What’s Going On in Harrison 1-10-2014

Harrison Public Library events

Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Adventure into the Rainforest”

A series of oil paintings by Patricia Pardini at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave. on view Jan. 5 to 31. Meet the artist Jan. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Patricia’s paintings have been inspired by natural light. Whether bright blinding light of hot sand, the muted light of a rainy day or the fading light of dusk, she likes analyzing the way colors relate to each other in the different light situations. It’s not so much about straight representation but altering the original image to create the ambiance that made the experience special.

Patricia has exhibited in Westchester and New York City. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York and is a member of Arts Westchester.

Exhibit hours are 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 914-835-0324 or see www.harrisonpl.org.

Arts and crafts for special needs kids

Jan. 30, 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Ages 3 through 5. Join us for an arts and crafts program specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues or other special needs. Have fun and make new friends. Visiting occupational therapist from the Westchester Therapy Solutions Formerly Donna Klein & Associates is available on-site. Family/caregiver participation is encouraged and needed. Sign up is required. Limited to 10 families. Siblings are welcome.

Open play at the library

Fridays, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to noon.

Come meet other parents, grandparents, caregivers and children. Make new friends, play, read, and have fun in the community room. Blocks and preschool LEGOs will be available for the little ones while adults chat.

Rockin’ Tots

For ages 2 to 4, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

An interactive and stimulating music themed program. Sing, dance and play with musical instruments.

Board games at the library

Mondays, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring a friend or two and play one of the library’s many board games in the Children’s Room.

Storytime for K and 1st Graders

Jan. 13, Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Storytime for Kindergarten and 1st Graders. No registration needed, just come over to hear Miss Bonnie read some great books for school-age children.

Train Time for Tots

Jan. 14, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to noon.

We have sets of toy trains for children 1 to 5 to play with during this train-themed open playtime at the library.

Movers and Shakers
(Formerly Circle Time for Tots)

Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Songs, dancing, stories and more with Miss Bonnie. For walkers up to 3 years old.


Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. to 11: 20 a.m.

Songs and fingerplays for non-walkers. Caregiver participation is required.

Tail Waggin’ Tutor Angie

Jan. 12, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Therapy Dog Angie lends an ear to readers of all ages. She loves to listen to children read and talk to her. She’s a real dog and she loves the library. Come visit with her.

LEGO hour

Jan. 14, 3: 30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Like LEGO? Come and play with the library’s extensive collection of LEGO for an hour. Larger LEGO available for the younger children too.

Inventor’s convention

Jan. 17, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Are you America’s next great young inventor? Celebrate Kid Inventor’s Day by displaying your product at the Harrison Public Library. Inventors age 4 to 12 are welcome to bring their inventions and show them at the library. The young inventors will have the opportunity to discuss their inventions with business professionals as well as members of the general public. Certificates will be given to all participants. Call to register 914-835-0435×4 or speak with Miss Bonnie to secure your spot today.

Wiggle and Giggle with Dawny Dew

Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Wiggle and giggle to music and puppets with Dawny Dew. Ages 6 months to 6 years.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Harrison Public Library.

Rubber band bracelet craft
for ages 5-plus

Jan. 28, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

All children are invited to learn how to make a fun rubber band bracelet by hand, no loom required. You are also welcome to bring your own loom and bands and create with us. Ages 5 and up.

Computer orientation

Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

One-hour class for the computerized library catalog and Internet.

English Conversation Group

Jan. 13, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to noon

Let’s speak English. Non-native English speakers, practice your English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led setting, and learn about the library, too. No need to pre-register or signup. Just show up.

Millennium Book Club

Jan. 15, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation’s colonial history.

Brown Bag Cinema presents
“Captain Phillips”

Jan. 23, noon to 2:30 p.m. This film is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. Starring Tom Hanks, PG-13, 134 minutes. Bring your lunch; refreshments provided by Friends of the Harrison Library.

Adults going back to college

Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s never too late to go back to school. Daniel Gerger from Adult Education Advocates will speak about the ins and outs of how to go back to school, not just college, for adults.

Film Movement presents
“Key of Life”

Jan. 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This comedy directed by Kenji Ujida follows Sakuari, an unsuccessful 35-year-old actor who, through a series of events, manages to switch identities with Kondo, a prosperous businessman with unsavory investors. An informal discussion will be held following film. Japanese with English subtitles, 2012, 128 minutes. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Harrison Library.

Harrison Public Library

2 Bruce Ave. 914-835-0324, www.harrisonpl.org

Rye Arts Center events

The Winter Guide is now online

Sign up now for new classes in Minecraft, Lego engineering, creative building, architecture, siege machine, and LittleBits Maker Maniacs. All in addition to photography, ceramics, music lessons and more. Don’t miss out. Sign up now.

Member exhibit in the gallery

Dec. 5 to Jan 11. Come see works created by members of the RAC. Bring family and friends and be inspired by local artists right here in our community.

“Full Steam Ahead:
The Maker Movement Comes to Rye.”

Save the date. Jan. 11 at the RAC. Free workshops and demos featuring 3D printing, MakeyMakey Piano, Scratch music making, and LittleBits, create works of art powered by science. Enjoy a free concert and exhibit by RAC instructors.

Shop for fresh produce all winter long

Westchester residents will be able to buy farm-fresh local produce, cheeses and other dairy products, meats, baked goods and wine directly from farmers and producers at the indoor farmers market to be held on the last Sunday of each month from November through March, at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Dates are Sundays, Dec. 29, 2013, and Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 30, 2014. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s market will consist of a variety of vendors who are farmers and food producers, all from the tri-state area. And, to tempt shoppers and to help them make selections, vendors will offer samples of their foods.

To add to the fun, each month will feature live entertainment provided by local musicians from the Hudson Valley and surrounding area.

Admission is free. Parking at the County Center lot is $5.

The farmers market is sponsored by Westchester County Parks and Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc.

The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Park Ave. in White Plains.

For a list of vendors, go to countycenter.biz.

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