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AROUND TOWN


Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

 

<<This Weekend>>

 

Finely Ground

 

An opening reception of an exhibit of fine art photography of The Ground Glass will be held at The Rye Arts Center Saturday from 1-3. The Ground Glass, a Westchester-based association, was founded in 1975. For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org or thegroundglass.org.

 

Creature Connections

 

From the tiniest insect to the largest tree, animals and their habitats are linked. Discover how at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1. Explore the food web, life cycles, and predator-prey relationships in this live animal program.

 

An Afternoon of Improv

 

Ages 9 and up are invited to “Bring A Grownup” to The Rye Arts Center for an improvisation class on Saturday from 2-3:30. All ages will explore the exciting and hilarious fast-paced world of improvisation by playing games, doing exercises, and creating scenes. 

 

No experience is necessary. The fee is $50. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

 

 

With 2 paintings

<Twilight> and <Eden>, oil paintings by Avri Ohana

 

 

Landscapes Refigured    

 

An opening reception will be held at the Rye library on Saturday from 2-4 for landscape artist Avri Ohana, whose richly colored oils and acrylic paintings will be on display through November.              

 

“Though my work is never a direct replica of nature,” remarked Ohana, “I have always been drawn and inspired by it.” 

 

 

 

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

 

Have a Chair

 

SPRYE offers gentle chair yoga on Mondays and Fridays through December 22 at the Port Chester/Rye Brook Library, with the exception of December 4. Led by SPRYE member Joan Gibbons, the free workshop invites participants to a beneficial fitness program. Wear loose, comfortable clothing

 

 

Safe in Cyberspace

A workshop on Microsoft’s Internet Browser will be held at the Rye library November 9 from 10-12. The session will include methods to reduce vulnerability to computer and Internet security problems by setting features. You’ll also learn about email security programs to help protect against malicious software.

No reservations required. First come, first serve.

 

Relax with Reiki

Join Reiki practitioner Andrea Deierlein for a conversation about Reiki at the Rye library on November 9 from 11-1. The natural healing practice that originated in Japan and promotes relaxation and wellness stimulates the body’s self-healing response through the light touch of the practitioner’s hands.

 

 

Math Mastery

 

Raising a math-confident daughter is the subject of a talk at the Rye library on November 9 from 6:30-8. In 2009, an Intel survey found most parents would rather talk to their kids about drugs and sex than talk to them about math. With the help of math mentor and learning expert Rebecca Zook, parents will discover how to support their children to achieve true mastery and even come to experience math as a source of joy and self-expression. 

 

 

Fall Stroll

 

Learn how nature prepares for winter at Read Sanctuary’s autumn ecology walk on November 11 at 1. Dress for the weather.

 

Jay’s Bright Stars

 

Astronomer Jason Kendall will present the wonders of our celestial neighbors through a telescope at the Jay Heritage Center on November 12 from 6-9. After discussing the fall skies, there will be a brief outdoor presentation about the Apollo missions to the moon and future lunar exploration. 

 

Admission is $15 per person, $40 per family. Light bites and beverages will be served.

 

Matinee to Go

 

The Rye Arts Center invites all to “Play With Your Food” on November 13 from 12-1:30. This company of actors will present clever and provocative one-act plays by contemporary playwrights. Enjoy the production and a short discussion afterwards before getting on with the rest of your day. 


The fee is $45. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

 

 

Capture the Moment

 

Learn to take better pictures using iPhone capabilities and its downloadable apps November 14 from 10:30-12 at the Rye library. Sponsored by the Little Garden Club of Rye, “iPhonography” with experienced photographer Chris Wood will make your photos come alive. 

 

You Are What You Eat

 

The Rye YMCA is offering a free nutrition seminar November 15 from 11:30-12:30. Participants will also receive tips on shopping, cooking, and food preparation.

 

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

 

Set in Stone

 

Lilian Sicular of Mamaroneck will share her family account of laying memorial stones at the former homes of German Holocaust victims. These <stolperstein,> or cobblestone-size concrete cubes, bear a brass plate inscribed with the names of victims of Nazi extermination. 

 

The program, sponsored by SPRYE, will be held November 15 from 3-4:30 at Wainwright House.

 

Social Security Scoop

 

Rye resident and certified financial planner Paul Tramontozzi will give a presentation on “Understanding Your Social Security Options” at the Rye library on November 16 from 10-11:30. He will provide insight into the kinds of decisions that retirees will need to make in the interest of maximizing their potential benefits. 

 

The Whole Health Picture

 

Holistic Moms has organized a lecture on naturopathic medicine at the Rye library on November 16 from 7:30-9. Dr. Kurt Beil will discuss this integrative approach and how the blending of modern medical science with ancient healing techniques, such as herbalism and acupuncture, helps promote health.

 

 

With photo

The underside of an Orange Oak Leaf butterfly, an example of natural camouflage

Photo by Alexander Vujadinovic

 

Adaptations 

 

The Bird Homestead will present a lecture by Victoria Alexander, Ph.D. on “Nabokov’s Unorthodox Theory of Insect Mimicry: Why Science Needs More Artists” at the Meeting House on November 18 at 3. Renowned Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was also a butterfly scientist, who worked at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.  

 

Alexander will cover how Nabokov, attacked for being unscientific, used his artistic knowledge to understand how evolution can work. Recently some of his work has been vindicated by DNA analysis. The interactive presentation will include fantastic images of insect mimicry and Nabokov’s own butterfly drawings.  

 

A generation earlier, Henry Bird (1869-1959) of the Bird Homestead was an entomologist specializing in the related subject of moths.

 

The event, made possible through the support of Humanities New York’s Public Scholars program, is free.

 

 

<<Family Ties>>

 

All for Nerf

 

Active Family Friday at the Rye YMCA is all about Nerfs on November 10 from 6:30-7:30. Activities will have the family moving with exercises geared to all ages.

 

The fee is $20 for family and youth members, $30 non-members. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. 

 

 

<<Teen Time>>

 

Trial Run

Take a full-length practice ACT exam under real test conditions at the Rye library on November 11 from 10:30-2:30. The Friday after the test, detailed score reports highlighting personal strengths and weaknesses will be available at www.applerouth.com.

Both exams and reports are free. Register at www.applerouth.com/signup. Call 371-8000 for more information. Test takers should bring water, a snack, pencils, and a calculator.

Let Them Entertain You

Area high school students have quite a show lined up for Fryeday Night Live at The Rye Arts Center, November 17 at 7. Music, theater, poetry, and more will be performed by talented teens.

Tickets are $5. Light refreshments will be served. 

 

<<Children’s Corner>>

 

 

Animal Kingdom Ballots

 

On their day off from school, preschoolers through fifth graders can elect an animal for president on Election Day on November 7 at the Rye Nature Center from 10-2. First, learn about how animals adapt to their local environment and then create campaign slogans about each candidate’s special strengths. The kids will vote for the strongest leader.

 

The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members.

 

 

A Picture Sends a Thousand Words

 

Grades 3 and up can make a difference by helping the victims of the recent hurricanes at the Rye Free Reading Room on November 7 from 2-4. As part of the Stars of Hope disaster relief program, kids will paint inspirational messages and designs on a one-foot wooden star. The finished stars will be sent to the devastated communities.

 

 

Turning Over a New Leaf

 

Pre-school to grade 5 will examine how plants have adapted to defend themselves from hungry predators at a program at the Rye Nature Center on November 10 from 10-2. They will learn about common local species, from holly trees with spikey leaves to thorny wine berry bushes.  

 

Swift as an Arrow

 

Students in grades 6-8 can head to the Rye Middle School Gym for Rye Recreation’s archery tag adventure on November 17. Two sessions are available from 6:15-7:45 and from 7:45-9:15. 

 

Archery tag combines the intensity and excitement of dodge ball and paintball while using the skill set of archery with patented foam-tipped arrows. Unlike paintballs, the arrows leave no welts, bruising, or marks, so it’s fun and safe.

The fee is $25 for residents, $30 non-resident. For more information, call 967-2535.

 

 

Make a Holiday Centerpiece

 

The Rye Arts Center invites ages 6-12 to help lay the Thanksgiving table by creating a polymer clay turkey sculpture November 18 from 2-3 or 3-4. Terry Taylor will also show students how to use Magic Color Clay to create multi-color coils for the turkey’s tail.

 

The $15 fee includes all supplies. Members receive a discount. 

 

 

AROUND TOWN

 Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

An Age-Old Practice

Learn all about Ayurveda, a traditional preventive health system from India, on Saturday from 9-4 at Wainwright House. Charlotte Jernigan will teach participants how to respond to their individual body-mind type. Take away practical tips and improved eating habits to ensure well-being.

The fee is $135 for members, $150 non-members. Bring a bag lunch. For more information, call 967-6080.

Home Sale Helper

Discover how to sell your home at a program at the Rye library on Saturday from 11-1. Licensed real estate broker Melissa Marcello will offer tips on repair, improvement, and staging.

Fall Colors

The Rye Arts Center is offering a plein-air watercolor workshop for adults and teens of all levels on Saturday from 1-4. Local artist Holly Rom will teach students all the steps, from plan to sketch to plein-air painting, weather permitting.

The fee is $95, less for members.

Bringing Up Butterflies

“Butterfly Man” Dwayne Taylor will talk about the decline of monarch butterflies at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1. He will discuss raising them from egg to adulthood before releasing them into the wild.

Come to a Kindergarten Party

It’s time for the Rye library’s annual K-Day Social. On Saturday from 2-4, kindergarteners are invited to congregate, register for their first library cards, and check out books. There will be STEM challenges, surprises, and snacks.

Pre-register at ryelibrary.org.

Family Ecology Club

At Rye Nature Center, children with special needs and a family member can enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other fun science and sensory adventures on Saturday from 3:30-4:30.

No fee, but pre-registration is required. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clear Sailing

The Federated Conservationists of Westchester and Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary are holding a benefit on Sunday from 10-1 and 2-5. Sail aboard Pete Seeger’s historic Hudson River sloop <Clearwater,> departing from the historic Yonkers pier. Enjoy the view while local environmentalists share the Hudson’s history and ecology.

For information and tickets, visit fcwcfallsail2017.eventbrite.com.

Make Your Way to the Jay

Families are invited to celebrate American culture and traditions at the Jay Heritage Center’s Hudson River Ramble Sunday from 11-3. Highlights will include live music, book signings, dance performances, a farmer’s market, craft vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo, house tours, and more. Also on hand will be the tempting tastes of autumn, courtesy of Boxcar Cantina, Lobstercraft, Meltmobile, Reddi Rollin Rooster, and Jimmy’s Soft Serve.

Anne Mottola, who teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, will read from her “Wonders in the Gardenchildren’s series, and children’s author Robert Sabuda will conduct hands-on workshops.

Admission is $40 per family, $10 for individuals.

To Your Mats, Teens

Ages 12 and up can develop strength and flexibility in a series of new teen yoga classes, accompanied by music, at Wainwright House. The fun starts Sunday from 6:30-7:30. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques to facilitate concentration, reduce stress, and connect with your body.

Visit wainwright.org for more information. Drop-in fee is $15.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Vanity Fare

On display at the Rye library through the end of the month are illustrations by Christopher Brown, from his years as a newspaper artist and children’s book illustrator. The exhibit includes depictions of celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and politics.

Just Browsing

Explore the ever-changing art gallery scene in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood with The Rye Arts Center September 29 from 10-12. The tour will include a range of contemporary and modern work.

Lots of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must. The fee is $35. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Scratching the Surface


The Rye Arts Center is hosting a new exhibit, “Surfacing,” with paintings and sculptures by Rye resident Jim Langley and Kentucky-based artist Loren Myhre. Their works traverse themes pertaining to the permutation and enhancement of surfaces.

An opening reception will be held September 30 from 5-7.

Natural Beauty

An opening reception for an exhibit of works by photographer Cordia Murphy will be held at the Rye library October 7 from 2-4. The painting-like photographs in “The Natural Wonders of Rye” express Murphy’s profound relationship with the coastline, including Milton Harbor and Blind Brook.

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

A Good Life, All the Way

Join SPRYE for a live webcast featuring Dr. Atul Gawande on September 25 from 5-6 at the Rye Free Reading Room. Gawande’s celebrated book, “Being Mortal, continues to spur lively national conversation about living life to the fullest as a senior citizen.

Surviving Loss

Local author and minister Andrea Raynor, who served as a chaplain at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, knows how overwhelming grief can be. Join her at Rye library on September 27 at 7:30 as she discusses her book on hope and help in times of sorrow and loss, “The Alphabet of Grief.”

Finding the Right Words

The Holistic Moms Network is hosting a Post-Trauma Writing Workshop at the Rye Free Reading Room September 28 from 7:30-9. Writing coach Michelle Levy will show you how to use your creativity as a source of empowerment.

Body Sensations

Wainwright is offering a yoga class based on the teachings of Ana Forrest on September 30 from 12:30-3:30. Forrest yoga focuses on sequences that spread breath throughout the body and remove emotional shielding deep within the muscular system.

Drop-in fee is $15. For more information, visit wainwright.org.

Hivernation

Beekeeper Margaret von der Meden will discuss the long relationship of bees and humankind at a program at Read Wildlife Sanctuary September 30 at 1. Discover the teachings of the beehive and learn how to prepare bees for the winter months.

<Molto Bene>

The Storytellers Guild is meeting at the Rye Free Reading Room on October 3 from 6-7:55. Italian stories will be shared to celebrate Italian heritage month. Tellers as well as listeners are always welcome.

I Spy a Mystery

At the next Friday Book Café, October 6 from 9:30-11, the selection is “Wicked Autumn” by G.M. Malliet. The first book in the mystery series about former MI-5 agent Max Tudor is a whodunit filled with humor and intrigue.

Copies are available at the Circulation Desk.

A Naturalist in the House

A Rye Nature Center naturalist can visit your property to identify weeds and wildlife needs October 6 between 10 and 4. Show your town pride by helping Rye become the second Community Wildlife Habitat in the state. The naturalist will offer suggestions on making your yard a certified habitat.

Register at ryenaturecenter.org. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

<<Family Ties>>

Getting to the Core

Families with children ages 4-7 will learn all about the apple-cidering process at the Rye Nature Center September 30 at 1. Press apples, sample cider, and take a seasonal walk.

The fee is $5 per person for members, $8 non-members.

Fun Lab

Head to the Rye YMCA for Mad Science Friday, on October 6 from 6:30-7:30. There will be special activities, themed crafts, and snacks.

Free for family members, $10 for youth, $20 non-members. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

<<Teen Time>>

Circuit Breakers and Electric Racers

Grades 6-10 will learn about the flow of electrons in a circuit at the Rye library on September 28 from 4:15-5:30. Design and create a battery using conductive and non-conductive claydoh, LEDs, copper and zinc anodes.

On October 5 from 4:15-6, teens will design and build an electric race car, driven by a battery and motor. Gears and pulleys will be utilized.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

Practice Makes Perfect

Take a full-length practice SAT exam under real test conditions at the Rye library September 30 from 10:30-2:30. A detailed score report that highlights strengths and weakness will be available in under a week.

Exams and reports are free. Register at applerouth.com/signup and call 371-8000 for more information. Bring water, a snack, pencils, and a calculator.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Homework Helpers

Grades K-5 can drop by the Rye library Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5 for a little extra help. Rye teachers offer assistance to all students attending local public and private elementary schools in Rye and surrounding areas.

Ollie Ollie Oxen-Free

Grades 5 and 6 can play a large group session of hide and seek at the Rye Nature Center on September 29 from 5-6:30. Children will be assigned to a team and work together to do both the hiding and the looking.

The fee is $10. Register at ryenaturecenter.org.

<<For a Good Cause>>

Hear Me Roar

At The Osborn’s “Women Who Make a Difference” fundraiser/luncheon, September 26 at 11:30, keynote speaker and award-winning author Florence Williams will discuss her book, “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.”

The honorees are Hilary Forman, senior vice president of HealthPRO-Heritage, Scarsdale Medical Group physician Catherine P. Isaac, and Angel Morris, past president of the Rye Garden Club and the Rye Nature Center.

Proceeds will support The Osborn Charity Care Program and The Adams Library expansion. Tickets start at $100. For more information and to make a donation, visit theosborn.org/giving.

Celebrating Seniors

At its sixth annual benefit, September 28 from 6-8 at Willow Ridge Country Club, SPRYE will honor Roz and Joe Carvin. Roz served on SPRYE’s board for six years and the couple has generously supported its mission since its inception.

The benefit enables SPRYE to offer free or low-cost programs to members. A silent auction, wine toss, and jewelry raffle are part of the festivities. Call 481-5706 for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.  

<<Save the Date>>

Round Up the Troops

The Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum will host a Civil War Encampment on October 7 from 11-3, as part of the Girl Scout Gold Award project of Rye High School senior Kristina Marchand of Troop 2282.

The life of a soldier during the 1860s will be reenacted, giving the public a glimpse of camp life, uniforms, food, and medicine, as well as the daily life of families in the mid-19th century. Marchand, herself, has been a re-enactor since the age of 5.

Admission to the event is $20 per family. For more information, call 967-7588.

Lederhosen and Dirndls Welcome

Oktoberfest is coming to the Rye Nature Center on October 13 from 7:30-10:30. The annual fundraiser, co-chaired by Aubrey Cashion, Caitlin Layng, and Annie Teillon, will offer hops, vines, delicious food, a silent auction, and live music by Amber Anchor.

Tickets are available at different levels. For more information, visit ryenaturecenter.org.

A Look at the Past

Port Chester residents Joan Grangenois-Thomas and David Thomas will talk about the Afro-American history of Port Chester at Wainwright House on October 18 from 3-4:30. The lecture is sponsored by SPRYE.

 

Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Fragile Feathered Friends

It’s all about birds at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1. Discover what special traits, adaptations, and survival strategies they employ in order to survive nature’s challenges.

Up, Up, and Away

The Rye Free Reading Room and SPRYE present Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki’s film, “The Wind Rises,” on Saturday at 2:30. The dazzling animated film offers a bird’s-eye view of Japanese aviation.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments following the movie. 

Ecology Club

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

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

Jack-O-Lanterns

Rye Town Park and The Rye Arts Center are holding their first Pumpkin Painting Contest Sunday from 9-1 at the park. The fun-filled morning will include donuts, apple cider, face painting, and, of course, plenty of pumpkin painting.

The fee is $15. To register, call 881-4535 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Archaeological I Spy

The Rye Free Reading Room is presenting “Spying on Antiquity” on Sunday from 2-3:30. Harvard professor of anthropology Jason Ur will discuss how images from CORONA, the United States’ first spy satellite program, have been used to study ancient landscapes in the Near east, Bronze Age Syria, Iron Age northern Iraq, and late Antique northwestern Iran.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Scratching the Surface


The Rye Arts Center is presenting “Surfacing,” an exhibit that showcases the paintings and sculptures by artist and Rye resident Jim Langley and Louisville, KY based artist Loren Myhre. Their works focuses on changing and embellishing surfaces.

Think Coastal

“The Natural Wonders of Rye” is on display at the Rye library until the end of the month. Photographer Cordia Murphy’s painting-like images reflect her relationship with the city’s beautiful coast.

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

 

Orchids Made Easy

The Little Garden Club of Rye will host a talk about orchids at the Rye library on October 24 at 10:30. Carri Raven-Riemann, who owns OrchidPhile, a wholesale business, will offer lessons on nurturing and sustaining these flowering beauties.

The Heist

Pulitzer prize-winning author Stephen Kurkjian will be speaking at The Osborn on October 24 at 7:30. His book, “Master Thieves:  The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art” details the stunning and as yet unsolved theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

The event is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for signing and purchase. To rsvp, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Have a Leading Edge

Learn all about Microsoft Edge at the Rye library October 26 from 10-12. The session will cover the new Internet program’s home pages, search functions, and easier reading of websites. Bring a laptop with Windows 10 if you have it.

Move Over Citizen Kane
The Bird Homestead nonprofit and the Westchester County Historical Society present “Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City” at the Rye Meeting House on October 28 at 3. The documentary retraces the epic clash between master builder Robert Moses and 1960s activist Jane Jacobs, who challenged his efforts to build a highway through New York City’s Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park.

Shoring Up Talent

Join the Sound Shore Writers Group for an open mic night at The Rye Arts Center on October 30 from 7-9:15. There will be readings and a celebration of writers supporting one another. All genres welcome to this free event.

War and Remembrance

The Rye library’s Thursday Afternoon Book Group is reading “The Madonnas of Leningrad” by Debra Dean and Yelena Shmulenson. A discussion will be held on November 2 from 1:15-2:30.

Seamlessly moving back and forth between the Soviet Union and contemporary America, the novel is a searing portrait of war, as well as of the hope that exists in the face of overwhelming despair.

Woman Empowered

Meet author Janet Benton at the Rye Free Reading Room on November 2 from 7-9. Her novel “Lilli De Jong” was called "a heart-smashing debut that completely satisfies." Her work has appeared in “The New York Times,” “The Philadelphia Inquirer,” and many other publications. She has also co-written and edited historical documentaries for television.

“Lilli de Jong” is the story of an unwed mother in late 19th-century Philadelphia who will do almost anything to keep her daughter alive. Benton turns a laser eye to her subject, exposing the sanctimony, hypocrisies, and pervasive sexism that kept women confined and unequal in the Victorian era.

Freedom Fighter

The Rye library’s Friday Book Café is reading “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai. A discussion will be held at an off-site location on November 3 from 9:30-11.

The story revolves around Yousafzai refusing to be silenced and fighting for her right to an education. In 2012, she was shot in the head at point blank range. Her miraculous recovery took her on an extraordinary journey as she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Landscape Makeover

The Rye Nature Center will show participants how to make their yards attractive, while saving money, November 3 at 9:30. Hosted in conjunction with the Friends of Rye Sustainability Committee, this free workshop is sponsored by Sustainable Westchester and will cover leaf mulching and other healthy practices.

<<Family Ties>>

Treats for All

Parents may enjoy a night out as the Rye YMCA watches the kids on October 20 from 6:30-9. There will be a snack and storybook activities revolving around “Five Little Pumpkins” for ages 3 months-5 years. There’s plenty of Halloween fun with a light dinner for grades K-6.

Fee for the younger set is $15 per child for family members, $20 for youth and non-members. For the older group, the fee is $20 per child for family members, $27 for youth members, $36 for non-members.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. Register at ryeymca.org.

Campfire, Canoeing, Climbing, and Crafts

The Rye YMCA heads to the YMCA Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York, from October 20 at 7 to October 22 at 2. The trip includes a two-night stay in a heated lodge with five meals, hiking, and plenty of outdoor activities.

The fee for an adult with one child is $350, $500 for a family of 3, $650 for a family of 4. Transportation is not provided. Space is limited. Register at ryeymca.org. For more information, contact Kathy Lynam at 967-6363 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Walk Through if You Dare

Join the Rye Free Reading Room for a special Halloween family event for ages 4 and up on October 26 from 6-7, October 27 from 10:00-11:30 and 3-5, and on October 28 from 2-4:30. The library's Meeting Room will be transformed into a haunted maze. Wear your costumes.

Haviland’s Hocus Pocus

Ghosts, goblins, bumps and squeaks in the night await visitors to the slightly spooky Square House Museum October 27 and 28 from 5:30 to 8. Get ready to encounter other-worldly travelers awakening from a two-hundred-year slumber at old Haviland’s Inn during this family-friendly event.

Halloween-themed games and a Monster Mash dance will all be part of the fun. The cost is $20 per family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, call 967-7588 or visit www.ryehistory.org.

On Your Broomsticks

The Rye YMCA invites the whole community to a free Halloween Carnival and Open House on October 29 from 2-4. All ages can come in costume to play games, win prizes, enjoy healthy snacks, and have good old-fashioned Halloween fun.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 967-6363.

Gym Games

The Rye YMCA’s first family Friday, on November 3 from 6:30-7:30, offers an evening of themed activities, crafts, snacks and fun for the whole family.

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

<<Teen Time>>

Pen to Paper

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the Rye library is holding a workshop led by Maureen Mancini Amaturo at Rye High School’s Media Center Reference Library on November 1 from 3-4. Students will focus on getting a story started and building a work in progress.

Writers will develop a routine and discover their inspiration in order to reach NaNoWriMo’s goal of getting 500 words per day on paper. A second part to the workshop will continue on November 8 from 3-4. For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Witch’s Brew

Elementary school children are invited to the Rye Nature Center for a Halloween adventure on October 26 from 11:15-3:15. Kids will search for the ingredients witches use for their spells, from spiders under logs to frogs in ponds. Then they’ll create concoctions in the Center’s mud kitchen.

Pre-registration is required. The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members.

Winging It

Ages 3½-6 can learn how birds and butterflies begin their migration to warmer climates at the Rye Nature Center on October 27 from 9-1. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $70 per child for members, $80 non-members.

Make a Halloween Face

Get creative this Halloween at The Rye Arts Center on October 28. Ages 6-8 from 2-3 and ages 9-12 from 3-4 will use polymer clay to make pumpkin faces and then dress them in clay costumes. Instructor Terry Taylor will show students how to transform simple balls and coils of clay into one-of-a-kind pumpkins.

The fee is $15 and all supplies are included.

<<For a Good Cause>>

Bird by Bird

Join Friends of Rye Nature Center to help scientists track broad scale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Volunteers needed from November to April to submit data to Project FeederWatch. A training session will be held on October 28 at 9:30.

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

<<Save the Date>>

B.A.G. Improv

Ages 9 and up are invited to “Bring A Grown-up” to The Rye Arts Center for an improvisation class on November 4 from 2-3:30. Together, adults and kids will explore the exciting and hilarious fast-paced world of improv by playing games, doing exercises, and creating scenes.

No experience is necessary. The fee is $50. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

A Gathering of Light

The fine art photography of The Ground Glass will be on display at The Rye Arts Center from November 4 to December 2. An opening reception will be held November 4 from 1-3.

The Ground Glass is a Westchester-based association of fine art photographers founded in 1975 and with whom The RAC is collaborating once again. For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org or thegroundglass.org.

Stargazing at the Mansion

Join astronomer Jason Kendall at the Jay Heritage Center from 6-9 on November 12 (new rain date) as he presents the wonders of our nearest celestial neighbor through a telescope. After discussing the fall skies, there will be a brief outdoor presentation about the Apollo missions to the moon and future lunar exploration. Light bites and beverages will be served.

Admission is $15 per person, $40 per family.

 

AROUND TOWN

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Bring Your Brushes Outdoors

The Rye Arts Center presents a plein-air painting class at Playland Beach on Saturday from 9-1. Larry D’Amico will lead the workshop.

The fee is $95. For a supply list, exact meeting location, and to register, log on to ryeartscenter.org or call 967-0700.

Daddy and Me

Fathers, bring the kids to the Rye Nature Center on Saturday from 9:15-10. Enjoy the Center’s furry and scaly friends.

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

(with headshot of Chris Brown)

Song and Art Man

Enjoy a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the Rye library’s new exhibit by local artist and musician Christopher Brown on Saturday from 2-4. On display will be striking illustrations from his years as a newspaper artist and children’s book illustrator.

Along with his depictions of celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and politics, Brown will bring to life characters through lyrics and melody. He will sing such CD hits as “Go West” and “Hangin’ In.”

Restoring an Important Resting Place

Learn about efforts to preserve Rye’s African-American cemetery, a National Historic Register site, at the Jay Heritage Center on Sunday from 5:30-7. David Thomas, founder of the Friends of the African-American Cemetery, will describe ongoing research and restoration efforts.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Our Town in Artful Display

The Rye Arts Center has invited forty professional artists to paint the town, parks, beaches, landmarks, buildings, landscapes, and scenic beauty of Rye and environs on September 16 in a one-day, plein-air paint-out. The public is invited to a reception to view the wet works at the Center’s Performing Arts Room at 5. Don’t be late for the live auction, which begins at 6:30.

Additional works by the artists are on display in the gallery and will be available for purchase through a silent auction. For more details, visit ryeartscenter.org/painters-on-location.

Watercolors for Fall

The Rye Arts Center is offering a plein-air painting watercolor workshop for adults and teens September 23 from 1-4. All levels will reap the benefits of a lecture, demonstration, and hands-on application. Local artist Holly Rom will teach students to plan a painting from sketches to be painted outdoors, weather permitting.

The fee is $95, less for members.

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

(with photo of Laurie Jordan)

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

A new vinyasa yoga class begins at Wainwright House on September 11 from 9:30-10:30, and a new therapeutic class begins September 14 from 8:30-9:30. Both will be taught by experienced yogi Laurie Jordan. These breath-centric classes are for mixed levels and meet the multi-dimensional needs of each student. The former builds up slowly and is sequenced to counter the fast pace of life, while the latter empowers students to go inward.

The drop-in fee is $15. For more information, visit wainwright.org.

Yin and Yang

Wainwright is offering Tai Chi classes with Stu Reis starting September 11 from 11-12. The Chinese exercise consists of relaxed, gentle, and fluid movements. Benefits include increased balance, flexibility, and vitality, as well as reduced stress.

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Join the Rye Free Reading Room’s Storytellers Guild September 12 from 6-8. Reap the rewards of sharing stories and storytelling techniques. This month’s theme is apples and apple pie.

High Resolution

Meet local author, journalist, professor Cheryl Strauss Einhorn at the Rye library September 12 from 7-9. Her new book, “Problem Solved: A Powerful System for Making Complex Decisions with Confidence and Conviction,” is about making high stakes’ decisions using her AREA method, a useful thought process that navigates around mental blocks and assumptions.

The Final Word

The Rye Free Reading Room is offering a two-session workshop on Microsoft Word September 14 and 21 from 10-12. Preparing documents, data handling, folders and files, editing, cut-copy-paste, and many other functions will be covered by former IBM exec Mike Negrelli.

New Paths for Seniors

Retirees can discover ways of enhancing their lives at a program at the Rye library September 14 from 6:30-7:50. Michael Amoroso, former owner of a marketing research firm, and Ingrid Gillespie, executive director of Communities4Action, will discuss what to expect in the transition and how to successfully navigate this life change.

By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea

Thousands of volunteers across the globe will be cleaning trash and debris from local waterways and shorelines. Be part of the annual international coastal cleanup by heading to Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary September 16 at 10.

White Out Writer’s Block

Working on a creative writing project, but feeling stuck? Author, teacher, hypnotist, and lecturer Kristin Prevallet will help participants reconnect with the process at the Rye library September 16 from 11-12:30. Using techniques from hypnotherapy, she will free up the inner writer.

In-Flight History

Meet the author of “Images of America: Westchester County Airport” at the Rye Free Reading Room September 16 from 2-3:30. Kent Patterson, a transportation and history enthusiast, will recount the history of the airport from a seaplane operation in the 1920s to an airfield during World War II.

with pix of

Wainwright yoga teachers Paula Heitzner, Patty Holmes, and Susan Wright

Yoga Party

Wainwright House is holding a festival of yoga and mindfulness for all ages September 17 from 11-4. The inspiring 99-year old yoga instructor Tao Porchon-Lynch is the special guest. There will be a Jivamukti yoga class, Meditations and Movement classes with Wainwright’s seasoned instructors, teens’ and kids’ classes, lectures, book signings, music, shopping, and food vendors.

Visit wainwright.org for more information.

Reach New Heights with Low Blood Pressure

The Rye YMCA is offering a free nutrition seminar September 20 from 11:30-12:30. Learn dietary approaches to stopping hypertension. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For Good Measure

SPRYE is holding a talk by local author Martin Keefe at Wainwright House September 20 from 3-4:30. Keefe will read excerpts from his inspiring — and humorous — memoir, “Taking the Measure.” The book begins and ends with the pain of loss and the emergence of understanding.

Sailing the High Seas

The Jay Heritage Center is hosting a talk with Sail magazine cruising editor Charlie Doane September 22 from 6:30-8. He will discuss his book, “The Sea is Not Full,” and share highlights of his seven transatlantic voyages.

The event is free, but seating is limited. Register by calling 698-9275 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Science of Life

Learn all about Ayurveda, an age-old preventive health system, at Wainwright House September 23 from 9-4. Charlotte Jernigan, a North American Ayurveda Medical Association practitioner, will teach participants how to respond to their individual body-mind type and the imbalances that crop up from day to day and season to season. Take away practical tips and eating habits for improving well-being.

The fee is $135 for members, $150 non-members. Bring a bag lunch. For more information, visit wainwright.org. Pre-registration is required.

Waiting in the Wings

“Butterfly Man” Dwayne Taylor will make a presentation about the decline of monarch butterflies at Edith Read Sanctuary September 23 at 1. He will discuss raising them from egg to butterfly before releasing them into the wild.

<<Family Ties>>

Nerf Night

Keep the family moving at the Rye YMCA’s Active Family Friday Night on September 15 from 6:30-7:30. All exercises are appropriate for all ages.

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

Coastal Cleanup

Help the Rye Nature Center to clean up along the bank of its brook September 16 from 9-12. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Pre-registration is required. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Double Feature

It’s time for family movies at the Rye library. See “Boss Baby” on September 21 from 1-2:40 and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” on September 22 from 1-2:35. The stories of a new baby’s arrival and a teenager finding his way are sure to entertain all.

Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy the shows.

Babysitters Club

Enjoy a night out while the Rye YMCA provides a safe and fun environment for the kids on September 22 from 6:30-9. Ages 3 months to 5 years will enjoy “Wheels on the Bus” storybook activities and a snack, while grades K-6 will take part in a straw roller coaster challenge and be served a light dinner.

The fee for the younger set is $15 per child for family members. The fee for the older kids is $20 per child. To register, visit ryeymca.org.

<<Teen Time>>

Feel the Suspension

The Rye library is offering a design challenge September 14 from 4:15-5:30. The new Tappan Zee Bridge offers inspiration as teens design and build their own suspension bridge.

Highly Recommended

College Starter founder Jeff Hirsch will lead a workshop on the college application’s extracurricular profile and recommendation letters, September 19 from 6:30-8 at the Rye library. Through clear examples, he will examine the best ways to shine a spotlight on a student’s activities. Also, learn whom to ask for recommendation letters.

Participants will take home-guided materials to help them create profiles, as well as self-reflection forms.

Fun and Games

Learn to create a game using ROBLOX, a free online application, at the Rye library September 21 from 6:30-7:45. Users make games by coding and designing in a virtual world. Pre-registration is required at ryelibrry.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Ages 9-12 can make 3-D fidget spinners at The Rye Arts Center September 20 from 3:30-5. Learn to work in CAD design and discover the mathematics and design concepts involved.

The fee is $20. Members receive discount.

<<For a Good Cause>>

Now, Voyagers

On September 23, American Yacht Club is hosting the Leukemia Cup Regatta to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The national campaign is a series of sailing events, which start at 7 and continue throughout the day, combining boating with raising funds to cure cancer.

This year, in addition to sailing, there will be paddle and kayak races for all ages and levels, as well as an exciting dinner/auction with the Chad Hollister Band from 5:30-10.

Paddle for a Cure adult donation is $100, $50 for children. Individual post-race party tickets are $100 before September 20. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 203-388-9164.

<<Save the Date>>

Cruisin’ on a Sunday Afternoon

The Federated Conservationists of Westchester and Edith Read Sanctuary will hold a benefit on September 24 from 10-1 and 2-5. Sail aboard Pete Seeger’s Hudson River sloop <Clearwater>, departing from the historic Yonkers pier. Local environmentalists will share the Hudson River’s history and ecology.

For more information and for tickets, visit fcwcfallsail2017.eventbrite.com.

Jay Day

Families are invited to the Jay Heritage Center September 24 from 11-3 to celebrate American culture and traditions. Highlights will include live music, book signings, dance performances, a farmer’s market, craft vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo, house tours, and more. Also on hand will be the tastes of autumn, thanks to Boxcar Cantina, Lobstercraft, Meltmobile, Reddi Rollin Rooster, and Jimmy’s Soft Serve.

Children’s book author Robert Sabuda will conduct hands-on workshops. The two-time recipient of The New York Times best illustrated book award has over 5 million books in print, translated into 26 languages.

Also bringing her child-friendly horticultural lessons from the New York Botanical Garden’s Edible Academy is Rye’s Anne Mottola, who will read from “Wonders in the Garden,” a children’s book she wrote with her sister, illustrator Maria Mottola.

Admission is $40 per family, $10 for individuals. For more information, call 698-9275.

Aging-in-Place Movement

On September 25 from 5-6, SPRYE is gathering at the Rye Free Reading Room for a live webcast featuring Dr. Atul Gawande. His celebrated book, Being Mortal, continues to sustain a lively national conversation about living and ending well in older age.

Special Senior Moment

On September 28, SPRYE will hold its sixth annual benefit at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison from 6-8. The honorees are Roz and Joe Carvin. Roz served on SPRYE’s board for six years and the couple has generously supported its mission since its inception.

A silent auction, wine toss, and jewelry raffle are part of the festivities. Contact the SPRYE office at 481-5706 for ticket and sponsorship opportunities.  

Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Beachcombers

Help with invasive plant removal, trail work, and beach clean-up at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday at 10. Get some exercise, while giving back to the earth.

The next volunteer corps workday will take place at the same time on October 21.

With pix

Caption: Kristina Marchand

Soldiering On

The Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum will host a Civil War Encampment on Saturday from 11-3. Get a glimpse of the daily life of a soldier and his family during the 1860s.

The event is part of Kristina Marcand’s Girl Scout Gold Award project. The Rye High School senior, who is a member of Troop 2282, has been a re-enactor since the age of 5.

Admission is $20 per family. For more information, call 967-7588.

With photo

Caption

Cordia Murphy, <Milton Harbor at Dawn>

Putting the Coastline in Focus

Meet and see the works of photographer Cordia Murphy at an opening reception Saturday from 2-4 at the Rye library. The painting-like photographs in “The Natural Wonders of Rye” express Murphy’s profound relationship with our exquisite coastline.

LOL

Jump into an improvisation session at The Rye Arts Center on Saturday from 2-4. This adult workshop, not just for actors and comedians, is designed to let creativity and laughter flow. It will include games, exercises, and creating scenes in a relaxed and non-judgmental forum.

Register at ryeartscenter.org. The fee is $50 with a discount for members.

Moonlight Over the Mansion

Fascinated by telescopes and the stars? So were the Jays. Join astronomer Jason Kendall at the Jay Heritage Center on Sunday from 6-9 as he presents the wonders of our nearest celestial neighbor through a telescope.

After discovering the highlights of the fall skies, there will also be a brief outdoor presentation about the Apollo missions and future lunar exploration.

Admission is $15 per person, $40 per family, which includes food at 6, the slideshow and presentation at 7, and stargazing at 8.

<<For a Good Cause>>

More than Beer and Bratwurst

Oktoberfest is coming to the Rye Nature Center on October 13 from 7:30-10:30. Co-chaired by Aubrey Cashion, Caitlin Layng, and Annie Teillon, the annual fundraiser will offer hops, vines, delicious food, a silent auction, and live music by Amber Anchor.

Tickets are available at different levels. For more information, visit ryenaturecenter.org.

Jay Soiree

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jay Heritage Center October 21 from 7-11. Dine under a canopy of lights at the Jay Estate, all decked out with an enchanted garden theme and dance to the music of Hank Lane.

Co-chaired by benefit committee members Kelly Bakshi, Angie Nadler, Kingsley Carson Rooney, and Kathryn Schnaars, the evening will look back at the Center’s many accomplishments and focus ahead to new initiatives.

Proceeds will support the Center’s educational programs for children and adults on American history, architecture, landscape conservation, and environmental stewardship.

Tickets start at $250 per person, $500 per couple. For reservations, call 698-9275.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

(with 2 photos)

Loren Myhre, <King of the Pile>

Oil, enamel, spray paint on canvas

Jim Langley, <Untitled>

Made from found materials 

Looking Beneath the Surface


“Surfacing”, an exhibit of paintings and sculptures by Rye artist Jim Langley and Louisville artist Loren Myhre, has opened at The Rye Arts Center. Their works focus on changing and embellishing surfaces.

Cheers to Paint Brushes

Give self-expression a try at The Rye Arts Center on October 12 from 6-9. This BYOB paint workshop will start with a simple still-life and progress from there as participants work at their own pace.

No experience is necessary and all supplies are included. The fee is $65. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Touring the Sculptural Landscape

The Rye Arts Center’s Eye on Art Tours fall season begins October 13 from 10-12 at PepsiCo’s Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden in Purchase. This remarkable outdoor collection is situated on the 168-acre campus of PepsiCo’s world headquarters.

The elegant garden was designed by famed landscape architect Russell Page. The sculpture collection includes monumental works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, David Smith, and Louise Nevelson.

Wear walking shoes. The fee is $35. Pre-registration is required at ryeartscenter.org.

Painting Al Fresco

Get tips and instructions on how to capture the plein-air quality of light and open space in a painting workshop at Read Sanctuary October 14 at 1. Bring your own painting material and equipment. Experience helps, but all are welcome.

<Do> Play With Your Food

The Rye Arts Center is hosting Play With Your Food performing artists on October 16 from 12-1:30. Enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch then settle in for a program of clever, provocative one-act plays by classic and contemporary playwrights. Afterwards, enjoy a short discussion with the actors, director, and playwrights.

The fee is $45. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

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

(Hemna, can you get a screen shot or graphic?)

Bullied No More

Next up in the “Heard in Rye” speaker series is a screening of “Finding Kind,” the award-winning documentary that follows two best friends as they travel the country speaking to girls about their experiences of girl-to-girl bullying. (The film contains a strong, positive message but contains some emotionally intense scenes.)

Discussion will follow.

The program will be held at School of the Holy Child on October 11 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.heardinrye.org.

Tech Update

Learn about the changes to Windows 10 Creators edition at the Rye Free Reading Room October 12 from 10-12. Former IBM executive Mike Negrelli will be on hand to answer any questions about this enhanced program.

Bring laptops with Windows 10, or join the group anyway as handouts will be distributed.

Peeling Back the Layers

All are invited to an open house at the historic Rye Meeting House on October 14 from 1-4 to view the surprise findings uncovered during the restoration. Multiple 19th-century wall images were found underneath the existing paint of the former Episcopal chapel.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 967-0099.

(Hemna, can you get an image or drawing of Washington Irving?)

American Man of Letters

The Rye Free Reading Room will screen a documentary on Washington Irving October 14 from 2-4:30. The film follows Irving’s journey from the streets of early 19th-century New York to the palaces of Europe. A Q & A with the producer, Jim Ormond, will follow the screening.

Irving was the first American to make a living as a writer. Classics “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” continue to cast a spell on readers.

Meso-American Healing

Wainwright is offering an introduction to Curanderismo, a traditional healing system with ancient origins, on October 15 from 10-5:30. Part art and part science, it provides methods for healing oneself and others. Leave with practical techniques, practices, and teachings.

Register by October 10 for a reduced fee of $130 (members), $140 (non-members). Admission is $145 at the door. Bring your own lunch. For more information, call 967-6080 or visit wainwright.org.  

Art of Giving in Yoga

Yoga teachers can deepen their ability to teach yoga with touch at a workshop at Wainwright on October 15 from 2-4. Jivamukti yogi Sandhi Ferreira will show participants the energetic anatomy and geometric structure of different body types in a variety of asanas, so teachers may give proper assists.

The fee is $50 for members registering early, $60 at the door. Call 967-6080 or visit wainwright.org.  

Learning from Home

Holistic Moms Network presents a program on Homeschooling at the Rye library on October 17 from 7:30-9. Chapter member Tamra Malaga will explain the reasons parents choose to homeschool, the various methods, and types of curriculum.

A Pinch of Salt

Join the Rye YMCA for a free nutrition seminar October 18 from 11:30-12:30. The topic of the day is reducing sodium intake when incorporating a healthier diet.

Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local History

Join SPRYE at Wainwright House on October 18 from 3-4:30 as Port Chester residents Joan Grangenois-Thomas and David Thomas talk about the Afro-American history of Port Chester.

Soaring History

Head to the Rye Free Reading Room on October 21 for a screening of the acclaimed Japanese film, “The Wind Rises,” created by Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki, at 2:30. Offering a glimpse of Japanese aviation and the creation of the A6M World War II fighter plane, this dazzling film “is perhaps the greatest animated film the cinema has ever seen,” according to a review by Amazon.

SPRYE has organized the program, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments following the movie. 

<<Family Ties>>

Fiesta Time

Join Marilyn Castillo at the Rye library for a blast of culture, music, and language in Spanish on Tuesdays, starting October 10 from 11-11:45. Learn simple words, numbers, and colors through simple songs and rhymes.

A Treat for the Parents, Lots of Tricks for the Kids

Parents can enjoy a night out as the Rye YMCA watches the kids on October 20 from 6:30-9. For ages 3 months to 5 years, there will be a snack and storybook activities revolving around “Five Little Pumpkins”. For grades K-6, there’s plenty of Halloween fun with a light dinner for grades K-6.

Fee for the younger set is $15 per child for family members, $20 for youth and non-members. For the older group, the fee is $20 per child for family members, $27 for youth members, $36 for non-members.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. Register at ryeymca.org.

Weekend Adventure

The Rye YMCA heads to the YMCA Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York, from October 20 at 7 to October 22 at 2. The trip includes a two-night stay in a heated lodge, five meals, canoeing, hiking, climbing, crafts, and a campfire.

The fee for an adult with one child is $350, $500 for a family of 3, $650 for a family of 4. Transportation is not provided. Space is limited. Register at ryeymca.org. For more information, contact Kathy Lynam at 967-6363 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Parkwork Orange

Rye Town Park and The Rye Arts Center are holding the very-first Pumpkin Painting Contest on October 22 from 9-1 at the Park. The fun-filled morning will include donuts, apple cider, face painting, and, of course, plenty of pumpkin painting.

The fee is $10 per child, before October 13, $15 on the day. To register, call 881-4535 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Slightly Spooky Square House

Ghosts, goblins, bumps, and squeaks in the night await visitors to the Square House Museum October 27 and 28 from 5:30 to 8. While wending their way through darkened rooms during this family-friendly event, attendees may encounter other-worldly travelers awakening from a 200-year slumber at old Haviland’s Inn.

Halloween-themed games and a Monster Mash dance are part of the haunted fun. The cost is $20 per family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, call 967-7588 or visit www.ryehistory.org.

<<Teen Time>>

Burst Into Song

The Rye Arts Center is offering a songwriting workshop for adults and teens October 14 from 2-4. Bring samples of your work for critique and discussion. Song forms of all genres will be analyzed.

The fee is $50 with a discount for members. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

College Primer

Join expert educator Dr. F. Tony Di Giacomo at the Rye library on October 19 from 6:30-8 for a presentation designed to help parents and students in grades 8-11 identify and refine the fundamental skills to excel in high school. He will provide specific lessons to help students see how their decisions impact college planning. Understand techniques that improve student performance while reducing stress.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Where Literacy Meets STEAM

Grades K-2 are invited to join in the Rye library’s STEAMERS program at the STEAM lab October 13 from 4-5. Discuss a book and work on a related hands-on activity that involves inquiry-based learning.

Campfire Nation

Imagine lighting a fire without a match! Elementary school children will get a chance to use materials from nature to build their own fire with the help of the Rye Nature Center’s experts on October 18 from 11:15-3:15.

The day will end with marshmallows and stories around the campfire.

<<Save the Date>>

with photo

The Graceful and Elegant Orchid

 

The Little Garden Club of Rye will present a talk by Carri Raven-Riemann at the Rye library on October 24 at 10:30. The owner of OrchidPhile, a Stamford-based orchid wholesale business, will offer lessons on nurturing and sustaining these beautiful flowering plants for novices and experienced gardeners alike.

Not Your Average Citizen


The Bird Homestead nonprofit will screen the documentary film “Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City” at the Rye Meeting House October 28 at 3. The film retraces the epic clash between master builder Robert Moses and 1960s activist Jane Jacobs, who challenged his efforts to build a superhighway through Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park.

Jacobs’ book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds. 

Admission is free.

 

Around Town: 8/18/17

Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Writing, Naturally

Explore the wondrous waterfront grounds of Wainwright House, which include a labyrinth, and afterwards pen your thoughts and share them with others on Saturday from 10-1. Michelle Levy will lead the program.

The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

Downward Tales

The Rye Free Reading Room presents Story Time Yoga for the whole family on the Village Green this Saturday and next from 11-11:45. Master teacher Elisha Simpson will share international folktales and interpret them through yoga.

For more information, call 967-0480.

Shedding Some Light

On Saturday from 2-3, Science teacher Jhonda Ferrari will describe what happens during a solar eclipse, and explain, to ages 9 and up, how to safely watch next week’s heralded event. She’ll also help participants make their own solar cameras/viewers to take home.

Space is limited. Register by visiting ryelibrary.org.

Rise and Shine with Yoga

On Sunday, Cristina Ortiz will offer a yoga session al fresco from 9-10 at Wainwright. Organic movements and gentle postures will prepare your body and mind for the day. The focus will be on joining movement and breath.

The class is appropriate for all levels. Held rain (under a tent) or shine. The minimum suggested donation is $15. Bring your own mat. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Quite a Character

An exhibit by local artist and musician Christopher Brown opens at the Rye library on September 5. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception on September 9 from 2-4. On display will be his striking illustrations, culled from his years as a newspaper artist and children’s book illustrator.

While enjoying his interesting depictions of celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and politics, guests will hear selections from his CD releases, “Go West,” “Hangin’ In,” and “Characterist,” bringing to life another cast of characters through lyric and melody.

Plein-Air at Playland

The Rye Arts Center presents plein-air painting at Playland Beach on September 9 from 9-1. Larry D’Amico will lead the workshop.

The fee is $95. For a supply list, exact meeting location, and to register, log on to ryeartscenter.org or call 967-0700.

<<Talks, Workshops & Just for Fun>>

Take Note of Nature

Learn to keep a nature journal at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on August 26 at 1. Follow in the footsteps of naturalists before the digital age as they observed nature and recorded or sketched its wonders. Bring a journal or sketchbook and a pen.

To Your Mats, Everyone

Wainwright is offering an introduction to teaching yoga to children and teens on August 27 from 1-3, in advance of their certification program, which begins in October. Learn to help today’s youth self-regulate, focus, and reduce anxiety through yoga’s breathing techniques, mindfulness exercises, postures, and games.

The fee is $40. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

Brainstorm

Share work with fellow writers at the Rye Free Reading Room on September 2 from 11-12:30. Discuss work-in-progress, topics, and the writing process in a welcoming and supportive environment.

With one or more book covers

Page Turners

The Rye library’s Thursday Afternoon Book Group is reading “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman to be discussed September 7 at 1:15. The New York Times bestseller is a thoughtful exploration of the impact one life can have on countless others.

The Friday Book Café is reading Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend” and will meet September 8 at 9:30. This first book in the New York Times Neapolitan quartet revolves around two friends growing up in post-war Italy. Call 231-3161 for the meeting’s off-site location.

The Current Events Book Group’s next selection delves into how China’s rise has upset the global balance of power. A talk on “The South China Sea” by Bill Hayton will be held September 26 at 6:30.

<<Family Ties>>

with photo of eclipse

There Goes the Sun

The Rye library invites all to a Solar Eclipse Party August 21 from 12-3:30. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to the library lawn for a rare celestial show. The eclipse will be streamed from the NASA website in the library meeting room as well.

Snacks, beverages, and safety glasses, courtesy of NASA, will be provided.

Seaside Stories

Bring your preschoolers to the Rye Town Park Pavilion for story time August 22 from 9:30-10:15. Rye Free Reading Room librarians will read tales for tots and offer engaging activities. Parking is offered at a reduced rate of $2.

Cinema Classics

Head to the family “drive-in” at the Rye library August 22 from 6-7:45 to watch the 1939 “The Wizard of Oz.” Kids will pick up boxcars they designed at Family Fun Night on August 3 before watching the classic film about Dorothy and her dog Toto being whisked away by a tornado from their house in Kansas.

Walt Disney’s 1959 “The Parent Trap,” starring Hayley Mills, will be shown on August 29. Mills plays twin sisters who swap places and plot to reunite their divorced parents, played by Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith.

Fresh popcorn and juice boxes will be provided during both features.

Start with a Sponge

Students entering grades K-5 can design and construct houses out of sponges at the Rye Free Reading Room August 24 from 6-7. In this STEAM workshop, artist B. Smith will have participants add chia or grass seeds to the colorful sponges to make their houses sprout.

Space is limited. Register at ryelibrary.org.

Stretch Yourselves Outdoors

The whole family is invited to a complimentary outdoor yoga session at Wainwright House August 24 from 6:30-7:30. Yoga Mountain instructors will incorporate traditional yoga breathing techniques and postures through activities and games.

Bring your own mat. Held rain (under a tent) or shine. Suggested donation is $15. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

Summer Reading Finale

Rye library summer reading participants are invited to celebrate their achievements on August 31 from 6-7. All will receive reading certificates and grades 4 and 5 will be given a special prize. Enjoy making an ice cream sundae and hamming it up at the photo booth.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

Let’s Go Camping

The Rye Nature Center family campout offers the perfect opportunity to introduce kids, 5 and up, and spouses to the joys of the outdoors with an overnight adventure close to home. Meet at 5 on September 9 and stay until 9 the next morning. Enjoy campfire stories, owl sightings, stargazing, and roasted marshmallows.

Bring your own tents or borrow one from the center. The program is open to members only. The fee is $40 per person. Limited space. To register, visit ryenaturecenter.org or call 967-5150.

<<Teen Time>>

For a Stand-Out College Application

A college essay-writing workshop, August 29 from 6:30-8 at the Rye library, will help students find their authentic voice. Learn valuable writing exercises from Tappan Zee High School English teacher Dana Stranges.

<<Children’s Corner>>

The House That Jack Built

The Ryebrary STEAMers, grades K-2, will talk about “If I Built a House” by Chris Van Dusen at the Rye Free Reading Room’s STEAM lab August 25 from 4-5. The story revolves around the kind of house Jack would build if he could, complete with a gigantic slide and a flying room. Participants will then build a mini-gingerbread house.

Children do not have to pre-read the book. Register at ryelibrary.org.

Calling All Young Designers

Grades 2-5 can create their own fashions at the Rye Rec Damiano Center August 29-31 from 9-12. Hobby Quest’s Fashion Design Camp will cover everything you need to know about designing and creating couture looks. Each participant will create a unique, wearable outfit. No sewing experience is necessary.

The fee is $110 for residents, $125 non-residents. For more information, call 967-2535.

Hocus-Pocus

Grades K-5 will have the opportunity to learn an entire show’s worth of magic tricks August 29-31 at a mini-camp at Rye Recreation from 12:30-3:30. Magicians’ secrets will be revealed!

The fee is $110 for residents, $125 non-residents. For more information, call 967-2535.

Dive Right In

The Rye YMCA is holding swim team tryouts for ages 5-18 of all levels — from pre-team to Wave Ryeders — September 5-8. Participants from last year’s competitive swim team are not required to try out, but must register by September 1 to ensure a spot on the team. Visit ryeymca.org for specific time slots. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 967-6363.

<<Save the Date>>

Deep Roots

Learn about efforts to preserve Rye’s African-American cemetery, a National Historic Register site, at the Jay Heritage Center September 10 from 5:30-7. Founder of the Friends of the African-American Cemetery, David Thomas, will discuss ongoing research and restoration.

One Fine Day

The Rye Arts Center has assembled some 40 professional artists to paint our town’s parks, beaches, landmarks, buildings, landscapes, and scenic beauty on September 16 in a one-day plein-air paint-out. A reception to view the works will open at 5 at the Center’s Performing Arts Room. A live auction will start at 6:30.

The event is free and open to the public. Beginning September 5, additional works by the artists will be on display in the gallery and available for purchase through a silent auction.

For more details, visit ryeartscenter.org/painters-on-location.

With photo of Tao Porchon-Lynch

Yoga for the Ages

Wainwright House is holding a festival of yoga and mindfulness for kids, teens, adults, and families on September 17 from 11-4. Meet the ever-inspiring 98-year- old yoga instructor Tao Porchon-Lynch.

Immeasurable

Local author Martin Keefe will read excerpts from his humorous and inspiring memoir, “Taking the Measure,” September 20 from 3-4:30 at Wainwright House. SPRYE is presenting the free program.

The High Seas

The Jay Heritage Center is hosting a talk by Sail magazine cruising editor Charlie Doane September 22 from 6:30-8. Doane, who has completed seven transatlantic voyages, will discuss his book, “The Sea is Not Full.”

Seating is limited. Register by calling 698-9275 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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