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Bronxville Library events
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Events at the Lutheran Church
Prayer services
Held regularly on the last Saturday of the month. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. following the regular Saturday service, these brief moments for meditation and prayer offer personal prayers at the altar and the ancient tradition of anointing with oil.
New course offering
The new class is The Old Testament–a survey course of the Old Testament, its literature and importance in preparing for the coming of the Messiah and the covenant history between God and his people. This session runs on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from Nov. 29 through Dec. 10 and is taught by Rev. Travis Yee. To register or get more information, call Pastor Hartwell at 914-337-0207, x1022, or e-mail PastorH@vlc-ny.org.

The Westchester All Stars Christmas Concert for wounded veterans
Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Actors Tony Darrow and Paul Borghese are back again this year to host an evening of live performances by New York Yankee legend and jazz guitarist Bernie Williams plus many, many more.The evening presents original holiday music by Westchester County’s greatest musicians. The proceeds from the event will benefit two wounded veterans organizations: The Bob Woodruff Foundation and Veterans Adaptive Sports, Inc. Tax-deductible tickets cost $25, $35 and $50. To purchase tickets and learn more about the project, visit westchesterallstarschristmas.com.
Westchester Italian Cultural Center events
Exhibit: Presepio Napoletano
Nativity scenes are very popular in Italy and are generally found in every household during the holiday season. The nativity originated in Italy in the 13th century when St. Francis of Assisi asked Giovanni Vellita from the Village of Greccio to create a manger scene. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the nativity was turned into an art form in Naples and included representation of daily life in Naples at that time. Today, many artisans are dedicated to the craft of creating handmade figures for presepi. Presepio Napoletano represents our rich cultural and spiritual traditions. It portrays a bustling village located at the base of Mount Vesuvius. The landscape is handcrafted in wood, cork and paper mache. The figures are made of terra cotta, hemp and wire, many of which stand more than a foot tall.
Exhibit on view: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, through Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.
Exhibit Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Hours subject to change.
For more information or to schedule a guided tour or group visit please call 914-771-8700.
Suggested donation: adults $10, children 18 years of age and under $5.
Westchester Italian Cultural Center
One Generoso Pope Place
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
914-771-8700
Wiccny.org
Exhibit opening: Italy’s holiday traditions
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. Join us and noted food historian, Francine Segan, for a lively presentation on the many splendors of Christmas and New Year in Italy in occasion of the opening of the exhibit, Presepio Napoletano.
The festivals, special foods and spectacular customs of the holiday season last a glorious three weeks in Italy. Discover the special foods, wines, and traditions of the holidays. Take a behind-the-scenes peek at the Neapolitan artisans who, for centuries, have hand-crafted wooden crèche. Learn about the many living Nativity scenes popular throughout Italy and discover the numerous artisanal food makers and the stories behind the country’s traditional holiday meals. After the talk, enjoy an assortment of chocolates by Italy’s renowned chocolate maker Perugina.
Must register in advance and prepay.
Members $15, non-members $25
Westchester Italian Cultural Center
One Generoso Pope Place
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
914-771-8700
Wiccny.org
Genealogy Series:
locating Italian documents
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. This lecture takes the mystery out of trying to obtain Italian documents from Italy. Toni McKeen describes the information needed and the possible methods of obtaining those treasured birth, marriage and death records. Presented by Toni McKeen.
Must register in advance and prepay.
Members $10, non-members $20
Westchester Italian Cultural Center
One Generoso Pope Place
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
914-771-8700
Wiccny.org
Family program: Buon Natale:
Presepio workshop
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. Create your unique nativity set to take home to enjoy for the holidays. Listen to Italian Christmas songs, smell the aroma of the freshly baked pizzelle and start your own family tradition to cherish for years to come. A holiday reception will conclude the program. A program for all ages.
Children under age 5 must be accompanied by a parent. Adult participation must be with a child.
Must register in advance and prepay.
Members $20, non-members $30
Westchester Italian Cultural Center
One Generoso Pope Place
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
914-771-8700
Wiccny.org
Cooking class: Dolci delle feste
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. A hands-on class with Chef Franca D’Amico, who will teach you how to prepare some of the most delicious holiday desserts. Enjoy a fun night and get into the holiday spirit in the company of others who share your passion for Italian cuisine. For a detailed description of what will be made, please visit our website wiccny.org.
Must register in advance and prepay.
Members $50, member’s guests $60
Westchester Italian Cultural Center
One Generoso Pope Place
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
914-771-8700
Wiccny.org
Viva Verdi!: Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. Viewing of 1996 performance at the Metropolitan Opera. Starring Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, and James Morris. Conducted by James Levine. Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most influential romantic opera composers of the 19th.century, composed a total of 28 operas from 1813 until his death in 1901. “Otello” is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare’s play “Othello.” It was Verdi’s penultimate opera, and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on Feb. 5, 1887. A special reception will close this series of events dedicated to commemorate one of Italy’s greatest composers. The program was made possible by the collaboration of the Bronxville Women’s Club. This program will take place at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, NY. Must register in advance and prepay.
Members of the Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Bronxville Women’s Club $20, non-members $30
Westchester Italian Cultural Center
One Generoso Pope Place
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
914-771-8700
Wiccny.org

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