain of the legendary company is responsible for saving the iconic landmark from the wrecking ball in 1978.

Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. The program is co-sponsored by the Bird Homestead and the Westchester County Historical Society.

All Over the Map

The public is invited to the Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum Saturday from 5-7 for a special exhibit of their archive’s maps. Local historian and longtime Rye Record columnist Paul Hicks will discuss Rye’s changing boundaries from the late 17th century to the early 20th.

The program is free. To reserve a seat, call 967-7588.

For Tweens Only

On Saturday from 7-10, middle school students can enjoy a night of their own at the Rye YMCA. The teen staff will supervise an evening of activities, competitions, games, food, and camaraderie.

Registration is required at Free for members, $5 non-members. For more information, email

<<Arts & Entertainment>>


Celebrate the works of the talented members, instructors, and students at a reception at The Rye Arts Center on June 24 from 1-3. This free community favorite is a culmination of works by young and old, novice and accomplished.

For information about attending or submitting, visit

Worldly Conversations

“Portals”, the outdoor exhibit by Shared Studios, will remain on the Rye Arts Center lawn through the end of the month. The latest audio-visual technology allows visitors to come face-to-face with someone in a distant portal, from California to Iraq.

Before visiting, call 967-0700 for the schedule of sites and two-hour time slots, during which the Portal is connected.

<<Talks, Workshops, and Just for Fun>>

Union of Mind, Body & Breath

Wainwright House is offering beginners the opportunity to learn yoga with certified instructor Lexy Tomaino, who believes yoga is both a “work-out and a work-in.” On June 12 and 19 from 9:30 to 10:45, she will cover breath, postures, heart openers, and spinal extenders.

The drop-in fee is $20. For more information, visit

Computer Crash Course

A hands-on workshop for new computer users will be held at the Rye library June 15 from 10-12. Taught by former IBM executive Michael Negrelli, the course will use the Windows 7 system and address the new Windows 10.

Topics will include preparing documents, setting up folders, saving and retrieving files, and printing features. First-come basis.

Detox Details

Learn about taking care of body and diet at the Rye Free Reading Room on June 15 from 11-12:30. Dr. John Thomas Giudice of Greenwich Integrative Health Partners will cover the benefits of detoxifying the body and cleanses.

With photo of Lane Cobb

Living Up to Your Full Potential

Meet the author of “Heal Your Power, Heal Your Life” at the Rye library June 17 from 2-4. Lane L. Cobb, a life coach who focuses on healing strategies for women on the rise, helps women pursue their passions and create joy, freedom, and authenticity in life.

Long Day’s Journey

Join Wainwright for a summer solstice ceremony on June 18 from 6-8. Honor Mother Earth and Grandmother/Grandfather Fire. The ceremony, facilitated by Leigh Reeves with music by Rebecca Kane, will give participants the chance to release their limitations and enhance personal growth.

A $10 donation is suggested. Feel free to bring your own drum or other instrument.

Eastern Union

The journey towards the center of one’s being is a long, meandering road. Sangeeta Bansal, founder of Rooted Minds, will help you get there at Wainwright House on June 21 and 28, July 5 and 12 from 6:45-8. She will utilize an enneagram, a tool synthesized from spiritual traditions designed to identify the nine basic personality types. Mindful meditation will aid in identifying and overcoming self-limiting behaviors.

The fee for the four-week course is $108 for members, $120 non-members. There will be an additional $12 fee for a take-home online personality test.

And Now, a Word From Nature

Michelle Levy, who has worked as an editor for McGraw-Hill and Condé Nast, and is also an environmental educator at Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont, will lead a writing workshop focused on nature’s inspiration June 25 from 1-4 at Wainwright.

Participants will explore the holistic center’s spectacular grounds, including the walking labyrinth. Afterwards, there will be a 20-minute writing session, then a sharing circle.

The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door.

<<Pitch In>>

Down and Dirty

It’s Volunteer Corps Workday at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary June 17 at 10. Help with invasive plant removal, trail work, beach cleanup, and more. Get some exercise while giving back to the earth.

<<Family Ties>>

Bedtime Story

Ages 3 and up and their grownups may head to the Rye library on June 22 from 6:30-7. The kids can come in their pajamas and bring their favorite blankets and teddy bears for stories, songs, and a bedtime snack.

The Magic of Reading

The Rye library’s summer reading kickoff event will feature the magic of Eric Wilzig on June 23 from 2-3:30. The award-winning illusionist has captivated audiences worldwide with thousands of performances, including TV’s popular “America’s Got Talent.”

The family program is geared to children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in September. It is generously co-sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room and the Woman’s Club of Rye.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Gizmos and Gadgets

The Rye library’s next science fun club for grades 3-5, set for June 16 from 4-5, will revolve around “floating or flying.” The monthly workshops focus on different S.T.E.A.M. activities that are both educational and fun.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required at

Water Basics

The Rye YMCA is offering a free four-session course that teaches children water safety and swimming skills to help reduce the risk of drowning and help build confidence. The course will be held June 20, 21, 22, and 23 at 4-4:30 for ages 3-5 and 4:30-5 for ages 6-9.

Certified water safety instructors will work with kids in and outside of the pool. Registration is required. Space is limited. For more information, email

With two book covers

Steamy Reading

Rye STEAMers in grades 1 and 2 are invited to the library’s STEAM Lab on June 24 from 3-3:45. The new space is where literacy meets STEAM activities. Kids will learn the history of the hot dog by reading Adrienne Sylver’s “Hot Diggity Dog” and will make a solar hot dog cooker.

The STEAM Rollers in grades 3 and 4 can head to the STEAM Lab from 4-4:45 to talk about “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, and Slave” by Laban Carrick Hill. The story of the extraordinary artist who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s is a National Book Award nominee.

Children do not have to pre-read the books. For more details and to register, visit

<<Save the Date>>

The Trucks Stop Here!

The Rye Recreation’s second annual Food Truck Festival returns with relish June 24 from 1-5. Last year, over 2,000 residents and friends attended the inaugural event. There will be music and a great variety of everyone’s favorite food trucks, from Arthur Avenue Pizza and Walter’s Hot Dogs to Lobster Craft and Longford’s Ice Cream.

Sponsorships still needed. Call 967-2535 for more information.

A Musical Journey

Wainwright House presents “From Classical Music to Broadway — from Borodin to Kismet – A Fascinating Journey” on June 28 from 3-4:30. Speaker Ed Pressman is a board member of Collegium at Westchester Community College and teaches American history, classical music, and musicals of Broadway. He will focus on how they reflect the American narrative. The program is free.


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