Community Briefs

Harrison Public Library events
Volunteers wanted
Volunteer at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Avenue, as a conversation group leader for non-native English speakers. Volunteers should have an interest in meeting people from other cultures, and the ability to engage people in a pleasant, welcoming and encouraging manner.
Required Skills:
-Strong commitment to helping people.
-A friendly and approachable manner.
-Ability to get along with a diverse group of people.
-Excellent communication skills.
-Second language is a plus.
Volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment of one to two hours per week, for a period of at least six months.
No prior experience necessary, guidelines will be provided.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Galina Chernykh, Library Director at
Circle time for tots
For ages 0 to 3: Wednesdays, Sept. 4 and Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and again 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Songs, dancing, stories and more with Miss Claudia.
Computer orientation
Thursday, Sept. 5 and Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. If you’re feeling left behind in this technology-oriented world, this one-hour class is for you.
For ages 3 to 5, Monday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m. Miss Bonnie will delight all with great stories.
Teen advisory group
For ages 13 to 17, Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Teens come look at new books, talk about what you want at your library. Refreshments.
Millennium Book Club
Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Book to be discussed is “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, A World War II Story of survival, resilience and redemption. All welcome. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Westchester nature center events
Saturday, Sept. 7
Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Rye
Where are the Warblers?
7:30 a.m. Bring binoculars to seek out these lively, energetic feathered friends.
Lenoir Preserve, Dudley Street, Yonkers
Butterfly garden volunteer clean up
9 a.m. Bring work gloves and help out for as long as you like.
Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street, North White Plains
Botanical Imprinting Workshop
1 p.m. Bring a white tee-shirt and imprint designs from plants onto it. Bring a hammer if you have one.
Sunday, Sept. 8
Croton Point Nature Center, Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson
Open house with the New York Archaeological Association
1 p.m. Explore the past and work on the collections. Go to
Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Rye
Through a hand lens clearly
2 p.m. A hike to look for things high and low through the different habitats.
For more information, go to or call 914-864-PARK.
Friday, Sept. 22
Croton Point Nature Center, Croton Point Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, 914-862-5297
River Lovers Autumn Pot Luck Supper
6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join this organization that acts as an advocacy group for the Hudson River. Go to
Saturday, Sept. 21
Lenoir Preserve, Dudley Street, Yonkers, 914-968-5851
Hawk Watch
10 a.m. Scan the skies for migrating birds of prey along the Hudson River flyway with members of Hudson River Audubon.
Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, 914-864-7377
Nature Games for Kids
10 a.m. Kids can have fun learning about and experiencing nature through games.
Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street, North White Plains, 914-428-1005
Quarry Makers
1 p.m.
A hike to re-visualize the landscape before it underwent transformations to serve New York City.
Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Rye, 914-835-4466
Fall Foliage Find
2 p.m.
A hike to view the changing colors of the fall landscape.
Sunday, Sept. 22
Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Rye, 914-835-4466
Fall Shelter Building
2 p.m. Learn how to construct a life-size shelter using only materials found in nature.
For more information, go to or call 914-864-PARK.

Harrison Council for the Arts
presents “Visions of Air and Water”
Paintings by David W. Coffin at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave., Sept. 3 to Oct. 4. Meet the artist: Sept. 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In Coffin’s words: “Air and water in my art, just as in nature, create never ending surprises and abstractions of color, shape and pattern. As such, my direct painting approach is intuitive resulting in abstract images and forms that unfold gradually and suggest ongoing direction.”

Education and professional history: bachelor of architecture; licensed architect; Syracuse University adjunct professor, Department of Design; Art therapy volunteer, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women; drawing, sculpture and painting studies at Maine College of Art, Portland; The Carving Studio, W. Rutland, Vt.; Haystack, Mountain School of Crafts, Maine.; Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, Conn.; Dellatolas Marble Sculpture Studio, Tinos, Greece; member, Reilly League of Artists, White Plains; numerous exhibitions in Westchester.

The exhibit may be viewed Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For info call the library at 914-835-0324 or see

The Harrison Players: 50 Years and We’re Still Here! The Harrison Players Follies
Normally, reaching 50 is somewhat of an average event, but for a community theater group, it is a major accomplishment. The Harrison Players, Inc. was founded in 1963 as a non-profit group and has produced many shows, including numerous big musicals, dramas and comedies such as Fiddler, “The Music Man,” and “Plaza Suite,” as well as mysteries, children’s shows and musical revues. To celebrate their anniversary year, The Harrison Players is presenting an evening of entertainment at Stepinac High School in White Plains on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at 8 pm. It will feature more than 40 past and present members singing and dancing selections from shows throughout the group’s history. Directed by Anthony J. Valbiro and musically directed by Donna Cribari, the show will be followed by a champagne and dessert reception. The ticket price is $30, which includes the show and reception. Tickets can be purchased by calling 914-937-8427, or by visiting:

Become part of the hospice team
Jansen Hospice in Scarsdale is currently interviewing for key volunteer positions including patient care volunteers, pet therapy volunteers, and 11th-hour volunteers.
To learn more about Jansen’s volunteer program, and to schedule an interview, please call Didi Marcal at 914-961-2818 ext 1336.
Once accepted, new volunteers will participate in special training, which begins on Oct. 8 and continues for five consecutive Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All new volunteers must first undergo a screening interview. You can schedule your interview now for the month of September. Become part of the Jansen team. Bring a smile and comfort to a hospice patient.

Jansen Hospice provides hospice care to patients and communities throughout Westchester County.

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