Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry
Middle of the Road
Discover the possibilities available after age 50 at a talk by employment expert Marie Riffel, who will address the concerns of mature workers at the Rye library on Saturday from 10-11:30. Learn what’s new in job search strategies and what potential employers are looking for in a new hire.
For more information, call 967-0480.
Learn all about paper quilling at the Rye library on Saturday from 11-12:30. This art form involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create designs to decorate greeting cards, pictures, and more.
I Spy Spring
Find out what is going on in nature this time of year at Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1. Stroll the grounds and survey the plants in the area.
Families can take a peek beneath the earth at the Rye Nature Center Saturday at 1. Discover what Rye is really made of inside their quarry.
The fee is $5 for members, $8 non-members.
Cartoon by Ben Schwartz
The Funny Pages
All are invited to the opening reception for The Rye Arts Center’s new exhibit, “Turn the Page: The Evolution of Cartoon and Comic Art”, Saturday from 1-3. Comic book artists will demonstrate the technical print processes that brings a concept to publication.
On view through June 9, the exhibit features the history of the comic book, including humorous cartoons, social satire, and superheroes.
Mr. Bena’s Dream House
The Bird Homestead and Meeting House nonprofit will screen the 90-minute award-winning documentary “One Big Home” on Saturday at 3 at the Meeting House. Follow one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses as Thomas Bena takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera.
The film demonstrates that a community can determine its own destiny by working with planning boards and elected officials.
Admission is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted. For further information, call 967-0099.
Don’t miss a free performance at The Rye Arts Center on Saturday from 3-4. The center’s professional musicians/faculty, who teach hundreds of students of all ages, will strut their stuff.
Teens can learn the upward and downward dogs of yoga at the Rye library on Saturday from 3-4. Damien Germino will guide participants through a basic yoga session and demonstrate how a regular practice has profound positive physical and mental effects.
To register, visit ryelibrary.org.
A Hometown Run
The Rye YMCA is holding its 30th annual Rye Derby/Healthy Kids Day on Sunday with races and plenty of festivities starting at 9. The 5-mile/5K championship road races begin at 9:15; the 1-mile fun run/walk at 11.
All are welcome to the awards ceremony, barbecue, and raffle at the Rye Y afterwards. For more details, visit ryeymca.org or call 967-6363.
<<Arts & Entertainment>>
A World-Class Collection
Join The Rye Arts Center for a tour of the vast art collection of the late David and Peggy Rockefeller at Christie’s New York May 1 from 10:30-12:30. Enjoy fine Impressionist and post-Impressionist works; English, European, and American furniture; Asian art; and ceramics and porcelain.
The fee is $35. For more information, call 967-0700. To register, go to ryeartscenter.org.
<<Talks, Workshops, & Just for Fun>>
Landscape of the Future
The Jay Heritage Center along with the Rye Garden Club and Little Garden Club of Rye is co-hosting a program on creating native landscapes May 1 at 10:30 at the Jay Center. Horticulture futurist Thomas Rainer, author of “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” will talk about sustainable practices that encourage biodiversity, as well as the critical role the environment plays in health and spirit.
The Rye library kicks off Mental Health Awareness month May 1 at 7 with a discussion of one family’s journey with mental illness. When Robert and Ann Laitman’s son Daniel was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, they thought that as physicians they’d be able to navigate psychiatric health care. Attendees will hear their struggles and discoveries.
The Laitmans hope their book, “Meaningful Recovery from Schizophrenia and Serious Mental Illness with Clozapine”, sheds light on how communities cope.
For more information, call 231-3161.
(Hem, Can you get the bookcover?)
Marriage, Murder, and Madness
The Friday Book Café’s next selection is “The Pocket Wife” by Susan Crawford. The stylish psychological thriller about a woman on the edge will be discussed May 4 from 9:30-11.
Building a Better Nest
Learn about species of birds and their nests at Read Wildlife Sanctuary on May 5 at 1. Discover the biology behind those bird eggs of spring.
“Kaleidoscope”, a solo exhibit by Rye artist Meera Agarwal, opens at the Rye library May 5 with a reception from 2-4. Inspired by childhood memories of colorful India and her travels, the artist has been painting for three decades and primarily works with oils, acrylic, and mixed media.
(with poster of Vivien Leigh in “Streetcar”)
The Kindness of Strangers
Join Dr. Mark Schenker from Yale at his next talk on great literature at the Rye library, May 6 from 4:30-5:45. The featured work is Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “A Streetcar Named Desire”.
“It’s a play whose emotional power is so striking that readers are often blinded to how well constructed a play it is,” Schenker remarked.
A donation between $10-$15 per person is requested to cover costs, including refreshments and snacks. RSVP to Allen Clark at email@example.com or call 967-6335.
Hear from business analyst and broadcast journalist Roben Farzad about Amazon’s evolution and its impact on the economy at a talk at The Osborn on May 8 at 7:30. The host of NPR’s “Full Disclosure” recounts the disruptive, dynamic history of this internet behemoth, from humble beginnings to food purveyor, big box store, and filmmaker.
A regular on MSNBC, CNN, and C-Span, Farzad shares his distinctive take on founder Jeff Bezos’ new partnerships with finance titan Warren Buffet and JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, and the potential ramifications for the health care industry.
Wainwright House presents Mainstream Magic 101 on May 9 from 10:30-1:30. The powerful women’s circle, headed by life coaches and metaphysical teachers Lorna Gager and Christine Okezie, will guide participants through the life they’ve always dreamed they could have.
The fee is $200 for members, $225 non-members. Register at wainwright.org.
A New Outlook
Former IBM executive Mike Negrelli will be covering Microsoft Windows 10 at the Rye library on May 10 from 10-12. The focus is on the enhanced features of the Outlook email program.
Feel the Life Force
Holistic Moms presents “What is Reiki” at the Rye library on May 10 from 7:30-9. Practitioner Andrea Kartika Keierlein will explain the benefits of the natural healing practice that originated in Japan and helps restore balance to body, mind, and spirit.
You’ll Be Hooked
New to crochet? No problem, as Maureen Amaturo is holding a workshop at the Rye library on May 11 from 9:30-11. Beginners should bring a skein of yarn and a crochet hook in size G or H.
<<For a Good Cause>>
With photo of Bernie Williams
Major League Line-Up
The Rye Arts Center is replacing its annual gala with a benefit concert/party at Coveleigh Club on May 4 at 7. Hosted by WFUV’s rock-n-roll authority Dennis Elsas, the event will feature performances by former Yankees center fielder and jazz guitarist Bernie Williams, the award-winning 7-piece band Juice, and students from Mamaroneck’s School of Rock.
Funds raised will support the RAC’s outreach programs, such as Head Start Art Enrichment for underserved pre-school children; afterschool programs at The Community Resource Center, The Don Bosco Center, The Carver Center; Dance for Parkinson’s Disease; free classes and scholarships.
For more information and tickets, visit ryeartscenter.org.
Down to Earth
Pitch in at Read Sanctuary’s volunteer corps workday May 5 at 10. Help out with invasive plant removal, trail work, beach clean-up, and more.
Fiesta, no Siesta
Families can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Rye YMCA on May 4 from 6:30-7:30. In store is an evening chockful of crafts, activities, snacks, and fun.
For more information, email Kathy@ryeymca.org.
Fun Family Fitness
The Rye YMCA’s Family Feud Friday on May 11 will have everyone on the move from 6:30-7:30. There will be exercises and activities geared to all ages.
The fee for family/youth members is $20 per family, $30 non-members. Register at ryeymca.org.
Ollie, Ollie Oxen Free
Fifth and sixth graders can head to Rye Nature Center for a big hide-and-seek session May 4 from 5-6:30. Children will be assigned to a team and work together in the center’s forest.
Pre-registration is required. The fee is $10 per child.
Ages 8 and up will learn the process of creating a comic book at a free pencil- and-ink workshop at The Rye Arts Center May 5 from 10-12. Artist David Abrevaya, who is featured in their current “Turn the Page” exhibit, will focus on the process and history of the comic book.
Space is limited. Register at ryeartscenter.org.
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A unique summer experience awaits ages 7-13 at the Rye Historical Society’s Hands-on-History camp at the Square House. Children will learn all about everyday life from colonial America and the Victorian era to the 20th century in a fun setting July 10-27 from 10-2:30, four days per week.
The early-bird cost per child for all three weeks is $400 for members, $450 non-members. Weekly sessions are also available. For more information, call 967-7588 or visit ryehistory.org.
Sixth through eighth graders will be introduced to Vedic Mathematics at the Rye library May 8 from 6:30-8. They will discover how this Indian mental calculation system simplifies divisibility, squaring numbers, cube roots, square roots, and multiplication.
Ages 11-15 may learn about basic child care and first aid at Rye Recreation on May 12 and 19, from 9-1:15. The two-day program will help participants develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, and keep themselves and others safe.
A fee of $100 includes a certification card. Register at ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm.
Head to Rye Recreation Park to play laser tag May 11 from 5:30-7 and 7-8:30. Sixth through eighth graders will dive into extreme action in this laser skirmish adventure.
The fee is $25 for residents, $30 non-residents. Pre-registration is required at ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm.
<<Save the Date>>
Make Her Mother’s Day
Wainwright House is hosting a special events doubleheader for families on May 13. First up is a jazz brunch, from 11:30-2:30, featuring the Arcadia Jazz Trio and a champagne brunch served up by Corner Stone Caterers.
From 3-4, take part in family yoga. Learn breathing techniques and enjoy hands-on activities and games that promote fun bonding. Certified children’s yoga instructor Kimberly Gregg uses her skill as a catalyst to emotional, physical, and mental well-being.
For more information and to register for either event, call 967-6080 or visit ryeartscenter.org.
In a Flash
Join SPRYE at a free photography workshop at Wainwright May 16 from 3-4:30. The Rye Arts Center staff will demonstrate how to perfect your iPhone photography skills.
American sailing history will be the hot topic at the Jay Heritage Center on May 16 at 7. Best known for his books on sailing and America’s yacht clubs, John Rousmaniere will focus on American boating and share stories about sailing across the Gulf Stream, as well as Long Island Sound.
Tickets are $10 for members, $15 non-members.
Happy Wife, Happy Life
Add a twist to ladies’ night with a Happy Self/Happy Marriage talk at Wainwright on May 16 from 7:30-9. NYU certified life coach and author Tracy Fox will offer an interactive presentation, complete with a ten-step solution to a good marriage.
The fee is $20 per person, includes wine and cheese. Books available for purchase.
The Rye Nature Center will celebrate its outreach programs at a Nature Access Fund Benefit on May 18 from 7-10. Along with a light supper, wine, beer, and ambient music, guests will have a peek at the Center’s most impactful, creative environmental education tool, a mobile nature center.
For donation information, visit ryenaturecenter.org. Proceeds will support summer camps for students from the inner city, gardening programs for senior citizens, nature and science education for minority students, and outdoor experiences for disabled adults.
RSVP by May 11. Call 967-5150.