Around Town- Week of April 17, 2015

0:00 Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry   Don’t Miss Daffodil DelightOwing to the late start of spring, The Little Garden Club of Rye has rescheduled […]

Published April 17, 2015 1:44 AM
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Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry


Don’t Miss

Daffodil Delight
Owing to the late start of spring, The Little Garden Club of Rye has rescheduled its annual Daffodil Show. Entries will be accepted the afternoon of April 29 from 3-5 and the morning of April 30 from 8-10:15 at The Jay Heritage Center. The show is open to the public April 30 from 2-4.

For information, contact LGC member Cheryl Adler at

This Weekend


 Mid-Century Madness    
The Rye Arts Center Spring Gala will be held at Shenorock Shore Club on Saturday at 7. RAC supporters Kim Berns, Eileen Neiman, Robin and Peter Jovanovich will be honored for their lifelong dedication to the arts.

Co-chaired by Fiona and Ozgen Dogan, Suzanna and Andrew Keith, Amy and Shaun Lawrence, and Anne and Don Pollard, the benefit will help sustain the center’s valuable arts education and outreach initiatives.

The evening will include a light supper, cocktails, music, and an auction. For ticket and donation information, contact Noah Opitz at 967-0700, ext. 33 or

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Our Talented Teens
Enjoy an evening of live performance by local high school students at the Rye Arts Center tonight from 7-9. Teens will show off their flair as singers, dancers, writers, comics, and actors. Admission: $5.


Preventing an Invasive Invasion
Springtime is prime time to appreciate open green spaces, and the Jay Heritage Center is offering environmental programs and hands-on outdoor learning opportunities. On Saturday, from 10-11:30, Dr. Linda Rohleder, head of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, will outline how to identify, map, and remove the species that pose a threat to native plant populations in all of our State, County, and City parks.

This free three-part training program is ideal for educators, gardeners and high school students seeking community service.


On Golden Pond
Head to the Rye Nature Center and learn all about pond animals Saturday at 3. Catch a glimpse of frogs at every stage of their life cycle and see what other types of pond life abound. The cost is $5 for members, $8 non-members.


In Honor of Earth Day
All plants attract and nourish Mother Nature’s smallest creatures- birds, bees, and butterflies- so Wainwright House is celebrating the environment with a native plant sale on Sunday from 11-4.
Take a stroll on the lawns, enjoy the water, and rejoice in the earth’s natural resources. Proceeds will benefit the organic gardens at Wainwright.

Shoot Some Hoops
It’s not too late to get caught up in March Madness at the Rye YMCA’s annual 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament for grades K- 5 on Sunday afternoon. Schedule is as follows: Grades K-1: 1-2:45; grades 2-3: 2:45-4:30; grades 4-5: 4:30-6:15.

Register at the Rye Y Member Services Desk. Fee: $30 for each player. All proceeds benefit the Y’s annual campaign.


One Starry Night
School of the Holy Child’s Annual Gala and Auction will be held at Westchester Country Club on Saturday at 6:30. One Starry Night celebrates the school’s shining past, stellar present, and bright future.

This year’s honorees are Peggy and Al Kelly, who have been inspirational in their commitment to the advancement of the school.  Cocktails and silent auction start at 6:30; dinner and a live auction at 8. For more information, call 967-5622, ext. 225 or email gala2015@holychildrye .org.


Make a Splash, Safely and Soundly
The Rye YMCA is offering a water safety workshop on Sunday from 1:30-3:30. Safety tips will keep families swimming this summer. Children and adults will each get an age appropriate talk about water safety and then they can participate in a family swim and practice their newly acquired skills. Spots are limited. Both children and adults must register at Free to members and non-members.


 Arts & Entertainment

Etch A Sketch
On April 20 from 6-8, artist Tracy Burtz will lead a free workshop at the Rye Arts Center. She is offering this introduction to a Portfolio Development Drawing and Painting class that will be available beginning April 27. Bring soft charcoal, Artgum eraser, an 18” x 24” drawing pad, and samples of your work if available. To register, call 967-0700.


Making An Impression
Bob Clyatt, curator for The Rye Arts Center’s 2012 exhibition “Beyond Rodin,” will be celebrating International Sculpture Day on April 24 from 10:30-6 at his studio at 189 Milton Road. Enjoy free demonstrations and discussion while watching works evolve during the day with Clyatt’s molds and bronze casting. For more info and a schedule of the day, visit


Stepping Out for More Sculpture
Become immersed in the visual arts with the Rye Arts Center’s next installment of its private gallery tour and lecture series. On April 30 from 10-1:30, participants are heading to Storm King Art Center in New Windsor. Under the guidance of Rye’s Margot Clark-Junkins and Katharine Dufault, learn about the center’s distinguished collection of 100 sculptures by some of the most acclaimed artists of our era.
Wear comfortable shoes. Limited space. Reservations and advanced payment required. Participants will meet at the museum. Cost is $35 (transportation not included).


Seasoned Masters
Artists from The Osborn will be celebrated at the Rye Free Reading Room through April 29. The exhibit showcases the work of those residents enrolled in the art classes at the premier senior facility.


Young Artists
The Rye Free Reading Room is showcasing artwork created by Rye Neck High School art students in Studio 1 and 2 classes. Oil pastel silhouettes and black-and-white charcoal portraits are on display in the corridor outside the Children’s Room through April 30.


Ahead of the Curve
At the Rye Arts Center, the works of Eva Zeisel are on view through May 22. The internationally recognized mid-century designer’s playful search for beauty in abstract forms is evident in her vases, tableware, and home furnishings. Experience Zeisel’s extraordinary story and 80-year career.

Talks, Workshops, and Just for Fun

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The Rye Free Reading Room book groups have announced their next reading selections.  The Current Events Group’s book for April 28 (6:30) is “935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity” by Charles Lewis. The Thursday Afternoon Book Group will read “My Notorious Life” by Kate Manning for its May 7 (1:15) meeting. The Friday Book Café will discuss “Under the Wide and Starry Sky” by Nancy Horan on May 1 at 9:30. Call 231-3161 for this meeting’s offsite location.


Important Transitions
Join SPRYE at The Osborn for the Osborn Sandwich Generation Conference on April 22 from 6:30-8:30.  Sponsored by Heard in Rye, SPRYE, and The Osborn, the conference will feature Dr. Sandra Haymon’s will lead a program on “The Sacred Journey of Caregiving: A Transformation Approach to Life.”

A licensed psychologist and author of “Baby Boomers-Sandwiched Between Retirement and Caregiving,” Haymon shares what she learned in her personal life.


Totem Power
Connect with your totem animal at Wainwright House on Saturday from 11-2. Intuitive artist Nadine Gordon-Taylor will help participants find their animal, bird, and insect symbols and interpret what these powerful teachers have to share.

Materials included. Bring lunch. Each workshop is $55 for members, $60 non-members. Register at Another totem workshop will be offered on April 25 from 11-2.


Harmonize Your Environment
Learn all about Feng Shui at the Rye Free Reading Room on April 23 at 7:30. Certified practitioner Laura Cerrano will take a multi-dimensional approach to the ancient Chinese practice that sees home and workspace as a metaphor for life.

Presented by the Holistic Moms of Westchester, the discussion will tap into the conscious and subconscious mind, emotions, body, and spirit.


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Wainwright House is offering a healing dance and percussion workshop on April 26 from 2-6. Internationally renowned singer and percussionist Alessandra Belloni will teach participants the Tarantella, an ancient form of music and dance therapy. This southern Italian ritual dance has been used for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Its rhythms provide stress relief, homeostatic balance, and spiritual and physical energy.

Participants are encouraged to dress in white, wear a skirt, and dance in bare feet. The fee is $80 for members, $88 non-members.


Brain Food
Wainwright House is offering an interactive cooking workshop that focuses on the use of organic, local foods of the spring season on April 23 from 10:30-1 or 6-8:30. Explore the cosmic memory of food through seasonal transformation and activate new pathways of well being. The cost is $62 for members, $68 non-members.


Healing Kitchen
When it comes to the healing arts, maybe great-grandmother was wiser than we thought. Join Master Herbalist Andrea Candee at Wainwright House Saturday from 2-4 and learn how to transform the contents of a kitchen pantry into a natural pharmacy. The fee is $48 for members; $52 non-members. Register at



Chapter and Verse
April is National Poetry month. Read and share your thoughts about contemporary poems with fellow poetry lovers in a lively discussion led by Michael Alcee at the Rye Free Reading Room on April 23 at 6. For more information, call 231-3161 or visit


Ruthless World of Politics
The Rye Free Reading Room invites current events buffs to a “Rye U: Naked Politics” panel discussion on April 26 at 4. Join political experts Doug Brunt, Joe Carvin, and Loren Riegelhaupt for a conversation about the state of politics today. Explore the world of Super PACs, newscycles, political campaigns, and national messaging.

Brunt is the author of the best-selling novel “The Means,” informed by multiple in-depth interviews with insiders who have worked in the Oval Office and on Capitol Hill. It will be available for purchase that evening.


Paws for a While
Make beds and toys for the comfort of our furry friends in Westchester County Animal Shelters on April 26 at Wainwright House from 10:30-1:30. Meet other animal lovers while creating “no-sew” beds with fleece material.

Sewing machines, fabric, fillers, scissors, tape, rulers, pins, and needles accepted. For a full list of donation items and to register, visit or call 967-6080. For additional questions about the program, email Eileen at Reikipawsandyou@


Nautical Rescue
On May 2 at the Rye Meeting House, Dr. Judith Weis will discuss her new book, “Marine Pollution,” at 4. A Professor of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, Weis will present the many facets of marine pollution, chemical, industrial, and agricultural. She will offer solutions to the pollution-related issues surrounding marine ecosystems.

Books will be available for sale and signing by the author. The program is co-sponsored by the Bird Homestead nonprofit and LI SoundFest. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For further information, contact 967-0099.


Children’s Corner

Tinkering with Robots
The Rye Free Reading Room’s Gadgets Science Fun Club is featuring Compu-Child Lego Robotics for children in grades 3-5 on April 24 at 3:30. The program will teach children logic and problem solving skills by using materials designed by Lego for educational settings.


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The Rye Free Reading Room celebrates science on the Village Green on May 3 from 11-2. Elementary school-aged children and their families may enjoy spectacular science-themed shows, hands-on activities, and bounce houses throughout the day.

Tickets are $40 per family, or $35 if ordered online by April 30 (ryelibrary .org/sciencefestival). Organized by the library’s Auxiliary Board, this fundraiser will be held rain or shine.

In age-appropriate classes, children will build robots, simple and complex toys, machines, and structures. To register visit and go to Program and Events.


Let’s See What You’ve Got
Rye Recreation is holding a baseball/softball contest presented by Scotts Pitch, Hit, and Run at Disbrow Park April 24 from 4-5. Ages 7-14 will compete in pitching, hitting, and running in various age groups. Overall winners in each group will move on to a sectional competition.

The free contest is open to residents only. Register in advance at


We’re Not a Paperless Society Yet
The Square House Museum is presenting a special children’s workshop all about paper on April 25 from 1-2:30. Children ages 7-11 will learn the history of paper. They will create their own, using newspapers and other paper scraps. The $15 fee per child includes all supplies. Reservations suggested, call 967-7588.

Teen Time

Practice Makes Perfect
Take a practice ACT before walking into the real thing at the Rye library on April 25 from 10:30-2:30. A detailed score report highlighting personal strengths and weaknesses will be available the following Friday. Both the exam and the report are free. 

Test takers should bring water, a snack, pencils, and a calculator. Space is limited. Register at Call 371-8000 for more information.


Fashion Police
Who was she wearing? I can’t believe she chose that? Fashion writer Maureen Amaturo will lead teens in a Red Carpet Fashion Workshop at the Rye Free Reading Room April 28 at 6:30. Watch a 2015 runway broadcast together, then give the fashions a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

After dishing on the celebs, participants will design their own fabulous fashions for them. Bring 8 ½” x 14” sketch paper, pencils, eraser, and a ruler. To register, visit and go to Program and Events.


Family Ties

Derby Day!
It’s that time of year again! The whole family is invited to come out and enjoy a fun and active day at the Rye Y on April 26. Rye Derby runners can sign up for the 5-mile or 5K race. Families can register for the fun 1-mile walk/run through the streets of Rye. Races start at 10:15 and the fun run starts at 12:15. A map of the course is available online. Healthy Kids Day activities start at 10:30. To register, visit


Sensory Escapades
Children with special needs and a family member are invited to the Rye Nature Center at 9:30 on April 25. Enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other fun science adventures. For more information, email marygillick@rye nature Pre-registration is required. No fee.  

The Great Outdoors

Parks and Recreation
On May 2, join the Jay Heritage Center for “I Love My Park Day.” Dust off your gardening gloves, rakes, and spades to participate in this statewide initiative to clean up and beautify our parks. Various project sessions from 9-12 are available. This is a great intergenerational opportunity. Families are welcome to clear debris, plant flowers, or create pathways. Free T-shirts and refreshments. Visit to volunteer.


Sprucing Up the Sanctuary
Birds have begun nesting at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary, and plants are growing. It’s time for volunteers to pick up tools and help beautify the sanctuary, May 2 from 10-3.

Work gloves, tools, and lunch are provided by the Read Sanctuary Volunteers Corps. Additional workdays coming up: June 6, July 11, and August 1.


For a Good Cause

Wainwright House presents an uproarious night on April 30 with two witty comedians, Moody McCarthy and Andy Pitz. After a wine and beer reception at 7:30, the curtain goes up at 8.

McCarthy has appeared at Caroline’s, Gotham, and the Comic Strip, as well as on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. Pitz is a regular at the Comic Strip, Comedy Cellar, and Dangerfield’s. Tickets are $38 for members, $42 non-members. Register at or call 967-6080.


Save the Date

Paddle Adventure Camp
Rye Nature Center is offering an exciting kayak opportunity the weeks of July 6-10, July 13-17, and July 20-24, Monday through Friday from 9:30-5:30. Those entering grades 8-10, whether experienced kayakers or beginners, will master the skills needed to navigate lakes, rivers, and Long Island Sound. Participants will also portage through forests, hike rocky faces, and learn to read the water, wind, and weather. Kayaks, lifejackets, and paddles provided.

Sign up for one week or all three. Optional overnight trip will be available to all during the third week for an additional fee. Space limited. Cost is $600 per week. For more information, email the Education Director at 



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