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Don’t Miss


Capturing the Lives of Students Less Fortunate


“Images of Nairobi, Kenya” opens at the Rye Arts Center August 28, with a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The exhibit is a photo-essay by Rye resident and Regis High School senior Luke Passannante, who recently returned from a community service trip to Nairobi. He and fellow Regis classmates spent time with St. Aloysius Gonzaga High School students.


Passannante memorably documents life in the Kibera slum, the second largest in sub-Sahara Africa.


The show will be on display through September 7.


Summerfest Is the Best


Take part in Rye Rec’s 20th annual field day, September 1 at Rye Rec Park. Kicking off the festivities is a bare-handed, old-fashioned ball game at 2 p.m. Starting at 3 p.m., enjoy a bean-bag toss, potato-sack races, cupcake-eating contests, face painting, 30-yard dash, water balloon challenge, golf challenge, historical exhibit, peanut scramble, tug of war, and more.


At 5 p.m., listen and dance to two hours of live big band music from the Reddy Valentino Big Band Orchestra.


For more information, call 305-1721 or email This end-of-summer afternoon event is co-sponsored by the Leaders of Tomorrow and Rye Recreation.


The Rye Free Reading Room Turns 100!


“From Century One to the Next Chapter,” an exhibit of photographs, artifacts, and documents chronicling the library building’s first 100 years of service will be on display at the Rye Free Reading Room September 3-27. 


The Rye library will celebrate its 100th birthday, September 21 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Village Green. The free community event features music, food and beverages, a petting zoo, face painters, and a balloon artist.


Help the library celebrate its centennial by attending these and several other events commemorating the building’s 1913 opening. Visit for details.


Sign-up Time


Rye Rec fall registration begins September 12 at 9 a.m. The registration deadline for Halloween Window Painting is September 20. For a full list of programs and to register, visit


Save the Date


AT RHS FILM SERIESWorld War II on the Big Screen


The Rye Historical Society presents a three-part WWII film series in September in connection with its current exhibit, “Rye in World War II.”


Longtime Rye resident Ted Levine, who teaches a film course at Iona College, will host the series. A guest speaker will introduce each film and shed light on one part of the war.


The schedule is:


September 15: “Run Silent, Run Deep”- John Carolin, a longtime Rye resident, will recount his personal experience on the military front in North Africa.


September 22: “Sands of Iwo Jima”- Sheri Jordan, Director of the Rye Historical Society, will discuss the role of women in the war effort.


September 29: “Lifeboat”


Ted Levine will speak about what was happening on the home front.


All three films will be shown at the Square House from 2:30-5 p.m.


About the selected films, Levine said, “We think they strike a pretty good balance. ‘Run Silent, Run Deep’ tells the story of World War II submarine warfare. ‘Sands of Iwo Jima,’ perhaps the most celebrated action film of the war, features a young John Wayne. ‘Lifeboat’ is Alfred Hitchcock’s unique view of a conflict sometimes described as World War II in a small boat.”


Rye Historical Society Director Sheri Jordan noted, “Our exhibit focuses on Rye and the impact the war had on its residents, and the film series broadens the perspective about this world-wide conflict.”


Admission is free to all veterans and active military service personnel. Tickets for civilians are $5 for an individual screening, $10 for all three. World War II-era refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is recommended; call 967-7588.


Welcome Back BBQ


The Rye Newcomers and Neighbors Club will hold its annual welcome BBQ for newcomers and members, September 22 from 4- 6 p.m. at the Rye Nature Center. Meet new people and re-connect with old friends now that summer is coming to an end. Information on membership, club’s activities, as well as delicious BBQ classics will be provided.   


Also, enjoy a live animal presentation. For more information, e-mail Carol Pouchie at


Cover the Court with Coins


Sole Ryeders’ annual fundraiser will take place, September 28 at the Rye Rec Tennis Courts.


Painters on Location

The Rye Arts Center’s annual event will take place on September 28, with a tribute to iconic Rye painter Howard Bratches. Professional artists capture iconic images of local scenes, followed by a reception at 5 p.m. Also, enjoy a live auction at 6:15 p.m.


From September 16-28, an exhibit and auction of works by participating Painters On Location artists will be on display at the Arts Center.


For a Good Cause


Family Dress-Up


Check something off your to-do list, help out a good cause, and get a jump-start on your holiday cards. The Woman’s Club of Rye Children’s Philanthropy Family Portraits in the Park has scheduled sittings at the Rye Nature Center September 22 and 29, or Rye Town Park October 6, 13, 14, 20, and 27. Proceeds benefit children’s programs in Rye.


In-person sign-ups will be held at Rye Rec September 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Online sign-up begins September 14 at Cost is $95.


Talks and Workshops


Back to Basics


Learn Computer Basics and gain a better grasp of the Internet, September 5 and 12 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Rye Free Reading Room. The class covers using a mouse, keyboarding, activating computer programs, and producing a simple letter.


No previous computer experience is required; participants are urged to attend both sessions.


Networking Event


At the next Lives In Transition meeting, learn how to share your story, September 5 from 7-9 p.m. at Rye Presbyterian Church. Gain helpful tips and practice in a friendly and informal setting to create a more memorable and lasting impression.


Prizes and food will be part of the evening’s festivities. To RSVP, email


When a School Gets a Failing Grade


Ron Berler, author of “Raising the Curve: A Year Inside of One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools,” will discuss his experience sitting in on classes, strategy sessions, and faculty meetings at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Connecticut, September 7 at 11 a.m. at the Rye library.


Meet the students, teachers, and staff who, even though their school is classified as failing, never give up.


For more information, call 231-3161.


A Little Rye History


SPRYE presents a talk by Rye resident Gene McGuire September 18 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Wainwright House. McGuire will discuss the story of Walk Rye History, a tour of local historic locations, designed and recently implemented by Gene and his wife Pamela. 


Family Ties


African Adventure


Watch “Magic Journey to Africa,” a film about a 10-year-old girl’s visit to the Namib Desert, August 27 at 6 p.m. at the Rye library. This educational and visually dazzling fantasy adventure focuses on the many remarkable animals that live in the region. Great for ages 5 and up.


Apple Cidering Time


Learn about the cidering process and press some apples of your own, September 3 at 3 p.m. at the Rye Nature Center. Cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.


Just Daddy and Me


Fathers and their children can enjoy a fun-filled animal adventure, September 7 from 9:15-10 a.m. at the Rye Nature Center. Cost is $10 members, $15 non-members.


Around the Campfire


Stargazing, campfire stories, roasted marshmallows, and falling asleep to the sound of crickets are on the agenda at the Rye Nature Center’s family camp-out, September 7 at 5 p.m. to September 8 at 10 a.m.


Enjoy dinner, breakfast, and a guided hike. Bring a tent or borrow one. Cost is $30 per person. Call 967-5150.


Ecology Club


Children with special needs, and a family member, can head to the Rye Nature Center and enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other science and sensory adventures beginning September 14 at 10 a.m.


Participation is free but pre-registration is required. E-mail Christine Siller at


Pickle, Can, & Forage


With winter quickly approaching and the garden at its prime, help the Rye Nature Center staff harvest and store the extra food for the cold season ahead. Volunteers are needed September 14 at 1 p.m.


Teen & Tween Times


All Those Baubles & Beads


Join professional jeweler Christine Utchel to create your own colorful earrings and bracelets using baubles and beads, August 29 from 2-4 p.m. at the Rye library. Great for ages 11 and up. Space is limited; call 231-3172 to register.


On the Adventure Park Ropes


Enjoy an awesome day with Rye Rec and travel to the Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, September 5. Participants will spend the day climbing on several different rope courses of various levels.


Bus leaves at 9 a.m. and returns at 3:15 p.m. Participants must be at least 12 years old to participate. Cost is $65.


Cool School Supply


Teens are invited to make pencil cases out of duct tape, September 9 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Rye library. Richela Fabian Morgan, author of “Tape It & Make It,” will provide all the materials and the inspiration to make your coolest-ever school supply.


Space is limited; call 231-3172 to sign up.


Children’s Corner


AT RFRR Nims IslandOn the Big Screen

Ages 5 and up can see “Nim’s Island” (PG), August 30 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rye library. The movie follows the exciting adventures of a young girl who lives on an isolated island with her scientist father.


Multi-Sport Camp


At Rye Rec, grades K-6 can experience 15 different sports from around the world with the US Sports Institute, September 3-6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost ranges from $165 to $220 for all three days.


Secret Agent Lab

No school yet? Come out and learn the fun of science, September 4-6 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rye Rec. The Mad Scientists of Westchester have great hands-on activities in store. Help solve the mystery and crack the case when you go on adventures involving science and evidence gathering. Sign up for one or all three days.


Geared for grades K-4. Fee is $100 per day, $260 for all three days. A $25 per day fee will be added for non-residents.


Jewelry & Beading Class


Children in grades K-5 can choose from an amazing selection of beads, charms, and pendants and make three items to take home, September 6 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rye Rec. Fee is $35 for residents, $50 non-residents.


Calling All LEGO Lovers


Rye Rec invites students in grades K-4 to build with LEGO, September 6 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for residents, $40 non-residents.


Touch Football


Children in grades 2-5 will learn the basics of football, including basic plays and positioning at Rye Rec. Practice throwing, catching, and running on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 17 through October 17 from 3:45-5 p.m.


The Great Outdoors


Marshlands Happenings


Bring binoculars to seek out lively and energetic feathered friends, September 7 at 7:30 a.m.


Take and hike and look for things high and low through the different habitats, September 8 at 2 p.m.


Children can use dip nets to discover the creatures that live below the surface of the ponds, September 14 at 2 p.m.


Bring binoculars for the last sightings of birds getting ready to head south for the winter, September 15 at 7:30 a.m.


Take a hike to search for capped and slimy wonders in nature, September 15 at 2 p.m.


To Your Health


Relax & Meditate


Practice Yoga Nidra, a deep meditation, September 12 and 26 at Wainwright House. Let your mind and body relax to improve the health of all your body’s systems. Simple yoga postures, breathing, and sound techniques will be reviewed. Cost is $20. Visit


Teen Yoga


Ages 12-18 can head to Wainwright House on Thursdays from September 19 to November 21 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Learn all about yoga in a fun and supportive environment.


Explore the Outdoors at RNC


At Harvest Fun, turn apples into cider, pick gourds from the garden and turn them into craft critters, and snack on freshly picked veggies, September 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


What makes animals stick together? How do fish know which way the school is swimming? What exactly do you call a group of skunks? Discover these answers and more at  Schooling Animals, September 5.


Learn wilderness skills including shelter building, foraging for food and water, and fire making at Wacky Wilderness, September 6.


All programs run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rye Nature Center. For children in grades K-5. Per child cost is $60 for members, $70 non-members.


Get Creative


Let your creative juices flow this fall at the Rye Arts Center. Music school begins September 9 and the Art School resumes classes September 23. For a full list of programs and to register, visit


Heard in Rye Unveils New Speaker Series


Learn how to navigate through the challenges of raising children at the Heard in Rye 2013-14 speaker series. More than 20 area schools support the program, which is led by a committee of parents who meet monthly to plan the workshop events.


“We are a broad-based group who have thoughtful conversations about key issues facing parents today,” said Heard in Rye Chair Jamie Jensen. The committee looks for timely topics, takes parents’ requests, and welcomes their feedback.


The series kicks off with “Whose Game is it Anyway, A Guide to Helping Your Child Get the Most from Sports,” Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rye Country Day Performing Arts Center. The speaker is Dr. Richard D. Ginsburg, co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) PACES Institute of Sport Psychology and assistant clinical professor of Harvard Medical School and MGH.


Dr. Ginsburg has served as a sports psychology consultant for numerous Harvard teams as well as the NBA. He currently works with the Harvard women’s lacrosse team and is co-author of “Whose Game is it Anyway?”


Next up is “On Purpose Before 20,” with Adam J. Cox Ph.D., a leading advocate for fostering the cognitive abilities and emotional well being of youth. The workshop will be held October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rye Neck Performing Arts Center. Cox is the author of  “On Purpose before 20: Selected Essays, and “No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive Control – The Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive.” His workshop will focus on the values that shape young minds. He will engage students and parents in a discussion about how education can assert itself as a guiding light of a civil, purposeful society.    


Tom Grimes, a 20-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, will lead a program on “NY’s Finest: Drug Awareness,” November 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rye High School Performing Arts Center. Since his retirement, Grimes has been a regular on NY’s Finest circuit. He returns to Rye to talk with high school students and their parents about drugs.


On January 30 at 7:30 p.m. at The Osborn, Stephen Apkon, founder and executive director of The Jacob Burns Film Center, will lead a workshop on “Parenting in the Age of the Image – What Every Parent Should Know.” He’ll explore not only what parents need to be doing to help prepare their children and themselves for the massive amounts of visual media they’re confronted with today, but also how to navigate this world as media creators, not just consumers.


At Rye Community Synagogue, March 6 at 7:30 p.m., Niobe Way, a professor of applied psychology at New York University and past president of the Society for Research on Adolescence, will speak about her new book, “Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection.” Through her research, Way has found that as boys grow up they lose friends and feel isolated and alone as the need to “man up” and be independent becomes a priority. Way offers solutions to what she calls a “crisis of connection.”


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