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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.

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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>>

Trailer Treats

Rye Recreation’s second annual Food Truck Festival is all geared up for Saturday from 1-5. Last year, more than 2,000 residents and friends attended the inaugural event. There will be music and a great variety of everyone’s favorite food trucks, from Arthur Avenue Pizza and Walter’s Hot Dogs to Lobster Craft and Longford’s Ice Cream.

All in the Family Gallery

Celebrate the works of the talented members, instructors, and students of The Rye Arts Center at a reception on Saturday from 1-3. This free community favorite is a culmination of works by young and old, novice and accomplished.

For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org.

In Plein-Air Sight

Get tips on painting the great outdoors at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1. Painter and illustrator Steve Pica will help participants capture the landscape’s light and open space.

Some experience is helpful. Bring your own painting materials.

It Don’t Mean a Thing, If You Ain’t Got That Swing

The Rye Free Reading Room is holding a screening of “The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra” on Saturday from 2-3. For 25 years, the crowd-pleasing group has continued to feed the fire of the big band era. Embrace this opportunity to hear their hard-swinging classics and watch dancers pay tribute to Lindy innovator Frankie Manning.

Page Turners Plus

Rye STEAMers in grades 1 and 2 are invited to the library’s new STEAM Lab on Saturday from 3-3:45. Kids will learn the history of the hot dog by reading Adrienne Sylver’s “Hot Diggity Dog” and will make a solar hot dog cooker.

The STEAM Rollers in grades 3 and 4 are invited from 4-4:45 to talk about “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, and Slave” by Laban Carrick Hill. The story of the extraordinary artist who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s is a National Book Award nominee.

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

Nature as Muse

Head to Wainwright on Sunday from 1-4 for a writing workshop focused on nature’s inspiration led by editor/educator Michelle Levy. Participants will explore the holistic center’s spectacular grounds, including the walking labyrinth. Afterwards, there will be a 20-minute writing session, then a sharing circle. Additional workshops will be held July 22 and August 19 from 10-1.

The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door.

Sunday Stroll

The Jay Heritage Center’s 1838 Greek revival mansion is open to the public on Sundays all summer from 2-5. The Jay Estate is where Founding Father John Jay grew up. The historic 23-acre oasis boasts a magnificent view of Long Island Sound and provides visitors with a rare window into our past.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Greatest Hits

Wainwright House will present “From Classical Music to Broadway — Borodin to Kismet – A Fascinating Journey” June 28 from 3-4:30. Speaker Ed Pressman is a board member of Collegium at Westchester Community College and teaches American history, classical music, and musicals of Broadway. He will focus on how they reflect the American narrative. The program is free.

Twilight Concerts on the Sound

Nothing beats listening and swaying to music on a summer night. First up at Rye Town Park’s annual series is Twist of Fate June 27 from 7:30-9. Led by Adam and Dayna Reist, this local five-member band is built around the tropical sounds of the steel drums. The band’s playlist comes from all over the Reggae, Ska, Jamaican, and American Pop music scenes.

Next up is The Reddy Valentino Orchestra, July 5. The swing orchestra dates back to the 1930s at New York’s Hotel Edison. Well-known Rye resident, vocalist, and musician Scott Wenzel has been serving as bandleader since the late 1990s. The 15-member band features trumpets, trombones, and reeds. Space in the Pavilion will be set aside for dancing, which is encouraged.

On July 11, The Urban Coyotes Band takes to the Pavilion stage.

Patriotic Glory

Christ’s Church will host a special Star-Spangled organ recital Sunday, July 2 at 4. The mixed program will include famous tunes from the silver screen and the 1812 Overture, performed by church organist Ruaraidh Sutherland. The concert will conclude with a patriotic sing-a-long and a BBQ in the church gardens.

Admission is free of charge, but contributions in aid of the Christ’s Church Choir’s 2018 pilgrimage to England would be gratefully accepted.

Metropolitan Opera Mondays

The Rye Free Reading Room will screen Puccini’s “La Boheme” on July 10 from 12-3. The bittersweet story of high-spirited bohemians stars Luciano Pavarottti and Mirella Freni. Bring lunch and swoon over opera on the big screen.

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” is scheduled for July 17, Wagner’s “Parsifal” for July 24, and Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” for July 31.

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

A Snapshot of Shots Heard Round the World

On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder accidently captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on film. On June 27 at 7, The Osborn hosts Alexandra Zapruder, his granddaughter and author of “Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film”. The 486-frame film is the permanent eyewitness to one of the 20th century’s most tragic events.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 925-8218 or emailing RSVP@The Osborn.org.

Clean and Green

Love nature? Volunteer at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary on July 1 at 10 to help with invasive plant removal, trail work, beach cleanup, and more. Get some exercise while giving back to the earth.

Brainstorm

Writers are invited to share their works-in-progress and discuss topics at the Rye Free Reading Room on July 1 from 11-12:30. The welcoming and supportive environment is open to both novices and experienced writers, who would like to share their joys and challenges.

Summer Reads

The Rye library’s Thursday Afternoon Book Group will discuss “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett on July 6 from 1:15-2:30. The bestselling author tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

The Friday Book Café will discuss Melanie Benjamin’s “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” on July 7 from 9:30-11. The New York Times bestseller explores the scandalous friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley.

For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.

The Inside Track

Learn how to think like a tracker at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary July 8 at 1. Investigate nearby fields and forests with professionals and uncover animal tracks and clues.

Participants must be at least 12 years old.

Writer’s Circle

The Rye Arts Center is offering an adult writing workshop that will satisfy everyone’s “inner writer” and awaken the creative process, July 11-13 from 10-12. Participants will receive personal feedback on character development, settings, and plots. All genres welcome.

The cost is $115 for all three days. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

Harmony with Nature

Wainwright House is offering a workshop on Vastu, the yoga of one’s environment, on July 11 from 6:30-8. Specialist Marianne Denniston will explore energetic techniques and show participants how to create environments in alignment with the rhythms of the universe.

The cost is $25 for members, $30 non-members, $35 at the door. For more information, visit wainwright.org or call 967-6080.

<<Family Ties>>

School’s Out!

Take the kids to the Rye library with brown bag lunches and enjoy a family movie. Disney’s “Moana,” set in ancient Polynesia, is playing June 26 from 1:30-3:15 and “The Lego Batman Movie,” an animated Gotham City caper, will be shown on June 27 from 1:30-3:05.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. Call 967-0480 for more information.

The Amazing Race and Other Fun Projects

Families with children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in September can join the Rye library’s fun competition on July 6 from 6-8. Teams will race around a Dewey Decimal System world by completing ten tasks.

On July 13 from 6-7, families may join local artist/writer Terry Taylor to create a bird feeder out of polymer clay. The author’s craft books provide children with lively stories, as well as simple instructions.

Pre-registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Storytime Al Fresco

Bring the kids, from infants to preschoolers, to Rye Town Park on July 11 from 9:30-10:15 and every Tuesday throughout the summer, courtesy of the Rye Free Reading Room. Enjoy sunshine, stories, and engaging activities by the seaside.

The park will charge a reduced parking fee of $2.

<<Teen Time>>

Creating Cocoons

Learn to capture the beauty of butterflies in a shadowbox. Artist Lavinia Wiggins will provide instructions and supply the materials. Participants may bring small 2” x 5” photos to personalize their boxes.

For more information, visit ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

What Color Is Your Parachute?

Ages 9 and up are invited to STEAM workshops at the Rye library on June 28 and 29 from 2-3. On June 28, instructor Irum Khan will show participants how to design and create a kaleidoscope with magical patterns that fracture light. The next day, she will teach the principles of aerospace engineering and air resistance through the design and creation of a parachute.

Both programs are sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room and the Woman’s Club of Rye/Children’s Philanthropy.

Space is limited. To pre-register, visit ryelibrary.org.

Hydroponics 101

Children in grades 3-5 can register for a three-part workshop July 1, 15, and 22 from 2-3:30 at the Rye Free Reading Room. Led by an educator from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Westchester County, the series will cover the history of hydroponics, seeds, germination, and nutrients essential for plant growth.

At the end of the program, children will take home their own herb or flowering plants. Register at ryelibrary.org.

Wearable Art

Ages 6-12 can make their own T-shirts at The Rye Arts Center on July 18 from 3:30-5:30. Using found objects and plants, students can expose them under the sunlight to create cool blueprints or “cyanotypes.” They’ll go home with one-of-a-kind wearable art.

The fee is $50. All supplies included.

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.

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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>>

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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..

 

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Rituals of Korea

A documentary film celebrating Korean culture will be shown at the Rye Free Reading Room on Saturday from 11-1. Attendees of all ages will also enjoy the reenactment of a Korean wedding ceremony and the traditional meal that will follow.

Register at ryelibrary.org.

Give Puppets a Hand

The Rye Arts Center is offering a puppet master animation workshop for ages 7-10 on Saturday from 12:30-2:30. Kids will invent and paint superhero animal characters on paper, and animate them with the PuppetMaster app on an iPad. Participants will receive a video of their animation. The popular app’s designer, Michal Finegold, is the instructor.

The fee is $35. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

With pix

The Avian Way

How does the local avian population handle the many challenges nature poses? At a program at Edith Read Sanctuary Saturday at 1, learn what special traits, adaptations, and survival strategies our feathered friends employ.

Summer Reading

Calling all tweens entering grades 4-10 and their parents/guardians to a meeting at the Rye library covering this summer’s Battle of the Books trivia tournament requirements on Saturday from 3-3:30. Participants will read five pre-selected books, attend meetings, and compete as a team in the Westchester County tournament this fall.

With picture of author this time

Keep on Dancing

Rosemary Novellino-Mearns will share her account of “Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer’s True Story” at the Meeting House on Saturday at 4. The dance captain of the legendary company is responsible for saving the iconic landmark from the wrecking ball in 1978.

Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. The program is co-sponsored by the Bird Homestead and the Westchester County Historical Society.

All Over the Map

The public is invited to the Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum Saturday from 5-7 for a special exhibit of their archive’s maps. Local historian and longtime Rye Record columnist Paul Hicks will discuss Rye’s changing boundaries from the late 17th century to the early 20th.

The program is free. To reserve a seat, call 967-7588.

For Tweens Only

On Saturday 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..

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Home-Grown

Celebrate the works of the talented members, instructors, and students at a reception at The Rye Arts Center on June 24 from 1-3. This free community favorite is a culmination of works by young and old, novice and accomplished.

For information about attending or submitting, visit ryeartscenter.org.

Worldly Conversations

“Portals”, the outdoor exhibit by Shared Studios, will remain on the Rye Arts Center lawn through the end of the month. The latest audio-visual technology allows visitors to come face-to-face with someone in a distant portal, from California to Iraq.

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

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

Union of Mind, Body & Breath

Wainwright House is offering beginners the opportunity to learn yoga with certified instructor Lexy Tomaino, who believes yoga is both a “work-out and a work-in.” On June 12 and 19 from 9:30 to 10:45, she will cover breath, postures, heart openers, and spinal extenders.

The drop-in fee is $20. For more information, visit wainwright.org.

Computer Crash Course

A hands-on workshop for new computer users will be held at the Rye library June 15 from 10-12. Taught by former IBM executive Michael Negrelli, the course will use the Windows 7 system and address the new Windows 10.

Topics will include preparing documents, setting up folders, saving and retrieving files, and printing features. First-come basis.

Detox Details

Learn about taking care of body and diet at the Rye Free Reading Room on June 15 from 11-12:30. Dr. John Thomas Giudice of Greenwich Integrative Health Partners will cover the benefits of detoxifying the body and cleanses.

With photo of Lane Cobb

Living Up to Your Full Potential

Meet the author of “Heal Your Power, Heal Your Life” at the Rye library June 17 from 2-4. Lane L. Cobb, a life coach who focuses on healing strategies for women on the rise, helps women pursue their passions and create joy, freedom, and authenticity in life.

Long Day’s Journey

Join Wainwright for a summer solstice ceremony on June 18 from 6-8. Honor Mother Earth and Grandmother/Grandfather Fire. The ceremony, facilitated by Leigh Reeves with music by Rebecca Kane, will give participants the chance to release their limitations and enhance personal growth.

A $10 donation is suggested. Feel free to bring your own drum or other instrument.

Eastern Union

The journey towards the center of one’s being is a long, meandering road. Sangeeta Bansal, founder of Rooted Minds, will help you get there at Wainwright House on June 21 and 28, July 5 and 12 from 6:45-8. She will utilize an enneagram, a tool synthesized from spiritual traditions designed to identify the nine basic personality types. Mindful meditation will aid in identifying and overcoming self-limiting behaviors.

The fee for the four-week course is $108 for members, $120 non-members. There will be an additional $12 fee for a take-home online personality test.

And Now, a Word From Nature

Michelle Levy, who has worked as an editor for McGraw-Hill and Condé Nast, and is also an environmental educator at Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont, will lead a writing workshop focused on nature’s inspiration June 25 from 1-4 at Wainwright.

Participants will explore the holistic center’s spectacular grounds, including the walking labyrinth. Afterwards, there will be a 20-minute writing session, then a sharing circle.

The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door.

<<Pitch In>>

Down and Dirty

It’s Volunteer Corps Workday at Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary June 17 at 10. Help with invasive plant removal, trail work, beach cleanup, and more. Get some exercise while giving back to the earth.

<<Family Ties>>

Bedtime Story

Ages 3 and up and their grownups may head to the Rye library on June 22 from 6:30-7. The kids can come in their pajamas and bring their favorite blankets and teddy bears for stories, songs, and a bedtime snack.

The Magic of Reading

The Rye library’s summer reading kickoff event will feature the magic of Eric Wilzig on June 23 from 2-3:30. The award-winning illusionist has captivated audiences worldwide with thousands of performances, including TV’s popular “America’s Got Talent.”

The family program is geared to children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in September. It is generously co-sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room and the Woman’s Club of Rye.

<<Children’s Corner>>

Gizmos and Gadgets

The Rye library’s next science fun club for grades 3-5, set for June 16 from 4-5, will revolve around “floating or flying.” The monthly workshops focus on different S.T.E.A.M. activities that are both educational and fun.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Water Basics

The Rye YMCA is offering a free four-session course that teaches children water safety and swimming skills to help reduce the risk of drowning and help build confidence. The course will be held June 20, 21, 22, and 23 at 4-4:30 for ages 3-5 and 4:30-5 for ages 6-9.

Certified water safety instructors will work with kids in and outside of the pool. Registration is required. Space is limited. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With two book covers

Steamy Reading

Rye STEAMers in grades 1 and 2 are invited to the library’s STEAM Lab on June 24 from 3-3:45. The new space is where literacy meets STEAM activities. Kids will learn the history of the hot dog by reading Adrienne Sylver’s “Hot Diggity Dog” and will make a solar hot dog cooker.

The STEAM Rollers in grades 3 and 4 can head to the STEAM Lab from 4-4:45 to talk about “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, and Slave” by Laban Carrick Hill. The story of the extraordinary artist who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s is a National Book Award nominee.

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

<<Save the Date>>

The Trucks Stop Here!

The Rye Recreation’s second annual Food Truck Festival returns with relish June 24 from 1-5. Last year, over 2,000 residents and friends attended the inaugural event. There will be music and a great variety of everyone’s favorite food trucks, from Arthur Avenue Pizza and Walter’s Hot Dogs to Lobster Craft and Longford’s Ice Cream.

Sponsorships still needed. Call 967-2535 for more information.

A Musical Journey

Wainwright House presents “From Classical Music to Broadway — from Borodin to Kismet – A Fascinating Journey” on June 28 from 3-4:30. Speaker Ed Pressman is a board member of Collegium at Westchester Community College and teaches American history, classical music, and musicals of Broadway. He will focus on how they reflect the American narrative. The program is free.

 

Around Town

Compiled by Janice Llanes Fabry

<<This Weekend>>

Habla Español?

The whole family can stop by the Rye library on Saturday from 11-11:45 for a blast of culture, music, and stories in Spanish. Learn songs and rhymes with Marilyn Castillo and her amazing guitar.

The program in the Children’s Room continues on July 22 and 29.

With pix of Edith Read Sanctuary

Nature’s Gifts

Find out what is going on in nature this time of year on an ecology walk at the Read Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 1, while strolling the grounds of Westchester County’s 179-acre nature preserve is sure to inspire.

Rise and Shine

Stretch, breathe, and relax with an outdoor open level Vinyasa class that combines Ashtanga and Sivananda yoga at Wainwright House on Sunday from 9-10. Experienced yogi Melissa Miller will lead the class with breath awareness, sun salutations, and asanas.

Participants should bring their own mats. Register at wainwright.org. Minimum suggested donation is $15.

National Treasure

The Jay Heritage Center’s 1838 Greek Revival mansion is open to the public on Sundays all summer from 2-5. Founding Father John Jay grew up on this majestic, historic 23-acre oasis that boasts views of the Long Island Sound.

<<Arts & Entertainment>>

Summer Arias

The Rye Free Reading Room’s Metropolitan Opera presentations continue on Mondays from 12-3. Bring your own lunch and swoon over Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” on July 17, Wagner’s “Parsifal” on July 24, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” on July 31, Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” on August 7, and Straus’ “Elektra” on August 14.

Magic and Merriment in our Midst

The Rye Arts Center and the Rye Free Reading Room have partnered with LawnChair Theatre to present local outdoor performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. On July 20, the production will be held on Rye’s Village Green; on July 21 in Rye Brook’s Crawford Mansion; on July 22 in Rye Brook’s Pine Ridge Park; on July 28 and 29 at Rye Town Park. All shows begin at 6:30.

Suggested donation is $20, for students and seniors $10. For further details, visit lawnchairtheatre.org.

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

Podcasting 101

RyeTV is offering an introductory course for Rye teens and adults July 17 and 19 from 5:30-7:30 at the studio at Rye High School. The instructor is Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Meoli, host of LoudaVision Podcast for creative people.

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

Eat Well, Live Well

Join the Rye YMCA for free nutrition seminars from 11:30-12:30. On July 19, the experts will show you how to shop for, prepare, and cook healthy foods. On August 16, learn all about eating for your heart.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

The Backbone of Posture

Wainwright House presents “BodyReading: Global Postural Assessment” July 22 and 23 from 9-5. Certified yoga and Pilates instructor and licensed psychotherapist Laurice Nemetz will help participants understand postural patterns and skeletal relationships by using Anatomy Trains maps. Learn to identify strain patterns that underlie pain.

The fee is $375 for members and non-members, $425 after June 24. Register at wainwright.org. For more information, visit wellnessbridge.com.

Doing Chores for Mother Earth

Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary invite one and all to help with invasive plant removal, trail work, and beach cleanup on July 22 and August 12 at 10. Lend a hand while getting exercise and giving back.

(with pix of Wainwright garden)

Writing in the Great Outdoors

At Wainwright’s nature-inspired writing workshops, on July 22 and August 19 from 10-1, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the spectacular grounds of the holistic center. Inspired by nature and instructor Michelle Levy, participants will spend 20 minutes writing and have time to share afterwards.

Open to all levels, the program will address the principles of deep ecology and biomimicry. Prepare for an easy walk and sitting on the ground. The fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door. 

Sunset Salutations

Join certified yoga teacher Hiromi Nomoto at Wainwright for a twilight yoga class on the lawn July 25 from 7-8. The open-level class with views of Milton Harbor will include breath work, movement, and meditation. Japanese translation is available.

Bring your own mat. Register at wainwright.org. Minimum suggested donation is $15.

A String of Purls

Discover the technique of color stranding at a knitting workshop at The Rye Arts Center on July 26 from 12:30-3:30. This introduction to Fair Isle Knitting will offer knitters, ages 18 and up, who are comfortable knitting and purling the opportunity to read charts, knit in the round, select color, and catch long floats.

Participants need to bring two colors of DK weight wool, 150 yards of each, six needles, and 16-inch circular stitch markers. The fee is $35. Register at ryeartscenter.org.

I Spy Nature

Sharpen your observation skills at a scavenger hunt at Edith Read Sanctuary on July 29 at 10. With checklists and maps, visitors may go at their own pace this self-guided hunt.

Poses to Purr By

Yoga instructor and animal lover Angela Brandt will lead the Rye library’s first- ever Kitty Yoga class on July 29 from 2-4. Unwind while cuddling kittens. Practice yoga while curious kittens from cat rescue FURRR 911 practice their people skills.

Bring your own mats. Pre-register at ryelibrary.org.

Sound Journey

Relax and restore at Wainwright’s sound bath July 30 from 2-3:30. Participants will be immersed in frequencies and complex overtones of vibrational instruments to stimulate the body’s self-healing and calm the nervous system.

The fee is $25 for members, $30 non-members, $35 at the door. Register at wainwright.org.

<<Family Ties>>

Sunshine and Stories

Bring the kids, from infants to preschoolers, to Rye Town Park from 9:30-10:15 every Tuesday from July 18 to August 22, courtesy of the Rye Free Reading Room. Families will enjoy sunshine, stories, and engaging activities by the seaside.

The park will charge a reduced parking fee of $2.

Music Making

Children entering kindergarten through fifth grade can make their own musical instruments at the Rye library July 20 from 6-7. Using recycled trash and craft supplies, artist B. Smith will lead the creative workshop and then a musical interlude.

Build a car on August 3 and build a pasta sculpture on August 17.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required at ryelibrary.org.

Summer Night, Had Me a Blast

Calling all parents to enjoy a night off while the Rye YMCA provides the supervision and entertainment for the kids on July 21 and August 18 from 6-9. Themed storybook activities are “Rainbow Fish” in July and “Chicka Chicka Boom, Boom” in August.

Light snacks provided, but feed children dinner beforehand. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Raising Hope

Join Stars of Hope at a Build a Better World workshop at the Rye library on July 27 from 6-7. This disaster relief and community arts program empowers children to transform communities impacted by natural and man-made disasters.

Families will paint inspirational messages and designs on a wooden star to be donated. Register at ryelibrary.org. For more information, visit starsofhopeusa.org.

Downward Dog Tales

The Rye Free Reading Room presents story time yoga on the Village Green every Saturday in August from 11-11:45. On August 5, Master Storytime Yoga teacher Elisha Simpson narrates folktales and interprets them through yoga, giving children a way to connect and discover their imagination.

Art From the Heart

Author and illustrator Terry Taylor will visit the Rye library August 10 from 6-7. Families with kids entering kindergarten to fifth grade will all enjoy the author’s story about kindness, “Meet Genna and Russ, the Generous Kids.” Participants will create two polymer clay hearts, one to keep and one for a child at a local hospital.

Signed books will be available after the workshop. Pre-register at ryelibrary.org.

<<Children’s Corner>>

In Style

Ages 6-12 can make their own T-shirts at a workshop at The Rye Arts Center July 18 from 3:30-5:30. Using found objects and plants, students can expose them under the sunlight to create cool blueprints or “cyanotypes.” They’ll go home with one-of-a-kind wearable art.

The fee is $50. All supplies included.

Storybook Inspirations

Kids entering kindergarten – grade 2 are invited to join the Ryebrary STEAMers at the Rye Free Reading Room’s STEAM lab on Fridays all summer long from 4-5. On July 21, “What Do You Sense in a Garden” by Anne Mottola will have kids discovering the textures, smells, and sights in a garden.

On July 28, Chris Tougas’ “Mechanimals,” a book about a farmer’s animals being swept up by a tornado, will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own mechanimals to take home. On August 4, they will build a model car out of paper towel rolls after talking about “If I Built a Car” by Chris Van Dusen and on August 18, they will construct a bridge out of popsicle sticks along with “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty.

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

Build and They Will Come

A STEAM workshop by ArchForKids is held at the Rye library every Friday for grades 3-5 from 4-5. On July 21, they’ll design and build a waterfront park; a dream house on July 28; a skyscraper on August 4; a village and community facades on August 11 and 18.

Pre-registration at ryelibrary.org is required for these events, sponsored by TD Bank.

Play iBall!

Rye Recreation is offering a 21st Century Baseball Camp at Disbrow Park the week of August 7 and/or August 14 from 9-3. Campers will benefit from working with 21st Century Sports training experts, who use tablets on the field to learn the game in a fun and unique way. Action photos of participants will be posted on Facebook for parents to see.

For fee and registration information, visit 21CSonline.com.

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

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