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LETTER

Letter: Re: ‘Tuckahoe adopts Eastchester fast food rules’

 

 

To the Editor,

I am writing this letter in response to the article, “Tuckahoe adopts Eastchester fast food rules,” published on Dec. 4. The article’s headline really caught my eye. The headline was written in the present tense, i.e. “adopts,” as if the adoption of the fast food law had already happened.

Surprised, I continued reading, wondering just when the village board had adopted the new law. I knew they had a formal board meeting on Nov. 9 where the public comment period regarding the new proposed law was kept open; however, the next board meeting was not scheduled until Dec. 14, according to the calendar on Tuckahoe.com. Although no agenda was posted as of Dec. 8, I checked the website calendar and could find no reference to a meeting on Nov. 23. Was the public notified of that meeting? I could not find the minutes of the Nov. 9 village board meeting on the website as of Dec. 8 either.

So I wondered, when exactly was the new law adopted? As I continued reading, the article stated, “The Tuckahoe Village Board of Trustees will pass a law on Monday, Dec. 14 prohibiting ‘formula fast food and formula quick casual’ restaurants from moving into the village, according to Village Administrator David Burke.”

From the headline, a reader could reasonably believe that the village board had already adopted the new law and that it was a done deal. It is only until one reads further that they learn this is not the case at all, and that the new fast food law has not yet been adopted and that the public comment period is still open.

Wasn’t the headline telling the reader something completely at odds with the facts? The new law has not yet been adopted by the village board of trustees and your readers need to know the correct facts. Tuckahoe residents should be afforded the opportunity to comment until the village board actually meets, on Monday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 65 Main St., when the board will again meet to consider the adoption of the proposed new fast food law.

 

Melba T. Caliano,

Tuckahoe

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What’s going in Eastchester 12-11-2015

Eastchester Public Library

Christmas crafts

Make special Rudolph and Christmas-themed necklaces on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The craft session is appropriate for children ages 3 and 4. For more information or to register online, visit eastchesterlibrary.org/events/.

Reading Buddies Book Club

This drop-off program is appropriate for readers in grades two and three. The book club, which will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., will be a round-table discussion where participants can discuss whether or not they enjoyed the assigned book and how it compares to other books they have read. The assigned book was chosen a month prior to the book club discussion. The discussion will end with a trivia contest about the book with prizes. Refreshments will also be served. Online registration for this program is suggested. For more information or to register online, visit eastchesterlibrary.org/events/ or contact Jonathan Heifetz at 721-8105 or jheifetz@wlsmail.org.

Knit for charity part two

The second part of this knitting series will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon and is appropriate for children in sixth grade and up. The first session of the program covered the basics of knitting and participants began to knit squares. In the second part of the program, participants will finish knitting their squares and will put them together to make a blanket that will be donated to a local charity. Yarn and multiple sets of needles will be provided; however, the library would appreciate it if participants could bring their own knitting needles. This program is open to beginner and advanced knitters. For more information or to register for the program, visit eastchesterlibrary.org/events/ or contact Elizabeth at 721-8102 or eportillo@wlsmail.org.

Bronxville Public Library

Ornament craft

Make a handmade ornament using ribbons and embellishments during this program on Monday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon. All materials will be provided. Advanced registration for this program is required. For more information or to register for this program, call 337-7680 ext. 24 or email bronxvillelibrary@gmail.com.

Teen DIY holiday craft

Make a special gift during this program on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. This program is appropriate for children grades six and up. Participants will be able to make their own candles and decorate coffee mugs with nail polish and permanent marker. Advanced registration for this program is required. For more information or to register for this program, call 337-7680 ext. 34 or stop by the Children’s Room.

Family Film Fridays

The library will be screening Disney Pixar’s film “Minions” during this week’s Family Film Fridays movie series on Friday, Dec. 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. This movie follows the story of minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob, who are recruited by Scarlett Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Rated PG, running time: 91 minutes.

Tuckahoe Public Library

Charles Dickens book and tea

The library will explore the classic history behind Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale “The Night Before Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 11 p.m. Participants will be able to discuss what the story meant to Dickens and how it affected
Victorian readers while enjoying tea.

Raw dessert

Learn how to make three low-calorie desserts on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. These raw foods will nourish the brain for improvements in learning and mood, and are simple enough to make with only a food processor.

Bronxville Women’s Club

Holiday brunch

Members and non-members can enjoy a champagne holiday brunch on Sunday, Dec. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at Bronxville Women’s Club, located at 135 Midland Ave. in Bronxville. The brunch will be catered by Sheldon Party Services. Reservations for the event are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 337-3252.

TBA Pipe Dream Theater

Enjoy a holiday show performed by BWC’s resident theater company on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at BCW. The performance will include a live band and food catered by Sheldon Party Services. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 337-3252.

The Reformed Church of Bronxville 

Messiah Sing

The Reformed Church of Bronxville will be hosting its annual Messiah Sing of the holiday classic program from “Handel’s Messiah” on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Church, located at 180 Pondfield Road in Bronxville. Singers will include professional soloists and a string quartet conducted by Dr. Sándor Szabó. It promises to be an exciting community event. Audience members are invited to sing along and be part of this family tradition. A reception will follow the performance. For more information, call 337-6776.

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. Those who are interested should contact Sheila Marcotte at tuckahoesnowangels@yahoo.com, and parents can contact her at 309-6947. Sheila will contact the program coordinator directly.

Community food drive

Eastchester Community Action Partnership, ECAP, will be collecting nonperishable food items this holiday season, including canned goods, rice, pasta, hot and cold cereal, boxed foods and sauces. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at ECAP, located at 142-144 Main St. in Tuckahoe. For more information, contact Don Brown at 337-7768.

Matthew’s Wish toy drive

Matthew McKinnon, a patient at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, wished for an 18-wheeler truck with toys to be delivered to the hospital for children to enjoy during the holidays. Unfortunately, he passed away before his wish was able to be fulfilled. Matthew’s mother AnneMarie and his family and friends created Matthew’s Wish, an organization that works during the holiday season to make Matthew’s wish come true by filling an 18-wheeler with toys for the children at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House and other worthy organizations to enjoy. Those who wish to contribute to the toy drive are asked to send new, unwrapped toys to the donation bins in the main office of Anne Hutchinson School. The toys will be collected until Friday, Dec. 11. For more information, contact Wendy Pregiato at wendyandlarry1@hotmail.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, open to community members of all ages and reservations are not required. 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.

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What’s going on in Mamaroneck 12-11-2015

Mamaroneck Public Library

Visit mamaronecklibrary.org for more information on events and programs.

All ages story and craft hour

On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon in the Children’s Room on the second floor. No registration required. There will be stories that will appeal to kids of all ages and their caregivers, and a craft simple enough for the little kids and creative enough for the big kids.

De-stress and self-express

This activity, held on Monday, Dec. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Room in the lower level, involves coloring for adults ages 18 and older. The library will provide music and calming adult coloring books with intricate designs. Refreshments will also be served.

Teacher in the library

On Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 21. Need homework help? Come visit the teacher in the library in the Homework Room on the second floor. For children in kindergarten through grade five.

Information session: ‘Do You Need Health Insurance?’

Make an appointment with a one-on-one information session with a Westchester County health department navigator, who will be in the library’s Tech Room on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Representatives will answer questions about health insurance-related topics, including essential plans, Medicaid, Child Health Plus and health coverage for business owners’ employees. Clients should be prepared with their Social Security numbers, documents for legal immigrants, birth dates, employer and income information and insurance policy numbers. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Westchester County Department of Health at 813-5192. Appointments are available in English and in Spanish.

Free math study help

On Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Teen Room on the lower level. Arithmetic got you down? Need some help with homework or maybe just a refresher? Former high school math teacher Lynne Prior will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about middle and high school math.

English conversation group

On Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Historical Society Room on the first floor. Make friends as you practice speaking English. Registration is suggested but not necessary. Contact the Adult Reference Desk or call 630-5887 for more information.

Crafternoons

On Thursday, Dec. 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room. Calling all yarn crafters. Come join library staff and friends who, like yourself, love to create beautiful things. Bring your current projects to work on, ideas to explore, and your best teaching skills so all can learn from and with each other.

Larchmont Public Library

The library will be closed for construction until the summer of 2016. Existing shelves will be moved to the Village Center and the Burchell Children’s Room will remain open. For more information about the library’s relocation, call the Reference Desk at 834-2281 ext. 3, email larchmontlibrary@hotmail.com, or visit larchmontlibrary.org.

‘A Christmas Carol’ reading

On Monday, Dec. 14 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Michael P. Coords Activity Room. No registration required. Librarian Frank Connelly reads the timeless classic by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol,” in what has become an annual tradition at the Larchmont Public Library. No holiday season can be complete without attending this performance.

Itty Bitty Babies

On Thursday, Dec. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to noon. For babies newborn to 5 months. Online registration required. Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, cuddles and books appropriate for the youngest of the young. Learn how to introduce your child to words and language by incorporating songs into all your routines such as bath time, diaper changes, getting into the car seat and naptime. Please bring a small blanket to lay your child on.

Stories for Mad Scientists:
Long Winter Naps

On Thursday, Dec. 17 from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. For ages 5 to 7. A free ticket is required to attend this event. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the program.

Ready for a long winter’s nap? Come hear stories about bears that sleep all winter long. In this month’s “Stories for Mad Scientists,” learn about hibernation, perform an experiment that demonstrates how blubber and fat keep animals warm, and make your own little bear cave.

Rhythm and Rhyme for Babies

On Friday, Dec. 18 from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. For ages 6 months to 17 months. Join in for an early literacy enhanced storytime with books, music, rhymes, cuddles and fun. Online registration is required and is limited to Larchmont library cardholders.

Village of Mamaroneck Committee for the Environment

New textiles recycling program

Got tattered towels, torn trousers, faded drapes, shabby shoes, old handbags, stained shirts, or socks with holes in them, all too grubby to donate to a charity? Don’t toss them in the trash. Drop them off in the Village of Mamaroneck’s new textiles recycling bin located in the parking lot of Toy Box at 300 W. Boston Post Road across from the West Basin. They’ll be transformed into useful products, lower our waste disposal costs and help the environment.

Village board and commission
volunteers needed

The Village Board of Trustees is requesting residents to volunteer for the boards and commissions. Boards, committees and commissions with openings are: Board of Architectural Review; Board of Traffic Commissioners; Budget Committee; Committee for the Environment; Arts Council; and Flood Mitigation Advisory Committee.

The village board is looking for people with interest in community service, and seek to expand the pool of volunteers and include people who have not volunteered before. Please send an email with a copy of your resume stating which board or committee you would like to serve on to clerktreasurer@vomny.org.

Community Resource Center

Winter coat drive

The CRC will be holding a winter coat drive for companies or families to drop off gently-used coats, especially those of youth sizes. Coats may be dropped off at 134 Center Ave. in Mamaroneck. For more information about the winter coat drive, call 835-1512.

Westchester Chorale

Messiah sing-along

On Saturday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. at Larchmont Avenue Church, 60 Forest Park Ave.

Who’s singing? You are, if you wish! Your $10 admission buys you a delightful holiday afternoon of singing with up to 400 fellow music lovers, as you perform together some of the most thrilling and beloved choruses ever composed: the Christmas portion and Hallelujah Chorus of “Handel’s Messiah.” It’s your ticket, too, for refreshments and the use of a rental score, although you may want to bring your own cherished, well-worn copy. For further information, visit WestchesterChorale.org or call 309-0279.

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What’s going on in Harrison 12-11-2015

Harrison Public Library

Visit harrisonpl.org/events/harrison for more information on events and programs at the Halperin building, and harrisonpl.org/events/west-harrison for information on happenings at the West Harrison branch.

Cookie decorating for kids

On Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Harrison branch. This will be one of two sessions, the second taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Both programs are open to children ages 4 to 9 and will take place in the Children’s Room. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Children will decorate several holiday cookies with frosting, sprinkles, candy and many other goodies to take home or give as gifts. Registration is required to attend either session. Register online or call the library at 948-2092. Space is limited, so register now for some winter fun.

Classical Concerts: The Holidays

On Sunday, Dec. 13 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Halperin building. This is the second part in the “Masters & Miniatures” classical music series presented by Vadim Ghin Music. Musicians include: Philip Wharton on violin; Steve Masi on piano; and Diana Petrella on clarinet.

Ghin studied and taught at Julliard School at New York University. Ghin authored an intermediate level piano instruction CD-ROM method which garnered acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, Clavier Magazine and American
Music Teacher Magazine
, among many others. He is the founder of Vadim Ghin Music, a nonprofit organization that provides free music education for its students.

Rohman Holidays: Paris and Beyond

On Monday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Halperin building. Imagine a series of one-day car trips north, west, south and east out of Paris. Discover what treasures are to be seen in “Paris and Beyond” in this month’s travel talk.

Your travel guide, Joy Rohman, a photographer and world traveler, has visited the seven continents and and more than 50 countries, spending almost one month in each destination. She works as a specialist counselor with American Express Travel since 1973. Rohman is recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the “125 Ultimate Travel Experts in America.”

Computer help for senior citizens

On Monday, Dec. 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Halperin building. High school students will instruct senior citizens for community service. Learn the basics of the Internet, email, Word, photo saving and more—bring your questions. You can sign up online or by calling the library at 835-0324, or you can just show up.

Conversation Partners–Spanish

On Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the West Harrison branch. Practice speaking Spanish with a patron volunteer. Registration is required online, or call the library at 948-2092. For adults.

Crochet and knitting class

On Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the West Harrison branch. Want to learn how to knit or crochet a simple scarf? Join the class. Bring hooks, needles and yarn or practice with materials provided by the library. Walk-ins are welcome.
No registration needed. Call 948-2092 for
more information.

Harrison Recreation

ID renewals

2016 ID cards and pool passes are now available as 2015
issues expire on Dec. 31. Please bring a picture ID and current utility bill with you when signing up at 1 Heineman Place in Harrison. Children will need a copy of a progress report or report card to receive their pass. Call
the Recreation Department at 670-3035 for
more information.

Write letters to Santa

Children of all ages who are residents of Harrison will have the opportunity to write letters to Santa from now until Friday, Dec. 18. All letters should include each child’s name and home address and should be addressed to the North Pole. Letters should be dropped off at the mailbox at the Sollazzo Center, located at 270 Harrison Ave., the Recreation Department at Town Hall located at 1 Heineman Place, or the Leo Mintzer Center located at 251 Underhill Ave. in West Harrison.

January basketball clinic registration

Registration ends on Thursday, Dec. 17 for a free basketball clinic starting Wednesday, Jan. 6 at the Sollazzo Center from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Children in second grade will develop the basics of basketball. Youth basketballs and nets will be provided for indoor play in this four-week clinic.

Floor hockey

This free, four-week-long activity will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and is appropriate for children in first through fifth grades. Children in first and second grades will play on Tuesdays at the Sollazzo Center; children in second and third grades will play on Tuesdays at the Leo Mintzer Center; children in third, fourth and fifth grades will play on Wednesdays at the Sollazzo Center; and children in fourth and fifth grades will play on Wednesdays at the Leo Mintzer Center. New teams will be formed each week and children will learn general floor hockey skills and the rules of the game. Registration is underway. For more information or to register, call 670-3035.

February mini day camp registration

Sign your child up for a mini day camp that will be held Monday, Feb. 14 through Friday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sollazzo Center. It will be a fun-filled week of day camp including arts and crafts, sports, games and special events during the winter recess. For grades one through four. Fee is $185 payable to the Town/Village of Harrison. Registration is ongoing.

Scarsdale Medical Group

Weight loss program and education sessions

Scarsdale Medical Group’s winter weight loss program and education sessions will begin in January. Facilitated by Scarsdale’s Nutrition Center, our team of experts will provide guidance during your weight loss journey.

The 10-week program will offer participants weekly weigh-ins, food and activity tracking logs, assistance in setting attainable goals, and a series of education topics that include: strategic snacking tips; dining out without disaster; emotional eating; savvy supermarket shopping; and essentials of an effective weight loss plan.

Day, evening and weekend sessions are available. The cost of the program is $250 and
online pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited. For more information or to reserve your
spot, please visit scarsdalemedical.com/nutrition or call 723-8100.

Westchester Philharmonic 

‘Winter Pops’

The Westchester Philharmonic presents “Winter Pops,” an annual holiday concert conducted by Ted Sperling, on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. The concert will feature musical selections sung by Ashley Brown accompanied by an orchestra and pianist Joe Mohan. The program will include American songbook standards and holiday favorites. The event will be followed by a Pops After Party, which includes mingling with performers, hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting. Tickets are $22 per person with a “Pops” ticket purchase. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 682- 3707 ext. 10 or visit westchesterphil.org.

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What’s going on in Rye 12-11-2015

Frank Sinatra sings

Actor, singer and storyteller Lou Del Bianco will share his favorite songs from legendary singer Frank Sinatra on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Come listen to some of the best tunes from the American songbook, including “Fly Me to the Moon” and “New York, New York.” Lou Del Bianco has performed all over the country, and his music video “A Little Bit Clumsy” is currently playing on the Learning Channel. He has traveled the Northeast as an artist in residence for 17 years and performed in San Diego at the International Reading Association’s annual convention.

Computer workshop

This computer workshop, held on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Raho Technology Center, will help participants navigate the new Internet browser installed on Windows 10 called Edge. Edge has a number of new features and a new appearance. Participants with a Windows 10-capable
laptop are welcome to bring their laptops with a fully-charged battery to work on. This workshop is taught by Mike Negrelli who has worked for IBM for 37 years. This workshop will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and no advanced registration is required. For more information, call 967-0480.

Current Events Book Group

The Current Events Book Group will discuss Ari Shavit’s book “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ogden Nash Room. Shavit is a fervently patriotic Israeli with an abiding love for his nation’s history, and his brutally honest portrait of his homeland’s past and present dilemmas is especially poignant. The book group discussion will be moderated by John Dolan. This book club is free and open to the public. Reservations for this discussion are not required.

I-Read-A-Latte Tween Book Club

This Tween Book Club will discuss Karen Foxlee’s book “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy” on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ogden Nash Room. This book club is appropriate for students in grades five and six. Participants will discuss the book and enjoy snacks. The book is available to borrow at the library. Online registration for this event is suggested. For more information or to register online, visit reference@ryelibrary.org or call 967-0480.

Wainwright House

Conscious dance series

The last part of this five-part workshop will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This workshop, taught by Cory Ethridge, will focus on the Nia technique, which is the art of movement, and combines energy styles from martial arts, dance and healing arts. This workshop will help participants get more in touch with their spines so they can increase mobility and stability. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable exercise clothes during this workshop. Shoes are not required, and this workshop can be modified for participants with special needs. Individual workshop fees are $30 for Wainwright members and $33 for non-members. For more information or to register for the workshop, call 967-6080 or email registrar@wainwright.org.

Native American spirituality series

The last part of this four-part series, facilitated by Susan Wright, will be a two-part workshop and will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19. The first workshop will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the second workshop will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both workshops will focus on working with the earth. The first workshop will allow participants to offer prayers to Mother Earth, and will open the space to the spirits of power animals to share their special abilities. The second workshop will focus on more advanced techniques about the sacredness of rocks, the earth and the spirit of animals. Participants will learn how to be more grounded and stable and think in more long-term, sustainable ways. Individual workshops on Dec. 19 cost $35 for Wainwright members and $40 for non-members and both workshops on Dec. 19 cost $60 for Wainwright members and $70 for non-members. For more information or to register for the workshop, call 967-6080 or email registrar@wainwright.org.

Winter Solstice celebration

Join the Wainwright House for a Winter Solstice celebration on Sunday, Dec. 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wainwright House, located at 260 Stuyvesant Ave. in Rye. The evening will consist of a fire ceremony and drumming by Susan Wright. This evening will celebrate the ritual of the solstice and the connection to the sun. This event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 per person. For more information, call 967-6080 or email registrar@wainwright.org.

 Rye Recreation 

Pancakes with Santa

Participants can enjoy a hot buffet breakfast and have their picture taken with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Damiano Recreation Center. This event cost $15 per registrant with an additional $2 for non-Rye residents. Parents should also supply gifts for their child for Santa to distribute, valued under $20. Advanced registration for this event is required. For more information or to register for the event, call 967-2535.

Dear Santa

Children will be able to write letters to Santa until Sunday, Dec. 13, to be delivered to the North Pole via reindeer express. Letters with return addresses included can be dropped off in the mailbox at Rye Recreation, on the corner of Elm Place  and Purchase Street. Stamps are not necessary.

Rye Arts Center

Holiday concert and sing-along

Come hear a variety of traditional holiday favorites performed by music faculty and friends on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. This community event is free and open to the public. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Rye TV

‘Sidewalks and Roads’

Kent Iarocci has a telecast, “Sidewalks and Roads,” on ryetv.org and it is an informative work. Visit the website for schedule listings and more information.

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What’s going on in Mamaroneck 12-4-2015

Mamaroneck Public Library

Holiday arts and crafts fair

Come support local artisans and crafters this holiday season at the annual holiday arts and crafts fair on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lower level. The sale is presented by the Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council and the Mamaroneck Public Library. To sign up for a free table, contact the Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council at vomartscouncil@gmail.com.

Information session: ‘Do You Need Health Insurance?’

Make an appointment with a one-on-one information session with a Westchester County Health Department Navigator, who will be in the library’s Tech Room on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Representatives will answer questions about health insurance-related topics, including Essential Plans, Medicaid, Child Health Plus and health coverage for business owners’ employees. Clients should be prepared with their Social Security numbers, documents for legal immigrants, birth dates, employer and income information and insurance policy numbers. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 813-5192. Appointments are available in English and in Spanish.

De-stress and self-express

This activity, held on Monday, Dec. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Room in the lower level, involves coloring for adults ages 18 and older. The library will provide music and calming adult coloring books with intricate designs. Refreshments will also be served.

Larchmont Public Library

The library will be closed for construction beginning Tuesday, Dec. 8. Existing shelves will be moved to the Village Center and the Burchell Children’s Room will remain open. The library will reopen during the summer of 2016. For more information about the library’s relocation, call the Reference Desk at 834-2281 ext. 3 or email larchmontlibrary@hotmail.com.

Drop-in craft: water bottle penguins

This drop-in program appropriate for children ages 3 and up, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5. Children will be able to create penguins out of water bottles in no longer than 15 minutes. No registration is required for this program.

Author discussion

Join Jon Birger, author of “Date O-nomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game,” as he reads from his book on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Village Center, with refreshments served at 3:30 p.m. Using a combination of demographics, game theory and number crunching, Birger, a financial and tech journalist, explains America’s current dating and marriage market. The reading is free and open to the public with no reservations required.

Gingerbread houses

Children will be able to decorate a gingerbread house on Monday, Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Michael P. Coords Activity Room. This program is appropriate for children in grades six and up. Online registration is required at larchmontlibrary.org/sign-up-for-gingerbreadhouses/.

Full steam ahead: explosive science

This new program series highlights the basic principles behind science, technology, engineering, arts and math, and will hold its next series on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. The program is appropriate for children ages 3 and 4 and will involve using chemistry to blow up a balloon and make spaghetti dance. A free ticket is required to attend this event. Tickets will be given out a half hour before the program begins on a first-come, first-served basis.

Stories and crafts: snow and snowmen

Warm up with snowy stories on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The program will be followed by a puffy-paint snowman craft activity. This event is appropriate for children ages 5 to 7. A free ticket is required to attend this event. Tickets will be given out a half hour before the program begins on a first-come, first-served basis.

Storytime: ‘Things That Go’

This program, which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. until noon, will feature stories and songs about different modes of
transportation, and will be followed by a period of free play with toy cars and trucks. This program is appropriate for children of all ages. A free ticket is required to attend this event. Tickets will be given out a half hour before the program begins on a first-come, first-served basis.

Woman’s Club of Larchmont

Book and author luncheon

The Woman’s Club of Larchmont will be holding their holiday book and author luncheon on Friday, Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Orienta Beach Club located at 1054 Walton Ave. in Mamaroneck. The luncheon will feature talks by three authors, Dr. Jacueline Horner Plumez, Elizabeth Bradley and Judith Summerfield. The luncheon is open to the public and is open to all. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets to the event are $45 each and reservations must be made by Dec. 5. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dorothy Rainier at 834-0507.

Larchmont Temple

Vodka and latkes: the sequel

A night full of food, cocktails, music and friends will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Larchmont Temple, located at 75 Larchmont Ave. in Larchmont. Tickets to the event are $60 per person and can be bought online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2462692.

Six13 in concert

This holiday concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Garden Room of the Larchmont Temple and will include crafts, treats and candle lighting. The concert is free and open the public. Participants are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to the temple’s “Feeding Our Neighbor: An Interfaith Response” initiative.

 

Girl Scouts of Larchmont-Mamaroneck 

Holiday gift and craft fair

The Girl Scouts of Larchmont-Mamaroneck will be holding their annual holiday gift and craft fair on Sunday, Dec. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Larchmont Girl Scout House, located at 90 Harmon Drive. Items sold by local vendors will include jewelry, hostess gifts and knitted wear. Additionally, Girl Scout troops will be selling handmade gifts and crafts. Refreshments and baked goods will be available for purchase as well as ingredients for s’mores. The fair is free and open to the public.

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What’s going on in Rye 12-4-2015

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.

Musical Monday

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.

Wainwright House

Dickens Weekend

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.

Rye Recreation 

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 registration@ryeny.gov 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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What’s going on in Harrison 12-4-2015

Harrison Recreation

Swimming lessons

This seven-week-long program will begin on Saturday, Dec. 12 at LMK Middle School and is appropriate for children in kindergarten through fifth grades. Lessons for children in fourth and fifth grade will begin at 9 a.m., lessons for children in second and third grade will begin at 10 a.m. and lessons for children in kindergarten and first grade will begin at 11 a.m. Lessons will be taught by Red Cross certified instructor Dorothy Klein. The total cost of lessons is $100 per child. Checks may be made payable to the Town/Village of Harrison. Enrollment is limited and will be closed when all spaces have been filled. For more information or to enroll in this program, call 670-3035.

Floor hockey

This free, four-week-long activity will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and is appropriate for children in first through fifth grades. Children in first and second grades will play on Tuesdays at the Sollazzo Center; children in second and third grades will play on Tuesdays at the Leo Mintzer Center; children in third, fourth and fifth grades will play on Wednesdays at the Sollazzo Center; and children in fourth and fifth grades will play on Wednesdays at the Leo Mintzer Center. New teams will be formed each week and children will learn general floor hockey skills and the rules of the game. Registration began on Tuesday, Dec. 1. For more information or to register, call 670-3035.

Write letters to Santa

Children of all ages who are residents of Harrison will have the opportunity to write letters to Santa from now until Friday, Dec. 18. All letters should include each child’s name and home address and should be addressed to the North Pole. Letters should be dropped off at the mailbox at the Sollazzo Center, located at 270 Harrison Ave., the Recreation Department at Town Hall, located at 1 Heineman Place, or the Leo Mintzer Center located at 251 Underhill Ave. in West Harrison.

Fordham University

‘Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Issues’ workshop

Fordham’s new workshop series, called “Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Issues,” will run on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. This workshop will examine current political, legal, technological and economic healthcare policy developments and will make participants familiar with legal, ethical and policy issues in the changing landscape of healthcare. For more information or to register, email healthcarepcs@fordham.edu or call 367-3301.

‘Healthcare Marketing, Social Media
and Ethics’ workshop

Fordham’s one-time workshop called “Healthcare Marketing, Social Media and Ethics,” will run on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop will provide an introduction to the methods and strategies associated with healthcare marketing and patient information sources, and the issue of the medicalization of society will also be examined. The workshop will concentrate in evaluating medical web content, ethical advertising, and practical skills needed to provide the public with precise and reliable health knowledge. Tuition for this workshop is $175. For more information or to register, email healthcarepcs@fordham.edu or call 367-3301.

‘Landlord-Tenant Law’ class

Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies in conjunction with the New York Real Estate Institute has announced it is offering a seven-and-a-half hour course on New York Landlord-Tenant Law on Sundays, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class will cover laws concerning residential and non-residential tendencies in New York, rights and obligations of owners and occupants, lease provisions or rent-regulated apartments and commercial properties and termination of the landlord-tenant relationship, including legal proceedings. The course will be taught by Salvador Rozenberg, a Connecticut and New York State-licensed real estate broker and an adjunct professor with numerous colleges and universities including the New York Real Estate Institute. Tuition for both classes is $100. For more information or to register, call 367-3301.

Manhattanville College

Fall concert

On Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m., the Manhattanville College Community Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Olivier Fluchaire, will present its fall concert in the O’Byrne Chapel on the college campus at 2900 Purchase St. in Purchase. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will feature “Moldau” by Bedich Smetana, “1812 Overture” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and other selections with the Manhattanville College Chorus, John Cuk, director, and The Quintessentials under Mark Cherry, director. For more information, call the Manhattanville College Music Office at 323-5260.

 Scarsdale Medical Group

‘Healthy Holiday Eating’ seminar

A free seminar called “Healthy Holiday Eating” will be held on Monday, Dec. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Harrison office located at 600 Mamaroneck Ave. in the second floor waiting room. The workshop will be presented by registered dietician Daria Ventura and will focus on tips to help participants navigate the holiday season while maintaining their waistline and will cover strategies to help participants avoid overeating during holiday parties. Space is limited and pre-registration is advised. Reservations must be received by Dec. 9. For more information or to make a reservation for the seminar, email seminars@scarsdalemedical.com.

Westchester Philharmonic 

Winter Pops

The Westchester Philharmonic presents “Winter Pops,” an annual holiday concert conducted by Ted Sperling, on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. The concert will feature musical selections sung by Ashley Brown accompanied by an orchestra and pianist Joe Mohan. The program will include American songbook standards and holiday favorites. The event will be followed by a Pops After Party, which includes mingling with performers, hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting. Tickets are $22 per person with a Pops ticket purchase. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 682- 3707 ext. 10 or visit westchesterphil.org.

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What’s going on in New Rochelle 12-4-2015

New Rochelle Public Library

Friends Holiday Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will be holding a holiday book sale on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the first floor lobby. The sale will include inexpensive good-condition books, DVDs, games and puzzles.

BID family make a gift fair

Children ages 5 and older are invited to the library on Saturday, Dec. 6 anytime from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room and lobby to make three holiday gifts to give to family, friends or teachers. The library will provide materials, help, wrapping paper and gift tags.

Young Artists Concert

Accomplished musicians in grades seven through 12 will perform in the 52nd annual Westchester Musicians Guild’s Young Artists Concert on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ossie Davis Theater. The concert is free and open to the public.

Family concert with Gabriele Trachina

Gabriele Trachina, jazz vocalist and music educator, will be performing on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Accompanied by Joe Vincent Tranchina on the piano, the concert will include holiday favorites such as “Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Let it Snow,” “Feliz Navidad” and “My Favorite Things.” The concert is free and open to the public.

New Rochelle Opera

‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

New Rochelle Opera’s 30th anniversary season culminates with a production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Linda Kelly Theatre at New Rochelle High School, located at 265 Clove Road in New Rochelle. In keeping with the company’s mission of exposing opera to the next generation of opera lovers, New Rochelle Opera is collaborating with New Rochelle High School’s PAVE program for this holiday presentation. The production will be staged by company co-founder and artistic director Camille Coppola, with musical direction by Derrick James and choreography by Christine Coleman. Fully sung in English, the operetta will feature a two-piano accompaniment played by Renee Guerrero and David Jutt. The cast includes Lilyana Grantcharova as Amahl, Kristin Behrmann as the Mother, Joshua Benevento as King Kaspar, Steven Herring as King Melchior and Steven Fredericks as King Balthazar. The chorus and dancers are the members of New Rochelle High School’s PAVE program, which is supervised by Marc Schneider, and the set will be designed by the Art Honor Society of the high school advised by Alexi Brock.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. To purchase advance tickets, visit nropera.org or send a check payable to New Rochelle Opera, Inc., to P.O. Box 55, New Rochelle, NY 10804. To receive tickets by mail, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. For more information, call 576-1617.

Beth El Synagogue Center

Blood drive

A New York Blood Center blood drive will take on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Beth El Synagogue, located at 1324 North Ave. in New Rochelle. This drive is a joint effort sponsored by Beth El Men’s Club and Temple Israel of New Rochelle. Register for a time slot at bethelnr.org/blooddrive. For more information, contact the Beth El office at 235-2700 ext. 223 or email Mitch Kaphan at BENRblooddrive@gmail.com.

The College of New Rochelle

Exhibit: ‘Nativity Scenes from the Americas’

The College of New Rochelle’s Castle Gallery will be hosting a new exhibit “Nativity Scenes from the Americas,” featuring curated selections from the Kate Canty Crèche Collection. The exhibition opened on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and will be on display until Saturday, Jan. 10, 2016 with an opening reception scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. and a family day scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The opening reception, family day and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more information, call 654-5423 or visit castlegallery.cnr.edu.

Holiday Vendors Fair

The Student Service Holiday Vendors’ Fair will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Sweeny Student Center Dining Hall on the main campus. Unique items to be used as holiday gifts will be sold.

Iona College

Christmas Mass and Santa breakfast

Come celebrate the holiday season with Mass on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Thomas J. Burke Lounge in Spellman Hall. Breakfast will follow immediately in Mulcahy Gymnasium in the Hynes Athletic Center. The event is $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 through 12, with free admission for children under 2. The fee includes a photo with Santa and a gift. In the spirit of the holiday season, attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to be collected during breakfast. For more information or to register for the event, visit iona.edu.

The Symphony of Westchester
at Iona College

All-Baroque program

The symphony’s season will continue on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. with an all-Baroque program featuring concertmaster and violinist Alex Abayev and violinist Ben Hellman. Abayev and Hellman will perform Bach’s “Double Violin Concerto” and more. Abayev performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States and abroad and participates in many international music festivals. Hellman’s appearances in the New York area, as well as in other parts of the country, have included solo recitals, concertos, chamber music and orchestral performances.

A snow date for this concert has been set for Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit thesymphonyofwestchester.org or call 654-4926.

Humane Society of Westchester

Online auction

The Humane Society of Westchester’s Facebook online auction will conclude on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Holiday gifts will be auctioned off and all proceeds will go benefit the homeless animals at the shelter. For more information, contact Beverly Royal Press at 632-2925.

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What’s going on in Eastchester 12-4-2015

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 eportillo@wlsmail.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 jheifetz@wlsmail.org.

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 jheifetz@wlsmail.org.

Bronxville Public Library

Visit bronxvillelibrary.org to register and for more information on events and programs, especially for young children.

Beading workshop

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 bronxvillelibrary@gmail.com.

Let’s Build!

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 tuckahoesnowangels@yahoo.com. 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 wendyandlarry1@hotmail.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.

Messiah Sing

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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