Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry
There are more insects around us than we think. Where are they and what are they doing? Find out by scouting for these tiny creatures at Edith G. Read Sanctuary on Saturday at 1.
Arts & Entertainment
A unique exhibit that highlights animal masked dancers at West Africa’s Burkina Faso is on display at the library through August 29. Photographer Barbara Paul’s work includes fascinating rituals and ceremonies of many other African and Asian countries as well.
Talks, Workshops, and Just for Fun
Ahead of her Time
“Mary Rutherford Jay: Garden Architect” runs through September 27 at the Jay Heritage Center. The great, great-granddaughter of American Founding Father John Jay grew up in Rye, studied at Harvard and MIT, and became one of the few landscape architects of the early twentieth century. Visitors will enjoy the ancestral landscape that served as her inspiration and may catch a glimpse of the ongoing $1.5 million transformation of the historic Jay Gardens.
Oh, the Stories They Tell
The Rye Storytellers’ Guild is meeting at the Rye Free Reading Room on September 1 at 6 to share personal and traditional stories about school days and autumn ways. Listeners, as well as readers, are always welcome to join any of the monthly evenings. For more information, contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Book Hunting
The Rye library’s Current Events Book Group will meet September 8 at 6:30 to discuss “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande. The Thursday Afternoon Book Group will read “Some Luck” by Jane Smiley for a meeting on September 10 at 1:15. The Friday Book Café’s next meeting is September 11 at 9:30. The selection is Bill Bryson’s “Notes from a Small Island.” Call the library at 231-3161 for this meeting’s offsite location.
Copies of the books are available at the library’s circulation desk.
The Rye Free Reading Room is holding a workshop for new computer users and for those wanting to refresh their skills September 10 from 10-12. Computer teacher Mike Negrelli will cover Windows 7 basic setup, programs, preparing documents, setting up folders, saving and retrieving files, and printing features. He will also introduce Windows 10.
Writing What You Know
Get started on recording your life story at a workshop at the Rye library September 12 from 11-1. Author Carol Costa will lead the group on the basics of memoir writing and relating history in a reader-friendly fashion. Bring a notebook and writing implement.
Health and Wellness Expo
Wainwright House invites you to sample some of the classes they offer September 13 from 9-4:30, rain or shine. Mini-sessions will be available in creativity, yoga and movement, spirituality, health, and the environment. On hand will be holistic vendors and practitioners in reflexology, astrology, chakra, tarot, massage therapy, homeopathy, and others.
Taikasin Ghosthorse, from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation, is the keynote speaker at the program, which will include a musical performance as well. Register at wainwright.org or at 9 that morning. Cost for auditing each mini-class is $5. Lunch will be available by Butler Brothers at noon.
For a Good Cause
A Stand-Up Group
SOUL RYEDERS and SUP OM YOGA are co-hosting a unique fundraiser at Wainwright House September 12. They invite everyone to stand up (on a paddle board) and show their support for community members affected by cancer.
You needn’t be an experienced athlete to participate. Starting at 10 that day, choose from four different sessions: Basic, Intro, Parent/Child Basic, and Full Moon Floating. You’ll be up and paddling in your first lesson.
Participants must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water, and at least 18 years old (unless accompanied by a parent). Bring water shoes.
Half of the $50 class registration fee will be donated to SOUL RYEDERS, a local volunteer-driven charitable organization committed to empowering those with cancer.
The event is dedicated to Resurrection teacher and Harrison resident Joanne Mayne, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this month.
To register, contact debra@ reformingrehab.com or call 844-8186.
An Apple a Day
Learn how to make apple cider September 4 from 10-11 at Rye Nature Center. Ages 4-7 and their families will press apples and take a seasonal hike along the grounds. The fee is $5 for members, $8 non-members.
Make it to the last of the Rye Free Reading Room’s summer family fun night series for ages 5 and up and their grown-ups on August 27 at 6. In “See a Superhero, Be a Superhero,” cartoonist Paul Merklein will combine comedy and audience participation. Through his cartoons, he will demonstrate that anyone can be a superhero.
Space is limited; pre-registration is required at ryelibrary.org.
Calling All Cubs
Rye Recreation is holding a Cub Scout Open House for parents and boys in grades 1-5 on September 10 from 7-9. The Scouts are a great way to make friends, help others, earn badges, as well as go fishing, rock climbing, hiking, and camping.
New scouts will have the opportunity to register that evening as well. For additional information, visit ryepack2.com or beascout.org.
Monster of a Movie
On August 26 from 3-4:15, teens watch the animated hit “Justice League: Gods and Monsters” rated PG-13 at the Rye Library. Enjoy this alternative universe with versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman as they operate outside the law. Find out whether these dark heroes will save the world — or rule it.
With a little hocus-pocus, children entering grades K-5 can learn an entire show’s worth of magic tricks in a mini-camp at Rye Recreation August 24-26 from 12:30-3:30. Learn all the secrets that magicians have been keeping safe for centuries! Call Rye Rec at 967-2535 for more information.
Learn how to make unique fashions and your own outfit at Hobby Quest’s fashion design camp at Rye Recreation August 24-26 from 9-12. Kids entering grades 2-5 will create shirts, skirts, dresses, shorts, or shrugs. No sewing experience is necessary. Call Rye Recreation Center at 967-2535 for more information. The fee is $110 for residents, $125 non-residents.
Kids entering grades 4-8 can practice basketball skills and drills to their heart’s content August 24-27 at Recreation Park from 5:15-7:15. Games and scrimmages are part of the fun. The fee is $140 for residents, $165 non-residents. Contact Doug Scott for more information at email@example.com or call 967-2535.
A Is for Anthropods
Those entering grades 3-5 can head over to the Rye library August 28 from 4-5 for “Robo Bugs.” Presented by the Rye Free Reading Room and Westchester Children’s Museum’s Museum Without Walls, this science program provides a fun, hands-on activity at summer’s end.
itting Kids to a Tee
Children entering grades K-8 can join Total Golf Adventures in a three-day camp at Rye Recreation Park August 24-26 from 9:30-12:30. Learn swing fundamentals, rules, and golf etiquette while using technologically advanced and safe training balls and junior clubs. All skill levels welcome. The cost is $190 for residents, $215 non-residents. Call Rye Recreation at 967-2535 for more information.
What Lies Beneath
At the Rye Nature Center on September 2 from 10-2, students entering pre-K through fifth grade will learn what lies beneath ocean waters. The program, which covers various adaptations, will include a visit to the brook, a craft project, and a slide presentation. Stop by the center to register. The cost is $60 for members, $70 non-members.
The Rye Nature Center invites those entering grades pre-K through 5 to visit the hilltop garden, handpick fresh vegetables, and make their own salads, September 3 from 10-2. Young gardeners will water, weed, and learn a whole lot about pollinators, too. Visit the center to register. The fee is $60 for members, $70 non-members.
For Those Special Ks
The Rye Free Reading Room invites the newest elementary school students to a K-Day Social Open House, September 12 from 2-4. Kindergarteners will meet and greet their fellow classmates, pick up their very own library cards, and have their caricatures drawn by artist Judy Tourangeau of JT Art and Design in Connecticut.
Hands-on activities and refreshments will be available as well. Pre-registration is required; visit ryelibrary.org beginning September 5.
Save the Date
All in a Day’s Painting
On October 3, more than 40 professional artists will paint the scenic beauty of Rye in a one-day, plein-air paint out. Artists will be painting the town, parks, beaches, landmarks, buildings, landscapes, and surrounding areas. A reception to view the fresh works will be held the same day at the Rye Arts Center from 4:30-6. A live art auction will begin promptly at 6:15.
Anyone interested in seeing the artists at work may visit ryeartscenter.org for a map of all the locations. Additional works by the participating artists will be on display before the Painters on Location event at the Rye Arts Center Gallery September 21-October 3. These works may be purchased through a silent auction.