Community Briefs

Harrison Public Library events
The Contemporary Watercolors of Michael Mendel
Michael is a representational watercolorist, painting under the nom de plume of ZEPEL. His paintings focus on everyday objects and activities. He has participated in group exhibitions at The National Arts Club in New York City, The Lyme Art Association in Olde Lyme Conn., Woodstock Arts Fair and The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in New York City.

The exhibit may be viewed Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For info call the library at 914-835-0324 or see www.harrisonpl.org.

Open play at the library
Friday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come meet other parents, grandparents, caregivers and children. Make new friends, play, read and have fun. Blocks and preschool LEGOs will be available for the little ones while adults chat.

Kindergarten, here we come
Monday, Aug. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A special Storyland for kids that are about to start Kindergarten this fall.

Reading is magic
Closing of the Summer Reading Game magic show: Monday, Aug. 12 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Summer Reading Game participants will receive their reading logs, certificates and prizes.

Board games
Monday, Aug. 12 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Bring a friend or two and play one of our many board games or bring your own.

LEGO Hour at the Library
Tuesday, Aug, 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Calling all kids. Come play with the library’s collection of LEGOs.

Circle Time for Tots
For ages 0 to 3: Wednesday, Aug. 14 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.

Make it and take it
All children are welcome to come and make a take-home craft. Thursday, Aug. 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Art exhibit
Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Melange: Paintings by Norma Foege” at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave., Aug. 10 to Aug. 30 with an opening reception Aug. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Norma Foege’s passion for painting is reflected in her vivid landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. Her technique is a cross between representation and abstraction with a particular fondness for the colorists and impressionists.

The exhibit may be viewed Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For info call the library at 914-835-0324 or see www.harrisonpl.org.

Save the date. Reading is magic
Closing of the summer reading game on Monday, Aug, 12, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A special magic show for participants in the summer reading game.

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 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

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.

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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