Community Briefs

Rye library events
Jewelry workshop for teens
Teens, join professional jeweler Christine Utchel to create your own colorful and fun earrings and bracelets using baubles and beads at a workshop for ages 11 and up at the Rye Free Reading Room on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited; call 914-231-3172 to register. The program is sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room.
Children’s movie
The Rye Free Reading Room invites children ages five and up to see “Nim’s Island,” rated PG, on Friday, Aug. 30, at 3:30 p.m. The movie follows the exciting adventures of a young girl who lives on an isolated island with her scientist father. For more information call 914-231-3162 or go to www.ryelibrary.org.
“From Century One to the Next Chapter” exhibit
“From Century One to the Next Chapter,” an exhibit of photographs, artifacts and documents chronicling the library building’s first 100 years of service will be on display at the Rye Free Reading Room from Sept. 3 to 27. Please join the library in celebrating its centennial with a visit to this interesting exhibit and by attending other upcoming events commemorating the building’s 1913 opening.
Call 914-231-3161 or go to www.ryelibrary.org for more information.
Computer class
The Rye Free Reading Room will offer a two-part workshop on computer basics and the Internet on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Thursday Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The class covers using the mouse, keyboarding, activating computer programs and producing a simple letter. No previous computer experience is expected, and participants are urged to attend both sessions. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Call 914-231-3161 or visit www.ryelibrary.org for more information.
Meet the author
Ron Berler, journalist and author of “Raising the Curve: A Year Inside of One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools,” will be at the Rye Free Reading Room at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, to talk about his experience at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Conn. sitting in on classes, strategy sessions and even faculty meetings. Meet the students, teachers and staff who, even though their school is classified as failing, never give up on themselves or one another.
Call 914-231-3161 or go to www.ryelibrary.org for more information about this important talk.
Teen craft workshop
Teens are invited to make pencil cases out of duct tape at the Rye Free Reading Room on Monday, Sept. 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Richela Fabian Morgan, author of “Tape It & Make It,” will provide all the materials and the inspiration to make your coolest ever school supply. Space is limited; speak to a librarian or call 914-231-3172 to sign up.
Go to www.ryelibrary.org for more information about this and other upcoming programs for teens.
Family Film
“Magic Journey to Africa,” a film about a 10-year-old girl’s visit to the Namib Desert of Africa, will be screened for families with children age five and up at the Rye Free Reading Room on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. The educational and visually dazzling fantasy adventure focuses on the many remarkable animals that live in the region. For more information, call 914-231-3162 or go www.ryelibrary.org.

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. 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.
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.

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 lablhc.org.
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 westchestergov.com/parks or call 914-864-PARK.

Joyful baby massage at Wainwright House
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.

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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