Community Briefs

ArtsFest in New Rochelle
ArtsFest returns on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day, reaching beyond New Rochelle’s borders this year to include venues in Pelham.

Among the weekend’s highlights will be an antique car show, a behind-the-scenes tour of world-renowned pop artist Charles Fazzino’s studio, free performances at the PAC House Theater, and a celebration of African dance and drums at Lincoln Park.

Organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, ArtsFest highlights the variety of arts and arts venues in New Rochelle, with art exhibits, programs and activities that give both visitors and residents alike a window into the city’s rich cultural and artistic diversity. Building on the success of previous Arts Fest festivals, the weekend-long celebration will include art installations in traditional spaces as well as downtown windows, tours of artist’s studios, live music, great food, exciting performances, eclectic shopping and a free Culture Trolley providing hop-on/hop-off transportation to the activities taking place in public and private cultural institutions throughout the city.

In addition there will be performances at spaces around the city. For a complete calendar of venues and events visit www.newrochellearts.org.

Summer art classes at
Greenburgh Nature Center
Enjoy a five-class series of art instruction. Learn, explore and create in the beautiful outdoor setting of the nature center. Students work independently and in groups, learning to use a variety of basic supplies, as well as simple sketching, painting and more. Each class focuses on a new technique, ranging from landscapes to portraits, cartoons to still-lifes. Instructor Jake Hurwitz is a fun, outgoing and experienced art teacher who relates well with young students.
Session Dates:
Saturdays to Aug. 10
Sundays to Aug. 11
Class Times:
Group 1, ages 7 to 10: Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon
Group 2, ages 7 to 10: Sundays 10 a.m. to noon
Group 3, ages 11 to 14 plus: Saturdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Classes run for two hours and are held outdoors, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, class held indoors.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required online. See website to register and pay. Classes start promptly, so please arrive on time. Dress appropriately for outdoor activity.

Session Fee, which covers five classes and all supplies:
Members $150
Non-members $175

Hounds on the Sound
Join us for our fifth annual dog walk at Glen Island Park. Sunday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit the animals of the New Rochelle Humane Society and Pet Rescue of Larchmont with a portion of the profits to go to the Mt. Vernon Shelter. For more information, to register as a walker, to become a sponsor or donor, to register as a vendor or to make a donation please visit our website: http://www.houndsonthesound.com.

Kitten and cat adoption day
Saturday, Aug. 24
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Kohl’s Shopping Center
421 Boston Post Road
Port Chester 10573

Joyful baby massage
Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave. Rye, N.Y. is offering weekly baby massage sessions. There are many good reasons to massage your baby. It is healthy for mother and baby. There are many other powerful emotional and physical benefits. You can begin baby massage at any time, as soon after birth as you feel ready. Oil and laminated take-home massage notes are provided‑all you need to bring is yourself, your baby and a couple of soft towels, big enough to wrap around your baby.

Rye Arts Center events
Music Fun
Instrumental and vocal lessons: Ages 5 to adult, until Aug. 26.
Group guitar for beginners: Ages 8 to 10, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 19 and Aug. 26.
Introduction to the piano: Ages 6 to 8, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 19 and Aug. 26.

Musical theater week: Pippin
Ages 8 to12, Weeks of Aug. 12, 19 and 26.
This very popular program returns with a production of Pippin. Students learn lines, songs and choreography, and perform the play at the end of the week for friends and family.

Creative, quirky, interesting, high energy and enthusiastic teens and tweens wanted

Small group arts exploration week designed to nurture those with special sensitivities and learning styles limited to 6 students. Does this describe you or someone you love who would enjoy and benefit from a small group environment designed for fostering creative interaction, making friends and enjoying a structured arts exploration curriculum?

Ages 11 to 13: Aug. 12 to Aug. 16. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fee: $195 non-member; $176 member.
Instructor: Gary Mack

Meet new friends and explore a curriculum that engages their creativity; painting, drawing, creative building, writing, media arts (Minecraft). As a group, students‑along with the instructor, Gary Mack‑will create a week designed to fuel creativity and promote social interaction and team building in a highly positive manner. Specially designed for students with sensory and learning sensitivities.

Pre-K creative kids, extend
your pre-k day at the RAC
Beginning fall 2013, Weeks of Sept. 16 to May 12.
The Rye Arts Center is proud to offer preschool students the chance to spend a morning or afternoon exploring the arts. Create a well-balanced, extended day for your child by having the RAC staff walk them to and from their local participating school. Upon arriving at The Rye Arts Center, students will participate in classes in our Performing Arts Room, gallery, children’s art studio, ceramics studio and dance studio.

Please contact the RAC to inquire about registering for the program. An information packet is available which provides full detail on the program.

Monday/Friday mornings: 9:15 a.m. to noon.
Tuesday/Wednesday afternoons: 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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