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On May 24th, the Heard In Rye Committee presents its final program of the school year: The Power of the Arts: A Community Conversation at Rye Arts Center at 7 p.m. Arts consultant Dr. Rob Horowitz will share his research about how the arts develop cognitive skills, affect social development, and how they positively affect emotional development and self-perceptions.

Space is limited to 80 people. Register by visiting the Rye Arts Center website at www.ryeartscenter.org

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Daddy’s Turn

Rye Nature Center welcomes fathers and their children ages 3-7 on Saturday from 9:15-10. Enjoy the morning’s animal adventure. No pre-registration is required.

The fee is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members.

Once Upon a Time

Ages 3½ and up and their grown-ups can enjoy story time and themed crafts at the Rye library Saturday from 11-12 and again on March 18. The fun morning activity is a great way for youngsters to start developing pre-literacy skills and open up to a world of reading.

Brainstorm with fellow writers at the Rye Free Reading Room on Saturday from 11-12:30. Share your work-in-progress in a welcoming environment. Discuss potential topics, as well as the individual joys and challenges of writing.

Planting the Seed

It’s about that time to start planning a spring garden and the Rye Nature Center will be able to help on Saturday at 1. Whether starting from scratch or looking to add something new, naturalists will guide you in selecting vegetables, perennials, and wildlife.

Suggested for ages 10 and up. The fee is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members.

Room Service Extra

Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary will help visitors “Build a Beneficial Bug Hotel” for their gardens on Saturday at 1. Wildflowers and gardens around your home need a variety of insects in order to be productive and healthy. Learn to support your plants by making simple accommodations for one’s garden guests.

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Crossing the Lines Through Art

An opening reception will be held for an exhibit of the work of award-winning artist Robert Cotnoir Saturday from 2-4 at the Rye library. The show runs through March 30.

The native New Yorker’s paintings blend the traditional with his contemporary vision. As Cotnoir himself offered, “Experimenting with technique, light, color, structure and form stretches my vision. I push myself by always testing my skills.”

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

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Street Smarts

An opening reception for The Rye Arts Center’s new photography exhibit, “A Way of Seeing: The Street Portraits of Cal Swanson,” will be held March 11 from 1-3. The exhibit runs through April 8.

The artist captured people’s life stories as they wandered the streets of New York City’s midtown through the 1970s and 80s. Curated by Patrick J. Cicalo, the exhibit offers a powerful and honest look at human expression.

Top of the Morning

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a musical brunch at Wainwright House on March 12 from 11:30-2:30 with singer/songwriter Christopher Brown. He will perform his unique blend of folk, country, and rock musical styles while guests enjoy the culinary delights of Corner Stone Caterers, along with brunch cocktails.

A founder of the popular Bookends band, Brown is a master storyteller who has released several albums of original music. He is also an accomplished artist, sculptor, and graphic designer. His sports and political caricatures are featured in the Gannett Westchester Newspapers.

The fee is $50 per person. Space is limited. Reservations required at wainwright.org.

Thursday Night Live

The Rye Arts Center’s Coffeehouse series continues at Le Pain Quotidien March 16 from 7-10. Guests will be introduced to new singers, songwriters, and and bands as they enjoy the eatery’s specialties.

The cover charge is $10 for advanced tickets, $12 at the door plus food and drink. Visit ryeartscenter.org for more information

Divine Comedy

On March 16 from 7:30-9, Wainwright House is hosting a comedy show with a talented line-up. The audience is sure to laugh heartily as stand-up comedians Shaun Eli, Jane Condon, and Jon Fisch take the stage. All have performed on late night television or Comedy Central.

Admission is $30 per person. A wine and cheese reception starting at 6:15 is an additional $15 per person. To purchase tickets, log on to wainwright.org.

Nature in Art

The Rye Nature Center is offering a discussion for adults on nature-inspired art and artists on March 17 from 9:45-10:45. Take a look at how some artists mimic nature or take visual cues from actual forms in nature.

Registration is required by March 15 at 12. The cost is $30 per person.

SPRYE and Spies

SPRYE and the Rye Free Reading Room will be screening the acclaimed film, “Bridge of Spies,” March 18 at 2:30 at the library. The movie, starring Tom Hanks, is based on John Donovan’s true account of his 1960s Cold War experiences related to the Russian capture of American U-2 pilot Gary Powers. Members of Donovan’s family, including Rye resident Trish Muccia, will lead a discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. Drinks and snacks will be served after the movie.

Field Trip

The Rye Arts Center is offering a special Eye On Art tour in Greenwich on March 24 from 10:30-12:30. Start at the Corrugated World at the Greenwich Library’s Flinn Gallery, then head to the Bruce Museum to explore their collections, where a highlight is the new exhibit on Impressionist master Alfred Sisley.

The fee is $35. Sign up at ryeartscenter.org.

A Toast to French Wines & Cuisine

Wainwright House is hosting a reception and wine pairing dinner on March 25 from 6:30-10:30 at its historic waterfront mansion. Renowned wine expert and event host Joern Tittel will pour a special selection of the artisanal wines of France paired with a sumptuous French dinner.

The cost is $160 per person. Reservations are required, as space is limited.

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

Women Empowered

The Rye Arts Center will hold a discussion by Women in Innovation to celebrate International Women’s Day March 8 from 6:30-8. Women who are leaders in their fields will discuss the trends of innovation technology.

Moderated by Women in Innovation co-founders Grace Fedele and Suzanna Keith, the panel includes Fran Hauser of Time Inc. Digital; Monica Issar of JP Morgan; Cori Lathan of Anthro Tronix; and Amy Wilkins of Smithsonian Enterprises.

Tickets are $5. Sign up on-line at ryeartscenter.org.

Spring Cleaning

Edith Read Sanctuary is calling all volunteers on March 11 at 10, weather permitting. Help with invasive plant removal, trail work, beach cleanup, and plenty more.

A Good Impression

Lean all about the many faces of Impressionism at the Rye library’s Armchair Art Tour lectures on March 11, 25, and April 1 from 10-11:30. Former Metropolitan Museum of Art educator Dr. Michael Norris will cover different topics each morning. He has been giving art history lectures for over 20 years.

Say No to Toxic

Learn how to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals at the Rye Free Reading Room on March 11 from 11:30-12:30. Plant-based living educator Jeanne Schumacher will offer an eye-opening presentation that will help all modern consumers shop smarter, live greener, and feel better.

Chakras, Color, and Creativity

Wainwright House is offering a workshop on March 11 from 1-4 that will balance your energy and create harmony in body, mind, and heart. Using the ancient chakra system as a guide, participants will create watercolor paintings with a focus on color and energy.

The fee is $50 for members, $55 non-members. Cost of materials included. For more information and to register, visit wainwright.org.

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

A restorative yoga class and Nia dance/mindfulness class awaits at Wainwright House on March 12 from 1-3. Rejuvenate the body, strengthen the immune system, soothe the nervous system, and quiet the mind.

The fee is $32 for members, $35 non-members. For more information and to register, visit wainwright.org.

Food for Thought

A nutrition education seminar at the Rye YMCA, March 15 from 11:30-12:30, is open to all members of the community. Learn to practice healthier eating habits with shopping, cooking, and food preparation guidelines. Participants may also measure their blood pressure with coaching for proper measuring techniques from a Healthy Heart Ambassador.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spread Your Wings

Join SPRYE at a special afternoon with Corporate Angel Network (CAN) co-founder Priscilla “Pat” Blum 15 from 3-4:30 at Wainwright House. The 97-year-old Osborn resident and licensed pilot was inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame and received the Katharine Wright Award from the National Aviation Association.

CAN is a not-for-profit charity that arranges free treatment-related travel for about 3,000 cancer patients per year. Although Blum retired in 2000 at age 80, her ideas and vision continue to transcend time. 

Parents: Engage Thy Children

Adam Cox, Ph.D. will discuss “Understanding Effort, Motivation, and Purpose: Why Kids Try and Why They Don’t” at the next “Heard in Rye” program, March 15 at 7:30 in the Rye Middle School Multipurpose Room.

Learn to create an atmosphere of engagement and immersion in your family, so that your child is more inclined to work hard and carve a meaningful role for him/herself in the world.

For more information, visit heardinrye.org.

Wake-Up Call

Learn all the new iPhone features at a workshop at the Rye library on March 16 from 10-12. Former IBM executive Mike Negrelli will teach participants how to use the new camera app, the Safari Internet browser, You Tube, the iCloud, and more.

Cordially Invited

SPRYE is holding an informational Open House March 16 from 10:30-12 in Port Chester at 55 S. Main Street (1 Gateway Plaza) on the third floor. Whether looking for a volunteer opportunity, just curious about its offerings, or are a current member, all are welcome.

SPRYE’s mission is to enable adults 60 and older in Harrison, Port Chester, Rye, and Rye Brook to live in their own homes and remain actively engaged in their communities for as long as possible.

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 481-5706. For more information, visit sprye.org.

A Delicate Balance

Certified classical homeopath Janice Solomon will present “Three Keys to Transform your Health” at the Rye library March 16 from 7:30-9. The program, hosted by the Holistic Moms Network, will address effective and lasting relief for anxiety, depression, hormonal symptoms, and ongoing physical problems.

Creature Connections

Discover how animals and their habitats are linked at Edith Read Sanctuary March 18 at 1. Sponsored by the Friends of Read Sanctuary, the live animal program will explore the food web, life cycles, and predator-prey relationships.

Workshop Worth 1,000 Words

For those who would like to brush up on using MS Word features, a workshop at the Rye Free Reading Room will be held March 23 from 10-12. Former IBM executive Mike Negrelli will focus on preparing documents, advanced editing features, auto functions, and spell check. The Quick Access tool bar will also be covered.

Lighten Up

Wainwright House is offering laughter yoga and mindful Tai Chi on March 25 from 1-3. Participants will reap unique health benefits with these mindful breathing and expressive movement practices.

The fee is $35 for members, $40 non-members. For more information and to register, visit wainwright.org.

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La La Land

Take a long-zoom approach to Steven Johnson’s “Wonderland,” a lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment, at the Rye library’s Current Events Book Group meeting on March 28 from 6:30-8:00. Moderated by John Dolan, the discussion will revolve around the author’s view that cutting-edge innovation stems from people striving to keep themselves and others amused.

<<Family Ties>>

All Aboard

The Rye YMCA’s Cardboard Boat Regatta is back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row. On March 10 from 6:30-8, families will be challenged to design and create boats made of cardboard and duct tape at home, then bring them in and race them, human-powered only.

No fee for family members, $10 per boat for youth or non-members. For additional guidelines, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Miners 101

Families with kids ages 7 and up can take a peek inside the earth at the Rye Nature Center on March 18 at 1. Learn what the center’s quarry is made of. The fee is $5 per person for members, $8 non-members.

 

<<Teen Time>>

Fashion Runway

The Rye library will present a fashion arts/illustration workshop for tweens and teens March 16 from 4-5. Ying Su, an adjunct professor at both the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons, will offer step-by-step guidance as participants attempt a fashion drawing of their own design.

Space is limited. Registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Bears, Lava, and Dinner for Two

Parents can enjoy a night out while the Rye YMCA provides a safe and fun environment for the kids on March 17 from 6:30-9. Storybook activities revolving around “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” are in store for ages 3 months to 5 years, while grades K-6 will build and erupt a volcano.

The fee for ages 3 months to 5 years is $15 per child for family members, $20 for non-members, including a snack. For grades K through 6, the fee is $20 per child for family members, $27 for child members, $36 for non-members, including a light dinner.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spies Like Us

In a joint program, the Rye Free Reading Room and the Rye Historical Society will lead teens on a journey to the Square House Museum on March 18 at 1. Participants will become spies in Washington’s Army and uncover clues and solve mysteries at the spot where George Washington himself spent the night.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Sweet as Sugar

Before the maple sugaring season ends, preschoolers through fifth graders can still see sap flowing and learn to tap a sugar maple at the Rye Nature Center, March 10 from 9-1. Kids will also get to taste maple syrup and learn to recognize the other trees within the forest.

The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members. Register at ryenaturecenter.org.

A Night of Their Own

On March 11 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 ryeymca.org. Free for members, $5 non-members. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Win the Battle of the Buzzer

Grades 5 and 6 can participate in Battle of the Books at the Rye library on March 18 from 3-4. Read “Behind the Canvas” by Alexander P. Vance and come ready to hit the buzzer and answer questions pertaining to this story of a girl who enters a wondrous and terrifying world of a painting.

For more information and to register, go to ryelibary.org.

Sweet Dreams

Ages 3 and up and their grownups can enjoy Pajama Storytime with stories, songs, and a bedtime snack at the Rye library on March 23 from 6:30-7. The kids can wear their PJ’s and bring their favorite blankets and teddy bears.

Rise and Shine

Preschool through fifth grade kids will discover animals waking up after a long winter’s nap at the Rye Nature Center on March 24 from 9-1. Learn how some animals slow their heart rate to save energy, while others bundle up for the long, cold winter.

The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members. Register at ryenaturecenter.org.

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Rollicking Romps

Grades 1 and 2 are invited to the library’s new STEAM Lab on March 25 from 3-3:45. The new space is where literacy meets STEAM activities, as the kids will read “Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaie Herrmann” by Mara Rockliff and then build a cannon or catapult.

Grades 3 and 4 can head to the STEAM Lab from 4-4:45 to talk about “Bon Appetit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child” by Jessie Hartland. They will then make butter in a jar.

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

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>


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Parks and Recreation

Bring the family to the Jay Heritage Center on Saturday from 9-1 for I Love My Park Day. Help the Center enhance one of New York State’s premier parks and historic sites. Participate in path and trail cleanup activities, as well as invasive species removal. Visitors can also assist with archaeology shovel testing and artifact screening at John Jay's childhood home.

Meet at the front lawn of the 1838 Jay Mansion and bring gardening gloves, if possible. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toe shoes. Water and snacks will be provided.

Calling All Dads

Take the kids on a father/child animal adventure at the Rye Nature Center on Saturday from 9:15-10. The program is geared for ages 3-7.

The fee is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members.

Missing Link

The Rye library is holding a free presentation for job seekers using LinkedIn on Saturday from 10-11:30. Attendees will learn the value and features of the powerful job search tool on social media.

Brainstorm

Discuss works-in-progress with fellow writers, both new and experienced, at the Rye Free Reading Room Saturday from 11-12:30. Writing topics and the writing process with all its joys and challenges will be discussed.

The World Is Her Canvas

An artist’s reception for “The Wheel of Life,” an exhibit of works from around the corner to around the globe by Edith Halpern, will be held Saturday from 2-4. The show runs through May 30.

<<Save the Date>>

Life’s a Carnival

The Rye Historical Society is holding its annual spring benefit gala June 3 from 7-10 at a lovely private home in Rye. Gala committee co-chairs Claudine Hanley, Jennifer Molloy, and Jeanine Scott invite all lovers of history to “step right up and join the fun at a memorable evening celebrating historic carnivals.

Tickets start at $185 per person. Visit ryehistory.org or call 967-7588.

Silicon Valley Sisterhood

The Rye Free Reading Room’s “Read in Rye” series continues June 8 at 7:30 with Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens, authors of “Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech.”

The story of the female technologists who are building the next generation of tech start-ups and upending male stereotypes is also becoming a television series, produced by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Easels, Palettes, and Corkscrews

Join The Rye Arts Center May 11 for an evening of self-expression through paint from 6-9. Participants may BYOB and will start with a simple still life and progress from there.

No experience necessary, but must be over 21. All supplies included. The fee is $65 (members receive discount).

Mother’s Day on the Sound

Wainwright House is holding a Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch featuring composer, pianist, and vocalist Jon Cobert, May 14 from 11:30-2:30. Corner Stone Caterers will provide a delicious celebratory dining experience with cocktails.

The fee is $50 per person. Reservations are required.

Zero in on Solutions

Wainwright will screen “Racing to Zero” May 17 at 7. This engaging documentary follows the successful efforts of San Francisco, which leads the nation in zero waste through a combination of recycling, repurposing, composting, and changing production and consumption patterns.

A discussion by Patti Wood, founder of Grassroots Environmental Education, will follow.

Young Portraits

The Rye Arts Center is holding an opening reception for a Rye Middle/High School art exhibit on May 18 from 6-8. The students’ artwork will be on view at select times.

Brewing Good Music

The Rye Arts Center’s Coffeehouse series continues at Le Pain Quotidien May 18 at 7. Guests will be introduced to new singers, songwriters, and bands as they enjoy the eatery’s specialties.

The cover charge is $10 for advance tickets, $12 at the door, plus food and drink.

Paper Chase

A workshop for adults and teens at The Rye Arts Center will focus on transforming sheets of paper into beautiful sculptures with dramatic effects May 20 from 1:15-4:15. Marna Chester will teach participants how to use Exacto blades, scissors, paper, and glue and will explore positive and negative spaces through shapes.

For a supply list, visit ryeartscenter.org. The fee is $55, with a discount for members.

Twangy Traditional Tunes


The Bird Homestead will present a concert with Breakneck Ridge Revue, a quartet with deep folk roots, at the Meeting House May 20 at 6:30. Andrew Revkin, who was a frequent accompanist of folk legend Pete Seeger, leads the group.

Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Meet Your Makers

New technologies have opened the door to new art forms and media that are included in The Rye Arts Center’s Works By Makers installation. The exhibit includes Sound Art, AppEnabled Art, 3D Printed Art, Interactive Installations, Robotics, Paper Engineering, and much more. It runs through May 26.

Long Distance

The Rye Arts Center is presenting “Portals” by Shared Studios through June 30. Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology that allow visitors to come face to face with someone in a distant portal.

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

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

Chair Pose

Join SPRYE for a free chair yoga class May 8 at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library from 11-12. Yoga with the support of a chair offers all the benefits of yoga on a mat and enhances body, mind, and spirit. Wear comfortable attire and refrain from eating for about three hours before arriving. For more information, call 939-6710.

Safe in Cyberspace

Learn about Internet and email security at an information sessions at the Rye Free Reading Room May 11 from 10-12. A former IBM executive will explain how to reduce vulnerability to computer and Internet security problems by setting features in Microsoft's Internet Browser. He’ll also fill you in on programs to help protect against malicious software, as well as useful removal tools. First-come, first serve. 

Food Matters

Wainwright is holding an evening of reflection May 11 from 7-8:30. Nutrition/Reiki/yoga expert Cora Ragaini will explain how food impacts energy levels, mood, and, ultimately, inner peace.

The fee is $25 for members, $30 non-members. Register by May 8.

Community Health

Learn all about Lyme disease at Rye City Hall May 12 from 8:15-10:15. Sponsored by the Rye YMCA’s Healthier Soundshore Coalition, the community event will cover prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and current trends.

A panel discussion will feature the president of International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, as well as doctors and patients. A continental breakfast will start off the morning. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mother’s Day Stroll

Join a naturalist at the Rye Nature Center for Mother’s Day on May 13 for a walk among the flowers at 1. Learn to search for, identify, and preserve the wildflowers of the forest in our own backyard.

Join the Metamorphosis

The Bird Homestead, along with Central Westchester Audubon, will present “Butterflies in My Back Yard” by lepidopterist Victor DeMasi May 13 at 4 at the Meeting House.

A curatorial affiliate at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, DeMasi will discuss butterflies in our changing environment, touching on issues such as climate change and invasive plant species.

Admission is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Around the Block

Join Maureen Mancini Amaturo for the Rye Free Reading Room’s two writing workshops at Rye High School. Both will help participants of every level get over their writer’s block.

Rhythm and Muse will be held May 16 from 2:45-4. Participants will learn to discover their muse. Stunt Writing will be held May 17 from 2:45-4 and will help writers find their voice and gain confidence in their communication skills.

Space Odyssey

Join SPRYE at Wainwright House on May 17 from 3-4:30 for “Are We Alone?” According to astronomy professor and SPRYE member Dinah Moche, life beyond earth is a very real possibility. Hear about new astronomical discoveries and exciting 21st century space missions.

Moche, Ph.D., is an award-winning author and lecturer whose 27 books have sold more than ten million copies in eight languages. 

Excel in Excel

Learn the basics of how to use the versatile Excel spreadsheet program at the Rye library on May 18 from 10-12. Michael Negrelli will go through its many applications for home use.

Native Healing Arts

Cultural anthropologist Robert Vetter will engage participants in a spiritual journey at Wainwright House May 18 from 6:30-9:30. He will discuss how the indigenous healing in North, Meso, and South America thousands of years ago is relevant today. Some topics that will be covered include the power of prayer, music as medicine, spiritual cleansings, and herbal medicine.

The fee is $45 for members, $50 non-members. Register by May 15.

Blueprint for Happiness

Wainwright is offering a Deep Happiness by Design workshop May 20 from 9-4. Neuropsychologist David D. Nowell, Ph.D. will help participants discover their personal blueprints for sustainable happiness and master a system for moving beyond their busy lives to a steady joy with greater confidence.

The fee is $120 for members, $130 non-members. Register by May 17.

I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore

The Rye Free Reading Room’s Current Events Book Group meets May 23 from 6:30-8 to discuss “Beyond Outrage” by Robert B. Reich. In this timely book, Reich argues that it takes citizens to ensure the government acts in the public good. He explores problems with our economy and democracy and how to fix them.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

<<Don’t Miss>>  

Visionary Artists

The Rye Arts Center is holding its spring gala May 12 at 7 at Doral Arrowwood. Co-chaired by Fiona and Ozgen Dogan, Lisa and Robert Miller, Judith and Bill Passannante, and Nicole and Rob Weber, “A Vision in Rye” will benefit the center’s charitable outreach programs that make art accessible to everyone throughout the Sound Shore region.

Honorees are artists Bob Clyatt and Brigitte Loritz, who have been involved with The Rye Arts Center for many years. The evening will include dinner, cocktails, music, and an auction.

Tickets are $195. For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org or call 967-0700.

The Heart of the Matter

All are cordially invited to Wainwright House’s annual spring luncheon May 18 from 12-2:30. This year’s Heart & Soul Awards honorees are the Rye YMCA and Hospice of Westchester for exemplifying the advancement of human kind, a mission dear to Fonrose Wainwright Condit, daughter of Colonel J. Mayhew Wainwright.

Co-chairs Holly Galgano and Rita Schubert are offering various ways of supporting Wainwright through journal ads and donations. A single reservation is $75. For more information, visit wainwright.org.

Along for the Ride

The Rye Library’s annual Vehicle Fair will be held rain or shine May 21 from 11-3 on the Village Green. It’s always an exciting day with trucks and cars to climb, ride, and explore. Also on the schedule: an all-aboard kiddie train, face painting, arts and crafts, tattoos, and a live DJ.

Sponsored by the library’s Auxiliary Board, tickets may be pre-purchased at www.ryelibrary.org for $35, including one free raffle ticket per family, or $40 at the gate.

<<Family Ties>>

Survival of the Fittest

The Rye YMCA is having a very active Family Friday May 12 from 7:30-8:30. A “human board game” will keep all ages moving with a fun variety of exercises.

The fee for family/youth members is $20 per family, non-members $30 per family.

<<Teen Time>>

The Stand-out College Application

A College Application workshop will be held at the Rye Free Reading Room on May 11 from 6:30-8. College Starter founder Jeff Hirsch will cover the importance of enhancing a student’s extracurricular profile and recommendation letters.

All participants will leave with guided materials to help support them when creating extracurricular profiles and completing self-reflection forms.

Test Through

On May 13 from 10:30-3, the Rye library will offer a mock SAT under real test conditions. On May 20 from 10:30-2:45, a mock ACT will be offered.

Both exams and detailed score reports are free. Test takers should bring water, a snack, pencils, and a calculator. Space is limited, so register at applerouth.com/signup.

<<Children’s Corner>>

You’re It

Grades 6-8 can head to Rye Recreation Park for archery tag May 12 from 5:30-7 or 7-8:30. Kids will enjoy extreme action, fun, and excitement in a laser skirmish adventure.

The program is open to residents only is $25, residents only. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Kids Rule

On May 13 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 ryeymca.org. Free for members, $5 non-members. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Nature Origami

Ages 6-8 can learn origami at a workshop at The Rye Arts Center May 20 from 12:30-2. Children will create their own origami models using animals and forms of nature and add details that will bring their models to life.

The fee is $35 per session. To register, visit ryeartscenter.org.

A Spoonful of Sugar

The Rye Historical Society invites ages 6 and older to the Square House Museum on May 20 from 12:30-2 to explore the role of rationing during World War I and II. After learning about various war efforts and taking a close look at wartime posters from the Society’s collection and other primary sources, participants will bake and enjoy a treat found in a 1918 pamphlet “Sweets Without Sugar”.

The cost of the program is $10 per child. Reservations are suggested. Call 967-7588.

In the Fold

Ages 9-11 can learn modular origami at a workshop at The Rye Arts Center May 20 from 2:15-3:45. Participants will use more than one paper to create beautiful geometric forms. First, they’ll be introduced to basic unit folds, then they’ll create 2D and 3D models

The fee is $35 per session. To register, visit ryeartscenter.org.

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Friendly Competition

The Rye library’s Tween Trivia Battle Book Club for grades 5 and 6 meets May 20 from 3-4 to discuss “The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle” by Janet S. Fox. Read the story and see who can hit the buzzer first. The story takes place during the 1940 Blitz when children are sent from their home in England to a private school in Scotland.

Pick up a copy of the book in the Children’s Room. To register, visit ryelibrary.org.

 

Around Town


Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

 

<<This Weekend>>

 

Mint Condition 

 

On Saturday from 2-4, ages 10-12 are invited to a treasure box workshop at The Rye Arts Center. Transform a simple metal mint tin into a beautiful box using various polymer clay-building techniques.

 

The fee is $40 with a discount for members. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

 

 

Once Upon a Time

 

Ages 3½ and up and their grown-ups can enjoy story time and themed crafts at the Rye library Saturday from 11-12. The fun morning activity is a great way for youngsters to develop pre-literacy skills and a lifelong interest in books and reading. 

 

 

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

 

Let the Good Times Roll

 

Wainwright House is hosting its annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Gala February 25 from 6:30-10:30. Guests, wearing Mardi Gras costumes or not, will enjoy a sumptuous New Orleans style dinner, an open bar, live music, and a reveler’s parade.

 

Proceeds will go to advance the holistic center’s mission and support its many programs.

 

 

Cause for Celebration

 

The Rye Historical Society hosts its annual spring history luncheon and boutique March 2 at American Yacht Club. Shopping opens at 11:15, lunch will be served at noon, and the featured presentation, “A Century of Struggle: Women’s Suffrage in the Empire State,” begins promptly at 1:15. 

 

Barbara Winslow, Professor Emerita of Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Brooklyn College, CUNY, will expound on the origins of the movement and the remarkable women who fought for and won the right to vote in New York State a century ago. 

 

Tickets are $150. For reservations, call 967-7588 or visit www.ryehistory.org.

 

 

Express Thyself!

 

Join The Rye Arts Center March 2 from 6-9 for a BYOB night of self-expression through paint. Participants will start with a simple still life and progress at their own pace from there. 

 

No experience necessary. The fee is $65. All supplies included. Register at ryeartscenter.org.  

 

Grand Funk

 

John Fumasoli & the Jones Factor will perform at The Rye Arts Center March 3 from 7:30-8:30. Guests will enjoy an evening of jazz standards and original compositions, along with high-energy funk and R & B.

 

The fee is $35 in advance, $40 at the door; $30/$35 for members.

 

Painting From Memory

 

The Rye Free Reading Room’s posthumous exhibit of Dominick Joseph Cerrone’s oil and watercolor paintings continues through February 27. A commercial artist, Cerrone was inspired by a trip to his parents’ hometown of Casalciprano long ago.

 

With photos

 

Impressions of East Africa   

 

An exhibit of works by Nenne Sanguineti Poggi is at The Rye Arts Center through March 4. The artist/journalist spent 30 years capturing the essence of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Drawing from countless influences, Poggi’s style ranges from figurative post-impressionism to pure abstraction.

 

 

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

 

 

And Sew on and Sew On

 

Bring your own project and spin a yarn at the Rye Free Reading Room February 28 from 2-4. Whether it’s needlework or fabric arts, work while you chat.

 

 

Need bookcovers

 

Hot Topics  

 

 

 

At The Current Events Book Group’s next meeting at the Rye library, February 28 from 6:30-8, they’ll discuss “The Half Has Never Been Told” by Edward E. Baptist. The author’s assertion is that slavery was woven inextricably into the fabric of early 19th-century capitalism. John Dolan will lead what promises to be a great debate.

 

The Thursday Afternoon Group’s next selection is “The Headmaster’s Wife” by Thomas Christopher Greene. The novel brings to life the tight-knit enclave of a New England boarding school. The meeting is March 2 from 1:15-2:30.

 

The Friday Book Café will meet March 3 from 9:30-11 at an offsite location to discuss “Miss Jane” by Brad Watson. The novel, long-listed for the National Book Award, brings to life a forgotten woman in early 20th-century Mississippi.

 

 

Mindfully Yours

 

The Healing Arts Collective will present a discussion on mindfulness at the Rye library March 2 from 7:30-8:30. Attendees will learn mind and movement practices to refocus and gain valuable life tools.

 

The Collective is a non-profit volunteer group of Rye moms and health and wellness professionals.

 

 

<<Family Ties>>

 

Spin, Spiral, and Split   

 

Rye Recreation invites all to put on their ice skates and enjoy a family fun day at Rye Country Day School February 20 from 2:15-4:30. Ages 16 and under must wear a helmet. 

 

How Sweet It Is

 

Learn all about tapping a tree and maple sugaring at the Rye Nature Center on February 25 at 1. Families will get a glimpse of the sugaring process in the Center’s own sugar shed. 

 

The fee is $10 per family for members, $15 non-members. Call 967-5150 for reservations. 

 

Families That Play Together…

 

Families will enjoy First Family Friday at the Rye YMCA on March 3 from 6:30-7:30. All ages will participate in “Get Fit” activities with crafts, snacks, and fun.

 

Free for family members, $10 for youth members, $20 non-members. Register at ryeymca.org.

 

 

 

<<Teen Time>>

 

 

Dive Right In

 

Teens who are at least 15 years old by February 24 can sign up for an American Red Cross lifeguard course at the Rye YMCA, which will be held February 19, 20, 23, and 24. Among the requirements, participants must be able to swim 300 yards continuously and surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet. 

 

The class will focus on skills needed to help remove victims from a pool in emergency situations, as well as first aid, CPR, and how to use an AED in case of a cardiac emergency. Once trained and certified, participants will have the opportunity to apply for lifeguard duty.

 

The fee is $400 for members, $450 non-members. For more details visit ryeymca.org or call Vickie at 967-6363.  

 

 

<<Children’s Corner>>

 

Point Blank

 

The Rye Y invites grades 5-9 on a trip to Liberty Paintball in Patterson, February 20 at 9. Participants will be chaperoned by the Y’s teen staff and will play on their own reserved fields. 

 

No experience is necessary and all gear is provided. The fee is $130 for members, $155 non-members. Safety gear, equipment, transportation, and admission are included. For more details, visit ryeymca.org or call 967-6363.

 

Commander-in-Chef

The Rye Historical Society is offering an American Presidential Foods and Facts workshop for children ages 6 and up at the Square House Museum on President’s Day, February 22 from 10-12. Participants will learn fun trivia about our nation’s past leaders while making delicious treats favored by the founding families. Adapted historic recipes will be used.

The cost is $10 per child. Space is limited. Call 967-7588 to register.

 

 

Welcome, Young Readers     

 

The Rye library’s S.T.E.A.M.ers book group (grades 1 and 2) meets February 25 from 3-3:45 to discuss “Whoosh” by Chris Barton. It tells the story of inventor Lonnie Johnson and how he created the Super Soaker water gun, one of the top toys of all time.

 

The S.T.E.A.M. Rollers book group (grades 3 and 4) meets right after, from 4-4:45. Patricia Hruby Powell’s “Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker” will be discussed. This portrait covers Baker’s life as a passionate performer and civil rights advocate. 

 

Copies of the books are still available in The Children’s Room. Register at ryelibrary.org.

 

Ecology Club

 

Children with special needs are invited to bring a family member or caregiver to the Rye Nature Center on March 1 from 3:30-4:30. Enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other fun science and sensory adventures.

 

No fee. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Team Building Through STEM

 

Preschoolers through fifth graders can head to the Rye Nature Center March 2 for a STEM challenge from 11:30-3:30. They’ll learn how to collaborate with teammates through the Center’s Con Edison STEM course. They will also learn how a water pump works and how to build earthquake-proof structures.

 

The fee is $70 for members, $80 non-members. Download a registration form at ryenaturecenter.org.

 

<<Save the Date>>

 

Women of the World, Invent!

 

On March 8, in celebration of International Women’s Day, The Rye Arts Center will hold a panel discussion by Women in Innovation from 6:30-8. Female leaders in their fields will discuss the trends in innovation technology.

 

Tickets are $5. Sign up on-line at ryeartscenter.org.

 

Urban Lives

 

An opening reception for The Rye Arts Center’s new photography exhibit, “A Way of Seeing: The Street Portraits of Cal Swanson,” will be held March 11 from 1-3. The artist captured people’s life stories as they wandered the streets of New York City through the 1970s and 1980s. 

 

 

Top of the Morning    

 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a musical brunch at Wainwright House March 12 from 11:30-2:30. Singer/songwriter Christopher Brown will perform his unique blend of folk, country, and rock musical styles. Count on Corner Stone Caterers to provide a delightful meal. 

 

The fee is $50 per person. Space is limited. Reservations required at wainwright.org. 

 

 

Come Fly With Her

 

Meet the esteemed Priscilla “Pat” Blum, an Osborn resident and co-founder of the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), March 15 from 3-4:30 at Wainwright House. The 97-year-old licensed pilot was inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame and received the Katharine Wright Award from the National Aviation Association. CAN is a not-for-profit charity that arranges free treatment-related travel for some 3,000 cancer patients per year. The event is hosted by SPRYE.