What’s Going on in Harrison 1-24-14

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.

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. 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. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

Storytime for K and 1st Graders

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. 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. 29, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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

Laptime

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. 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.

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

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

English Conversation Group

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.

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.

Meet your elected officials

The League of Women Voters of Harrison cordially invites the community to Meet and Greet Our Elected Officials. Get up close and personal with Mayor/Supervisor Belmont, Town Clerk Jackie Greer, Receiver of Taxes Nancy Masi, state Senator George Latimer, and new this year, County Legislators Ben Boykin and Catherine Parker. Join us on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. in the community room of the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave. RSVP Lola Geiger at 914-939-7066.

Mamaroneck high school students sponsoring furniture drive

On Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., students from Mamaroneck High School’s Furniture Sharehouse service club will hold a drive to benefit Westchester’s furniture bank. They will be collecting items, which Furniture Sharehouse redistributes, free of charge, to families in need. The drive will take place in the parking lot at Mamaroneck High School, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, rain or shine. Only basic home furniture in good condition will be accepted, so before you load up your car, please go to www.furnituresharehouse.org to make sure your furniture meets the donation guidelines. Furniture Sharehouse helps you “recycle with a difference.”

Spousal loss support group

Free afternoon group sessions for adults who have lost a spouse or life partner. Group meets on Monday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. First session is on Jan 27. Group will meet for seven consecutive Mondays. Last session is on
March 10.

This grief support is sponsored by Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care and is open to all.

Advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Didi Marcal at
914-961-2818 ext 1336. All sessions will be held in the Jansen Hospice offices in Scarsdale. If you know of someone who has lost a spouse or life partner, please share this information.

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, 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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