Eastchester Public Library
Visit eastchesterlibrary.org to register and for more information on events and programs, especially for young children.
Library teen group
On Monday, Dec. 7 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The library’s teen group is back for another year. The group has helped create a lot of new programs for teens and helped shape the library’s collection. This program is open to sixth graders and up. For more information, contact Elizabeth at 721-8102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle grade book chat and advisory group
On Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For grades four and five. This program is drop-off. Online pre-registration is suggested.
This is a new program aimed at avid readers, and will be in a “book talk” format. The librarian will start out by highlighting a book that he has enjoyed, and participants will be asked to bring in their own titles—one or two each—to share. Participants will be reminded that the goal is to get their friends to want to read the book, so they shouldn’t give away the ending. Time will be set aside at the end of the program for “advisory,” meaning the participants can offer their feedback as to what type of books they would like the library to have more of. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Johnathan at 721-8105 or email@example.com.
Reading Buddies Book Club
On Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. This program is aimed at avid readers in grades two and three. This program is drop-off. Online pre-registration is suggested.
The selection will be chosen and announced at least a month in advance. It will be a roundtable discussion, where participants will discuss why they liked or didn’t like the book and how it compares to other books they have read. There will be a trivia contest with prizes, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Johnathan at 721-8105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bronxville Public Library
Visit bronxvillelibrary.org to register and for more information on events and programs, especially for young children.
On Monday, Dec. 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Let your creativity shine as you learn how to make a beaded necklace, just in time for the holidays to make a great gift for yourself or a loved one. All beads and materials will be supplied. Adults only please.
Advanced registration is required. Stop by the Reference Desk, call 337-7680 ext. 24 or email email@example.com.
On Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A Westchester Children’s Museum program: Individual and group projects engage students in this fabulous series that encourages creativity and thinking skills along with design and engineering concepts. A six-week series open to children ages 7 to 11.
The last session is called “Concepts: Nature.” Learn about trees, rocks, mountains, lakes and rivers. How are these organic creations different from everything we have built so far? An activity will be done where children will build organic creations of their choosing. Include child’s name and age when registering online.
A cappella concert
On Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Friends of Bronxville Public Library present Mass Transit, NYU’s original, all-male a cappella group. Established in 1997, Mass Transit brings a world of fun to contemporary a cappella. Always current and with a constantly updated set list, the group brings their own style and musicianship to create a fresh take on well-known songs. With a hint of holiday spirit thrown into the mix, come and be entertained by one of the country’s most elite performance groups. The concert is free and will be followed by a reception. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library.
Teddy Bear Sleepover Storycraft
On Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal friend from home to this storytime and let them sleepover at the library. Who knows what mischief the toys will get into in the overnight hours? Return the following day to pick up your toy. All children will receive photos of their toy’s fun at the library. For ages 3 and up.
Community volunteers and donations
Snow angels needed
The Snow Angels program needs volunteers to aid the elderly and disabled with snow removal. All requests from volunteers are matched up with a request from someone who lives near them and who has requested help with snow/ice removal.
Volunteers will receive community service hours from the program coordinator. Many local seniors rely on this help during the winter and are very appreciative of any help that they get. It is a strictly volunteer program. If interested, please contact Sheila Marcotte at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will then contact the program coordinator directly. Parents can call her at 309-6947.
Community food drive
Eastchester Community Action Partnership, ECAP, would like your help feeding the needy families in the community this holiday season. Please help by donating: canned tuna, salmon, ham, chicken and/or beef; rice; hot and cold cereal; complete pancake mix; dry or canned beans; macaroni and cheese; pasta and pasta sauce; canned fruits and vegetables; holiday specific donations; turkeys and oven stuffer chickens; cranberry sauce; canned milk; stuffing; mashed potatoes; candied yams; pie crust and filling; gravy; salt, pepper and seasoning packets; biscuits; and more. Monetary donations are also accepted and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your generosity.
ECAP, is located at 142-144 Main St. in Tuckahoe. For more information, please contact Don Brown at 337-7768.
Matthew’s Wish toy drive
When Matthew McKinnon was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he sadly never got the chance to use it. His one wish was to fill an 18-wheeler truck with toys and deliver it to the hospital to surprise the children there during the holidays. Matthew was a patient at Cohen Children’s Medical Center for more than nine years. At the young age of 13, Matthew passed away, leaving his wish unfulfilled.
Matthew’s mother, AnneMarie, along with family and friends, created Matthew’s Wish, which works tirelessly each holiday season to make Matthew’s real wish come true by filling an 18-wheeler with toys and love and delivering them to these special children. Matthew’s Wish is a nonprofit organization that distributes toys during the holidays to children at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House and other worthwhile organizations that care for sick and terminally ill children.
Please send in new, unwrapped, children’s toys and put them in the bins located in the main office at Anne Hutchinson School. We will be collecting these items until Friday, Dec, 11. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Pregiato at email@example.com.
Eastchester Historical Society
Annual Victorian Christmas Party
Annmarie Flannery, president of the Eastchester Historical Society, invites everyone to its annual Victorian Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Room School House at the intersection of California and New Rochelle roads.
The party is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Refreshments will be provided and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. A Christmas tree decorated with candles and old fashioned decorations will be on display, with 19th-century toys and memorabilia around it. This annual event is a time when children can learn about one of the society’s oldest traditions and adults of all faiths can meet and learn about the exciting historical activities that are planned for 2016.
The Reformed Church
The Reformed Church is located at 180 Pondfield Road in Bronxville. For more information, call 337-6776.
On Saturday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m., The Reformed Church will host its annual Messiah Sing accompanied by professional soloists and a string quartet conducted by Dr. Sándor Szabó. It promises to be an exciting community event. The church invites everyone to join in singing Handel’s great “Oratorio” and be a part of this wonderful family tradition of fellowship and music. Scores will be provided. A reception will follow.
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