Nursery rhymes, son-gs and fingerplays, “Granny Jean” Klein, well-versed in early childhood development, introduces babies and toddlers to playful rhymes, songs and puppetry. Parents and caregivers participate with the children and are encouraged to continue the activities at home. Because the program is often a child’s first experience in an audience setting, it is important that adults strive to arrive on time and actively help children focus on the presentation. Open to 6 months to 3-and-a-half-year-olds. Meets Mondays at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. for 20-minute sessions.
Calligraphy for teens
Rye Free Reading Room will hold calligraphy workshops for teens every Monday at 4 p.m., running until July 27. Workshops will be held in the Meeting Room and snacks and supplies will be provided. For more information or to register for the class, call 231-3172.
Yoga for kids
On Saturday, July 25 at 11 a.m., master storytime yoga teacher Elisha Simpson will take children on a journey of exploration through body and word as she accompanies folktales from around the world with yoga exercises to give audience members a way to connect and discover their inner world of creativity, body and imagination. Following the stories, there will be a simple related craft. Visit ryelibrary.org or call 231-3162 for more information.
Science Fun Club
Science teacher Johnda Ferrari is conducting a summer Science Fun Club for children entering third through fifth grade at the Rye Free Reading Room on Fridays, July 17, 24 and 31. The hour-long programs, starting at 4 p.m., will focus on such topics as ocean, bird and insect life and magnetism, and will present learning in a fun way and include hands-on activities like experiments, games and crafts. Visit ryelibrary.org for specific information about each session and to sign up. Pre-registration is required and opens a week in advance of the program.
Torn paper painting workshop
Join fellow art lovers to try your hand at torn paper painting for a two-session workshop at the Rye Free Reading Room on Saturdays, July 18 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Torn paper is an unconventional collage technique that is fun, creative and sure to produce beautiful results, even for the person with little or no art experience. The first session will be devoted to preparing papers of all types to be included in your painting. The next week, you will learn how to use the papers to create an art piece. Visit ryelibrary.org or call 231-3161 for more information.
An open to the public needle work and fabric arts get-together on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your own project and supplies and work and chat.
Wiggle, Giggle Time
Music and movement for ages 18 months to 4 years on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. for 20 minutes in the Meeting Room. Participation from parents and caregivers is encouraged. As space is limited, you may attend one session per day. Doors close five minutes after the program begins to avoid interruptions. Call the Children’s Reference Desk at 231-3162 for more information.
For the Love of Dogs
Meet and greet some adorable canine friends who are up for adoption through For the Love of Dogs rescue center on Thursday, July 23 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Meet and interact with the canines and ask questions of the rescue center staff and volunteers. Applications for adoption will be available.
Read and share your thoughts about contemporary poems with fellow poetry lovers in lively monthly discussions led by Michael Alcee on Thursday, July 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ogden Nash Room.
Rye Arts Center
Summer program registration
Keeping kids’ creativity flowing is key to summer fun. Look no further than The Rye Arts Center, RAC, to find the perfect summer program or class for your child. There is a broad range of weekly as well as summer-long programs for kids ages 4 through teen and adults. RAC will provide complete flexibility to keep a child of any age, ability and interest busy with creative fun. Programs begin June 29 and can be combined for a half or full day, by the week or multiple weeks to suit everyone’s schedule.
Also new is the RAC’s Makerspace classes which feature both high-tech and high-touch fun in designing, creating and making. Classes include coding, Minecraft 3-D design and printing, filmmaking, LittleBits, MakeyMakey, Scratch animation, circuitry, Arduino, electronics and creative building.
Musical theater workshop weeks will feature opportunities to perform stage favorites “Willy Wonka” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” For tweens, fresh air and fine arts will be offered with the RAC’s new plein-air painting class for ages 11 to 14.
Rounding out the RAC’s summer offerings are workshops in traditional fine arts including painting, drawing, cartooning, ceramics, digital photography, writers’ workshops, vocal pop workshops and music instruction. For young artists ages 4 to 10, the RAC offers a three-hour-long creative arts immersion morning program.
The summer guide can be found online at ryeartscenter.org. For questions, call 967-0700 or stop in at the main office located at 51 Milton Road, Rye.
Rye Nature Center
The Rye Nature Center offers an adventurous and educational summer program for children aged 3-and-a-half to 15 years old. Set on 47 acres of forest and trails, the camp creates an ideal setting for children to enjoy the outdoors. The Nature Center offers a hands-on approach to scientific inquiry and gives young naturalists the chance to encounter animals both in the museum and on the property. Registration for summer camp 2015 is now open. For more information, call 967-5150 or email email@example.com.
Golf tournament in Greenwich
The 26th Annual George J. Kirby Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, July 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Griffith E. Harris (The Griff) Golf Course in Greenwich, Conn. The participation fee is $175, which includes the cost of the tournament and a following dinner hosted by Kelly’s at the Rye Recreation Park.
More than 300 Rye senior citizens are able to participate in cultural, educational and health programs plus seasonal luncheon events every year thanks to generous local business and individual sponsorships. Become a lead sponsor by donating a check in the amount of $150 or more. Checks should be made payable to Rye Senior Citizens and can be sent to: Jerry McGuire, 411 Midland Ave., Rye, NY 10580.
For more information about event sponsorship or golf and dinner reservations, contact Jerry McGuire at 490-8641.
Kent Iarocci has a telecast titled “Square?” His telecast is on RyeTV. It is educational, environmental and recreational. Visit ryetv.org for a schedule of upcoming programs.
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