Visit ryelibrary.org for more information on events and programs, especially for young children.
Family storytime and craft
On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. For ages 3 and a half and up. Children listen to age-appropriate stories and participate in fun games, rhymes and other activities to develop preliteracy skills and an interest in books and reading. Felt boards, puppets and other props are sometimes used to enhance stories and model future classroom experience. A fun craft project is designed around the story theme or a seasonal topic. Parents and caregivers are asked to assist younger children using scissors, glue and other art materials.
On Monday, Dec. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. “White Christmas” is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film “Holiday Inn.” Filmed in Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, “White Christmas.” Running time: 120 minutes.
RAISE lecture and meeting
On Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Presented by Rye All Inclusive Special Education, a sub-group of the Rye PTO and a support group for parents who have children with an IEP or 504 and live in Rye. This meeting will feature a lecture about helpful techniques for finding a college for a child with a 504 or IEP.
Windows 10 basics
On Thursday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Raho Technology Center. Windows 10 is the new Microsoft operating system for all new computers. This new system has new functions that are different from previous versions. This seminar will cover how to use the new Start Menu along with the apps that are in the new system. Also covered will be the new look of Windows Explorer and handling files. This seminar will be helpful to those thinking of buying a new computer as well as some who have a new computer with Windows 10.
Attendees that have laptops with Windows 10 installed may bring them with a fully charged battery to the seminar. No advance sign-up. First come, first served. Classes are taught by Mike Negrelli who worked for IBM for 37 years.
Personal care products and safety
On Thursday, Dec. 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Make sure you really know what’s in your products before you buy them for the holidays. Who regulates the personal care products industry, and how are consumers protected? Which ingredients are safe and which are not? How can we help protect the broader community as well as our families? Jane Sanders’ educational presentation is based on her work with Beautycounter, a company on a mission to change how the beauty industry operates in the name of consumer health and safety.
On Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come for a Dickens of a weekend with free arts and crafts for kids; free holiday snacks and refreshments; live music; hand bell choir; an Irish dance troop performance; a marionette show; a caricature artist; a holiday cooking demonstration; free souvenir photos; a raffle; and a tempting holiday marketplace offering handcrafted, unique gifts.
Rye Presbyterian Church
Happy Holidays Concert
Happy Holidays Concert, presented by the Westchester Choral Society led by conductor Frank Nemhauser, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at Rye Presbyterian Church, 882 Boston Post Road in Rye. Program features Durante/Pergolesi’s “Magnificat,” Bonia Shur’s “Kol Haneshamah,” Craig Courtney’s “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas,” and other holiday favorites. Fee is $25 for general admission, $10 for students. For tickets and more information, visit westchesterchoralsociety.org.
Resident registration for winter programs begins online on Monday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. Non-resident registration begins online on Monday, Dec. 14 after 10 a.m. To view the winter 2015-2016 brochure, visit ryeny.gov/recreation. For more information on programs and registration, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 967-2535.
The Damiano Recreation Center is located at 281 Midland Ave. in Rye. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Register early. Most programs have minimum requirements and may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Nothing cancels programs more than waiting until the last minute to register. In addition, programs have maximum enrollments and may fill up quickly.
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